United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for December 18, 2001

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         DECEMBER 18, 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 IV  DEC. 18, 2001

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Houston Lighting & Power Co.           MR Number: 4-01-0006
South Texas 1                          Date: 12/18/01
Wadsworth,Texas
Dockets: 50-498
PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: STP, UNIT 1 ESSENTIAL COOLING WATER PUMP "C" DECLARED INOPERABLE
         DUE TO STRAINER CLOGGED WITH NUMEROUS SMALL FISH


Discussion:

On December 1, 2001, the licensee started the Unit 1 Standby Train C of
ECW.  Immediately after starting the pump, operations personnel noted
that discharge pressure and flow were approximately zero.  Further
investigation determined that the ECW pump discharge strainer had become
clogged with small fish.

A Special Inspection Team has been dispatched to better understand the
cause and/or phenomena of the ECW Pump/Strainer failure due to small fish
in the ECW pond and bays.  The team is also tasked with gaining a better
understanding of the potential for a common cause failure.  The
inspection team entrance meeting is scheduled for December 18, 2001.

Regional Action:

Special Inspection Team dispatched to South Texas.  The senior resident
inspector has been designated as the team leader.

Contact:  Claude E. Johnson          (817)860-8282
          Neil F. O'Keefe            (361)972-2507
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