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ENS 554441 September 2021 03:07:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEThe following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.73. On 8/31/21 at 2050 (MST), the Seismic Monitoring System was discovered Non-Functional. This constitutes an unplanned loss of emergency assessment capability for an operational basis earthquake. There is currently no seismic activity in the area according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of the loss of seismic monitoring capability.
ENS 5544331 August 2021 20:52:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEAt 1340 CDT on August 31, 2021, Waterford 3 Nuclear Generating Station discovered a condition impacting functionality of the ENS and commercial telephone lines. This issue was evaluated and determined to be a major loss of communications capability because the condition affected the ability to directly communicate between the NRC and the Control Room. Satellite phone capability was established at 1410 CDT. Additional communication capability was restored at 1609 CDT. Communication capability via the Emergency Notification System (ENS) was reestablished at 1923 CDT. This condition does not affect the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5543630 August 2021 01:50:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEAt 1804 CDT on 8/29/2021, Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station (WF3) experienced a Loss of Off Site Power event due to Hurricane Ida. This event caused an automatic actuation of Emergency Diesel Generators Trains A and B. Both Emergency Diesel Generators started as designed and both are currently operating normally supplying power to their respective Class 1E Safety Busses. This automatic actuation is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). Prior to the loss of offsite power, WF3 was in progress of performing a plant cooldown in accordance with procedural guidance. As part of this cooldown and after entering Mode 4, all Safety Injection Tanks were isolated. As a result of losing offsite power, Reactor Coolant System Temperature increased above 350F which is above the temperature requirements for Mode 4. Safety Injection Tanks are required to be unisolated and OPERABLE in Mode 3. Therefore, with no Safety Injection Tanks OPERABLE, this constituted an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function and the unit entered Technical Specification 3.0.3. The unit was in Technical Specification 3.0.3 for approximately 43 minutes from 1805 CDT until 1848 CDT when Mode 4 conditions were re-established. This event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a Safety Function is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). While continuing to perform the Reactor Coolant System Cooldown and prior to placing Shutdown Cooling Train in service, it became necessary to start one train of Emergency Feedwater. Emergency Feedwater Train A was manually started at 1847 CDT to feed the Steam Generators and was secured at 1947 CDT. Emergency Feedwater Train A started and operated normally during this period. This manual actuation is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5543529 August 2021 19:49:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CE

Waterford 3 shut down the reactor in preparation for Hurricane Ida landfall prior to this event. At 1812 CDT, Waterford 3 declared a notification of unusual event under EAL S.U. 1.1 due to a loss of offsite power as a result of hurricane Ida. Plant power is being provided via emergency diesel generators. The NRC Activated at 2016 EDT with Region IV in the lead. Notified DHS SWO, DOE Ops Center, FEMA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, CISA Central, USDA Ops Center, EPA Emergency Ops Center, DHS Nuclear SSA (email), FEMA NWC (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 9/1/21 AT 0132 EDT FROM ALEX SANDOVAL TO BRIAN P. SMITH * * *

At 2345 CDT on 8/31/21, Waterford 3 terminated their notification of unusual event under EAL S.U. 1.1. Offsite power has been restored to both safety-related electrical buses. The NRC remains Activated with Region IV in the lead while reviewing additional criteria to exit Activation. Notified DHS SWO, DOE Ops Center, FEMA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, CISA Central, USDA Ops Center, EPA Emergency Ops Center, DHS Nuclear SSA (email), FEMA NWC (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email), R4DO (Josey), IR MOC (Kennedy), NRR EO (Miller), R4 (Lantz).

ENS 5531116 June 2021 23:41:00PalisadesNRC Region 3CEOn June 16, 2021, at 1550 EDT, Palisades Nuclear Plant was operating in Mode 1 at 100% power. At that time, operations identified an acrid odor in the control room. Investigation revealed that the steam dump control relay had failed, rendering all four atmospheric steam dump valves inoperable. The loss of function of all four atmospheric steam dump valves is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as an event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. Troubleshooting and replacement of the relay are in progress. The plant remains stable in Mode 1 at 100% power. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Unit 1 is in a 24 hour LCO for Tech Spec 3.7.4.b, atmospheric steam dump valve inoperability. The Unit is in a normal offsite power line-up.
ENS 5528531 May 2021 10:50:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4CEA licensed operator had a confirmed positive during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5528128 May 2021 09:04:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEThis 60-day telephone notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to provide information pertaining to an invalid Engineered Safety Feature actuation signal. On April 1, 2021, at Waterford 3, while performing a replacement of power supplies on the Plant Protection System, a spurious signal caused a partial actuation of the Emergency Feedwater Actuation Signal. A partial Emergency Feedwater (EFW) logic trip path was met causing the opening of valves EFW-228A (EFW to SG 1 Primary Isolation), EFW-229A (EFW to SG 1 backup isolation), EFW-228B (EFW to SG 2 Primary Isolation), and EFW-229B (EFW to SG2 Backup Isolation). This inadvertent actuation was spurious and was not a valid signal resulting from parameter inputs. The 1992 Statements of Consideration (57 FR 41378) define an invalid signal to include spurious signals. Therefore, this actuation is considered invalid. This event was entered into the Waterford 3 corrective action program for resolution. This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public. The plant responded as expected. In accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) a telephone notification is being made in lieu of submitting a written Licensee Event Report. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5526519 May 2021 08:35:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CE

At 0315 MST on May 19, 2021, Unit 2 reactor automatically tripped during testing of the Plant Protection System. The Reactor Protection System actuated to trip the reactor on High Pressurizer Pressure, although no plant protection setpoints were exceeded. Main Steam Isolation Signal (MSIS), Safety Injection Actuation Signal (SIAS), and Containment Isolation Actuation Signal (CIAS) were received. No injection of water into the Reactor Coolant System occurred. Auxiliary Feedwater Actuation Signals (AFAS) 1 and 2 actuated on low Steam Generator water level post trip as designed. This event is being reported as a reactor protection system and a specified system actuation in accordance with the reporting criteria of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). Following the reactor trip, all (Control Element Assemblies) CEAs inserted fully into the core. All systems operated as expected. No emergency plan classification was required per the Emergency Plan. Safety related busses remained powered during the event from offsite power and the offsite power grid is stable. Unit 2 is stable and in Mode 3. Steam Generator heat removal is via the class 1 E powered motor driven auxiliary feedwater pump and Atmospheric Dump Valves. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed.

