United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for August 22, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
08/21/2012 - 08/22/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48184 48214 48215 48217 48219 48220

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Agreement State Event Number: 48184
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: NON-LICENSEE
Region: 1
City: MEMPHIS State: TN
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ALLEN GREWE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/13/2012
Notification Time: 12:29 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - INDIUM-111 VIAL DAMAGED IN SHIPMENT

The following information was provided by the State of Tennessee via facsimile:

"On August 11, 2012, the shipper contacted the Division of Radiological Health to report that a package containing 31.7 mCi of Indium-111 was run over in the 'courtyard' area. Caps were off all six internal shielding pigs. Vials in four pigs were intact. The fifth vial was found and returned to the pig. The sixth vial was crushed and the contents (5.3 mCi) released. The shipper's fire personnel responded and washed the area (20 to 30 feet in diameter) and released the water to the storm water runoff drain. One area about 4 inches by 4 inches could not be decontaminated. A steel plate was bolted onto the asphalt in that area and dose rates of 0.5 mR/hr at a meter was observed. This area is not an occupied area. The half-life for Indium-111 is 2.8 days. The plate will be removed in 30 days and the area will be reassessed. No injuries, [and] no personnel contamination."

Event Report ID No.: TN-12-207

* * * UPDATE ON 8/14/12 AT 1456 EDT FROM BETH SHELTON TO DONG PARK * * *

The following update was provided by the State of Tennessee via email:

"The sixth vial was crushed and the contents (4.4 mCi) released. One area about 4 cm in diameter could not be decontaminated. A steel plate was bolted onto the asphalt in that area and dose rates of 0.05 mR/hr at a meter were observed."

Notified R1DO (Powell) and FSME Events Resource via email.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48214
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TERRY BRANDT
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/21/2012
Notification Time: 06:14 [ET]
Event Date: 08/21/2012
Event Time: 04:07 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ERIC DUNCAN (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 94 Power Operation 94 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER OUT OF SERVICE

"A planned maintenance evolution at the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) will remove the emergency power supply to the TSC from service. The TSC would be rendered non-functional with the loss of emergency power. The repair to the power supply is expected to last three days.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures. Maintenance will be expedited to restore the emergency power supply to service.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of an Emergency Response Facility (ERF). An update will be provided once the TSC emergency power supply has been restored to normal operation.

"NRC Resident has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48215
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KENNETH HAJNAL
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/21/2012
Notification Time: 07:50 [ET]
Event Date: 08/21/2012
Event Time: 00:38 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)

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

Event Text

BOTH EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATORS INOPERABLE

At 0038 EDT on 08/21/12, EDG "A" was declared Inoperable after the Engineered Safeguards Actuation System (ESFAS) fuse failed . EDG "B" had been Inoperable for planned maintenance since 2223 EDT on 08/15/12. With both EDGs Inoperable, Unit 2 entered Tech Spec LCO 3.8.1.2 which requires suspension of all operations involving core alteration and positive reactivity additions.

At 0713 EDT on 08/21/12, the licensee declared EDG "B" Operable exiting the Tech Spec LCO. The cause of the ESFAS fuse failure on EDG "A" is under investigation.

The licensee will notify state and local agencies and has informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48217
Facility: SUMMER CONSTRUCTION
Region:  State: SC
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type:
NRC Notified By: GARRETT SANDERS
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/21/2012
Notification Time: 10:45 [ET]
Event Date: 08/20/2012
Event Time: 15:30 []
Last Update Date: 08/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 0
3 N N 0 0

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY POLICY VIOLATION

A non-licensed contract employee supervisor and a non-licensed contract employee committed a Fitness-For-Duty policy violation. Construction area access for both contract employees have been suspended, and the licensee has initiated an investigation. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48219
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: LEE GRZECK
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 08/21/2012
Notification Time: 20:13 [ET]
Event Date: 08/21/2012
Event Time: 19:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

DAMAGED PACKAGING CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

"In accordance with 49 CFR 171.15, Duke Energy contacted the Department of Transportation National Response Center at 1930 [EDT] on August 21, 2012, Report Number 1021811, to inform them 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. Although the packaging of the radioactive material was damaged during transportation, the radioactive material itself was not released, and the damage did not result in any external radioactive contamination or any radiation exposure. This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public. The State of North Carolina (NC) has also been notified of this event. Mecklenburg County, NC will be notified of this event.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) as a result of the notification to another government agency.

"The safety significance of the breached package is minimal.

"The condition will be entered into the Corrective Action Program for evaluation. Corrective actions will be determined based on the results of this evaluation."

The container held a torque wrench calibration test tool and cable. The tools had penetrated the container, but no other damage to the tools was noted. The tools will be normally processed for use at the station.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48220
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: WILLIAM PRICE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/22/2012
Notification Time: 03:53 [ET]
Event Date: 08/22/2012
Event Time: 02:28 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (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

TECH SPEC REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAK

"On August 22, 2012, it was determined, based on a remote video camera inspection inside the secondary shield wall, that a primary system leak at a Pressurizer Heater bundle exists and is not isolable. Technical Specification (TS) Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.1.6.4 does not allow any leakage through a nonisolable RCS strength boundary. The discovery of leakage from the Pressurizer Heater bundle is considered a degradation of a principal safety barrier. This condition does not represent a reduction in the public health and safety.

"This is reportable as a 4-hour ENS notification under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(i) due to the initiation of a nuclear plant shutdown required by the plant's Technical Specifications.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee expects to also notify state and local government agencies of the shutdown. The current leak rate, as calculated by the plant process computer, is approximately .2 gallons per minute.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012