United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for October 5, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
10/04/2012 - 10/05/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46095 48346 48348 48349 48373 48375 48376 48377 48378

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General Information Event Number: 46095
Rep Org: NH DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Licensee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS
Region: 1
City: MERRIMACK State: NH
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TWILA KENNA
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 07/15/2010
Notification Time: 10:28 [ET]
Event Date: 07/14/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JUDY JOUSTRA (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

POTENTIALLY MISSING GENERAL LICENSED GAUGES

The following information was received by facsimile:

On July 14, 2010, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics contacted the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and provided notification that an inventory had been completed and three thickness gauges were discovered missing. Saint-Gobain is still trying to locate the gauges.

Saint-Gobain is located at 701 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire and possesses the radioactive gauges under a general license. The company is not a specific licensee.

The following missing Beta gauges were supplied by NDC: Sensor serial number 3195, equipment number 103 (7441 LX), source assembly date of 11/27/1992, 150 mCi of AM-241; sensor serial number 3108, equipment number 103 (4414 LX), source assembly date of 11/6/1991, 150 mCi of Am-241; sensor serial number 2271, equipment number 102 (1473 LX), source assembly date of 2/26/1990, 150 mCi of Am-241.

* * * UPDATE AT 1145 EDT ON 10/04/12 FROM KENNA TO HUFFMAN * * *

The State of New Hampshire called to report that two additional Generally Licensed sources were determined to be missing from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. On 8/18/10, the licensee could not account for two Polonium-210 static eliminator sources (Serial #'s A2GG-266 & 267). The sources were rated at 5 mCi each.

R1DO (Conte) notified. ILTAB (Hahn) and FSME Event Resources informed via e-mail.

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

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Agreement State Event Number: 48346
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: CRAIG TESTING LABORATORY
Region: 1
City: SILVER SPRING State: MD
County:
License #: MD33141-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ALAN JACOBSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/26/2012
Notification Time: 12:56 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1DO)
FSME RESOURCES (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler model 3411B moisture density gauge was run over by a front end loader at a construction site in Silver Spring, MD. The area was roped off and the Radiation Safety Officer and the Maryland State Inspector were able to verify that though the control rods were detached, the sources had remained in their shielded positions. The damaged gauge was placed in the transport case and will be taken to a licensed repair facility. This model gauge typically has a 9 mCi Cs-137 and a 44 mCi Am-241:Be source.

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 48348
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BRIAN HAYNES
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/26/2012
Notification Time: 22:27 [ET]
Event Date: 09/26/2012
Event Time: 15:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (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

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION 3.0.3 ENTERED DUE TO SURVEILLANCE TESTING NOT BEING COMPLETED AS REQUIRED

"Pressurizer Pressure LO Instrument surveillance testing was discovered to not have been completed as required. Existence of an internal jumper on solid state protection system input to logic cards prevented complete circuit testing. Unit 1 and unit 2 entered Technical Specification [TS] 3.0.3 at 1515 hours."

Alternate method of surveillance testing on one of the trains was completed and TS 3.0.3 was exited on Unit 1 at 2203 EDT and Unit 2 at 2132 EDT. The licensee plans to complete surveillance testing on the second train before 1515 hours on 9/27/12. The licensee is currently in TS 3.3.2.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The states of North Carolina and South Carolina will be notified. Local county governments of York, Gaston, and Mecklenberg counties will also be notified.

* * * RETRACTION AT 1652 EDT ON 10/04/12 FROM AARON MICHALSKI TO HUFFMAN * * *

"Catawba nuclear station is retracting EN #48348 for both units 1 and 2 based on completion of testing and investigation of system operability. The testing determined that both units respective train 'A' and 'B' pressurizer pressure low were operable and would have functioned as needed. This condition is not reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

R2DO (O'Donohue) notified.

