United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment


ACCESSION #:  9705270062



NIAGARA MOHAWK



GENERATION          NINE MILE POINT NUCLEAR STATION/LAKE ROAD, P.O. BOX

BUSINESS GROUP      63, LYCOMING, NEW YORK 13093



                              May 16, 1997

                                NMP93557



Mr.  John DeKleine

Director Quality Assurance

Enertech

2950 Birch Street

Brea, CA 92821-6235



Re:  BW/IP Pressure Switch



Dear Sir:



In a telephone conference on May 2, 1997, we discussed resolution of

issues regarding multiple failures of Enertech supplied BW/IP pressure

switches relative to NMPC's notification to the Nuclear Regulatory

Commission (NRC) under 10CFR Part 21 on February 20, 1997.  The substance

of our discussion was to address Enertech's requests for NMPC to provide

certain information to support Enertech's follow-up investigations and

root cause analyses.  In summary, our agreements were as follows:



1.   Every switch that was tested by Nine Mile and found unacceptable.

     (Enertech has issued a return Material Authorization #2263 to

     control and track the returned switches).



     Solution: NMPC will ship six switches to Enertech.  (Completed

               5/7/97)



2.   All records of Calibration for the as found condition of both the

     unacceptable switches and the installed switches.



     Solution: (Tentative pending Enertech approval by upper management.)

               Enertech to send representative to Nine Mile Site.  NMPC

               to provide facilitator to assure representative gets

               access and copy of whatever is needed.



3.   Procurement documentation including all supplier certifications for

     each switch that has been found unacceptable.



     Solution: Procurement Documents for six switches being returned will

               be provided.  Completed with one exception which was

               "okayed" by John DeKleine.



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4.   AN written communication to employees of Enertech or BW/IP related

     to switch problems or concerns.



     Solution: None available, however, several telecons between Enertech

               and NMPC had occurred.



5.   Maintenance Records related to switch problems reported by your

     employees.



     Solution: (Tentative pending Enertech approval by upper management.)

               Enertech to send representative to Nine Mile Site.  NMPC

               to provide facilitator to assure representative gets

               access and copy of whatever is needed.



While I am disappointed that Enertech felt it necessary to [appeal to the

NRC for assistance] in resolving these issues, I fully understand your

need for pertinent information to proceed with a timely investigation.

Prior to our conversation you made several unsuccessful attempts to

discuss and reach agreement with the Niagara Mohawk Staff on the scope

and timing of information and/or materials to be provided.  It is

unfortunate that these issues were not resolved in a more timely fashion.

In that light, I would suggest that Enertech brought [or escalated] this

matter to my attention directly, we could have reached an equitable

solution earlier.



I will continue to monitor the progress of actions defined above.  If you

have reason to believe that Niagara Mohawk is not responding to these

issues as agreed, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (315)

349-7275.



                                        Sincerely,



                                        Joseph Wm.  Sullivan

                                        Manager of Nuclear Procurement



/dmh



pc:  NRC Document Control Desk          J.  Doherty

     F.  Eriach                         D.  Weaver

     B.  Norris                         M.  Klein

     D.  Baker                          PPF



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