Issuance of Amendment No. 219 to Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt Technical Specification Task Force Traveler TSTF-425, Relocate Surveillance Frequencies to Licensee Control-RITSTF Initiative 5B
Issuance of Amendment No. 221 License Amendment Request for Transition to Westinghouse Core Design and Safety Analyses Including Adoption of Alternative Source Term (CAC No. MF9307, EPID L-2017-LLA-0211)
Manual Reactor Scram Due to Degrading Condenser Vacuum
On Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2303 (EDT), with the reactor at 70 (percent) core thermal power, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station initiated a manual reactor scram due to degrading condenser vacuum as a result of the trip of Seawater Pump B. All control rods inserted as designed. The plant is in hot shutdown.
Plant safety systems responded as designed. Pressure is being controlled using the Mechanical Hydraulic Control System and Main Condenser. Reactor water level is being maintained with the feedwater and condensate system. During the manual reactor scram, the plant experienced the following isolation signals as designed:
"Group 2 Isolation: Miscellaneous containment isolation valves
Group 6 Isolation: Reactor Water Clean-up
Reactor Building Isolation Actuation
Due to the Reactor Protection System actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), 'any event that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical...' This notification is also being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), 'Any event or condition that results in valid actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph (b)(3)(iv)(B) of this section...' (B)(2) 'General containment isolation signals affecting containment isolation valves in more than one system or multiple main steam isolation valves (MSIVs).'
This event has no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel.
The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The licensee will notify the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency."