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RIC 2013 Changes to Requalification Inspection Procedure 71111.11
RIC 2013
Changes to Requalification
Inspection Procedure 71111.11
Dell McNeil
Senior Operations Engineer, NRC, Region III
March 12, 2013
What Changed in IP 71111.11?
• Not many changes to what we inspect
during the biennial inspections
• How we inspect has changed
• Inspection activities more
predictable/repeatable/prescribed by use
of Appendices to IP 71111.11
• New Significance Determination Process
(SDP) for requalification issues
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IP 71111.11 Objectives (2000)
• Assure facility licensee's requalification program
ensures safe power plant operation
• Verify licensee's effectiveness in evaluating and
revising the requalification program based on
feedback
• Ensure licensed operators satisfy the conditions of
their licenses as specified in 10 CFR 55.53.
• Supply regional management with the information
necessary to determine the need for additional
inspections or NRC developed & administered
examinations.
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IP 71111.11 Objectives (2012)
• Evaluate licensed operator performance during
requalification examinations, other examinations,
training exercises, and in the actual plant/main
control room.
• Assess the facility licensee’s ability to evaluate
the performance of their licensed operators during
NRC requalification examinations, other
examinations, and training exercises.
• Assess the facility licensee’s ability to properly
develop and administer requalification annual
operating tests and biennial written examinations.
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IP 71111.11 Objectives (2012)
• Assess the performance of the control room
simulator, and the facility licensee’s testing
and maintenance of the control room simulator
• Assess the facility licensee's effectiveness in
ensuring that the individuals who are licensed
to operate the facility satisfy the conditions of
their licenses as specified in 10 CFR 55.53 and
10 CFR 55.59.
• Assess the facility licensee’s effectiveness in
identifying and resolving problems related to
licensed operator performance.
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Inspection Requirements
Original
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Inspection Composition (02.01)
Sample Selections (02.02)
Review the Facility's Operating History (02.03)
Review the Facility Licensee's Requalification Examinations
(02.04)
Observe Licensee's Administration of Exams (02.05)
Review the Facility Licensee's Feedback System (02.06)
Review the Facility Licensee's Remedial Training (02.07)
Conformance With Operator License Conditions. (02.08)
Resident Quarterly Review (02.09)
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Inspection Requirements New
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Inspection Composition (02.01)
Sample Selections (02.02)
Biennial Requalification Written Examination Quality (02.03)
Annual Requalification Operating Test Quality (02.04)
Observe Licensee Administration of an Annual
Requalification Operating Test (02.05)
Requalification Examination Security (02.06)
Licensee Remedial Training and Re-examinations. (02.07)
Conformance With Operator License Conditions. (02.08)
Simulator Performance. (02.09)
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Inspection Requirements New
• Problem Identification and Resolution (02.10)
• Resident Inspector Quarterly Review of Licensed Operator
Requalification and Licensed Operator Performance (02.11)
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Increased emphasis on
Operator Performance
• Resident Inspector activities
– Added 4 hours review of licensed operator performance
in plant/CR during heightened activity/risk.
– Inspection guidance prioritizes monitoring of simulator
evaluations over training activities with emphasis on:
• Operator performance
• Facility’s administration of evaluations
• Facility’s ability to effectively evaluate operator
performance
• Simulator fidelity and performance
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Increased emphasis on
Operator Performance
• Problem Identification and Resolution (PI&R)
– Inspection focus on review & assessment of the
ability of the facility licensee to identify, evaluate,
and resolve problems associated with licensed
operator performance
– Emphasis on in-plant activities and operator
performance
– Replaces/restructures review of “Plant Operating
History”
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Observations & Issues
• Violations and Findings
– ROP versus Traditional
– Shift in identified areas
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Exam Material Quality
Training versus Operations
Problem Identification and Resolution
Focus On Performance & Safety
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2010 INSPECTION FINDINGS
OTHER
17%
CONFORMANCE
WITH LICENSE
CONDITIONS
25%
SIMULATOR
17%
EXAM INTEGRITY
42%
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2011 INSPECTION FINDINGS
SIMULATOR
11%
EXAM QUALITY
11%
CONFORMANCE
WITH LICENSE
CONDITIONS
39%
EXAM
ADMINISTRATION
17%
CREW FAILURES
22%
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2012 INSPECTION FINDINGS
OTHER
33%
EXAM
ADMINISTRATION
33%
EXAM QUALITY
17%
EXAM INTEGRITY
17%
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Procedure & Training Focus?
• Operator Performance (INPO SER 3-05 and IER 11-3)
• Possible that experience level of operating crews has
begun to diminish as more seasoned operators retire or
move to other positions in the organization.
• Newer operators tend to be less familiar with and less
sensitive to system response and integrated plant
response than more experienced operators.
• Being unfamiliar with how the plant responds when
operator actions are performed can sometimes result in
unintended consequences.
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Operator Performance Events
• While performing turbine valve testing, control room
operators incorrectly operated turbine controls resulting in
an inadvertent power increase from 88% to 96%.
• Control room operators failed to implement reactivity
standards during startup which contributed to an
unrecognized sub-criticality followed by an unrecognized
return to criticality and subsequent reactor scram.
• Failure to monitor important indications resulted in auto
Safety Injection, uncontrolled cool down, and challenge to
Reactor Coolant Pump seal cooling.
• Missed procedure step results in Auto Scram.
• Failure to ensure that procedure was applicable for existing
conditions resulted in re-energizing a faulted electrical bus.
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Insights & Lessons Learned
• Inspectors’ use and understanding of the
new IP 71111.11
• Effectiveness of the new procedure
• Continued evaluation and assessment of
IP 71111.11
• Industry’s insights, perspectives and
feedback
• Panel Discussion
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