United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for December 31, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
12/28/2012 - 12/31/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48613 48614 48629 48635 48636 48637 48638 48639

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Agreement State Event Number: 48613
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: PACTIV LLC
Region: 3
City: FRANKLIN PARK State: IL
County:
License #: 9222886
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 12/20/2012
Notification Time: 12:21 [ET]
Event Date: 12/18/2012
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER FAILURE

The following information was received via email from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency:

"On December 19, 2012 this general license registrant called to advise that a shutter on one of their process gauges had failed. The registrant had discovered the failure as a result of conducting their routine 6-month safety checks of the device. A makeshift shield was placed over the beam opening following the manufacturer's instructions, pending repair. Arrangements were made to have a field engineer from the company come to the site the next day to replace the shutter. No exposures to operating personnel were reported due to the circumstances of the gauge installation and low activity of the source involved.

"Source/Radioactive Material: SEALED SOURCE GAUGE
"Radionuclide: AM-241, 0.025 Ci, 0.925 GBq
"Manufacturer: QSA GLOBAL
"Model Number: AMC.P6
"Serial Number: 7734AR"

Illinois Item Number: IL12018

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Agreement State Event Number: 48614
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
Region: 1
City: COLLEGE PARK State: MD
County: PRINCE GEORGES
License #: MD-33-004-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENNETH BRENNEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/20/2012
Notification Time: 13:46 [ET]
Event Date: 12/19/2012
Event Time: 15:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GORDON HUNEGS (R1DO)
FSME RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

MARYLAND AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - IRRADIATOR SOURCE CHAIN FAILED TO FUNCTION

The following information was obtained from the State of Maryland via fax:

On December 19, 2012 at 1500 EST, the licensee's irradiator chain became "kinked" and failed to function as required. The sources were being raised at the time of the incident. The chain was de-kinked from around the sprocket and the elevator/sources were returned to their lowest position in the pool.

The sources will remain stored at the lowest position until an internal investigation determines the cause of the event.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48629
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAN WILLIAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 12/28/2012
Notification Time: 09:55 [ET]
Event Date: 12/28/2012
Event Time: 03:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITH ALL EMERGENCY PLANNING ZONE SIRENS

"Limerick and associated local counties have lost communications with all Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) sirens for greater than 1 hour. This exceeds the 25% notification threshold. The contract vendor is responding to the loss to determine repair actions and timeline.

"The EPZ plan contains alternate methods of notifying the public in the event of an evacuation.

"Notifications have been made to the State and local agencies regarding this loss of Emergency Preparedness capability at 0913 EST on 12/28/12, which constitutes the 'Offsite Notification' per 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi)."

The licensee has notified Montgomery, Chester, Burkes counties, and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1258 EST ON 12/28/12 FROM DAN WILLIAMSON TO HUFFMAN * * *

Communications with all EPZ sirens have been restored. The licensee will notify the affected counties and the NRC Resident Inspector.

R1DO (Conte) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48635
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RYAN CHAMBERLAIN
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 12/28/2012
Notification Time: 18:02 [ET]
Event Date: 12/28/2012
Event Time: 14:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
ROBERT DALEY (R3DO)

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

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - ACCESS DENIED

On December 28, 2012, at approximately 1410 hours CDT, Dresden Station was informed by Station Security that a Contract Supervisory (non-licensed) individual had a confirmed positive Fitness-For-Duty test for a controlled substance.

This event affects both Dresden and Braidwood Stations. The individuals access to both Dresden and Braidwood Stations has been terminated.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspectors.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48636
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JAY BARNES
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 12/29/2012
Notification Time: 01:20 [ET]
Event Date: 12/28/2012
Event Time: 11:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation
2 N Y 18 Power Operation 18 Power Operation

