United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

ACCESSION #: 9805180426

                                             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

                                             Senior Vice President

                                             and Chief Nuclear Officer

ILLINOIS                                          U-602995

  POWER                                           4F.140

An Illinova Company

                                                  May 5, 1998

Docket No.  50-461


Document Control Desk

U.S.  Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, D.C.  20555

Subject:  10CFR21 Interim Report 21-98-021: Deficiencies in Material

          Dedication Process Goulds Pumps Uses to Provide Safety

          Related Parts to Nuclear Power Plants

Dear Madam or Sir:

     On December 10, 1997, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued

an inspection report (No. 99900732/97-01) to Goulds Pumps, Incorporated,

identifying a deficiency in their quality assurance program.  This

inspection report contained a Notice of Nonconformance (NON) regarding

deficiencies in the material dedication process used by Goulds Pumps.

Goulds Pumps notified Illinois Power (IP) of the NRC finding in a report

under the provisions of 10CFR, Part 21.  This notification states that

the NRC found that Goulds' use of a portable metal analyzer, Texas

Nuclear Model 9277 Metallurgist - XR to analyze 316 stainless steel

material for conformance to ASTM A743 Grade CF8M was unacceptable.  The

NON identified that Goulds has not verified all material characteristics

during the dedication process.  Goulds did not verify all of the chemical

requirements and did not check for any mechanical properties of the

material being tested.

     On the basis of the Goulds Pumps notification, IP performed an

independent investigation into the dedication process and quality

assurance programs of Goulds Pumps and found additional discrepancies.  A

review of Goulds Pumps parts in Clinton Power Station stores was begun to

verify chemical content and material hardness.  The discrepancies

identified were found to be acceptable with the exception of some

replacement parts purchased from Goulds Pumps that did not contain the

required material for application in safety-related systems.

Specifically, a coupling kit in stores contained SAE Grade 2 bolts vice

the required SAE Grade 5 bolts.  IP has identified the safety-related

systems where this coupling kit could have been.  One safety-related

water leg pump was found to have Grade 2 bolts installed.  This condition



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evaluated by the Nuclear Station Engineering Department and found to be

acceptable.  However, those bolts were replaced with the proper Grade 5

bolts to restore design.  The other potentially affected safety-related

pumps will be inspected as the current schedule will allow and evaluated

on a case by case basis.

     IP received the Goulds Pumps 10CFR21 notification on March 9,1998

and determined that this issue was potentially reportable under the

provisions of 10CFR21 on March 11, 1998.

     Condition Report 1-98-03-170 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 when all effected safety related pumps have been

inspected.  This action will be completed by November 14, 1998, in

accordance with the current maintenance schedule.

     Additional information about this issue may be obtained by

contacting A.A. Startz, Procurement Engineer at (217) 935-8881, extension


                                        Sincerely yours,

                                        Walter G.  MacFarland, IV

                                        Senior Vice President and

                                        Chief Nuclear Officer


cc:  NRC Clinton Licensing Project Manager

     NRC Resident Office, V-690

     Regional Administrator, Region III, USNRC

     Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety

     INPO Records Center

     Goulds Pumps, Incorporated


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