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ENS 5542120 August 2021 16:00:00SequoyahNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 0905 EDT, it was discovered both trains of Auxiliary Building Gas Treatment System (ABGTS) were simultaneously INOPERABLE due to the auxiliary building secondary containment enclosure (ABSCE) being inoperable; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. ABSCE and ABGTS were returned to operable.
ENS 5537925 July 2021 16:00:00SequoyahNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 1238 EDT on July 25, 2021, the Unit 2 Ice Bed became INOPERABLE due to SR (Surveillance Requirement) 3.6.12.1 exceeding its surveillance interval. LCO (Limiting Condition for Operation) 3.6.12 was declared not met as required by SR 3.0.1. SR 3.6.12.1 to verify maximum ice bed temperature is less than or equal to 27 degrees F could not be completed due to a failed temperature recorder. The results of the backup method of temperature verification were verified satisfactory at 1258 EDT and the LCO condition was then exited. The ice bed is a single train system which functions to control radiation release and mitigate the consequences of an accident by scrubbing radioactive iodine and providing a heat sink to limit containment pressure within design limits, therefore the requirements of 10 CFR 50.72 (b) (3) (v) (C) and (D) were met. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 552871 June 2021 17:46:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2GE-4This 60-day telephone notification is being made per the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of the 2A Reactor Protection System (RPS). On April 1, 2021, at 1302 (CDT), Browns Ferry Unit 2, 2A RPS (Motor Generator) MG set tripped causing a half scram. Unit 2 experienced an unexpected trip of the 2A RPS MG Set that resulted in automatic Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) Group 2, 3, 6, and 8 isolations and Trains A, B, and C Standby Gas Treatment (SGT) and Train A Control Room Emergency Ventilation (CREV) starts. At the time of the event, Unit 2 was in a refueling outage and the rods were already fully inserted. All systems responded as expected. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 2 actuations are Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. The PCIS Group 3 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or Reactor Water Cleanup Area High Temperature. The PCIS Group 6 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3), High Drywell Pressure, or Reactor Building Ventilation Exhaust High Radiation (Reactor Zone or Refuel Zone). The PCIS Group 8 actuations are initiated by Low Reactor Vessel Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. At the time of the event, these conditions did not exist; therefore, the actuation of the PCIS was invalid. Based on the troubleshooting conducted, the cause was determined to be a loose wiring connection in the motor circuit. The lugs were replaced with ring lugs. Operations reset the 2A RPS Half Scram and PCIS in accordance with 2-AOI-99-1 on April 1, 2021, at 1324 CDT thus correcting the condition and returning RPS to service. There were no safety consequences or impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event. This event was entered into the Corrective Action Program as Condition Report 1683358. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 5527224 May 2021 12:01:00SequoyahNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopUnit 2 is not impacted and remains stable in Mode 1 at 100 percent power. Due to the Reactor Protection System actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four-hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the AFW system. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. No relief valves opened. All Rods fully inserted. Decay heat is being removed by Auxiliary Feedwater via the steam dumps. The plant is in a normal post-trip electrical line-up.
ENS 5520020 April 2021 15:36:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2GE-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 notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 5514317 March 2021 12:59:00Watts BarNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 1004 EDT on March 17, 2021, with Unit 2 in Mode 1 at 90 percent power, the reactor automatically tripped due to a main turbine trip. The trip was not complex, with all systems responding normally post-trip. Operations responded and stabilized the plant. Decay heat is being removed by the Auxiliary Feedwater and Steam Dump Systems. Unit 1 is not affected. Due to the Reactor Protection System actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). The expected actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater System (an engineered safety feature) is being reported as an eight hour report under 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. All controls rods fully inserted and the electrical system is in normal shutdown alignment. The cause of the turbine trip is being investigated.
ENS 551309 March 2021 11:58:00SequoyahNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopThis 60-day telephone notification is being submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) and 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A). The event was an invalid actuation of the Unit 1 Containment Ventilation Isolation (CVI) system. On January 11, 2021 at 1152 Eastern Standard Time (EST) with Unit 1 at 100% power, Train 'A' of the CVI System actuated due to an invalid high radiation signal from 1-RM-90-130, Containment Purge Air Exhaust Monitor. The cause of the signal was determined to be a failed sample pump associated with the radiation monitor. 1-RM-90-130 was in service at the time of the invalid signal. The Train 'A' Containment Ventilation Isolation signal was a full actuation of that train and the system functioned as designed. Prior to and following the invalid high radiation alarms, all radiation monitors except 1-RM-90-130 were stable at their normal values; therefore, the CVI was invalid. Control room operators performed appropriate checks and confirmed that all required automatic actuations occurred as designed. The failed pump was replaced and returned to service. This event was entered into the corrective action program as CR 1663398. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.
ENS 5508326 January 2021 15:46:00Watts BarNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopA licensed operator had a confirmed positive alcohol test during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. The NRC Resident Inspectors have been notified.
ENS 5499715 November 2020 06:11:00Watts BarNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 0144 EST on November 15, 2020, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at 100 percent power and Unit 2 in Mode 5 at 0 percent power, an actuation of the Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) system occurred while transferring the 2A-A 6.9 kV Shutdown Board (SDBD) from the maintenance feed to its normal power supply. The reason for the 2A-A 6.9 kV SDBD failing to transfer to the normal power supply is under investigation. The EDGs automatically started as designed when the valid actuation signal was received. 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 EDGs. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5499411 November 2020 16:11:00Watts BarNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 1311 EST on November 11, 2020, it was determined, after evaluation of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Unit 2 Steam Generator (SG) tube eddy current test data collected during the on-going refueling outage, that the WBN Unit 2 Reactor Coolant System pressure boundary did not meet the performance criteria for SG tube structural integrity. Specifically, SG number 3 failed the condition monitoring assessment for conditional burst probability. WBN has completed tube plugging and additional corrective actions are in progress. This event is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 549835 November 2020 06:32:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2GE-4

