NRC Issues Confirmatory Order for Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant

Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a Confirmatory Order to FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC, NYSE: FE) following an investigation at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio.

The order stems from a settlement reached under the NRC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Process, which provides mediation between the NRC and a nuclear licensee to reach an agreement on an enforcement case. FENOC committed to a series of actions following an investigation that concluded a licensed operator at the plant deliberately failed to provide complete and accurate medical information as is required by the NRC. NRC determined that on multiple occasions between February 2013 and July 2014, an operator deliberately provided inaccurate medical information to the plant. As a result, the plant provided false medical records to the NRC, which violates an agency requirement for complete and accurate information.

The company agreed to reinforce knowledge of, and compliance with, requirements for medical qualifications and completeness with Davis-Besse plant operators and across the FENOC fleet; revise existing procedures on updating operators’ medical records; communicate about this issue across the nuclear industry; and update the NRC on the status of those actions by the date in the order.

Prior to the NRC order, FirstEnergy had already taken several steps to address the violation, including addressing the situation with the operator in question; making sure licensed operators at Davis-Besse understand requirements for maintaining medical qualifications and medical reporting; reinforcing expectations and requirements in this area with Davis-Besse and FENOC management; conducting an independent survey to verify the effectiveness of these communication efforts; and completing a review of corrective actions to identify potential trends in medical reporting.

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