United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

ACCESSION #: 9505180099

ITT                                          ITT Barton
CELEBRATING
75                                           ITT Fluid Technology
YEARS                                        Corporation

March 14, 1995

New York Power Authority
P. O. Box 41
Lycoming NY 13093

ATTENTION:     R. Lawton
               Q.A. Engineer

SUBJECT:       Industry Notification of B-Fill Qualification Limitations

The attached Industry Advisory is being provided for your information.
Out records indicate that you have purchased Model Number 200, Model
Number 227A, Model 288A and Model Number, 289A Indicators/Indicating
Switches with B-Fill within the past 10 years.

If there are any questions regarding this notification, please contact
Jerry Anderson at (818) 961-2547.

Jerald Anderson
Director of Quality Assurance

Attachment

         900 South Turnbull Canyon Road, P.O. Box 1882, City of
                      Industry, CA, USA 91749-1882
               Telephone (818) 961-2547 Fax (818) 333-7241

                              LONG ISLAND LIGHTING COMPANY
LILCO                              SHOREHAM NUCLEAR POWER STATION
LONG ISLAND LIGHTING          P.O.  BOX 618, NORTH COUNTY ROAD o WADING
                                   RIVER, N.Y.11792

Direct Dial Number            (516) 929-8300 ext. 3456

March 23, 1995                                              SSD 95-106

Quality Control Manager
New York Power Authority
J. A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant
PO Box 41
Lycoming, NY 13093

Subject:  ITT Barton Model 289A B-Fill Qualification Limitations

Dear Sir:

Please find enclosed a copy of a 10CFR Part 21 Notification which was
recently received by the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) from ITT
Barton.  This notification addresses B-Fill Qualification Limitations.

The New York Power Authority recently purchased such a switch from LILCO
under NYPA Purchase Order No S 95 69163, dated 2/1/95.

This notification is being transmitted to you in accordance with the
guidelines set forth in 10CFR Part 21 of Federal Regulations.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (516) 929-8300, extension
3456.

Timothy P. Curt, Manager
Shoreham Salvage Division

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ITT                                          ITT Barton
CELEBRATING
75                                           ITT Fluid Technology
YEARS                                        Corporation

March 14, 1995

Long Island Lighting Company
LILCO, Shorham Nuclear Facility
P. O. Box 628
North Country Road
Wading River, NY 11792

ATTENTION:     Tim Curt
               LILCO Site Salvage Division Manager

SUBJECT:       Industry Notification of B-Fill Qualification Limitations

The attached Industry Advisory is being provided for your information.
Our records indicate that you have purchased Model Number 200, Model
Number 227A, Model 288A and Model Number, 289A Indicators/Indicating
Switches with B-Fill within the past 10 years.

If there are any questions regarding this notification, please contact
Jerry Anderson at (818) 961-2547.

Jerald Anderson
Director of Quality Assurance

Attachment

         900 South Turnbull Canyon Road, P.O. Box 1882, City of
                      Industry, CA, USA 91749-1882
               Telephone (818) 961-2547 Fax (818) 333-7241

                               ITT BARTON
                            INDUSTRY ADVISORY
                            (March 13, 1995)

                     RADIATION LIMITATIONS OF B-FILL

ITT Barton supplies Model 200 and Model 227A Differential Pressure
Indicators and Model 288A and Model 289A Differential Pressure indicating
Switches to the commercial nuclear power industry with mild environment
IEEE-323/344 qualifications which includes radiation exposures to 3 Mrads
(TID gamma) where required.  In the past, when a Customer has specified
low-temperature (< 40 degrees F) installation for these type of
instruments, ITT Barton has recommended using a bellows fill fluid
consisting of an aqueous solution ethylene glycol (B-Fill) as long as
radiation levels associated with the installation are less than 1 Mrad
TID gamma), ITT Barton has performed testing demonstrating the
suitability of B-fill for nuclear services where radiation levels do not
exceed 1 Mrad (TID gamma). However, as a result of internal reviews, it
has come to our attention that we have not completely identified the
radiation limitations of B-fill to our Customers

Our testing has shown that aqueous solutions of ethylene glycol tend to
disassociate under gamma radiation exposures in excess of 1 Mrad.  The
products of this disassociation includes methane and hydrogen gas, which
when trapped inside the differential pressure unit bellows, prevents
reliable response of the instrument to differential pressure changes.

This Industry Advisory is applicable only to B-fill configurations of ITT
Barton Model 200 and 227A indicators qualified under ITT Barton
Qualification Report R3-227-2, and Model 288A and 289A indicating
switches qualified under ITT Barton Qualification Reports R3-288A-1 or
R3-288A-13.  These Products (specified Model Numbers), supplied with
D-fill (demineralized water) or M-fill (hydrocarbon oil), are not a
concern as these fill fluids have been tested and found to be suitable
for nuclear service installations with radiation exposures to 3 Mrads
consistent with the Qualification Report conditions and the supplied
Certification of Qualification.

Question regarding this issue should be addressed to J. Anderson,
Director of Quality Assurance at (818) 961-2547.

PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED MORNING REPORT - REGION I APRIL 10, 1995

Licensee/Facility:                 Notification:

New York Power Authority           NR Number: 1-95-0053
Fitz Patrick 1                     Date: 04/10/95
Lycoming, New York                 SRI PC
Dockets: 0-333
BWR/GE-4

Subject:       POTENTIAL FAILURE OF ITT BARTON DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE
               INDICATORS AND SWITCHES

Reportable Event Number: N/A

Discussion:

The licensee was notified by ITT Barton that Models 200, 227A, 288A, and
289A differential pressure instruments manufactured with "B-Fill" fluid
may not function if subjected to a radiation field greater than 1 million
rads (1 Mrad).  For low temperature applications the manufacturer has
recommended using an instrument with a bellows filled with an aqueous
solution of ethylene glycol (B-fill).  Testing by ITT Barton has shown
that aqueous solutions of ethylene glycol tend to disassociate under
gamma radiation exposures in excess of 1 Mrad.  As a result of internal
reviews, the manufacturer has determined that not all of its customers
were made aware of the radiation limitations of B-fill fluid.

The licensee reviewed its records and located seven instruments in four
safety related systems.  An operability determination by the licensee
concluded that the affected systems were capable of performing their
required safety functions.  Long term evaluation is in progress.  The
licensee is evaluating Part 21 reportability.

Regional Action:

Normal resident followup.

Contact:  Ricardo Fernandes   (315)342-4907
          William Cook        (315)342-4907

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