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Event Notification Report for December 30, 2008

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Operations Center

Event Reports For
12/29/2008 - 12/30/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44745

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44745
Facility: PALISADES
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: TERRY DAVIS
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 12/29/2008
Notification Time: 11:19 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2008
Event Time: 06:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF ENS AND COMMERCIAL PHONE SERVICE

At approximately 0615 on December 29, 2008, it was determined that the Emergency Notification System (ENS) and commercial telecommunications capability were out of service. The condition impacts both the Control Room and the Technical Support Center. The problem has been determined to be an offsite issue with the telecommunications provider. Immediately after discovery of the condition, communications capability via satellite phone was tested and established between the Palisades Control Room and the NRC Operations Center. In addition, if needed, the satellite phone will be used to initiate call-out of the emergency response organization and to contact the regional load dispatcher. This condition did not affect the ENS or commercial capabilities at the offsite Emergency Operations Facility. The telecommunications provider has not provided an estimated repair time.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 2104 EST ON 12/29/08 FROM MULFORD TO HUFFMAN * * *

"The telecommunications provider restored full ENS and commercial telecommunications capability to the Palisades Nuclear Plant at approximately 2100 EST. The condition was caused by an offsite fiber-optic cable that had been accidentally severed."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R3DO (Cameron).

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