United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for January 11, 2002

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         JANUARY 11, 2002

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - HEADQUARTERS JANUARY 11, 2002

MR Number: H-02-0001

                           NRR DAILY REPORT ITEM
                           GENERIC COMMUNICATIONS



Subject: Issuance of Information Notice 2002-01

NRC Information Notice 2002-01: Metalclad Switchgear Failures and
Consequent Losses of Offsite Power dated January 8, 2002

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is issuing this information notice
to inform addressees of electrical equipment failure modes and design
vulnerabilities identified following recent transients at the San Onofre
Nuclear Generating Station and at a foreign nuclear power station.

ADAMS Accession No.:  ML013540193

Contacts:   Thomas Koshy, NRR          James Lazevnick, NRR
            301-415-1176               301-415-2782
            E-mail: txk@nrc.gov        E-mail: jjl@nrc.gov
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MR Number: H-02-0002

                           NRR DAILY REPORT ITEM
                           GENERIC COMMUNICATIONS



Subject: Issuance of Information Notice 2002-02

NRC Information Notice 2002-02: Recent Experience With Plugged Steam
Generator Tubes dated January 8, 2002

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is issuing this information notice
to inform addressees about findings from recent inspections and
examinations of steam generator tubes at Three Mile Island Unit 1.

ADAMS Accession No.: ML013480327

Contacts:   Emmett L. Murphy, NRR           M. Scott Freeman, RII
            301-415-2710                    864-882-6927
            E-mail: elm@nrc.gov             E-mail: msf1@nrc.gov

            Kenneth J. Karwoski, NRR        Michael C. Modes, RI
            301-415-2752                    610-337-5198
            E-mail: kjk1@nrc.gov            E-mail: mcm@nrc.gov


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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Database                       MR Number: H-02-0003
Waterford                              Date: 01/11/02


Subject: Part 21 - Galling and binding of safety-related containment
         isolation valves


Discussion:

VENDOR: Flowserve                   PT21 FILE NO: m1-30-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT: 01/29/01          ACCESSION NUMBER:

SOURCE DOCUMENT: EN 37698           REVIEWER: REXB, O. Tabatabai

The Waterford licensee reported that pressurizer steam space sample
inside and outside containment isolation valves would not close on
demand. The licensee informed the valve vendor Flowserve Engineering of
the galling and subsequent binding of the subject valves. The licensee
states that on March 21, 2001, the vendor agreed that the valve failure
is a Part 21 issue and that the vendor would issue the Part 21. The
subject valves are 1/2 inch, 2500 Ib, WKM model 70-18-9 DRTS cage-guided
globe valves.

On April 11, 2001, the vendor submitted its evaluation of the Waterford
problem, stating that the margin to accommodate a slight misalignment of
parts, contaminants, etc. was not adequate. Flowserve was modifying the
design of the Model 70-18-9 valve and Model 70-19-9 valve to assure a
minimum of .006" diametrical clearance between the cage and plug at
operating temperature exceeding 4500F.

The vendor notified the domestic nuclear power plant licensees that
procured these valves from Flowserve: Peach Bottom, Waterford, Wolf
Creek, and Crystal River.

Contact:    O. Tabatabai, NRR
            301-415-3738
            E-mail: oty@nrc.gov
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Database                       MR Number: H-02-0004
Sorrento Electronics                   Date: 01/11/02


Subject: Part 21 - Radiation monitor not responsive to changes in
         energization


Discussion:

VENDOR: Sorrento Electronics            PT21 FILE NO: m1-32-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT: 10/03/01              ACCESSION NUMBER:

SOURCE DOCUMENT: EN 38343               REVIEWER: REXB, N. Fields

The radiation monitor vendor Sorrento Electronics reported that an
RM-2000 detector was not responding to changes in energization, showing
constant radiation on the channel display. The affected channels would
not return to a normal operating condition until the detector was
reconnected. This condition affects safety-related gas, duct, and
particulate iodine gas monitors at the Salem plant. The vendor states
that it will notify individual purchasers of this problem and make a
corrected version of the RM-2000 code available after November 1, 2001.

Contact:    N. Fields, NRR
            301-415-1173
            E-mail: enf@nrc.gov
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Database                       MR Number: H-02-0005
Abb                                    Date: 01/11/02


Subject: Part 21 - Deviation in zero period acceleration value for
         Class 1E relay type CVE/CVE-1


Discussion:

VENDOR: ABB                         PT21 FILE NO: m1-33-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT:  10/05/01         ACCESSION NUMBER:

SOURCE DOCUMENT: EN 38353           REVIEWER: REXB, J. Dozier

The relay vendor ABB reported a difference between the original value for
zero period acceleration value and the recently determined value for
Class 1E relay type CVE/CVE-1. The recently determined value was obtained
by an independent dedicating entity, who reported it to the vendor.

Contact:    J. Dozier, NRR
            301-415-1014
            E-mail: jxd@nrc.gov
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Datbase                        MR Number: H-02-0006
Vermont Yankee                         Date: 01/11/02


Subject: Part 21 - Blistered paint in containment

Discussion:

VENDOR: Carboline                   PT21 FILE NO: m1-34-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT: 10/19/01          ACCESSION NUMBER:

SOURCE DOCUMENT: EN 38408           REVIEWER: REXB, I. Jung

The Vermont Yankee licensee reported blistering of paint primer in
containment. The paint, Carboline Carbozine CS-11SG, was applied to the
drywell shell (inner wall) to provide a moisture barrier at the
shell-concrete interface. The paint vendor Carboline and an independent
test laboratory evaluated the first part of the two-part paint as
defective, probably because of a moisture problem during manufacture. The
vendor recommended application of a single coat of Carboline 890 as an
acceptable interim corrective action until a permanent remedy is
achieved.

Contact:    I. Jung, NRR
            301-415-1837
            E-mail: ixj@nrc.gov
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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Part 21 Database                       MR Number: H-02-0007
Dresser-Rand                           Date: 01/11/02


Subject: Part 21 - Material misapplication in Terry turbine trip and
         throttle valve screw spindles


Discussion:

VENDOR: Dresser-Rand                    PT21 FILE NO: m1-35-0

DATE OF DOCUMENT: 10/24/01              ACCESSION NUMBER:

SOURCE DOCUMENT: EN 38421               REVIEWER: REXB, V. Hodge

The Terry steam turbine vendor Dresser-Rand reported a material
misapplication in trip and throttle valves manufactured by Gimpel that
were used on Terry turbines at nuclear power plants. On May 25, 2001, at
Catawba Unit 2, the installed trip and throttle valve screw spindle
failed. In 1992, at Palo Verde Unit 1, the licensee found that a similar
installed screw spindle was cracked. The Catawba spindle was found to be
American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Grade 1212 steel and the Palo
Verde spindle was found to be AISI Grade 1213 steel. Dresser-Rand stated
that Gimpel traced the supplied material to a single lot of about 50
original screw spindles manufactured in 1974 and identified the
originally affected trip and throttle valve serial numbers as:

74-12201-01 to 74-12244-02
78-13136-01
78-13215-01
78-13091-01

Dresser-Rand recommends replacement of these screw spindles and that
screw spindles manufactured in 1974 or 1975 be tested to confirm that the
material is the correct AISI Grade 1018 carbon steel.

Contact:    V. Hodge, NRR
            301-415-1861
            E-mail: cvh@nrc.gov
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