New Beaver Valley Operators Receive Licenses

Operators were recently formally recognized for passing their Initial License Examfor Beaver Valley's Unit 1. The exam caps an 18-month program.

January 21, 2019

Twelve new nuclear Operators were presented their licenses at a formal banquet on Tuesday evening.

On Oct. 10, 2018, the NRC informed Beaver Valley that all 12 candidates of the Beaver Valley 1LOT18 Initial License Class had successfully passed their Initial NRC License Exam for Unit 1. Those operators were recognized at a dinner Tuesday night and formally presented their licenses by Dave Sharbaugh, Beaver Valley site Operations manager, and Ray Lorson, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission deputy administrator, Region 1.

“It doesn’t get any better than twelve out of twelve passing the exam,” said Ray. “It’s a tribute to you and to your training program. Congratulations to you all.”

FENOC Senior Vice President & COO Paul Harden closed out the evening with some remarks, noting the ongoing financial and regulatory landscape. “It’s a challenging time for the industry, no doubt,” he said, “But leave the distractions at the door. You all have an incredible responsibility to ensure the safe operation of the plant.”

The exam followed an 18-month program of intensive study that began in January 2017. It takes two weeks to administer the exam, and candidates are evaluated on their performance in the simulator and in the plant on specific tasks,and conclude the program with a six-hour written final exam.

Participating in the class were seven Reactor Operator candidates and five Senior Reactor Operator candidates. They are Nick Adams, Sean Denny, Jerome Ennels, Corey Hine,  Will Hollingsworth, Mike Kesow, Ryan Knotts, George Mansfield, Chris Mauck, Bryan Moore, Don Moore and Dave Rahe.

U.S.NRC Region 1 deputy Administrator Ray Lorson addressed the newly licensed operators.