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For the Week Ending May 21, 1999

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The Weekly Information Report is compiled by the NRC Office of the Executive Director for Operations and includes highlights of Headquarters and Regional Office activities. For technical questions, please contact M. Tschiltz, OEDO by E-mail: For administrative questions, please contact Patricia Anderson at (301) 415-1703, or by E-mail: If you would like to request a hard copy, you may contact the NRC Public Document Room at (202) 634-3273, or by E-mail:


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Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

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Risk-Informed Technical Specification Task Force Activities

On May 14, 1999, the staff met with the industry's recently formed Risk-Informed Technical Specification Task Force (RITSTF) at NRC Headquarters. This Meeting was the latest in a series of meetings with industry on the Subject of the creation of a fully risk-informed set of standard technical specifications (RI-STS). These meetings were held as a follow-up to the Licensing Managers' Workshop held in July 1998. The issue of the creation of a RI-STS was one of the issues that the NRC staff committed to pursue further with industry at that workshop.

The RITSTF consists of representatives from the four Nuclear Steam Supply System Owners Groups, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Electric Power Research Institute, and industry contractors. The RITSTF has identified seven risk-informed improvements that they intend to pursue as the first phase of developing RI-STS. These seven improvements are:

- redefine the appropriate end state (mode) for STS action statements;

- extend the Time to perform a missed surveillance requirement and enter the required actions;

- increase flexibility in mode restraints with inoperable equipment;

- optimize allowed outage times;

- eliminate surveillance requirements unrelated to safety functions and optimize surveillance test intervals;

- modify LCO 3.0.3 actions and timing; and

- develop actions for inoperable equipment that is still functional.

The industry is working towards a Schedule to submit several of these improvements in late summer 1999, and is requesting NRC review of these initial items by the end of 1999. The staff is working on an internal review plan to support the industry's Schedule to the extent possible. The next Meeting between the staff and the RITSTF is scheduled for July 14, 1999.

NRC Information Notice 99-14: Unanticipated Reactor Water Draindown At Quad Cities Unit 2, Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2, and Fitzpatrick, Dated May 5, 1999

The NRC has issued this information notice to alert addressees to the potential for personnel errors during infrequently performed evolutions that result in, or contribute to, events such as the inadvertent draining of water from the reactor vessel during shutdown operations.

Staff Issues Oconee License Renewal Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Public Comment

On Thursday, May 20, 1999, the staff issued for public comment, NUREG-1437, Supplement 2, "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Supplement 2, Oconee Nuclear Station." This supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) includes the staff's preliminary analysis that considers and weighs the environmental effects of the proposed action, the environmental impacts of alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigative measures available for reducing or avoiding adverse impacts. It also includes the staff's preliminary recommendation regarding the proposed action: the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for the Oconee Nuclear Station, Units 1, 2, and 3 are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable. The staff has scheduled a public Meeting July 8, 1999, in Clemson, SC, to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the draft SEIS.

Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant

On May 13, 1999, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) convened a prehearing conference at the Orange County Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The prehearing conference was held as a result of the Board of Commissioners of Orange County, North Carolina's February 12, 1999, Request for a Hearing and Petition to Intervene in the license amendment proceeding regarding the expansion of the spent fuel pool storage capacity at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. On December 23, 1998, the licensee submitted an amendment application to increase its spent fuel storage capacity by placing spent fuel pools 'C' and 'D' in service.

The prehearing conference was convened so that the ASLB could hear arguments from counsel for the petitioner, Board of Commissioners of Orange County; the applicant, Carolina Power & Light Company; and the NRC staff regarding the issues of the petitioner's standing and the admissibility of its submitted contentions.

On the issue of standing, the NRC staff concluded that the petitioner had established standing to intervene, while the applicant contested the petitioner's standing. On the issue of admissibility of contentions, both the applicant and the NRC staff concluded, in their May 5, 1999, responses to the eight contentions submitted by the petitioner on April 5, 1999, that none of the contentions met the Commission's requirements for an admissible contention.

An ASLB decision on the issues is not expected for several weeks. Approximately 50 members of the public attended the Meeting.

