United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for September 2, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         SEPTEMBER 02, 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  SEP. 02, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Consumers Power Co.                    MR Number: 3-99-0076
Big Rock Point 1                       Date: 09/02/99
Charlevoix,Michigan                    Information call and notification
Dockets: 50-155
BWR/GE-1

Subject: Local fire department called to respond to site

Discussion:

At about 10:55 am (EDT) on September 1, 1999, decommissioning work at the
permanently shut down Big Rock Point nuclear plant involved cutting a
large pipe where it exits from the containment building to the turbine
building. The cutting activity caused heat to be transmitted up the pipe
which resulted in smoke and embers in the insulation on the pipe just
inside the containment building penetration. The Charlevoix Township fire
department was notified and responded to the site per existing
agreements, however site personnel were successful in extinguishing the
embers, cooling the insulation down and clearing the smoke. The offsite
fire personnel were not required to enter the facility and they were
released and left the site at about 11:30 a.m., EDT. No actual flames
were observed, so no emergency plan classification level was reached. NRC
was notified at about 11:20 am as a courtesy in case of public or media
interest in emergency vehicles seen traveling to the site.

Regional Action:

None - onsite inspector will conduct follow up review

Contact:  B. L. Jorgensen            (630)829-9615
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