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Agreement State Event Number: 48349
Rep Org: NEW YORK CITY BUREAU OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: NEW YORK CITY State: NY
County: NEW YORK
License #: 75-2909-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TOBIAS LICKERMAN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/27/2012
Notification Time: 07:17 [ET]
Event Date: 09/20/2012
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/27/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1DO)
FSME RESOURCES (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- PATIENT UNDEREXPOSURE USING YTTRIUM-90 THERASPHERES TREATMENT

New York City was notified by the licensee Radiation Safety Officer of a patient receiving an underdose of Yttrium-90 TheraSpheres for liver treatment. The prescribed dose was 120 gray, but only 11.4 gray was delivered to the patient. A review of the licensee's patient delivery system indicates that about 90% of the prescribed dosage remained in the catheter.

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 48373
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JUSTIN KELLY
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/04/2012
Notification Time: 11:34 [ET]
Event Date: 10/04/2012
Event Time: 08:02 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM REPAIRS

"At approximately 0802 EDT on 10/04/2012, [Air Handler] AH-17, TSC Cooling Fan, was discovered not running. The fan belt for AH-17 TSC was found broken. AH-17 TSC belt has been replaced; it is expected to be placed back in service by 1200 [EDT], 10/04/2012 and after verification of proper operation will be declared operable. This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as described in NUREG-1022, Rev. 2. In addition, at approximately 0900 EDT, on October 4, 2012, the Harris Nuclear Plant Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system was removed from service to perform planned maintenance on TSC outside air fan OA-2 (belt replacement). The fan was out of service for greater than one hour for this activity then returned to service for an 8 to 24 hour run in period for the new belts. After the run in period, the TSC outside air fan and AH-17 TSC will be taken out of service again for greater than one hour for belt adjustment. Following the belt adjustment, the fans will be returned to service and TSC ventilation will be declared operable. Compensatory actions are in place for periodic monitoring of TSC temperatures and the two other TSC HVAC units which are operating satisfactorily. The assessment of plant conditions, notifications, and communications could still be made, if required, during the time that the TSC ventilation system is non-functional. The on-call Site Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Response Manager have been notified. The alternate TSC is available per plant procedure if required."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 48375
Facility: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 to UO2)
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: COLUMBIA State: SC
County: RICHLAND
License #: SNM-1107
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001151
NRC Notified By: GERALD COUTURE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/04/2012
Notification Time: 15:32 [ET]
Event Date: 10/04/2012
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(1) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (R2DO)
PETER HABIGHORST (NMSS)

Event Text

UNANALYZED ACCIDENT SCENARIOS FOR CERTAIN CONSEQUENCES OF CONCERN

"This notification is based on 10CFR70 Appendix A (b)(1), 'Any event or condition that results in the facility being in a state that was not analyzed, was improperly analyzed, or is different from that analyzed in the Integrated Safety Analysis (ISA), and which results in failure to meet the performance requirements of 10CFR70.61.'

"Westinghouse Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility routinely enters external NRC event notifications and issues into the Corrective Actions Program (CAPs) for external operating experience. Westinghouse Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) staff and the Issue Review Committee evaluated the AREVA NP, Inc. Richland NRC Event Report #48366 for applicability and impact on compliance for the Columbia plant.

"This evaluation identified a regulatory noncompliance. The ISA currently identifies Items Relied on for Safety (IROFS) for scenarios based on Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPG) (i.e., airborne concentration criteria) for chemical consequences. However, the Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) conducted for the ISA, with minor exceptions, did not specifically identify high or intermediate events that may or may not require additional IROFS for dermal or ocular exposures from the plant's chemical processes subject to 10 CFR 70 requirements. This report is intended to cover all potential chemical dermal or ocular exposures within those systems covered by the plant's ISA.

"There is no actual safety significance, and the potential safety significance of this issue is low due to the following:

"- An extensive number of IROFS are currently in place to prevent chemical spills that could lead to airborne concentrations above ERPG limits, and these same IROFS can be readily utilized to prevent most dermal/ocular exposure accident sequences.