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

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Burnup Credit Workshop

On May 17, 1999, the Spent Fuel Project Office conducted a public workshop at Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Headquarters to discuss use of burnup credit in spent fuel storage and transportation casks. Staff from the Nuclear Energy Institute; the Electric Power Research Institute; the Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE laboratories; and the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation and Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) attended. During the workshop, the staff presented a discussion of the basis for the burnup credit described in the staff's Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) and described the RES programs that will support future revisions to the ISG. A follow-up Meeting is expected to be held to address industry comments and recommendations on the ISG and NRC research progress and status on burnup credit.

Meeting with BNFL Fuel Solutions

On May 18, 1999, Spent Fuel Project Office (SFPO) management and staff met with BNFL Fuel Solutions (BFS) to discuss its recent acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company's nuclear power business. Through the acquisition, BFS has applicant responsibility for the Westflex spent fuel dual-purpose cask design. BFS has two applications being reviewed by SFPO for two dual-purpose casks, the Westflex cask system and the TranStor cask system. The Meeting also included several technical discussions, involving both cask designs, to resolve staff questions.

Meeting with Private Fuel Storage, Limited Liability Corporation

On May 19, 1999, staff from the Spent Fuel Project Office (SFPO) and the Office of the General Counsel met with representatives of Private Fuel Storage (PFS), Limited Liability Corporation. The purpose of the Meeting was to provide the PFS Chairman of the Board and their lead Counsel, from Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge, an opportunity to meet with the new SFPO Director. The Meeting included a general discussion of the Schedule and status of Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety and environmental reviews.

Meeting with MDS Nordion

On May 18, 1999, Division of Industrial and Medical Nuclear Safety staff held a pre-application Meeting with MDS Nordion, of Canada, to discuss their latest horizontal source rack design for food irradiators. The design is based on standard irradiation practices with some added features to accommodate irradiation of meat packages located in a freezer. Since standard irradiators have undergone analyses in the past, Nordion focused their presentation on the horizontal source rack design, and normal and abnormal operational conditions. Nordion presented a fault tree and hazard analysis associated with the new design. However, No quantitative risk analysis had been performed to Date. After obtaining Food and Drug Administration approval, Nordion will amend its sealed sources and devices registration and seek a license from U.S. regulatory authorities.

Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research

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Russian Core Conversion Project

Members of the RES staff visited Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on May 10 and 11 for a briefing and discussions on the Russian Core Conversion Project (CCP). The visit was in anticipation of an agreement between the NRC and the Russian reactor regulator, Gosatomnadzor (GAN). This agreement is intended to lead to consultations and assistance to GAN's staff by the NRC staff in GAN's safety and licensing review of the converted designs of three reactors located in Siberia. Under an agreement between the U.S. and Russian Governments for cooperative threat reduction, these reactors are to be converted from plutonium/district heat/electricity producers; the reactors will stop producing weapon-grade plutonium, but will continue to produce district heat and electricity.

NRC's Steering Group is composed of experts in the areas considered to be of the highest safety significance: Mark Cunningham and Brad Hardin for Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Jennifer Uhle for thermal hydraulics and reactor physics, Alan Notafrancesco for severe accident analysis, and T.Y. Chang for aged materials, structures, and components. The group is led by Don McPherson, NRC's Lead Scientist for the project.

The Department of Defense provides overall project direction from within its Defense Threat Reduction Office and PNNL provides technical and contracting support to the Russian parties involved. In this capacity, PNNL was able to provide the Steering Group with design information, discussions on design and safety issues, and details of the technical assistance it is providing to the Russian design team. Funding for NRC's efforts is provided through a DOD-NRC interagency cost-reimbursable work order.

Research Results on Lower Head Failure Experiments and Analyses

During the later phases of a severe accident, the lower head of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) can be Subject to significant thermal and pressure loads. An understanding of the mode, timing, and size of lower head failure is important in evaluating the consequences of a severe accident, because it defines the initial conditions for many of the subsequent challenges to containment integrity. The lower head failure (LHF) tests and analyses were conducted at the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to understand LHF characteristics.

NUREG/CR-5582, "Lower Head Failure (LHF) Experiments and Analyses" was issued recently to document the results of the experimental and analytical work performed at SNL on the LHF characteristics. The experimental program consisted of eight tests. Each test was on a 1/5 scale model of a typical PWR lower head made from prototypic material (SA533B1 steel). Each test was pressurized and heated from inside until failure. The test matrix addressed issues of heating patterns, lower head penetrations, lower head weldments, and system pressure. It was found that vessel rupture occurred in regions of non-uniform temperature for the localized heating patterns and to regions of non-uniform thickness for uniform heating patterns. The LHF database was used to assess the simple methodologies that are commonly employed in severe accident codes (e.g., MELCOR). Based on these assessments, it is concluded that the LHF model needs to be modified. Extension to this LHF study is presently under way at SNL under the auspices of the OECD. Under this OECD program a series of tests will be carried out to investigate failure modes at lower vessel pressures and under more prototypic conditions.

