NRC issues order to Entergy Palisades plant over security duties

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an order to the Entergy (NYSE:ETR) Palisades plant in Michigan, which has agreed to a series of corrective actions for failure to follow procedures to verify a security supervisor’s qualifications to do specific duties.

The confirmatory order stems from a settlement that was reached under the NRC’s alternative dispute resolution process, requested by Entergy to address the December 2012 incident.

The violation occurred when a security manager assigned a security supervisor to perform security duties without verifying the supervisor’s qualifications. The supervisor also failed to ensure he was qualified to perform his assigned security duties. The NRC evaluated the security significance of the matter and determined it was of very low significance.

NRC’s alternate dispute resolution includes mediation facilitated by a neutral third party, with no decision-making authority, who assists the NRC and a licensee in reaching an agreement when there are differences regarding an enforcement action.

A mediation session between the NRC staff and Entergy was held on May 15 and a settlement was reached. A confirmatory order, issued on July 22, outlines the corrective actions and steps Entergy has agreed to take to address the violation.

Those steps include actions such as ensuring proper verification of training credentials for staff and management across the Entergy fleet; taking a wide range of actions to strengthen safety culture; making presentations on this event to the reactor community; creating specific requirements for selection and development of security managers; and conducting an effectiveness review of the corrective actions.

The 800-MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) plant is located in Covert, Mich., five miles south of South Haven. The plant was commissioned in 1972. In 2007 NRC renewed the Palisades operating license for an additional 20 years. With the renewal, the license is extended until March 24, 2031.

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