July 6, 2017
Mr. Mark E. Reddemann Chief Executive Officer Energy Northwest P.O. Box 968 (Mail Drop 1023) Richland, WA 99352-0968
SUBJECT: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION - FINAL SIGNIFICANCE DETERMINATION OF A WHITE FINDING, NOTICE OF VIOLATION, FOLLOW-UP ASSESSMENT LETTER, AND NRC INSPECTION REPORT 05000397/2017009
Dear Mr. Reddemann:
This letter provides you the final significance determination of the preliminary White finding discussed in our letter dated April 10, 2017, which included Special Inspection Report 05000397/2016009 (Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession ML17100A499). The finding involved the failure to ensure that the contents of a radioactive waste container did not exceed the radiation level requirements for shipping.
A regulatory conference was held on May 2, 2017, to discuss your views on this issue. During the meeting, your staff described your assessment of the significance of the apparent violation and associated corrective actions, including the root-cause evaluation. Specifically, your staff stated that the root cause was that station procedures to implement spent fuel pool clean-up activities and the associated radioactive waste surveys, processing, and shipping activities were not sufficient to ensure compliance with all requirements. Additionally, your staff identified contributing causes of inadequate management oversight and non-conservative decision-making. Your staff indicated that the corrective actions included developing and issuing an updated procedure to implement the clean-up activities and that key personnel had been trained to provide increased and more effective oversight...
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