At 2150 CST on 11/04/2020, it was discovered that Unit 1 High Pressure Coolant Injection System (HPCI) was INOPERABLE; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v), as an event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. During performance of 1-SR-3.5.1.7, HPCI Main and Booster Pump Set Developed Head and Flow Rate Test at Rated Reactor Pressure, Unit 1 HPCI was manually tripped by the control room operator due to local report of excessive shaking of the cooling water supply from the booster pump line. There was no impact to the safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. CR 1650042 documents this condition in the Corrective Action Program. The Unit is in a 14-day LCO 3.5.1(c). The RCIC System is operable.

  • * * RETRACTION FROM MARK ACKER TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1607 EST ON 12/29/2020 * * *

ENS Event number 54983, made on 11/05/2020 is being retracted. NRC notification 54983 was made to ensure that the Eight-Hour Non-Emergency reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.72 were met when Unit 1 HPCI was manually tripped by the control room operator due to a local report for excessive shaking of the cooling water supply from the booster pump line. A subsequent engineering evaluation concluded on 11/06/2020 there was reasonable assurance of operability with no additional intrusive maintenance performed and that the condition was bounded by a previous evaluation documented in (Condition Report) CR 1347736. As such, the circumstances discussed in the report did not result in any condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures of the system that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. Therefore, this event is not reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). TVA's evaluation of this event is documented in the corrective action program. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Miller).

