Monday, April 03, 2017

Junk Facility Brunswick: The Mixure Of A Flaccid NRC and Contempuous Licensee

For most plants this is a security door. A security system at other plants monitors the opening and closing of the door. Why didn't this system catch it?

Thus if a explosion, the door would fly open and damage both DGS.

With the inspection findings of prolonged wear on the mechanisms, one can only wonder how long the door was really inop. Bet you the employees knew about the broken latch for years and just gave up writing up a work order because of a bum prioritization system.

How bankrupt the NRC, why isn't this written up by the NRC as three independent violations and violation lever escalated each time the agency caught it.

It should be a green, then yellow and finally a red finding...

As to throw salt on the wound, they just threw a warning ticket to the licensee on the three violations...

The ROP is completely broken down and throws no incentive to fix their organization.

It is a absolution system building a mountain of paperword and requiring no change of heart.  
New Inspection Report: Brunswick 05000325/2017007 AND 05000324/2017007 
Introduction: The NRC identified a Green NCV of Brunswick OLC 2.B(6) for Units 1 and 2, for the licensee’s failure to correct a nonfunctional fire door in the DG building.
Specifically, on three occasions, NRC inspectors identified door 2-DGB-DR-EL023-118 as having a stuck open latch, which prevented the door from closing and latching securely.
Description: Door 2-DGB-DR-EL023-118 was a single, hollow metal, swinging door equipped with self-closing hardware. It is an Underwriters Laboratory listed, threehour
rated door installed for access/egress between diesel generator cell no. 1 and diesel generator cell no. 2. The door is credited as a three-hour fire rated barrier
The NRC caught the door broken the first time and licensee reported it fixed?
separating the diesel cells. On February 10, 2017 the NRC inspectors found the latch mechanism for the door intermittently sticking, such that the door would not secure in the closed position. The licensee initiated AR 02099153, and dispatched an operator to investigate the door. The operator reported that they manipulated the door several times with no deficiencies noted, but recommended
The NRC caught it broken the second time and licensee reported it fixed?
that maintenance lubricate the latch. On February 14, 2017, the inspection team followed up on the issue and found
the door unlatched upon arrival. The licensee investigated the condition, declared the door non-functional, and initiated AR 02099929. The licensee entered the appropriate
action statement in accordance with site procedure 0PLP-01.2, “Fire Protection System Operability, Action, and Surveillance Requirements,” and maintenance replaced the old latching mechanism with a new one. After repair, the door was reported working satisfactorily and the action
The NRC caught it broken the third time and licensee reported it fixed, and the NRC "means it" this time?
statement was exited. The following morning, February 15, 2017, the team returned to the diesel generator building to
confirm the door was repaired adequately. Upon arrival, the
The NRC here below gets too emotional.
team, again, found the door unlatched. In response, the licensee investigated the condition, declared thedoor non-functional, and initiated AR 02100405. The licensee entered the appropriate action statement in accordance with site procedure 0PLP-01.2. The licensee took actions to install a new thumb latch, and to install a new door closure mechanism. The door was tested satisfactorily and the action statement was exited. Examination of the old hardware noted wear and tear on internal hardware parts, as well as a burr on one of the internal metal parts that most likely prevented full and consistent closure of the door. As a part of the corrective action, the licensee also initiated a cause evaluation to evaluate the repetitive nature of the failure, and the adequacy of the post-maintenance testing.

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