"- SNM-1107 License Application, Section 7.0 - Chemical Safety Program, as well as the governing Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) regulations, already contain requirements for worker protection from these hazards. The Columbia plant recognizes these hazards through its PHA and Job Safety Analysis (JSA) processes and identified the need for controls, where applicable.

"- Robust procedures, training and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are in place to ensure worker safety from these types of hazards.

"However, failure to specifically identify the dermal/ocular exposure as potentially high or intermediate consequence events in accident sequences in the framework of the ISA process led to these sequences not being included in the ISA Summary, and therefore, IROFS were not designated for these sequences as required by 10 CR 70.61. As noted above, this issue has been entered into CAPs (IR 12-277-C001). Until the PHA and JSA are reviewed for identification of specific IROFS, the applicable elements of our license-required Chemical Safety Program will be treated as IROFS for purposes of compliance with 10CFR70.61 and reporting under 10CFR 70 Appendix A."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48376
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: LARRY SLOAN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/04/2012
Notification Time: 16:37 [ET]
Event Date: 10/04/2012
Event Time: 09:59 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2012
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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

BOTH TRAINS OF CONTROL ROOM EMERGENCY VENTILATION SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE

"The 'A' Main Control Room Emergency Ventilation System (MCREV) fan failed to automatically start when placed in service at 0959 EDT on 10/4/12. The `B' fan was available at the time of the initiation, but was inoperable due to E-42 Emergency 4kV Bus outage. Both MCREV fans inoperable is an entry into Technical Specification 3.7.4 Condition E which requires Unit 3 to be Mode 3 in 12 hours. Unit 2 was not in a mode of applicability at the time of the event [Unit 2 is defueled]. This issue is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) for an event that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function - mitigate the consequences of an accident. The 'A' MCREV fan was restored to an operable status at 1237 EDT on 10/4/12 and the Technical Specification Action was exited."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48377
Facility: CLINTON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: DAN HUNT
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/04/2012
Notification Time: 16:52 [ET]
Event Date: 10/04/2012
Event Time: 13:01 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 97 Power Operation 97 Power Operation

Event Text

INADVERTENT ACTIVATION OF ALL EMERGENCY SIRENS

"At 1301 [CDT] on October 4, 2012, during the restoration of a single Farmer City owned siren, DeWitt County Emergency Dispatch Center inadvertently activated all of Clinton Power Station's emergency sirens instead of the Farmer City owned siren. A siren in the Farmer City area had fallen off a pole, and following repairs, instead of testing the individual siren, the Dispatch Center inadvertently actuated all 40 Clinton Power Station sirens. The sirens were actuated for approximately 1 minute and 14 seconds. The Clinton Power Station siren system covers parts of four surrounding counties (DeWitt, Piatt, McLean, and Macon).

"A spurious actuation of one or more emergency response sirens is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) addressing a notification of a government agency related to the health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. All of the affected county Emergency Management Agencies have been notified.

"The DeWitt County Sheriff has notified various media outlets."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48378
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: SCOTT WEEKLEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/04/2012
Notification Time: 22:29 [ET]
Event Date: 10/04/2012
Event Time: 16:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3DO)

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

PRIMARY AND BACKUP METEOROLOGICAL TOWERS OUT OF SERVICE

"At 1600 CDT on 10/4/2012, it was determined that the plant backup meteorological tower was not reliable as a source of data and was declared non-functional. At the time of this determination, the primary meteorological tower was out of service for maintenance and was also non-functional. Based on both the primary and backup meteorological towers being non-functional, this is considered a loss of emergency assessment capability. The ability to assess certain Emergency Action Levels (EALs) or perform dose assessment calculations could potentially be hampered by the unavailability of the meteorological monitoring instrumentation. The alternate method per procedure is to contact the National Weather Service for information. The station implemented the alternative method for information gathering. The primary met tower was returned to service at 2011 CDT on 10/4/2012."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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