United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for January 12, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
01/11/2012 - 01/12/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47499 47575 47576 47577 47580 47585

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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: 01/11/2012
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).

* * * UPDATE ON 1/11/2011 AT 2349 EST FROM NICK DESANTIS TO JOE O'HARA * * *

The TSC will be taken out of service at 0200 for approximately 18 hours to replace a damper motor on the emergency ventilation system.

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

* * * UPDATE FROM TRENT TO KLCO ON 1/1/12 AT 1906 EST* * *

TSC ventilation is operable and an operation test was completed satisfactory. The TSC has been returned to service. Other TSC modification work continues. The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. Notified the R2DO (Haag).

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Agreement State Event Number: 47575
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: TATARA GROUP/NU STEEL
Region: 4
City: TRUCKEE State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN FASSELL
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 01/06/2012
Notification Time: 14:17 [ET]
Event Date: 01/05/2012
Event Time: 16:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
SCOTT MOORE (OIP)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING DETECTION OF CONTAMINATED MATERIAL

The following information was received from the State of California via email:

"Two [2] packages set off radiation alarms at Truckee, CA truck scales. Both packages indicated Cobalt 60. One package read 5.7 mr/hr and the other indicated 6.1 mr/hr using a Victoreen 450 CHP. The packages were enroute to Bed Bath and Beyond in Santa Clara and San Jose.

"The shipment was authorized to proceed in a separate trailer to the Sacramento [the shippers] yard at 8200 Elder Creek Road where the shipment will be secured awaiting RHB inspector to determine the contents and disposition of the material. Surveys were requested of the CHP to document ALARA during this shipment.

"Shipment contained four Model DR9M Dual Ridge Metal Boutique (Kleenex box holders). Contact reading 6.5 mr/hr, One foot 0.85 mr/hr with a Victoreen 450P ion chamber."

The shipment originated in India with a port of entry at Newark, NJ and was shipped via common carrier to its final destination in California.

CA 5010 #: 010512

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Agreement State Event Number: 47576
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: HUNTSMAN PETROCHEMICAL LLC
Region: 4
City: PORT NECHES State: TX
County:
License #: 06323
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/06/2012
Notification Time: 14:31 [ET]
Event Date: 01/05/2012
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A FIXED GAUGE WITH A STUCK SHUTTER

The following information was received from the State of Texas via email:

"On January 6, 2012 the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that while conducting routine maintenance check, the shutter on an Ohmart/Vega model SH-F2 was found stuck in the open position. The gauge contains 375 millicuries of cesium - 137. Open is the normal operating position for the gauge. The gauge does not pose an increased exposure hazard to the general public or to their workers. The licensee is contacting the manufacturer for repairs to the gauge. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident # I-8917

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Agreement State Event Number: 47577
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
Region: 3
City: TOLEDO State: OH
County:
License #: 02110 49 0006
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KARL VON AHN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/06/2012
Notification Time: 16:41 [ET]
Event Date: 01/06/2012
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK VALOS (R3DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A POTENTIAL MEDICAL EVENT DURING BRACHYTHERAPY

The following information was received from the State of Ohio via email:

"The Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Radiation Protection received a preliminary telephone report from the University of Toledo of a device malfunction with a Varian HDR with an Ir-192 source. A patient had received four treatments to the cervix. The physician noticed during examination reddening of the skin on the upper thigh. Upon reviewing the setup with the tandems, a constriction and blockage was identified in the catheters caused by wear debris. It is presumed at the time being that this caused the system to conclude the source had reached the end of the catheter when it had not. Dose calculations are in the process of being reviewed, however the licensee believes that the doses may be less than the quantities for a medical event.

"The licensee is The University of Toledo, Ohio license number 02110 49 0006.

"The licensee is preparing a written report. The Bureau will be sending an inspector to the site next week."

Ohio Report # OH-12-001

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Event Number: 47580
Rep Org: DIABLO CANYON
Licensee: PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO.
Region: 4
City: AVILA BEACH State: CA
County: SAN LUIS OBISPO
License #: SNM-2511
Agreement: Y
Docket: 72-26
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL QUITTER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/09/2012
Notification Time: 23:44 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2012
Event Time: 14:05 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/11/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
72.75(d)(1) - SFTY EQUIP. DISABLED OR FAILS TO FUNCTION
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4DO)
WILLIAM RULAND (NRR)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)

Event Text

NUT ON HOLD-DOWN STUD WAS FOUND LOOSE

"On January 9, 2012, at 1405 [PST], plant personnel notified the Diablo Canyon shift manager that a nut on a hold-down stud on an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation(ISFSI) HISTORM spent fuel storage cask was loose to the touch. Plant personnel hand tightened the nut and verified that none of the other 16 casks in the facility had nuts that were loose to the touch.

"The Diablo Canyon ISFSI design requires that each spent fuel storage cask be installed with the cask compressed against the embedment plate using 16, two-inch diameter, anchor studs. Each stud is pre-loaded to approximately 157,000 lbf. This design ensures the cask will remain stable during a seismic event. A manufacturer's analysis of the stability of the cask with all of the 16 hold down stud nuts installed with no pre-load concluded that the cask would maintain its stability during a seismic event.

"PG&E has contracted the vendor to re-tension the stud and expect[s] completion [by] 1/13/2012. PG&E will assess the need to verify tension of the remaining studs based on the extent of condition evaluation.

"Cause of the loose nut has not yet been determined.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed."

* * * UPDATE AT 2007 EST ON 1/11/2012 FROM PHILIPPE SOENEN TO VINCE KLCO * * *

"On January 11, 2012, at 1325 PDT, plant personnel notified the Diablo Canyon shift manager that two additional nuts on hold-down studs for other ISFSI HISTORM spent fuel storage casks were discovered to be loose. The two additional nuts (one per cask) were discovered when the full effort of two hands was used on the nuts while performing an extent-of-condition evaluation. All 16 nuts on all 16 casks were tested for tightness using the full effort of two hands (i.e., no pre-load).

"NRC senior resident inspector has been informed."

Notified the R4DO (Powers), NRR EO (Cheok), and NMSS EO (Mohseni).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47585
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KENNETH BRESLIN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 01/12/2012
Notification Time: 04:27 [ET]
Event Date: 01/11/2012
Event Time: 22:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/12/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION SYSTEM DECLARED INOPERABLE

"On January 11, 2012 at 22:15 [EST] the High Pressure Coolant Injection System (HPCI) was declared inoperable due to a failure of the turbine governor valve to respond to demanded position. When demanded to travel to the full closed position, the governor valve remained full open rendering the speed and flow control system for the turbine inoperable. The failure was discovered as part of a planned maintenance evolution.

"All other Emergency Core Cooling Systems and the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) system remain operable. The unit remains at 100% power.

"The station has initiated an Event Response Team to identify and correct the cause of the failure. No personnel injuries resulted from the event.

"The NRC Resident Inspector [has been notified] and Lower Alloway Creek Township will be notified."

The unit is in a 14 day LCO for HPCI inoperability.

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