United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

IN RESPONSE, PLEASE
REFER TO: M980219A

March 18, 1998

MEMORANDUM TO: L. Joseph Callan
Executive Director for Operations
FROM: John C. Hoyle /s/
SUBJECT: STAFF REQUIREMENTS:  MEETING WITH NORTHEAST NUCLEAR ON MILLSTONE, 9:30 A.M. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1998, ONE WHITE FLINT NORTH, ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND (OPEN TO PUBLIC ATTENDANCE)

The Commission was briefed on progress toward the restart of Millstone units 2 and 3 by the NRC staff and industry representatives.

In preparing for any subsequent meetings or reports regarding Millstone, the Commission would like the staff to give particular attention to, and provide information on, the issues identified in the attached. These items clarify the information the Commission needs to make a restart decision on Millstone Unit 3.

(EDO) (SECY Suspense:   5/1/98)

Attachment:  As stated

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ATTACHMENT TO SRM M980219A - MEETING WITH NORTHEAST NUCLEAR ON MILLSTONE

The staff should ensure that their independent criteria for assessing the employee concerns program, as well as the ICAVP criteria, are clear and have been made publicly available.

Reports and presentations must include:

  • An assessment of the significance and resolution of Levels 1,2,3 ICAVP findings before restart (Level 4 findings can be deferred).

  • Crisp, clear analyses of the restart-related issues with recommendations (where appropriate) for the Commission, including those related to enforcement, allegations, and petitions.

  • A summary of independent NRC actions (e.g., inspections) supporting staff decision making on Millstone restart.

  • Evidence whether the licensee has made sufficient progress and fixed the underlying problems in employee concerns and the corrective action and configuration management processes.

  • An assessment of licensee management oversight and quality assurance.

  • A plan for monitoring licensee resolution of non-restart related issues/items.

  • A discussion of operational readiness for restart.In view of the efforts required for restart readiness of the other units, the staff should also assess the licensee's plan for maintaining adequate resources to ensure safe operation of Unit 3 following restart.
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