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TMI UNIT 2 INFORMATION AND EXAMINATION PROGRAM
1. . INTRODUCTION
.The TMI Unit 2 accident of March 28, 1979, was and is of great concern to the electric power industry, its customers, regulatory and other govern- ment agencies and the country as a whole. While the accident resulted in only limited radiation exposure to the population surrounding the power plant, the plant itself suffered extensive damage with high radiation con-
tamination within the nuclear and other supporting systems and facilities.
TMI Unit 2 currently presents opportunities to provide information for the enhancement of nuclear power plant safety and reliability of generic benefit to nuclear power technoTogy. Four organizations, the Department
of Energy (DOE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the General Public Utilities Company (GPU), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), are interested in assuring that the research outlined by this agreement is effective in obtaining information during the course of
the TMI-2 program. This coordination agreement identifies the broad areas
' of common research interests, and objectives to which the signatories
! subscribe, and lays out in broad terms methods by which the signatories
have agreed to interact in an effort to achieve these objectives con-
sistent with the other obligations of the signatories. Each signatcry -
will implement its own individual programs in accordance with its own
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charters, authorizations and obligations, and nothing in this agreement is
_ in_te.nd-ed to commit a signatory to anj particular program or activity.
its part, the GPU Company has a strong interest in protecting the health
and safety of the public and the environment and in the return to safe
commercial service of TMI Unit 2. It is recognized that the NRC will
carry out its responsibility of assuring the adequate protection of health
'and safety of the public and the environment, regardless of whether the -
plant is ultimately returned to service.
The TM1 Unit 2 accident represented one of the most severe integral tests
of nuclear plant safety philosophy and safety systems ever encountered in a commercial light water reactor. The extent of damage to the reactor core and the subsequent release of fission products to the primary system,
. containment, ind elsewhere is the most extensive experienced in any known
light water reactor power system.
The environmental conditions within containment and the reactor system pose
one'of the most technically challenging decontamination and radioactive
waste management situations ever encountered. These circumstances represent opportunities for state of the art advancement not available through normal research, development, and test programs. Thus, it is our common objective
- significant applicable information stemming from the TM1 Unit 2 accident be obtained and made available for the general improvement of light water reactor plant safety, reliability, reculation, and operation. ,
- - unique data and experience at TH1 Unit 2 that will be obtained during
the plant decontamination and assessment of status be integrated into
ongoing government, EPRI, and GPU research and development programs as
may be beneficial . This information will be made generally available
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to others engaged in the desigq, construction, operation and
maintenance of nuclear power plants.
- . information and experience of value be obtained during GPU's planned
The signatories believe that the stated objectives above should be pursued to the benefit of the country and are in' the best interest of the Nation. To this end, most effective use should be'made of the available resources
of government and industry.
3. COMMON INTERESTS
Major areas of common interests are, and work is expected to be undertaken
iq the following:
(a) The development and reporting of information on the perfonnance of
instrumentation, electrical and mechanical equipment within the reactor
containment and auxiliary buildings during and after the accident.
This effort will encompass work on plant systems and components whose
perfo,rmance is of importance to general generic improvements in light
water reactor safety and reliability. Information which could lead
to improvements in component and system designs and standards and plant
operability, especially under abnormal conditions will be incl,uded.
(b) The development of information on fission product behavior, transport
and deposition, particularly as this may contribute to a better under-
standing of nuclear plant accident scenarios.
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(c) The development of information, including information needed for .
# re'gulation and operation, and the development and testing of n,e,w
- technology of potential industry wide application in the fields of
- pg, sys em and equip,emnt decontamination
- radioactive waste processing and disposal methods and systems
- post-accident pressure vessel and other primary coolant system
pressure boundary testing and qualification technology
- removal, packaging, transportation, storage and disposal of damaged
nuclear fuel .
(d) "The deve'lopment and reporting of information on the nature and extent
of physical . damage to surfaces, structural components and equipment
within the reactor containment and auxiliary buildings as a result of
(e) The establishment and effective utilization of a common data bank for
all information gathered under this agreement.
(f) The development and reporting of information on the nature and extent
of core damage, with the objective of understanding the chemica'l,
metallurgical and physical behavior of fuel, clad, core components,
and related reactor internals during and after the accident.
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Rec 0gnizing that other areas of common interest may arise, that the
hossibia" ty exists for discovering conditions not previously anticipated,
or of new questions arising at some future time not presently beir.g con-
' sidered, the signatories agree that an archival system be established under which specimens of hardware or other samples may oe stored off-site for possible future examination and testing.
