United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for January 18, 2000

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         JANUARY 18, 2000

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                    REPORT             NEGATIVE            NO INPUT
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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION III  JANUARY 18, 2000

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Firstenergy Nuclear Operating Co.      MR Number: 3-00-0001
Perry 1                                Date: 01/18/00
Perry,Ohio                             SR. RESIDENT INSP. & PLANT OPER.
Dockets: 50-440
BWR/GE-6

Subject: PERRY OPERATORS IDENTIFY AND SUPPRESS A MINOR FUEL DEFECT

Discussion:

On December 29, 1999, plant operators identified a slight increase in an
offgas system pre-treatment radiation monitor strip chart recorder.
Subsequent chemistry sample analyses indicated that a small fuel defect
was the most likely cause for the increase in the radiation monitor
value. The radioactive material detected in the offgas system was less
than 1 percent of that allowed by the Perry Technical Specifications. The
licensee commenced testing to identify the defect location on January 13
and on January 16, the minor defect location was identified and
suppressed. There has been no increase in the amount of radioactive
material released from the site as a result of the minor fuel defect.

Regional Action:

Information only

Contact:  TOM KOZAK                  (630)829-9866
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