Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 2 issued the following announcement on March 19.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued an order banning a Reed College employee
from NRC-licensed activities for three years and suspending the person’s senior reactor operator
license for deliberately providing incomplete and inaccurate information to the NRC for reactor
operator license applications, as well as violations of facility access control requirements at the
Reed Research Reactor in Portland, Ore. The agency has also issued Reed College a Confirmatory
Order regarding the case.
The NRC concluded that the employee, the director of the Reed Research Reactor, on two
occasions in 2015 deliberately provided the NRC inaccurate and incomplete information for
students seeking operator licenses for the reactor. The agency also concluded the employee
deliberately violated facility access control requirements for the reactor. These violations did not
affect public health or safety. Nevertheless, the NRC determined the significance of the underlying
issues, the employee’s broad sphere of influence, and the deliberate nature of the actions justify the
license suspension and three-year ban. The employee must respond to the Order in writing and has
30 days to request alternative dispute resolution or a hearing on the matter.
The NRC’s Nov. 19, 2019, letter to Reed College regarding the case offered a mediated
settlement through the agency’s alternative dispute resolution process. The Confirmatory Order
enforces the results of that process, which include Reed College waiving hearing rights on the
matters covered in the settlement.
The college committed to revising many of its procedures on qualifying and requalifying
reactor operators as well as procedures regarding unescorted access to the Reed Research Reactor.
The college also committed to additional training for its staff on the need to provide the NRC with
accurate and complete information; additional oversight of the facility by the school’s president and
dean of the faculty; and submitting a presentation regarding lessons learned from these events at an
upcoming annual conference of research and test reactor licensees. The NRC will review the
presentation to ensure it complies with the Confirmatory Order.
As part of the mediation process, the NRC agrees to forego additional enforcement action on
this issue. Further details of the settlement are contained in the Confirmatory Order.
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