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ENS 5411613 June 2019 03:59:00BrunswickNRC Region 2At 2127 EDT on June 12, 2019, during routine testing, the HPCI turbine experienced an overspeed trip and then subsequently restarted and ramped to the required speed. As a result, the response time of the system exceeded the 60-second acceptance criteria, thereby rendering the system inoperable. This condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). The Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) System and Automatic Depressurization System (ADS) are operable. The safety significance of this event is minimal. Troubleshooting activities are in progress. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 540526 May 2019 22:49:00BrunswickNRC Region 2

At 2204 EDT on 5/6/19, a Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE) was declared due to a fire lasting greater than 15 minutes. The fire occurred in the '2B' Heater Drain Pump motor located in the turbine building. The fire was extinguished following initial Emergency Declaration. There were no releases to the environment. Unit 1 was unaffected by the event and remains in Mode 1 at 100 percent power. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 5/7/19 AT 0002 EDT FROM MICHAEL BRADEN TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

The NOUE was terminated as of 2359 EDT on 5/6/19. No off-site resources were required to extinguish the fire. The turbine building is now free of smoke. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector, State of North Carolina, Brunswick County, New Hanover County, and the Coast Guard. Notified R2DO (Heisserer), NRR EO (Miller), and IRD (Gott). Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

ENS 540473 May 2019 19:00:00McGuireNRC Region 2At 1554 EDT on 5/3/19, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at approximately 100 percent power, the reactor automatically tripped on Over Temperature Delta Temperature following a pressure transient in the Reactor Coolant System. The trip was uncomplicated with all systems responding normally post trip. Operations manually started the motor driven auxiliary feedwater pumps and has stabilized the plant. Decay heat is being removed by the condenser. Unit 2 is not affected. Due to Reactor Protection System actuation while critical and actuation of the motor driven auxiliary feedwater pumps, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and an 8-hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Unit 1 is in a normal electrical lineup. Prior to the automatic trip, the backup pressurizer heaters were in service as is normal during power ascension. The pressure transient started when the backup heaters were in the process of being removed from service. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5401622 April 2019 01:51:00BrunswickNRC Region 2

At 2307 EDT on April 21, 2019, in Mode 1 at approximately 100 percent reactor power, Unit 1 automatically tripped due to a Main Turbine Trip. The Main Turbine Trip was a result of two out of three level instruments sensing a false high reactor water level. All control rods inserted as expected during the scram. Safety Relief Valves G and K lifted per design. The same level instruments that failed also tripped both Reactor Feed Pumps. As a result, reactor water level dropped below the Low Level 1 and 2 actuation setpoints. Per design, the Low Level 1 signal resulted in Group 2 (i.e., floor and equipment drain isolation valves), Group 6 (i.e., monitoring and sampling isolation valves) and Group 8 (i.e., shutdown cooling isolation valves) isolations. The Low Level 2 signals resulted in Group 3 (i.e. Reactor Water Cleanup) isolation, a secondary containment isolation signal, and an auto start of Standby Gas Treatment and Control Room Emergency Ventilation. Also, the Low Level 2 resulted in (high pressure coolant injection) HPCI and (reactor core isolation cooling system) RCIC automatically starting and injecting into the vessel. All systems responded as designed. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) for RPS actuation and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in valid actuations of the Primary Containment Isolation System. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Decay heat is currently being removed via the turbine bypass valves. Condensate and feed water are maintaining water level. The reactor is still at saturation temperature and 475 psi, lowering slowly. The reactor is still in a normal electrical lineup. There was no impact to Unit 2 as a result of this event.

  • * * UPDATE ON 04/22/19 AT 0220 EDT FROM ALAN SCHULTZ TO JEFFREY WHITED * * *

The licensee updated the event report to include a 4-Hr Non-Emergency Notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(A) for Emergency Core Cooling System, HPCI, Discharge to the Reactor Coolant System. Notified R2DO (Dickson), NRR EO (Miller) and IR MOC (Gott).

ENS 5400817 April 2019 15:21:00HarrisNRC Region 2At 0812 EDT on 4/17/2019, it was discovered that both sets of turbine trip solenoids were previously unable to actuate within the allowable time frames; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). At the time of discovery, one set of turbine trip solenoids had been restored. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 5396630 March 2019 21:06:00BrunswickNRC Region 2At 17:47 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 30, 2019, with Unit 2 in Mode 1 at approximately 23 percent reactor power and main turbine startup in progress coming out of a refuel outage, a high temperature was sensed at main turbine bearing #9. As a result of and to arrest the high temperature condition, the main control room inserted a manual reactor scram. All control rods inserted as expected during the scram. When the scram was inserted, reactor water level dropped below the Low Level 1 actuation setpoint. Per design, the Low Level 1 signal resulted in Group 2 (i.e., floor and equipment drain isolation valves), Group 6 (i.e., monitoring and sampling isolation valves) and Group 8 (i.e., shutdown cooling isolation valves) isolations. The main control room manually closed all Main Steam Isolation Valves (MSIVs), in anticipation of a low vacuum prior to the Group 1 automatic closure signal being received. High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) was aligned for pressure control and Reactor Coolant Isolation System (RCIC) was aligned for level control. The Reactor Coolant Sample Line Isolation valves closed as expected on low main condenser vacuum. All systems responded as designed. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) for RPS actuation and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in valid actuations of the Primary Containment Isolation System. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. At the time of notification, decay heat was being removed by the condenser through one open MSIV and a feedwater pump running.
ENS 5396228 March 2019 20:55:00BrunswickNRC Region 2At 1654 EDT on March 28, 2019, with Unit 1 in Mode 3 at 0 percent power, an actuation of the Primary Containment Isolation System occurred, closing the outboard Main Steam Isolation Valves (MSIVs) due to a low condenser vacuum signal. The MSIVs had been manually closed, per procedure, during the shutdown evolution to address drywell leakage. The inboard MSIVs had not been reopened when the isolation occurred. Subsequently, at 1658 EDT a Reactor Protection System (RPS) actuation occurred due to reactor water level dropping below the actuation setpoint. All control rods were inserted at the time of the actuation. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in valid actuations of the Primary Containment Isolation System and the Reactor Protection System. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The safety function of both the MSIVs and the RPS had already been completed at the time of the event. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 5396128 March 2019 15:07:00BrunswickNRC Region 2

