United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for September 5, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
09/04/2012 - 09/05/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48215 48235 48242 48243 48244 48270 48274

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
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: 09/04/2012
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.

* * * RETRACTION FROM WAYNE WOOLERY TO DONG PARK AT 1027 EDT ON 9/4/12 * * *

"The purpose of this call is to retract the report made on 8/21/2012, Event Number 48215. Upon further review, the fuse failure did not render the 'A' Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) inoperable in MODE 5. If called upon, the safety functions would have been met. The Engineered Safeguards Actuation System (ESFAS) was repaired prior to restart of the unit.

Notified R1DO (Conte).

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Agreement State Event Number: 48235
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: TRINITY MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 3
City: STEUBENVILLE State: OH
County:
License #: 02120-42-0003
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK LIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/27/2012
Notification Time: 14:04 [ET]
Event Date: 08/24/2012
Event Time: 16:50 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/27/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - IODINE-125 SEALED SOURCE SEED FAILURE

The following information was supplied by the State of Ohio Department of Health via e-mail:

"RE: Leaking I-125 prostate sealed source

"Date: August 24, 2012

"Source Type: I-125 Prostate Seed, Model STM1251, distributed by Bard

"Activity: 0.334 mCi/seed on 8/24/12

"During a prostate seed implant a seed became jammed in the Mick gun. The gun was placed on sterilization table and examined. It was found that the seed was lodged in the Mick cartridge. The cartridge that held the seed was removed from the gun over a basin full of water and the end result was the seed broke into two pieces. One piece was recovered in the water and the second was still lodged in the end of the Mick cartridge. The area was surveyed for any additional contamination and none was found. All personnel involved in the case were surveyed and no additional contamination was found.

"The broken I-125 seed was wiped and analyzed with the equipment below:

"Well Chamber- Captus 3000 s/n CNV-376 (located in Nuclear Medicine)

"Background- 339 cpm

"Wipe- 17.63 Mcpm = 21.24 Mdpm = 9.6 ÁCi

"The wipe test revealed that the removable contamination exceeds the 0.005 ÁCi.

"Bard, the company that supplied the seeds was contacted. The leaking I-125 seed and contaminated water was sealed and placed in the radiation waste storage area."

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Agreement State Event Number: 48242
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: ANDERSON ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: Little Rock State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0519-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/28/2012
Notification Time: 17:27 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE

The following report was obtained from the Arkansas Radioactive Materials Program via e-mail:

"On August 27, 2012, the Radiation Control Program of Arkansas received notification from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management that a tractor trailer had run over a nuclear gauge at the 192 mile marker on Interstate 40 near Hazen, Arkansas.

"The driver of a Motorists Assist Truck familiar with moisture density gauges identified the gauge parts on the side of the highway. The gauge had been struck by a vehicle and broken up. The driver reported the presence of the gauge parts to his construction company Project Manager who in turn notified Highway Police. At 1914 the west bound lane of Interstate 40 was closed and remained closed until 2155. The Highway Police asked for assistance from the Radiation Safety Officer of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) who drove to the scene.

"The 44 millicurie, Americium-241:Beryllium source was still contained within the original threaded cavity with the Caution-Radioactive Material label covering it. The base of the gauge was broken to the point that only the threaded cavity and surrounding lead remained.

"The 9 millicurie, Cesium-137 source remained attached to the source rod and inside the original shielding. The shielding was sheared off just above the tungsten sliding block (shutter).

"The AHTD Radiation Safety Officer, upon arrival, secured the Americium-241:Beryllium source in a polyethylene box brought to the scene. The Cesium-137 source was removed from the gauge shielding by the AHTD RSO and this source was placed in a lead shield brought to the scene.

"Two Health Physicists from the Arkansas Radiation Control Program were also dispatched and upon arrival took wipes of both sources. These smears were field counted utilizing a Ludlum-2241 and Ludlum 44-9 pancake probe. No loose contamination was found.

"All potential serial numbers were recorded and the sources were transferred to the Radiation Control Program by the AHTD RSO. The Health Physicists transported the sources to a secure storage area at the State Health Department.

"On Tuesday morning, Troxler identified the owner of the gauge by the serial number. The gauge is a Model 3430, Serial Number 21024. The gauge is owned by Anderson Engineering of Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas Radioactive Material License Number ARK-0519-03121.

"It appears that an Anderson Engineering technician had been working at a construction job site in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas. On Monday evening, he left this job site and returned to the Anderson Engineering Little Rock Office. The gauge was left unsecured in the back of the pickup. On Interstate 40 West at mile marker 192, the gauge fell out of the pickup bed, where it was struck by at least one vehicle. Upon arrival at the Anderson Engineering offices, the technician removed the Troxler Gauge Storage Box from the pickup bed and noted that it was empty. The technician believed that he had left the gauge at the job site. On the morning of August 28, 2012, he returned to the jobsite to search for the gauge.

