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ENS 541973 August 2019 06:47:00ClintonNRC Region 3Automatic Scram

EN Revision Text: AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM ON LOW REACTOR WATER LEVEL At 0226 (CDT), an automatic scram on low reactor water level occurred due to a trip of the 'B' Reactor Feed pump. All control rods fully inserted. Reactor water level 2 was reached and the High Pressure Core Spray system, Reactor Core Isolation Cooling system, Division 3 diesel generator, Standby Gas Treatment Systems 'A' and 'B' and all shutdown safety related service water pumps started as expected. Reactor Core Isolation Cooling and High Pressure Core Spray injected as expected. All level 2 containment isolation signals occurred as expected and all level 2 containment valves closed as expected. Reactor water level is currently being controlled in band by condensate. Reactor pressure is being maintained by main turbine Bypass Valves. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(A), for ECCS discharge to RCS; 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), for RPS actuation, and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), for specified system actuation. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. No safety relief valves lifted during the transient. The plant is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup with all safety equipment available. The licensee notified the Illinois Emergency Management Agency per their communications protocol.

  • * * UPDATE FROM DAVID LIVINGSTON TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 0321 EDT ON 8/4/19 * * *

Following automatic initiation of the High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) System as described above, the HPCS System was manually secured following station procedures after verification that additional RPV (reactor pressure vessel) injection was no longer required. Securing HPCS injection in this manner prevents automatic restart of the system in the event of a subsequent low RPV level condition, rendering it inoperable. As the HPCS system is considered a single train safety system, this meets the reportability requirements of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). This reportable condition was identified following review of post-scram actions. The HPCS system has been restored to a Standby lineup. The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Pelke).

  • * * UPDATE FROM JAMES FORMAN TO KERBY SCALES AT 1545 EDT ON 8/6/19 * * *

Following the scram, the Primary Containment to Secondary Containment and the Drywell to Primary Containment differential pressure limits were exceeded. Technical Specification (TS) Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.6.1.4, Primary Containment Pressure, and 3.6.5.4, Drywell Pressure, Actions A.1, B.1, and B.2 were entered. Primary Containment to Secondary Containment differential pressure and Drywell to Primary Containment differential pressure were restored to within the LCO limits at 1505 on 8/3/19 and the associated TS Actions were exited. This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) as an unanalyzed condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the primary containment function due to being outside the initial conditions to ensure that drywell and containment pressures remain within design values during a loss of coolant accident. This event is also reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the drywell and primary containment functions to control the release of radioactive material for the same reason. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Pelke).

ENS 5369828 October 2018 08:57:00ClintonNRC Region 3Automatic ScramAt 0445 (CDT), with reactor power less than 1% rated thermal power on Instrument Range Monitor (IRM) ranges 6 and 7, Clinton Power Station received an automatic Reactor Protection System (RPS) actuation. The Reactor Scram Off Normal procedure was entered and all control rods were verified to be fully inserted. The apparent cause of the scram is cold water injection causing an upscale trip of the IRMs due to Motor Driven Reactor Feedwater Pump (MDRFP) Feedwater Regulating valve 1FW004 valve coming off the full shut seat momentarily. All systems responded appropriately following the scram and the plant is currently stable. Clinton Power Station will be proceeding to Mode 4 to support the planned Maintenance Outage. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."
ENS 531109 December 2017 18:42:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual ScramGE-6

At approximately 1347 (CST) on 12/09/17, the Main Control Room received annunciators that indicated a trip of the 4160 V 1A1 breaker 1AP07EJ, 480V XFMR 1A and A1 breaker. Numerous Division 1 components lost power (powered from unit subs 1A and A1). The Division 1 containment Instrument Air isolation valves had failed closed by design due to the loss of power. Due to the loss of containment instrument air, several control rods began to drift into the core as expected and, by procedure, the reactor mode switch was placed in the shutdown position at 1353 (CST). All control rods fully inserted. Also due to the loss of power, the Fuel Building ventilation dampers failed closed by design. With the normal ventilation system secured, secondary containment differential pressure rose to slightly greater than 0 inches water gauge which exceeded the Technical Specification requirement of greater than 0.25 inches vacuum water gauge at 1348 (CST). The Control Room entered EOP-8, Secondary Containment Control. Secondary Containment differential pressure was restored within Technical Specification requirements at 1351 (CST) by starting the Division 2 Standby Gas Treatment system. This event is being reported as a manual actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) and as a Condition that Could Have Prevented Fulfillment of a Safety Function.

