The DAB Safety Team: January 3, 2013
Media Contact: Don Leichtling (619) 296-9928 or Ace Hoffman (760) 720-7261
The Unsatisfactory Status Of The NRC Region IV Augmented Inspection Team Report Which Contains TEN Unresolved Items, Requires Additional NRR Investigation And Resolution.
The DAB Safety Team has transmitted the following to the Chairman of the NRC, Offices of Nuclear Regulator Regulations, Atomic Safety Licensing Board and NRC AIT Team Chief.The NRC AIT Report (ADAMS Accession Number ML2012007) identified ten unresolved items in July 2012 that warranted additional follow-up: (1) adequacy of the post trip/transient procedure; (2) evaluation and disposition of the Unit 3 loose parts monitor alarms; (3) design of retainer bar; (4) control of original design dimensions; (5) evaluation of and controls for divider plate repair; (6) atmospheric controls of Unit 3 steam generators during shipment; (7) no tube bundle support used during shipping; (8) evaluation and disposition of accelerometer readings during shipping; (9) adequacy of Mitsubishi's thermal-hydraulic model; and (10) change of methodologies associated with 10 CFR 50.59 review. Consistent with existing NRC inspection processes, these unresolved issues will be inspected and dispositioned during follow-up inspection efforts to determine if there are any violations of regulatory requirements.
DAB SAFETY Team Comments. re: NRC AIT Report: It has been almost six months since the issuance of the original report and since that time the NRC AIT has completed several follow-up inspections at SONGS. However, the NRC AIT has not publicly updated its report on the results of follow-up inspections to resolve the above items and determination of violations of regulatory requirements by SCE. These concerns were expressed to the NRC Region IV Staff and AIT at the November 30, 2012 Public Meeting. Several Environmental, Public and even Pro-Nuclear Groups have repeatedly and publicly stated to the NRC, Atomic Licensing Board and Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulations: "When it comes to SCE's mistakes and public policy, NRC Region IV is asleep at the wheel." NRC Chairman has stressed the need for "Independent Regulators" during her recent Fukushima trip. Therefore, these items should be added to the NRR list for resolution. Especially, items (2), (3), (9) and (10) should be resolved as soon as possible. In addition, the NRR should made public SCE's FSAR analysis showing the effect of a Main Steam Line Break for Unit 2 operation up to Reactor Thermal Power on Steam Generator Tube Ruptures (for one (1), four (4), eight (8) or an ever increasing number (a cascade aka Hopenfeld Effect) of tube rupture/failures) in accordance with President Barack Obama, Senator Barbara Boxer and the NRC Chairman's Open Government Initiative, as these documents directly affect public safety, they must no longer be considered SCE's "privileged documents" after their SONGS Replacement Generators $680 Million Debacle.
The complete version of Press Release + 13-01-03 TEN Unresolved Items, Requires NRR Investigation will be posted on the web at this link: DAB Safety Team Documents.
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