Event Text

COMPUTER PROGRAM ERROR IDENTIFIED IN THE FITNESS FOR DUTY PROGRAM

"On December 28, 2012 at approximately 1100 [EST], Susquehanna discovered a computer program error that affected the Susquehanna Fitness for Duty (FFD) program. Specifically, thirty-nine Behavioral Observation Program (BOP) inquiries were without proper documentation of the required need to continue unescorted access (UA) and without verification of an actual observation within the required thirty day timeframe. The computer error resulted in answers for two of the three questions on the Behavior Observation Inquiry form not being recorded when the form was submitted by the supervisor. This resulted in the thirty-nine security accounts being re-zeroed and allowing UA for an additional thirty days. All thirty-nine BOP supervisors were contacted, and it was determined that thirty-six of the individuals were intended to continue with UA. The remaining three accounts should have terminated to prevent UA; however, none of these three individuals gained unauthorized access to the Protected Area after their UA should have been terminated. Seven of the thirty-six intended to continue with UA did access the Protected Area, but per follow-up with the Behavior Observation Supervisors, these individuals were in compliance with the BOP. In accordance with 10 CFR 26.719(b)(4), this report is being made based on being a potential programmatic failure, degradation, or discovered vulnerability of the FFD program that may permit undetected drug or alcohol use or abuse by individuals within a protected area, or by individuals who are assigned to perform duties that require them to be subject to the FFD program. The [NRC] Resident Inspector and the Branch Chief for the Region I Division of Reactor Safety were briefed."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48637
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: CHAD ROGERS
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/29/2012
Notification Time: 05:05 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2012
Event Time: 00:18 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO A TURBINE/GENERATOR TRIP


"Actuation of RPS [Reactor Protection System] with reactor critical. Reactor Scram occurred at 0018 [CST], 12/29/12, from 100% CTP [Core Thermal Power]. The cause of scram appears to be a Generator/Turbine trip.

"Appropriate off normal event procedures were entered to mitigate the transient with all systems responding as designed. No loss of offsite or ESF [engineered safety feature] power occurred. No ECCS initiation signals were reached and no ECCS or Diesel Generator initiation occurred.

"MSIVs [Main Steam Isolation Valves] remained open and SRVs [Safety Relief Valves] lifted. Currently, reactor water level is being maintained by the condensate and feedwater system in normal band and reactor pressure is being controlled to limit cooldown."

All control rods inserted. The plant is in hot shutdown with decay heat removal to the condenser and the electrical line-up is in a normal configuration. The cause of the turbine/generator trip is under investigation.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48638
Facility: SURRY
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: BRET RICKERT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/29/2012
Notification Time: 15:21 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2012
Event Time: 08:03 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (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

EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR AUTO-START AND LOAD UPON TRIP OF RESERVE STATION TRANSFORMER

"At 0803 EST on 12/29/2012 With Unit 1 and Unit 2 operating at 100%, the Supply breaker to 'B' Reserve Station Transformer (RSST), 0-EP-BKR-252 tripped on an instantaneous over current of the B-C phases due to a Pelican contacting the lines. This resulted in a lockout of the 'B' RSST and loss of power to the Unit 2 'H' Emergency Bus from its normal off site power supply. #2 Emergency Diesel Generator auto started on under voltage and loaded onto the Unit 2 'H' Emergency Bus. The Operations staff entered abnormal operating procedure 2-AP-10.07, Loss of Unit 2 Power, to recover from the electrical transient. All equipment performed as expected during the event and there were no unexplained occurrences. Maintenance has verified there is no damage to the line, breaker or 'B' RSST and at 1242 EST offsite power was restored to Unit 2 'H' Emergency Bus. At 1501, #2 Emergency Diesel Generator was secured in accordance with Station Operating procedures.

"Currently Unit 1 is operating at 100%, 922 MWE.

"Currently Unit 2 is operating at 100%, 915 MWE.

"All electrical distribution systems were restored to a normal alignment.

"No adverse radiological consequences resulted from this event. There were no radiation releases due to this event, nor were there any personnel injuries or contamination events.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) due to the auto start of #2 Emergency Diesel Generator."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48639
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: RICK KERRONE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/30/2012
Notification Time: 15:45 [ET]
Event Date: 12/30/2012
Event Time: 05:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/30/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)

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

SECONDARY CONTAINMENT MOMENTARILY INOPERABLE

"Technical Specification 3.6.4.1 (Secondary Containment) requires that the secondary containment be operable. Surveillance requirement 3.6.4.1.3 requires verifying each secondary containment access inner door or each secondary containment access outer door in each access opening is closed.

"During a fire tour, a security officer proceeded through Reactor Building outer security door (R-204) and opened the inner door (R-205) prior to the outer security door completely closing. This resulted in both the Reactor Building inner and outer access doors being simultaneously open for a short duration. Normally, the doors are interlocked in which the inner door would not be able to be opened prior to the outer security door being closed.

"The security officer immediately notified the Main Control Room and operations personnel verified both doors were locked and closed. The outer security door (R205) has been key-locked closed until corrective actions are determined.

"Columbia Generating Station is investigating why the interlock feature failed.

"There were no radiological releases associated with the event.

"No safety system actuations or isolations occurred."

The Licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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