ENS 549771 November 2020 11:04:00SequoyahNRC Region 2Westinghouse PWR 4-LoopAt 0556 EST on 11/01/2020, Sequoyah received unexpected alarms for seismological recording initiated and (Units) 1/2 Safe Shutdown Earthquake response spectra exceeded. No seismic event was felt on site, the National Earthquake Information Center was contacted to confirm there was no seismic activity, and this was also confirmed on the U.S. Geological Survey website. The alarms were determined to be invalid, and they occurred due to a failure in the seismic monitoring system. This failure results in loss of ability to assess the Emergency Action Level for Initiating Condition HU2 'Seismic event greater than Operating Basis Earthquake (OBE) levels' per procedure EPIP-1. If an actual seismic event occurred, HU2 could not be assessed. However, compensatory measures have been implemented and include assessing OBE criteria based on alternative criteria contained in procedure AOP-N.05 'Earthquake' which provides conservative guidance when seismic instruments are unavailable. This is an eight hour, non-emergency notification for an event resulting in a major loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). There is no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 549325 October 2020 14:25:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being made per the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of a general containment isolation signal affecting more than one system. On August 6, 2020, at approximately 1749 CDT, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN), Unit 2 experienced a loss of Reactor Protection System (RPS) Bus 2A. Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) Groups 2, 3, 6, and 8 isolated in response to this event. The PCIS isolations caused the initiation of Standby Gas Treatment (SBGT) trains A, B, and C, and Control Room Emergency Ventilation (CREV) subsystem A. Unit 2 declared RCS leakage detection instrumentation inoperable and entered TS LCO 3.4.5 condition A, B, and D with required action D.1 to enter LCO 3.0.3 immediately. Unit 2 entered TS LCO 3.0.3 with required actions to be in Mode 2 within 10 hours, Mode 3 within 13 hours, and Mode 4 within 37 hours. Upon investigation, it was discovered that an age-related overheating condition resulted in the failure of the 2A RPS Motor Generator (MG) set, causing the feeder beaker from the 2A 480v Remote Motor-Operated Valve distribution board to trip. On August 6, 2020, at approximately 1808 CDT, Operations personnel commenced restoration of Unit 2 to normal after transferring 2A RPS to its alternate power supply. The 2A RPS MG Set drive motor was replaced on August 24, 2020. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 2 actuations are Reactor Vessel (RV) Low Water Level or Drywell High Pressure. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 3 actuations are RV Low Water Level or Reactor Water Cleanup Area High Temperature. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 6 actuations are RV Low Water Level, High Drywell Pressure, or Reactor Building Ventilation Exhaust High Radiation. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 8 actuations are Reactor Vessel (RV) Low Water Level or Drywell High Pressure. At the time of the event, these conditions did not exist; therefore, the actuation of the PCIS was invalid. All affected safety systems responded as expected. There were no safety consequences or impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event. This event was entered into the Corrective Action Program as Condition Report 1628707. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 549315 October 2020 13:51:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being made under reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of an emergency service water system component that does not normally run and which provides an ultimate heat sink. On August 6, 2020, at approximately 0128 CDT, the A3 Emergency Equipment Cooling Water (EECW) pump received an auto-start signal while performing Post-Maintenance Testing (PMT) on the 3C Core Spray pump. Normally, the involved EECW pump would be started prior to testing to prevent an auto-start; however, in this case the pump was not running prior to the test. When the 3C Core Spray pump breaker was closed while in the test position, an unanticipated actuation of the A3 EECW pump occurred. Work was stopped and the workers reported to the Control Room to evaluate the condition. Based on a review of this event, individuals involved were coached on understanding system response prior to performing work. The A3 EECW pump responded in accordance with the plant design. No other plant equipment was affected during this event. There were no safety consequences or impacts on the health and safety of the public. The event was entered into TVA's corrective action program for evaluation and resolution. Reference corrective action document CR 1628479. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 5491828 September 2020 14:39:00SequoyahNRC Region 2On 9/28/20 at 1143 EDT, a notification to the National Response Center was made after discovery of a visible oil sheen on the waters of the U.S. (Sequoyah's side of the intake forebay skimmer wall at the Essential Raw Cooling Water (ERCW) building). The source was an oil bucket that overflowed with rain at the ERCW pumping station. Efforts are in progress to eliminate all other potential sources of oil at the station that could be released to the environment. Estimate of volume spilled is less than one quart. The following agencies have also been notified: - EPA Region 4 - Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) - Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). Cleanup is in progress. Measures to prevent recurrence are being taken. 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 5487031 August 2020 15:30:00Watts BarNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being submitted in accordance with paragraphs 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) and 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to report two invalid Containment Ventilation Isolation (CVI) actuations at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Unit 1. On July 23, 2020, at 0956 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the Train A CVI actuated due to an invalid high radiation signal from 1-RM-90-130, Containment Purge Air Exhaust Monitor. Upon investigation, the high radiation signal was caused by a failed power supply. Corrective action included replacing the power supply, 1-RM-90-130 detector, and restoring the system to service. On August 7, 2020, at 2017 EDT, the Train A CVI actuated due to an invalid high radiation signal from 1-RM-90-130, Containment Purge Air Exhaust Monitor. Upon investigation, a small tear was identified in the foil covering the scintillation detector. This defect caused erratic indication and the system actuation. The foil was replaced and the system was restored to service. Prior to and following the invalid high radiation alarms, all radiation monitors except 1-RM-90-130 were stable at their normal values; therefore, the CVI was invalid. Control room operators performed appropriate checks and confirmed that all required automatic actuations occurred as designed. These events were entered into the corrective action program as CR 1625135 and CR 1628904. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.
ENS 5480024 July 2020 09:00:00SequoyahNRC Region 2At 0105 (EDT) on 7/24/20 it was discovered Unit 2 Ice Bed was INOPERABLE. Therefore, since this is a single train system the requirements of 50.72 (b)(3)(v)(C) and (D) have been met. This condition is being reported as an 8-hour non-emergency NRC Notification. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. This condition put the unit in a 48-hour LCO. The old chillers were put into service to bring the temperature of the ICE bed down. At 0833 EDT, the technical specification limit was no longer exceeded and the unit exited the LCO.
ENS 5479521 July 2020 08:58:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2The following was received from TVA - Brown's Ferry at 0858, 21 July 20. On July 21, 2020, at 0435 hours Central Daylight Time, Browns Ferry Unit 1 inserted a manual reactor scram due to degrading main condenser vacuum from marine biofouling at the intake structure. Browns Ferry Unit 2 is in Mode 4 and Browns Ferry Unit 3 is at approximately 76% rated thermal power and stable. Primary Containment Isolation Systems received an actuation signal for groups 2, 3, 6, 8 on reactor water level below +2". All Primary Containment Isolation System groups that received an actuation signal performed as designed. Additionally, all other systems functioned as designed. This event is reportable within 4 hours per 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - Any event or condition that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation. This event also requires an 8 hour report per 10CFR50.72(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), (1) Reactor protection system (RPS) including: reactor scram or reactor trip, except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation and (2) General containment isolation signals affecting containment isolation valves in more than one system or multiple main steam isolation valves (MSIVs). The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The plant is stable in Mode 3 and will remain shutdown until marine growth clogging the intake structure abates.
