United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for December 13, 2000

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         DECEMBER 13, 2000

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - HEADQUARTERS DEC. 13, 2000

MR Number: H-00-0075

                           NRR DAILY REPORT ITEM
                           GENERIC COMMUNICATIONS



Subject: Issuance of Information Notice 2000-20

NRC Information Notice 2000-20: Potential Loss of Redundant Safety-
Related Equipment Because of the Lack of High-Energy Line Break Barriers
Dated December 11, 2000

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issue this information notice to
alert addressees to the discovery of several high-energy line break
concerns about redundant safety-related equipment at D. C. Cook Nuclear
Plant, Units 1 and 2.

Technical contacts: S. D. Weerakkody, RES       Y. C. Li, NRR
                    301-415-6374                301-415-2772
                    E-mail: sdw1@nrc.gov        E-mail: ycl@nrc.gov

                    C. D. Petrone, NRR
                    301-415-1027
                    E-mail: cdp@nrc.gov

Accession No. ML003760571
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HEADQUARTERS      MORNING REPORT     PAGE  2          DECEMBER 13, 2000

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Tennessee Valley Authority             MR Number: H-00-0076
Sequoyah 2                             Date: 12/13/00
Soddy-Daisy,Tennessee
Dockets: 50-328
PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: Fuel Assembly Leakage at Sequoyah

Discussion:

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) determined, during the Sequoyah Unit
2 October 2000 refueling outage, that one fuel rod in one of four lead
test assemblies (LTAs) containing fuel pellets made with blended-down
highly enriched uranium (HEU) had been leaking during the last operating
cycle. The LTAs were manufactured by Framatome Cogema Fuels (FCF) as part
of a Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored program to use HEU as fuel in
one or more of the TVA nuclear reactors. There are 264 fuel rods in each
of the four LTAs, or 1056 rods total.

The LTAs had been in the core since the last refueling outage in April
1999 and had burnup of approximately 24,000 mwd/mtu. TVA discovered the
leakage while conducting In-Mast fuel assembly sipping during core
off-load activities. The licensee sipped all 193 fuel assemblies and also
found a non-HEU fuel assembly, manufactured by Westinghouse, that had
several leaking rods. The Westinghouse assembly had been in the reactor
core for three operating cycles. The licensee removed the leaking LTA
from the core, as well as the other three assemblies.

FCF performed ultrasonic testing on the LTAs to determine the extent of
the problem and determined that only a single fuel rod in the LTA had
been leaking. FCF was unable to observe the defect using fiber optic
visual inspection. They did observe, however, that the defective fuel rod
had elongated by about 0.5 inch. FCF also performed high magnification
visual testing to look for other indications of possible failure
mechanisms such as bad welds, presence of foreign material, or other
manufacturing defects. FCF is presently reviewing the LTA manufacturing
records for evidence of a possible manufacturing error. Both TVA and FCF
are in the process of attempting to determine the root cause of the
defect and FCF will publish a report by the end of January 2001 with the
results of its root cause analysis. Currently, TVA sees no correlation
between the subject rod developing a leak and the fact that the rod
contains HEU.

The staff has preliminarily concluded that there is no safety issue
related to this failure. During the operating cycle, reactor coolant
system radioactivity level remained below 50 percent of the Sequoyah
Technical Specification limit for Dose Equivalent Iodine-131, which is
0.35 microcuries per gram. TVA believes that this rod failure will have
no long-term programmatic effect on the DOE plan to use HEU as reactor
fuel in one or more TVA reactors, which may start as early as 2005.

Contacts:   Ronald W. Hernan, NRR Project Manager       (301) 415-2010
            Russell A. Gibbs, Senior Resident Inspector (423) 842-8001
            Eric J. Benner, NRR Events Assessment       (301) 415-1171

HEADQUARTERS      MORNING REPORT     PAGE  3          DECEMBER 13, 2000
MR Number: H-00-0076 (cont.)

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REGION III  MORNING REPORT     PAGE  3          DECEMBER 13, 2000

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-00-0044
Braidwood 1 2                          Date: 12/11/00
Braceville,Illinois                    by Exelon Press Release
Dockets: 50-456,50-457
PWR/W-4-LP,PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: EXELON NAMES NEW SITE VICE PRESIDENTS AND PLANT MANAGERS

Discussion:

Exelon named four new Site Vice Presidents (SVPs) on Monday, December 11,
2000.

 Joel Dimmette, currently SVP at Quad Cities Generating Station, becomes
Vice President Operational Projects at corporate office in Downers Grove
at the beginning of the new year.
 Tim Tulon, currently SVP at Braidwood Generating Station, becomes SVP
at Quad Cities Generating Station at the beginning of the new year.
 Jim von Suskil, currently SVP at Limerick Generating Station, becomes
SVP at Braidwood Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of
2001.
 Bill Levis, currently SVP at Byron Generating Station, becomes SVP at
Limerick Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of 2001.
 Rich Lopriore, currently plant manager at Byron Generating Station,
becomes SVP at Byron Generating Station towards the end of first quarter
of 2001.

