United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for July 30, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         JULY 30, 1999

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION III  JULY 30, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-99-0066
Braidwood 1 2                          Date: 07/29/99
Braceville,Illinois                    licensee via telecon
Dockets: 50-456,50-457
PWR/W-4-LP,PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: COMMONWEALTH EDISON SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Discussion:

Effective July 28, 1999, Mr. Chris Crane has been appointed to the new
position of Senior Vice President, Nuclear Operations. The existing
Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Operations and Pressurized Water Reactor
(PWR) Operations organizations have been combined into one Nuclear
Operations organization. Mr. Crane was previously Vice President for BWR
Operations.

Mr. Gene Stanley has been appointed Vice President, Nuclear Operations.
Mr. Stanley was previously Vice President for PWR Operations.

Regional Action:

None.

Contact:  MELVYN LEACH               (630)829-9705
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-99-0067
Byron 1 2                              Date: 07/29/99
Byron,Illinois                         LICENSEE VIA TELECON
Dockets: 50-454,50-455
PWR/W-4-LP,PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: COMMONWEALTH EDISON SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Discussion:

Effective July 28, 1999, Mr. Chris Crane has been appointed to the new
position of Senior Vice President, Nuclear Operations. The existing
Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Operations and Pressurized Water Reactor
(PWR) Operations organizations have been combined into one Nuclear
Operations organization. Mr. Crane was previously Vice President for BWR
Operations.

Mr. Gene Stanley has been appointed Vice President, Nuclear Operations.
Mr. Stanley was previously Vice President for PWR Operations.

Regional Action:

None.

Contact:  MELVYN LEACH 6308295
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-99-0068
Dresden 1 2 3                          Date: 07/29/99
Morris,Illinois                        LICENSEE VIA TELECON
Dockets: 50-010,50-237,50-249
BWR/GE-1,BWR/GE-3,BWR/GE-3

Subject: COMMONWEALTH EDISON SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Discussion:

Effective July 28, 1999, Mr. Chris Crane has been appointed to the new
position of Senior Vice President, Nuclear Operations. The existing
Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Operations and Pressurized Water Reactor
(PWR) Operations organizations have been combined into one Nuclear
Operations organization. Mr. Crane was previously Vice President for BWR
Operations.

Mr. Gene Stanley has been appointed Vice President, Nuclear Operations.
Mr. Stanley was previously Vice President for PWR Operations.

Regional Action:

None.

Contact:  MELVYN LEACH               (630)829-9705
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-99-0069
Quad Cities 1 2                        Date: 07/29/99
Cordova,Illinois                       LICENSEE VIA TELECON
Dockets: 50-254,50-265
BWR/GE-3,BWR/GE-3

Subject: COMMONWEALTH EDISON SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Discussion:

Effective July 28, 1999, Mr. Chris Crane has been appointed to the new
position of Senior Vice President, Nuclear Operations. The existing
Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Operations and Pressurized Water Reactor
(PWR) Operations organizations have been combined into one Nuclear
Operations organization. Mr. Crane was previously Vice President for BWR
Operations.

Mr. Gene Stanley has been appointed Vice President, Nuclear Operations.
Mr. Stanley was previously Vice President for PWR Operations.

Regional Action:

None.

Contact:  MELVYN LEACH               (630)829-9705
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-99-0070
La Salle 1 2                           Date: 07/29/99
Marseilles,Illinois                    LICENSEE VIA TELECON
Dockets: 50-373,50-374
BWR/GE-5,BWR/GE-5

Subject: COMMONWEALTH EDISON SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Discussion:

Effective July 28, 1999, Mr. Chris Crane has been appointed to the new
position of Senior Vice President, Nuclear Operations. The existing
Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Operations and Pressurized Water Reactor
(PWR) Operations organizations have been combined into one Nuclear
Operations organization. Mr. Crane was previously Vice President for BWR
Operations.

Mr. Gene Stanley has been appointed Vice President, Nuclear Operations.
Mr. Stanley was previously Vice President for PWR Operations.

Regional Action:

None.

Contact:  MELVYN LEACH               (630)829-9705
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Portland General Electric Co.          MR Number: 4-99-0021
Trojan 1                               Date: 07/30/99
Ranier,Oregon
Dockets: 50-344
PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: DRY CASK STORAGE WORK HALTED

Discussion:

On July 12, 1999, the licensee initiated loading of their first TranStor
storage cask with spent fuel. Loading was performed in the cask loading
pit adjacent and connected to the spent fuel pool. The licensee planned
to load 34 casks. Each cask is capable of holding 24 spent fuel
assemblies. Prior to and during loading of the first spent fuel assembly
into the cask, a brownish coloration of the water in the cask and gas
bubbles were observed. Provisions were established by the licensee to
circulate and filter the water from the cask through a demineralizer
system. However, by the time the eighth spent fuel assembly was loaded,
the cloudiness problem had progressed to the point that loading was
stopped. Over the next several days, the licensee experienced additional
clouding of the water and generation of gas bubbles. The cask loading pit
became cloudy to the point that visibility was less than one foot. A
second larger demineralizer system and an underwater clean-up system were
placed in operation. Gas bubbles and water samples were collected and
analyzed. The gas bubbles consisted of hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.
Samples of the cloudy water were found to contain high levels of iron
oxide. The TranStor cask consisted of a stainless steel shell with carbon
steel internal sleeves. The carbon steel was coated with a special
coating to prevent interaction of the carbon steel with the borated water
in the spent fuel pool. However, certain areas around welds on the
sleeves were not coated. This area consisted of about 4% of the surface
area of the carbon steel. The bubbles and cloudiness were determined to
be from the interaction of the uncoated carbon steel with the borated
water. Tests of the coating used on the carbon steel were conducted prior
to qualifying the coating. The tests indicated no interaction between the
coating, when properly applied, and the borated water. However, an
interaction between carbon steel and borated water was known.

On July 23, 1999, the water clarity problem was resolved and the cask was
unloaded. The licensee initiated an examination of the cask and found the
carbon steel to be within acceptable tolerances with no significant
degradation from the interaction with the borated water. However, the
coating failed the test for adhesiveness. The licensee is currently
evaluating the situation including submittal of information to the NRC
for review.

Regional Action:

NRC personnel will be onsite examining the cask during the week of August
2, 1999.  The licensee has committed to not resume cask loading until
further evaluation of the coating is completed and necessary information
is submitted to the NRC.

Contact:  D. B. Sptizberg            (817)860-8198
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