At 1450 EDT on March 28, 2019, the licensee observed that the Unit 1 unidentified Reactor Coolant System (RCS) leakage was greater than 10 gallons per minute (gpm) for greater than or equal to 15 minutes. The licensee declared an Unusual Event in accordance with their EAL SU 5.1. The licensee initiated a unit shutdown in accordance with their procedures and the unit was approximately 58 percent reactor power at 1507 EDT, with unit shutdown in progress. The licensee also received an alarm due to increasing Drywell Pressure at 1.7 pounds drywell pressure. At 1600 EDT the licensee called with an update. Unit 1 was still in an Unusual Event with the unit at 37 percent power with the shutdown continuing. Drywell Pressure had decreased to 0.8 pounds. At 1603 the licensee scrammed Unit 1. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 3/28/2019 AT 1808 EDT FROM MARK TURKAL TO THOMAS KENDZIA * * *

At 1437 EDT on March 28, 2019, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at approximately 100 percent power, a Technical Specification-required shutdown was initiated due to indication of a leak in the drywell. Technical Specification Action 3.4.4.A, Unidentified Reactor Coolant System (RCS) leakage increase not within limit, requires RCS leakage to be reduced to within limits within 8 hours. It is expected that the leakage would not have been reduced to within limits within the required Technical Specification completion time; therefore, this event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(i). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 03/29/19 AT 0302 EDT FROM TOM FIENO TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

At 0259 EDT on March 29, 2019, the Unusual Event was terminated because RCS leakage was reduced to less than 10 gallons per minute. The most recent leakage rate measured at 0225 EDT was 3.9 gpm. The source of the leak will be identified when plant conditions allow containment entry. No elevated radiation levels were observed during this event. Drywell pressure is currently 0.0 psig. Unit 1 is in Mode 4. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Bonser), NRR EO (Miller), IRD MOC (Grant), DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

ENS 5395525 March 2019 11:14:00BrunswickNRC Region 2At 0402 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 25, 2019, an actuation of the four Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) occurred. At the time of the event, Unit 1 was in Mode 1 at approximately 100% power and Unit 2 was in Mode 4 at 0% power. Unit 2 was in the process of aligning the electrical distribution system to power the emergency buses via the Unit Auxiliary Transformer (UAT) in accordance with plant procedures. It was determined that a fault occurred on the power path between the 230 KV switchyard and the UAT. This caused a main generator differential lockout relay to actuate; thereby starting the EDGs. All emergency buses remained energized from offsite power via the Startup Auxiliary Transformer and, therefore, the EDGs did not tie to their respective buses. The EDGs responded per design to this event. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in valid actuation of the EDGs. Due to the shared configuration of the Brunswick electrical system, both Unit 1 and Unit 2 are affected. The Unit 2 main generator lockout was reset and the EDGs have been restored to standby condition. Troubleshooting activities to determine the cause of the fault are in progress. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 539115 March 2019 12:46:00BrunswickNRC Region 2At 05:35 Eastern Standard Time (EST) on March 5, 2019, with Unit 2 in Mode 5 at 0% power, an actuation of the Primary Containment Isolation System occurred during hydrolazing of the reactor water level variable leg instrumentation line nozzle N011B in the reactor cavity. The hydrolazing activity caused low reactor water level to be sensed on Division II of the shutdown range level instrumentation. Per design, the low level 1 signal resulted in Group 2 (i.e., floor and equipment drain isolation valves), Group 6 (i.e., monitoring and sampling isolation valves) and Group 8 (i.e., shutdown cooling isolation valves) isolations. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the Primary Containment Isolation System. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The Group 8 was reset and shutdown cooling was restored at approximately 05:45 EST. The safety significance of this event was minimal. Although there was a brief interruption of the shutdown cooling, the Residual Heat Removal (RHR) shutdown cooling system operation was restored in approximately 10 minutes without extensive troubleshooting or maintenance, and remained operable. The RHR shutdown cooling system is not credited in any Updated Final Safety Analysis Report Chapter 6 or 15 accidents or transients. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 5376230 November 2018 04:22:00CatawbaNRC Region 2

At 2300 EST on November 29, 2018 Catawba Nuclear Station (CNS) requested offsite transport for treatment of a contractor to an offsite medical facility. Upon arrival of the offsite medical personnel, the individual was declared deceased at 2354 EST on November 29, 2018.

The fatality was not work-related and the individual was outside of the Radiological Controlled Area.

No news release by CNS is planned. Notifications are planned to the South Carolina Division of Occupational Safety and Health. This is a four hour notification, non-emergency for a notification of other government agency. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi). The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

ENS 5374519 November 2018 23:04:00RobinsonNRC Region 2On 11/19/2018, at 1916 EST, with unit 2 in Mode 5 at 0 percent power, an actuation of the 'B' (Emergency Diesel Generator) EDG occurred during troubleshooting activities with the opposite train protected. The reason for the 'B' EDG auto-start was low voltage on the E-2 bus due to its supply breaker opening. The 'B' EDG automatically started as designed when the low voltage signal was received. Following the EDG start, required loads sequenced on as designed including the 'B' (Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump) MDAFW Pump. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the Emergency AC Electrical Power System (Emergency Diesel Generator) and Auxiliary Feedwater System (Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 5367720 October 2018 01:13:00OconeeNRC Region 2On 10/19/18 at 2202 EDT, at 19 (percent) Reactor power, a malfunction of (the) Turbine Steam Seal Header pressure control caused a loss of Condenser vacuum, resulting in an automatic trip of the Main Turbine and a manual reactor trip (RPS Actuation). Just prior to the reactor trip, Emergency Feedwater was manually initiated to mitigate the potential loss of Main Feedwater. Condenser vacuum was recovered after the reactor trip and Main Feedwater remained in operation. Due to the RPS actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a 4-hour non-emergency per 10CFR50.72(b)(2). Also, due to the manual initiation of Emergency Feedwater, this event is also being reported as an 8-hour non-emergency per 10CFR50.72(b)(3). Following the reactor trip, all systems responded as expected with no complications. Emergency feedwater was secured at 2300. Unit 1 is in Mode 3 and stable, continuing to cooldown for a refueling outage. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5360915 September 2018 15:45:00BrunswickNRC Region 2

EN Revision Text: UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO SITE CONDITIONS PREVENTING PLANT ACCESS A hazardous event has resulted in on site conditions sufficient to prohibit the plant staff from accessing the site via personal vehicles due to flooding of local roads by Tropical Storm Florence. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA OPS, and DHS NICC. Notified FEMA NWC, NuclearSSA, and FEMA NRCC via email.