Exelon named new plant managers:

 Mark Schiavoni, currently maintenance manager at LaSalle Generating
Station becomes LaSalle plant manager at the beginning of the new year.
 Ernie Harkness, currently director of work management at Limerick
Generating Station, becomes Oyster Creek plant manager at the beginning
of the new year.
 Steve Kuczynski, currently maintenance manager at Byron Generating
Station, becomes Byron plant manager towards the end of first quarter
2001.

Contact:  Michael Jordan             (630)829-9637
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-00-0045
Byron 1 2                              Date: 12/11/00
Byron,Illinois                         by Exelon Press Release
Dockets: 50-454,50-455
PWR/W-4-LP,PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: EXELON NAMES NEW SITE VICE PRESIDENTS AND PLANT MANAGERS

Discussion:

Exelon named four new Site Vice Presidents (SVPs) on Monday, December 11,
2000.

 Joel Dimmette, currently SVP at Quad Cities Generating Station, becomes
Vice President Operational Projects at corporate office in Downers Grove
at the beginning of the new year.
 Tim Tulon, currently SVP at Braidwood Generating Station, becomes SVP
at Quad Cities Generating Station at the beginning of the new year.
 Jim von Suskil, currently SVP at Limerick Generating Station, becomes
SVP at Braidwood Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of
2001.
 Bill Levis, currently SVP at Byron Generating Station, becomes SVP at
Limerick Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of 2001.
 Rich Lopriore, currently plant manager at Byron Generating Station,
becomes SVP at Byron Generating Station towards the end of first quarter
of 2001.

Exelon named new plant managers:

 Mark Schiavoni, currently maintenance manager at LaSalle Generating
Station becomes LaSalle plant manager at the beginning of the new year.
 Ernie Harkness, currently director of work management at Limerick
Generating Station, becomes Oyster Creek plant manager at the beginning
of the new year.
 Steve Kuczynski, currently maintenance manager at Byron Generating
Station, becomes Byron plant manager towards the end of first quarter
2001.

Contact:  Michael Jordan             (630)829-9637
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-00-0046
La Salle 1 2                           Date: 12/11/00
Marseilles,Illinois                    by Exelon Press Release
Dockets: 50-373,50-374
BWR/GE-5,BWR/GE-5

Subject: EXELON NAMES NEW SITE VICE PRESIDENTS AND PLANT MANAGERS

Discussion:

Exelon named four new Site Vice Presidents (SVPs) on Monday, December 11,
2000.

 Joel Dimmette, currently SVP at Quad Cities Generating Station, becomes
Vice President Operational Projects at corporate office in Downers Grove
at the beginning of the new year.
 Tim Tulon, currently SVP at Braidwood Generating Station, becomes SVP
at Quad Cities Generating Station at the beginning of the new year.
 Jim von Suskil, currently SVP at Limerick Generating Station, becomes
SVP at Braidwood Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of
2001.
 Bill Levis, currently SVP at Byron Generating Station, becomes SVP at
Limerick Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of 2001.
 Rich Lopriore, currently plant manager at Byron Generating Station,
becomes SVP at Byron Generating Station towards the end of first quarter
of 2001.

Exelon named new plant managers:

 Mark Schiavoni, currently maintenance manager at LaSalle Generating
Station becomes LaSalle plant manager at the beginning of the new year.
 Ernie Harkness, currently director of work management at Limerick
Generating Station, becomes Oyster Creek plant manager at the beginning
of the new year.
 Steve Kuczynski, currently maintenance manager at Byron Generating
Station, becomes Byron plant manager towards the end of first quarter
2001.

Contact:  Bruce Burgess              (630)829-9629
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REGION III  MORNING REPORT     PAGE  6          DECEMBER 13, 2000

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Commonwealth Edison Co.                MR Number: 3-00-0047
Quad Cities 1 2                        Date: 12/11/00
Cordova,Illinois                       by Exelon Press Release
Dockets: 50-254,50-265
BWR/GE-3,BWR/GE-3

Subject: EXELON NAMES NEW SITE VICE PRESIDENTS AND PLANT MANAGERS

Discussion:

Exelon named four new Site Vice Presidents (SVPs) on Monday, December 11,
2000.

 Joel Dimmette, currently SVP at Quad Cities Generating Station, becomes
Vice President Operational Projects at corporate office in Downers Grove
at the beginning of the new year.
 Tim Tulon, currently SVP at Braidwood Generating Station, becomes SVP
at Quad Cities Generating Station at the beginning of the new year.
 Jim von Suskil, currently SVP at Limerick Generating Station, becomes
SVP at Braidwood Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of
2001.
 Bill Levis, currently SVP at Byron Generating Station, becomes SVP at
Limerick Generating Station towards the end of first quarter of 2001.
 Rich Lopriore, currently plant manager at Byron Generating Station,
becomes SVP at Byron Generating Station towards the end of first quarter
of 2001.

Exelon named new plant managers:

 Mark Schiavoni, currently maintenance manager at LaSalle Generating
Station becomes LaSalle plant manager at the beginning of the new year.
 Ernie Harkness, currently director of work management at Limerick
Generating Station, becomes Oyster Creek plant manager at the beginning
of the new year.
 Steve Kuczynski, currently maintenance manager at Byron Generating
Station, becomes Byron plant manager towards the end of first quarter
2001.

Contact:  Mark Ring                  (630)829-9703
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