ML23354A180

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301 Examination Report with Cover Letter
ML23354A180
Person / Time
Site: Summer South Carolina Electric & Gas Company icon.png
Issue date: 12/20/2023
From: Tom Stephen
Division of Reactor Safety II
To: Ryan Justice
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co
References
50-395/23-301 50-395/OL-23
Download: ML23354A180 (9)


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December 20, 2023 Mr. Robert L. Justice Site Vice President South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station Bradham Blvd & Hwy 215 Post Office Box 88, Mail Code 800 Jenkinsville, SC 29065

SUBJECT:

VIRGIL C. SUMMER NUCLEAR STATION - NRC EXAMINATION REPORT 05000395/2023301

Dear Mr. Justice:

During the period of October 30, 2023, to November 3, 2023, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) administered operating tests to employees of your company who had applied for licenses to operate the Virgil C Summer Nuclear Station. At the conclusion of the tests, the examiners discussed preliminary findings related to the operating tests and the written examination submittal with those members of your staff identified in the enclosed report. The written examination was administered by your staff on November 16, 2023.

All applicants passed both the operating test and written examination. There were no post-administration comments submitted by your training staff. A Simulator Fidelity Report is included in this report as Enclosure 2.

The initial examination submittal was within the range of acceptability expected for a proposed examination. All examination changes agreed upon between the NRC and your staff were made according to NUREG-1021, Operator Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors, Revision 12.

In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRCs Rules of Practice, a copy of this letter and its enclosures will be available electronically for public inspection in the NRC Public Document Room or from the Publicly Available Records (PARS) component of the NRCs document system (ADAMS). ADAMS is accessible from the NRC Website at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm.adams.html (the Public Electronic Reading Room).

R. Justice 2 If you have any questions concerning this letter, please contact me at (404) 997-4703.

Sincerely,

/RA/

Thomas A. Stephen, Chief Operations Branch 1 Division of Reactor Safety Docket Nos: 50-395 License Nos: NPF-12

Enclosures:

1. Report Details
2. Simulator Fidelity Report cc: Distribution via Listserv

ML23354A180 SUNSI REVIEW COMPLETE FORM 665 ATTACHED OFFICE RII:DRS RII:DRS RII:DRS NAME K. Wallace M. Kennard T. Stephen DATE 12/19/23 12/20/23 12/20/23

U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION REGION II Examination Report Docket No.: 05000395 License No.: NPF-12 Report No.: 05000395/2023301 Enterprise Identifier: L-2023-OLL-0034 Licensee: South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Facility: Virgil C Summer Nuclear Station Location: Jenkinsville, SC 29065 Dates: Operating Test - October 27, 2023 - November 3, 2023 Written Examination - November 16, 2023 Examiners: M. Kennard, Senior Operations Engineer D. Lanyi, Senior Reactor Inspector K. Kirchbaum, Operations Engineer N. Lacy, Operations Engineer Approved by: Thomas Stephen, Chief Operating Branch 1 Division of Reactor Safety Enclosure 1

SUMMARY

ER 05000395/2023301; operating test October 27, 2023 - November 3, 2023 & written exam November 16, 2023; Virgil C Summer Nuclear Station; Operator License Examinations.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) examiners conducted an initial examination in accordance with the guidelines in Revision 12, of NUREG-1021, "Operator Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors." This examination implemented the operator licensing requirements identified in 10 CFR §55.41, §55.43, and §55.45, as applicable.

Members of the Summer Nuclear Station staff developed both the operating tests and the written examination. The initial operating test, written RO examination, and written SRO examination submittals met the quality guidelines contained in NUREG-1021.

The NRC administered the operating tests during the period of October 27, 2023 - November 3, 2023. Members of the Summer Nuclear Station training staff administered the written examination on November 16, 2023. All Reactor Operator (RO) and Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) applicants passed both the operating test and written examination. All applicants were issued licenses commensurate with the level of examination administered.

There were no post-examination comments.