ENS 5479420 July 2020 18:11:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2On July 20, 2020, at 1325 hours Central Daylight Time, Brown's Ferry Unit 2 inserted a manual reactor scram due to degrading main condenser vacuum from marine biofouling at the intake structure. Brown's Ferry Unit 1 performed a down power to 43% and Unit 3 down powered to 76%. Conditions are stable on both Unit 1 and 3 following unit down power. Primary Containment Isolations Systems received an actuation signal for groups 2, 3, 6, and 8 on reactor water level below +2". All Primary Containment Isolations System groups that received an actuation signal performed as designed. Additionally, all other systems functioned as designed. This event is reportable within 4 hours per 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - Any event or condition that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation. This event also requires an 8 hour report per 10CFR 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), (1) Reactor protection system (RPS) including: reactor scram or reactor trip, except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation and (2) General containment isolation signals affecting containment isolation valves in more than one system or multiple main steam isolation valves (MSIVs). The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. All control rods fully inserted and decay heat is being removed via normal feedwater and condenser.
ENS 5478115 July 2020 14:58:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 0835 EDT on July 15, 2020, it was discovered that the main control room (MCR) envelope was inoperable due to a MCR door being found ajar; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). The door was closed, restoring the MCR envelope to operable at 0839 EDT. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5475322 June 2020 13:45:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 1304 EDT on June 22, 2020, Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Units 1 and 2 initiated voluntary communication to the State of Tennessee and local officials as part of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Groundwater Protection Initiative (GPI), after receiving analysis results for one on-site monitoring well that indicated tritium activity above the GPI voluntary communication threshold. WBN identified and corrected the cause. This condition did not exceed any NRC regulations or reporting criteria. This notification is being made solely as a four-hour, non-emergency notification for a Notification of Other Government Agency. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5472020 May 2020 12:07:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 0521 EDT on May 20, 2020, with Unit 2 in Mode 3 at 0 percent power and Unit 1 defueled, an actuation of the Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) System occurred while transferring the 1B-B 6.9kV Shutdown Board (SDBD) from the maintenance feed to its normal power supply. The reason for the 1B-B 6.9kV SDBD failing to transfer to the normal power supply is under investigation. The EDGs automatically started as designed when a valid actuation signal was received. The 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 EDGs. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5471819 May 2020 19:57:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 1329 EDT on May 19, 2020, it was discovered that the main control room (MCR) envelope was inoperable due to a control room envelope (CRE) door being found ajar; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). The CRE door was closed, restoring the MCR envelope to operable at 1331 EDT. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5470913 May 2020 13:10:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being made per the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of a general containment isolation signal affecting more than one system. On March 16, 2020, at approximately 0102 CDT, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN), Unit 3 received motor trip-out alarms and diagnosed Group 2 and 3 Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) Isolations, 3C Residual Heat Removal (RHR) Pump tripping and Reactor Water Cleanup (RWCU) system isolating. All affected safety systems responded as expected. BFN, Unit 3, was nearing the end of the U3R19 refueling outage at the time of the event, and was still dependent on the Shutdown Cooling (SDC) system. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 2 actuations are Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. The PCIS Group 3 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or Reactor Water Cleanup Area High Temperature. At the time of the event, these conditions did not exist: therefore, the PCIS actuation was invalid. The event was determined to have been caused by clearance restoration activities in an unprotected control panel. A fuse re-installation inadvertently created a fault condition between two different plant 120 VAC power sources when the fuse holder's lower spring clip contacted a different fuse. This was a result of age-related degradation of the fuse holder, its close proximity to other fuses, and the lack of insulating isolation barriers between fuses. There were no safety consequences or impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event. This event was entered into the Corrective Action Program as Condition Report 1594925. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 5470813 May 2020 05:38:00SequoyahNRC Region 2At 0208 EDT on 05/13/2020, Sequoyah Unit 1 was at 100% power when an automatic reactor trip signal was received concurrent with a low steam line pressure safety injection signal. The low steam line pressure safety injection signal was actuated from the steam pressure rate of decrease feature. Main steam isolation valves (MSIVs) automatically closed as designed and steam generator pressures stabilized following the isolation. All other safety-related equipment operated as designed, with the exception of 1-FCV-61-122 Glycol inboard containment isolation valve which failed to automatically isolate on a Phase A containment isolation signal. The corresponding outboard containment isolation valve, 1-FCV-61-110, automatically isolated as designed which isolated penetration X-114. Safety injection was terminated at 0221 EDT 5/13/20, and Unit 1 is currently being maintained in Mode 3 at normal operating temperature and pressure with auxiliary feedwater supplying the steam generators and decay heat removal via steam generator atmospheric relief valves. There is no indication of any primary to secondary leakage. The electrical alignment is normal with shutdown power supplied from off-site power. There is no current operational impact to Unit 2. There is no impact on public health or safety. Post safety injection actuation investigation is in progress. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 546976 May 2020 14:11:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being made per the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of a general containment isolation signal affecting more than one system. On March 8, 2020, at approximately 2021 CDT, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 2 experienced an unexpected loss of the 2A Reactor Protection System (RPS). This resulted in Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) groups 2, 3, 6, and 8 isolations, and the initiation of Standby Gas Treatment Trains A and B, and Control Room Emergency Ventilation System Train A. All affected safety systems responded as expected. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 2 actuations are Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. The PCIS Group 3 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or Reactor Water Cleanup Area High Temperature. The PCIS Group 6 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3), High Drywell Pressure, or Reactor Building Ventilation Exhaust High Radiation (Reactor Zone or Refuel Zone). The PCIS Group 8 actuations are initiated by Low Reactor Vessel Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. At the time of the event, these conditions did not exist; therefore, the actuation of the PCIS was invalid. The RPS MG Set trip was believed to have been caused by an intermittent short across a spike suppressor, which led to a loss of generator output signal to a voltage regulator. The affected components have been replaced. There were no safety consequences or impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event. This event was entered into the Corrective Action Program as Condition Report 1593265. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 545593 March 2020 12:18:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2At 0416 CST on March 3, 2020, with Browns Ferry Unit 3 in Mode 5, there was a partial loss of 161kV power due to a trip and re-closure of the feeder breaker supplying the Common Station Service Transformer (CSST) A. Unit 3 lost power to the 1A Start Bus and the 3A Unit Board, which supplies power to the 3EA and 3EB 4kV Shutdown Boards. The loss of the 4kV Shutdown Boards resulted in an auto actuation of the 3A and 3B Emergency Diesel Generators (EDG). The 3C EDG and 3EC 4kV Shutdown Board were removed from service for maintenance at the time of the loss of power, and the 3ED 4kV Shutdown Board continued to be powered from the 3B Unit Board. All systems responded as expected for the loss of power. This event requires an 8 hour report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). There was no impact to the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The partial loss of power was caused by a storm in the area. Offsite power has been restored to the CSST and the EDGs have been secured.
ENS 5453119 February 2020 10:20:00Watts BarNRC Region 2