OECD Reactor Pressure Vessel Lower Head Failure Project

The second project Committee Meeting on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) lower head failure program was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 6-7. Seven countries are participating in this project under the auspices of the OECD. This program follows from the recently completed lower head failure project supported by NRC and performed at Sandia National Laboratories. This program involves both experimental and analytical work, and its objective is to characterize the timing and the sizes of lower head failure under more prototypic conditions. The experiments will be carried out in a 1:5 scaled model of the lower head of the reactor pressure vessel. The purposes of the second Committee Meeting were (1) to establish the initial and boundary conditions on the first two experiments, (2) to start discussion on the third experiment, and (3) to establish the lower head steel material property test matrix. (The steel properties are needed for creep rupture modeling of the LHF.) The first LHF experiment is scheduled to run in December 1999. Experimental data from these experiments will be used to assess and validate analytical models of LHF in the reactor pressure vessel.

Cooperative Severe Accident Research Program Meeting

The Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research conducts its annual Cooperative Severe Accident Research Program (CSARP) technical review Meeting every year in the Spring. This Meeting serves as an international forum for exchange of technical information in the field of severe accident research, specifically, information on progress made by the international community involved in cooperative research activities. Over the years, the CSARP Meeting has served an important role in fostering an international consensus on severe accident issues.

This year, the CSARP Meeting was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from May 3 through 6. The Meeting was attended by nearly 100 research scientists, technical managers, and regulators from national laboratories, universities, and regulatory organizations in 20 countries. Progress in severe accident research was discussed in the areas of accident progression (e.g., direct containment heating, core reflood), in-vessel cooling and lower head integrity, fission product behavior, fuel-coolant interactions and debris coolability, hydrogen behavior, and severe accident codes. Technical presentations were indicative that, in many countries, insights from severe accident research were being factored into the formulation of accident mitigation and prevention strategies. Experimental programs were still under way in some countries, though the thrust of research appears to be on developing analytical tools and their applications to reactor safety analysis and accident management. Also, there appears to be a growing emphasis on cooperative research programs, in particular, experimental programs addressing the residual uncertainties associated with severe accident phenomena. A forum was held on the last day of the Meeting, during which the participants expressed continued interest in CSARP and offered recommendations on the subjects and the conduct of future CSARP meetings.

Melt Attack And Coolability Experiment Long-term Planning Subcommittee Meeting

The Melt Attack and Coolability Experiment (MACE) program is investigating whether, in the event of reactor pressure vessel failure, the ex-vessel core debris can be cooled by an overlying water pool, thereby arresting core-concrete interactions and consequent breach of containment integrity as well as resultant fission product release into the environment. It is a cooperative program with sponsorship from the NRC, DOE, EPRI, and a number of regulatory and utility organizations overseas. The MACE experiments performed to Date at the Argonne National Laboratory have demonstrated limited coolability, but they revealed several potential cooling mechanisms. However, the issue of ex-vessel debris coolability remains unresolved. For higher power reactors, in-vessel retention of core melt is not assured; it is therefore important that the issue of ex-vessel coolability by an overlying water pool be investigated further to determine the efficacy of this accident management measure. With this in mind, a long-term planning subcommittee was formed to determine the scope of additional experiments necessary for a definitive resolution of the issue.

The subcommittee met on May 5, 1999, in Albuquerque to discuss its assignment under the Chairmanship of Dr. Salomon Levy. Sudhamay Basu and Charles G. Tinkler from RES attended the Meeting. There was a consensus at the Meeting that future experiments should focus on understanding the various cooling mechanisms through well-designed separate effects experiments. These experiments can be conducted on a relatively small scale, using both simulated and prototypic materials, thereby making the program more cost effective. There was also a general understanding that, once the individual cooling mechanisms were better understood through separate effects experiments, there would be a need to conduct a limited number of integral experiments. Preferably these experiments would be performed at a larger scale to demonstrate the combined effect of the cooling mechanisms as well as to verify the scalability of the phenomena observed in separate effects experiments. It is worth noting that there is a substantial interest within many of the participating organizations to continue the MACE program.

