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NRC STAFF PROPOSES $100,000 FINE AGAINST PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY

 NRC STAFF PROPOSES $100,000 FINE AGAINST
 PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
 WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Feb 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is proposing to fine Portland General Electric Company (PGE) $100,000 for alleged violations of NRC requirements involving valve maintenance, radiation protection and fire protection. Collectively, these alleged violations demonstrate failure to implement adequate corrective actions. NRC Regional Administrator John B. Martin notified the company of the alleged violations by letter on Feb. 14, 1992.
 During inspections conducted Sept. 15 through Nov. 25, 1991, October 21 through December 5, 1991, and December 2 through Dec. 16, 1991, NRC inspectors identified the following examples of failure to implement appropriate corrective actions for previously identified problems:
 1) On Jan. 26, 1988, PGE committed to correct a cited violation involving failure to implement a required inspection and testing program for eight Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) air start tank pressure safety valves. As of August 4, 1991, the EDG air start pressure safety valves still had not been included in an inspection or testing program.
 2) In March 1990, the company identified the need to verify that control ring settings for safety-related pressure safety valves were consistent with vendor recommendations. As of August 1991, PGE's testing program did not include a requirement that pressure safety valve control rings be set in accordance with vendor recommendations.
 3) In July 1990, PGE identified that several non-safety related diaphragm valves had been improperly modified in a manner which increased their probability of failure. The company documented proposed corrective actions to preclude similar problems in other plant valves. However, in October 1991, additional NRC review revealed that approximately 32 diaphragm valves in safety-related systems had also been improperly modified and no corrective action had been initiated.
 4) Following a Sept. 19, 1991, event in which a radioactively contaminated steam generator honing filter was dropped in the containment building, PGE identified several corrective actions to preclude recurrence. On Nov. 27, 1991, another steam generator honing filter was dropped under similar circumstances, resulting in airborne release of radioactive material in the containment building and actuation of the safety-related containment ventilation system.
 5) On Sept. 29, 1983, the NRC cited PGE for failure to ensure capability to repair equipment needed to achieve cold shutdown within 72 hours of a postulated worst case fire. The company paid a $50,000 civil penalty for the violation, but in March 1991 additional analysis demonstrated that the plant could not achieve cold shutdown within 72 hours using procedures and plant components that were analyzed and protected for a postulated worst case fire.
 6) Also on Sept. 29, 1983, the NRC cited PGE for failure to protect components important for achieving hot shutdown from postulated worst case fire damage. The civil penalty referred to above also applied to this violation. As of March 1991, several safety-related components were found to be subject to spurious actuations which could have adversely impacted the ability to achieve hot shutdown following a postulated worst case fire.
 These alleged violations have been categorized as a Severity Level III problem on a scale of I to V, with Level I representing a problem or violation of very significant regulatory concern and Level V a problem or violation of minor concern. The base civil penalty for Severity Level III is $50,000. The base civil penalty was reduced 50 percent because PGE's corrective actions following NRC identification appear to be aggressive and comprehensive. The base penalty was increased 50 percent for past poor performance in corrective actions, and increased an additional 100 percent for the multiple occurrences cited above.
 In determining the quality of past PGE performance, credit was given for the conservative and thorough actions the company has taken to fully recognize and correct technical issues during the 1991 outage.
 One Severity Level IV violation involving the establishment, implementation and maintenance of radiation safety procedures was also identified. No civil penalty was proposed for this violation.
 PGE has 30 days to submit a written statement to the NRC admitting or denying the alleged violations, explaining the reasons for them if admitted, stating the corrective actions which have been or will be taken and the date when full compliance was or will be achieved.
 The company also has 30 days to pay the proposed fines or to protest them, in whole or in part. If the fines are protested and later imposed, PGE may request a public hearing.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Cook of U.S. NRC, Office: 510-975-0346, or Home: 707-644-2428/ CO: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ST: Oregon IN: OIL SU:


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