  • * * UPDATE FROM BRUCE HARTSCOK TO VINCE KLCO ON 9/28/2018 AT 1414 EDT * * *

On 9/18/2018 at 1400 EDT, the Unusual Event at Brunswick was terminated due to the ability to transport personnel to the site. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspectors. Notified the R2DO (Guthrie), NRR EO (Miller) and the IRD MOC (Grant). Notified DHS SWO, FEMA OPS, and DHS NICC. Notified FEMA NWC, NuclearSSA, and FEMA NRCC via email.

ENS 534989 July 2018 18:23:00McGuireNRC Region 2On July 9, 2018, at 1155 hours (EDT), while testing the TSC Ventilation System, an equipment malfunction occurred that resulted in an unplanned loss of TSC ventilation functionality/habitability for greater than seventy-five minutes. If an emergency had been declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC would have been staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures. If relocation of the TSC had been necessary, the Emergency Coordinator would have relocated the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures. The TSC ventilation system has been placed in an interim configuration that restored functionality and habitability. Additional maintenance is planned to promptly resolve the malfunctioning equipment. This is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because the equipment malfunction affected the functionality of an emergency response facility. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The equipment malfunction (a failed solenoid valve) resulted in the loss of the ability to pressurize and filter the air in the TSC.
ENS 534863 July 2018 23:27:00HarrisNRC Region 2At 1753 on 7/3/2018 it was discovered that both sets of turbine trip solenoids were previously unable to actuate within allowable time frames; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). At the time of discovery, one set of turbine trip solenoids had been restored. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 5339610 May 2018 17:03:00OconeeNRC Region 2B&W-L-LP

Unit 3 experienced a loss of AC power while in Mode 6. Power was regained automatically from Keowee via the underground path. Decay heat removal has been restored. Spent fuel cooling has been restored. Emergency procedures (are) in progress. The Licensee notified the senior NRC resident inspector, State of South Carolina and local authorities. The total loss of 4160 volt AC power was for approximately 30 seconds. The unit is refueled and reactor reassembly complete up to bolting on the reactor head. There was no effect on Units 1 and 2. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, FEMA NWC, DHS NICC, and NuclearSSA

  • * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT HAWKESWORTH TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 0554 EDT ON 5/11/18 * * *

At 0530 EDT, Oconee terminated the notification of unusual event on Unit 3. The basis for termination was that offsite power was restored and the plant is now in its normal shutdown electrical lineup. The licensee has notified Oconee and Pickens counties and will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Ehrhardt), NRR EO (Miller), IRD MOC (Gott), DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email) and NuclearSSA (email).

ENS 5336626 April 2018 20:23:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopThis is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of emergency assessment capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because planned maintenance activities were performed on April 23rd through April 25th on the seismic monitoring system without viable compensatory measures established. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5332913 April 2018 06:07:00OconeeNRC Region 2B&W-L-LPOn 4/13/2018 at 0227 (EDT), the Oconee Unit 1 Reactor was manually tripped from 24 percent power due to the inability to control main feedwater flow through the Main Feedwater Control Valves using the Integrated Control System. Due to the RPS actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a 4-hour Non-Emergency per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). Following the reactor trip, multiple Main Steam Relief Valves failed to reseat at the expected pressure. Using procedure guidance, Main Steam Pressure was lowered by 115 psig, resulting in the closing of all Main Steam Relief Valves. All other post-trip conditions are normal and all other systems performed as expected. Unit 1 is currently in Mode 3 and stable. Decay heat is being removed by the steam generators discharging steam to the main condenser using the turbine bypass valves. Units 2 and 3 are not affected by the Unit 1 reactor trip. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5332611 April 2018 20:56:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopOn April 11, 2018, while the Harris Nuclear Plant was shut down for a scheduled refueling outage, the reactor vessel head penetrations were being examined in accordance with the lnservice Inspection Program. Ultrasonic examinations identified a flaw in the head penetration nozzle number 33. The unit is in a safe and stable condition. The flaw will be repaired prior to startup from the refueling outage. The flaw and repair have no impact on the health and safety of the public or station employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 533197 April 2018 12:10:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4

On April 7, 2018, at 0836 EDT, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at approximately 100 percent power, the reactor automatically tripped during testing of the stator cooling system. The trip was uncomplicated with all systems responding normally. No safety-related equipment was inoperable at the time of the event. Due to the Reactor Protection System (RPS) actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B).

Operations responded using Emergency Operating Procedures and stabilized the plant in Mode 3. Reactor water level being maintained via normal feedwater system. Decay heat is being removed through the bypass valves.

Reactor water level reached low level 1 (LL1) as a result of the reactor trip. The LL1 signal causes a Group 2 (i.e., floor and equipment drain isolation valves), Group 6 (i.e., monitoring and sampling isolation valves) and Group 8 (i.e., shutdown cooling isolation valves) isolations. The LL1 isolations occurred as designed; the Group 8 valves were closed at the time of the event. Due to the Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) actuation, this event is also being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the PCIS. Unit 2 was not affected. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The safety significance of this event is minimal. The automatic reactor trip was not complicated and all safety-related systems operated as designed. Investigation of the cause of the Reactor Protection System actuation is in progress. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