Burnup Credit

A public Meeting was held on May 17-18, 1999, with representatives from the NRC, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), and other industry representatives to discuss issues related to burnup credit for transportation. Burnup credit is the process of accounting for the reduced reactivity of spent nuclear fuel as compared to fresh fuel of the same initial enrichment.

The first day, the NMSS Spent Fuel Project Office (SFPO) provided an overview of the physics issues related to burnup credit in spent fuel casks and related the technical bases for issuing SFPO Interim Staff Guidance 8 (ISG-8) on May 13, 1999. ISG-8 provides a limited burnup credit (50% of the fuel burnup) in the criticality safety analyses of PWR spent fuel transport and storage casks. ISG-8 is applicable for intact PWR fuel, actinides-only burnup, and UO2 fuel with initial enrichments up to 4.0 percent with assembly-average burnup levels up to 45 GWD/MTU. NMSS further stated that the review of additional data and analyses would be required to grant more burnup credit. RES presented the research program that includes the use of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) to assess the risk significance of criticality for transportation, as well as the use of the Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT) to identify phenomena and processes that are important for determining burnup credit for transportation, thereby directing resources to maximize outcomes.

NEI took exception to the allowed 50% burnup credit and the requirement for measurement to establish burnup value. NEI stated that the industry needs 100% actinides-only burnup credit because 50% credit of actinides-only burnup would allow only a small amount of the existing reactor spent fuel to be shipped in dual purpose spent fuel casks that have been redesigned for 32 fuel assemblies (by removing the flux trap in existing 24-assembly casks). NEI also believed that the reactor records are excellent and hence measurements are not required. NRC expressed its reservation on the reliability of reactor records. NEI said it would solicit comments from the industry by June 11, 1999, on ISG-8, and would provide NMSS with the industry's response. In the next round of discussions with SFPO, NEI intends to provide the data necessary to support its request for 100% antinides-only burnup credit.

The second day, RES focused on discussions of RES burnup credit research. RES described a program that will result in additional burnup credit as technical issues are resolved. Sensitivity analyses will be used to guide the program to ensure that resources are focused on those issues whose resolution will result in the greatest reduction in unnecessary burden. In the next six months, RES will assess the data available as to whether any relaxation of the ISG-8 requirements could be made. In the long term (2 to 3 years), RES would obtain additional information to provide insights on ISG-8 issues that would allow providing greater levels of transportation burnup credit (e.g., greater than >45 GWD/MTU, >4% enrichment). RES agreed to provide (in two months) a baseline document for NEI's review that would assemble and assess the data and knowledge bases, as well as identify major issues for analysis and uncertainties for considering greater levels of transportation burnup credit. This document would provide the technical basis for PIRT activity as well as identify the area of expertise required for PIRT. NEI said it will participate in PIRT activity and agreed to meet with NRC and discuss the transportation burnup credit issues in the near future.

IAEA Technical Committee Meeting on Managing Safety Aspects of NPP Aging

Jit Vora of RES participated in the Technical Committee Meeting (TCM) sponsored by the IAEA on managing safety aspects of nuclear power plant aging. The overall objectives of this specific IAEA's Safety Division program are (1) to promote awareness of needs for aging management to maintain safety in operating NPPs, (2) to develop aging management guidelines for member states, (3) to disseminate information and guidelines, and (4) provide assistance to the member states on emerging issues related to aging. The objective of the TCM was to exchange information on the methods used and experience gained in prioritizing aging management actions and to give advice to IAEA on the development of appropriate methodology.

Thirty-five representatives from 19 countries discussed their country's respective programs related to plant aging and aging management actions. The major topics discussed at the TCM included regulatory perspectives, safety-based prioritization for aging management, aging- management programs, and aging assessment and management of nuclear power plant components. In addition to the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, and Switzerland have implemented comprehensive programs for understanding and managing NPP aging. Other participating countries do recognize a need for a systematic aging management program for their aged operating nuclear power plants but they lack resources. Their primary focus remains on aging of some limited primary system pressure boundary components. These countries have benefitted significantly from the ongoing and completed NRC research and license renewal programs. They have extensively used the results from the U.S. programs to build their version of aging management programs suitable to their immediate needs and within available resources. They are seeking guidance on focus and priorities for their aging management actions. In this regard, the participants showed considerable interest in NRC's initiatives on risk-informed performance-based research and regulatory programs and how this overall concept can be used to set priorities for aging management.

