IR 05000313/2012001

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Annual Assessment Letter for Arkansas Nuclear One - Units 1 and 2 (Report 05000313/2012001 and 05000368/2012001)
Person / Time
Site: Arkansas Nuclear Entergy icon.png
Issue date: 03/05/2012
From: Allen D
To: Schwarz C
Entergy Operations
Download: ML120610412 (5)


rch 5, 2012



- UNITS 1 AND 2 (REPORT 05000 313/20 12001 AND 05000 368/20 12001)

Dear Mr. Schwarz

On February 16, 2012, the NRC completed its end-of-cycle performance review of Arkansas Nuclear One, Units 1 and The NRC reviewed the most recent quarterly performance indicators (PIs) in addition to inspection results and enforcement actions from January 1, 20 11 , through December 31, 20 1 This letter informs you of the NRC's assessment of your facility during this period and its plans for future inspections at your facilit This performance review and enclosed inspection plan do not include security informatio A separate letter will include the NRC's assessment of your performance in the Security Cornerstone and its security-related inspection pla The NRC determined that

, overall, Arkansas Nuclear One, Units 1 and 2, operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and met all cornerstone objective The NRC determined the performance at Arkansas Nuclear One, Units 1 and 2, during the most recent quarter was within the Licensee Response Column of the NRC

=s Reactor Oversight Process (ROP) Action Matrix because all inspection findings had very low (i.e., green) safety significance, and all PIs indicated that your performance was within the nominal, expected range (i.e., green). Therefore, the NRC plans to conduct ROP baseline inspections at your facilit The NRC identifies substantive cross-cutting issues (SCCIs) to communicate a concern with the licensee's performance in a cross-cutting area and to encourage the licensee to take appropriate actions before more significant performance issues emerg The NRC identified a cross-cutting theme in the decision-making component of the human performance cross-cutting are Specifically, a review of the findings revealed a common theme in the aspect of conservative assumptions in decision-making and adoption of requirements to demonstrate that the proposed action is safe in order to proceed rather than a requirement to demonstrate that it is unsafe in order to disapprove the action (H.1(b)). The NRC determined that an SCCI exists because the NRC has a concern with your staff's scope of effort and progress in addressing the cross-cutting them Based on a review of your actions in response to previous findings in this area, it has been determined that your actions were too narrowly focused and have not shown sustained improvemen The NRC will close this substantive cross-cutting issue when you U N I T E D S T A T E S N U C L E A R R E G U L A T O R Y C O M M I S S I O N R E G I O N I V1600 EAST LAMAR BLVD A R L I N G T O N , T E X A S 7 6 0 1 1-4511 C. Schwarz

- 2 - demonstrate sustainable performance improvements as evidenced by effective implementation of an appropriate corrective action plan that results in no safety significant inspection findings and a notable reduction in the overall number of inspection findings with the same common them The NRC plans to perform focused baseline inspections for this theme after you notify us in writing of your readiness for inspectio The enclosed inspection plan lists the inspections scheduled through June 30, 20 1 Routine inspections performed by resident inspectors are not included in the inspection pla The inspections listed during the last nine months of the inspection plan are tentative and may be revised at the mid-cycle performance revie The NRC provides the inspection plan to allow for the resolution of any scheduling conflicts and personnel availability issue The NRC will contact you as soon as possible to discuss changes to the inspection plan should circumstances warrant any change In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRC

=s ARules of Practice,@ a copy of this letter will be available electronically for public inspection in the NRC Public Document Room or from the Publicly Available Records (PARS) component of NRC's document system (ADAMS). ADAMS is accessible from the NRC Web site at (the Public Electronic Reading Room). Please contact me at (817) 200-1574 with any questions you have regarding this lette


/RA/ Donald B. Allen, Chief Project Branch E Division of Reactor Projects

Docket No , 0 50 00 368 License No D PR-51, NPF-6 Enclosure:

Arkansas Nuclear One Inspection Report/Activity Plan

cc: w/enclosure via Electronic Distribution