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DRESDEN NUCLEAR POWER STATION, UNIT 2: NRC Proposes $14,500 Civil Penalty to Western Nuclear, Inc.

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By Press release submission | Jan 1, 2020

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Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 2 issued the following announcement on Dec. 31.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a civil penalty of $14,500 against Western

Nuclear, Inc., of Golden, Colo., for providing incomplete and inaccurate information regarding

groundwater flow at the company’s Split Rock uranium mill tailings site near Jeffrey City, Wyo.

An NRC investigation determined that in May 2015, Western Nuclear submitted information in

a technical report to the Commission on groundwater flow at the Split Rock site that was not complete

and accurate in all material aspects.

After a pre-decisional enforcement conference, the NRC determined that the violation,

determined to be “non-willful,” merited escalated enforcement as a Severity Level III violation under

the agency’s enforcement policy.

The NRC’s regulatory program requires timely reports and materially accurate and complete

information from applicants and licensees. Western Nuclear’s submission of inaccurate and incomplete

information inhibited the NRC’s effective regulatory oversight of a site possessing a significant amount

of radioactive material. This violation negatively impacted the NRC’s ability to ensure adequate

protection of public health and safety.

A Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty was issued Dec. 19 by the

NRC’s Office of Enforcement. Western Nuclear has 30 days to pay the civil penalty or contest the

notice of violation. If the company does not respond, the agency will issue an order imposing the civil

penalty.

Wyoming became an NRC Agreement State in October 2018, and Western Nuclear’s license is

now administered by the state.

Original source can be found here.

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