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ENS 5499110 November 2020 22:06:00River BendNRC Region 4On November 10, 2020, at 1827 CST, River Bend Station (RBS) received a report of a single inadvertent and malfunctioning siren which is part of the Emergency Notification System. The siren was heard by residences in the area and they contacted local agencies, who in turn contacted RBS. This siren activation was not related to any condition or event and no emergency has occurred at RBS. RBS has notified the appropriate authorities and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness of the inadvertent siren activation. RBS has sent a team to locally disable the siren to prevent any further inadvertent sounding and it is now disabled. A press release from Entergy is not planned at this time. The NRC resident has been notified of the event. The licensee also notified the East and West Feliciana Parish Authorities. If an emergency notification were required, there is overlap of working sirens to cover the area of the siren that is out of service.
ENS 549866 November 2020 05:00:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4

On November 6, 2020, at 0239 CST, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) experienced an Automatic Reactor Scram from 84 percent Reactor Power after a Main Turbine and Generator Trip.

All control rods fully inserted and there were no complications. All systems responded as designed. Reactor pressure is being maintained with Main Turbine Bypass Valves. Reactor water level is being maintained in normal band with the condensate system. No radiological releases have occurred due to this event from the unit. The NRC Resident has been notified.

ENS 549782 November 2020 08:10:00WaterfordNRC Region 4

On 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 549761 November 2020 09:34:00CooperNRC Region 4On November 1, 2020, at 0534 CST the reactor was manually scrammed due to an un-isolable leak on the Turbine High Pressure Fluid System. Initial power level when the leak was identified was 100 percent. Power was lowered commencing at 0525 in accordance with shutdown procedures. The Reactor Operator scrammed the reactor at 0534 from approximately 75 percent power. Following the scram, Reactor vessel water level lowered to approximately -20 inches on the Wide Range Instruments, and was subsequently recovered to normal post scram range (approximately 36 inches) using the Reactor Feedwater system. Group 2 Isolation occurred due to Reactor vessel level reaching the isolation setpoint (3 inches). The plant is stable in MODE 3 and proceeding to cold shutdown. The Main Condenser remained available throughout the evolution and condenser vacuum is currently being maintained by the Mechanical Vacuum Pumps. Pressure is being controlled using the steam line drains to the main condenser. All control rods fully inserted and there were no complications. All systems responded as designed. The Turbine High Pressure Fluid System has been secured. This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) due to RPS Actuation-Critical and 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) Valid Specified System Actuation. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5495419 October 2020 07:20:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4

