NRC issues confirmatory order to Farley Nuclear Power Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a confirmatory order to Southern Nuclear Operating Co.’s Farley nuclear power plant, which has agreed to a series of corrective actions related to the company’s failure to ensure that radiation worker training exams for security officers were not compromised. The Farley plant is located near Columbia, Ala.

The order stems from a settlement achieved under the NRC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution process, which was initiated at the request of Southern Nuclear to address an apparent violation that occurred in 2010 and 2011. That violation involved a Farley security officer helping other security officers during radiation worker training exams or actually taking the exam for them.

The NRC’s ADR process refers to mediation facilitated by a neutral third party with no decision-making authority who assists the NRC and a licensee in reaching an agreement when there are differences regarding an enforcement action.

A mediation session between the NRC staff and Southern Nuclear was held on March 15 and a settlement was reached. A confirmatory order, issued on May 6, outlines the corrective actions and steps Southern Nuclear has agreed to take to address the violation.

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