Entergy Operations (NYSE: ETR) agreed to a series of actions from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) following an investigation into allegations of falsified reports at the Waterford 3 nuclear plant in Louisiana.
The NRC issued a confirmatory order as a result of its Alternative Dispute Resolution process, which was requested by the company to address violations identified by the NRC in a December 14, 2015 inspection report. The NRC determined that on multiple occasions between July 2013 and April 2014, seven contract workers falsified reports showing they had performed fire inspections they never conducted. In addition, an Entergy supervisor knowingly failed to identify and take corrective actions when given information of suspected wrongdoing by contract fire watch personnel. A contractor manager also willfully provided incomplete and inaccurate information to a plant security officer investigating the trustworthiness and reliability of a contract workers who performed fire watches.
NRC requires licensees to conduct tours of specific plant areas on a regularly scheduled basis to ensure that fires do not occur in areas that could damage vital plant equipment. They are also required to keep logs certifying that the inspections were conducted and document any adverse conditions discovered.
Entergy agreed to complete a fleetwide review of its fire watch programs over the past five years, establish a corporate lead for oversight of the company’s fire watch program; and improve training programs according to timelines established in the order. Due to the steps Entergy took, NRC did not issue a Notice of Violation or a civil penalty.
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