  • * * UPDATE ON 5/19/21 AT 1351 EDT FROM JASON HILL TO BRIAN P. SMITH * * *

The Unit 2 reactor tripped because of actual High Pressurizer Pressure that occurred as a result of a Main Steam Isolation Signal actuation. At 0337 MST, both trains of Low Pressure and High Pressure Safety Injection (LPSI and HPSI) were made inoperable when the injection valves were overridden and closed in accordance with station procedures. At 0346 MST, in accordance with station procedures, both trains of Containment Spray, LPSI, and HPSI pumps were overridden and stopped, rendering Containment Spray inoperable as well. This represents a condition that would have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function required to mitigate the consequences of an accident per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). Additionally, at the time of the Safety Injection Actuation Signal (0315 MST), both trains of Emergency Diesel Generators actuated as required and both 4160 VAC busses remained energized from off-site power. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed. Notified R4DO (Young)

  • * * UPDATE ON 7/02/21 AT 1943 EDT FROM YOLANDA GOOD TO JEFFREY WHITED * * *

The inoperability of both trains of Low Pressure and High Pressure Safety Injection (LPSI and HPSI) and both trains of Containment Spray (CS) following the Unit 2 reactor trip has been determined to be an unanalyzed condition per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B). Additionally, inoperability of both trains of HPSI resulted in a reportable condition that could prevent fulfillment of its credited safety function to maintain the reactor in a safe shutdown condition per 10 CFR 50. 72(b)(3)(v)(A). The additional reporting criteria were discovered during review of the event and corresponding safety analyses. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed. Notified R4DO (Werner)

ENS 5520522 April 2021 15:41:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEAt 0925 Mountain Standard Time (MST) on April 22, 2021, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station staff received reports that Emergency Notification sirens were activated. Current information indicates that the inadvertent activation of the sirens was caused by an offsite agency during performance of a planned silent test that occurred at approximately 0916 MST. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi). All sirens remain functional, and the NRC Resident Inspectors have been notified of the issue. Additional notifications will be made as needed.
ENS 5514721 March 2021 23:57:00Calvert CliffsNRC Region 1CEAt 2216 EDT on 3/21/2021, Calvert Cliffs Unit 2 was manually tripped from 37 percent power due to lowering level in the 21 Steam Generator. All systems responded per design. Main Feedwater was secured and Auxiliary Feedwater was manually initiated. The Site Senior Resident has been notified. The cause of the lowering level in the 21 Steam Generator is under investigation.
ENS 5513412 March 2021 12:12:00Calvert CliffsNRC Region 1CEA licensed operator had a confirmed positive alcohol test during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. The NRC Resident Inspectors have been notified.
ENS 551224 March 2021 04:00:00Calvert CliffsNRC Region 1CEAt time 0323 (EST) on March 04, 2021, it was determined that the Reactor Coolant System (RCS) pressure boundary did not meet the acceptance criteria under ASME, Section XI IWB-3600, "Analytical Evaluation of Flaws." This condition will be resolved prior to plant start up. This event is being reported as an eight hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident has been notified.
ENS 5507820 January 2021 21:48:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CEOn 1/20/2021 at 1822 EST, with Unit 2 in Mode 1 at 100 percent power, the reactor automatically tripped due to a loss of Motor Control Center 2B2. The trip was uncomplicated with all systems responding normally post trip. Operations stabilized the plant in Mode 3. Auxiliary feed-water automatically actuated on the 2A Steam Generator post trip. Current decay heat removal is the 2B main feedwater pump to both steam generators and the Steam Bypass Control System to the main condenser. Unit 1 is not affected. This event is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5503716 December 2020 12:09:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEA plant employee, after being selected for a random fitness-for-duty test, admitted to use of a controlled substance. The employee's unescorted access to the facility has been placed on hold pending an investigation. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5503211 December 2020 17:38:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEOn October 13, 2020, at approximately 02:25 (MST), an automatic start of the Unit 1 'A' Train EDG and SP systems occurred following the restoration of power to the 'A' Train 4160 Volt Class Bus. The station was conducting a surveillance test during a Unit 1 refueling outage to verify the proper responses of the EDG and the Engineered Safety Features Actuation Systems to simulated design basis events. During the test, technicians installed a jumper across incorrect relay points that caused the running Unit 1 'A' Train EDG to trip, resulting in a loss of power to the 'A' Train 4160 Volt Class Bus. Following restoration of normal offsite power to the 'A' Train 4160 Volt Class Bus, the Loss of Power Actuation signal was reset, however, EDG start relay logic was not reset at the EDG Local Panel. This resulted in the Unit 1 'A' Train EDG and SP system actuations with the EDG running unloaded. The system actuations did not occur as a result of valid plant conditions or parameters and are therefore invalid. The Unit 1 'A' Train EDG and SP system actuations were complete and the systems started and functioned successfully. The event was attributed to a human performance error and entered into the corrective action program. There was no adverse impact to public health and safety nor to plant employees. The NRC Resident Inspectors have been informed.
ENS 5502810 December 2020 20:43:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4CE

On December 10, 2020 at 1608 CST, Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2 (ANO-2) experienced an automatic reactor scram from 100 percent power due to Low Steam Generator Water Level in 2E-24A Steam Generator. Emergency Feedwater actuated automatically due to low water level in the A Steam Generator. Due to inadequate control of the B Main Feedwater Control System, water level in the B Steam generator rose to a level requiring manual trip of the B Main Feedwater pump. Emergency Feedwater responded as designed to feed both steam generators automatically. All other systems responded as designed. All electrical power is being supplied from offsite power and maintaining unit electrical loads as designed. Unit 2 is currently stable in Mode 3 (Hot Standby) maintaining pressure and temperature via Emergency Feedwater and secondary system steaming. There are no indications of a radiological release on either unit as a result of this event. This report satisfies the reporting criteria of both 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(6) for the Reactor Protection System actuation and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) for the actuation of the Emergency Feedwater System. The Arkansas Nuclear One NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE FROM JOHN LINDSEY TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1605 EST ON 12/11/2020 * * *

The purpose of this (report) is to provide an update to NRC Event Number 55028. The cause of the inadequate control of the B Main Feedwater Control System to control B Steam Generator Level was verified to be associated with the failure that led to the A Steam Generator low level condition. After taking action to trip the B Main Feedwater Pump, Emergency Feedwater was manually actuated for the B Steam Generator and the Emergency Feedwater System was verified to maintain proper automatic control of both Steam Generator levels. At the time of the initial event notification, plant temperature and pressure control had been transferred from Emergency Feedwater to Auxiliary Feedwater along with secondary system steaming. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Kellar).

