NRC Begins Comprehensive Inspection at Arkansas Nuclear One

 NRC Begins Comprehensive Inspection at Arkansas Nuclear One

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) began a comprehensive inspection at Entergy's (NYSE: ETR) Arkansas Nuclear One power plant.
A team of 25 inspectors will devote about 3,600 hours of effort to independently assess and document the adequacy of Entergy programs and processes used to identify, evaluate and correct performance issues; provide insights into the causes of performance deficiencies; and evaluate the adequacy of a third-party safety culture assessment conducted at the site.
NRC placed ANO under special inspections after a 2013 incident during a planned outage where heavy equipment fell and killed a worker. In June 2014, the NRC issued yellow findings for how the equipment was handled. In January 2015, NRC issued additional yellow findings associated with flood protection at the plant. The findings moved ANO into Column 4 of the plant performance matrix, the second-highest level of the matrix which also means the plant is under the highest level of NRC oversight of operating power plants. Column 5 would mean the plant could not operate.
“This inspection is a very important element of our increased regulatory oversight of Arkansas Nuclear One as it provides for an independent evaluation of the extent of the performance problems at the site,” said NRC Region IV Administrator Marc Dapas. “It also includes an assessment of how thorough the licensee has been in identifying the extent of its problems and whether we think the planned corrective actions are of sufficient scope and depth to maintain performance improvement.”
Any deficiencies identified will be discussed with Entergy officials at a public meeting and documented in a written report that will be made public this spring.
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