United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for January 14, 2000

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         JANUARY 14, 2000

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION II  JANUARY 14, 2000

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Virginia Electric And Power Company    MR Number: 2-00-0001
Surry                                  Date: 01/14/00
Surry,Virginia
Dockets: 50000280 License No: SNM-2501

Subject: STATUS OF TN-32 SPENT FUEL CASK AT SURRY

Discussion:

The licensee is working to resolve two issues related to a Transnuclear
TN-32 Spent Fuel Cask. The issues relate to the torquing of cask lid
bolts and cracks in the outer cask shell. The licensee is currently in
the process of repairing two cracks (five and six inches long) identified
on January 8 in the outer cask. The outer cask shell functions only to
hold neutron shielding in place on the outside of the cask and provides
an easily decontaminated surface. These cracks do not affect the cask
integrity or contents and do not result in any increase in radiation
levels. The cracks were directly above the lower trunions. Fuel had been
loaded into the cask in 1997.

With regard to the cask lid bolts, on December 11, 1999, the licensee
received an alarm indicating that the pressure between the inner and
outer cask seals had been less than intended. The cask internal pressure
was measured and verified to be consistent with the pressure at the time
of loading. The licensee subsequently tightened a fitting on one of the
pressure switches and returned the cask to the plant for leak testing.
The licensee found that helium trapped in the seals prevented
satisfactory leak testing. The licensee placed the cask in the spent fuel
pool (SFP) and replaced the seals. The cask was removed from the SFP and
passed a leak test.

During loosening of the cask lid bolts as part of this seal replacement,
the licensee identified that approximately 36 of the 48 bolts appeared to
be torqued to less than the original value of 930 foot-pounds.

The licensee is presently performing root cause investigations of the
apparent loose bolts and outer cask surface cracks and is working with
the vendor to identify any generic issues.

Contact:  William B. Gloersen        (404)562-4713
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Omaha Public Power District            MR Number: 4-00-0004
Ft Calhoun 1                           Date: 01/14/00
Fort Calhoun,Nebraska                  Resident Inspectors
Dockets: 50-285
PWR/CE

Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW PLANT MANAGER

Discussion:

On January 12, 2000, Omaha Public Power District announced that Rich
Clemens will replace Joe Solymossy as the Fort Calhoun Plant Manager. The
change will take effect on April 16. Rich Clemens, currently the Fort
Calhoun Maintenance Manager, began his career with the Omaha Public Power
District in December 1981 and has served as Supervisor of Simulator
Services, Supervisor of Electrical/Instrumentation and Controls
Engineering, and Manager of Outage Management prior to appointment as
Maintenance Manager.  He also served as an INPO loanee and has
successfully completed the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Management course.

Regional Action:

For information only.

Contact:  Charles S. Marschall       (817)860-8185
          Wayne C. Walker            (402)425-9611
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Entergy Operations, Inc.               MR Number: 4-00-0005
Waterford 3                            Date: 01/14/00
Killona,Louisiana                      TELECON FROM SRI
Dockets: 50-382
PWR/CE

Subject: EARLY E. EWING REPLACES TED LEONARD AS GENERAL MANAGER,
         PLANT OPERATIONS


Discussion:

Effective January 17, 2000, Early C. Ewing, Director, Nuclear Safety
Assurance, will assume the position of General Manager, Plant Operations
from Ted R. Leonard.  Mr. Leonard will be assuming a new position at
Entergy Headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.

Regional Action:

None.

Contact:  Phil Harrell               (817)860-8250
          Tom Farnholtz              (504)783-6253
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Arizona Public Service Co.             MR Number: 4-00-0006
Palo Verde 2                           Date: 01/14/00
Wintersburg,Arizona                    TELECON FROM SRI
Dockets: 50-529
PWR/CE80

Subject: RESTART OF PALO VERDE NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION, UNIT 2

Discussion:

This updates MR 4-00-0001 issued January 7.  On January 13, 2000, at
12:40 a.m. (MST), Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 2, was
connected to the grid after a 7-day outage.  The outage started at 1:15
a.m. on January 6, after plant management ordered a shutdown when a
condenser tube ruptured. This rupture caused sodium levels in the steam
generators to exceed action levels.  During the outage, twelve of 21
expansion joints in the "B" shell of the main condenser were replaced and
the leaking condenser tube was plugged.  The startup was conducted
without incident and all equipment is functioning as designed.

Regional Action:

Resident inspectors are monitoring licensee activities.

Contact:  Jim Moorman                (623)386-3638
          Phil Harrell               (817)860-8250
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