United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for November 13, 2000

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         NOVEMBER 13, 2000

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION I  NOV. 13, 2000

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Entergy Nuclear Generation Company     MR Number: 1-00-0019
Pilgrim 1                              Date: 11/13/00
Plymouth,Massachusetts                 SRI
Dockets: 50-293
BWR/GE-3

Subject: UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO FIRE LASTING LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES

Discussion:

On November 10, 2000, control room operators declared an Unusual Event at
10:55 a.m. due to a small fire in a concrete room beneath the main floor
in the radwaste truck bay area.  The licensee notified the NRC at 11:27
a.m. about the fire and UE declaration.  The fire brigade responded and
extinguished the fire.  The room was a high radiation area containing
abandoned radwaste processing equipment.  After the fire was
extinguished, the station staff exited the Unusual Event at 12:17 p.m.
The licensee notified the local Plymouth fire department.  The Plymouth
fire department responded to the site as a precautionary measure but did
not participate in fighting the fire.  There was no detectable
radiological releases as a result of the fire and no damage to any plant
equipment.

At the time of the fire, a welding activity was in progress in the
radwaste truck bay. Maintenance personnel were welding a penetration
cover over an abandoned pipe sleeve that penetrated the radwaste truck
bay floor into the room below.  The licensee determined that sparks or
hot slag fell down into the abandoned cement factory room located
directly below the truck bay and ignited combustible materials in this
room which caused the fire.  A fire watch established for this work
identified the start of the fire.

Regional Action:

The senior resident inspector responded to the site to observe the
licensee's activities and inspect the area affected by the fire.

Contact:  Richard Laura              (508)747-0565
          Robert Summers             (610)337-5282
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