In addition, the European Commission (EC) has implemented a program on the Safety Aspects of Aging of Nuclear Power Plants. The staff's continuing interactions with these international organizations and with the IAEA member states are beneficial to our own programs so as to avoid duplication and maximize resources for programs related to the safety aspects of nuclear power plant aging.

Incident Response Operations

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State Outreach - California

On May 11 - 13, 1999, the Deputy Director of Incident Response Operations and a staff member conducted a State Outreach session in Irvin, California. This session was conducted in preparation for Federal participation in the San Onofre post-plume phase exercise scheduled for October 27 - 29, 1999. The first day's session included presentations on (1) the status and history of NRC activities as they relate to the use of Potassium Iodide as a prophylaxis for the general public and (2) the NRC Y2K initiative. The second day was devoted to State outreach focusing on Federal support to the State and local governments following a major radiological event where the NRC is Lead Federal agency. The third day was a Tabletop exercise for the post-plume phase conducted by the State and NRC. The session was well received by the 70 participants representing the State of California, Orange County, utilities and other Federal organizations. The outreach session was conducted as part of the annual California nuclear power plant conference.

Office of Administration

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Revision of NRC Enforcement Policy

A document that amends the NRC's Enforcement Policy to conform it to amendments to the NRC's regulations governing operators' licenses was published in the Federal Register on May 19, 1999 (64 FR 27310). The Enforcement Policy is being amended to add examples of violations that may be used as guidance in determining the appropriate severity level for violations involving the compromise of applications, tests, and examinations. The action became effective May 19, 1999. Comments may be submitted by June 18, 1999.

AP600 Design Certification (Part 52)

A proposed rule that would certify the AP600 standard plant design, submitted by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, under 10 CFR Part 52, Subpart B, was published in the Federal Register on May 20, 1999 (64 FR 27626). The proposed action would permit applicants or licensees who intend to construct and operate an AP600 design to do so by referencing the AP600 design certification rule. The comment period on this action closes August 3, 1999.

CORRECTION TO WIR WEEK ENDING MAY 14, 1999 DATED MAY 20, 1999 Government in the Sunshine Act Regulations (Part 9)

A document announcing the NRC's intent to implement a final rule, published and made effective in 1985, that amended regulations applying the Government in the Sunshine Act was published in the Federal Register. The Commission is providing an opportunity for public comment on its intent because of the Time that has passed since the Commission last addressed this issue. The comment period on this action closes June 9, 1999. Unless the Commission takes further action, non-Sunshine Act discussions may be held beginning June 1, 1999.

June 1, 1999 is incorrect. The right Date should be July 1, 1999.

Chief Information Officer

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Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Requests received during the 5-Day Period of May 14, 1999 through May 20, 1999:

Stauffer Chemical Co., products provided from Tarpon Springs, FL or Mt. Pleasant, TN 1960 through 1975. (FOIA/PA 99-227)

Operator licensing tracking system, listing by facility. (FOIA/PA 99-228)

Violation notices related to safety of power plants against terrorist attacks. (FOIA/PA 99-229)

Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority (KVWPCA) in Armstrong County, PA, all sources of contamination to waste water treatment facilities. (FOIA/PA 99-230)

Self, OI report No. 99-01. (FOIA/PA 99-231)

MLTS database and General Licensees database for Region III. (FOIA/PA 99-232)

VA Nuclear Medicine Clinic, 2/99 through 4/99, all correspondence between NRC and State of California Dept. of Health Services regarding VA operations at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. (FOIA/PA 99-233)

FOIA/A 99-234: San Onofre OI reports 4-98-041, 4-98-043, and 4-98-045. (FOIA/PA 99-234)

MLTS database, portable nuclear density moisture gauges. (FOIA/PA 99-235)

Calvert Cliffs, Inspection Followup System (IFS) records since 1987. (FOIA/PA 99-236)

Office of Human Resources

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Office of Public Affairs

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Media Interest

Stu Richards, NRR, was interviewed by BBC Radio regarding the decommissioning of Maine Yankee, Yankee Rowe and Haddam Neck. The story will deal with disposal of spent fuel.

