United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment


ACCESSION #: 9705140409



PSE&G



Public Service Electric and Gas Company P.O.  Box 236 Hancocks Bridge,

New Jersey 08038-0236 



Nuclear Business Unit         MAY 07 1997 

                              LR-N970289



U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 

Document Control Desk

Washington, DC 20555



HOPE CREEK GENERATING STATION

DOCKET NO.  50-354

UNIT NO.  1

LICENSEE EVENT REPORT NO.  97-007-00



Dear Sir:



This Licensee Event Report entitled "Struthers-Dunn 219NE Series Relay

Failures Due to Thermal Degradation of Magnetic Vinyl Plastic Bearing Pad

Material" is being submitted pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR

50.73(a)(2)(v) and 10 CFR 21.



                                        Sincerely,



                                        Mark Bezilla

                                        General Manager,

                                        Hope Creek Operations



PRD/

SORC Mtg.  97-026



C    Distribution

     LER File



The power is in your hands.                              95-2168 REV 6/94





Document Control Desk 

LR-N970289



                              Attachment A



The following items represent the commitments that the Public Service

Electric and Gas Company is making to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

relative to LER 354/97-007-00:



1.   Panels containing Struthers-Dunn 219NE series relays with degraded

     magnetic vinyl plastic bearing pad material are being inspected

     weekly to ensure continued operability until the relays are

     replaced.



2.   Struthers-Dunn 219NE series relays with degraded magnetic vinyl

     plastic bearing pad material will be replaced as soon as possible

     within the Hope Creek work week schedule.  Replacement will be

     complete before the end of Hope Creek's seventh refueling outage.



3.   Normally energized Struthers-Dunn 219NE series 120 VAC (model number

     219BBX222NE) and 24 VAC (model number 219BBX232NE) relays with no

     bearing pad or with non-degraded magnetic vinyl plastic bearing pad

     material will be inspected to verify no degradation.  The results of

     this inspection will be assessed to determine the need for

     additional inspections until the relays are replaced.  This activity

     will be completed by August 29, 1997.



4.   The SSWS vacuum breaker relays that were omitted from the EQ Program

     have been added to the program and will be replaced before the end

     of their qualified life (November 24, 1997).



5.   Normally energized Struthers-Dunn 219NE series 120 VAC (model number

     219BBX222NE) and 24 VAC (model number 219BBX232NE) relays with no

     bearing pad or with non-degraded magnetic vinyl plastic bearing pad

     material will be replaced before the end of their calculated service

     life (April 15, 1998).





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