|REACTOR CORE ISOLATION COOLING DECLARED INOPERABLE |
"On January 5, 2011, at 0120 hours, with the reactor at 100% thermal power and steady state conditions, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNSP) declared the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) system inoperable due to the RCIC suction isolation valve from the Torus/Suppression Pool (RCIC-26) failing to go fully closed during planned surveillance testing. The RCIC-26 is a motor-operated valve (MOV) and its normal position is closed. The RClC-26 valve is redundant to the RCIC-25 valve, and is not the credited containment isolation valve. The RCIC-26 valve has a safety function to be (manually) opened during certain event mitigation scenarios requiring a transfer of suction sources from the Condensate Storage Tank (CST) to the Torus.
"Based on the valve failing to fully close during MOV stroke time testing per PNPS Procedure 188.8.131.52, the RCIC system was declared inoperable at 0120 hours and the appropriate LCO was entered. The RCIC-26 was subsequently returned to a full open position, caution tagged and the RCIC system was declared operable. The LCO was exited at 0200 hours. An investigation of the event is underway and continuing.
"This event had no impact on the health and/or safety of the public.
"The NRC Resident Inspector is on-site and has been notified.
"This is an 8-hour notification made in accordance with 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)."
The licensee will notify the State of Massachusetts.