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Information Notice No. 89-22: Questionable Certification of Fasteners
UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 March 3, 1989 Information Notice No. 89-22: QUESTIONABLE CERTIFICATION OF FASTENERS Addressees: All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power reactors. Purpose: This information notice is being provided to alert addressees to a possible problem with the certification of fasteners (bolts, nuts, and studs) furnished by Hardware Specialty Company, Incorporated (HSC) of Long Island City, New York. It is expected that recipients will review the information for applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate, to avoid similar problems. However, suggestions contained in this information notice do not constitute NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or written response is required. Description of Circumstances: During 1981 and 1982, Ebasco Services Incorporated and Louisiana Power and Light Company issued purchase orders (POs) to HSC for fasteners for use at the Waterford Nuclear Power Plant. Based on a review of certificates of compliance (C of Cs) and certified material test reports (CMTRs), it was determined that HSC purchased commercial grade fasteners from intermediary suppliers who obtained the material from foreign and domestic suppliers and manufacturers. HSC certified that the material met the requirements of Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code without performing applicable verification activities or upgrade testing. Additionally, stain- less steel fasteners may not have been properly solution annealed as evidenced by the fact that tensile properties in test reports are high for heat treated material and the Brinell hardness numbers exceed the maximum specified for SA-193 B8 Class 1 material. In addition, Charpy impact tests were not performed on fasteners greater than one inch as required by paragraphs NB-2311 and NC-2311 of ASME Section III, 1977 Edition, Summer 1979 Addenda, which were invoked in the pertinent POs. It should be noted that the POs did not contain test temper-atures for conducting the impact tests. This material was sold to the Waterford site in the early 1980s. The above information was dis-covered during an NRC inspection at HSC during the period of February 7-10, 1989. Attachment 1 lists organizations known to have approved HSC as a supplier of fasteners to ASME Section III or Appendix B to 10 CFR 50 requirements during the 1980-1985 time frame. This list is not all inclusive. It is important for licensees to note that HSC reportedly started supplying fasteners to the nuclear industry in 1979, but has been in business since 1932. 8902270158 . IN 89-22 March 3, 1989 Page 2 of 2 The NRC inspection at HSC indicates that material supplied by HSC during 1988 met customer requirements. A list of HSC nuclear customers in 1988/1989 is provided in Attachment 2. The documents for the material supplied between 1983 and 1987 were not reviewed in sufficient detail to conclude whether problems exist with the material provided by HSC during this period. Discussion: The NRC inspections at the Waterford site and HSC have brought into question the validity of C of Cs and CMTRs issued by HSC for the fasteners that they supplied. Accordingly, licensees may wish to review procurements from this vendor to ensure that appropriate bases exist for the use of HSC supplied material. Licensees and other purchasers may wish also to review the adequacy of audits performed on vendors and vendor approval processes in light of this information. (See also IN No. 88-35, "Inadequate Licensee Performed Vendor Audits"). In addition, it is important for licensees to note that Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code requires that, when working with material sup- pliers and manufacturers that are not Quality System Certificate (QSC) Holders, the only parties permitted to survey, approve, and order Section III material from them are QSC and N-type certificate holders. No specific action or written response is required by this information notice. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact the technical contact listed below or the Regional Administrator of the appropriate regional office. Charles E. Rossi, Director Division of Operational Events Assessment Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Technical Contact: Ray Cilimberg, NRR (301) 492-3220 Attachments: 1. List of Organizations that Approved Hardware Specialty Company 2. List of Hardware Specialty Company Nuclear Customers in 1988/1989 3. List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices . Attachment 1 IN 89-22 March 3, 1989 Page 1 of 1 LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT APPROVED HARDWARE SPECIALTY COMPANY UTILITIES/VENDORS AUDIT APPROVAL DATE Niagara Mohawk 1985 Maine Yankee 1985 Virginia Power Pre 9/1980 Louisiana Power and Light 1981 Ebasco 1981 Alabama Power 1981 Hayward Tyler 10/15/80 Jamesbury Valve Pre 9/1980 Ryerson Steel Pre 9/1980 Baltimore Gas and Electric 11/13/80 Texas Utilities 05/20/81 Morrison Knudson 11/10/81 Indiana and Michigan Electric Company 05/19/81 Pennsylvania Power and Light 12/15/81 American Electric Power 1981 Rockwell 1980 Continental Power (Marble Hill) 1981 . Attachment 2 IN 89-22 March 3, 1989 Page 1 of 1 LIST OF HARDWARE SPECIALTY COMPANY NUCLEAR CUSTOMERS IN 1988/1989 Arizona Power Bechtel - Limerick Bechtel - South Texas Boston Edison Carolina Power & Light Consolidated Edison Georgia Power General Public Utilities Gulf States Long Island Lighting New York Power Authority Niagara Mohawk Philadelphia Electric Stone & Webster Sulzer Pump Virginia Power Yankee Atomic . Attachment 3 IN 89-22 March 3, 1989 Page 1 of 1 LIST OF RECENTLY ISSUED NRC INFORMATION NOTICES _____________________________________________________________________________ Information Date of Notice No._____Subject_______________________Issuance_______Issued to________ 89-21 Changes in Performance 2/27/89 All holders of OLs Characteristics of Molded- or CPs for nuclear Case Circuit Breakers power reactors. 88-73, Direction-Dependent Leak 2/27/89 All holders of OLs Supplement 1 Characteristics of Contain- or CPs for nuclear ment Purge Valves power reactors. 89-20 Weld Failures in a Pump 2/24/89 All holders of OLs of Byron-Jackson Design or CPs for nuclear power reactors. 89-19 Health Physics Network 2/23/89 All holders of OLs or CPs for nuclear power reactors, and the following fuel facilities: Nuclear Fuel Services of Erwin, General Atomic, UNC Montville, B&W LRC Lynchburg, and B&W Lynchburg. 89-18 Criminal Prosecution of 2/22/89 All holders of OLs Wrongdoing Committed by or CPs for nuclear Suppliers of Nuclear power reactors. Products or Services 89-17 Contamination and Degra- 2/22/89 All holders of OLs dation of Safety-Related or CPs for nuclear Battery Cells power reactors. 89-16 Excessive Voltage Drop 2/16/89 All holders of OLs in dc Systems or CPs for nuclear power reactors. 89-15 Second Reactor Coolant Pump 2/16/89 All holders of OLs Shaft Failure at Crystal or CPs for nuclear River power reactors. __________________________________________________________________________________ OL = Operating License CP = Construction Permit ..
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