Region I reported press interest in Maine Yankee discussions with British Nuclear Fuels on spent fuel storage.

Press Releases
99-101 NRC Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards to Meet in Rockville, Maryland
99-102 Note to Editors: ACRS Meetings at Two Separate Locations
99-103 NRC Chairman Jackson Receives Honors From Seven Academic Institutes
99-104 Note to Editors: ACRS Reports
99-105 Galante, Chief Information Officer, to Retire; Reiter Hired as Deputy
III-99-30 NRC Staff to Meet With Commonwealth Edison Officials to Discuss Performance at Braidwood Nuclear Plant

Office of International Programs

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BN-350 Shutdown in Kazakhstan

The Commission was informed this week of the decision of the Government of Kazakhstan that it had decided permanently to close the BN-350 fast reactor at Aktau. The decision is significant from both safety and nonproliferation viewpoints.

To support the near-term decommissioning effort (about five years), an international effort is being organized to assist with financial and technical resources. Following an IAEA workshop on decommissioning in Almaty last week, a Meeting was held among potentially interested parties to develop a strategy. OIP represented NRC at the strategy Meeting in Almaty. Further discussions were held later in Vienna on how the IAEA might facilitate the international effort.

Visit of French Y2K Team

On Tuesday, May 18, four members of the French national Y2K Committee met with OIP, NRR, and IRO to discuss Y2K issues regarding nuclear safety and grid stability and contingency planning. The French team is on a tour in the U.S. to discuss Y2K issues with private organizations and other government agencies.

Czech Government Votes to Complete the Temelin NPP

Two Temelin NPP Units were begun in 1983, with work slowing in the late 1980s, when the Czech Republic shed its socialist system. Work was resumed in 1990 with new management and with Westinghouse contracts for fuel and instrumentation and control (I&C) upgrades. Following a period of indecision and reevaluation, the Czech Government decided on May 12 to complete both units. The majority of Ministers backed a Ministry of Industry & Trade plan for completion while rejecting a proposal from the Environmental Ministry, which wanted to convert Temelin into an industrial zone. The current Schedule for commercial operation for Unit #1 is May 2001.

Office of the Secretary

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Document Released

to Public

Date Subject
Decision Documents
1. SECY-99-038 2/3/99 Staff Efforts to Address Orphan Source Issues
2. SECY-99-104 4/2/99 Modification of the NRC Personnel Security Program
SRM on SECY-99-104 5/19/99 (Same)
Commission Voting Record on SECY-99-104 5/19/99 (Same)
3. COMSECY-99-013 4/23/99 Development of Branch Technical Position on a Performance Assessment Methodology for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities (NUREG-1573) WITS 9600106
SRM on COMSECY-99-013 5/19/99 (same)
Chairman Jackson vote on COMSECY-99-013 5/3/99 (same)
Cmr Dicus vote on COMSECY-99-013 5/9/99 (same)
Cmr Diaz vote on COMSECY-99-013 4/27/99 (same)
Cmr McGaffigan vote on COMSECY-99-013 4/29/99 (same)

Cmr Merrifield vote on COMSECY-99-013 5/5/99 (same)
4. SECY-99-107 (with Correction Notice dtd 4/16/99) 4/8/99 Potential Modification of the DOE/NRC MOU Due to Changes in the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation System Privatization
SRM on SECY-99-107 5/20/99 (same)
Commission Voting Record on SECY-99-107 5/20/99 (same)
Negative Consent Documents
1. SECY-99-065 3/2/99 Revision of Management Directive 10.159, Differing Professional Views or Opinions
SRM on 99-065 5/18/99 (same)
Information Papers
1. SECY-99-127 5/5/99 Weekly Information Report - Week Ending April 30, 1999
1. Memo fm Comm. Diaz to K. Cyr, OGC 5/17/99 Scrutability of Commission Policy Decision
2. M990506 5/20/99 Staff Requirements Memorandum - Briefing on Operating Reactors and Fuel Facilities, May 6, 1999

