September 14, 2009
Enforcement Letter issued to Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC related to a Failed Scram Event at the Neutron Radiography Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Enforcement, within the Office of Health, Safety and Security, conducted an evaluation of the deficiencies associated with the Occurrence Reporting and Processing System (ORPS) report NE-ID--BEA-NRAD-2008-0003, Shim Rod #2 Failure to SCRAM. Our evaluation included a review of documents and discussions with site personnel. Documents reviewed included the Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA) Cause Analysis Report and Corrective Action Plan NE-ID-BEA-NRAD-2008-0003, Shim Rod #2 Fails to drop after Reactor Scram, dated March 12, 2008. The subject ORPS report described a September 30, 2008, failed scram event associated with the Neutron Radiography (NRAD) Reactor. During the event, the operator attempted to manually scram the NRAD Reactor by pushing the manual scram button.