05000440/LER-2017-003

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LER-2017-003, Annulus Exhaust Gas Treatment System Loss of Safety Function
Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Event date:
Report date:
Reporting criterion: 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(C), Loss of Safety Function - Release of Radioactive Material

10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(D), Loss of Safety Function - Mitigate the Consequences of an Accident

10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v), Loss of Safety Function
4402017003R00 - NRC Website
LER 17-003-00 for Perry Nuclear Power Plant Regarding Annulus Exhaust Gas Treatment System Loss of Safety Function
ML17177A350
Person / Time
Site: Perry FirstEnergy icon.png
Issue date: 06/26/2017
From: Hamilton D B
FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co
To:
Document Control Desk, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
References
L-17-204
Download: ML17177A350 (4)


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INTRODUCTION

On April 27. 2017. at

0545 hours
0.00631 days
0.151 hours
9.011243e-4 weeks
2.073725e-4 months

, with the plant in Mode 1 at 100 percent rated thermal power, while shifting Annulus Exhaust Gas Treatment System (AEGTS) [BH] from sub-system B to sub-system A, annulus differential pressure could not be maintained within the required system operating band. which caused an unplanned entry into technical specification limiting conditions of operation and a momentary loss of safety function. Sub-system B was inoperable while being shutdown to standby readiness in accordance with plant operating procedures and would not have automatically started in response to an actuation signal. Investigation determined that sub-system A was inoperable due to a failed recirculation damper [DMP]. Sub-system B was restarted at

0550 hours
0.00637 days
0.153 hours
9.093915e-4 weeks
2.09275e-4 months

, to maintain annulus differential pressure. Annulus differential pressure was maintained above the minimum differential pressure throughout the event and technical specification limiting conditions for operation were not exceeded. The recirculation damper was repaired and AEGTS sub-system A was restored to operable status on April 28, 2017, at

2208 hours
0.0256 days
0.613 hours
0.00365 weeks
8.40144e-4 months

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DESCRIPTION OF EVENT

AEGTS consists of two 100 percent sub-systems. AEGTS processes the ambient air in the annular space between the shield building and the containment vessel to limit a release to the environment of radioisotopes which may leak from the primary containment under accident conditions. The AEGTS is a recirculation type system with split flow. Some of the filtered air extracted from the annulus space is recirculated and some is discharged to the unit vent. AEGTS is designed to continuously maintain a negative pressure differential of 0.25 inches of water gauge minimum between the containment vessel annulus and the outside environment and direct the exhaust flow from the annulus through a charcoal filter plenum to ensure that the release of radioactivity to the environment is below permissible discharge limits. During normal operation the expected discharge to the unit vent is approximately 700 cfm, at a negative pressure differential of 0.66 inches of water gauge. The 0.66 inches of water gauge pressure differential is provided to maintain the 0.25 inches of water gauge minimum pressure differential required due to instrument location, to meet plant post-LOCA conditions, and to adjust for all environmental conditions. Operating parameters in accordance with plant procedures require annulus pressure to be maintained between 0.75 inches and 1.0 inches water gauge negative pressure differential.

AEGTS sub-system A was inoperable from April 24, 2017, at

0427 hours
0.00494 days
0.119 hours
7.060185e-4 weeks
1.624735e-4 months

, until April 26, 2017, at

1453 hours
0.0168 days
0.404 hours
0.0024 weeks
5.528665e-4 months

. for planned maintenance which included replacement of the actuator on the recirculation damper. On April 27. 2017. while shifting AEGTS from sub-system B to sub-system A, annulus differential pressure could not be maintained within the required system operational band. During the shifting operation the off going AEGTS sub-system (in this event, B) exhaust fan's switch is held in STOP prior to being placed in STANDBY, which interrupts current flow to a seal-in circuit and stops the exhaust fan. If an actuation signal is received while holding exhaust fan switch in the STOP position, the actuation signal is overridden. and another seal-in circuit will continue to override the actuation signal when the switch is placed in STANDBY. Therefore: the off going AEGTS subsystem is declared inoperable while holding the exhaust fan switch in STOP. in accordance with plant operating procedures. AEGIS sub-system B was declared inoperable at

0544 hours
0.0063 days
0.151 hours
8.994709e-4 weeks
2.06992e-4 months

while the exhaust fan switch was held in STOP and declared operable at

0545 hours
0.00631 days
0.151 hours
9.011243e-4 weeks
2.073725e-4 months

following release of the switch. Control room operators recognized that annulus differential pressure was outside of the operating band (0.7 inches water gauge negative differential pressure) and not improving. Control room operators started AEGTS sub-system B at

0550 hours
0.00637 days
0.153 hours
9.093915e-4 weeks
2.09275e-4 months

, and stopped AEGTS sub-system A at

0556 hours
0.00644 days
0.154 hours
9.193122e-4 weeks
2.11558e-4 months

. AEGTS sub-system A was declared inoperable at

0545 hours
0.00631 days
0.151 hours
9.011243e-4 weeks
2.073725e-4 months

. Investigation determined that sub-system A was inoperable due to a failed recirculation damper. Estimated Carden per response to comply with this rnardatn collection request.

80 hours
9.259259e-4 days
0.0222 hours
1.322751e-4 weeks
3.044e-5 months

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CAUSE OF EVENT

The cause for the AEGTS sub-system A recirculation damper failure was a failure to follow procedure by electrical, and instrument and controls technicians which resulted in the split coupling that connects the actuator to the damper not being properly tightened.

ANALYSIS OF EVENT

Since AEGTS is not a core damage mitigation system and does not mitigate large and early containment releases, the inoperability of the AEGIS is determined to be of small safety significance. This event is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(v)(C) and 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(v)(D) as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfilment of a safety function.

CORRECTIVE ACTIONS

The failure to follow procedure was addressed by the FENOC performance management process.

PREVIOUS SIMILAR EVENTS

A review of LERs and the corrective action database for the past three years identified that no previous similar events occurred involving AEGTS.

COMMITMENTS

There are no regulatory commitments contained in this report. Actions described in this document represent intended or planned actions. are described for the NRC's information. and are not regulatory commitments.