Bulletin 88-05: Supplement 1, Nonconforming Materials Supplied by Piping Supplies, Inc. at Folsom, New Jersey And West Jersey Manufacturing Company at Williamstown, New Jersey
OMB No.: 3150-0011
NRCB 88-05, Supplement 1
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
June 15, 1988
NRC BULLETIN NO. 88-05, SUPPLEMENT 1: NONCONFORMING MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY
PIPING SUPPLIES, INC. AT FOLSOM, NEW
JERSEY AND WEST JERSEY MANUFACTURING
COMPANY AT WILLIAMSTOWN, NEW JERSEY
All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power
The purpose of this supplement is to 1) provide additional information con-
cerning material supplied by Piping Supplies, Incorporated (PSI) and West
Jersey Manufacturing Company (WJM), 2) reduce the scope of the requested
materials review to only flanges and fittings, 3) delineate actions licensees
are requested to take to identify these materials and to determine whether the
materials comply with ASME and ASTM design and material specifications, and 4)
clarify what actions licensees are requested to take once they identify
material that does not comply with the above material specifications.
Description of Circumstances:
On June 10, 1988 the NRC staff was informed by Carolina Power & Light (CP&L)
that the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant had tested two flanges from their ware-
house that had been supplied by WJM. The two flanges were identified as
belonging to Heat No. 7218, SA-105 material. The CP&L test results did not
match those reported on WJM's Certified Material Test Reports (CMTRs) and did
not meet the tensile and yield strength requirements for SA-105 material.
Required minimum tensile strength is 70 KSI whereas the measured tensile
strengths were 45 KSI and 46 KSI. The tensile strength reported on the CMTR
was 77 KSI. Required minimum yield strength is 36 KSI whereas the measured
yield strengths were 27 KSI and 31 KSI. The yield strength reported on the
CMTR was 50 KSI. Measured chemistry composition was also out of
specification, notably percent carbon was very low at 0.045 and manganese was
measured at 0.32 (required range 0.6 to 1.05).
Bulletin 88-05 requires that all PSI and WJM supplied material be identified
and that a determination be made as to its suitability for the intended or
actual application. This supplement narrows the scope of review from ASME
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and ASTM "materials" to ASME and ASTM fittings and flanges. In view of the
recent verification that flanges which do not comply with ASME and ASTM speci-
fications have been supplied to the nuclear industry, the time frames for
certain actions are also modified by this supplement.
The actions requested in Bulletin 88-05 remain in effect with the following
1. Review of purchasing records may be reduced in scope from ASME and ASTM
"materials" to ASME and ASTM "fittings and flanges" and the review should
be initiated and completed promptly. (1)
2. The scope of paragraph 2 of Bulletin 88-05 is reduced from ASME and ASTM
"materials" to ASME and ASTM "flanges and fittings." All other
provisions of paragraph 2 of Bulletin 88-05 remain in effect.
3. The scope of paragraph 3 of Bulletin 88-05 is reduced from ASME and ASTM
"materials" to ASME and ASTM "flanges and fittings." For ASME and ASTM
flanges and fittings furnished by PSI or WJM already installed in safety-
related systems in operating plants, the following actions are requested:
a. Commence appropriate testing of accessible flanges and fittings
promptly to identify conformance of materials to ASME and ASTM
material specifications. Test results for flanges and fittings
reported to be from the same heat should be compared for consistency
and for conformance to the ASME/ASTM specifications and to values
listed on material CMTRs. Any deviation from the specification
requires an appropriate analysis justifying continued operation.
b. If any inaccessible flanges or fittings are identified, an analysis
must be performed justifying continued operation.
c. All other provisions of paragraph 3 of Bulletin 88-05 remain in
4. For flanges and fittings already identified as having been supplied by
PSI or WJM, the actions requested in 3a and 3b above are to be completed
within 30 days of receipt of this supplement. For flanges and fittings
identified after receipt of this supplement, the actions requested in 3a
and 3b above are to be completed within 30 days of identifying the
flanges or fittings as being supplied by PSI and WJM.
(1)/ Based on the discovery by CP&L of nonconforming flanges and on NRC review
of records of WJM's production of numerous flanges purportedly from Heat
No. 7218, licensees should specifically be alert to identify records for
flanges from Heat No. 7218.
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5. Addressees are requested to retain nonconforming materials until advised
further by the NRC. Nonconforming materials should be segregated to
ensure that they are not inadvertently used.
6. Addressees are encouraged to report the results of tests of PSI and WJM
supplied flanges and fittings to the INPO Nuclear Network for dissemi-
nation to the industry.
The reporting requirements of Bulletin 88-05 remain in effect with the
1. The NRC Operations Center should be notified by telephone, 202-951-0550,
of the need for analysis to justify continued operation as required in
paragraphs 3a and 3b. Where the need for analysis to justify continued
operation results in a requirement for a report under 10 CFR 50.72, the
notification to the Operations Center should be in accordance with the
reporting times required by 10 CFR 50.72. If the need for analysis to
justify continued operation would not result in a requirement for a
report under 10 CFR 50.72, the notification to the Operations Center
should be made within 48 hours.
2. Include the results of all tests of PSI or WJM materials in the written
response to Bulletin 88-05.
The written reports required above shall be addressed to the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, ATTN: Document Control Desk, Washington, D.C. 20555,
under oath or affirmation under the provisions of Section 182a, Atomic Energy
Act of 1954, as amended. In addition, a copy shall be submitted to the appro-
priate Regional Administrator.
This requirement for information was approved by the Office of Management and
Budget under blanket clearance number 3150-0011. Comments on burden and
dupliications should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget,
Reports Management, Room 3208, New Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.
If you have any questions about this matter, please contact one of the
technical contacts listed below or the Regional Administrator of the
appropriate NRC regional office.
Charles E. Rossi, Director
Division of Operational Events Assessment
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
Technical Contacts: Ray Cilimberg, NRR
Ed Baker, NRR
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