EN Revision Text: CONTROL ROOM ENVELOPE INOPERABLE 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 549357 October 2020 10:25:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5490824 September 2020 06:31:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4On September 24, 2020, at 0258 CDT, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) was notified that one Emergency Notification Siren located on US Hwy 61 had actuated. Claiborne County was informed that no emergency exists at GGNS. The alarming siren has since been secured. Notification is being provided to the NRC in regards to the potential for media inquiry. The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5489711 September 2020 22:54:00PalisadesNRC Region 3At 1930 EDT, on September 11, 2020, Palisades Nuclear Plant was conducting ultrasonic data analysis from reactor vessel closure head in-service inspections. During this analysis, signals that display characteristics consistent with primary water stress corrosion cracking were identified in head penetration 34. No leak path signal was identified during ultrasonic testing. The plant was in cold shutdown at 0% power and in Mode 6 for a refueling outage at the time of discovery. Repair actions will be completed prior to plant startup from the outage. This condition has no impact to the health and safety of the public. This report is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) for degradation of a principal safety barrier. This is the only indication that is currently present, however, if additional indications are found, they will also be repaired prior to the plant startup. The licensee notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.
ENS 5489510 September 2020 16:09:00PilgrimNRC Region 1A contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's rights to access the plant have been suspended. The licensee notified the NRC Region I Decommissioning Lead Inspector.
ENS 548804 September 2020 01:40:00River BendNRC Region 4River Bend Station experienced an inadvertent initiation and injection of High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) at 2048 (CDT) on 9/3/2020 while operating at 92% power. Initial investigation indicates a power supply failure in the Division III trip units which feeds HPCS and Division III Diesel Initiation signals. The Control Room Operator responded to the event by taking manual control of Feedwater Level Control to maintain Reactor Water Level nominal values. The HPCS injection valve was open for approximately 25 seconds before operators manually closed the valve. The manual closure of the injection isolation valve caused the system to be incapable of responding to an automatic actuation signal. The manual override of the injection isolation valve was reset approximately 52 minutes after the event. The HPCS system has remained inoperable. The event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as a condition that caused loss of function of the HPCS System. No radiological releases have occurred due to this event. The Senior NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. These conditions put the unit in a 14-day LCO (3.5.1) for HPCS Inoperability and a 30-day LCO (3.7.1) for one Standby Service Water Pump Inoperable (2C).
ENS 5486731 August 2020 08:28:00PalisadesNRC Region 3A contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5485525 August 2020 02:26:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4On August 24, 2020 at 2305 CT at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) an Automatic Reactor Scram occurred after a trip of the Reactor Feed Pump B and subsequent lowering of reactor water level to 11.4 inches Narrow Range. The scram occurred with Reactor Power at 14% and the main generator offline. All control rods fully inserted and there were no complications. All systems responded as designed. Main Steam Isolation Valves were manually closed to control reactor cooldown, Currently GGNS reactor pressure is being maintained at 450-600psig. Reactor water level is being maintained with condensate through startup level control. No radiological releases have occurred due to this event from the unit. The NRC Resident has been notified. Decay heat is being removed via the main condenser. Notified R4DO.
ENS 5484921 August 2020 12:53:00River BendNRC Region 4On August 21, 2020 at 0908 CDT, River Bend Station was operating at 100% reactor power when reactor recirculation pump 'B' tripped. At 0918 CDT, a manual reactor scram was inserted at 67% reactor power after receiving indications of thermal hydraulic instability as indicated by flux oscillations on the period based detection system (PBDS) and average power range monitors (APRMs). All control rods fully inserted and there were no complications. All systems responded as designed. Currently River Bend Station Unit 1 is stable and pressure is being maintained using turbine bypass valves. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), as any event or condition that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical and 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(iv)(A) Specified System Actuation as result of Group 3 isolations. NRC Resident Inspector has been briefed on this event. No radiological releases have occurred due to this event from the unit.
ENS 548248 August 2020 05:34:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4On August 8, 2020, at 0127 CDT, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station was manually shut down due to a turbine high pressure control valve malfunction. Reactor pressure is being controlled with bypass control valves to the main condenser. Reactor level is being maintained with condensate and feedwater through startup level control. The plant is stable in MODE 3 and proceeding to cold shutdown. The cause of the 'D' high pressure control valve malfunction is under investigation at this time. All rods fully inserted and there were no complications. All systems responded as designed. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), as any event or condition that results in actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) when the reactor is critical. Additionally, at 0159 CDT, with all rods fully inserted and after the 0127 CDT manual reactor Scram, an automatic valid RPS actuation signal was received. This event is also being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), as an event or condition that results in a valid actuation of any of the systems listed in 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(B).
ENS 547418 June 2020 01:08:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4On June 7, 2020, at 2238 CDT Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) was notified by Claiborne County that one Emergency Notification Siren located on US Hwy 61 South had actuated. Claiborne County was informed that no emergency exists at GGNS. The alarming siren has since been secured. Notification is being provided to the NRC in regards to the potential for media inquiry. The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5472525 May 2020 08:44:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4An (automatic) reactor SCRAM occurred at 0433 CDT, on 05/25/2020, from 66 percent core thermal power. The cause of the SCRAM was due to a Main Turbine Trip. The cause of the Turbine Trip is under investigation. All systems responded as designed. No loss of offsite power or (Emergency Safety Feature) (ESF) power occurred. No (Emergency Core Cooling System) (ECCS) or Emergency Diesel Generator initiations occurred. Main Steam Isolation valves remained open and no radioactive release occurred due to this event. The plant is stable in mode 3. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), as any event or condition that results in actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS), when the reactor is critical. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified." Decay heat removal is through the Feedwater and Condensate System.
ENS 5472421 May 2020 17:38:00WaterfordNRC Region 4A licensed operator had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a pre-access fitness-for-duty test. The individual's unescorted access has been terminated.
ENS 546901 May 2020 15:34:00CooperNRC Region 4At 0831 CDT, the Main Control Room received a 'Reactor Building 903 ft. Access Both Doors Open' alarm. Investigation found the interlock between the inner and outer doors did not prevent the opening of both doors while personnel were accessing the Reactor Building. The doors were immediately closed. Based on alarm times, both doors were open for less than one second. With both doors open, SR 3.6.4.1.3 was not met and Secondary Containment was declared inoperable. This unplanned Secondary Containment inoperability constitutes a condition reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(c) and (d), 'An event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of SSCs that are needed to control the release of radioactive material and mitigate the consequences of an accident.' Secondary Containment was declared operable at 0836 CDT after independently verifying at least one Secondary Containment access door was closed. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed.
ENS 546321 April 2020 21:05:00WaterfordNRC Region 4On April 1, 2020, a licensed senior reactor operator, returning from a leave of absence, disclosed a Fitness-For-Duty policy violation, which occurred on July 29, 2019. The individual's site access has been removed. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 544709 January 2020 19:25:00River BendNRC Region 4The Division I Control Building Chiller 'A' failed to start during post maintenance testing. By design, the Division II Control Building Chiller 'B' should have started automatically but did not. Operators then manually placed the Division I Control Building Chiller 'C' in service. This condition rendered both Divisions of the Control Building Air Conditioning System Inoperable. The applicable LCO was entered and exited 10 minutes later with all required actions and completion times met. The cause of the failure is not known at this time. The plant was at 100% power at the time of the event and is currently stable at 100% power. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 544255 December 2019 16:03:00CooperNRC Region 4The following was received via email from Cooper Nuclear Station: At 0810 (CST), on 12/5/19, Operations personnel discovered BLDG-DOOR-R209, FIRE DOOR BETWEEN CRITICAL SWITCHGEAR ROOMS F & G, was unlatched. The door was immediately latched upon discovery. Based on door logs, the door separating the two critical switchgear rooms was inadvertently left unlatched for approximately 5 minutes. This door is a Steam Exclusion Boundary (SEB) door. It is required to be closed and latched when the Auxiliary Steam Boiler is in service due to Auxiliary Steam piping passing through Critical Switchgear Room 'G'. If a steam line break was to occur with the door unlatched, steam could render both Critical Switchgear busses inoperable. This is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B), Unanalyzed Condition, and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v), 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 (B) remove residual heat and to (D) mitigate consequences of an accident. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The door closes automatically and appeared to have been left unlatched by the last person passing through. The door was tested and latches as required. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 543716 November 2019 01:17:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4

