United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

LICENSEE: FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
SITE: CRYSTAL RIVER 3 EVENT NOTIFICATION NUMBER: 38333
DOCKET: 05000302 EVENT DATE: 9/28/2001
RX TYPE: PWR EVENT TIME:
VENDORS:   B&W-L-LP NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/01/2001
EMERGENCY CLASS: N/A REGION:2 STATE:FL TIME: 08:41
HQ OPS OFFICER: CHAUNCEY GOULD
10 CFR SECTION: CCCC UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
UNIT  SCRAM  RX  INIT  INITIAL MODE  CURR  CURRENT MODE
CODE  CRIT PWR                    PWR
3  N     N     0     Refueling          0  Refueling

PART 21 INVOLVING UNACCEPTABLE INSPECTION SERVICES

On August 24, 2001, FPC personnel performed a water test on spare safety-related Decay Heat Raw Water System pump RWP-3A to determine whether the lip seal was installed correctly. This test was not part of an FPC receipt inspection. No bearing flush/lubricating water flow was observed coming from the pump. Upon disassembly of the pump bowl, FPC personnel confirmed that the lip seal was installed incorrectly.

In 1999, spare RWP-3A pump was rebuilt by Tampa Armature Works under Purchase Order No. F742538K. FPC contracted Raytheon (Contract Number NO1067AD) to oversee the RWP-3A rebuilding activities and ensure, through inspection, that the work was performed in accordance with the Raytheon 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix B, QA Program. The shop traveler provided to Tampa Armature Works by FPC included a detailed sketch and specific guidance with respect to the orientation of the pump lip seal. In February 2000, Tampa Armature Works signed off on and Raytheon Inspector 21 stamped Shop Traveler Line Item #30A attesting to the correct orientation of the lip seal even though the lip seal was not installed correctly. The rebuilt pump was subsequently delivered to FPC.

FPC considers the above condition to be reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 21.21 as a defect associated with a substantial safety hazard.

10 CFR 21.3 states, in part, that a defect means a deviation in a basic component delivered to a purchaser for use in a facility or activity subject to 10 CFR Part 21 if, on the basis of an evaluation, the deviation could create a substantial safety hazard.

The NRC Resident Inspector and the vendor were notified.

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