ENS 550203 December 2020 17:10:00Calvert CliffsNRC Region 1CEAt 0923 EST on December 3, 2020, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at 100 percent power, an actuation of the Emergency AC Electrical Power System (Emergency Diesel Generator 1A) occurred during normal plant operations. The reason for Emergency Diesel Generator 1A auto start was due to Class 1E 4KV Bus 11 feeder breaker opening. The Emergency Diesel Generator 1A automatically started as designed when the loss of voltage signal on 4KV Bus 11 was received. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that resulted in a valid actuation of the Emergency AC Electrical Power System. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The cause of the 4KV Bus 11 Feeder Breaker opening is unknown at the present time and is under investigation.
ENS 549888 November 2020 10:10:00MillstoneNRC Region 1CE
Westinghouse PWR 4-Loop

Millstone Units 2 & 3 declared an Unusual Event at 0921 EST after an earthquake was felt onsite. The earthquake monitoring instrumentation did not actuate, and there were no station system actuations. No damage has been detected at this time. Millstone has initiated their Abnormal Operating Procedure for an earthquake and performing station walkdowns. The State of Massachusetts has been notified. The Waterford Police and U.S. Coast Guard have contacted the station. The NRC resident has been notified. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, CISA Central, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 11/09/2020 AT 0715 EST FROM JASON HARRIS TO THOMAS KENDZIA * * *

At 1510 EST on November 8, 2020, Millstone Units 2 & 3 exited the Unusual Event due to the earthquake following plant walkdowns that revealed no damage to plant structures, systems, or components. Station and System walkdowns identified no issues due to the earthquake. Millstone notified the State and local authorities, and the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (DeFrancisco), IRD (Grant), NRR (Nieh), R1RA (Lew), NRR EO (Miller), DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, CISA Central, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

ENS 549793 November 2020 08:00:00Calvert CliffsNRC Region 1CE

At 0011 EST on 11/03/20, it was discovered that BOTH trains of salt water were simultaneously INOPERABLE. While in a planned (limiting condition for operation) LCO window with the 21 salt water train INOPERABLE for post-maintenance testing, debris intrusion in the 22 salt water header rendered the redundant salt water train INOPERABLE. Due to this INOPERABILITY, the system was in a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). One train of salt water was restored to operable at time 0026 EST. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. This event did not affect Unit 1.

  • * * RETRACTION ON 11/20/2020 AT 1218 EST FROM BRIAN FOVEAUX TO OSSY FONT * * *

Following the eight hour 10 CFR 50.72 notification made on 11/03/2020 (EN 54979), further engineering analysis determined that 22 Saltwater subsystem flow remained at levels sufficient to fulfill its safety function based on the conditions existing at the time of the event. Despite flow in 22 Saltwater subsystem falling below the short term (four hour) minimum value for approximately 15 minutes, engineering analysis was able to determine the increased heat removal capacity associated with the lower bay temperatures was sufficient to offset the reduced heat removal capacity associated with the lower 22 Saltwater subsystem flow. This demonstrated that actual heat transfer to the saltwater subsystem was sufficient to ensure all safety functions were fulfilled during the event. Therefore, this event notification is being retracted as it is not reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(A), (B) and (D). The NRC Resident has been informed. Notified R1DO (Greives)

ENS 549782 November 2020 08:10:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEOn November 2, 2020, at 0419 CST, Waterford 3 experienced an automatic reactor trip due to a Control Element Drive Mechanism Control System timer failure while attempting to synchronize a second motor generator set. All control rods fully inserted. The plant is currently in Mode 3 and stable with normal feedwater feeding and maintaining both Steam Generators. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. The cause of the failure is still under investigation.
ENS 5495419 October 2020 07:20:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4CE
B&W-L-LP

On October 18, 2020 at 2313 CDT, Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO) discovered that 2VRA-1B (2VSF-9 outside air damper reserve bottle) was below 600 psig. This condition caused the control room envelope to be inoperable in accordance with OP-2104.007 Attachment L. ANO Unit 1 entered TS 3.7.9 Condition B for inoperable control room boundary. ANO Unit 2 entered TS 3.7.6.1 Action D for inoperable control room boundary. A procedurally controlled temporary modification was implemented to install a blank flange on the 2VSF-9 outside air damper. Both Units declared the control room boundary operable at 2358 CDT. The associated control room emergency recirculation fan remains inoperable with the blank flange installed. This is a 7-day shutdown-LCO for both units. The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * RETRACTION FROM AARON TOSCH TO HOWIE CROUCH ON 10/24/2020 AT 1657 EDT * * *..

Previously, Entergy notified the NRC that ANO control room envelope was inoperable due to 2VRA-1B (2VSF-9 outside air damper reserve bottle) was below required pressure of 600 psig. After additional engineering evaluation, it was determined the control room boundary remained intact for this condition. As documented in version 2 operability determination for condition report ANO-C-2020-2818, the control room ventilation boundary remained intact for the condition identified and was able to fulfill its function for the required 30-day mission time. In accordance with NUREG-1022, 'Event Report Guidelines 10 CFR 50.72 and 50.73,' a report may be retracted based on a revised operability determination. The CRE remained operable; therefore, this report may be retracted. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed. Notified R4DO (Pick).

