Friday, September 23, 2022

NRC Proposes $96,000 Civil Penalty to the U.S. Air Force

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: IV-22-013 September 23, 2022
Contact: Victor Dricks, 817-200-1128


NRC Proposes $96,000 Civil Penalty to the U.S. Air Force

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $96,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Air Force for 14 violations of NRC requirements associated with their use of radioactive materials.

The NRC identified 14 apparent violations of NRC requirements during inspections conducted Oct. 26-28, 2021, at the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency’s facility in Falls Church, Virginia; and Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 22, 2021, at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These inspections reviewed activities authorized under the Department of the Air Force’s Master Materials License.

The violations involved: four failures related to the implementation of the Master Materials License; seven failures related to the environmental use of thorium-232 source material at Kirtland Air Force Base; and three failures related to NRC’s security requirements.

The NRC held a regulatory conference with Air Force officials on June 30, during which they had an opportunity to provide additional information about the inspection findings and answer questions from NRC staff. Based on all the information gathered, NRC officials determined all the apparent violations were appropriately characterized and merited a $96,000 civil penalty.

The NRC made its enforcement decision after reviewing the circumstances surrounding the event, the immediate actions taken in response, the apparent cause and corrective actions taken to prevent recurrence.

The Air Force has 30 days to pay the fine, dispute the fine, or request involvement from a neutral third-party mediator to resolve the issue.

Security related information will not be publicly available. However, the non-security related information is posted on the NRC website.

Friday, September 16, 2022

NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant

 Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release

No: I-22-012 September 14, 2022
CONTACT: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330
Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331


NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region I officials in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, have selected Corey Dukehart as the resident inspector at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Delta, Pennsylvania. He joins Senior Resident Inspector Scott Rutenkroger at the two-unit site, which is operated by Constellation Nuclear.

“Corey has gained invaluable experience during his time with the NRC through his participation in our rigorous training program and by virtue of his earlier time served in the Navy,” said NRC Region I Administrator Dave Lew. “He will provide the region with an additional front-line inspector as he puts his acquired skills to use.”

Dukehart joined the NRC in 2020 as part of the Nuclear Regulator Apprenticeship Network, where he completed several apprenticeships in different areas of the agency. He also served as the acting resident inspector at the Ginna nuclear power plant in New York before moving to the Region I Office as a project engineer.

Prior to joining the NRC, Dukehart served six years in the Navy as an enlisted nuclear operator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in nuclear energy engineering technology from Thomas Edison State University.

Each operating U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors who serve as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring safety-significant work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public. Resident inspectors can serve at a reactor site for up to seven years.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Unit 2 - Authorization and Safety Evaluation for Alternative Request I5R-14, Revision 1, (EPID L-2022-LLR-0006)

Subject: Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Unit 2 - Authorization and Safety Evaluation for Alternative Request I5R-14, Revision 1, (EPID L-2022-LLR-0006)

ADAMS Accession No.: ML22236A670

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 282 and 265 Regarding Risk-Informed Completion Times in Technical Specifications (EPID L-2021-LLA-0062)

Subject: Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 282 and 265 Regarding Risk-Informed Completion Times in Technical Specifications (EPID L-2021-LLA-0062)

ADAMS Accession No.: ML22200A062
 
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Updated Inspection Plan for Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 (Report 05000387/2022005 and 05000388/2022005)

Updated Inspection Plan for Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 (Report 05000387/2022005 and 05000388/2022005)

ADAMS Accession No.  ML22242A024

Updated Inspection Plan for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 (Report 05000277/2022005 and 05000278/2022005)

Updated Inspection Plan for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 (Report 05000277/2022005 and 05000278/2022005)

ADAMS Accession No.  ML22242A023

Peach Bottom ROP-23 Inspection Plan Transmittal Letter & Rpt 22.pdf