ENS 533187 April 2018 11:59:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopOn April 7, 2018 at 0451 EDT, with Unit 1 in Mode 3 at 0 percent power, an auto actuation of 'A' and 'B' Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater (MDAFW) pumps occurred during the shutdown of Unit 1 for Harris Nuclear Plant's refueling outage. Plant Operators successfully took control of the AFW flow and noted the 'B' Main Feed pump was still running with proper suction and discharge pressures of 430 lbs. and 1000 lbs. The 'A' and 'B' Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater (MDAFW) pumps automatically started as designed when the 'Loss of Both Main Feedwater Pumps' signal was received. The cause of the actuation is still being evaluated. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater system. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 533072 April 2018 11:20:00McGuireNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopThis is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of emergency assessment capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because the work activity affects the functionality of an emergency response facility. A planned modification to the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system started on April 2, 2018. The work activity includes replacement of the air conditioning system. The work duration is approximately three weeks. If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Emergency Coordinator will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures. The Emergency Response Organization team has been notified of the TSC modifications and the possible need to relocate during an emergency. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 532401 March 2018 20:34:00McGuireNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopThis is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of emergency assessment capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because the discovered condition affects the functionality of an emergency response facility. Due to the discovery of a breaker coordination issue during an NRC Inspection, the power supply breakers to the Technical Support Center (TSC), including the ventilation system, has been opened to address the condition. This will make the TSC non-functional. If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the Alternate TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures. The Emergency Response Organization team has been notified to respond to the Alternate TSC in the event of an ERO (Emergency Response Organization) activation. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5321716 February 2018 13:58:00McGuireNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 1014 (EST) hours on 2/16/18, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at approximately 100 percent power, the reactor automatically tripped when the Reactor Trip Breakers opened during Train B Solid State Protection System (SSPS) testing. The trip was uncomplicated with all systems responding normally post-trip. Operations manually started the motor driven auxiliary feedwater pumps. The turbine driven auxiliary feedwater pump (TDCAP) auto-started on low steam generator level. A Feedwater Isolation occurred as designed due to the Reactor Trip and Lo Tave condition. Operations stabilized the plant. Decay heat is being removed by the condenser. Unit 2 is not affected. Due to the Reactor Protection System actuation while critical, actuation of the TDCAP and motor driven auxiliary feedwater pumps along with the Feedwater Isolation, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and an 8 hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5316010 January 2018 02:13:00McGuireNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-Loop

During normal power operations at 100 percent power on Unit 2, both trains of Containment Air Return Fans (CARF) were declared inoperable at 19:28 (EST) on January 9, 2018 due to a common issue with control power fuses. The fuses potentially could not handle the in-rush current upon re-energizing the circuits. This condition resulted in a loss of a reasonable expectation that the Unit 2 Containment Air Return Fans would meet their design safety function and mitigate an accident. This loss of safety function is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), 8 hour report. The site entered T.S. 3.0.3 at 19:28 and exited at 20:54 when repairs to 2B CARF were completed. 2A CARF repairs are complete. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The senior NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The licensee verified this problem does not affect unit-1.

  • * * RETRACTION AT 0939 EST ON 03/08/2018 FROM JUSTIN BLACK TO TOM KENDZIA * * *

A subsequent evaluation determined that the fuses for the Containment Air Return Fans (CARFs) would be able to perform their safety function and were operable at the time of discovery. The limiting safety condition for the fuses is the return to power following a Loss of Offsite Power (LOOP). The evaluation determined that the fuses would satisfy their safety function upon re-energizing the circuits if a LOOP occurred and would not impact the ability of the CARFs to perform their safety function. The subject fuses were replaced on January 9, 2018." The Licensee notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector. Notified the R2DO (Musser).

ENS 5312317 December 2017 05:48:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4

On December 17, 2017 at 0316 EST, the Unit 2 HPCI system was isolated and declared inoperable due to a packing failure of the HPCI Turbine Steam Supply Valve (i.e., 2-E41-F001). Isolation of the HPCI system due to the packing failure prevents the HPCI system from performing its design safety function. As such, this event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as a condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of a system that is needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. Unit 2 HPCI system has been isolated and depressurized. The HPCI system will remain inoperable until the valve can be repaired. The safety significance of this condition is minimal. All other Emergency Core Cooling Systems (ECCS) and the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) system remain operable. This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * RETRACTION ON 1/29/18 AT 1514 EST FROM MARK TURKAL TO DONG PARK * * *

Based upon further evaluation, Duke Energy is retracting Event Notification 53123. Engineering has determined that the packing failure of the HPCI Turbine Steam Supply Valve did not prevent the HPCI system from performing its safety function. Environmental conditions resulting from the steam leak would not have caused automatic HPCI isolation or otherwise have degraded HPCI operation. Additionally, the amount of steam diverted through the packing leak was negligible with respect to total steam flow and did not affect HPCI system performance. HPCI would have remained operable throughout its entire mission time. Therefore, this condition does not represent an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident and is not reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this retraction. Notified R2DO (Heisserer).

ENS 5308121 November 2017 11:26:00RobinsonNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopA non-licensed contract employee had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 530618 November 2017 11:52:00McGuireNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 0824 EST on 11/8/17, a Switchyard Autotransformer began to burn due to an equipment failure. The autotransformer supports interconnectivity between each side of the switchyard and is not required for switchyard operation. There was no work in progress on the associated autotransformer at the time of the event. The autotransformer and the switchyard are outside the protected area approximately one mile away. The fire was contained to the autotransformer only. The fault has been electrically isolated and there was no effect on either MNS (McGuire Nuclear Site) Unit 1 or Unit 2 operations. No personnel were injured as a result of the fire. Local Fire Department responded and has contained the fire. MNS fire brigade leader along with switchyard maintenance have confirmed no effects to the MNS bus lines, power availability, or the ability for the site to generate power. Environmental personnel have made a notification to the National Response Center due to the oil and foam mixture occurring as a result of the fire response. McGuire hazmat personnel are currently working to contain this oil and foam mixture. Environmental personnel are also submitting a report to the NC (North Carolina) Department of Environmental Water Quality within 24 hours. There is no impact to the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.
ENS 5297417 September 2017 16:49:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4On September 17, 2017, during planned surveillance activities involving Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) 4, unexpected voltage and frequency indications were noted when EDG 4 was synchronized to Emergency Bus E4. With EDG 4 in manual mode, the Operator responded by lowering load to reopen the EDG 4 output breaker. Opening of the EDG 4 output breaker with the breakers from Balance of Plant (BOP) Bus 2C, which normally feeds the Emergency Bus E4, opened; resulted in de-energizing Emergency Bus E4. The EDG 4 voltage regulator and governor automatically reverted to auto control, and EDG 4 reconnected to Emergency Bus E4. Normal frequency and voltage were restored with EDG 4 in auto control. The momentary power interruption to Emergency Bus E4 resulted in Unit 2 Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) Group 2 (i.e., Drywell Equipment and Floor Drain, Residual Heat Removal (RHR) Discharge to Radwaste, and RHR Process Sample), Group 6 (i.e., Containment Atmosphere Control/Dilution, Containment Atmosphere Monitoring, and Post Accident Sampling Systems), and Group 10 (i.e., air isolation to the drywell) isolations. The actuations of Primary Containment Isolation Valves (PCIVS) were completed and the affected equipment responded as designed. Per design, no Unit 1 safety system group isolations or actuations occurred. These actuations are being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). Additional Unit 2 actuations included PCIS Group 3 (i.e., Reactor Water Cleanup), Reactor Building Ventilation System isolation (i.e., Secondary Containment isolation), and the automatic start of Standby Gas Treatment (SGT) System subsystems A and B. These systems functioned as designed. This event did not impact public health and safety. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The safety significance of this event is minimal. Safety systems functioned as designed following the power perturbation on E4. Plant systems responded as designed. The cause of the event is under investigation.
ENS 529579 September 2017 11:50:00Crystal RiverNRC Region 1B&W-L-LPCrystal River Unit 3 is currently undergoing decommissioning and is permanently shut down. The licensee entered their adverse weather procedure EM-220D based on a Hurricane Warning affecting the site within 36 hours. All applicable sections of EM-220D are complete or in progress. No fuel movement activities are in progress. All equipment including Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGS) is available to perform required spent fuel cooling. The licensee will inform the NRC Region I Office.
ENS 528884 August 2017 17:25:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4

