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Frank Klepacki Interview
Guest Name: Frank Klepacki
Company: Rochester Gas & Electric Corp.
Plant Name: R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
Position or Title: ISI Engineer
ASME Section XI/OM Code of Record: 1995 Edition with 1996 Addenda (ISI), 1992 Edition with 1992 Addenda (IWE/IWL)
ASME Section XI/OM Inspection Interval and Period: 4th Interval, 2nd Period (ISI), 1st Interval, 2 nd Period (IWE/IWL)
E-Mail Address: Frank_Klepacki@rge.com
Phone Number: (585) 771-3169
Question: How many personnel do you have in your ISI/IST organization and how are the responsibilities distributed between the ISI/NDE, Risk Informed, Pump and valve, Containment, System Pressure Test, Snubber, Repair/Replacement Programs, etc.?
Klepacki: ISI Organization - 15
ISI Engineer - I take care of Code activities such as the ISI Program, Containment Program, Pressure Test, Snubber (VT), and Repair/Replacement.
IST Organization - 3
Pump & Valve Engineer
Snubber Program Engineer
Question: How much of the NDE is actually performed by your organization, if any, in lieu of utilizing outside vender support, and if so, what savings have you recognized by using your in-house personnel?
Klepacki: Roughly 80%, we also perform non-outage ISI.
Question: What changes have you made in your organizational structure or reporting functions that you have found to be beneficial?
Klepacki: Recently. the ISI Engineer, 13 NDE technicians and 1 Planner are now part of the Nuclear Organization.
Question: What code cases or relief requests have you implemented that have proven to be very helpful and cost effective?
Klepacki: N-416-1, N-460, N-481, N-498-1.
Question: What form of training has proven to be the most successful for your group; in-house instruction, vendor instruction, organizational instruction (EPRI, NSSS, etc.), conferences, technical meetings, online learning, etc.? What ISI/NDE training seminars are you considering for attendance in the near future?
Klepacki: EPRI Visual qualification, and Appendix VIII qualification
Question: Has your organization implemented the requirements for ASME Section XI, Appendix VIII, of the 1995 Edition with the 1996 Addenda. Did you utilize the recommended EPRI format for relief requests, and if so which ones? What is the approval status of your relief requests and what problems or successes have you encountered in implementing Appendix VIII?
Klepacki: Yes, Initiating Relief Requests in accordance with EPRI recommendations.
Question: What do you find to be the most rewarding part of your job?
Klepacki: Going through internal and external audits including NRC with no findings.
Question: Have you had any difficulties or questions applying the Section XI Repair/Replacement Rules to components, spare parts, etc.. If so, what difficulties or questions did you encounter and how did you resolve the issues? What technical positions did you take?
Klepacki: Pump and Valve pressure boundaries, took guidance from Section III old Code Cases.
Question: Does your organization plan to implement a Section XI edition and/or addenda that is later than currently required in 10 CFR 50, and if so, what benefits do you anticipate?
Question: Do your NDE procedures include a methodology for calculating the examination coverage for limited examinations, and if so, how is this calculation performed and what considerations are included?
Klepacki: Yes, to address the 90% coverage requirements on welds.
Question: As outages become shorter and shorter, how are you able to handle your ISI work load during the outage? Are you supplementing your staff with additional temporary personnel or are some tasks getting deferred?
Klepacki: NDE work is being done when they are required by the code by getting outside people.
Question: Has your current or prior organization ever lost accountability of their ISI/IST program due to inadequate record keeping, non-documented plant modifications, etc.? What activities were lacking that led to the situation? What efforts were required to reconcile, verify, and/or validate the database to get the program back to a state of confidence? What controls were put in place to ensure that such an incident would not occur again?
Question: What type of software do you use to track and analyze ISI program commitments and inspection data? Was the software developed by your organization or purchased from a vender? Does it adequately meet your needs? If not, why not?
Klepacki: We helped in the development and used the ISIC computer program to control ISI activities. We now are using the IDDEAL computer program.