On November 5, 2019 at 1811 CST, station service water A and the Division 1 diesel generator (DG) were declared inoperable based on the results of an engineering evaluation of a Class 3 piping leak. This was determined to be a potential inability to fulfill a safety function due to concurrent inoperability of two emergency diesel generators. Division 3 DG was inoperable due to planned maintenance on November 4, 2019 at 0000 CST. This event is being reported an 8-hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(v)(D) as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function (Accident Mitigation). Division 3 DG and high pressure core spray have been restored, and the fulfillment of the accident mitigation safety function has been restored. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * RETRACTION ON 11/11/19 AT 1739 EST FROM GABRIEL HARGROVE TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

This was initially reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). However, subsequent engineering evaluation determined that the condition did not affect safety system operability. The evaluation determined that the leakage was within allowable limits and piping structural integrity was not challenged at this time nor in the past three years. The Division 1 DG and SSW A were at the time of discovery OPERABLE and EN54371 is being retracted. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Drake).

ENS 5434824 October 2019 16:25:00River BendNRC Region 4At 1035 CDT the Automatic Depressurization System (ADS) was rendered inoperable due to the failure of the 'A' Safety Vent Valve (SVV) Compressor (SVV-C4A) to manually start with SVV-C4B tagged out. System pressure slowly dropped below 131 psig (normal pressure is 165 psig). This caused the ADS safety relief valves to be declared inoperable. The station entered Technical Specification 3.5.1 Condition G. The Required Action was to be in Mode 3 in 12 hours. As a result, the station was in a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function. The breaker for SVV-C4B was reset and the clearance for SVV-V4B was released. System pressure was restored to greater than 131 psig at 1116 CDT which allowed exit of the action statement to be in Mode 3 in 12 hours. System parameters are currently stable in the normal pressure range. Investigation for the cause of the system failure is ongoing. No radiological releases have occurred due to this event from the unit. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5433920 October 2019 19:21:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4

At 1030 CDT, it was discovered that the loop seal on the condensate drain was empty for VUC-9 Control Room AC Unit. This creates a breach in the Control Room envelope. Unit 2 entered (Technical Specification) T.S. 3.7.6.1 Action D. Unit 1 is in Mode 6; therefore, not in a mode of applicability. Compensatory action were being performed and the licensee was in the process of sealing the loop. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * RETRACTION FROM DONNA BOYD TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1336 EDT ON 10/24/2019 * * *

This report is being retracted. The Control Room Envelope (CRE) provides a safety function which limits radiological dose to occupants to no more than 5 rem for 30 days post-accident. The dose limitation assumes the occupants are stationed within the CRE 24 hours a day for the entire 30-day period. The CRE also functions to protect occupants from potential hazards such as smoke or toxic chemicals. The CRE is declared inoperable when a potential breach is identified, regardless of the ability to seal the breach. With respect to the event of October 20, 2019, the water level in a loop seal could not be maintained at the desired level. Subsequent evaluation determined that sufficient water was maintained in the loop seal to prevent a breach of the CRE. The subject reporting criterion is based on the assumption that safety-related systems, structures, and components (SSCs) may no longer be capable of mitigating the consequences of an accident. 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 licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Young).