EN Revision Imported Date : 2/21/2020 NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO FIRE IN CONTROL BUILDING At 0957 EST on February 19, 2020, a Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE) has been determined to be present at the Watts Bar plant Unit 1 under criteria HU4 for a fire potentially degrading the safety of the plant (fire for more than 15 minutes). The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified for this event. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, CISA IOCC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * UPDATE ON 02/19/2020 AT 1151 EST FROM ANDREW WALDMANN TO DONALD NORWOOD * * *

The fire was declared extinguished at 1033 EST. The NOUE was terminated at 1126 EST. The investigation into the cause of the fire is in progress. Notified R2DO (Musser), NRR EO (Miller), and IRD MOC (Kennedy). Additionally, notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, CISA IOCC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

  • * * RETRACTION ON 2/20/2020 AT 1453 EST FROM MICHAEL BUTHEY TO RICHARD L. SMITH * * *

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) is retracting Event Notice 54531 (NOUE notification) based on the following additional information. WBN reported a condition that was determined to meet the definition of a FIRE in the plant Emergency Preparedness Implementing Procedures (EPIP) based on indications available to the decision-maker at the time the declaration was made. A fire, without observation of flame, is considered present if large quantities of smoke and heat are observed. Moderate quantities of smoke were observed coming from an electrical cabinet not required to support safe plant operation. Once Fire Brigade personnel were able to access the affected room, no evidence of flame or significant heat was observed. Plant personnel ultimately determined that an overheated electrical component (transformer) resulted in the smoke. As such, the actual conditions did not meet the EPIP definition of a fire. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this retraction. Notified R2DO (Musser), NRR EO (Miller), and IRD MOC (Kennedy).

ENS 5453219 February 2020 10:20:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 0936 EST on February 19, 2020, the Watts Bar Unit 1 reactor was manually tripped while operating at 100 percent power in response to loss of control of water level for steam generator number 3. All control and shutdown bank rods inserted properly in response to the manual reactor trip. All safety systems including Auxiliary Feedwater actuated as designed. The plant is stable with decay heat removal through Auxiliary Feedwater and Steam Dump Systems. There is no impact to Unit 2. The manual actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) is being reported as a four-hour report under 10 CFR 50. 72(b)(2)(iv)(B). The expected actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater System (an engineered safety feature) is being reported as an eight-hour report under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(iv)(A). The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified for this event.
ENS 5448722 January 2020 04:34:00SequoyahNRC Region 2

EN Revision Imported Date : 2/21/2020 CONTAINMENT RELIEF VALVES INOPERABLE At 22:18 (EST) on 1/21/20, it was discovered that all Unit 1 containment vacuum relief isolation valves were closed and all vacuum relief lines were simultaneously inoperable; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v). The isolation valves were opened and the vacuum relief valves were restored to operable. There is no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 02/20/2020 AT 1626 EST FROM FRANK SCHULTE TO BRIAN P. SMITH * * *

At 1549 (EST), February 20, 2020, a completed engineering evaluation of the condition initially reported on January 22, 2020 determined that the inoperability of the Sequoyah Unit 1 Containment Vacuum Relief System affected the ability to protect containment against an external pressure event. This condition is not bounded by existing design and licensing documents; however, it poses no impact to the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The condition was resolved when isolation valves were opened on January 21, 2020 and the vacuum relief lines were restored to an operable status. Therefore, this event is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B), "an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety. Subsequent to the initial notification, continued evaluation of the reported condition has concluded that the isolation of the containment vacuum relief function did not prevent the fulfillment of a safety function that is needed to control the release of radioactive material; nor mitigate the consequences of an accident therefore this event is not reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v), "Event or Condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function. The NRC Resident has been notified. Notified R2DO (Musser)

ENS 5444616 December 2019 09:12:00SequoyahNRC Region 2

At 0358 EST, on 12/16/2019, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at 100 (percent) power and Unit 2 in Mode 1 at 47 (percent) power, a valid actuation of the Emergency Diesel Generators (EDG) occurred. The reason for the emergency diesel generator auto start was that the normal feeder breaker from the 1C 6.9KV Unit Board to the 1B-B 6.9KV Shutdown Board (SDBD) tripped due to the breaker's 51G relay actuating causing an under-voltage signal on the 1B-B 6.9KV Shutdown Board. All 4 Emergency Diesel Generators automatically started as designed when the 6.9KV Shutdown Board under-voltage signal was received.

The 1B-B 6.9KV Shutdown Board was automatically energized from the 1B-B 6.9KV Diesel Generator. All required 6.9KV loads were sequenced back on to the 1B-B 6.9KV Shutdown Board as designed after the board was energized from its emergency diesel generator. The remainder of the electrical system is in normal alignment.

This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that resulted in a valid actuation of the Emergency Diesel Generators. There was no impact to the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Senior Resident has been notified.

ENS 5443812 December 2019 08:14:00SequoyahNRC Region 2

EN Revision Imported Date : 3/4/2020 MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO A LOSS OF HEATER DRAIN TANK PUMP FLOW At 0432 EST, on 12/12/19, Sequoyah Unit 2 experienced a manual reactor trip. The trip was initiated due to a loss all number 3 Feedwater Heater Drain Tank pump flow; plant procedures directed a manual reactor trip if power is greater than 80 percent. The Auxiliary Feedwater System (AFW) automatically actuated as required when the expected post trip feedwater isolation actuation actuated. Reactor Coolant System (RCS) temperature is being maintained by the steam dump system with all 4 Reactor Coolant Pumps (RCPs) in service. All control and shutdown rods fully inserted. All safety systems responded as designed. No primary or secondary safety valves actuated during or after the transient. Unit 2 is currently stable at normal operating temperature and normal operating pressure in Mode 3. The electrical system is in a normal alignment. There was no impact on U1. There was no impact to the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. Due to the Reactor Protection System (RPS) actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four hour, non-emergency notification per 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and an 8 hour non-emergency notification accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the AFW system. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 03/03/2020 AT 1320 FROM JAKE OLIVIER TO OSSY FONT * * *

The following update to the EN submitted on 12/12/19 is being made to provide clarification on reporting criteria originally described in paragraph five of EN 54438: This event is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). The NRC Resident Inspector was notified. Notifed R2DO (Davis).

