United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for October 31, 2011

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
10/28/2011 - 10/31/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47373 47386 47387 47388 47389 47390 47392

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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: 47386
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: SANDRA SEVERANCE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/28/2011
Notification Time: 16:28 [ET]
Event Date: 10/27/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)
LYDIA CHANG (FSME)

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 Refueling 0 Refueling
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

DAMAGED PACKAGING CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

"The purpose of this report is to notify the NRC of a breach of a package containing a limited quantity of radioactive material. This breach was considered 'breakage' in accordance with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Transportation. In accordance with 49 CFR 171.15, Duke Energy contacted the National Response Center at 1350 [EDT] on October 28, 2011, Report Number 993866. The National Response Center then contacted Mecklenburg County, NC, Emergency Management.

"Although the packaging of the radioactive material was damaged during transportation, the package was transported in an enclosed van. The radioactive material itself has not been released, and the damage did not result in radioactive contamination or any radiation exposure. This event is being reported because notification to other government agencies has been made."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47387
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: EDWARD NIELSEN
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/28/2011
Notification Time: 19:09 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2011
Event Time: 14:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)

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

Event Text

TSC UNAVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY CONDITIONS

"At 1430 [EDT] on 10/28/11, it was discovered that due to an Equipment Clearance Order (ECO), the HVAC recirculation capability of the Technical Support Center (TSC) was lost. The TSC dampers were deenergized in the non-emergency position while the ECO was in effect. The ECO was put into effect on 10/10/11. The ECO was released at 1630 [EDT] on 10/28/2011 and functionally tested restoring TSC HVAC recirculation capability.

"While the ECO was in effect and under certain accident conditions, the TSC may have been unavailable due to the inability of the charcoal filtration system to maintain a habitable atmosphere. The alternate TSC remained available, during the time the ECO was in effect, as defined in the Emergency Plan Implementing Procedures. This 8 hour notification is required per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The alternate TSC remained available during this period.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47388
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BILLY JOHNSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/28/2011
Notification Time: 22:11 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2011
Event Time: 16:44 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2011
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

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY INVOLVING A EMPLOYEE SUPERVISOR

A non-licensed supervisor was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47389
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK ARNOSKY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/29/2011
Notification Time: 15:39 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2011
Event Time: 15:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/29/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)

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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF GREATER THAN 25% OF EPZ SIRENS DUE TO WEATHER

"Limerick Generating Station reports a loss of >25% of the EPZ sirens for greater than 1 hour. Forty eight of the 165 offsite sirens are not functioning due to loss of power related to the recent storm."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, and state and local government. A press release may be issued.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47390
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: CLINT SIX
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/29/2011
Notification Time: 19:46 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2011
Event Time: 19:18 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/29/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
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

LOSS OF GREATER THAN 25% OF EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM SIRENS DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

"At approximately 1818 EDT on October 29, 2011, Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station received notification that 25 of 96 emergency notification system offsite sirens were not functional. The loss of >25% of the sirens is considered a Major Loss of Emergency Preparedness Capabilities (10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii)). The loss of offsite sirens was due to loss of electrical power caused by significant heavy snowfall in the area. Efforts are in place to restore offsite sirens to service."

The licensee stated that compensatory measures are in place should their be a need to notify the areas affected by the lost sirens.

The licensee has notified State and local authorities. The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 47392
Rep Org: INGHAM REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Licensee: INGHAM REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 3
City: LANSING State: MI
County:
License #: 21-04073-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRYAN TOLLENAAR
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/31/2011
Notification Time: 15:30 [ET]
Event Date: 10/31/2011
Event Time: 11:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
NICK VALOS (R3DO)
LYDIA CHANG (FSME)

Event Text

RECEIVED PACKAGE WITH SURFACE CONTAMINATION ABOVE LIMITS

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