ENS 5342827 May 2018 00:40:00MillstoneNRC Region 1CE
Westinghouse PWR 4-Loop
County and state governments were notified due to the spurious actuation of a single emergency notification siren located in New London County in the Town of Lyme. The siren was silenced. If required, alternate notification of the public in the area will be through local Emergency Operations Center route alerting. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5342423 May 2018 17:37:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CE

The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73. On May 23, 2018, at approximately 1128 Mountain Standard Time (MST), the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) Unit 2 control room received reactor protection system alarms for low departure from nucleate boiling ratio and an automatic reactor trip occurred. Prior to the reactor trip, Unit 2 was operating normally at 100 percent power. Plant operators entered the reactor trip procedures and diagnosed an uncomplicated reactor trip. All CEAs (control element assemblies) fully inserted into the core. No emergency classification was required per the PVNGS Emergency Plan. The Unit 2 safety-related electrical buses remained energized from normal offsite power during the event. There was no impact to the required circuits between the offsite transmission network and the onsite Class 1E Electrical Power Distribution System; the offsite power grid is stable. No major equipment was inoperable prior to the event that contributed to the event or complicated operator response. Unit 2 is currently stable in Mode 3 with the reactor coolant system at normal operating temperature and pressure. The cause of the reactor trip is under investigation. The event did not result in any challenges to fission product barriers and there were no adverse safety consequences as a result of this event. The event did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant or the health and safety of the public.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of the Unit 2 reactor trip. Decay is being removed via steam dumps to condenser. Units 1 and 3 at Palo Verde were unaffected by the transient and continue to operate at 100 percent power.

ENS 5340114 May 2018 13:17:00Calvert CliffsNRC Region 1CEOn May 14, 2018, during evaluation of protection for Technical Specification (TS) equipment from the damaging effects of a tornado generated missile, Calvert Cliffs identified a non-conforming condition in the plant design such that specific TS equipment is considered to not be adequately protected from a tornado generated missile. A tornado could generate a missile that could strike the Unit 1 Saltwater system header and associated piping. This could result in damage to the unit 1 Saltwater system header which could affect the ability of the Unit 1 Saltwater subsystems to perform their design function if such a tornado would occur. This condition is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) for any event or condition that results in the nuclear power plant being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety, and per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) for any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. This condition is being addressed in accordance with NRC enforcement guidance provided in EGM 15-002 and DSS-ISG-2016-01. Compensatory measures have been implemented in accordance with these documents. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of this notification.
ENS 533897 May 2018 17:40:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEA non-licensed supervisor had a confirmed positive result for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5326014 March 2018 09:34:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CEA non-licensed contract supervisor had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a pre-access drug test. The individual's access has been denied. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5321516 February 2018 02:50:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CE

The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73. On February 15, 2018, at approximately 2153 Mountain Standard Time (MST), the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) Unit 1 Control Room received Reactor Protection System alarms for Low Departure from Nucleate Boiling Ratio and an automatic reactor trip occurred. Prior to the reactor trip, Unit 1 was operating normally at 100 percent power. Plant operators entered the emergency operations procedures and diagnosed an uncomplicated reactor trip but noted that Reactor Coolant Pumps 1B and 2B were not running due to a loss of power. All CEAs (Control Element Assemblies) fully inserted into the core. Following the reactor trip, all nuclear instruments responded normally. No emergency classification was required per the PVGS Emergency Plan. The PVGS Unit 1 safety related electrical busses remained energized from normal offsite power during the event. The Unit 1 'B' Diesel Generator is currently removed from service for maintenance. Due to ongoing planned maintenance on NAN-X02, Startup Transformer 2, fast bus transfer for NAN-S02 (from NAN-S04) was blocked. This resulted in a loss of offsite power to NAN-S02 and NBN-S02. The offsite power grid is stable. Unit 1 is currently stable in Mode 3 with the reactor coolant system at normal operating temperature and pressure. The event did not result in any challenges to fission product barriers and there were no adverse safety consequences as a result of this event. The event did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant or the health and safety of the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of the Unit 1 reactor trip.

  • * * UPDATE ON 2/16/18 AT 1640 EST FROM DAVID HECKMAN TO DONG PARK * * *

Unit 1 is stable in Mode 3 following an uncomplicated trip. Offsite power has been restored to non-safety related electrical busses. Troubleshooting continues to determine the cause of the event. During performance of the alarm response procedure, it was identified that the seismic monitoring (SM) system had been in alarm since the reactor trip and was incapable of performing its emergency plan function. Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), this condition constitutes a major loss of emergency assessment capability. Compensatory measures have been implemented in accordance with PVNGS procedures to provide alternative methods for HU2.1 event classification with the SM system out of service. Maintenance is currently in progress to restore SM system functionality. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Werner).

  • * * UPDATE AT 1537 EDT ON 03/30/18 FROM LORRAINE WEAVER TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

Station staff completed an evaluation of event EN #53215 reported on February 15, 2018, and determined that the seismic monitoring system remained capable of assessing a seismic event following the reactor trip. Therefore, a major loss of emergency assessment capability pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) did not occur as reported in the update on February 16, 2018. The NRC Resident Inspectors have been notified. Notified the R4DO (Gaddy).

ENS 5311111 December 2017 00:35:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CESt. Lucie Unit 1 declared an Unusual Event due to a smoke detector alarm received in the Unit 1 Containment Building that was unable to be confirmed within 15 minutes. A Containment entry was completed and no evidence of fire was found. The Unusual Event was terminated at 00:26 on 12/11/17. State and local officials have been notified by the licensee. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this by licensee. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), and DHS Nuclear SSA (email).
ENS 5308522 November 2017 10:28:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CE

St. Lucie Unit 2 declared an Unusual Event due to a smoke detector alarm received in the Unit 2 Containment Building that was unable to be confirmed within 15 minutes. A Containment entry is currently being planned to determine the validity of the alarm. State and local officials have been notified by the licensee. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 11/22/17 AT 1143 EST FROM JULIUS FLETCHER TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

Personnel entered Containment to determine conditions and found no evidence of smoke, fire or damage to equipment. Event terminated at 1127 EST 11/22/17. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO (Suggs), R2 DRA (Dudes), NRR (Brock), IRD (Gott), and NRR EO (Miller), DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