"On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, the Radiation Safety Officer was contacted and retrieved the two sources from the Arkansas Department of Health and secured these in the Anderson Engineering permanent storage area.

"The Arkansas Radiation Control Program has assigned Incident Number AR-2012-006 and is continuing to investigate."

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Agreement State Event Number: 48243
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: WORLD TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: MOSCOW State: MS
County:
License #: MS-1035-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAYSON MOAK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/28/2012
Notification Time: 17:37 [ET]
Event Date: 08/24/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCE EMAIL ()

Event Text

MISSISSIPPI AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA STUCK SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the state of Mississippi via email:

"DRH [Mississippi Department of Radiation Health] was notified on 8/27/2012 by Licensee's RSO regarding a stuck source incident that occurred on 8/24/2012 while performing industrial radiography at a temporary job site in Mississippi.

"The RSO claims the camera (880D) fell onto the guide tube during one of the shots and crimped the guide tube preventing the source from retracting back into the camera. The RSO suspects the technician may have pulled on the cranks while trying to crank back in the source after the shot. This could have then caused the camera to fall onto the guide tube and crimp it.

"The restricted area boundary was readjusted to one (1) mR/hr, maintained, and the RSO was called by the radiographers at the job site. An ARSO and technician from the company who are trained in source retrieval arrived at the job site and retrieved the source. The camera was wiped and leak tests were submitted for analysis.

"The Licensee's ARSO received 82 mR and the technician received 8 mR/hr from actions taken during the source retrieval."

MS Report Number: MS 120003

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Agreement State Event Number: 48244
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: WORLD TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: MACON State: MS
County:
License #: MS-1035-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAYSON MOAK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/28/2012
Notification Time: 18:11 [ET]
Event Date: 08/26/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCE EMAIL ()

Event Text

MISSISSIPPI AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY TRUCK INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT

The following information was obtained from the state of Mississippi via email:

"DRH [Mississippi Division of Radiation Health] was notified 8/26/2012 by MEMA, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, regarding an overturned radiography truck that occurred on Hwy 45 south of Macon, Mississippi. Two Licensee personnel were involved in the wreck with minimal injuries. The camera remained secured in the overpack but separated from the destroyed dark room. Surveys were performed of the overpack and camera by the driver after the wreck. The driver and MS Highway State Patrol Officer waited with the overpack and camera until DRH and the Licensee's ARSO arrived on site to take possession of the camera."

MS Report Number: MS 120004

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48270
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JOHN WALKOWIAK
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/03/2012
Notification Time: 07:40 [ET]
Event Date: 09/03/2012
Event Time: 02:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 93 Power Operation 93 Power Operation

Event Text

HPCI INOPERABLE DUE TO ERRONEOUS INDICATION ON FLOW INDICATING CONTROLLER

"At 0225 EDT on September 3, 2012, with the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant (JAF) operating at 93% reactor power, High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) was declared inoperable due to abnormal indication on the HPCI Flow Indicating Controller (FIC). The FIC was found to be indicating a HPCI System flow rate of 700 gpm while the system was in the standby lineup. Under these conditions, the capability of the system to achieve the required flow rate cannot be assured.

"This failure meets NRC 8 hour reporting criterion 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) and other Emergency Core Cooling Systems (ECCS) remain operable.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE AT 1418 EDT ON 9/4/12 FROM DeFILLIPPO TO HUFFMAN * * *

"The improper HPCI flow indication was determined to be due to minor air intrusion following restoration of the system after maintenance. The flow transmitter for the HPCI system was repeatedly vented with no air observed. The HPCI system has been restored to a normal standby line-up and is OPERABLE as of 9/4/2012 at 1415 EDT."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. R1DO (Conte) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48274
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JAMES PRIEST
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/04/2012
Notification Time: 17:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/04/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (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 DECLARED INOPERABLE

"At 1320 EDT, on September 4, 2012, the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system was declared inoperable during performance of HC.OP-IS.BJ-0001, HPCI Main and Booster Pump Set - 0P204 and 0P217 - In Service Test (IST). The HPCI system was being started for the quarterly IST when 1-FD-HV-F001, HPCI Turbine Steam Supply Valve, failed to open per step 5.21.7 of the test. The control room operators returned the system to a standby line up. The Outage Control Center was staffed to investigate the cause of the valve misoperation.

"Loss of the HPCI system is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) as loss of a single train safety system required to mitigate the consequences of an accident. The 'A' Residual Heat Removal System was aligned for Suppression Pool Cooling to support the HPCI IST surveillance and was inoperable for Low Pressure Coolant Injection function until realigned to a standby lineup at 1340 EDT. No additional Emergency Core Cooling Systems or safety-related equipment was inoperable during this time period."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. Lower Alloways Creek Township will be notified.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012