Commission Correspondence

  1. Letter to Representative Stephen Horn, Senators Richard F. Bennett and Christopher J. Dodd, and OMB Director Jacob J. Lew, dated May 13, 1999, provides the quarterly status report on the Year 2000 program.
  2. Letter to Congress, dated May 13, 1999, provides legislative proposals in the form of an omnibus draft bill.
  3. Letter to A.W.K. Kyere, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, dated May 11, 1999, concerns a request for technical assistance for the Kumasi Radiotherapy Project at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (incoming fax dated March 25, 1999, also released).
  4. Letter to Congress, dated May 11, 1999, provides a Year 2000 status report, which is available on the NRC Web page.
  5. Letter to Representatives James Sensenbrenner, Jr., and Ken Calvert, dated May 10, 1999, concerns H.R. 1656, the "Department of Energy Commercial Application of Energy Technology Authorization of 1999"
  6. Letter to Steven C. Collins, Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc., dated May 6, 1999, concerns NRC staff proposals to revise regulations for uranium recovery facilities (incoming letter dated April 8, 1999 also released).
  7. Letter to Carl Johnson, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, dated May 6, 1999, concerns a request for a public comment period of SECY-99-057, regarding decommissioning criteria for West Valley (incoming letter dated March 30, 1999, also released).

Federal Register Notices Issued

Region I

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Failure of Fuel Handling Tool at Yankee Rowe

During requalification training of certified fuel handlers on May 17, 1999, a chain link broke on a fuel handling tool being used in the spent fuel pool. The tool was being used above a portion of the pool where No spent fuel or other components are stored. The chain had been replaced during preventive maintenance in late 1998, and had only been used once since that Time, without incident. One link broke during the requalification, which was a breakaway link designed to be removed after the chain was replaced. The operator was able to physically grab the tool after the breakaway link failed. There were No radiological consequences. Licensee is evaluating why the breakaway link was not replaced as required. A regional inspector was onsite for a site survey radiological inspection and is following the licensee actions.

Region II

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Commissioner Diaz Visits the Region II Office

On May 18, Commissioner Diaz visited the Region II Office and met with the Regional Administrator and the principal staff. Issues discussed included both NRC and licensee initiatives.

New Baseline Reactor Inspection Program Workshop - Communication Activities

On May 17-20, Region II managers and inspectors attended the Regulatory Oversight Process Pilot conference in Philadelphia. The inspection plans for the Region II pilot plants, Harris and Sequoyah, were presented during the conference.

Region III

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Management Meeting with AlliedSignal, Inc

On May 19, 1999, a management Meeting was conducted in Metropolis, Illinois, between management representatives from AlliedSignal, Inc., and members of the NRC staff. The Meeting discussion focused on the recent Licensee Performance Review of the AlliedSignal, Inc., facility.

Management Meeting with American Electric Power Company - D.C. Cook

On May 20, 1999, a management Meeting was conducted in the Region III Office, Lisle, Illinois, between management representatives from American Electric Power Company and members of the NRC staff. The Meeting discussion focused on technical issues at the D.C. Cook plant, including containment liner pitting, ice condenser issues, and instrument uncertainty.

Region IV

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Closed Meetings - Anvil Corporation

A Predecisional Enforcement Conference was held in the Region IV office the afternoon of May 20, 1999. The Meeting was held between the Deputy Regional Administrator and other members of the Region IV staff and the Anvil Corporation President and members of his staff. The purpose of the Meeting was to discuss apparent violations described in Inspection Report No. 030-32816/98-03 and Investigation Report No. 4-1998-055. The conference was preceded by a predecisional enforcement conference with an Anvil Corporation radiographer. The meetings were closed to members of the general public.

Office of Congressional Affairs

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Congressional Hearing Schedule, No. 20
Time Witness Subject Committee
Portner 05/25/99
116 DSOB
10:30 Markup FY00 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Senators Domenici/Reid
Energy and Water Development
Madden 05/25 & 26/99
2318 RHOB
Markup H.R. 1656, DOE Commercial Application of EnergyTechnology Reps. Sensenbrenner/Brown
Gerke 05/25/99
366 DSOB
10:00 State PUC's, SMUD, Publ Service NM State Progress in Retail Electricity Competition Senators Murkowski/Bingaman
Energy & Natural Resources
Combs 05/25 & 26/99
406 DSOB
10:00 TBA Superfund Senators Chafee/Baucus
Environment & Public Works
Gerke 05/26/99
2123 RHOB
10:00 TBA Electricity Competition, State Restructuring, Consumer Protection Reps. Barton/Hall
Energy and Power
Keeling 05/26/99
2172 RHOB
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