United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for October 28, 2011

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
10/27/2011 - 10/28/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47373 47379 47380 47382 47383

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Agreement State Event Number: 47373
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: NATIONAL CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
Region: 4
City: SAN FRANCISCO State: CA
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENE FORRER II
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/25/2011
Notification Time: 16:00 [ET]
Event Date: 10/19/2011
Event Time: 15:45 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARK HAIRE (R4DO)
LYDIA CHANG (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()
MEXICO via fax ()

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING FOUR MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following report was received from the California Radiation Control Program via email:

"During a inspection/inventory, by NCIS [National Center for International Schools] personnel, of tritium exit signs it was discovered that 4 of the signs had been vandalized and the EXIT portion and /or the tritium tubes had been removed from the unit with the mounting bracket still attached to the wall."

The initial notification was forwarded to the California Radiation Control Program by the NRC State Programs Office on 10/19/11. The actual event date is unknown.

CA 5010 Number (Date Notified): 102011

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47379
Facility: VERMONT YANKEE
Region: 1 State: VT
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ANDY WISNIEWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/27/2011
Notification Time: 13:15 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2011
Event Time: 11:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS DUE TO INADVERTENT SIREN ACTIVATION

"On 10/26/11 at approximately 11:25 a.m., while performing siren encoder maintenance and testing, the siren vendor inadvertently activated the EPZ sirens. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and local emergency management directors were notified of the event."

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 47380
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
                   LEU FABRICATION
                   LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: SCOTT MURRAY
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/27/2011
Notification Time: 14:33 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2011
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)
DENNIS DAMON (NMSS)

Event Text

LOSS OF DOUBLE CONTINGENCY

"On October 26, 2011 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a deficiency was identified during a routine criticality safety review of a proposed revision to an operating procedure for transporting and storing 3-gallon cans. One of the controls needed to meet double contingency was not available to restrict the movement of cans that exceed the specified mass limit for these storage locations. This resulted in a condition where the mass control documented in the criticality safety analysis had not been maintained. The second control, geometry, was maintained.

"There are no uranium cans of this particular material type currently in these storage locations and no unsafe condition is present. All movement of this material type to these designated storage locations has been suspended.

"Additional corrective actions and extent of condition are being evaluated.

"This event is being reported pursuant to GNF-A internal procedure reporting requirements due to a loss of double contingency."

The licensee will notify Region 2, North Carolina Radiation Protection, and New Hanover County Emergency Management.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47382
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN NEWMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/27/2011
Notification Time: 15:35 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2011
Event Time: 20:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - NON-SUPERVISORY TECHNICIAN TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL

A non-supervisory technician (vendor) had a confirmed positive test for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. Plant access for the individual involved has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47383
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JEFF GROFF
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/27/2011
Notification Time: 19:08 [ET]
Event Date: 10/27/2011
Event Time: 17:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF FIREARM

"At approximately 1715 EDT on 10/27/11, a Security Officer accidentally discharged his weapon and wounded himself in the foot. An ambulance and Monroe County Sheriff reported to the site. The officer was transported offsite to a local hospital. This is being reported under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi)."

The officer was clearing his weapon following his shift when the accident occurred. No other individuals were hurt.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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