IR 05000368/2009302

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Er 05000368-09-302; on 08/07/2009, Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2; Initial Operator Licensing Examination Report
ML092780486
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Site: Arkansas Nuclear Entergy icon.png
Issue date: 10/05/2009
From: Ryan Lantz
Operations Branch IV
To: Walsh K
Entergy Operations
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October 5, 2009 Kevin Walsh, Vice President, Operations Entergy Operations, Inc. Arkansas Nuclear One 1448 S.R. 333 Russellville, AR 72802

SUBJECT: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE, UNIT 2 - NRC EXAMINATION REPORT 05000368/2009302

Dear Mr. Walsh:

On August 14, 2009, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) completed an initial operator license examination at Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2. The enclosed report documents the examination findings and licensing decisions. The preliminary examination findings were discussed on August 14, 2009, with Ms. Sherrie Cotton, Training Manager, and other members of your staff. A telephonic exit meeting was conducted on August 27, 2009, with Mr. Randal Martin, Operations Training Supervisor, who was provided the NRC licensing decisions.

The examination included the evaluation of seven applicants for reactor operator licenses and eight applicants for upgrade senior reactor operator licenses. The license examiners determined that all of the applicants satisfied the requirements of 10 CFR Part 55, and the appropriate licenses have been issued. There were three post examination comments submitted by your staff. Enclosure 1 contains details of this report and Enclosure 2 summarizes post examination comment resolution.

No findings of significance were identified during this examination.

In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRC's "Rules of Practice," a copy of this letter and its enclosure 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 http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html (the Public Electronic Reading Room).

Sincerely,

/RA/

Ryan E. Lantz, Chief Operations Branch Division of Reactor Safety UNITED STATESNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONREGION IV612 EAST LAMAR BLVD, SUITE 400ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76011-4125 Entergy Operations, Inc. - 2 -Docket: 50-368 License: NPF-6

Enclosure:

1. NRC Examination Report 05000368/2009302 2. NRC Post Examination Comment Resolution

REGION IV Docket: 50-368 License: NPF-6 Report: 05000368/2009302 Licensee: Entergy Operations, Inc.

Facility: Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2 Location: Junction of Hwy. 64W and Hwy. 333 South Russellville, Arkansas Dates: August 7-27, 2009 Inspectors: B. Larson, Senior Operations Engineer T. McKernon, Senior Operations Engineer G. Apger, Operations Engineer D. Reeser, Operations Engineer Approved By: Ryan Lantz, Chief Operations Branch Division of Reactor Safety

2 Enclosure 1

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

ER05000368/2009302; August 7, 2009; Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2; Initial Operator Licensing Examination Report.

NRC examiners evaluated the competency of seven applicants for reactor operator licenses, one applicant for instant senior reactor operator license and seven applicants for upgrade senior reactor operator licenses at Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2.

The licensee developed the examinations using NUREG-1021, "Operator Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors," Revision 9, Supplement 1. The written examination was administered by the licensee on August 7, 2009. NRC examiners administered the operating tests on August 10-14, 2009.

The examiners determined that all of the applicants satisfied the requirements of 10 CFR Part 55, and the appropriate licenses have been issued.

A. NRC-Identified and Self-Revealing Findings

No findings of significance were identified.

B. Licensee-Identified Violations

None.

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REPORT DETAILS

OTHER ACTIVITIES (OA)

4OA5 Other Activities (Initial Operator License Examination)

.1 License Applications

a. Scope

NRC examiners reviewed all license applications submitted to ensure each applicant satisfied relevant license eligibility requirements. The examiners also audited three of the license applications in detail to confirm that they accurately reflected the subject applicant's qualifications. This audit focused on the applicant's experience and on-the-job training, including control manipulations that provided significant reactivity changes.

b. Findings

No findings of significance were identified.

.2 Examination Development

a. Scope

NRC examiners reviewed integrated examination outlines and draft examinations submitted by the licensee against the requirements of NUREG-1021. The NRC examination team conducted an onsite validation of the operating tests.

b. Findings

NRC examiners provided outline, draft examination and post-validation comments to the licensee. The licensee satisfactorily completed comment resolution prior to examination administration.

NRC examiners determined that the written examinations and operating tests initially submitted by the licensee were within the range of acceptability expected for a proposed examination.

.3 Operator Knowledge and Performance

a. Scope

On August 7, 2009, the licensee proctored the administration of the written examinations to all fifteen applicants. The licensee staff graded the written examinations, analyzed the results, and presented their analysis and post examination comments to the NRC on August 18, 2009.

The NRC examination team administered the various portions of the operating tests to

b. Findings

No findings of significance were identified.

All of the applicants passed the written examination and all parts of the operating test.

The final written examinations and post-examination analysis and comments may be accessed in the ADAMS system under the accession numbers noted in the attachment.

.4 Simulation Facility Performance

a. Scope

The NRC examiners observed simulator performance with regard to plant fidelity during examination validation and administration.

b. Findings

No findings of significance were identified.

.5 Examination Security

a. Scope

The NRC examiners reviewed examination security during both the onsite preparation week and examination administration week for compliance with 10 CFR 55.49 and NUREG-1021. Plans for simulator security and applicant control were reviewed and discussed with licensee personnel.

b. Findings

No findings of significance were identified.

4OA6 Meetings, Including Exit

The chief examiner presented the preliminary examination results to Ms. Sherrie Cotton, Training Manager, Mr. Randall Walters, Operations Manager, and other members of the staff on August 14, 2009. A telephonic exit was conducted on August 27, 2009, between Messrs. Brian Larson, Chief Examiner, and Randal Martin, Operations Training Supervisor.

The licensee did not identify any information or materials used during the examination as proprietary.

ATTACHMENT:

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

KEY POINTS OF CONTACT

Licensee Personnel

Clay Simpson, Operations Training Supervisor

Bill Coble, Operations Training Zac Lacy, Operations Training Brad Wooten, Operations Training

NRC Personnel

J. Josey, Resident Inspector
J. Rotton, Resident Inspector

ADAMS DOCUMENTS REFERENCED