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Annual Assessment Letter - Arkansas Nuclear One (NRC Inspection Report 05000313-06-001 and 05000368-06-001)
Person / Time
Site: Arkansas Nuclear Entergy icon.png
Issue date: 03/02/2006
From: Howell A
To: Forbes J
Entergy Operations
Download: ML060610151 (7)


March 2, 2006 Jeffrey S. Forbes Vice President Operations

Arkansas Nuclear One

Entergy Operations, In S.R. 333

Russellville, AR 72801-0967SUBJECT:ANNUAL ASSESSMENT LETTER - ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE (NRC INSPECTION REPORT 05000313/2006001 AND 05000368/2006001)

Dear Mr. Forbes

On February 8, 2006, the NRC staff completed its performance review of Arkansas Nuclear On Our technical staff reviewed performance indicators for the most recent quarter and

inspection results for the period from January 1 through December 31, 200 The purpose of

this letter is to inform you of our assessment of your safety performance during this period and our plans for future inspections at your facility.

This performance review and enclosed inspection plan do not include physical protection informatio A separate letter designated and marked as "Official Use Only - Security Related

Information" will include the physical protection review and resultant inspection plan.

Overall, Arkansas Nuclear One, Units 1 and 2, operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and fully met all cornerstone objective Plant performance for the most

recent quarter was within the Licensee Response column of the NRC's Action Matrix, based on

all inspection findings being classified as having very low safety significance (Green) and all

performance indicators indicating performance at a level requiring no additional NRC oversight (Green). Therefore we intend to conduct reactor oversight process (ROP) baseline inspections at your facility.

While plant performance for the most recent quarter is within the Licensee Response column of the Action Matrix, Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 1, was in the Regulatory Response Column of the Action Matrix at the beginning of this assessment period based on one finding of low to moderate safety significance (White) in the Mitigating Systems Cornerstone. This finding involved the unacceptable use of manual actions in lieu of providing protection for cables associated with equipment required for achiev ing and maintaining hot shutdown condition The NRC conducted a supplemental inspec tion in accordance with Inspection Procedure 95001, "Inspection for One or Two Wh ite Inputs in a Strategic Performance Area." The NRC concluded that the root cause, extent of condition and cause reviews, as well as corrective actions were appropriat As a result, the finding was closed in NRC Inspection Report 05000313/2005-011;05000368/2005-011, dated March 31, 200 Entergy Operations, Inc.-2-In our midcycle assessment letter dated August 30, 2005

, we advised you of a substantive crosscutting issue in the area of Problem Identification and Resolution involving weaknesses in

prioritization and correction of known conditions adverse to qualit In response to this, your

staff conducted a review of the corrective ac tion system to identify any documented conditions adverse to quality that were not being adequately addressed in a timely manne No issues were identifie Our inspection of your review, in conjunction with our review of your actions to

identify, effectively assess, and correct instances of ineffective or untimely corrective actions

indicated that you had satisfactorily addressed this issu This review was documented in NRC

Inspection Report 05000313/2005005 and 05000368/200500 No additional inspection

findings related to problem identification were identified during the last six months of the

assessment perio On the basis of your actions to address this issue, we consider the

substantive crosscutting issue satisfactorily resolv e We will continue to monitor your progress in this area as part of our baseline inspection progra The enclosed inspection plan details the inspection, except those related to physical protection, scheduled through September 30, 200 In addition to the baseline inspections, NRC will also

be conducting inspections on Unit 2 in accordance with Inspection Procedure 50003,

"Pressurizer Replacement Inspection." The inspection plan is provided to allow for the

resolution of any scheduling conflicts and personnel availability issues well in advance of

inspector arrival onsit Routine resident inspections are not listed due to their ongoing and

continuous natur The inspections in the last 9 months of the inspection plan are tentative and

may be revised at the midcycle revie In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRC's "Rules of Practice," a copy of this letter and its enclosure will be made available electronically for public inspection in the NRC Public

Document Room or from the Publicly Ava ilable Records (PARS) component of NRC's document system (ADAMS). ADAMS is accessible from the NRC Web site at (the Public Electronic Reading Room).

If circumstances arise which cause us to change this inspection plan, we will contact you to discuss the change as soon as possibl Please contact Mr. David Graves at 817/860-8147

with any questions you may have regarding this letter or the inspection plan.


/RA/Arthur T. Howell III, Director Division of Reactor Projects Dockets: 50-313 50-368

Licenses: DPR-51

NPF-6 Enclosure:

Arkansas Nuclear One Inspection/Activity Plan Entergy Operations, Inc.-3-cc w/enclosure:

Senior Vice President

& Chief Operating Officer

Entergy Operations, In