United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for December 28, 2011

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
12/27/2011 - 12/28/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47499 47548

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47499
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: ROBERT STRUSINSKI
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 12/06/2011
Notification Time: 09:51 [ET]
Event Date: 12/06/2011
Event Time: 09:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/27/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"Between December 6, 2011 and January 13, 2012, a sequence of activities are planned that will render the Technical Support Center (TSC) non-functional at times by removing the emergency ventilation system from service. These activities are being performed in support of planned preventive maintenance and extended power uprate facility upgrades. In preparation for these emergency ventilation system outages, the TSC emergency responders were notified that if an emergency occurred during these outages the Emergency Coordinator and the TSC staff involved with classification, notification and PARS should report to the control room. All other TSC personnel should report to the Operational Support Center. The duration for each of these TSC outages is expected to be less than 24 hours. The NRC Operations Center will be provided an update to this notification when the TSC emergency ventilation has been removed from service and following restoration for each time period. This 8 hour notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, and State and local governments.

* * * UPDATE FROM CHRISTOPHER TRENT TO JOE O'HARA AT 1900 EST ON 12/7/11 * * *

The TSC is functional at this time.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM BILL BURROWS TO CHARLES TEAL AT 0313 EST ON 12/14/11 * * *

The TSC has been removed from operation to continue planned maintenance.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Notified R2DO (Bartley).

* * * UPDATE FROM ROBERT STRUSINSKI TO JOHN KNOKE AT 0330 EST ON 12/15/11 * * *

The TSC is functional at this time.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. Notified R2DO (Scott Freeman) via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM SEAN BLOOM TO BILL HUFFMAN AT 0306 EST ON 12/20/11 * * *

The TSC will be removed from operation to continue planned maintenance at 0330 EST today.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. Notified R2DO (Freeman).

* * * UPDATE FROM SEAN BLOOM TO VINCE KLCO AT 0335 EST ON 12/21/11 * * *

The TSC has been returned to service at 0130 EST on 12/21/11.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. Notified the R2DO (McCoy).

* * * UPDATE ON 12/26/2012 AT 2333 FROM JOSE VASQUEZ TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The TSC was taken out of service at 2330 and will be out of service for several weeks.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified. Notified the R2DO (McCoy).

* * * UPDATE ON 12/27/2011 AT 2000 EST FROM RICHARD RUTGERSON TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The TSC has been returned to service at 1955 EST on 12/27/2011.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. Notified the R2DO (Blamey).

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Agreement State Event Number: 47548
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PHOENIX NON-DESTRUCTIVE COMPANY
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County: HARRIS
License #: L04454
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/23/2011
Notification Time: 09:41 [ET]
Event Date: 12/22/2011
Event Time: 22:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
CHRISTIAN EINBERG (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE DISCONNECT AND RECOVERY

The following information was received by e-mail:

"On December 22, 2011, at 2102 hours, the Agency was notified by Harris County Hazmat that a radiography truck had been involved in an accident. The truck was carrying a Spec 150 camera serial # 153 containing a 32 curie Iridium 192 source. The radiographer informed the Hazmat officer that the source in the camera was not in the locked position. The radiographer stated that the source had separated from the drive cable and he had used a pair of pliers to insert the source into the camera backwards to shield it. The camera opening for the guide tube connection was covered with duct tape to prevent the source from coming out of the camera. The radiographer could not get the crank out device to separate from the camera so the camera and the crank out devices were placed between the transport container and the darkroom wall to transport them back to the storage location. The accident caused the source to move further to the back of the 'S' tube in the camera and the dose rates from the camera increased slightly. The crank out device was used to push the source back to the shielded position. Lead sheets were placed above the camera to help decrease the dose rates from the camera. The dose rates at this point were between two and four millirem at one meter. The radiographer took the camera and source to the licensee's storage location. The source was removed from the radiography camera and placed in a source changer shield. The radiographer stated that he had received 180 millirem for the event. No member of the general public received exposure due to this event. The licensee will return the source and camera to the manufacturer for inspection. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident: I-8914

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