United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

LICENSEE: QUANEX CORPORATION                 
SITE: QUANEX CORPORATION                    EN NUMBER:30774
DOCKET:                                  EVENT DATE: 05-24-96
RX TYPE:                                 EVENT TIME: 00:00
VENDORS:                                NOTIFY DATE: 07-22-96
EMERGENCY CLASS: N/A  REGION: 4 STATE: TX      TIME: 18:45
OPS OFFICER: LEIGH TROCINE            
10 CFR SECTION: CDEG  21.21(c)(3)(i)      DEFECTS/NONCOMPLIANCE

QUANEX CORPORATION INTERIM 10 CFR PART 21 REPORT OF A DEVIATION  
EVALUATION INVOLVING A MIX IN MATERIAL SPECIFICATIONS (SA-106    
GRADE B VERSUS A-333 P22)                                        
                                                                 
QUANEX CORPORATION GULF STATES TUBE DIVISION SUBMITTED AN INTERIM
REPORT TO DOCUMENT THE EVALUATION OF AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION    
INVOLVING 3/4-INCH, SCHEDULE-80, ASME, SA-106, GRADE-B PIPE ON   
MILL ORDER #74229 WHICH WAS FURNISHED TO CONSOLIDATED POWER      
SUPPLY (CPS) AGAINST PO S65-46324.  DURING ROUTINE TESTING, CPS  
FOUND THAT ONE TUBE WAS MARKED AS SA-106 GRADE B, AND IT WAS     
ACTUALLY A335 P22.  THIS WAS SUBSEQUENTLY VERIFIED BY THE QUANEX 
GULF STATES TUBE DIVISION ON A SAMPLE PROVIDED BY CPS.           
                                                                 
THE QUANEX INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT CPS WAS THE ONLY NUCLEAR  
CUSTOMER THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE SALE OF THIS MATERIAL.  CPS WAS
NOTIFIED ON JUNE 14, 1996, TO RETURN THE MATERIAL FROM THIS      
ORDER.  HOWEVER, QUANEX WAS UNABLE TO DETERMINE THAT THE         
DEFICIENCY WITH A MIX IN MATERIAL SPECIFICATIONS (SA-106 GRADE B 
VERSUS A-333 P22) WAS AN ISOLATED CASE RELATIVE TO THE ONE       
SHIPMENT TO CPS IN NOVEMBER 1994.  CPS PROVIDED CORRESPONDENCE TO
ALL AFFECTED CUSTOMERS WHO WERE SUPPLIED THE SUBJECT MATERIAL AS 
ASME CODE AND/OR SAFETY RELATED, AND CPS VERIFIED RECEIPT OF THIS
CORRESPONDENCE ON JUNE 21, 1996.  CPS NOTIFICATIONS WERE SENT TO 
THE FOLLOWING CUSTOMERS:  CAPITAL MANUFACTURING, INDIAN POINT 3, 
SEQUOYAH, VALCOR ENGINEERING, S. Y. TRADING COMPANY, CALVERT     
CLIFFS, BEAVER VALLEY, DAVIS BESSE, COMANCHE PEAK, KEWAUNEE,     
BECHTEL (AS AGENT FOR GINNA), EDWARD VALVES, AND RIVER BEND.  NOT
ALL RECIPIENTS HAVE RESPONDED AT THIS TIME. IN ADDITION, NO CPS  
CUSTOMERS HAVE IDENTIFIED ANYTHING OTHER THAN SA-106 GRADE-B     
MATERIAL BEING INSTALLED.                                        

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