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The Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Fire of 1975 and the History of NRC Fire Regulations: DVD (NUREG/BR-0361, Supplement 1)

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued Supplement 1 to NUREG/BR-0361 as a DVD, which accompanied the printed brochure. You may Contact Us to obtain a complete copy of this set. Alternatively, you may view or download many of the component files through the Table of Contents, below. However, please note that the related Microsoft Windows Media audio/video files (identified as WMV, below) are not currently available for download.

Publication Information

Date Published: January 2009

Prepared by:
David Stroup,
Jessica Kratchman,
Felix E. Gonzalez,
Mark Henry Salley

Fire Research Branch
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Abstract

This DVD is a collection of regulatory and industry documents issued before and after the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN) Fire of 1975, intended to capture the history of regulations in the nuclear industry and, specifically, in the fire protection area. The documents in this DVD are organized by category and chronologically listed to facilitate reading. The DVD includes only those documents that were affected by the regulatory implications caused by the BFN fire. The documents included in this DVD also reflect fire protection regulations and studies of about a decade after the fire, and do not discuss current fire protection regulations or studies performed after the 1990s. The timeline presented in the introduction summarize the events critical to fire protection regulation in U.S. nuclear power plants (NPPs) from 1971 through 1981.

Table of Contents

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Introduction

Category Title File Type and Size
Multimedia Multimedia Introduction to the BFN Fire of 1975 and the History of NRC Fire Regulations, by Brian Sheron (RES Director) and MarkHenry Salley (FRB Chief) Broadband - 150 KB
Document Excerpt from the Printed Brochure (pages 1–4) HTML

Historical Documents

Category Title File Type and Size
Current versions of 10 CFR 50.48 and Appendix R Current version of 10 CFR 50.48 PDF - 19 KB
Current version of Appendix R PDF - 57 KB
History of Changes to 10 CFR 50.48 and Appendix R History of Changes to 10 CFR 50.48 PDF - 1.16 MB
History of Changes to Appendix R PDF - 1.71 MB
Federal Register Notices Regarding 10 CFR 50.48 and Appendix R 45 FR 36082 PDF - 1.49 MB
45 FR 71569 PDF - 200 KB
45 FR 76602 PDF - 2.32 MB
45 FR 79409 PDF - 130 KB
46 FR 44734 PDF - 321 KB
53 FR 19240 PDF - 3.69 MB
61 FR 39278 PDF - 3.98 MB
65 FR 38182 PDF - 1.48 MB
69 FR 33536 PDF - 2.32 MB
72 FR 49352 PDF - 21.8 MB
Commission (SECY) Papers and Speeches SECY 82-342, "Connecticut Light and Power Company, et al., vs. NRC" PDF - 541 KB
Speech S-98-12, "Thermal Barriers and Regulatory Frameworks: The U.S. Experience on Fire Protection," by Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, NRC Chairman, at "Fire Safety '98," Mumbai, India (April 15, 1998) PDF - 110 KB
Court and Congressional Documents (Legal Challenges) Congressional Hearings on Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant:  
PDF - 25.9 MB
PDF - 20.6 MB
Connecticut Light and Power Petition vs. U.S. NRC PDF - 2.93 MB
Court of Appeals Decision on Fire Protection Rule PDF - 347 KB
Regulatory Guides and NUREG-Series Technical Reports by NRC Staff Regulatory Guide 1.75, "Physical Independence of Electrical Systems," Rev. 2 PDF - 369 KB
NUREG-0050, "Recommendations Related to Browns Ferry Fire" HTML
NUREG-0061, "Safety Evaluation Report Related to the Operation of Browns Ferry, Units 1 and 2, Following the March 22, 1975 Fire" HTML
NUREG-75/087, "Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants": SRP 9.5.1, "Fire Protection Program," Rev. 1 PDF - 4.65 MB
PDF - 1.85 MB
PDF - 1.97 MB
PDF - 1.95 MB
PDF - 65 KB
PDF - 4.26 MB
NUREG/CR-6042, "Perspectives on Reactor Safety" HTML
NUREG-1552, "Fire Barrier Penetration Seals in Nuclear Power Plants" HTML
HTML
NUREG/CR-6738, "Risk Methods Insights Gained From Fire Incidents" HTML
Non-NRC Reports on BFN BFN Unit 1 and 2, Approximate Temperature Zones Derived from a Review of Physical Evidence Produced by the March 22, 1975 Fire (prepared by Tennessee Valley Authority) PDF - 15.7 MB
BFN Fire Final Report of Preliminary Investigating Committee (prepared by Tennessee Valley Authority) PDF - 6.03 MB
Journal Articles by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) SFPE Technology Report: The Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Fire PDF - 19.4 MB
SFPE Journal: Quantifying Losses Due to Fire — Remembering the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Fire PDF - 20 KB
Video and Photographs of BFN and Seal Penetration Fire Tests Photographs from Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant Fire PDF - 7.76 MB
Photographs from Seal Penetration Fire Tests following the Browns Ferry Fire PDF - 18.4 MB
Video from Seal Penetration Fire Tests 1 & 2 following the Browns Ferry Fire (35 min) Broadband - 150 KB
Seminar on the BFN Fire sponsored by the NRC's Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES)