The cause is currently under investigation. The NRC Resident has been notified. The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * UPDATE FROM DALE SHELTON TO VINCE KLCO AT 1658 EST ON 12/10/2017 * * *

During a review of plant logs it was identified that the primary to secondary containment differential pressure was identified to be outside of Technical Specification 3.6.1.4 limits of 0 plus or minus 0.25 psid at 2009 on 12/9/17 due to the primary containment ventilation system dampers closing as a result of the loss of power. This parameter is an initial safety analysis assumption to ensure that primary containment pressures remain within the design values during a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). As a result, this condition is reportable as an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified the R3DO (Stone).

  • * * UPDATE FROM MICHAEL ANTONELLI TO VINCE KLCO ON 12/11/17 AT 1805 EST * * *

During the post transient review of the trip of the 4160 V 1A1 breaker 1AP07EJ, 480V XFMR 1A and A1, it was identified that the unplanned INOPERABILITY of the Low Pressure Core Spray (LPCS) system due to the loss of power to the injection valve constitutes an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function and is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) for Accident Mitigation. The High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) remained available to perform the core spray function, if necessary, during a design basis Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA), however HPCS and LPCS are each considered single train safety systems. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified the R3DO (Stone).

ENS 5280011 June 2017 01:00:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual ScramGE-6At 2256 CDT on 6/10/17, Clinton operators manually scrammed the reactor from 99 percent power due to a loss of feedwater heating. The scram was uncomplicated and the plant is stable and in mode 3. All rods inserted and decay heat is being removed by the condenser. All offsite power is available. The cause of the loss of feedwater heating is under investigation. The NRC Resident Inspector and the State of Illinois have been notified.
ENS 4995825 March 2014 22:44:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual ScramGE-6The plant was stable at 85 percent power when off-gas flow started lowering. The operating crew entered the loss of vacuum off-normal procedure and commenced an emergency power reduction to attempt to slow/halt the loss of vacuum while attempting various prescribed actions in the off-normal procedure. When vacuum reached 24 in. Hg, a rapid plant shutdown was performed as prescribed in the off-normal procedure. Power was at 46 percent when a rapid plant shutdown was commenced with the mode switch placed in shutdown at 1942 CDT. All control rods fully inserted on the scram, no emergency core cooling system injected or was required, no safety/relief valve(s) lifted and all systems responded as expected on the scram. The plant will remain in mode 3 with normal makeup from the feedwater system and pressure control on the turbine bypass valves with the main condenser available as a heat sink. All vital and non-vital electrical busses are powered from reserve off-site sources and no emergency diesel generators started on the scram. The cause of the loss of vacuum is under investigation. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 4963213 December 2013 20:07:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual Scram
Scram
GE-6During a feed pump shift from the motor driven reactor feed pump to the 'A' turbine driven reactor feed pump during power ascension, reactor pressure vessel (RPV) water level was approaching the Reactor Protective System (RPS) automatic scram set point when a manual reactor scram was inserted. All control rods fully inserted. RPV water level is being maintained by the normal condensate booster / feedwater systems. RPV pressure is being maintained via normal main steam system. There were no actuations of any Emergency Core Cooling System and no Safety Relief Valves actuations. All systems responded as expected. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 496179 December 2013 01:15:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual ScramGE-6While operating at rated electrical power, the station experienced a transformer fault which resulted in a loss of Division 1 480 VAC power. This resulted in the operators inserting a Manual Scram due to loss of Instrument Air to Containment and the scram air header. On the scram, all control rods fully inserted and no safety relief valves lifted. Reactor vessel level is being maintained by normal feedwater and decay heat is being removed via steam to the main condenser through the steam bypass valves. The plant is currently in Mode 3 and proceeding to Mode 4 to comply with Technical Specification requirements. The plant is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup with the exception of the loss of Division 1 480 VAC power. Reporting in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) due to loss of normal ventilation to secondary containment which resulted in a positive secondary containment pressure for approximately 15 minutes. Secondary Containment required pressure was restored at 2043 CST. Reporting in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) due to loss of Division 1 480 VAC power resulting in loss of a single train of Low Pressure Core Spray. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 4897426 April 2013 12:55:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual ScramGE-6On 4/26/13 at about 0855 CDT while operating at rated electrical power, operators initiated a manual reactor scram due to rapidly decreasing level in the main Electro Hydraulic Control (EHC) oil reservoir. All systems responded as expected with no complications. The cause of the main EHC decrease in level is under investigation. The plant is stable in mode 3. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The licensee reports that bypass valves remain available via a separate EHC system and decay heat is being routed to the condenser.
ENS 488127 March 2013 11:52:00ClintonNRC Region 3Automatic ScramGE-6While operating at rated electrical power, a main generator trip and subsequent turbine trip resulted in a reactor scram. The cause of the generator trip is under investigation. All systems operated as expected with no complications. The plant is stable in Mode 3. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the State of Illinois.
ENS 4753318 December 2011 18:08:00ClintonNRC Region 3Automatic ScramGE-6On 12/18/11 at approximately 0930 CST, with the plant in Mode 4, while Operations was lowering reactor water level as part of restoration activities following the Reactor Pressure Vessel hydrostatic test, an automatic reactor scram and Residual Heat Removal (RHR) 'A' pump trip occurred due to a valid Reactor Water Level Low (Level 3) signal. The cause of the low level appears to be due a significant disparity between the Upset and Shutdown Range level instrumentation and the Level 3 RPS (Reactor Protection System) instrumentation. No rod motion occurred during the reactor scram as all control rods were fully inserted at the time of the event. Operations immediately entered the station off-normal procedures for Loss of Shutdown Cooling and Reactor Scram. The 'A' RHR pump was restored at 0956 CST. Reactor coolant temperature increased from approximately 128.7 deg F to 131.7 deg F during the event. At 1112 CST, the scram was reset and at 1216 CST, the off-normal procedures were exited. Following the event as part of trouble shooting, maintenance personnel performed a fill and vent of reactor water level transmitter, 1B21N027. At the completion of this fill and vent, indicated water level changed from 195" to 86" on Shutdown Range and from off-scale high (>180") to 103"on Upset Range. No change in other reactor water level indication was observed. This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(v)(B), as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function needed to remove residual heat, and 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(iv)(A), event or condition that results in a valid actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS). The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 4748929 November 2011 21:47:00ClintonNRC Region 3Automatic ScramGE-6During a planned shutdown in preparation for refueling outage C1R13, shortly after tripping the main turbine, an automatic reactor scram occurred due to high reactor steam dome pressure. Preliminarily, per the plant process computer, the reactor pressure was observed to reach approximately 1074 psig approximately 26 seconds after main steam bypass valves unexpectedly closed. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the bypass valve closure and reactor scram. No safety relief valves lifted as a result of the pressure increase. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) as an event or condition that results in actuation of the reactor protection system when the reactor was critical. The licensee is manually controlling the steam bypass valves to remove decay heat via the main condenser. All control rods fully inserted. The Unit is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup. The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 4543315 October 2009 09:06:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual Scram
Automatic Scram
GE-6At 0537 hours on October 15, 2009, the 'B' Reactor Recirculation pump tripped. The reactor mode switch was placed in shutdown due to rising reactor water level (approx. 49 inches) prior to the Level 8 automatic scram setpoint (52 inches). All controls rods inserted as a result of the manual scram. All systems performed as expected. Reactor water level is being controlled by the motor driven feedwater pump. Main steam isolation valves were manually closed and decay heat was initially controlled through the main steam line drains to the main condenser via the main turbine bypass valves. Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) was manually placed into service (tank-to-tank) to assist in RPV pressure control. RCIC is currently being used for decay heat removal. Investigation is underway to determine the cause of the Reactor Recirculation pump trip. The licensee will be contacting the state, and issuing a press release. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.
ENS 4397611 February 2008 01:48:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual ScramGE-6