ENS 530577 November 2017 10:49:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEOn November 7, 2017, at approximately 0337 (CST) hours, Waterford 3 (WF3) Control Room received a phone call from Entergy's Load Dispatcher to inform us that the NRC was unable to call Waterford 3 by ENS (emergency notification system) phone or by PABX (private automatic branch exchange) phone. The NRC was called by the Waterford 3 Control Room using the PABX at 0339 (CST) hours. However, the ENS phone could not call the NRC. Also, outside lines were not able to call in to Waterford 3. Offsite prompt Public Warning Sirens were available at all times. State and Local notification capability was available via PABX. WF3 Emergency Response Organization notification capability was available at all times. WF3 site Emergency Response Facility intercommunications were available at all times. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to a loss of offsite communications capability. ENS communication and full PABX functionality was reestablished at 0452 (CST) on November 7, 2017. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5303626 October 2017 05:54:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CEOn October 26, 2017 at 0212 EDT St. Lucie Unit 2 experienced a reactor trip due to a loss of load event resulting in an RPS (Reactor Protection System) actuation. The cause of the loss of load is currently under investigation. Following the reactor trip, an Auxiliary Feedwater Actuation Signal occurred due to low level in the 2A Steam Generator. One of the two Main Feed Isolation Valves to the 2A Steam Generator did not close on the Auxiliary Feedwater Actuation Signal. 2A Steam Generator level was restored by Auxiliary Feedwater. The 2B Steam Generator level is being maintained by Main Feedwater. All CEAs (Control Element Assemblies) fully inserted into the core. Decay heat removal is being accomplished through forced circulation with stable conditions from Auxiliary Feedwater/Main Feedwater and Steam Bypass Control System. Currently maintaining pressurizer pressure at 2250 psia and Reactor Coolant System temperature at 532 degrees F. St. Lucie Unit 1 was unaffected and remains in Mode 1 at 100 percent power. This report is submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) for the reactor trip and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) for the Specified System Actuation. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5301514 October 2017 16:37:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEAt approximately 19:48 Mountain Standard Time on October 13, 2017, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) staff confirmed a non-licensed supervisor tested positive for drugs during a random 'Fitness for Duty' test. The person's access authorization was terminated in accordance with station procedures. The NRC resident inspector has been notified by the licensee.
ENS 5301012 October 2017 20:26:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEA contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during an initial screening test. The individual's access to the plant has been terminated. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified by the Licensee.
ENS 5298922 September 2017 20:08:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEThe following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.73. This event is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) for a major loss of emergency assessment capability at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS). On September 21, 2017 at 0915 MST, the seismic monitoring (SM) computer was declared non-functional for the performance of a planned surveillance test. On September 21, 2017 at 1201 MST, the SM system computer became non-responsive during the performance of the test. Control room staff attempted to reboot the computer and were unsuccessful. Maintenance and troubleshooting efforts began thereafter to initiate repairs. As a compensatory measure, PVNGS procedures for seismic event evaluation provide alternative methods for event classification of a seismic event with the SM system out of service. The SM system functions to provide indication that the Operational Basis Earthquake (OBE) threshold has been exceeded following a seismic event and is used in the PVNGS Emergency Plan to perform classification of Initiating Condition 'Seismic event greater than OBE levels' and Emergency Action Level HU2.1. On September 22, 2017 at 1500 MST, maintenance personnel performing software repair efforts determined hardware replacement is required. The required component will not be available before 72 hours from the start of the event. Because the SM system is not expected to be restored within 72 hours, this condition is being reported as a planned event constituting a major loss of emergency assessment capability with viable compensatory measures in place. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of this condition.
ENS 529568 September 2017 17:51:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CE

At time 1700 (EDT) today, the National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Warning for the area including the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. On that basis, a Notice of Unusual Event was declared at time 1714 (EDT). In anticipation of severe weather, the site has completed proceduralized high wind preparations. Both units are currently stable at 100% power. The licensee notified both State and local agencies and has informed the NRC Resident Inspector. No safety-related systems are out of service. The electrical grid is stable. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 9/9/17 AT 1743 EDT FROM DALE THOMAS TO S. SANDIN * * *

At 1701 (EDT) today (09/09/17), a 24-hour update was made to state and local governments following the National Weather Service issuing yesterday's hurricane warning for the area including St. Lucie Plant. On that basis, a Notice of Unusual Event was declared yesterday (09/08/17) at 1714 (EDT). There are no changes in plant status for either Unit. In anticipation of severe weather, the site previously completed high wind preparations. Our plants have been specifically built to withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and tidal surges. This approach will ensure the safety of operations and our employees and the communities surrounding our plants. Both units are currently stable at 100% power level and will remain at that power since hurricane force winds are not currently projected to reach St. Lucie Plant. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed. Notified R2DO (Michel).

  • * * UPDATE ON 9/10/17 AT 1730 EDT FROM DALE THOMAS TO DONG PARK * * *

At 1648 (EDT) today (09/10/17), a 24-hour update was made to state and local governments following the National Weather Service issuing Friday's hurricane warning for the area including St. Lucie Plant. On that basis, a Notice of Unusual Event was declared yesterday (09/08/17) at 1714 (EDT). There are no changes in plant status for either Unit. In anticipation of severe weather, the site previously completed high wind preparations. Our plants have been specifically built to withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and tidal surges. This approach will ensure the safety of operations and our employees and the communities surrounding our plants. Both units are currently stable at 100% power level and will remain at that power since hurricane force winds are not currently projected to reach St. Lucie Plant. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed. Notified R2IRC (Franke).

  • * * UPDATE ON 9/11/17 AT 1405 EDT FROM BRIAN KELLY TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

The Hurricane Warning has been terminated by the National Weather Service for St. Lucie County including the Plant Site. At time 1313 (EDT) on 9/11/17, St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant has terminated from the Unusual Event Classification. Unit 1 is currently shutdown in Mode 3, Hot Standby. Unit 2 continues to operate in Mode 1, 100 percent power. The licensee notified State and Local Government Agencies, and the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2IRC (Munday), R2DO (Michel), NRR EO (King), IRD MOC (Gott), DHS SWO, DOE Ops Center, FEMA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DHS NICC, USDA Ops Center, EPA Emergency Ops Center, FDA Emergency Ops Center (email), FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

ENS 5290415 August 2017 08:07:00MillstoneNRC Region 1CE

On August 15, 2017 at 0748 EDT, an Unusual Event was declared at Millstone Unit 2 due to a fire alarm indication in containment that was unable to be verified extinguished within 15 minutes. Current containment parameters do not indicate an actual fire. A containment entry is planned to verify that there is no fire. Unit 2 continues at 100% power. Unit 3 was unaffected. The NRC remains in Normal mode. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and State and local government agencies. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, DHS NICC. Notified FEMA National Watch and Nuclear SSA via E-mail.