ENS 5439016 November 2019 03:02:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 2234 Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 15, 2019, a Main Control Room (MCR) alarm was received for low control room positive pressure. At 2236 EST, a Control Room Envelope (CRE) door was found ajar and immediately closed. Technical Specification 3.7.10 Control Room Emergency Ventilation System (CREVS) was declared not met for both trains. Watts Bar Unit 1 and Unit 2 entered Condition B. At 2236 EST on November 15, 2019, the alarm cleared, CREVS was declared operable and LCO 3.7.10 Condition B was exited for both units. This condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5439116 November 2019 03:02:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 2353 EST on November 15, 2019, a Main Control Room (MCR) alarm was received for low control room positive pressure. At 2355 EST, a Control Room Envelope (CRE) door was found ajar and immediately closed. Technical Specification 3.7.10 Control Room Emergency Ventilation System (CREVS) was declared not met for both trains. Watts Bar Unit 1 and Unit 2 entered Condition B. At 2355 EST on November 15, 2019, the alarm cleared, CREVS was declared operable and LCO 3.7.10 Condition B was exited for both units. This condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. See similar EN #54390. The licensee has taken compensatory measures while investigating the cause.
ENS 5438212 November 2019 10:32:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2

On November 12, 2019, the Central Emergency Control Center (CECC) was removed from service for a planned facility upgrade project. The CECC is a common Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) for the TVA Nuclear sites (Browns Ferry / Sequoyah / Watts Bar). The duration of the upgrade project is approximately 75 days. If an emergency is declared requiring CECC activation during this period, an alternate CECC will be used. During this period, the alternate CECC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency procedures. 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 CECC will be unavailable for more than 72 hours. The Emergency Response Organization has been notified that the CECC will be unavailable during the upgrade project and to report to the alternate CECC in the event of an emergency. There is no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE AT 1316 EST ON 11/14/19 FROM BARUCH CALKIN TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

The event information was updated to indicate that the event occurred at 0700 EST. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified the R2DO(Musser).

  • * * UPDATE FROM ALAN PRUCHA TO KERBY SCALES AT 1526 EST ON 1/31/2020 * * *

The CECC facility upgrade project is sufficiently complete such that the CECC was returned to a functional status at 1350 CST on January 31, 2020. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO (Baptist).

ENS 5438012 November 2019 08:28:00SequoyahNRC Region 2

On November 12, 2019, the Central Emergency Control Center (CECC) was removed from service for a planned facility upgrade project. The CECC is a common Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) for the TVA Nuclear sites (Browns Ferry / Sequoyah / Watts Bar). The duration of the upgrade project is approximately 75 days. If an emergency is declared requiring CECC activation during this period, an alternate CECC will be used. During this period, the alternate CECC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency procedures. 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 CECC will be unavailable for more than 72 hours. The Emergency Response Organization has been notified that the CECC will be unavailable during the upgrade project and to report to the alternate CECC in the event of an emergency. There is no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE FROM BRYAN KLEIN TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1450 EST ON 1/31/2020 * * *

The CECC facility upgrade project is sufficiently complete such that the CECC was returned to a functional status at 1400 EDT on January 31, 2020. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO (Baptist).

ENS 5437912 November 2019 07:57:00Watts BarNRC Region 2

On November 12, 2019, the Central Emergency Control Center (CECC) was removed from service for a planned facility upgrade project. The CECC is a common Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) for the TVA Nuclear sites (Browns Ferry / Sequoyah / Watts Bar). The duration of the upgrade project is approximately 75 days. If an emergency is declared requiring CECC activation during this period, an alternate CECC will be used. During this period, the alternate CECC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency procedures. 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 CECC will be unavailable for more than 72 hours. The Emergency Response Organization has been notified that the CECC will be unavailable during the upgrade project and to report to the alternate CECC in the event of an emergency. There is no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE FROM JUSTIN GALLAGHER TO KERBY SCALES AT 1620 EST ON 1/31/2020 * * *

The CECC facility upgrade project is sufficiently complete such that the CECC was returned to a functional status at 1400 EST on January 31, 2020. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO (Baptist)

