United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Information Notice No. 85-78: Event Notification

                                                       SSINS No.:  6835
                                                            IN 85-78 

                               UNITED STATES 
                       NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 
                    OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT 
                           WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 

                             September 23, 1985 

Information Notice No. 85-78:   EVENT NOTIFICATION 

Addressees: 

All nuclear power reactor facilities holding an operating license (OL) or a 
construction permit (Cp). 

Purposes: 

This notice is being issued to revise guidance to power reactor licensees 
regarding specific event notification information that should be provided to
the NRC Operations Center when reporting events in accordance with 10 CFR 
50.72. This guidance supercedes that provided in IN 83-34 dated May 26, 
1983. Suggestions contained in this information notice do not constitute NRC
requirements; therefore, no specific action or written response is required.

Description of Circumstances: 

Significant events reported to the NRC Operations Center receive prompt 
evaluation by NRC technical staff at headquarters and regional offices. To 
assist in obtaining adequate information for evaluation, the worksheet has 
been revised for the Operations Officers manning the NRC Operations Center. 
The event notification worksheet has been provided for your information as 
an attachment to this information notice. We recognize that this list is not
all inclusive, nor are all of its items applicable to each event. Rather, it
lists certain key items on the basis of past experience that are required 
for most notifications. The checklist is intended to provide the licensee 
with the type of information that should be provided to the NRC Operations 
Center when reporting events. 

It is suggested that copies of the worksheet be made available to employees 
responsible for reporting event related information to the NRC to replace 
copies of the worksheet provided in IN 83-34. 

To prevent misunderstandings and reduce callbacks by the Operations Officer 
as a result of incomplete information, the description should provide suffi-
cient detail for the Operations Officer to understand the event, including 
all system interactions. 

The NRC welcomes any recommendations for improvements to the event reporting
process. 



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No specific action or written response is required by this information 
notice. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the 
Regional Administrator of the appropriate NRC regional office or the NRC 
Headquarters incident response contacts listed in this notice. 


                                   Edward L. Jordan, Director 
                                   Division of Emergency Preparedness 
                                     and Engineering Response 
                                   Office of Inspection and Enforcement 

Technical Contacts:  Don Marksberry, IE 
                     (301) 492-4156 

                     Ray Priebe, IE 
                     (301) 492-4333 

Attachments: 
1.   Event Notification Worksheet 
2.   List of Recently Issued IE Information Notices 

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