  • * * UPDATE FROM TODD STRINGFELLOW TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 0953 EDT ON 8/15/2017 * * *

At 0951 EDT, the Unusual Event was terminated. No signs of an actual fire were present upon containment entry. All alarms are cleared and they are investigating the cause of the alarm. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and State and local government agencies. Notified R1DO (Gray), NRR EO (Miller), and IRD (Gott). Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, DHS NICC. Notified FEMA National Watch and Nuclear SSA via E-mail.

ENS 5287931 July 2017 18:32:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CEAt 1400 (EDT), St. Lucie completed a review of Unit 1 Hot Leg Injection scenarios. St. Lucie Unit 1 was licensed with a Hot Leg Injection capability that relies upon manual actions to accomplish the function. This review concluded that some postulated single electrical train failure scenarios were not fully addressed in plant procedures. Because of the potential to extend Hot Leg Injection initiation beyond the analysis start time, St. Lucie is reporting this condition under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B). The affected off-normal procedures were immediately revised to include necessary instructions to restore power to selected valves during a postulated loss of electrical power to restore the Hot Leg Injection strategy. Unit 1 remained at 100% power. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. A review found this condition was not applicable for Unit 2.
ENS 5286317 July 2017 17:37:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CE

During a rain and lightning storm, plant operators observed arcing from the main transformer bus duct and notified the control room. The decision was made to trip the main generator which resulted in an automatic reactor trip. The plant entered EAL SU.1 as a result of the loss of offsite power for greater than fifteen minutes. Plant safety busses are being supplied by both emergency diesel generators while the licensee inspects the electrical system to determine any damage prior to bringing offsite power back into the facility. Offsite power is available to the facility. No offsite assistance was requested by the licensee. During the trip, all rods inserted into the core. Decay heat is being removed via the atmospheric dump valves with emergency feedwater supplying the steam generators. The main steam isolation valves were manually closed to protect the main condenser. There were no safeties or relief valves that actuated during the plant transient. There is no known primary-to-secondary leakage. Reactor cooling is via natural circulation. All safety equipment is available for the safe shutdown of the plant. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the local Parish emergency management agencies. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA, DHS NICC, FEMA National Watch Center (email) and Nuclear SSA (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 7/17/17 AT 2007 EDT FROM MARIA ZAMBER TO DONG PARK * * *

This notification is also made under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). This is a non-emergency notification from Waterford 3. On July 17, 2017 at 1606 CDT, the reactor automatically tripped due to a loss of Forced Circulation, which was the result of Loss of Offsite Power (LOOP) to the electrical (safety and non-safety) buses. Both 'A' and 'B' trains of Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) started as designed to reenergize the 'A' and 'B' safety buses. The LOOP caused a loss of feedwater pumps, resulting in an automatic actuation of the Emergency Feedwater (EFW) system. Prior to the reactor trip, at 1600 CDT, personnel noticed the isophase bus duct to main transformer 'B' glowing orange due to an unknown reason. Due to this, the main turbine was manually tripped at 1606 CDT. Following the turbine trip, the electrical (safety and non-safety) buses did not transfer to the startup transformers as expected due to an unknown reason. The plant entered the Emergency Operating Procedure for LOOP/Loss of Forced Circulation Recovery. At 1617 CDT, an Unusual Event was declared due to Initiating Condition (IC) SU1 - Loss of all offsite AC power to safety buses (greater than) 15 minutes. All safety systems responded as expected. The plant is currently in mode 3 and stable with the EDGs supplying both safety buses and with EFW feeding and maintaining both steam generators. Offsite power is in the process of being restored. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the local Parish emergency management agencies.

  • * * UPDATE FROM ADAM TAMPLAIN TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 2203 EDT ON 7/17/17 * * *

The licensee terminated the Notification of Unusual Event at 2056 CDT. The basis for terminating was that offsite power was restored to the safety busses. The licensee has notified Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, St. John and St. Charles Parishes, Louisiana Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, and will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified IRD (Stapleton), NRR (King), R4DO (Hipschman), DHS SWO, FEMA, DHS NICC, FEMA National Watch Center (email) and Nuclear SSA (email).

  • * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT MEIKLEJOHN TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1724 EDT ON 7/19/17 * * *

This update is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B). During the event discussed in EN# 52863, at 1642 CDT (on July 17, 2017), Condensate Storage Pool (CSP) level lowered to less than 92% resulting in entry to Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.1.3. Level in the CSP was lowered due to feeding from both Steam Generators with EFW. Normal makeup to the CSP was temporarily unavailable due to the LOOP. Filling the CSP commenced at 1815 CDT (on July 17, 2017), and TS 3.7.1.3 was exited on July 18, 2017 at 0039 CDT. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Hipschman).

  • * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT MEIKLEJOHN TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1233 EDT ON 9/14/17 * * *

Waterford 3 is retracting a follow up notification made on July 19, 2017 for EN# 52863, concerning the loss of safety function associated with the Condensate Storage Pool (CSP) per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B). The Condensate Storage Pool was performing its required safety function by providing inventory to the Emergency Feed Water pumps when the required Tech Spec level (T.S. 3.7.1.3) dropped below 92%. The Technical Specification was entered at 1624 (CDT) on July 17, 2017 and exited after filling at 0039 on July 18, 2017. The total allowed outage time allowed by Tech Spec 3.7.1.3 is 10 hours to be in Hot Shutdown if not restored. The Condensate Storage Pool level was restored to greater than 92% prior to exceeding the allowed outage time. Based on level being restored and the Condensate Storage Pool performing its required safety function, 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) does not apply. Prior to the automatic reactor trip, Condensate Storage Pool level was greater than 92%. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of the retraction. Notified R4DO (Groom).

