United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for March 8, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         MARCH 08, 1999

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - HEADQUARTERS MARCH  8, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Database                       MR Number: H-99-0024
Pyco                                   Date: 03/08/99


Subject: Part 21 - Unqualified sensors fabricated into resistance
         temperature detector (RTD) assemblies


Discussion:

VENDOR: PYCO                        PT21 FILE NO: 99-13-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT: 02/25/99          ACCESSION NUMBER:

SOURCE DOCUMENT: EN 35406           REVIEWER: PECB, V. Hodge


NEW ISSUE.  The vendor, PYCO, reports that a limited number of 200-ohm
duplex resistance temperature detector (RTD) assemblies were fabricated
by PYCO using thin-film sensors instead of wire-wound sensors specified
for the assemblies.  The vendor tested and qualified the wire-wound
assemblies but not the thin-film assemblies.  Both sensors have the same
physical appearance and electrical characteristics and both sensors meet
the requirements of the International Industrial Standard IEC-75 1,
"Industrial Platinum Resistance Thermometer Sensors."  The vendor
supplied these thin-film assemblies to the licensees of the Robinson,
Brunswick, and Summer nuclear power plants.  The vendor notified these
licensees.
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Indiana                                MR Number: 3-99-0016
Michigan Electric Co.                  Date: 03/08/99
Cook 1 2                               SRI via Telecon
Bridgman,Michigan
Dockets: 50-315,50-316
PWR/W-4-LP,PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: D.C. COOK EXPANDED SYSTEM READINESS REVIEWS

Discussion:

On February 10, 1999, D.C. Cook Initiated an Expanded System Readiness
Review (ESRR) initiative. The ESRR process consists of Safety System
Functional Inspection type engineering evaluations, and system walkdowns
to verify that key systems are capable of meeting their safety and
accident mitigation functions. The systems that will be reviewed were
divided into two categories, Level 1 and Level 2. The Level 1 systems
were to be reviewed first and included Maintenance Rule risk significant
systems and safe shutdown support systems including attendant/support
systems. The Level 1 reviews include the evaluation of 56 systems. The
scope of the less in-depth Level 2 reviews will include all remaining
systems except the security systems. The ESRR process is expected to
disclose design and licensing basis concerns. The licensee plans to
complete the ESRR process by late May 1999, and a new integrated restart
schedule will be published by June 1, 1999. The restart schedule will
include the work scope needed to correct any deficiencies identified as a
result of the ESRRs.

The ESRR is currently in progress and issues are being identified
regarding the ability of some systems to perform their design basis
function. For example, on February 27, 1999, the licensee made a 10 CFR
50.72 notification (Event No. 35416) regarding potentially excessive
thermal stress on two containment penetrations due to blocked cooling
flow. The licensee expects that additional design issues will be
identified as a result of the ESRR.

Regional Action:

Regional Inspectors are monitoring ESRR activities.

Contact:  A. Vegel                   (630)829-9620
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Wisconsin Electric Power Co.           MR Number: 3-99-0017
Point Beach 2                          Date: 03/08/99
Two Rivers,Wisconsin                   Resident Inspector Observation
Dockets: 50-301
PWR/W-2-LP

Subject: UNIT 2 REACTOR STARTUP

Discussion:

The Point Beach Nuclear Plant Unit 2 was placed online at 1:33 a.m. on
March 7, 1999, ending the 23rd refueling outage. The reactor had been
made critical on February 26, 1999. The outage, which began on December
4, 1998, included reactor vessel baffle former bolt inspections, loading
of the Unit's first 18-month fuel core, and retrofit of the two low
pressure turbine rotors. The Unit is scheduled to remain online until the
fall of 2000.

Regional Action:

None

Contact:  R.D. Lanksbury             (630)829-9631
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