ENS 5433818 October 2019 10:45:00River BendNRC Region 4

EN Revision Text: INADVERTENT OPENING OF MAIN TURBINE BYPASS VALVES POTENTIONALLY AFFECTED SAFE SHUTDOWN CAPABILITY At 0207 (CDT), the Bypass Electro-Hydraulic Control (EHC) system was secured for planned maintenance. When the Bypass EHC pumps were secured, both of the Main Turbine Bypass Valves unexpectedly opened to approximately 4.5 percent. Plant parameters indicated no impact to Turbine Control Valve position, Reactor Pressure, Turbine First Stage Pressure, or Main Steam Line flows. There were no other abnormal indications noted. With the Turbine Bypass Valves partially open, there is a potential to affect instrumentation that trips on high Turbine First Stage Pressure. Therefore, this event is being reported as a potential loss of Safety Function. At 0256, the Bypass EHC system pumps were restored and the Turbine Bypass Valves Closed. No radiological releases have occurred due to this event from the unit. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * RETRACTION FROM THONG LE TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1019 EST ON 11/19/19 * * *

This Event Notification was contingent on the Main Turbine Bypass Valves opening which resulted in the inoperability of Turbine First Stage Pressure monitoring instrumentation. A detailed review of system design and plant parameter trends has confirmed that the Main Turbine Bypass Valves remained closed for the duration of the event, permitting the instrumentation systems dependent on accurate Turbine First Stage Pressure to perform their respective design and licensing basis functions. Valve drift in the open direction was observed by position indication when hydraulic control pressure was removed. However, the valves were at an over-travel closed position prior to the event allowing the valves to settle at a position where an internal spring could provide closing force to the valve disc. Multiple plant parameter trends including Turbine First Stage Pressure, Reactor Pressure, Main Steam Line flows, and Main Turbine Bypass Valve discharge line temperatures indicate that the Main Turbine Bypass Valves remained closed for the duration of the event. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (O'Keefe).