On August 4, 2017, at 1511 EDT, Unit 1 Secondary Containment was declared inoperable due to a small (i.e., approximately 0.75 inch diameter) hole in Service Water system piping which was found during ultrasonic testing activities. The affected portion of piping penetrates Secondary Containment and flow in the piping creates a vacuum condition; thus bypassing Secondary Containment. The identified hole is being evaluated with respect to its impact on operability of the Service Water system. This condition is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C), as an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function needed to control the release of radioactive material. This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public. Initial Safety Significance Evaluation: The initial safety significance of this event is minimal. At the time of discovery, Unit 1 was at 100% steady state conditions. Reactor Building Ventilation was in service in a normal alignment. No abnormal radioactivity conditions existed within Secondary Containment. Corrective Actions: Temporary repair of the affected Unit 1 Service Water piping has been completed. This repair was evaluated by Engineering and it has been determined that the repair meets the requirements to maintain Secondary Containment operable. Unit 1 Secondary Containment operability was restored at 1704 EDT on August 4, 2017. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * RETRACTION FROM MIKE BRADEN TO RICHARD SMITH AT 1447 EDT ON 9/27/17 * * *

Based upon further evaluation, Duke Energy is retracting Event Notification 52888. The safety objective of Secondary Containment is to limit the release of radioactivity to the environment after an accident so that the resulting exposures are kept to a practical minimum and are within regulatory limits. A bounding engineering evaluation was performed which demonstrates that potential releases from Secondary Containment could not have resulted in offsite or control room doses exceeding regulatory limits. Furthermore, the condition did not impact Technical Specification operability of Secondary Containment in that the ability of Secondary Containment to maintain the required vacuum was not impacted. Therefore, this condition does not represent an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function needed to control the release of radioactive material and is not reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C), and the event notification is being retracted. The NRC Senior Resident was notified of this retraction. Notified R2DO (A. Masters).