ENS 5434121 October 2019 15:52:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being made per the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of a general containment isolation signal affecting more than one system. On December 29, 2018, at approximately 0220 Central Standard Time (CST), Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN), Unit 3 experienced an unexpected loss of power to the 3A Reactor Protection System (RPS) Bus due to the trip of the 3A RPS motor generator (MG) set. This resulted in Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) groups 2, 3, 6, and 8 isolations, and initiation of Standby Gas Treatment Trains A, B, and C and Control Room Emergency Ventilation System Train A. All affected safety systems responded as expected. This event is being reported as a late 60 day non-emergency notification. This missed notification was identified on August 23, 2019. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 2 actuations are Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. The PCIS Group 3 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or Reactor Water Cleanup Area High Temperature. The PCIS Group 6 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3), High Drywell Pressure, or Reactor Building Ventilation Exhaust High Radiation (Reactor Zone or Refuel Zone). The PCIS Group 8 actuations are initiated by Low Reactor Vessel Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. At the time of the event, these conditions did not exist; therefore, the actuation of the PCIS was invalid. The cause of the trip of the RPS MG Set was a failure of the motor winding insulation of all three phases. There were no safety consequences or impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event. This event was entered into the Corrective Action Program as Condition Reports 1478564 and 1543534. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 5433216 October 2019 10:22:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being made per the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of a general containment isolation signal affecting more than one system. On August 20, 2019, at approximately 1133 hours Central Daylight Time (CDT), Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN), Unit 2 experienced an unexpected loss of the 2A Reactor Protection System (RPS). This resulted in Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) groups 2, 3, 6, and 8 isolations, and initiation of Standby Gas Treatment Trains A, B, and C and Control Room Emergency Ventilation System Train A. All affected safety systems responded as expected. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 2 actuations are Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. The PCIS Group 3 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3) or Reactor Water Cleanup Area High Temperature. The PCIS Group 6 actuations are initiated by Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3), High Drywell Pressure, or Reactor Building Ventilation Exhaust High radiation (Reactor Zone or Refuel Zone). The PCIS Group 8 actuations are initiated by Low Reactor Vessel Water Level (Level 3) or High Drywell Pressure. At the time of the event, these conditions did not exist; therefore, the actuation of the PCIS was invalid. The cause of the RPS MG Set trip was dirty potentiometer windings on an Over Voltage Relay. The dirt prevented the potentiometer's wiper from contacting its windings, resulting in erratic setpoint values. There were no safety consequences or impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event. This event was entered into the Corrective Action Program as Condition Reports 1542603, 1542608, and 1542569. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 543021 October 2019 07:05:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2On 10/1/2019, at 0307 CDT, Unit 2 was conducting a normal reactor startup and received a valid Reactor Protection System (RPS) scram. The reactor was critical in MODE 2 at the Point of Adding Heat. Operators began withdrawing Source Range Monitor (SRM) Instrumentation per procedure. When the operator depressed the SRM Drive Out pushbutton to withdraw the last two SRMs (C and D), an unexpected full Reactor Scram was received. Annunciator indication in the Main Control Room indicated a Neutron Monitoring Scram. The Intermediate Range Monitors (IRM) D, E, F, H and G all indicated Upscale High High. There were no Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) or Containment Isolation System actuations. All other systems functioned as designed. The cause of the Reactor Scram is still under investigation. This event requires a 4-hour report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), 'Any event or condition that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation.' This event also requires an 8-hour report per 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), (1) Reactor protection system (RPS) including: reactor scram or reactor trip, except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation.' The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5430030 September 2019 10:28:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being made per the reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of a general containment isolation signal affecting more than one system. On July 31, 2019, at approximately 1650 hours Central Daylight Time (CDT), Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN), Unit 1 experienced a Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) Group 6 isolation during performance of surveillance procedure 1-SR-3.3.6.2.3(A), Reactor/Refueling Zone Ventilation Radiation Monitor 1-RM-90-140/142 Calibration and Functional Test. The Group 6 isolation caused the initiation of Standby Gas Treatment (SBGT) Trains A, B, and C, and Control Room Emergency Ventilation (CREV) subsystem B. Unit 1 H2O2 Analyzer and Drywell Radiation Monitor CAM, 1-RM-90-256, were declared Inoperable and Technical Specifications (TS) Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.4.5 Condition B was entered. All affected safety systems responded as expected. Plant conditions which initiate PCIS Group 6 actuations are Reactor Vessel Low Water Level (Level 3), High Drywell Pressure, or Reactor Building Ventilation Exhaust High Radiation (Reactor Zone or Refuel Zone). At the time of the event, these conditions did not exist; therefore, the actuation of the PCIS was invalid. This condition was the result of two cleared fuses in the alarm logic. The apparent cause is a ground fault on the A6 Open Drain Input/Output Module. There were no safety consequences or impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event. This event was entered into the Corrective Acton Program as Condition Report 1537358. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.
ENS 5427813 September 2019 12:23:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2

EN Revision Text: EMERGENCY OPERATING FACILITY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES This is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. A condition impacting access to the Emergency Operating Facility, Central Emergency Control Center (CECC), located in the TVA Chattanooga Office Complex occurred on September 13, 2019 at 0427 CDT. Fire suppression capabilities for the TVA Chattanooga Office Complex are currently impacted by a water main failure rendering access to the facility unsafe for personnel. If an emergency is declared requiring CECC activation during this period, other emergency response centers will be activated and staffed using existing emergency planning procedures and have the capability to perform the functions normally performed by the CECC. 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 condition affects the functionality of an emergency response facility. The condition does not affect the health and safety of the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 9/19/2019 AT 1334 EDT FROM NEEL SHUKLA TO ANDREW WAUGH * * *

Water lines impacting the Chattanooga Office Complex were repaired, and as of time 0734 EDT on 9/16/19, the CECC was returned to a functional status. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO (Ehrhardt).

ENS 5427713 September 2019 12:21:00Watts BarNRC Region 2

EN Revision Text: EMERGENCY OPERATING FACILITY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES This is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. A condition impacting access to the Emergency Operating Facility, Central Emergency Control Center (CECC), located in the TVA Chattanooga Office Complex occurred on September 13, 2019 at 0527 EDT. Fire suppression capabilities for the TVA Chattanooga Office Complex are currently impacted by a water main failure rendering access to the facility unsafe for personnel. If an emergency is declared requiring CECC activation during this period, other emergency response centers will be activated and staffed using existing emergency planning procedures and have the capability to perform the functions normally performed by the CECC. 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 condition affects the functionality of an emergency response facility. The condition does not affect the health and safety of the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 9/19/2019 AT 1341 EDT FROM DEAN BAKER TO ANDREW WAUGH * * *

Water lines impacting the Chattanooga Office Complex were repaired, and as of time 0734 EDT on 9/16/19, the CECC was returned to a functional status. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of this event update. Notified R2DO (Ehrhardt).

