United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for February 23, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         FEBRUARY 23, 1999

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                    REPORT             NEGATIVE            NO INPUT
                    ATTACHED           INPUT RECEIVED      RECEIVED

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REGION II           X
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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - HEADQUARTERS FEB. 23, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Database                       MR Number: H-99-0019
Thomas & Betts                         Date: 02/23/99


Subject: Part 21 - Inappropriate low signal application of Agastat E7000
         series timing relay


Discussion:

VENDOR: Thomas & Betts                  PT21 FILE NO: 99-12-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT: 01/26/99              ACCESSION NUMBER: 9902020300

SOURCE DOCUMENT:                        REVIEWER: PECB, N. Fields


NEW ISSUE.  The vendor, Thomas & Betts, reports input from one of its
customers in the nuclear industry regarding an unanticipated application
of an Agastat E7000 series timing relay in a contact circuit with low
signal level (about 10 mA, 6Vdc) that is below the vendor's published
qualified minimum and below the vendor's quality acceptance criterion for
contact continuity.  The vendor verified that the relay met product
specifications and reproduced the application conditions, which resulted
in intermittent contact continuity.  Though this customer's low current
application needs were resolved, the vendor has no basis to support
applications requiring continuity in circuits with less than 1A, 28Vdc.
The vendor has notified other customers in the nuclear industry.

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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Duke Power Co.                         MR Number: 2-99-0002
Catawba 1 2                            Date: 02/23/99
York,South Carolina
Dockets: 50-413,50-414
PWR/W-4-LP,PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: PROPOSED USE OF MIXED-OXIDE FUEL

Discussion:

On February 22, 1999, a group of about fifty people gathered in
Charlotte, N.C. to express their concerns on the government's proposal to
use mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) in commercial reactors such as the Catawba
Nuclear Station and the McGuire Nuclear Station. The meeting was
sponsored by the North Carolina-based Blue Ridge Environmental Defense
League. The Rock Hill Herald reported that speakers from the Hartford
Action Group and the Nuclear Control Institute were at this gathering.

Contact:  C. OGLE                    (404)562-4510
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