United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment


ACCESSION #: 9710200098



FOXBORO

                                   The Foxboro Company

                                   Foxboro, MA 02035-2099

                                   United States of America

15 October 1997

                                   Telephone +1 508 643 8750

                                   Facsimile +1 508 549 6750

                                   Internet http://www.foxboro.com/



Mr. Steve Saidan

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Events Assessment

1155 Rockville Heights

Rockville, MD 02852



Subject:  Our notification to you, Event Number 33081, at 11:36 am

          October 14, 1997



Dear Mr. Saidan,



Enclosed are copies of two letters confirming our notification to

Consolidated Edison of Company of New York and Vermont Yankee

respectively with regard to the nuclear qualified pressure transmitters.

We will keep you informed of on-going developments and the completion of

seismic testing for the design.



Sincerely,

THE FOXBORO COMPANY



Truman L. King, Director

Corporate Quality and Product Safety



TLK/baa

                                                  SIEBE



FOXBORO

                                   The Foxboro Company

                                   Foxboro, MA 02035-2099

October 9, 1997                    United States of America



                                   Telephone +1 508 543 8750

                                   Facsimile +1 508 549 6750

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power       Internet http://www.foxboro.com/

  Corporation

P.O. Box 157

Vernon, VT 05354



Attention:  Mr. David Bauer

            Purchasing Supervisor



Subject:  Your P.O. order #96-14056-00 serial #'s 96190560, 96190561,

96190562, 96190563 and 96190564 for nuclear qualified pressure

transmitters shipped 7/26/96.



Dear Mr. Bauer,



Per our conversation today, this letter is to inform you that an error

was made in the processing of your order for five (5) nuclear qualified

pressure transmitters.  Foxboro inadvertently shipped the wrong version

of the electronics module, which at this time is being scheduled for

nuclear qualification testing but which has not undergone the nuclear

qualification testing.  The modules shipped are in the same family as

modules already nuclear qualified and are therefore believed to also be

capable of withstanding the seismic requirements of nuclear

qualification.  This opinion is supported by vibration test data, which

shows the design to be sufficiently robust.  While this data is not

conclusive, we believe it is a strong indication of design capability.

On the basis of a review of the design and the vibration test data,

Foxboro does not consider this to be a safety issue, which would

constitute a substantial hazard.



Never-the-less, we are informing you so that you can evaluate the

applications you have for these units.  Meanwhile, as stated, we are

taking immediate actions to qualify this design, within the next two to

four weeks, to the nuclear seismic requirements, and are taking

corrective actions to deal with the cause for the improper shipment.  We

will also be informing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of this

notification to you.



Please contact the undersigned at (508) 549-6797, fax (508) 508-4639 or

Richard Anderson at (508) 549-3889, fax (508) 549-4458, if you have any

questions or would like additional information.



We sincerely regret this incident and we are working diligently to

correct this situation as soon as possible.



Please assume that this notification reaches the proper individuals

within your company and inform us of particulars so we can update our 10

CFR 21 contact files.



Regards,



Truman L. King

Director Corporate Quality and Product Safety



                                                  SIEBE



FOXBORO

                                   The Foxboro Company

                                   Foxboro, MA 02035-2099

                                   United States of America



October 15, 1997                   Telephone +1 508 543 8750

                                   Facsimile +1 508 549 6750

Consolidated Edison Company of     Internet http://www.foxboro.com/

  New York, Inc.

Indian Point Nuclear Generating

  Station #2

4 Irving Place

New York, NY 10003



Attention:  Mr. Frank Simone, Purchasing Supervisor



Subject:  Your P.O. order #617927, serial #'s 97030077 for nuclear

          qualified pressure transmitters shipped 3/11/97.



Dear Mr. Simone,



This letter confirms Foxboro's notification, through Alan Budnick,

General Manager-Quality Assurance Oversight on October 9, 1997, and

subsequent follow-up conversations with him and Steve Misilo regarding

the subject transmitters.  Our records show that your order specified

6000 rads as a radiation requirement, though our standard part number was

called for and no certification of radiation was requested.  The product

we shipped does not quite meet the 6000 rads total dosage.  We have

supplied to your Mr.  Steve Misilo the radiation test report which was

conducted so that he could evaluate the application and determine the

appropriate action.  This test report indicated a capability of 4700 rads

total integrated dose (tid).  We understand that this transmitter is used

in the reactor coolant system (RCS) but is valved out during reactor

operation, has no direct safety function, and is used only for cold shut-

down as a level measurement.  We understand that this condition would not

affect plant operability but should be evaluated to determine if

transmitter life expectations are met.  Foxboro awaits this determination

and will work out appropriate action with you.



Our investigation of your order here at Foxboro was initiated when we

uncovered that an error was made in the processing of your order for this

one (1) nuclear qualified pressure transmitter.  Foxboro inadvertently

shipped the wrong version of the electronics module, which at this time

is being scheduled for nuclear seismic qualification testing but which

has not undergone the nuclear qualification testing.  The module shipped

is in the same family as modules already nuclear seismic qualified and

therefore is also believed to be capable of withstanding the seismic

requirements of nuclear qualification.  This opinion is supported by

vibration test data, which shows the design to be sufficiently robust.

While this data is not conclusive, we believe it is a strong indication

of design capability.  On the basis of a review of the design and the

vibration test data, Foxboro does not consider this to be a safety issue,

which would constitute a substantial hazard.



Meanwhile, as stated, we are taking immediate actions to qualify this

design, within the next two to four weeks, to the nuclear seismic

requirements, and are taking corrective actions to deal with the cause

for the improper shipment.  We have also informed the Nuclear Regulatory

Commission of this notification to you.



                                             SIEBE



FOXBORO



Please contact the undersigned at (508) 549-6797, fax (508) 508-4639 or

Richard Anderson at (508) 549-3889, fax (508) 549-4458, if you have any

questions or would like additional information.



We sincerely regret this incident and we are working diligently to

correct this situation as soon as possible.



Regards,



Truman L. King

Director Corporate Quality and Product Safety



CC:  Mr. Alan Budnick, General Manager

     Quality Assurace Oversight

     Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc,



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