ENS 543125 October 2019 16:29:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4At 0850 CDT, on 10/5/2019, the control room was notified of a personnel injury in the Unit 1 containment building. The individual was considered potentially contaminated since a complete frisk could not be performed prior to transport to a local hospital. At 1234 CDT, a radiological survey determined that the individual and their clothing had trace amounts of activity that was easily removed. The employee did not sustain any life threatening injuries. This is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xii). Additionally, at 1135 CDT contact was made with the Arkansas Department of Health about transport of the potentially contaminated individual. This is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to notification of an offsite agency. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5427112 September 2019 00:49:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4On September 11, 2019 at 1719 CDT, plant personnel identified a condition in which the 208 foot elevation inner primary containment airlock door was not in its fully seated and latched position while the 208 foot elevation outer primary containment airlock door was opened. The 208 foot elevation outer containment airlock door was subsequently closed by the individual exiting the area. The time that both 208 foot elevation containment airlock doors were not in their fully seated and latched positions was less than 1 minute. Following this occurrence, maintenance personnel inspected the 208 foot elevation inner containment airlock door and re-positioned this door to its fully seated and latched position. There was no radioactive release as a result of this event. This condition requires an 8-hour non-emergency notification in accordance with 10CFR50.72(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. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5424428 August 2019 19:10:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 1316 CDT, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station experienced a power loss to the Control Room High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) Instrumentation Panel due to an internal inverter failure. The power loss caused the loss of the HPCS System (a single train system). The minimum flow valve (a Primary Containment Isolation Valve) for HPCS opened due to this power loss as well. This valve was manually closed in response to this, and the outboard isolation requirement for the associated penetration (which) is closed (for the) system remained intact throughout this event. No other accident mitigation systems were affected by this event. The cause of this event is under investigation at this time. The NRC Resident Inspectors were notified. This Condition is an 8-hour reportable condition as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function, in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).
ENS 5423220 August 2019 18:28:00CooperNRC Region 4At 0939 CDT, on 8/19/19, the National Weather Service reported to Cooper Nuclear Station that the National Warning System (NAWAS) Radio would neither transmit nor receive. The system has been intermittently available since then, but never declared fully functional. The backup notification system has been verified to be available throughout this period. Additional information from the National Weather Service received 8/20/19 at 1414 determined that the Shubert Tower transmitter is non-functional and would not be repaired until 8/21/19. The transmission outage is conservatively assumed to have begun at the first notification on 8/19/19 at 0939. The Shubert Tower transmitter activates the (EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM) EAS/Tone Alert Radios used for public notification. This is considered to be a major loss of the Public Prompt Notification System capability and is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) when the primary notification system is or will be unavailable for greater than 24 hours with the backup system available. The NRC Senior Resident has been informed.
ENS 542058 August 2019 13:26:00WaterfordNRC Region 4This 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 June 25, 2019, at Waterford 3, while performing an emergent replacement of relays on the Engineered Safety Features Actuation System Train A that affected Shield Building Ventilation Train A and HVAC Equipment Room Supply Fan AH-1 3A, unintentional contact was made between two contacts on the relay, resulting in an inadvertent initiation of other relays in the sequencer circuit. This caused the starting of Low Pressure Safety Injection Pump A, Switchgear Ventilation Fan A, and Boric Acid Makeup pumps. This was a partial actuation of Engineered Safety Features Actuation System Train A. Affected plant systems started and functioned successfully. This inadvertent actuation was caused by human error and was not a valid signal resulting from parameter inputs. The 1992 Statements of Consideration define an invalid signal to include human error. 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. 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 542015 August 2019 17:06:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4On August 5, 2019, at 0936 CDT, Grand Gulf entered Technical Specification (TS) 3.6.4.1 due to a Secondary Containment personnel door, 1A401B, not being able to meet its design function. Door 1A401B was unable to be closed and latched. This condition is being reported as a loss of safety function. The station also entered 05-S-01-EP-4, Auxiliary Building Control (Secondary Containment) to address Auxiliary Building differential pressure due to the opened Secondary Containment penetration. Actions were taken to close and latch Door 1A401B. Secondary Containment has been declared operable. TS 3.6.4.1 and 05-S-01-EP-4 were exited. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of the condition.
ENS 5419131 July 2019 16:20:00WaterfordNRC Region 4On July 31, 2019, at 1206 CDT, Waterford 3 commenced initiation of a plant shutdown as required by Technical Specification (TS) Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.0.3. Prior to this, on July 31, 2019, at 1108 CDT, the boron injection flow paths were declared inoperable in accordance with LCO 3.1.2.2, 'Flow Paths - Operating,' and the charging pumps were declared inoperable in accordance with LCO 3.1.2.4, 'Charging Pumps-Operating.' This was due to visual examination identifying that propagation had progressed on a previously identified flaw on piping upstream of the header supplying the charging pumps. TS LCO 3.0.3 was entered due to the action statements of LCOs 3.1.2.2 and 3.1.2.4 not being met. LCO 3.0.3 requires that action shall be initiated within one hour to place the unit in a mode in which the specification does not apply by placing it in hot standby within the next 6 hours and cold shutdown within the next 30 hours. At 1206 CDT, Waterford 3 commenced direct boration to the reactor coolant system. This condition meets the reporting criteria of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(i) due to the initiation of plant shutdown required by Technical Specifications and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) and (D) due to an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function of structures or systems that are needed to (A) shutdown the reactor and maintain it in a safe shutdown condition and (D) mitigate the consequences of an accident.
ENS 541528 July 2019 18:40:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4A non-licensed contract supervisor had a confirmed positive for a controlled substance 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 541473 July 2019 18:32:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4This 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 May 9, 2019, at Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO) Unit 1, while performing an Emergency Feedwater Initiation and Control (EFIC) Channel B monthly test, a test pushbutton was mispositioned, resulting in an inadvertent initiation of the Emergency Feedwater (EFW) System. In accordance with the Engineered Safeguards Actuation System (ESAS) Trip Test portion of the surveillance, the first technician placed EFIC Train B in the tripped condition. The second technician then went to the front of the control room to verify Remote Switch Matrix (RSM) indications. The first technician recalls thinking he was given the order to reset Train B EFW Bus 1 Trip. Therefore, the first technician performed the step using three-part communication, but there is uncertainty about what was said. Due to the amount of time the second technician spent in front of the control room, the first technician assumed Operations reset the RSM to complete the Train B reset. The second technician returned to the ESAS cabinet and directed the first technician to perform the reset of Train B EFW Bus 1 Trip. The first technician, expecting his next action to be the trip of Train B EFW Bus 2, placed Bus 2 in the tripped condition. This put both buses of Train B EFW in trip and caused the actuation of P-7A EFW Pump. This inadvertent actuation was caused by human error and was not a valid signal resulting from parameter inputs. The 1992 Statements of Consideration define an invalid signal to include human error. Therefore, this actuation is considered invalid. This event was entered into ANO's 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)(i) a telephone notification is being made in lieu of submitting a written Licensee Event Report. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5413125 June 2019 11:09:00WaterfordNRC Region 4On June 25, 2019, at 0428 CDT, the Waterford 3 shift operating crew declared the control room envelope inoperable in accordance with Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.6.1 due to both Broad Range Gas Monitors being inoperable. Operations entered TS 3.7.6.1 action b, which requires that with one or more control room emergency air filtration trains inoperable due to inoperable control room envelope boundary in Modes 1, 2, 3, or 4, then: 1. Immediately initiate action to implement mitigating actions; 2. Within 24 hours, verify mitigating actions ensure control room envelope occupant exposures to radiological, chemical, and smoke hazards will not exceed limits; and 3. Within 90 days, restore the control room envelope boundary to operable status. Action b.1 was completed by placing the control room in isolate mode at time 0441 CDT. This event is reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function of structures or systems that are needed to (A) shutdown the reactor and maintain it in shutdown condition and (D) mitigate the consequences of an accident, due to the control room envelope being inoperable. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5412117 June 2019 12:56:00River BendNRC Region 4This 60-day telephone notification is being made in accordance with the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to describe an invalid actuation of a general containment isolation signal affecting multiple systems. On April 30, 2019, at approximately 0650 CDT, a level 2 containment isolation signal was introduced when a fuse for the Nuclear Steam Supply Shutoff System was removed for a maintenance clearance. The level 2 containment isolation signal caused a trip of the Division I DC bus back-up charger, leaving only the Division I battery to carry the DC bus. At 0707 CDT the bus was de-energized when another unrelated clearance opened the battery supply breaker to the DC bus causing another containment isolation signal. This event did not affect Shutdown Cooling or any other protected Safety Related Equipment. The containment isolation signals caused an isolation of the systems listed below. All components that were not removed from service, gagged in position, already in the expected position due to plant conditions, or de-energized due to plant condition performed as designed. Containment Isolation valves for the following systems isolated as expected: Drywell and Containment Floor Drains, Drywell and Containment Equipment Drains, Condensate Makeup, Fire Protection Water, Service Air, Instrument Air, Reactor Water Cleanup, Spent Fuel Cooling and Cleanup, Reactor Plant Component Cooling Water, Chilled Water, Reactor Recirculation, Main Steam Drains, Reactor Building Ventilation, and Fuel Building Ventilation. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5410811 June 2019 16:57:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4A non-licensed contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for a controlled substance during a pre-access fitness for duty test. The individual's unescorted access to the plant has been terminated and the badge removed.
ENS 540994 June 2019 11:39:00CooperNRC Region 4