ENS 5276419 May 2017 08:48:00PalisadesNRC Region 3CEPursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), notifications are being performed for a valid actuation of the reactor protection system resulting in a full scram. The actuation was a result of pre-startup testing. The generator coastdown protective relay was left in service which needed to be bypassed to facilitate the testing. This resulted in a reactor scram occurring. The reactor was subcritical with all rods inserted at the time of the actuation. All systems functioned as designed. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5275716 May 2017 00:17:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CEOn May 15, 2017 at 1800 hours EDT, the '2A3' 4.16 KV safety related bus unexpectedly de-energized. The '2A' emergency diesel generator (EDG) system received a valid start signal from the undervoltage condition on the '2A3' bus but did not start as the EDG had been removed from service for maintenance. Loss of the '2A3' 4.16 KV bus resulted in a valid actuation of the undervoltage protection relays. The direct cause of the de-energization was determined to be failed secondary side potential transformer fuses. The 'B' train safety related electrical busses were unaffected by the event. The '2A3' 4.16 KV bus was reenergized at 2340. This event was determined to be reportable pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). During the electrical transient, the licensee briefly entered Technical Specification 3.0.3 but plant conditions were restored, all required LCOs were satisfied, and Technical Specification 3.0.3 was exited before the plant was required to downpower. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5275314 May 2017 21:27:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEOn May 14, 2017 at time 1823 (CDT), Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station notified St. Charles Parish Emergency Services via 911 of a fire in the Generation Support Building (GSB), the Hahnville, Luling and Killona Fire Departments were dispatched. The GSB is an Administrative and Engineering Building outside the Protected Area and on the Owner Controlled Area. The fire was reported out at 1841. No personnel were injured due to the fire. The fire appeared to be from an external building exhaust fan. There was no internal or structural damage to the building. There was no radiological release. No Safety Related Systems were required to function. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 527222 May 2017 15:26:00PalisadesNRC Region 3CE

On May 2, 2017, during planned inspections, an ultrasonic examination performed on weld PCS-4-PRS-1P1-1, revealed an axial indication in the pressurizer nozzle to safe end area of the weld. This indication does not meet applicable acceptance criteria under ASME, Section XI. The plant was in cold shutdown at 0% power for a planned refueling outage at the time of discovery. The condition will be resolved prior to plant startup. This condition has no impact to the health and safety of the public. The licensee notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector. This report is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A), since an indication was found that did not meet acceptance criteria referenced in ASME Code, Section XI.

  • * * RETRACTION ON 5/9/17 AT 1303 EDT FROM BARBARA DOTSON TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

Additional evaluations of the recorded indication concluded that the indication was attributed to an erroneous ultrasonic response. This was the result of a combined effect of compromised surface contact at the area of the recorded indication and associated examination scan speed. The contact issue is attributed to the specific tooling configuration required for this exam. The combination of these factors resulted in the introduction of an erroneous reflector in the area of interest that had characteristics of a relevant indication. The vendor repeated the entire examination for axial flaws and there were no service induced indications recorded. A review of the newly acquired data by site, vendor and EPRI personnel confirmed that no service induced flaws are present. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified the R3DO (Hills).

ENS 5271026 April 2017 14:49:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4CE
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At 1004 CDT, Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 1 (ANO-1) reactor automatically tripped due to the partial loss of offsite power. At the time of the trip, the site was in a Tornado Warning and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. The Emergency Feedwater (EFW) system auto-actuated due to the loss of main feedwater pumps and the loss of the Reactor Coolant pumps. Both Emergency Diesel Generators started as expected with only one loading as expected. All control rods fully inserted. Currently, ANO-1 has stabilized in Hot Standby via natural circulation. ANO-1 also lost Spent Fuel Pool cooling for approximately 69 minutes. The temperature of the spent fuel pool at the beginning of the event was approximately 102 (degrees) F. The spent fuel pool saw a heatup of 1 (degree) F during the loss of spent fuel pool cooling. The Spent Fuel Pool cooling has been restored. ANO-2 is currently in a refueling outage with all fuel in the spent fuel pool. ANO-2 completed a full core off load to the spent fuel pool and this was completed on April 12, 2017. Spent Fuel Pool cooling was lost for approximately 10 minutes. The Spent Fuel Pool temperature was 91 (degrees) F prior to the event. No heat up of the pool was identified during the event. Cooling has subsequently been restored. The #1 Emergency Diesel Generator auto-started as designed but did not supply the safety bus due to availability of offsite power. No radiological releases have occurred from either unit due to this event. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 526707 April 2017 14:49:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEOn April 5, 2017, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) completed an evaluation of a deviation, and concluded the condition represented a defect under 10 CFR 21. APS previously submitted an interim report (ADAMS Accession Number ML 16344A118) for this condition pursuant to 10 CFR 21.21(a)(2). A GE-Hitachi Type AKR-2BE-50, 2000 Amp circuit breaker (used to connect Class 1E batteries to the related Class 1E 125 VDC busses) exhibited arcing and smoking during current injection testing performed to test the overcurrent trip setpoint prior to installation. Arcing occurred at one of two hex bolts anchoring the protective trip device to the line side bus. The electrical arcing resulted from inadequate tightening of both hex bolts which caused a loose electrical connection on the bus within the breaker. APS concluded this condition could result in the breaker failing to perform its safety function and thus could create a substantial safety hazard. The breaker had been refurbished by GE-Hitachi and was received by APS and tested on October 13, 2016. Following the test failure, the damaged bolt was replaced, both bolts were tightened, and the breaker was retested and installed. Pre-installation inspection and testing that includes current injection testing, recommended in GEH document GEK-64459, should, and did, detect faults such as the condition identified in this notification. GE-Hitachi entered this failure into their corrective action program. Vendor: GE HITACHI NUCLEAR ENERGY, 3901 CASTLE HAYNE RD., WILMINGTON, NC 28402-2819 Device: Breaker Model AKR-2BE-50, 2000 Amp, Serial No. N8682600001 The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.
ENS 5264729 March 2017 18:10:00PalisadesNRC Region 3CEDuring an evaluation of protection for Technical Specification (TS) equipment from the damaging effects of tornados, Palisades Nuclear Plant personnel identified conditions in the plant design such that specific TS equipment is considered not adequately protected from tornado missiles. Specifically, vulnerabilities were identified in the following systems and components: Service Water System - Service water pump discharge header and service water pump cable trays. Fuel Oil Transfer System - Fuel oil transfer piping and transfer pump cable trays. Emergency Diesel Generators - Vent lines on the fuel oil day tanks. Control Room Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System - Both the normal and emergency intake ducts. Steam Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump - Feedwater pump relief valves. Component Cooling Water System - Component cooling water surge tank. The identified vulnerabilities are being addressed in accordance with Enforcement Guidance Memorandum (EGM), 15-002, and Interim Staff Guidance, DSS-ISG-2016-01. Initial compensatory measures are in place. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5264025 March 2017 09:28:00Calvert CliffsNRC Region 1CE