(Invited speakers David Notley and Robert Ferguson, engineers who worked with NRC during the BFN Fire)
Appendix R Presentation (Transcript), by David Notley PDF - 1.11 MB
Appendix R Presentation (Video), by David Notley (20 min) Broadband - 150 KB
RES/FRB BFN Fire Seminar Video (Part 1 of 3), presentation by Jim Lyons and MarkHenry Salley (21 min) Broadband - 150 KB
RES/FRB BFN Fire Seminar Video (Part 2 of 3), presentation by David Notley (35 min) Broadband - 150 KB
RES/FRB BFN Fire Seminar Video (Part 3 of 3), presentation by David Notley, Robert Ferguson, and MarkHenry Salley (35 min) Broadband - 150 KB
NRC Technical Training Center (TTC) Interviews with Jack Lewis (former TTC Instructor) Introductory Perspectives on Regulation before the BFN Fire, presented by Jack Lewis (13 min); this video is only available on the DVD distributed with the printed brochure; please Contact Us to obtain a copy WMV - 17.8 MB
The BFN Fire Event, presented by Jack Lewis (45 min); this video is only available on the DVD distributed with the printed brochure; please Contact Us to obtain a copy WMV - 62.4 MB
Lessons Learned, presented by Jack Lewis (19 min); this video is only available on the DVD distributed with the printed brochure; please Contact Us to obtain a copy WMV - 27.7 MB
Presentations about the BFN Fire Browns Ferry Fire Heritage Discussion by Region II on the 30th Anniversary of the BFN Fire (2005) PDF - 2.32 MB
NRC Bulletins Related to the BFN Fire BL-75-04, "Cable Fire at Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Station," March 24, 1975 HTML
BL-75-04a, "Cable Fire at Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Station," April 3, 1975 HTML
BL-75-04b, "Cable Fire at Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Station," November 3, 1975 HTML
Amendments to the BFN License BFN Amendments 24 and 27 PDF - 430 KB
BFN Amendments 54 and 59 PDF - 3.57 MB
BFN Revised Order for License Modification PDF - 306 KB
Commission Meeting Transcripts Regarding the BFN Fire Letter from NRC Chairman Hendrie to Congressman Pepper, September 15, 1978 PDF - 943 KB
Discussion and Vote on Fire Protection Program: Meeting 1, October 16, 1980 PDF - 4.05 MB
Discussion and Vote on Fire Protection Program: Meeting 2, October 21, 1980 PDF - 2.49 MB
Discussion and Vote on Fire Protection Program: Meeting 3, October 27, 1980 PDF - 5.31 MB
Briefing on Fire Protection Rule Schedules and Exemptions, January 12, 1982 PDF - 3.91 MB
Discussion on Appendix R: Fire Protection, May 30, 1984 PDF - 4.96 MB
Status of Interpretation of Appendix R: Fire Protection, October 3, 1985 PDF - 2.56 MB

Questions and Answers

This DVD provides a compilation of information to gain perspective about the BFN fire of 1975. Document types each serve a different purpose and answer a different question. Combined, these sources create a well-rounded picture of the event for varied types and levels of users. Individually, they paint a detailed picture of certain aspects of the event. The following table asks some questions related to the BFN fire and provides examples of where the user should go in the DVD to find the answers.

Question Where to go in the DVD1
What happened in the BFN fire and what did we learn? Non-NRC Reports on BFN
Journal Articles by the SFPE
Regulatory Guides and NUREG-Series Technical Reports by NRC Staff
Commission Meeting Transcripts
How is this information reported to the public? Journal Articles by the SFPE
Regulatory Guides and NUREG-Series Technical Reports by NRC Staff
How did NRC communicate what actions needed to be taken after this event? Regulatory Guides and NUREG-Series Technical Reports by NRC Staff
NRC Bulletins, Amendments, and Commission Meeting Transcripts
What were the rules and regulations before the BFN fire and how has this fire changed them? Current versions of 10 CFR 50.48 and Appendix R
History of Changes to 10 CFR 50.48 and Appendix R
Federal Register Notices Regarding 10 CFR 50.48 and Appendix R
Amendments to the BFN License
How does NRC staff inform the Commission of policy and rulemaking matters? SECY Documents
How does the court uphold or challenge rules set forth by NRC? Court and Congressional Documents (Legal Challenges)
How does Congress obtain information, conduct investigations, or oversee NRC? Court and Congressional Documents
What do the experts think, and what does a fire like this look like? Video and Photographs of BFN and Seal Penetration Fire Tests
Seminar on the BFN Fire
NRC TTC Interviews with Jack Lewis
Presentations about the BFN Fire
1 See the Table of Contents, above.
Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, February 06, 2014