United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for February 8, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         FEBRUARY 08, 1999

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                    REPORT             NEGATIVE            NO INPUT
                    ATTACHED           INPUT RECEIVED      RECEIVED

HEADQUARTERS                           X
REGION I                               X
REGION II                              X
REGION III                             X
REGION IV           X
PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION IV  FEB. 08, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Arizona Public Service Co.             MR Number: 4-99-0005
Palo Verde 1 2 3                       Date: 02/04/99
Wintersburg,Arizona                    Call from RI to Regional Office
Dockets: 50-528,50-529,50-530
PWR/CE80,PWR/CE80,PWR/CE80

Subject: US MILITARY HELICOPTERS LANDING IN OWNER CONTROLLED AREA

Discussion:

On February 4, 1999, at approximately 8:10 p.m. (MST), two CH-47 Chinook
military helicopters, on a training exercise, landed in the owner
controlled area.  Two security officers were sent to the landing site,
which was approximately 2 miles from the protected area.  At this time,
the station level of security was upgraded to condition yellow.

When the officers arrived at the landing site, they determined that the
helicopters were forced to land because of bad weather.  The helicopters
left the area approximately 10 minutes later.  The licensee contacted
nearby Luke Air Force Base and verified with military authorities that a
training exercise was in progress.  The licensee also verified that the
two helicopters had been forced to land because of bad weather.  After
confirmation, the station level of security was downgraded to condition
green.

Regional Action:

No further action is anticipated.

Contact:  P. H. Harrell              (817)860-8250
          G. W. Johnston             (817)276-6526
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