While performing a purification subsystem alignment on the Unit-2 Refueling Water Tank, an inadvertent transfer of Refueling Water Tank level to the common Spent Fuel Pool occurred. This transfer resulted in lowering Unit-2 Refueling Water Tank level below the Technical Specification (TS) required limit for the current mode of operation at 0142 (EDT) on 3/25/17. Upon recognition of the inadvertent transfer, Operations secured the lineup and restored Unit-2 Refueling Water Tank level to its normal operating band at 0225 on 3/25/17. This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) '...any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident.' With less than the required Technical Specification volume in the Refueling Water Tank, insufficient volume existed in the Refueling Water Tank to maintain 30 minutes of full flow Safety Injection, and subsequent continued pump operation after transition to recirculation mode of operation. This level is required by Technical Specification 3.5.4.B and has a one hour action statement to restore level. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * RETRACTION FROM KENT MILLS TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1637 EDT ON 3/30/2017 * * *

The purpose of this notification is to retract ENS notification 52640 made on March 25, 2017 for Calvert Cliffs. After further evaluation, it has been determined that the volume of water in the Unit 2 Refueling Water Tank was never below the TS required volume of 400,000 gallons. The evaluation considered the as-found condition of the level transmitter and the existing environmental conditions of the tank in determining the actual RWT water volume on the day of the event. Therefore, this event does not meet the criteria of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) and the ENS report is being retracted. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Cook).

ENS 526008 March 2017 20:13:00WaterfordNRC Region 4CEThis is a non-emergency notification from Waterford 3. On March 8, 2017 at 1627 (CST) Technical Specification (TS) 3.5.2 action 'c' was entered due to both trains of Low Pressure Safety Injection (LPSI) being inoperable. This TS action requires one train of LPSI be restored within 1 hour or be in at least Hot Standby within the next 6 hours. It was identified that LPSI train B was inoperable due to SI-135B, Reactor Coolant Loop 1 Shutdown Cooling Warmup Valve, being found open. At the time of discovery, LPSI train A was inoperable for pre planned maintenance, but available and awaiting operability retest. The station was in compliance with TS 3.5.2 action 'a'. Maintenance workers were scheduled to work Sl-135A Reactor Coolant Loop 2 Shutdown Cooling Warmup Valve, and inadvertently began work on Sl-135B and manually opened the valve which resulted in the LPSI Train B being inoperable. Once identified by Operations Control Room staff, the valve (SI-135B) was placed in the closed position and stroke tested to ensure operability. TS 3.5.2 action 'c' was exited at time 1705. The station remained in compliance with TS 3.5.2 action 'a'. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5252331 January 2017 15:39:00Saint LucieNRC Region 2CEAt 1200 (EST) on January 31, 2017, during investigation of potential 1B2 Reactor Coolant Pump seal degradation, a through wall defect was identified on Class 1 piping servicing the Lower Seal Heat Exchanger, which is part of the Reactor Coolant Pressure Boundary (RCPB). The reactor is presently in Mode 3 with decay heat being removed by the atmospheric steam dump valves. The plant is being maneuvered to Mode 5 to affect appropriate repairs. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5243515 December 2016 06:55:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CE

The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73. During a scheduled surveillance test run of the PVNGS (Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station) Unit 3 'B' Train Emergency Diesel Generator, there was a catastrophic failure of a piston to include crankcase damage and diesel trip. The Emergency Plan has been entered and an ALERT was declared at 0410 (MST) on 12/15/16 based on an explosion resulting in visible damage to a safety system required for safe shutdown. The cause of the failure is unknown at this time. PVNGS Fire Department responded and no fire was observed. Unit 3 remains on line at 100% power. No other safety functions are impacted. No personnel injuries occurred. The unit is in a ten day technical specification on an emergency diesel generator being inoperable. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified DHS, DOE, EPA, FEMA, NICC, USDA, HHS, FDA, NSSA, Mexico, and OIP (Skeen).

  • * * UPDATE AT 0947 EST ON 12/15/2016 FROM MICHAEL GOODRICH TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

This serves as the notification of the termination of Alert HA2.1 declared at 0410 MST at Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station. The event terminated at 0636 MST. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Keller), NRR EO (Miller), IRD (Stapleton), DHS, DOE, EPA, FEMA, NICC, USDA, HHS, FDA, NSSA, Mexico, and OIP (Skeen).

ENS 524137 December 2016 16:59:00Palo VerdeNRC Region 4CEThe following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73. This telephone notification is being made pursuant to the reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) Unit 1 train A emergency diesel generator (EDG), train A high pressure safety injection (HPSI) pump, and train A essential spray pond (SP) pump. These components are portions of the emergency ac electrical power system, the emergency core cooling system, and the emergency service water system, respectively, as described in 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(B). On October 17, 2016 at approximately 1519, Mountain Standard Time, a portion of the Unit 1 train A engineered safety features equipment was automatically started by the balance-of-plant (BOP) engineered safety features actuation system (ESFAS) while the plant was at steady state conditions. Initiation of the train A ESFAS actuation signal was momentary, and the ESFAS actuation signal cleared 0.2 seconds after being initiated. The invalid ESFAS signal initiated a test-mode start signal for the train A EDG and started the train A HPSI pump. The train A essential SP pump started in support of the train A EDG. All actuated components started and functioned successfully. No systems started in response to actual plant conditions, and no actuation was required to mitigate the consequences of an event. The invalid HPSI actuation neither resulted in an emergency core cooling system discharge, nor should it have. The invalid actuation was the consequence of a spurious momentary signal into the BOP-ESFAS control panel due to an intermittent high resistance electrical connection. The event was entered into the PVNGS corrective action program. There were no adverse impacts to public health and safety nor to plant employees. The NRC Resident Inspectors have been informed.