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Morning Report for December 18, 2003

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Part 21 - 2003-0027-00 - GE Low Voltage Circuit Breaker Defect

Licensee/Facility:


CALLAWAY
ST LOUIS, Missouri
Dockets: 05000483

License No:
Notification:

MR Number: H-2003-0037
Date: 11/20/2003


Source Document: Call / Fax from Licensee

Reviewer: RINI, BRETT A

Discussion:

Part 21 - 2003-0027-00

This morning report is being issued due to a safety concern regarding upper stud assemblies for General Electric Nuclear Energy (GENE) AKR-30 low voltage circuit breakers. The deviation is specific to upper stud assemblies supplied under part number Q139C4632G1, and it consists of an incorrect angle between the stud and pivot. There were fifteen assemblies supplied with possible deviations to AmerenUE, of which five were returned and ten were installed in the Callaway Plant. The deviation will not prevent the circuit breakers from performing their design basis function at Callaway. However, the capability of the assemblies is indeterminate for severe faulted conditions. An installed circuit breaker, with the identified deviation, could fail if it were called upon to interrupt a severe fault.

All ten defective assemblies, which were installed in AKR-30 load center circuit breakers, have been identified. Work documents have been initiated to inspect and rework, as necessary, all breakers that have defective assemblies. Of the ten breakers that are defective, only three appear to have safety-related functions. The breakers with safety-related functions are a feeder breaker to a control building motor control center, the feeder breaker to the ultimate heat sink cooling tower fan "A", and a feeder breaker to an auxiliary building motor control center.

Callaway has concluded that this deviation does not constitute a "defect" as defined in 10 CFR Part 21 because the breakers would still perform their design basis requirements and would not create a substantial safety hazard. GENE has confirmed that Callaway is the only plant affected by this defect.

Accession Numbers:

Accession No Accession Date
ML033250539 11/20/2003

Contacts:

Name Office Abbrev Phone No E-Mail
RINI, BRETT A NRR (301) 415-3931 BAR3@nrc.gov


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REGION II

SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGE

Licensee/Facility:

SOUTHERN NUCLEAR OPERATING CO., INC.
Farley 1, Farley 2
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama
Dockets: 05000348, 05000364
[1] W-3-LP, [2] W-3-LP
License No:
Notification:

MR Number: 2-2003-0028
Date: 12/17/2003

Licensee Announcement

Discussion:

On December 17, 2003, Southern Nuclear announced that Mr. Jack Woodard, Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) Executive Vice-President, will retire effective April 2004. Mr. Barnie Beasley, Farley Project Vice President, will succeed Mr. Woodard as Executive Vice-President effective January 1, 2004. Mr. Woodard will remain with SNC until April 1, 2004, to ensure a smooth transition. No replacement for Mr. Barnie Beasley was announced.

Accession Numbers:

Accession No Accession Date
ML033520254 12/18/2003

Contacts:

Name Office Abbrev Phone No E-Mail
BONSER, BRIAN R R2 (404) 562-4540 BRB1@nrc.gov


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REGION III

Prairie Island Director, Site Operations

Licensee/Facility:

NUCLEAR MANAGEMENT CO.
Prairie Island 1, Prairie Island 2
HUDSON, Wisconsin
Dockets: 05000282, 05000306
[1] W-2-LP, [2] W-2-LP
License No:
Notification:

MR Number: 3-2003-0038
Date: 12/17/2003

E-MAIL from RIO

Discussion:

NMC announced the appointment of Richard Graham to the new position of Director, Site Operations for Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant. Graham, who is currently NMC's fleet Outage Director, will begin his new duties in January, 2004.

Graham joined NMC as fleet Outage Director in August 2001. Prior to that, he was with the Braidwood Nuclear Plant near Chicago and the South Texas Project near Houston. He served in operations management positions at both sites, most recently as operations manager at Braidwood. He was also involved with outage planning and execution at both sites.

Accession Numbers:

Accession No Accession Date
ML033520330 12/17/2003

Contacts:

Name Office Abbrev Phone No E-Mail
LOUDEN, P L EIC3 (630) 829-9627 PLL@nrc.gov
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