United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

ACCESSION #: 9802240259

                                        Illinois Power Company

                                        Clinton Power Station

                                        P.O. Box 678

                                        Clinton, IL 61727

                                        Tel 217 935-5623

                                        Fax 217 935-4632

                                        Walter G. MacFarland IV

                                        Chief Nuclear Officer


  POWER                                 U-602939

  An Illinova Company                   4F.140

                                        February 17, 1998

Docket No. 50-461                       10CFR21.21

Document Control Desk

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, D.C.  20555

Subject:  10CFR21 Interim Report 21-97-060: Sentry Equipment Corporation

          Commercial Grade Dedication Program Deficiencies

Dear Madam or Sir:

     On December 18, 1997, Illinois Power (P) found that Sentry Equipment

Corporation (Sentry) did not have documented procedures describing their

commercial grade dedication process.  As a result, Sentry lacked

sufficient objective evidence to provide reasonable assurance that items

supplied to Illinois Power by Sentry have been procured or tested to

requirements needed to demonstrate the capability of the parts to perform

their intended safety function.  This deficiency was identified during a

triennial supplier audit performed to verify adequacy and implementation

of the Sentry written quality assurance program.  Sentry supplies IP with

replacement parts for the two Drywell and Containment Hydrogen and Oxygen

Analyzers at the Clinton Power Station.

     IP determined this issue was potentially reportable under the

provisions of 10CFR21 on December 23, 1997.

     Condition Report 1-97-12-289 was initiated to track investigation

and resolution of this issue.  IP's evaluation of this issue under the

provisions of 10CFR21 has not been completed.  The evaluation of this

issue will be completed by April 4, 1998.


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     Additional information about this issue may be obtained by

contacting R. D. Weber, Supervisor-Procurement Engineering, at (217) 935-

8881, extension 3785.

                              Sincerely yours,

                              Walter G. MacFarland, IV

                              Chief Nuclear Officer


cc:  NRC Clinton Licensing Project Manager

     NRC Resident Office, V-690

     Regional Administrator, Region III, USNRC

     G. C. Wright, Region III, USNRC

     Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety

     INPO Records Center

     Sentry Equipment Corporation


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