ENS 5427613 September 2019 11:57:00SequoyahNRC Region 2

EN Revision Text: EMERGENCY OPERATING FACILITY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES This is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. A condition impacting access to the Emergency Operating Facility, Central Emergency Control Center (CECC), located in the TVA Chattanooga Office Complex occurred on September 13, 2019 at 0527 EDT. Fire suppression capabilities for the TVA Chattanooga Office Complex are currently impacted by a water main failure rendering access to the facility unsafe for personnel. If an emergency is declared requiring CECC activation during this period, other emergency response centers will be activated and staffed using existing emergency planning procedures and have the capability to perform the functions normally performed by the CECC. 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 condition affects the functionality of an emergency response facility. The condition does not affect the health and safety of the public. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 09/16/2019 AT 1148 EDT FROM SCOTT THOMAS TO BRIAN LIN VIA PHONE * * *

Water lines impacting the Chattanooga Office Complex were repaired, and as of time 0734 EDT on 9/16/19, the CECC was returned to a functional status. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of this event update. Notified R2DO (Ehrhardt).

ENS 5426611 September 2019 03:10:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2A lightning strike occurred at approximately 1502 CDT on 09/10/2019, and a resulting power surge damaged some of the security door card reader system equipment. However, this did not affect access to plant areas for personnel who were already within protected area. At 1830 on 09/10/2019, it was discovered that some of the oncoming night shift personnel could not access particular areas that required the use of security card readers. Extent of condition check at 1934 on 09/10/2019 determined that access to 1A and 3A Electric Board Rooms, which contain remote shutdown panels and Fire Safe Shutdown equipment. was prohibited for the night shift personnel. This condition is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - Any event or condition that results in the nuclear power plant being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety. Access was restored to all plant areas at 2106 on 9/10/2019. No plant events occurred during the time frame that the 1A & 3A Electric Board Rooms inaccessible that would have required access to these areas. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 542521 September 2019 00:09:00Watts BarNRC Region 2While operating at 100 percent power, the Watts Bar Unit 1 reactor was manually tripped at 2055 EDT on August 31, 2019 due to loss of steam generator #2 level control. The trip was not complex. All control and shutdown bank rods inserted properly in response to the manual reactor trip. All safety systems, including Auxiliary Feedwater, actuated as designed. Operations responded and stabilized the plant. Decay heat is being removed by the Auxiliary Feedwater and the Steam Dump System. Unit 2 is not affected. The cause of the loss of steam generator water level control is being investigated. The manual actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) is being reported as a four hour report under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(iv)(B). The automatic actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater System (an engineered safety feature) is being reported as an eight hour report under 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 was notified.
ENS 5424227 August 2019 02:34:00SequoyahNRC Region 2At 0109 EDT, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 at 100 percent power, the reactor automatically tripped due to a dropped rod causing a negative rate trip. The trip was not complex, with all systems responding normally post-trip. Operations responded and stabilized the plant. Decay heat is being removed by the auxiliary feedwater (AFW) and steam dump systems. Unit 2 is not affected. Due to the reactor protection system actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) and in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the AFW system. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 5422014 August 2019 20:00:00Watts BarNRC Region 2This 60-day telephone notification is being submitted in accordance with paragraphs 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) and 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to report an invalid Containment Ventilation Isolation (CVI) actuation at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Unit 2. On July 26, 2019, at 1003 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the Train A CVI actuated due to an invalid High Radiation signal from 2-RM-90-130, Containment Purge Air Exhaust Monitor. Prior to and following the invalid High Radiation alarm, all radiation monitors except 2-RM-90-130 were stable at their normal values. All required automatic actuations occurred as designed. Upon investigation, the cause of the invalid High Radiation alarm was due to a failed ratemeter for 2-RM-90-130. Control room operators performed appropriate checks and confirmed that the subject indication was an invalid high radiation signal. The ratemeter for 2-RM-90-130 was replaced and the monitor returned to service. At the time of the event, plant conditions for a High Radiation alarm did not exist; therefore, the CVI was invalid. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.
ENS 5416212 July 2019 22:50:00Browns FerryNRC Region 2At 1640 CDT on 7/12/19, Unit 1 High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) received an invalid auto isolation signal which closed the HPCI steam supply valves rendering HPCI inoperable. This condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), as an event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. The isolation occurred while performing a calibration and functional check of a level switch for the Unit 1 Core Spray system. Continuity was checked across the incorrect set of contacts which completed the circuit in logic bus 'A' for the auto isolation signal in the HPCI system. There was no impact to the safety of the public or plant personnel during the time HPCI system was isolated. HPCI was returned to operable at 2110 CDT on 7/12/19. CR 1532094 documents this condition in the Corrective Action Program. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector
ENS 5412720 June 2019 17:59:00Watts BarNRC Region 2At 1340 EDT on June 20, 2019, a breach in excess of allowable margin in the Unit 2 Shield Building annulus was identified. T.S. LCO 3.6.15, Condition A was entered. The breach is expected to be repaired within the 24 hours allowed LCO time. No other equipment issues were identified. The Shield Building ensures that the release of radioactive material from the containment atmosphere is restricted to those leakage paths and associated leakage rates assumed in the accident analysis during a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). This event is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C). NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The breach consists of a tear in a flexible boot seal for a penetration associated with the suction path for gas treatment fans. There is no release of radioactive material associated with this event.