United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for January 9, 2013

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
01/08/2013 - 01/09/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48589 48654 48657 48658 48659

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Agreement State Event Number: 48589
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: THERMO SCIENTIFIC PORTABLE ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTS
Region: 1
City: TEWKSBURY State: MA
County:
License #: 55-0238
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 12/13/2012
Notification Time: 17:05 [ET]
Event Date: 12/12/2012
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - POTENTIAL CONTAMINATED SEALED SOURCE

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"On 12/13/12, licensee notified this Agency of the 12/12/12 determination of a potential leaking or contaminated sealed source that had been received from an out-of-state vendor. The source being returned to vendor for further analysis. There was no evidence of contamination beyond the source itself."

"The Agency considers this matter to be OPEN pending receipt of written report."

The sealed source contained 0.040 Ci of Cd-109. The manufacturer is Eckert and Zeigler, model XFB-3, with serial number TR2463.

* * * UPDATE FROM TONY CARPENITO TO CHARLES TEAL ON 1/8/13 AT 1042 EDT * * *

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"The Vendor/Manufacturer reported to licensee in a letter dated 1/7/13 that, per wipe and soak tests conducted in accordance with ISO 9978:1992 (Radiation protection -- Sealed radioactive sources -- Leakage test methods) the source is not leaking and removable activity initially found originated from the capsule's surface. The vendor/manufacturer also wrote that the incident was assigned to the vendor/manufacturer's internal corrective and preventive action program."

Notified R1DO (Newport) and FSME Event Resource via email.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48654
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVE RICHARDSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/07/2013
Notification Time: 14:59 [ET]
Event Date: 01/08/2013
Event Time: 04:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT (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 WILL BE RENDERED NON-FUNCTIONAL FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A planned work package (52232185-01) at the James A. FitzPatrick (JAF) Nuclear Power Plant will be performed for inspection and verification of 72AOD-171 (Admin Building Ventilation AHU-4 Fresh Air Supply Isolation Damper). The isolations necessary to perform this evolution will require tagging out 72AHU-4 (Admin Building Office Area Air Handling Unit) and breaking the boundary into the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system. Therefore, the TSC ventilation system will be rendered non-functional during the duration of this work activity. The TSC ventilation is expected to be out of service for approximately 10 hours.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the station Emergency Plant Manager will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate TSC location in accordance with applicable site procedures giving first consideration to the Control Room. TSC facility leads have been made aware of this contingency.

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

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE ON 01/08/13 AT 1654 EST FROM BOB WISE TO HUFFMAN * * *

The TSC ventilation system was returned to service at 1650 EST. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. R1DO (Newport) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48657
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: ANDREW ZUCHOWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/08/2013
Notification Time: 07:05 [ET]
Event Date: 01/08/2013
Event Time: 05:05 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/09/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT (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

PLANNED TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION MAINTENANCE

"A planned maintenance evolution at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station has removed the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system from service. The TSC ventilation system will be rendered non-functional during the course of the work activities. The TSC ventilation is expected to be out of service for approximately thirty six hours from 0505 [EST] to 1700, tomorrow, Jan 9, 2013.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Emergency Director will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR 5O.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to potential loss of the TSC. An update will be provided once the TSC ventilation has been restored to normal operation. The NRC resident has been notified."

* * * UPDATE AT 0258 ON 1/9/2013 FROM JIM RITCHIE TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

TSC ventilation was returned to service at 0230 EST. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R1DO (Newport).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48658
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: BRIAN STROBEL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/08/2013
Notification Time: 15:26 [ET]
Event Date: 01/08/2013
Event Time: 14:32 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF OIL FOUND IN SOIL ON PROPERTY ADJACENT TO BEAVER VALLEY

"During excavation activities at the site of the former Shippingport Atomic Power Station (SAPS) which is located on company property outside the protected area but adjacent to Beaver Valley Power Station (BVPS), BVPS found soil with evidence of a historical oil leak. The area was underneath a concrete pad for a removed fuel oil storage tank at SAPS. Actions to remove the soil with oil residue have been initiated and are in progress. Decommissioning of SAPS was completed in 1989.

"BVPS has notified the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection of the condition and the activities being taken on 01-08-13 at 1432 EST.

"This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) based on a notification to another government agency that has been made.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48659
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ERIC MAXWELL
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/08/2013
Notification Time: 18:15 [ET]
Event Date: 01/08/2013
Event Time: 16:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/08/2013
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)
STEVE REYNOLDS (R4)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
PATRICK HILAND (NRR)

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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO MAIN TRANSFORMER FIRE

"Fire in Unit 2 main transformer 2A. Reactor trip. Two train of offsite power lost to Unit 2."

"An Unusual Event was declared based on EAL HU-2 - Fire or explosion in protected area or switchyard which affects normal plant operations."

At 1655 CST, South Texas Unit 2 declared an Unusual Event due to a main transformer fire. Unit 2 tripped from 100% power and is currently at 0% power in Mode 3. The transformer fire is out. In addition to the loss of the main transformer, several safety related electrical busses and non-safety electrical busses lost offsite power. The appropriate emergency diesel generators started and powered the safety related busses. Unit 2 is currently stable and on natural circulation due to the loss of power to the reactor coolant pumps. Auxiliary feedwater is functioning as required and decay heat is being removed through the steam generator atmospheric relief valves. Unit 1 was unaffected by the event.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA, DHS NICC and NuclearSSA via email.


* * * UPDATE FROM RICK NANCE TO BILL HUFFMAN AT 2055 EST ON 1/8/2013 * * *

"On January 8, 2013, at 1640 CST, a failure of the Unit 2 Main Transformer occurred which resulted in a Unit 2 automatic trip. The failure of the main transformer resulted in a fire and damage to the transformer. The onsite fire brigade responded to the fire. The fire was declared under control at 1649 CST and declared out at 1656 CST. No offsite assistance was required.

"An Unusual Event was declared at 1655 CST for initiating condition HU-2 (Fire or explosion in protected area or switchyard which affects normal plant operations) due to the main transformer fire.

"Due to the site electrical lineup at the time, the loss of the main transformer resulted in a loss of power to 4160 ESF buses 2A and 2C, and associated Standby Diesel Generators 21 and 23 started as required and loaded on to their respective buses. 4160 ESF bus 2B remained energized from offsite power during this event and Standby Diesel Generator 22 did not start since an undervoltage condition did not exist on its ESF bus.

"All three (3) motor-driven and the steam-driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pumps started as required. The Main Steam Isolation Valves were closed in accordance with procedure to limit plant cooldown. Decay heat is being removed via Auxiliary Feedwater with Steam Generator Power Operated Relief Valves.

"Following the reactor trip, Pressurizer Power Operated Relief Valve 656A momentarily lifted and re-closed.

"There were no personnel injuries and no radiological release as a result of this event. A press release has been issued.

"The plant is currently stable in Mode 3 and the cause of the event is under investigation.

"The Unusual Event was terminated at 1947 CST on 1/8/2013."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R4DO (Gaddy), NRR (Leeds), R4 (Reynolds), IRD (Gott), NRR EO (Hiland). Notified DHS SWO, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC, EPA, and NuclearSSA via email.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013