Automatic Reactor Trip Due to Main Feedwater Pump Trip
At 0320 EDT, April 14, 2019, Sequoyah Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor trip. The event was initiated by the trip of the 1A main feedwater pump. During the automatic unit runback, an automatic reactor trip was initiated due to low-low level in Steam Generator number 3.
The Auxiliary Feedwater System (AFWS) automatically actuated as required when the expected post-trip feedwater isolation actuated. Reactor Coolant System temperature is being maintained by the AFWS and the steam dump system. During this operational cycle, one control Rod Position Indicator (RPI) for core position E-5 in shutdown bank 'A' has been inoperable, and the appropriate Condition and Required Actions of (Technical Specification Limiting Condition of Operation) 3.1.7 were complied with. Due to this inoperable RPI, the associated shutdown rod is conservatively assumed to be full out and untrippable. Consequently, boration was required to establish adequate shutdown margin. All other Control and Shutdown rods fully inserted. All safety systems responded as designed. No primary or secondary safety valves actuated during or after the reactor trip. The unit is currently stable in Mode 3. Unit 1 is in a normal shutdown electrical alignment.
There was no impact on Unit 2.
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 Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."
Automatic Reactor Scram and Specified System Actuation
On April 14, 2019 at 0003 (EDT), Nine Mile Point Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor scram during reactor startup. The cause of the automatic scram was due to high (Reactor Pressure Vessel) pressure following closure of the turbine stop valves. All control rods fully inserted and all plant systems responded per design following the scram.
Following the automatic scram, the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) System automatically initiated as expected. At Nine Mile Point Unit 1, a HPCI System actuation signal on low Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) level is normally received following a reactor scram, due to level shrink. HPCI is a flow control mode of the normal feedwater systems, and is not an Emergency Core Cooling System. At 0004, RPV level was restored above the HPCI System low level actuation set point and the HPCI System initiation signal was reset. Pressure control was established on the Turbine Bypass Valves, the preferred system. No Electromatic Relief Valves actuated due to this scram.
Nine Mile Point Unit 1 is currently in Hot Shutdown, with reactor water level and pressure maintained within normal bands. The offsite grid is stable with no grid restrictions or warnings in effect.
The unit is currently implementing post scram recovery procedures.
The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. The Licensee will notify the State of New York.