Automatic Scram Resulting in Rps and Eccs Actuation
At 2259 CST on 3/9/2019, Browns Ferry Unit-3 received an automatic SCRAM on Main Generator Breaker Failure and Turbine Load Reject. Unit-3 declared a Notification of Unusual Event SU1 for loss of offsite AC power to Unit-3 specific 4kV Shutdown Boards for greater than 15 minutes.
Primary Containment Isolation Systems (PCIS) Groups 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 isolation signals were received. Upon receipt of these signals, all required components actuated as required. Main steam relief valves lifted on the initial transient. High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) and Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) initiated on low reactor water level. HPCI remains in service for reactor level and pressure control. RCIC is not in service at this time, the station is investigating low flow from the pump. All four Unit-3 Diesel Generators started and loaded as expected. Residual Heat Removal System is in service for suppression pool cooling.
4kV Station Unit Boards have been restored from the 161kV system. Actions are in progress to restore 4kV Shutdown Boards to offsite power.
This event is reportable within 1 hour in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(a)(1)(i) for declaration of the Licensees Emergency Plan. Complete as documented on EN 53922.
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, (2) General containment isolation signals affecting containment isolation valves in more than one system or multiple main steam isolation valves (MSIVs), (4) ECCS (Emergency Core Cooling System) for boiling water reactors (BWRs) including: core spray systems; high-pressure coolant injection system; low pressure injection function of the residual heat removal system, (5) BWR reactor core isolation cooling system; isolation condenser system; and feedwater coolant injection system, and (8) Emergency AC electrical power systems, including: Emergency diesel generators (EDGs).'
The NRC resident inspector has been notified.
As of the event report, the MSIVs were opened and decay heat was being removed via the bypass valves to the condenser.
Manual Reactor Trip Due to Degrading Main Condenser Vacuum
On March 2, 2019 at 2237 EST, North Anna Unit 2 reactor was manually tripped, while operating at approximately 12 percent power, due to degrading vacuum in the main condenser. The unit was in the process of a planned shutdown for refueling when condenser vacuum degraded to greater than 3.5 inches of mercury absolute. The operations crew entered the reactor trip procedure and stabilized the unit in Mode 3 at normal operating pressure and temperature.
All control rods fully inserted into the core following the reactor trip. The reactor protection system actuation is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). There were no ESF system actuations. Decay heat is being removed by the Steam Generator Pressure Operated Relief valves. Unit 2 is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup.
The NRC Resident Inspectors have been notified. The Louisa County Administrator will be notified."
Specified System Actuation - Trip of Safety Related Bus
On February 28, 2019, at 2217 CST, LaSalle Unit 2 experienced a trip of the 241Y Safety Related Bus during surveillance testing resulting in a valid undervoltage actuation signal to the Common Emergency Diesel Generator ('O' EDG), causing it to start and load to Bus 241Y. The purpose of the surveillance testing was to demonstrate the operability of the breakers necessary to provide the second off site source to Unit 2. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), as an event that results in a valid actuation of the emergency AC electrical power system. In addition to the 241Y bus trip and 'O' EDG actuation signal, the following plant responses occurred as designed due to the momentary loss of this AC Bus: "A" RPS de-energized due to the loss of the 2A Reactor Protection System Motor-Generator Set, and the running Unit 2 Fuel Pool Cooling pump tripped. The Non-Safety Related Bus 241X de-energized resulting in a trip of the Unit 2 Station Air Compressor. All systems have been restored and troubleshooting is currently in progress. Unit 1 remained in MODE 1 during this event.
The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."