ENS 5287024 July 2017 19:25:00OconeeNRC Region 2B&W-L-LPAt 1638 (EDT) on 7/24/2017, Oconee Unit 3 experienced an automatic reactor trip due to a load rejection when the generator output breakers both tripped open unexpectedly while 525kV switchyard maintenance was being performed. The trip was uncomplicated with all systems responding normally post-trip. Due to the RPS (Reactor Protection System) actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a 4-hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). The plant responded normally to the reactor trip, and there was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. Operations responded using the Emergency Operating Procedure and stabilized Unit 3 in MODE 3. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. Decay heat is removed by discharging steam to the main condenser using the turbine bypass valves. Unit 1 and 2 are not affected.
ENS 5284510 July 2017 19:26:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4At approximately 14:10 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the Control Room was notified of a contract employee experiencing a non-work related medical emergency within the protected area in the service building. First responders were immediately dispatched. Off-site assistance was requested. The individual was transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. No radioactive material or contamination was involved. At 16:02 EDT, hospital officials notified plant personnel that the patient was declared deceased. This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) for a situation related to the health of on-site personnel for which a notification to other government agencies is planned. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be notified. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5281217 June 2017 00:32:00OconeeNRC Region 2B&W-L-LPKeowee Hydro Units (KHU) 1 and 2 were both declared inoperable at 1635 (EDT) on 6-16-17 due to discovery of breaker 1GSC-1 (KHU-1) in the intermediate position, and breaker 2GSC-1 (KHU-2) in the open position. Keowee Hydro Units are required to be operable per TS (Technical Specification) 3.8.1 (AC Sources - Operating), TS 3.8.2 (AC Sources - Shutdown), and TS 3.7.10 (Protected Service Water, applies only to KHU aligned to the Overhead Power Path). All Tech Spec required conditions were entered, and all required actions completed. Both Standby Buses were energized from a Lee Combustion Turbine via an isolated power path at 1715 (EDT) on 6-16-17 in accordance with TS 3.8.1 Condition (I), Required Action (I.1). It has been determined by station personnel that a loss of safety function did occur between 1635 (EDT) (when the Keowee Hydro Units were declared inoperable) and 1715 (EDT) (when the Standby Buses were energized from a Lee Combustion Turbine via an isolated power path). Investigation has determined the cause of breakers 1GSC-1 and 2GSC-1 being out of their required closed position to be inadvertent bumping while performing station work activities. Breakers 1GSC-1 and 2GSC-1 have been reclosed, and both Keowee Hydro Units have been declared operable as of 2351 (EDT) on 6-16-17. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 527885 June 2017 19:40:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4At 1352 hours Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 5, 2017, during control building damper inspection activities, a control building instrument air line was disconnected. This resulted in the inoperability of the three Control Room Air Conditioning subsystems required by Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.4, 'Control Room Air Conditioning (AC) System', and the two Control Room Emergency Ventilation (CREV) subsystems required by TS 3.7.3, 'Control Room Emergency Ventilation (CREV) System. As a result, this condition could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function for these systems. Control Room AC and CREV system operability was restored at 1407 hours with restoration of control building instrument air. Because Brunswick has a shared control room, this report applies to both Units 1 and 2 and is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), as a condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented fulfillment of the safety function of systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. This event did not impact public health and safety. INITIAL SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE EVALUATION: The safety significance of this event is considered minimal. The condition existed for approximately 15 minutes. Plant staff took immediate actions to return the equipment to service. For the brief time the Control Room AC and CREV systems were inoperable, performance of plant personnel and equipment in the Control Room was not adversely affected. The maximum Control Room back panel temperature during this event was approximately 70 degrees F. CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: Control Room AC and CREV system operability was restored at 1407 hours with restoration of control building instrument air. During subsequent investigation of the event, it was determined that at approximately 0930 hours on June 5, 2017, both subsystems of CREV were similarity rendered inoperable due to isolation of control building instrument air. Control Room AC was not affected. Operability of CREV was restored at approximately 1009 hours. This loss of the CREV system was not apparent to Operations personnel at the time of the event. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5277831 May 2017 07:50:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4This 60-day optional telephone notification is being made in lieu of an LER submittal, as allowed by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1). This notification is made pursuant to the reporting requirements specified in 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) for an invalid actuation of one of the systems listed in 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(B). On April 6, 2017, at 1212 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), an invalid actuation of emergency diesel generators (EDGs) 1, 2. 3. and 4 occurred. In support of maintenance associated with the onsite electrical distribution system, activities were in progress to power the 2C balance-of-plant (BOP) bus from the startup auxiliary transformer (SAT) followed by de-energization of the 2D BOP bus. However, flexible links between the SAT and the 2D BOP bus had not been installed. As a result, under voltage sensing relay (27SX) was not energized and an invalid SAT secondary side under voltage EDG auto start signal was generated. There was no actual under voltage on the SAT, no loss of power, and all emergency buses continued to be powered by the unit auxiliary transformer (UAT). The EDGs responded properly to the auto-start signal. The actuation was complete, in that the EDGs successfully started and ran unloaded. The EDGs were returned to standby status by 1415 EDT. Since no actual under voltage condition existed which required the EDGs to start, and the start was not in response to actual plant conditions satisfying the requirements for initiation, this event has been determined to be an invalid actuation. This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5268317 April 2017 07:40:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4On April 17, 2017, at 0004 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), an automatic actuation of the four Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) was received. At the time of the event, Unit 2 was in the process of starting the main turbine following a refueling outage. Operations personnel tripped the main turbine due to elevated bearing vibrations. When the main turbine was tripped, Power Circuit Breakers (PCBs) 29A and 29B failed to open. This caused a main generator primary lockout due to generator reverse power and the subsequent automatic actuation of all four EDGs. All emergency buses remained energized from offsite power and therefore, the EDGs did not tie to their respective buses. The protective relaying and EDGs responded per design to this event. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the EDGs. Due to the shared configuration of the Brunswick electrical system, both Unit 1 and Unit 2 are affected. This event did not impact public health and safety. The NRC Resident lnspector has been notified.
ENS 5267914 April 2017 07:37:00BrunswickNRC Region 2GE-4On April 14, 2017, at approximately 0015 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), during a control board walk-down, it was discovered that the drywell and the suppression chamber were simultaneously aligned for venting. This alignment created a flow path from the drywell to the suppression chamber, which would have bypassed the pressure suppression function of the suppression chamber water volume during a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). This condition existed tor approximately 43 minutes, from 2347 EDT on April 13, 2017, when Unit 2 transitioned from Mode 4 to Mode 2, until 0030 on April 14, 2017, when the proper alignment was restored. This condition is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as a 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. Additionally, the change from Mode 4 to Mode 2 with primary containment inoperable constitutes operation prohibited by Technical Specifications (i.e., reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(i)(B)). The condition did not impact public health and safety. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Unit 2 entered Technical Specification 3.6.1.1, Primary Containment, Condition A, which requires Primary Containment to be restored to operable within 2 hours. Unit 2 exited Condition A within 43 minutes when the proper alignment was restored.
ENS 526624 April 2017 02:33:00RobinsonNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopAt 2155 hours EDT on 04/03/2017, with the unit in Mode 3 at 0 (percent) power, an automatic actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater (AFW) System occurred during surveillance testing. The cause of the AFW system auto-start was an improperly performed procedure step to bypass the auto-start logic of the AFW pumps during performance of the surveillance test. The 'A' and 'B' AFW pumps automatically started as designed when the feedwater isolation signal was received. Due to the valid actuation of the AFW system, this event requires an 8-hour non-emergency notification under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)(B)(6). At no time did this occurrence pose undue risk to the health and safety of the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5257323 February 2017 22:01:00McGuireNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopOn February 23, 2017, a containment visual inspection was performed to identify the source of elevated RCS (Reactor Coolant System) leakage. A leak was identified at the nozzle connection of the boron injection line to 2D RCS cold leg at 1922 (EST). It was determined that the leak cannot be isolated and is considered RCS pressure boundary leakage. Unit 2 entered TS LCO 3.4.13, RCS Operational Leakage, Condition B, for the existence of pressure boundary leakage. This event is reportable in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(i) (4 hours) for 'initiation of plant shutdown required by Technical Specifications' and 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) (8 hours) for 'any event or condition that results in the condition of the nuclear power plant, including its principal safety barriers, being seriously degraded.' The unit will shutdown and repairs will be performed in Mode 5. This condition has no impact on public health and safety. The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector. At the time of the event notification, Unit 2 was at 33 percent power. Unidentified RCS leakage is estimated at 0.28 gpm. Unit 2 is expected to be in Mode 3 by 0122 EST on 02/24/2017. Unit 1 is not affected by this event.
ENS 5248612 January 2017 18:25:00OconeeNRC Region 2B&W-L-LPA non-licensed supervisor has been found in violation of the Duke Energy Fitness for Duty Policy during a random fitness for duty test. The individual's access to the plant has been suspended. The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.
ENS 524188 December 2016 21:05:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopThis is a non-emergency eight hour notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as the discovered condition affects the functionality of an emergency response facility. A condition impacting functionality of the Technical Support Center (TSC) Ventilation System was discovered on December 8, 2016, at 1330 (EST). The issue involved a loss of the ability to maintain habitability of the TSC due to a failed outside air intake fan. The repair of the equipment failure is currently being planned. If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Emergency Director will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures. The secondary TSC has been notified that relocation may be necessary upon facility activation. This condition does not affect the health and safety of the public or station employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5233531 October 2016 16:39:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopOn October 26, 2016, the Harris Nuclear Plant was in Mode 6 with core reload complete, the reactor head removed, and reactor cavity water level greater than 23 feet. The refueling water storage tank (RWST) was less than 23.4% level as expected for the refueling conditions. During surveillance testing to adjust the eductor flow throttle position, the containment spray pump was started in recirculation mode with the discharge valve shut. With RWST level less than 23.4%, logic was satisfied to actuate Engineered Safety Features Actuation System (ESFAS) Functional Unit 8, containment spray switchover to containment sump. The containment sump suction valve opened in accordance with the design, however the action was unexpected by the operators. Therefore, operators secured the containment spray pump and shut the containment sump suction valve. ESFAS Functional Unit 2, Containment Spray, was not actuated and water did not flow through the containment spray nozzles. This event is reported as a specified system actuation in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) due to the opening of the containment sump suction valve. This event did not impact the health and safety of the public. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5233229 October 2016 15:31:00RobinsonNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopThis is a non-emergency eight hour notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as the discovered condition affects the functionality of an emergency response facility. A deficiency with the TSC and EOF ventilation system was discovered on October 29, 2016 at 1032 (EDT). The deficiency involved a fire alarm unable to be reset impeding the ability to place the TSC and EOF in recirculation mode in the event of a radiological release. The fire alarm was reset at 1204 (EDT) on October 29, 2016, restoring capability to perform full emergency assessment to the TSC and EOF. If an emergency had been declared while the fire alarm was unable to be reset requiring TSC or EOF activation during this period, the TSC and EOF would be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC or EOF became uninhabitable due to ambient temperature. radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC or EOF became necessary, the Emergency Response Manager would relocate the TSC and/or EOF staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures. This condition had no impact on the health and safety of the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. A malfunctioning smoke detector was removed from the system. Compensatory measures are being employed.
ENS 5229715 October 2016 15:46:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-Loop

