United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for August 20, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         AUGUST 20, 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 III  AUGUST 20, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Northern States Power Co.              MR Number: 3-99-0071
Prairie Island 1                       Date: 08/19/99
Welch,Minnesota                        Resident Inspector via Telecon
Dockets: 50-282
PWR/W-2-LP

Subject: POTENTIAL FUEL LEAK AT PRAIRIE ISLAND UNIT 1

Discussion:

Through routine reactor coolant samples, the licensee has identified a
potential fuel leak on Unit 1. The potential fuel leak appears to have
developed sometime following a routine gaseous activity sample taken on
August 15. The radioactive gaseous activity levels, while having
increased, appear to still be low and have stabilized. Dose equivalent
Iodine levels have not shown any significant increase and are well below
the Technical Specification Limits of 1.0 micro-Curies/gram. The licensee
has increased the gaseous activity sampling frequency from 3 times per
week to daily.

Regional Action:

The resident inspectors are following the licensee actions.

Contact:  Roger Lanksbury            (630)829-9631
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