United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for December 6, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
12/05/2012 - 12/06/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48545 48554 48558 48559 48560 48561

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Agreement State Event Number: 48545
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: CONSOLIDATED ENGINEERING LABORATORIES
Region: 4
City: OAKLEY State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/28/2012
Notification Time: 20:40 [ET]
Event Date: 11/27/2012
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()
MEXICO (E-MA)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)

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

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN DENSITY GAUGE

The following is a summary of a report provided by the State of California:

On the morning of November 27, 2012 a licensee technician was retrieving a gauge from one of its storage locations when it was noticed that the unit had been broken into and a gauge was stolen. There were six gauges at this location and five of them are accounted for.

A review of the gauge locking system was checked / confirmed. The nuclear gauge had two locks with a third lock/cable around the box. The roll-up door was locked and the gate to the storage facility itself was locked. The lock latch to the storage facility was broken. This was the evidence of forced entry into the unit.

The police were notified right away and came out and took a report. The licensee will also be placing a local ad, reporting the stolen gauge and offering a reward for any lead information to the finding of this gauge.

The licensee was able to move to another storage unit to secure the remaining five gauges. The licensee also purchased heavy duty chains or cables to wrap through all gauges at this location and other storage locations.

Gauge Manufacturer: CPN
Model: MC1DR
S/N: MD70108564
Source: Cs-137 10 mCi
AM-241 50 mCi

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 48554
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
                   LEU FABRICATION
                   LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: SCOTT MURRAY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 12/04/2012
Notification Time: 13:03 [ET]
Event Date: 12/03/2012
Event Time: 13:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(1) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
ALAN BLAMEY (R2DO)
MERAJ RAHIMI (NMSS)

Event Text

ITEMS RELIED ON FOR SAFETY ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRY SCRAP RECYCLE FURNACE IMPROPERLY ANALYZED

"During a [Global Nuclear Fuels] GNF-A review of the Fuel Manufacturing Operation (FMO) Integrated Safety Analysis (ISA), it was determined at 1:30 PM yesterday (12/3/12) that Items Relied on for Safety (IROFS) associated with the Dry Scrap Recycle furnace operation were improperly analyzed in the ISA. Although criticality controls associated with preventing moderation intrusion exist and these controls remained in place, they were not sufficiently independent to meet performance requirements.

"At no time was an unsafe condition present. The affected equipment has been shut down. An investigation is continuing which will provide additional corrective actions and extent of condition.

"While this did not result in an unsafe condition, this event is being reported pursuant with the reporting requirements of 10CFR70 Appendix A (b)(1) within 24 hours of discovery."

The licensee will notify state and local governmental agencies and has notified the onsite NRC Inspectors.

* * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT MURRAY TO PETE SNYDER AT 1600 EST ON 12/5/12 * * *

"An extent of condition review determined there are three more areas with IROFS that are not sufficiently independent. These areas are vaporization/conversion of the Dry Conversion Process, an area used to pack material for recovery and a hood that is used to transition to a moderation restricted area in the gadolinia shop. The affected equipment in these areas has also been shut down and the investigation continues to identify additional corrective actions."

The licensee notified the onsite NRC Inspectors. Notified R2DO (Blamey) and NMSS (Rahimi).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48558
Facility: ROBINSON
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: KENNETH MYHREN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/05/2012
Notification Time: 08:00 [ET]
Event Date: 12/05/2012
Event Time: 00:31 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ALAN BLAMEY (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

RADIATION MONITOR OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"This is a non-emergency eight hour notification for a loss of emergency assessment capability. On December 5, 2012, Radiation Monitor R-9, Letdown Line Radiation Monitor, was bypassed at 0031 hours as part of planned maintenance on the Chemical Volume and Control System and is not available for monitoring letdown line radiation.

"This radiation monitor is used for accident assessment and is credited for Emergency Action Level (EAL) classification for an Unusual Event in the Robinson Nuclear Plant Emergency Plan. Additionally, this monitor is one of multiple indicators used to detect the loss of a fission product barrier. Inability to classify an EAL due to an out of service monitor is considered a loss of accident assessment capability and is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as described in NUREG-1022, Rev. 2. Actions are in place to restore the monitor to functional status.

"The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified."

* * * UPDATE AT 2028 EST ON 12/5/12 FROM GEORGE CURTIS TO S. SANDIN * * *

Radiation Monitor R-9 was returned to service at 2022 EST.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Blamey).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48559
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: AARON TUBB
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/05/2012
Notification Time: 09:15 [ET]
Event Date: 12/05/2012
Event Time: 08:47 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ALAN BLAMEY (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 REMOVED FROM SERVICE FOR MAINTENANCE

"At approximately 0847 EST on December 5, 2012, maintenance [was commenced] on the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system to restore automatic differential pressure control to the TSC ventilation damper D-5. Following the maintenance, a 10 hour functionality run will be performed. Following a successful 10 hour run, full functionality of the TSC ventilation system will be declared.

"If an emergency requiring activation of the TSC should occur, procedural guidance exists for the Radiation Protection staff to perform continuous air monitoring of the TSC atmosphere to determine habitability conditions.

"This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the Technical Support Center ventilation support system being non-functional during the maintenance and the 10 hour run. The Site Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Response Manager have been notified.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48560
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JOHN PANAGOTOPULOS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/05/2012
Notification Time: 09:30 [ET]
Event Date: 12/05/2012
Event Time: 09:21 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION REMOVED FROM SERVICE FOR MAINTENANCE

"On December 5, 2012, at 0921 EST, the Hope Creek Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system was removed from service to perform planned maintenance on the system. The maintenance consists of a 54 month inspection of the feeder breaker. The removal of ventilation, potentially affects the TSC habitability during a declared emergency requiring activation.

"Appropriate compensatory measures are in place while ventilation is out of service. The Emergency Response Organization duty team has been notified of the maintenance and the possible need to activate the TSC in an alternate location. The ventilation system is scheduled to be out of service for approximately 12 hours."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the local township.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48561
Facility: SUMMER
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-AP1000,[3] W-AP1000
NRC Notified By: GARRETT SANDERS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/05/2012
Notification Time: 13:03 [ET]
Event Date: 12/05/2012
Event Time: 08:10 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ALAN BLAMEY (R2DO)
MARK KING (NRR)
JASON KOZAL (IRD)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO A NON-WORK RELATED MEDICAL EVENT

"This is a non-emergency 4-hour informational notification to the NRC in accordance with the reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"On December 5, 2012 at approximately 0810 hours EST, a contract employee within the construction area suffered a non-work related personal medical event. The individual was transported offsite and was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.

"OSHA was notified at 1134 EST pursuant to the requirements of 29 CFR 1904.39. There was no radioactive contamination involved in this event. South Carolina Electric and Gas Company has not observed any heightened media interest as a result of this event. No other notifications to government agencies are expected.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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