On February 10, 2008, at approximately 2207 hours CST, the 'B' Reactor Recirculation pump tripped from fast speed to off. The resultant reactor pressure vessel level swell resulted in reactor pressure vessel level being greater than 48 inches and rising. Per Clinton Power Station operating procedures, the 'A' Reactor Operator placed the mode switch to the 'shutdown' position initiating a manual reactor scram. All control rods inserted (fully). CPS is currently stable in Mode 3. Decay heat is being removed to the main condenser via the turbine bypass valves. Reactor level is being maintained using the motor driven reactor feedpump. No SRVs lifted during the transient. Licensee is in progress of restoring the electrical plant to a normal shutdown lineup. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 2226 ON 2/13/08 FROM M. EVANS TO P. SNYDER * * *

After further analysis of the scram, it was determined that an automatic level 8, high reactor water level, scram occurred approximately one second prior to the reactor operator placing the mode switch to the 'shutdown' position. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

ENS 4086813 July 2004 18:57:00ClintonNRC Region 3Automatic ScramGE-6On July 13, 2004 at 1610 CDT, the Clinton Power Station 345 KV unit output breakers GCB 4506 and 4510 opened resulting in a turbine control valve fast closure. This caused a reactor protection system actuation and reactor scram. Clinton was in Mode 1, operating at 95% rated thermal power when the event occurred. A tornado warning was in effect at the time of the event and weather conditions were degrading in the area surrounding the plant. The exact cause of the trip of the unit breakers is not yet known. All systems responded as expected following the scram with the exception of Reactor Recirculation pump A which tripped off instead of downshifting to slow speed on a reactor water level 3 signal. The unit is currently in Mode 3 with reactor pressure vessel level and pressure in their normal bands. Recirculation Pump "A" remains secured until the licensee completes their investigation. All control rods fully inserted following the scram. The Main Condenser is in service removing decay heat. All ECCS equipment including the EDGs are available, if needed. The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.
ENS 403682 December 2003 19:37:00ClintonNRC Region 3Manual ScramGE-6

On December 2, 2003, at 1658, a manual scram was inserted from 88% power, which is the maximum power due to the plant being in coastdown. The manual scram was inserted due to feedwater suction pressure being below the trip set point for the operation of the Turbine Driven Reactor Feed Pumps and Reactor Pressure Vessel water level trending down. The initiating event was the loss of the 480V Unit Sub 1I. All plant systems operated normally on the scram with the exception of those systems that lost power due to the tripping of 480V Unit Sub 1I. The plant is shutdown at 0% power in Mode 3, maintaining pressure between 800 and 1065 psig, and reactor water level between level 3 and 8. Troubleshooting is in progress on the cause of the loss of the 480V Unit Sub 1I." Plant is identifying the loads lost during the loss of the 480V Unit Sub 1I and the cause of the low feedwater suction pressure. No additional specified system actuations occurred. No SRVs lifted and the electrical plant lineup is stable and in a normal lineup for plant conditions with the exception of the lost 480V bus. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * UPDATE AT 2245 ON 12/02/03 FROM CARSKY TO ROTTON * * *

As a consequence of the manual reactor scram inserted at 1658 CST, reactor water lowered to Level 3. This level is a valid RPS actuation and containment isolation signal (Groups 2, 3 and 20). These actuations are being reported consistent with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). The Level 3 RPS actuation is expected during a high power reactor scram. Additionally, on December 2, 2003, at 1935 CST, a Level 3 RPS actuation reoccurred while transferring reactor coolant makeup from the Motor Driven Reactor Feed (MDRFP) to a Condensate/Condensate Booster Pump pair. Reactor pressure was being lowered to the discharge pressure of the Condensate/Condensate Booster pumps. This Level 3 is a valid RPS actuation and containment isolation signal. These actuations are being reported consistent with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). The plant is shutdown at 0% power in Mode 3, maintaining pressure between 550 and 750 psig, and reactor water level between level 3 and 8. Troubleshooting is in progress on the cause of the loss of the 480V Unit Sub 1I. Both of these events will be reported as a single Licensee Event Report (LER). The plant continues to remove decay heat via the turbine bypass valves to the main condenser. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO Bruce Burgess.