United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for May 9, 2001

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         MAY 09, 2001

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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 I  MAY  9, 2001

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

New York Power Authority               MR Number: 1-01-0010
Indian Point 3                         Date: 05/09/01
Buchanan,New York
Dockets: 50-286
PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: LOSS OF SPENT FUEL POOL COOLING AT INDIAN POINT 3

Discussion:

On May 8, 2001, at approximately 2:40 a.m., with the plant shut down and
the reactor core completely offloaded into the spent fuel pool (SFP),
flow was lost in a system supplying the secondary heat sink for SFP
cooling due to a loss of the make-up water supply to the SFP cooling
tower.

The SFP cooling tower make-up basin volume decreased to the point that
the operating SFP cooling tower pump cavitated resulting in the backup
SFP cooling pump, which was circulating SFP water through the Backup SFP
cooling heat exchanger, tripping on a protective function related to the
differential pressure between the backup and cooling tower systems.

At the time flow was lost in the SFP, SFP temperature was approximately
150 degrees F.  Flow was reestablished within approximately 50 minutes,
during which time SFP temperature rose about five degrees F.  The
five-degree rise in SFP temperature represented a full core offload that
had occurred approximately 45 hours prior to the failure and about
242 hours since the shutdown of the reactor.

IP3 determined that the event was not reportable.

NRC is following licensee activities and is evaluating appropriate
response.

Contact:  Peter Drysdale             (914)739-8565
          Curtis Cowgill             (610)337-5233
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