On 06/04/2019, Nebraska Public Power District will issue a press release concerning the spurious actuation of emergency sirens near Cooper Nuclear Station and Indian Cave State Park. This is a four hour report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) for any event or situation for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been or will be made which is related to heightened public or government concern. The cause of the siren actuation is still under investigation. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * UPDATE FROM TERRELL HIGGINS TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1301 EDT ON 6/4/19 * * *

During this event, State & local government agencies (Nemaha County, Atchison County, Richardson County, and Indian Cave State Park) were contacted regarding the spurious actuation of emergency sirens. This is an update to the original Event Notification # 54099. Notified R4DO (Kellar).

ENS 540961 June 2019 03:15:00River BendNRC Region 4

At 2345 CDT at River Bend Station (RBS) Unit 1, a manual Reactor scram was inserted in anticipation of receiving an automatic Reactor Water Level 3 (9.7") scram due to the isolation of the 'B' Heater String with the 'A' Heater String already isolated. The 'B' heater string isolation caused loss of suction and subsequent trip of the running Feed Water Pumps 'A' and 'C'. All control rods fully inserted with no issues. Subsequently Reactor level was controlled by the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) system. Feed Water Pump 'C' was restored 4 minutes after the initial trip and the RCIC system secured. Currently RBS-1 is stable and is being cooled down using Turbine Bypass Valves. No radiological releases have occurred due to this event from the unit. The plant is currently under a normal shutdown electrical lineup. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * UPDATE AT 1603 EDT ON 6/10/19 FROM ALFONSO CROEZE TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

This amended event notification is being made to provide additional information that was not included in the original notification made on 6/1/19 at 0315 EDT. This event was reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) which was not annotated or described in the original report. Forty-two minutes after the Feed Water Pump 'C' was started, the pump tripped causing a Reactor Water Level 3 (9.7") RPS actuation. Feed Water was restored five minutes later using the Feed Water Pump 'A'. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified the R4DO (Warnick).

ENS 5409126 May 2019 09:25:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4This is a 4-hour Non-Emergency 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) notification due to a Plant Protection System (PPS) actuation. Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2, automatically tripped from 100 percent power at 0512 CDT. The reactor automatically tripped due to 2P-32B Reactor Coolant Pump tripping as a result of grounding. No additional equipment issues were noted. All control rods fully inserted. Emergency Feedwater (EFW) actuated and was utilized to maintain Steam Generator (SG) levels. The EFW actuation meets the 8-hour Non-Emergency Immediate Notification Criteria of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). No Primary safety valves lifted. Main Steam Safety Valves (MSSVs) did lift initially after the trip. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Decay heat is being removed via the steam dump valves to the main condenser. Unit 2 is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup. Unit 1 was not affected by the transient on Unit 2. The licensee notified the State of Arkansas.
ENS 5407320 May 2019 00:02:00Arkansas NuclearNRC Region 4On May 19, 2019, at 1809 CDT, the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) was lost to both Arkansas Nuclear One Units 1 and 2 due to the SPDS Inverter (2Y-26) failure. The SPDS Inverter is the power supply to both units' SPDS. The Unit 2 Control Room dispatched operators in response to a smoke alarm received from the 2Y-26 Inverter room. Upon arrival, smoke was reported emanating from 2Y-26. There was no report of fire at any time. Field operators de-energized 2Y-26 and the smoke ceased. The loss of SPDS also caused the Power Operating Limits (POL) function of the Unit 2 Core Operating Limits Supervisory System (COLSS) to be lost, so Unit 2 reduced power to 91 (percent) in accordance with Technical Specifications. Both units are at power and stable. The NRC Resident has been notified. This is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).
ENS 5407118 May 2019 02:09:00PilgrimNRC Region 1

On Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2303 (EDT), with the reactor at 70 (percent) core thermal power, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station initiated a manual reactor scram due to degrading condenser vacuum as a result of the trip of Seawater Pump B. All control rods inserted as designed. The plant is in hot shutdown. Plant safety systems responded as designed. Pressure is being controlled using the Mechanical Hydraulic Control System and Main Condenser. Reactor water level is being maintained with the feedwater and condensate system. During the manual reactor scram, the plant experienced the following isolation signals as designed:

"Group 2 Isolation: Miscellaneous containment isolation valves
Group 6 Isolation: Reactor Water Clean-up
Reactor Building Isolation Actuation

Due to the Reactor Protection System actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), 'any event that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical...' This notification is also being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), 'Any event or condition that results in valid actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph (b)(3)(iv)(B) of this section...' (B)(2) 'General containment isolation signals affecting containment isolation valves in more than one system or multiple main steam isolation valves (MSIVs).' This event has no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The licensee will notify the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

ENS 5406816 May 2019 18:07:00WaterfordNRC Region 4This is a non-emergency notification from Waterford 3. On May 16, 2019, at 1348 CDT, Waterford 3 experienced an automatic reactor trip due to Steam Generator number 1 high level, which was the result of a Main Turbine trip and subsequent reactor power cutback which had occurred at 1345 CDT. The cause of the Main Turbine trip is currently under investigation. Subsequent to the Reactor trip, Main Feedwater Isolation Valves number 1 and number 2 closed on high Steam Generator levels. Emergency Feedwater automatically actuated for Steam Generator number 2 at 1419 CDT and Steam Generator number 1 at 1425 CDT. Main Feedwater was restored to both Steam Generators by 1629 CDT. The plant entered the Emergency Operating Procedure for an uncomplicated reactor trip and is in the process of transitioning to the normal operating shutdown procedure. The plant is currently in Mode 3 and stable with Main Feedwater feeding and maintaining both Steam Generators. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. All control rods fully inserted. Decay heat is being removed through the main condenser. The plant is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup.
ENS 5406212 May 2019 15:28:00Grand GulfNRC Region 4

At 1039 CDT the reactor was manually (scrammed) due to a partial loss of plant service water. The loss of plant service water was caused by a loss of (balance of plant) BOP transformer 23. Reactor power was reduced in an attempt to restore pressure to plant service water. Reactor level is being maintained with condensate and feedwater. Reactor pressure is being maintained with bypass control valves. Standby Service Water A and B were manually initiated to supply cooling to Control Room A/C and (Engineered Safety Feature) ESF switchgear room coolers. The cause is under investigation. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) as any event or condition that results in actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS), when the reactor is critical and also reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), as any event or condition that results in actuation of RPS and Standby Service Water. The plant is currently in a normal electrical lineup.

  • * * UPDATE ON 5/12/19 AT 1846 EDT FROM GERRY ELLIS TO JEFFREY WHITED * * *

This is an update to the original notification. The Drywell and Containment exceeded the technical specification (TS) temperature limits of 135 degrees F (TS Limiting Condition of Operation (LCO) 3.6.5.5) and 95 degrees F (TS LCO 3.6.1.5), respectively. An 8-hour notification is being added 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 control the release of radioactive material per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C). Notified R4DO (Alexander).

ENS 540495 May 2019 20:41:00CooperNRC Region 4

EN Revision Text: SECONDARY CONTAINMENT DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE TO POTENTIAL EQUIPMENT FAILURE At 1405 CDT, Secondary Containment differential pressure exceeded the Technical Specification limit due to a potential equipment failure. This required entry into (Limiting Condition of Operation) LCO 3.6.4.1 Condition A for Secondary Containment inoperability. An event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function requires an 8 hour report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) for Control of Rad Release. Secondary Containment differential pressure was restored to greater than or equal to 0.25 inches vacuum, water gauge in accordance with plant procedures. Secondary Containment was declared operable at 1600 CDT. The issue has been entered in the Corrective Action Program and investigation of the cause is in progress. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed of this condition.