On October 15, 2016, while the Harris Nuclear Plant was shut down for a scheduled refueling outage, the reactor vessel head penetrations were being examined in accordance with the lnservice Inspection Program. Ultrasonic examinations identified a flaw in a head penetration nozzle. The unit is in a safe and stable condition. The flaw will be repaired prior to startup from the refueling outage. The flaw and repair have no impact on the health and safety of the public or station employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The flaw is located on the J groove weld of Nozzle 40. No boric acid deposits were located near the nozzle.

  • * * UPDATE FROM JOHN CAVES TO STEVEN VITTO ON 10/16/2016 AT 1549 EDT * * *

Subsequent inspections identified an additional nozzle that will require repairs (Nozzle 51) prior to startup. Inspections continue and are expected to be completed by October 18. The additional inspection indication and repair have no impact on the health and safety of the public or station employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The flaw is located on the J groove weld. No boric acid deposits were located near the nozzle. Notified R2DO(Ehrhardt).

  • * * UPDATE FROM JOHN CAVES TO STEVEN VITTO ON 10/16/2016 AT 1844 EDT * * *

Subsequent inspections identified an additional nozzle that will require repairs (Nozzle 30) prior to startup. Inspections continue and are expected to be completed by October 18. The additional inspection indication and repair have no impact on the health and safety of the public or station employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO(Ehrhardt).

ENS 522918 October 2016 14:23:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-Loop

Loss of all offsite power capability, Table S-5, to 6.9kV emergency buses 1A-SA and 1B-SB for greater than or equal to 15 minutes. At 1328 EDT, while shutdown in Mode 4 (Hot Shutdown), Harris declared an Unusual Event due to a loss of offsite power. Following the loss of offsite power (LOOP), the Emergency Diesel Generators started and loaded onto their respective emergency buses. The reactor remains stable and shutdown in Mode 4. The licensee is currently investigating the cause of the LOOP and the emergency buses will continue to be powered by the EDGs until the licensee has determined the cause for the LOOP. Offsite power is currently available into the switchyard. The licensee notified the state government, the local government, and the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA OPS Center, FEMA National Watch (email only), DHS NICC, Nuclear SSA (email only).

  • * * UPDATE FROM RALPH DOWNEY TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1658 EDT ON 10/8/16 * * *

The cause (of the LOOP) is not known. Duke Energy Control Center has evaluated the grid and is comfortable with Harris connecting emergency buses back to the grid. Harris Plant is evaluating restoration. Faults were validated on the 115kV Cape Fear North and South supply lines into the Harris switchyard. This notification also addresses various valid actuations of safety systems, including the Emergency Diesel Generators, as well as, potential loss of Emergency Assessment Capabilities due to the LOOP impacting Emergency Planning equipment. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Bonser), IRD (Grant), and NRR EO (King).

  • * * UPDATE FROM RALPH DOWNEY TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1755 EDT ON 10/8/16 * * *

The cause of the LOOP has been determined to be a momentary electricity loss on the 115kV Cape Fear North and South supply lines into the Harris switchyard. This event notification also addresses the loss of safety function of the offsite power system which occurred as a result of grid perturbations. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Bonser), IRD (Grant), and NRR EO (King).

  • * * UPDATE FROM DUSTIN MARTIN TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 2055 EDT ON 10/8/16 * * *

Based on the grid being stable and the 115kV Cape Fear North and South lines being available, the licensee terminated the Unusual Event at 2049 EDT on 10/8/16. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Bonser), IRD (Grant), and NRR EO (King). Notified DHS SWO, FEMA OPS Center, FEMA National Watch (email only), DHS NICC, Nuclear SSA (email only).

  • * * UPDATE FROM SARAH McDANIEL TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1330 EDT ON 10/9/16 * * *

10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(XI) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION At approximately 1305 EDT on October 9, 2016, Duke Energy personnel notified the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources of a spill of untreated sanitary wastewater. During a significant rainfall event associated with Hurricane Matthew, wastewater was released from the overflow of a lift station that did not function as a result of a power outage. The untreated sanitary wastewater entered the plant's storm drain system. The release has been stopped and the lift station power is restored. An investigation is in progress to further determine the cause and additional corrective actions. There is no impact to public health and safety or the environment due to this incident. This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi), an event related to protection of the environment for which a notification to other government agencies has been made. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO (Bonser).

