Resolution of Generic Issue A-30, "Adequacy of Safety-Related DC Power Supplies" Pursant to 10 CFR 50.54(f) (Generic Letter 91-06)
TO: ALL HOLDERS OF OPERATING LICENSES
SUBJECT: RESOLUTION OF GENERIC ISSUE A-30, "ADEQUACY OF SAFETY-RELATED DC
POWER SUPPLIES," PURSUANT TO 10 CFR 50.54(f) (GENERIC LETTER
The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the
evaluation of Generic Issue (GI) A-30 as part of the resolution of GI-128,
"Electrical Power Reliability." GI A-30 focuses on safety-related dc
systems. Enclosure 1 to this generic letter provides a brief description
and history of this GI. Additional details are provided in NUREG/CR-5414,
"Technical Findings for Proposed Integrated Resolution of Generic Issue 128,
'Electrical Power Reliability.'" As a result of its evaluation, the staff
believes that certain maintenance, surveillance, and monitoring provisions
are appropriate for safety-related dc systems. The staff believes that most
plants have already implemented most of these provisions because of a number
of actions taken previously by the staff and industry.
In order for the NRC to determine whether any further staff action is
required to modify, suspend or revoke your license, addressees are required,
pursuant to Section 182 of The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and 10
CFR 50.54(f), to provide written responses to the questions in Enclosure 1
within 180 days of the date of this letter. This information should be
submitted to NRC, signed under oath or affirmation.
The actions requested in this generic letter are not considered a backfit in
accordance with NRC procedures and do not represent a change in staff
positions. This generic letter is a request for information only to
determine if licensee's plant specific maintenance, surveillance, and
monitoring provisions are appropriate and that these provisions have been
implemented. An evaluation of this letter was performed in accordance with
the charter of the Committee to Review Generic Requirements (CRGR) and 10
CFR 50.54(f) and will be made available in the Public Document Room with the
minutes of the 163rd meeting of the CRGR.
NRC has recognized that an "Individual Plant Examination (IPE) For Severe
Accident Vulnerabilities" could enable licensees to address unresolved
safety and generic safety issues as outlined in generic letter 88-20,
provided that the details defined in NUREG-1335 (Section 2.1.6, Subitem 7),
"Individual Plant Examination: Submittal Guidance", are included.
Therefore, the enclosure to this letter gives licensees the option of
providing certain supporting information as part of the IPE instead of
supplying it in response
O. Chopra, NRR
D. Thatcher, RES
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to this letter. However, a decision to address this generic issue as
provided in Enclosure 1 (i.e., by addressing questions 5 and 9) does not
relieve licensees from searching for other plant-specific vulnerabilities of
dc systems as part of your IPE.
This request is covered by Office of Management and Budget Clearance Number
3150-0011, which expires June 30, 1991. The estimated average number of
burden hours is 100 person hours per licensee response, including the time
required to assess the questions, search data sources, gather and analyze
the data, and prepare the required reports. Comments on the accuracy of
this estimate and suggestions to reduce the burden may be directed to Ronald
Minsk, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150-0011), NEOB-3019,
Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C. 20503, and to the U. S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Information and Records Management Branch,
Division of Information Support Services, Office of Information and
Resources Management, Washington, D.C. 20555.
If you have any questions, please contact your project manager.
James G. Partlow
Associate Director for Projects
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
1. 10 CFR 50.54(f) Request For GI A-30 "Adequacy of
Safety-Related dc Power"
2. List of Recently Issued generic letters
10 CFR 50.54(f) REQUEST - GENERIC ISSUE (GI) A-30 "ADEQUACY OF
SAFETY-RELATED DC POWER SUPPLIES"
The specific area of concern of GI A-30 "Adequacy of Safety-Related DC Power
Supplies" is the adequacy of the safety-related dc power in operating
nuclear power plants, particularly with regard to multiple and common cause
failures. Risk analysis and past plant experience support conclusions that
failure of the dc power supplies could represent a significant contribution
to the unreliability of shutdown cooling. Analysis indicates that
inadequate maintenance and surveillance and failure to detect battery
unavailability are the prime contributors to failure of the dc power
During the development of plans to resolve GI A-30, it was observed that
several previously issued regulatory notices (IENs), bulletins (IEBs) and
letters (GLs) submitted to licensees include recommendations similar to
those that have been identified to resolve GI A-30. More specifically, it
has been determined that recommendations contained in notifications IEN
85-74, "Station Battery Problems", IEB 79-27, "Loss of Non-Class 1E
Instrumentation and Control Power System Bus during Operation," and separate
actions being taken to resolve GI 49, "Interlocks and LCOs for Class 1E Tie
Breakers" include the elements necessary to resolve GI A-30. It is
therefore concluded that licensees that have implemented these
recommendations and actions will have resolved GI A-30. The response to the
questions that follow is necessary to provide the staff with information to
determine whether any further action is required for your facility.