  • * * RETRACTION AT 1759 EDT ON 5/30/2019 FROM ROY GILES TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

CNS (Cooper Nuclear Station) is retracting the 8-hour notification made for event 54049 which occurred on May 5, 2019 at 1405 CDT. Subsequent evaluation determined that no equipment failure occurred. In addition, there were no procedure inadequacies or human performance issues identified. The indications observed were expected and part of a pre-planned evolution which included entry into a planned LCO for the Secondary Containment. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified the R4DO (Kozal).

ENS 5403730 April 2019 07:37:00Indian PointNRC Region 1A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive test for a prohibited substance during a follow-up fitness-for-duty test. The individual's unescorted access to the plant has been terminated. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified by the licensee.
ENS 5403126 April 2019 20:19:00River BendNRC Region 4At 1147 (CDT) on 4/26/19, a through wall leak (reported as 1 drop every 1 to 2 minutes) was identified and confirmed by operation and NDE (Non-Destructive Examination) personnel on the Standby Liquid Control injection line during pressure testing activities. The line is 1.5 inch in diameter and classified as an ASME Section Ill, Class 1 line. The leak is currently isolated from the reactor vessel by a danger tagged manual valve. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5399111 April 2019 10:28:00WaterfordNRC Region 4

On April 11, 2019, at 0200 CDT the shift operating crew declared the control room envelope inoperable in accordance with Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.6.1 due to the door handle for Door 86 (H&V Airlock Access Door) being detached. Operations entered TS 3.7.6.1 action b, which requires that with one or more control room emergency air filtration trains inoperable due to inoperable control room envelope boundary in MODES 1, 2, 3, or 4, then: 1. Immediately initiate action to implement mitigating actions; 2. Within 24 hours, verify mitigating actions ensure control room envelope occupant exposures to radiological, chemical, and smoke hazards will not exceed limits; and 3. Within 90 days, restore the control room envelope boundary to OPERABLE status. Action b.1 was completed by sealing the hole in Door 86 at 0232 CDT. This event is reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), 'event or condition that could have prevented fulfilment of a safety function of structures or systems that are needed to (D) mitigate the consequences of an accident,' due to the control room envelope being inoperable. The licensee notified the NRC Resident.

  • * * RETRACTION ON 5/17/19 AT 1620 EDT FROM MARIA ZAMBER TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

This is a Non-Emergency Notification from Waterford 3. This is a retraction of EN 53991. This event was evaluated in accordance with the corrective action process. The original operability determination of inoperable was made based on a conservative evaluation that with the door handle for Door 86 (Heating and Ventilation Airlock Access Door) being detached, the control room envelope boundary could not perform its safety function. A more detailed engineering evaluation was subsequently performed. This shows that the condition of the door handle being detached is bounded by the most recently performed non-pressurized radiological tracer gas test, as the control room envelope differential pressure was maintained more positive with the detached door handle as compared to that observed during the test. Additionally, the control room envelope differential pressure trends showed no discernable change between the two conditions of the door handle detached or with the opening taped over (resulting in an air tight seal). This information supports the conclusion that with the door handle for Door 86 being detached, the control room envelope boundary remained operable and did not constitute a condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function of structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident; therefore, this event is not reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Proulx).

ENS 5395424 March 2019 17:40:00Indian PointNRC Region 1On March 24, 2019, at 1445 EDT, Indian Point Unit 2 automatically tripped on a turbine trip due to a loss of excitation. All control rods fully inserted and plant equipment responded normally to the unit trip. This RPS (reactor protection system) actuation is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). The auxiliary feedwater system actuated following the automatic trip as expected. This specified system actuation is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). During the event offsite power remained available and stable. No primary or secondary reliefs lifted. Unit 2 is in Mode 3 at normal operating temperature and pressure. Decay heat removal is via the steam generators to the atmospheric steam dumps. No radiation was released. Indian Point Unit 3 was unaffected by this event and remains defueled in a scheduled refueling outage. A post trip investigation is in progress. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector The New York State Public Service Commission, Consolidated Edison System Operator, and New York State Independent System Operator were also notified.
ENS 5394116 March 2019 13:42:00CooperNRC Region 4At approximately 1100 CDT on March 15, 2019, Cooper Nuclear Station was notified by the National Weather Service that the Shubert radio transmission tower was not functioning due to evacuating their office in Omaha as a result of local flooding. This affects the tone alert radios used to notify the public in event of an emergency condition. Loss of function of this tower is reportable at 1100 CDT on March 16, 2019, when the tower could not be restored within 24 hours of the loss. This condition is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). A backup notification method is available and will be utilized for notifications if needed. A return to service time for the Shubert tower is not currently available. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed.