United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for April 17, 2000

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         APRIL 17, 2000

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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  APRIL 17, 2000

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Firstenergy Nuclear Operating Co.      MR Number: 3-00-0019
Perry 1                                Date: 04/17/00
Perry,Ohio                             Verbal Notification by plant opers.
Dockets: 50-440
BWR/GE-6

Subject: PERRY OPERATORS IDENTIFY AND SUPPRESS THIRD AND FOURTH MINOR
         FUEL DEFECTS


Discussion:

On April 6, 2000, routine chemistry samples indicated a slight increase
in off-gas system pre-treatment radiation levels. The results of the
licensee's subsequent analyses and discussions with General Electric
indicated that a small fuel defect was the most likely cause for the
increase in the off-gas system radiation levels. The radioactive material
detected in the off-gas system was less than 1 percent of that allowed by
the Perry Technical Specifications. The licensee commenced testing to
identify the location of the fuel defect on April 13, 2000. On April 16,
2000, two minor defects were identified and the flux in the area of each
of the defects was suppressed. Two other defects had previously been
identified and suppressed during this operating cycle. The first was on
January 16, 2000 as discussed in Morning Report Numbers 3-00-0001 and
3-00-0002, and the second was on February 14, 2000, as discussed in
Morning Report Number 3-00-0009.

Contact:  TOM KOZAK                  (630)829-9866
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