No findings were identified.

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REPORT DETAILS

4. OTHER ACTIVITIES 4OA5 Operator Licensing Examinations
a. Inspection Scope The NRC evaluated the submitted operating test by combining the scenario events and JPMs in order to determine the percentage of submitted test items that required replacement or significant modification. The NRC also evaluated the submitted written examination questions (RO and SRO questions considered separately) in order to determine the percentage of submitted questions that required replacement or significant modification, or that clearly did not conform with the intent of the approved knowledge and ability (K/A) statement. Any questions that were deleted during the grading process, or for which the answer key had to be changed, were also included in the count of unacceptable questions. The percentage of submitted test items that were unacceptable was compared to the acceptance criteria of NUREG-1021, Operator Licensing Standards for Power Reactors.

The NRC reviewed the licensees examination security measures while preparing and administering the examinations in order to ensure compliance with 10 CFR §55.49, Integrity of examinations and tests.

The NRC performed an audit of license applications during the preparatory site visit in order to confirm that they accurately reflected the subject applicants qualifications in accordance with NUREG-1021.

The NRC administered the operating tests during the period of October 27, 2023, to November 3, 2023. The NRC examiners evaluated five Reactor Operator (RO) and 8 Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) applicants using the guidelines contained in NUREG-1021. Members of the Summer Nuclear Station training staff administered the written examination on November 16, 2023. Evaluations of applicants and reviews of associated documentation were performed to determine if the applicants, who applied for licenses to operate the Summer Nuclear Station, met the requirements specified in 10 CFR Part 55, Operators Licenses.

The NRC evaluated the performance or fidelity of the simulation facility during the preparation and conduct of the operating tests.

b. Findings No findings were identified.

The NRC developed the written examination sample plan outline. Members of the Summer Nuclear Plant training staff developed both the operating tests and the written examination. All examination material was developed in accordance with the guidelines contained in Revision 12, of NUREG-1021. The NRC examination team reviewed the proposed examination. Examination changes agreed upon between the NRC and the licensee were made per NUREG-1021 and incorporated into the final version of the examination materials.

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The NRC determined, using NUREG-1021, that the licensees initial examination submittal was within the range of acceptability expected for a proposed examination.

All applicants passed both the operating test and written examination and were issued licenses.

Copies of all individual examination reports were sent to the facility Training Manager for evaluation of weaknesses and determination of appropriate remedial training.

The licensee did not submit any post-examination comments. A copy of the final written examinations and answer key, with all changes incorporated, may be accessed not earlier than November 17, 2025, in the ADAMS system (ADAMS Accession Number(s)

ML23341A054 and ML23341A059).

4OA6 Meetings, Including Exit Exit Meeting Summary On November 3, 2023, the NRC examination team discussed generic issues associated with the operating test with Mr. Robert Justice site vice president, and other members of the Summer Nuclear Station staff. The examiners asked the licensee if any of the examination material was proprietary. No proprietary information was identified.

On December 14, 2023, The NRC chief examiner conducted the final exit meeting with Mr. Michael Anderson where exam results were shared with your training staff.

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KEY POINTS OF CONTACT Licensee personnel Robert Justice Site Vice President Will Kearney Plant Manager Bob Williamson Training Manager Tim Kogelmann Initial Training Supervisor Hank Kirkland Licensing Engineer Robbie Crain Shift Manager Michael Anderson Instructor Darren Wokurka Instructor Scott Meier Assessor 5

SIMULATOR FIDELITY REPORT Facility Licensee: Virgil C Summer Nuclear Station Facility Docket No.: 05000395 Operating Test Administered: October 27, 2023 - November 3, 2023.

This form is to be used only to report observations. These observations do not constitute audit or inspection findings and, without further verification and review in accordance with Inspection Procedure 71111.11 are not indicative of noncompliance with 10 CFR 55.46. No licensee action is required in response to these observations.

No simulator fidelity or configuration issues were identified.

Enclosure 2