05000387/LER-2017-003

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LER-2017-003, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Unit 1 05000387
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Unit 2 05000-387
Event date:
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Reporting criterion: 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(C), Loss of Safety Function - Release of Radioactive Material
3872017003R00 - NRC Website
LER 17-003-00 for Susquehanna, Units 1 and 2, Regarding Loss of Secondary Containment Zone 3 Due to Fan Trip
ML17125A013
Person / Time
Site: Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Unit 2 05000-387, Susquehanna Talen Energy icon.png
Issue date: 05/05/2017
From: Berryman B
Susquehanna, Talen Energy
To:
Document Control Desk, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
References
PLA-7604
Download: ML17125A013 (4)


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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Unit 2 05000-387 YI-AR SEQUEN1 lAm. REV

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CONDITIONS PRIOR TO EVENT

Unit 1 — Mode 1, approximately 100 percent Rated Thermal Power Unit 2 — Mode 5, approximately 0 percent Rated Thermal Power There were no structures, systems, or components that were inoperable at the start of the event that contributed to the event. Unit 2 was in a refueling outage and Zone II was relaxed.

EVENT DESCRIPTION

On March 8 at approximately 0239, during work to replace Load Center Breaker 2B240-021 (supply breaker to 2B246) [EIIS: BKR] and inspect MCC Breaker 2B246-023 [EllS: BKR], both units Zone III HVAC [EIIS:NA] differential pressure was lost when Operations commenced the restoration phase prematurely. The error occurred when Load Center Breaker 2B240-021 (supply breaker to 2B246) [EIIS: BKR] was returned to service without MCC Breaker 2B246-023 [EIIS: BKR] restored. Unit 2 Zone Ill isolation dampers [El IS:DMP] were temporarily aligned to an alternate power supply during the work. When Operations attempted to restore Zone 3 HVAC damper control power to normal, there was no power available from Distribution Panel 2Y246. The Unit 2 division II Zone III isolation dampers [EIIS: DMP] failed to their safety "closed" position causing a low flow trip of all Unit 2 Zone III fans [EIIS:FAN].

This resulted in Zone III differential pressure lowering to less than the TS 3.6.4.1 allowable limit of 0.25 in w.g.

A timeline of events is as follows:

0100: MCC 26246 de-energized by opening Load Center Breaker 26240-021 [EIIS: BKR] which is the supply breaker to MCC 2B246 [EIIS: BKR].

0145: Load Center Breaker 2B240-021 [EIIS: BKR] was closed per work release RLWO 1873012 to energize MCC 2B246 [EIIS: BKR] and utilize the RB elevator.

0200: Replacement breaker arrived at work site. Load Center Breaker 2B240-021 [EIIS: BKR] was opened per work release RLWO 1873012 to de-energize MCC 213246 [EIIS: BKR] and continue job.

0230: Operations team directed that MCC 2B246 could be re-energized while work continued on MCC Breaker 26246-023 [EIIS: BKR].

0235: Commenced MCC 26246 bus restoration.

0239: Operations place the Control Power Supply to Unit 2 RB Dampers to normal. Unit 2 Zone III Division II dampers [EIIS: DMP] closed due to loss of control power causing Unit 2 Zone III fans [EIIS:FAN] to trip on low flow.

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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Unit 2 05000-387 - 00 2017 - 003

CAUSE OF EVENT

The cause of the event was less than adequate procedure use and adherence.

ANALYSIS/SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE

Secondary Containment Zone III pressure was not maintained above the TS 3.6.4.1 required vacuum of 0.25 in w.g. with respect to outside atmosphere. The event was caused by a loss of power to the Unit 2 Zone III isolation dampers, which caused them to close. This resulted in the shutdown of the Unit 2 Reactor Building fans and a loss of Zone III vacuum. This event is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(C) as a condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function to mitigate the consequences of an accident by controlling the release of radioactive material.

There was no actual safety consequence as a result of this event. Engineering analysis of this event has determined that secondary containment could have performed its safety function of isolating, as assumed in the accident analysis, and also of re-establishing 0.25 in w.g. vacuum (drawdown) within the assumed accident analysis time (10 minutes). This event will not be counted as a safety system functional failure (SSFF) for the NRC performance indicator.

CORRECTIVE ACTIONS

Corrective actions included a communication to Operators and a revision to the Procedure and Work Instructions Use and Adherence procedure to perform a second check for non-conditional procedure steps.

PREVIOUS SIMILAR EVENTS

2016 (PLA-7459) 10, 2015 (PLA-7329)