United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

ACCESSION #: 9612180383

                                             10 CFR PART 21
                                             NOTIFICATION

GE Nuclear Energy                                        November 5, 1996

SC96-06

TO:       Carolina Power & Light Co.    PECO Energy Co.
          DTE Energy                    Southern Nuclear Operating Co.
          Entergy Operations, Inc.      Tennessee Valley Authority
          Florida Power & Light Co.     Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power
          Nebraska Public Power District   Corp.

SUBJECT: HGA Relay Armature Binding

     Reportable Condition [21.2] (c)]        80 Day Interim Report
                                             [21.2] (a) (2)]

 X   Transfer of Information [21.2](b)]      Safety Information Commu-
                                             nication

Reference:     GE Relay Service Advice Letter (SAL) 516.1, "HGA Armature
               Binding," October 17, 1996.

SUMMARY:

This Notification provides information concerning the potential for
incorrect operation, due to armature binding, of safety related GE HGA
relays manufactured between January 1989 and June 1991.  The relays were
manufactured by GE Electrical Distribution and Control (GE-ED&C), Power
Management, Malvern, PA, and supplied by GE Nuclear Energy (GE-NE) as
safety related components.

For relays supplied for balance-of-plant (BOP) or unspecified (UNS)
applications, as well as most relays supplied for nonspecific
applications (i.e., to a panel Master Parts List number), it is not
possible for GE-NE to evaluate the safety significance of potential
failures to determine if a defect exists on the context of 10 CFR Part
21. We are therefore transferring the available information to the
affected utilities for evaluation.

Issued by:
               M. A. Smith, Manager
               Safety Evaluation Project
               GE Nuclear Energy, M/C 187
               175 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA 95195

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                        FARWELL & HENDRICKS, INC.
                          4600 EAST TECH DRIVE
                         CINCINNATI, OHIO 45245

                        TELEPHONE: (513) 528-7900
                        TELECOPY: (513) 528-9292

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TELEPHONE:                              TELEPHONE:     (513) 528-7900

TELECOPY:                               TELECOPY:      (513) 528-9292

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Comments:

If problems occur in the transmission of this telecopy, please call (513)
528-7900.

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GENERAL INFORMATION or OTHER               EVENT NUMBER: 31450

LICENSEE:  FAREWELL & HENDRICKS            NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/13/96
    CITY:  CINCINNATI          REGION:  3  NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:08 [ET]
  COUNTY:                       STATE:  OH EVENT DATE:        12/13/96
LICENSE#:                  AGREEMENT:   N  EVENT TIME:        00:00 [EST]
  DOCKET:                                  LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/13/96

                                                  NOTIFICATIONs

NRC NOTIFIED BY:    MARK D. McCLUNG        VERN HODGE, RVIB      NRR
HQ OPS OFFICER:     LEIGH TROCINE

EMERGENCY CLASS:    NOT APPLICABLE
10 CFR SECTION:
CCCC 21.21          UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH

                               EVENT TEXT

POTENTIAL FOR INCORRECT OPERATION (ARMATURE BINDING) OF
SAFETY-RELATED
GE-TYPE HGA RELAYS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1989 AND JUNE 1991
BY GE
ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLIED BY GE NUCLEAR ENERGY

FAREWELL & HENDRICKS, INC., PROVIDED NOTIFICATION VIA FACSIMILE
REGARDING
INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO. APPLICABLE TO
SAFETY-
RELATED GE-TYPE HGA RELAYS.  BASED UPON THIS INFORMATION, FAREWELL
&
HENDRICKS DETERMINED THAT TWO UTILITIES HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH
DEDICATED
RELAYS THAT ARE AFFECTED.  RELAYS PROVIDED TO NORTHEAST NUCLEAR
ENERGY
CO.  UNDER NORTHEAST UTILITIES PURCHASE ORDER # C92J1798 WERE
MANUFACTURED DURING THE TIME FRAME INDICATED.  FAREWELL &
HENDRICKS PLANS
TO NOTIFY THOSE UTILITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RESPECTIVE
PROCUREMENT
DOCUMENTS.

INFORMATION REGARDING THE POTENTIAL FOR INCORRECT OPERATION OF
THESE
RELAYS WAS SENT BY GE NUCLEAR ENERGY LOCATED IN SAN JOSE,
CALIFORNIA TO
THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES ON NOVEMBER 5, 1996: CAROLINA POWER & LIGHT
CO.;
DTE ENERGY; ENTERGY OPERATIONS, INC.; FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO.;
NEBRASKA
PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT; PECO ENERGY CO.; SOUTHERN NUCLEAR OPERATING
CO.;
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY; AND VERMONT YANKEE NUCLEAR POWER
CORP.

                                              Inter-Office Correspondence

FPL

To:       D. E. Jernigan                Date:          November 22, 1996
          J. Scarola c/o J. T. Voorhees

From:     R. A. Symes                   Department:    JNA/JB

Subject:  POTENTIAL 10 CFR 21

Reference: Letter from M. A. Smith, GE Nuclear Energy, to Carolina Power
           & Light, et al, dated November 5, 1996

The above references is a potential Part 21 notification associated with
the potential for incorrect operation, due to armature binding, of safety
related GE HGA relays manufactured between January 1989 and June 1991 by
GE Electrical Distribution and supplied by GE Nuclear Energy.

This notification was received by the Supervisor Performance Assessment
on November 22, 1996 at 1:25 PM.

According to the above reference, GE Nuclear Energy is unable to
evaluated the safety significance of potential failures to determine if a
defect exist in the context of 10CFR21.

The plant should perform an operability assessment and take appropriate
action to assure that the evaluation, notification, corrective action,
reporting, and record keeping are performed in accordance with
10CFR50.72, 10CFR50.73, 10CFR50.73, 10CFR73.71 or 10CFR21 as appropriate.
In accordance with IP 801, addressees are required to return this cover
letter to the supervisor Performance Assessment with receipt
acknowledgement and specific plant tracking system identification.

R. A. Symes
Supervisor Performance Assessment       Acknowledged By     Date

RAS/MRM/crr

JQA-96-1002
                                        Condition Report Number

cc:

T. V. Abbatiello    JNA/PTN             G. E. Hollinger     LIC/PTN
R. J. Acosta        JPN (JNA)/JB        T. G. Kreinberg     NMM/PSL
J. A. Baysinger     JNA//JB             J. T. Luke          JPN/JB
L. W. Bladow        JNA/PSL             H. N. Paduano       JPN/JB
G. J. Boissy        NMM/PSL             R. E. Rose          NMM/PTN
K. R. Craig         JPN/JB              E. J. Weikan        LIC/PSL
D. J. Denver        JPN/PSL             Part 21 File        JNA/JB
C. F. Ferriday      JNI/JB

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