United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for November 3, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         NOVEMBER 03, 1999

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - HEADQUARTERS NOV. 03, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Database                       MR Number: H-99-0097
Brand Rex                              Date: 11/03/99


Subject: Update of Morning Report H-99-0094; Part 21 - Damaged
         Safety-Grade Electrical Cabling Found in Supply


Discussion:

VENDOR: Brand Rex                   PT21 FILE NO: 99-43-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT: 10/06/99          ACCESSION NUMBER:

SOURCE DOCUMENT: EN 36265           REVIEWER: REXB, C. Petrone

As discussed in Morning Report H-99-0094 dated November 1, 1999, the
Crystal River licensee issued Part 21 Report No. 99-43-0 on October 6,
1999. In that report the licensee reported finding damaged insulation on
the same conductor in each of six samples of three-conductor cable (BICC
Brand Rex Company power cable #1108582, 1 kV, 3/C, #2/0, Class B, 90C,
XLPE Insulated, Black Jacket). The licensee was installing this cable,
procured as safety-grade and environmentally qualified cable, in a
nonsafety-related application. The licensee found the damage on removing
the outer jacket for termination. The licensee learned from the vendor,
Brand Rex, that during cable fabrication, while combining the three
conductors before closing, the damaged conductor fell off the cabling
unit pulley due to loss of tension, causing the insulation to be scraped.

This morning report provides additional information obtained from
conversations with a licensee representative on November 2, 1999 and a
vendor representative on November 3, 1999. This additional information
confirmed that the cable had been manufactured as a special order for
Crystal River. The vendor's representative stated that they had reviewed
their records and confirmed that only four reels of cable had been
manufactured using the special equipment and procedures and that all four
of those reels had been delivered to Crystal River. No other cables had
been manufactured using the same special equipment and procedures and
therefore they were certain that they had not supplied similar defective
cable to any other nuclear licensee. The vendor has since modified the
equipment and instituted new testing procedures to preclude similar
defects if these cables are manufactured in the future. Based on this new
information it appears that this particular defect is not a generic
concern.
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Co.    MR Number: 1-99-0042
Haddam Neck 1                          Date: 11/02/99
Hartford,Connecticut
Dockets: 50-213
PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: TRANSPORT OF HADDAM NECK STEAM DOMES

Discussion:

On November 2, 1999, Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company started the
transport of major reactor components from the Haddam Neck Nuclear Power
Plant as part of the decommissioning process.

The first of four steam domes was transported by road over a four-hour
period on the afternoon of November 2, 1999, to a rail yard in Portland,
Connecticut.  On November 3, 1999, the steam dome was transferred to a
rail car for trasnport to the GTS-Duratek processing facility in
Tennessee.  Each cylindrical steam dome weighs about 77 tons and is
approximately 20 feet long and 12 feet in diameter.  The domes are
transported as over-weight and over-size loads.  The level of
radioactivity in the steam domes, which is similar to the turbine rotors
shipped earlier this year, is minimal and did not require special
packaging or labeling for radioactive material.

The licensee provided notification to local elected officials, police and
fire departments, and school superintendents and issued a press release
to alert the public of traffic delays, because of the slow speed of the
carrier.  The State of Connecticut has also reviewed the transportation
plan.

Regional Action:

NRC inspected the package and conducted independent measurements prior to
the package leaving the site.  As expected, no radiation above background
was detected.  In addition, the inspector accompanined the shipment to
the rail yard to observe the lifting of the heavy load onto the rail car.
No problems were identified.  The shipment of the second dome, scheduled
for November 4, 1999, will also be inspected.

Contact:  R. Bellamy                 (610)337-5200
          J. Wray                    (860)267-2571
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