The following information is to be provided for each unit at each site:
2. a. The number of independent redundant divisions of Class 1E or
safety- related dc power for this plant is .
(Include any separate Class 1E or safety-related dc, such as any
dc dedicated to the diesel generators.)
b. The number of functional safety-related divisions of dc power
necessary to attain safe shutdown for this unit is .
3. Does the control room at this unit have the following separate,
independently annunciated alarms and indications for each division of
1. Battery disconnect or circuit breaker open?
2. Battery charger disconnect or circuit breaker open (both
input ac and output dc)?
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3. dc system ground?
4. dc bus undervoltage?
5. dc bus overvoltage?
6. Battery charger failure?
7. Battery discharge?
1. Battery float charge current?
2. Battery circuit output current?
3. Battery discharge?
4. Bus voltage?
c. Does the unit have written procedures for response to the above
alarms and indications?
4. Does this unit have indication of bypassed and inoperable status of
circuit breakers or other devices that can be used to disconnect the
battery and battery charger from its dc bus and the battery charger
from its ac power source during maintenance or testing?
5. If the answer to any part of question 3 or 4 is no, then provide
information justifying the existing design features of the facility's
safety-related dc systems. *See note below.
6. (1) Have you conducted a review of maintenance and testing activities
to minimize the potential for human error causing more than one dc
division to be unavailable? and
(2) do plant procedures prohibit maintenance or testing on redundant
dc divisions at the same time?
If the facility Technical Specifications have provisions equivalent to those
found in the Westinghouse and Combustion Engineering Standard Technical
Specifications for maintenance and surveillance, then question 7 may be
skipped and a statement to that effect may be inserted here.
7. Are maintenance, surveillance and test procedures regarding station
batteries conducted routinely at this plant? Specifically:
a. At least once per 7 days are the following verified to be within
1. Pilot cell electrolyte level?
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2. Specific gravity or charging current?
3. Float voltage?
4. Total bus voltage on float charge?
5. Physical condition of all cells?
b. At least once per 92 days, or within 7 days after a battery
discharge, overcharge, or if the pilot cell readings are outside
the 7-day surveillance requirements are the following verified to
be within acceptable limits:
1. Electrolyte level of each cell?
2. The average specific gravity of all cells?
3. The specific gravity of each cell?
4. The average electrolyte temperature of a representative
number of cells?
5. The float voltage of each cell?
6. Visually inspect or measure resistance of terminals and
connectors (including the connectors at the dc bus)?
c. At least every 18 months are the following verified:
1. Low resistance of each connection (by test)?
2. Physical condition of the battery?
3. Battery charger capability to deliver rated ampere
output to the dc bus?
4. The capability of the battery to deliver its design duty
cycle to the dc bus?
5. Each individual cell voltage is within acceptable limits
during the service test?
d. At least every 60 months, is capacity of each battery verified by
performance of a discharge test?
e. At least annually, is the battery capacity verified by performance
discharge test, if the battery shows signs of degradation or has
reached 85% of the expected service life?
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8. Does this plant have operational features such that following loss of
one safety-related dc power supply or bus:
a. Capability is maintained for ensuring continued and adequate
b. Reactor coolant system integrity and isolation capability are
c. Operating procedures, instrumentation (including indicators and
annunciators), and control functions are adequate to initiate systems
as required to maintain adequate core cooling?
9. If the answer to any part of question 6, 7 or 8 is no, then provide
your basis for not performing the maintenance, surveillance and test
procedures described and/or the bases for not including the operational
features cited. *See note below.
*Note: For questions involving supporting type information (question
numbers 5 and 9) instead of developing and supplying the information in
response to this letter, you may commit to further evaluate the need for
such provisions during the performance of your individual plant examination
for severe accident vulnerabilities (IPE). If you select this option, you
are required to:
(1) So state in response to these questions, and (2) Commit to
explicitly address questions 5 and 9 in your IPE submittal per the
guidelines outlined in NUREG-1335 (Section 2.1.6, Subitem 7),
"Individual Plant Examination: Submittal Guidance."
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