4. ' JOINT COORDINATING GROUP
To provide a forum for effectively reconciling, where necessary, the . Various activities which may be, undertaken in associatien wtth TMI recovery, a Joint Coordinating Group will be formed to which each signatory
will appoint one senior representative. The group will act to provide an
integrated overview of the R&D information and data gathering activities a sociated with TMI, to provide a means for each signatory to assess the priority of the expected large numbers of peripheral data and technology
tasks, and to provide a means for the review and coordination of activities
under this agreement. The Joint Coordinating Group will function to
permit the fullest necessary management interaction of the parties. It
will serve as one means to identify facility, equipment, personnel and
financial resources for the accomplishment of common goals.
The Joint Coordinating Group will meet periodically (initially about once every two months) with responsibility for arranging each meeting alternating between the EPRI and the DOE representatives.
The Coordinating Group will form such subgroups or interact with such
other parties as to facilitate common interests herein identified.
5. TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP
To assist the Joint Coordinating Group, the signatories agree to establish
a Technical Working Group (TWG) whose functions are:
(a) to define, through individual contributions of the members, the
technical work to be done and prepare plans
(b) to provide, through individual contribution:; of the mapber-s, detailed
' technical scope of work for specific tasks to De performed under the
(c) 'to provide a mechanism for feedback of results of each individual program, and. a mechanism for individual members to identify any necessary changes and additions.
The TWG shall consist of technical experts representing each signatory.
Three members shall represent each signatory but the composition may be
: hanged to meet specific needs or altered conditions. The TWG shall meet
periodically as needed and the meetings shall be arranged by DOE and EPRI
. representatives. The contributions of each representative to the TWG meeting shall be compiled and made available to the signatory organizations and the Joint Coordinating Group.
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6. _ TECHNICAL INTEGRATION OFFICE
' ' Teihnical Integration Office (TIO) will be established with functions as
noted bel ow. - Since some of- these functions are expected to involve on-site
work, the parties agree to the following understandings regarding such
(a) . All work within the reactor and auxiliary buildings will .be arranged
for, controlled, and executed by SPU or its subsidiaries and its
(b) GPU will make office space available, on a reimbursable basis, within
or proximate to the site boundary, for the Technical Integration Office.
The functions of the Technical Integration Office shall include:
(1) The TIO shal'1 be the interface between GPU and its contractors on
the one hand, and the Joint Coordinating Group and its representatives
on the other, for all mr"ers related to work carried on pursuant to this agreement. This shall in no way be interpreted to extend to the normal requirements for information required for licensing or inspection and enforcement activities of the NRC, where existing
- channels shall continue to be used as appropriate. .
(2) Pursuant to paragraph (a) above, the TIO shall assist in identifying the schedule of specific activities to be conducted on-3ite pursuant to this agreement, arranging for the carrying out of these activities,
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the monitoring of these activities, and the reporting of data,
Selection and shipment of samples, etc.
(3) Review, in coordination with individual members of the TWG and GPU, proposed procedures related to activities conducted pursuant to this agreement so as to assure high likelihood of success of task objectives.
(4) For all activities, whether on-site or off-site, actually carried out pursuant to this agreement, provioe for the systematic collection and collation of information obtained so that such information may
oe freely accessible to any person. To this end, thE'TIO will
maintain liaison with the individual members of the TWG to define
data to be collected, renort format, and reportirig schedule.
(5) Work performed pursuant to this agreement which is sponsored by the
Government shall be contracted for by the TIO.
(6) Work performed pursuant to this igreement which is sponsored by EPRI shall be contracted for by appropriate means and the TIO shall be fully cognizant of the contractual arrangements so that it can perform its other integrat'on, scheduling, interface, and information
collection functions listed above.
(7) The TIO shall establish, and maintain, a system for controlling
- ~c hanges to the work scope that may arise from time to time.
-system shall be approved by the 00E.
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The TIO will be established, manned and funded by DOE. Other Government
' representatives may be attached to the TIO to assisc in administering the
functions of the ~ TIO, including technical oversight of specific tasks
conducted pursuant to this agreement.
7. STATEMENT 0,-LIMITATIONS
Each party to this coordination agreement will implement its own individual
Further, nothing contained in this document shall be construed
to impose upor, any party hereto liability for injury to persons or property arising in the course of the activities under thig coordination agreement nor is anything intended to act to relieve or compromise the
responsibilities of the General Public Utilities Company or its subsidiaries
under their licenses frcm Government agencies. Nothing is inten'ded to affect, modify or to act to change the internal management, structure or responsibilities'of each of the participating groups individually.
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