ENS 522908 October 2016 13:44:00RobinsonNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-Loop

UE SU1.1 declared due to momentary loss of power from the qualified off-site source. Both Emergency Diesel Generators started and loaded to supply power to both of the Emergency Buses. 'A' Service Water Pump did not start on Blackout sequencer. Sufficient Service Water flow is available from the other three operating pumps. All other systems operated as designed." At 1304 EDT Robinson Unit 2 experienced a momentary grid voltage drop that lowered the 4kV bus voltage and initiated an automatic reactor trip. All rods inserted and decay heat is being removed by steam generator PORVs. In response to the reduced bus voltage, the Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) automatically started and loaded onto the emergency busses. At 1317 EDT, the licensee declared an Unusual Event (EAL SU1.1) due to the loss of offsite power. The licensee is currently investigating the cause of the grid voltage instability. The emergency busses will continue to be powered by the EDGs until the licensee has determined the cause for the voltage drop. All offsite power sources and all equipment is available. The licensee has notified the state government and Darlington County. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA OPS Center, FEMA National Watch (email only), DHS NICC, Nuclear SSA (email only).

  • * * UPDATE FROM ALEX CURLINGTON TO DANIEL MILLS AT 1658 EDT on 10/08/16 * * *

At 1303 EDT on 10/08/2016, a reactor trip occurred. The cause was under voltage to the plant 4kV buses due to an offsite grid disturbance. The cause of the disturbance is under investigation. Following the reactor trip, the Auxiliary Feedwater System actuated as expected on low steam generator level. At the time of the trip, the plant was in Mode 1. Currently, the Plant is in Mode 3. The current RCS Temperature is 550 degrees F (Average), and the Steam Generator Levels are in the range of 42 to 53% (normal range) with levels controlled by the Auxiliary Feedwater System. Decay heat removal is being controlled by the steam generator PORVs. 'A' Service Water Pump did not start on Blackout sequencer. Sufficient Service Water flow is available from the other three operating service water pumps 'B', 'C', and 'D'. All other systems operated as designed. Due to the Automatic Actuation of the Reactor Protection System, this event is being reported as a 4-hour Non-Emergency per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). Due to the valid actuation of Auxiliary Feedwater System, this event is also being reported as an 8-hour Non-Emergency per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)(B)(6). At no time during this occurrence was the public or plant staff at risk as a result of this event. The Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE FROM BOBBY STUCKEY TO DANIEL MILLS AT 2347 EDT on 10/08/16 * * *

At 2323 (EDT) Emergency Bus E-2 powered from off-site power." The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. Notified R2DO (Bonser), IRD (Grant), NRR EO (Miller).

  • * * UPDATE FROM BOBBY STUCKEY TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 0028 EDT ON 10/09/16 * * *

At 0011 (EDT) Robinson Nuclear Plant has terminated the Unusual Event. Basis for the Unusual Event termination was restoration of power to Emergency Bus E-2 from off-site power. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Bonser), NRR EO (Miller), IRD (Grant), DHS SWO, FEMA OPS Center, FEMA National Watch (email only), DHS NICC, Nuclear SSA (email only).

  • * * UPDATE FROM GEORGE CURTIS TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 0253 EDT ON 10/09/16 * * *

At approximately 2323 EDT on 10/08/2016, an auto-start of the Auxiliary Feedwater (AFW) Motor-Driven pumps occurred during the transfer of Emergency Bus power from the 'B' Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) to offsite power. AFW system auto-start logic associated with Main Feed Pump (MFP) breakers being open is defeated when the EDG output breaker is closed. As such, when the EDG output breaker was opened during the power transfer while the MFP breakers were open, the auto-start logic was thereby met causing the AFW auto-start.

Due to the valid actuation of the AFW System, this event is being reported as an 8-hour Non-Emergency per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). At no time did this occurrence pose undue risk to the health and safety of the public. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of this event. H.B. Robinson Unit 2 was in Mode 3 during this event. Notified R2DO (Bonser).

ENS 522898 October 2016 05:47:00HarrisNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 3-LoopOn October 8, 2016, while reducing power for a planned refueling outage, the unit was taken offline by opening the main generator output breakers. With the reactor at approximately 7 percent power in MODE 1, an unplanned actuation of the reactor protection system occurred. At 0150 (EDT), an unexpected steam valve transient occurred while main turbine valve control was being transferred from throttle valve to governor valves during main turbine overspeed testing. This resulted in an automatic low steamline pressure Safety Injection and Reactor Trip. All safety systems functioned as expected. The operations staff responded to the event in accordance with applicable plant procedures. The plant stabilized at normal operating no-load reactor coolant system (RCS) temperature and pressure following the reactor trip, with decay heat being removed using steam generator power operated relief valves. Steam generator water levels are being maintained using auxiliary feedwater. All emergency core cooling system (ECCS) equipment is available. The cause of the steam valve transient is under investigation. This condition is being reported as an ECCS discharge to RCS, an unplanned reactor protection system actuation, and a specified system actuation in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(A), 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). This condition does not affect the health and safety of the public or station employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The Safety Injection occurred for approximately 6 minutes and Pressurizer level increased to approximately 71%. The Main Steam Isolation Valves closed as a result of the Safety Injection and Decay Heat is being removed using the Steam Generator Atmospheric Relief Valves. There is no known primary to secondary leakage.
ENS 5224819 September 2016 12:21:00McGuireNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopThis is a non-emergency facsimile notification required by 10 CPR 21.21(d)(3)(i). A written notification in accordance with 10 CFR 21.21(d)(3)(ii) will be provided within 30 days. Duke Energy McGuire Nuclear Station (McGuire) has determined there is evidence of a departure from technical requirements, a Deviation, associated with Joslyn Clark overload heater element Part Number (PIN) 2455. This part was procured in accordance with the Duke Energy Commercial Grade Program (CGP) and dedicated for use in safety related applications. Three of 18 overload heater elements, purchased as a lot, had insufficient top weld material. One failed in-service during a post maintenance test, the second and third failed during a visual and mechanical inspection. An extent of condition review inspected over 500 similar Joslyn Clark overload heater elements. No other inventory was found with a top weld issue. These overload heater elements are used in motor starters for the Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) ventilation fans. This condition was discovered during post maintenance testing of the 2A EDG on July 27, 2016. None of the suspect overload heater elements were installed in Operable EDG ventilation fan motor starters. The dedicated overload heater elements, from this lot, were not transferred or sold to any third party customers. Specialty Product Technologies, manufacturer of the Joslyn Clark overload heater elements, has been notified of the deviation and is investigating their welding process. The Evaluation of the deviation determined that a Substantial Safety Hazard would have been created if the overload heater elements were installed and left uncorrected. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.