United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for July 31, 2002

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         JULY 31, 2002

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            THIS MORNING REPORT IS BEING RE-RELEASED.
DUE TO OPERATIONS PROBLEM, MR NOT RELEASE ON DATE:JULY 26, 2002


Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Consolidated Edison Co. Of N.Y.        MR Number: 1-02-0008
Indian Point 2                         Date: 07/26/02
Buchanan,New York
Dockets: 50-247
PWR/W-4-LP

Subject: IP2 IMPROPER FUEL ASSEMBLY HANDLING

Discussion:

 For the past several weeks, Westinghouse fuel handlers, under contract
with Entergy, have been making spent fuel assembly moves following
receipt of a Technical Specification change regarding the crediting of
soluable boron in the spent fuel pool (SFP). An aspect of this work is
inspections performed as follow-up to Information Notice 2002-09,
"Potential for Top Nozzle Separation and Dropping of a Certain Type of
Westinghouse Fuel Assembly", date February 13, 2002.

On July 23, 2002, in the process of relocating a fuel assembly in the
SFP, it was found that another fuel assembly (G28) was already occupying
the intended location. A review of fuel handling records showed that
assembly G28 was incorrectly marked as having already been moved from
that location; steps were then taken to move G28 to its intended
destination. The next day, a further review of fuel assembly records
revealed that assembly G28 was one of the assemblies identified at IP2 as
having indications of the type of inter granular stress corrosion
cracking identified in the above Information Notice. These assemblies
require the use of a special assembly handling device for lifting and
moving these assemblies. However, this precaution was not performed for
this assembly.

Entergy placed a hold on the movement of fuel assemblies in the SFP while
they completed a review of this occurrence for appropriate corrective
actions. Entergy stated that at no time was there potential for
criticality and that they remained within their Technical Specification
requirements. Their actions included completion of an extent-of-condition
review; revised steps for verification that future assembly lifts are
done with the proper handling equipment; enhanced communications to
Entergy management when off-normal conditions are encountered; and,
thorough reviews of off-normal conditions before proceeding with fuel
movement activities.

NRC inspectors verified Entergy actions. Regional and NRR management
received a briefing on the corrective actions from Entergy management
prior to the resumption of fuel handling.

Contact:  Peter W. Eselgoth          (610)337-5234
          Peter J. Habighorst        (914)739-9360
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