United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for July 24, 2003


                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         JULY 24, 2003

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION I  JULY 24, 2003

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc.     MR Number: 1-03-0003
Millstone Power Station, Unit 1        Date: 07/23/03
Waterford,Connecticut                                                     
Dockets: 05000245 License No: DPR-21       

Subject: DROPPED CONTROL ROD BLADE IN SPENT FUEL POOL                    

Discussion:

On July 23, 2003, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a control rod blade (CRB)  
became detached from its storage location on the Unit 1 spent fuel pool  
(SFP) wall and fell approximately 14 feet to the SFP floor.   While      
moving a CRB for processing and loading into a liner for eventual offsite
disposal, the cable being used became entangled with an adjacent CRB,    
causing it to become detached from the SFP wall.   The dropped CRB did   
not contact any spent fuel and came to rest on the floor of the SFP at a 
slight angle with the wall.   It has been secured to a railing with a    
tether and hook.  There was no loss of SFP inventory nor any known damage
to the spent fuel in the pool.    Each CRB is about 15 feet long and     
weighs about 211 pounds (dry).  The licensee was about 50% complete with 
a campaign to process 30 CRBs and Incore Instruments into two radwaste   
liners.   All work has been stopped in Unit 1 until an events team       
completes a root cause investigation.   The licensee determined that this
event is not reportable.    Courtesy notifications were made to the      
resident inspectors and the Region based Unit 1 lead inspector.          

Regional Action:

A follow-up inspection of the licensee's activities will be conducted.   

Contact:  John R. Wray               (610)337-5268


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