United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for July 2, 2013

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
07/01/2013 - 07/02/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49145 49146 49157 49162 49163 49165 49167

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Agreement State Event Number: 49145
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: MATERIALS TESTING LABORATORY
Region: 1
City: FAR ROCKAWAY State: NY
County:
License #: NYS C2274
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT SNYDER
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 06/24/2013
Notification Time: 11:06 [ET]
Event Date: 06/20/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/24/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of New York via fax:

"The RSO of NYS (New York State) Licensee C2274 called to report a moisture/density (Troxler Model 4640-B 'thin layer') gauge was damaged at a worksite in Far Rockaway, NY. The source (8 mCi of 137 Cs) was in the safe position when it got damaged and the source is within the unit as determined by survey meter readings. The operator was about 5 ft. away from the gauge when it was run over by a roller. The RSO visited the site took measurements to confirm the source was still in the gauge. He called the QC Resources and took a leak test measurement. He is awaiting the results before shipping the gauge to QC Resources. A written report is forthcoming."

New York State Event Report: NY-13-03

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Agreement State Event Number: 49146
Rep Org: OR DEPT OF HEALTH RAD PROTECTION
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: PORTLAND State: OR
County:
License #: UNKNOWN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD WENDT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 06/24/2013
Notification Time: 15:23 [ET]
Event Date: 06/24/2013
Event Time: 11:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/24/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCES (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SCRAP METAL SHIPMENT FOUND TO CONTAIN UNIDENTIFIED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The Oregon Department of Radiation Protection Services received notification, from a scrap metal recycler in Portland, Oregon, that a shipment of scrap metal, for recycling, contains unidentified radioactive material causing low levels of radiation outside the transport vehicle. The shipment originated from a company located in Missoula, Montana. The shipment is under special permit DOT-SP-10656 without a determination of materials meeting or not meeting the regulatory definition of radioactive material. The shipment is a minor radiological concern [approximately 6,000 cpm] based on considerations of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the state official aligning this shipment approval document.

The radioactive material was detected in a truck at a scrap metal recycler's portal monitor in Portland, Oregon. The unidentified item is suspected to be located on the left side, near the landing gear, and on the floor of the trailer. The driver was directed to not rearrange the contents of the truck and the shipment will be returned to the originating company in Missoula, Mt. There is no suspected release of radioactive material, radiation exposures, or personnel injury or contamination.

The state is continuing it's investigation and has notified the Montana Department of Public Health.

Oregon State Incident Docket # 13-0457 and RPS # 13-0024.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49157
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: LARRY KUNKA
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/29/2013
Notification Time: 03:12 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2013
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MARK FRANKE (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 37 Power Operation 37 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO NORTH CAROLINA - RAIN CAUSED OVERFLOW OF HOLDUP POND TO CATAWBA RIVER

"Notification is to be made to an offsite agency: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources [NCDENR]. Due to heavy rains on site, a holdup pond overflowed to the Catawba River. Holdup pond overflow included chemicals (Rotenone) used to treat macro fouling in the Standby Nuclear Service Water Pond. Notification to NCDENR will be made by telephone Saturday morning 6/29/13."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49162
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KENNETH BRESLIN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/01/2013
Notification Time: 11:38 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2013
Event Time: 08:46 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES NOGGLE (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

FUEL OIL SPILL INTO A STORM DRAIN LEADING TO THE DELAWARE RIVER

"On July 1, 2013, at 0846 [EDT] the Hope Creek Shift Manager was notified of a fuel oil spill that entered a storm drain leading to the Delaware River. The onsite Fire Department responded to the scene to contain the spill. The spill was terminated and cleanup activities were completed at 0930 [EDT].

"A 15 minute notification to the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was required and completed on July 1, 2013, at 0900 [EDT].

"The unit remains at 100% power.

"The station has initiated an investigation to determine the cause of the spill and initiate immediate corrective actions.

"No personnel injuries resulted from the event.

"This report is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi), notification of other government agencies.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

"Lower Alloway Creek Township will be notified."

The licensee has also notified the National Response Center.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49163
Facility: DAVIS BESSE
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-R-LP
NRC Notified By: CRAIG GILLIG
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/01/2013
Notification Time: 15:27 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2013
Event Time: 11:03 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

DEGRADED CONDITION DUE TO RCP SEAL LINE PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAKAGE

"On 07/01/2013 at 1103 [EDT], inspection personnel identified leakage from a 3/4 inch small-bore pipe socket weld for RCP 1-2 first stage seal cavity vent line. At current Reactor Coolant System conditions (Normal Operating Pressure and Temperature), the leak rate is approximately 8 to 9 drops per minute.

"The plant entered Technical Specification (TS) Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.4.13, 'RCS Operational Leakage', Condition B. Repairs to the line are being evaluated.

"This pressure boundary leakage is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A). The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The LCO requires the licensee to be in Mode 5 by 2303 EDT on 7/2/13.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 49165
Facility: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PADUCAH State: KY
County: McCRACKEN
License #: GDP-1
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707001
NRC Notified By: KEVIN BEASLEY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/01/2013
Notification Time: 17:53 [ET]
Event Date: 06/28/2013
Event Time: 14:09 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
76.120(c)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
MARK FRANKE (R2DO)
BRIAN SMITH (NMSS)

Event Text

UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT THAT RESTRICTED ACCESS FOR GREATER THAN 24 HOURS

"At 1409 hours [CDT] on 6/28/2013, the Plant Shift Superintendent was notified of an unplanned contamination event that occurred in the C-710 Laboratory building. The controller program for the sample cylinder wash system in room #21 failed, causing supply water to flow out of the system. The water leaked through the floor into room B-23, which is located in the basement, and spread contamination onto the floor and a table. The area of the known water leak was immediately posted as a contamination area. Chemical Operations decontaminated the area that was initially contaminated by the water leak at 1730 hours on 6/28/2013. During follow-up investigative surveys conducted by Health Physics, additional contamination was discovered in other areas of the room causing the entire room to be posted as a contamination area (CA). It was initially thought that the additional contamination which was found was legacy contamination unrelated to the water leak; however, based on further investigation and HP survey results [on 7/1/13], it appears that contamination found elsewhere in the room also came from the water leak event. All contamination related to this event was not cleaned up within 24 hours and the room remains restricted at this time.

"This event is reportable as a 24 hour event in accordance with 10 CFR 76.120(c)(1)(i), 'An unplanned contamination event that: Requires access to the contaminated area, by workers or the public, to be restricted for more than 24 hours by imposing additional radiological controls or by prohibiting entry into the area'.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event."

Room B-23 remained locked over the weekend and was not accessed by plant personnel so the possibility of spreading contamination was minimized.

PGDP Problem Report No. ATRC-13-1468: PGDP Event Report No. PAD-2013-05.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49167
Facility: LASALLE
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-5,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: JASON DEPRIEST
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/01/2013
Notification Time: 21:47 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2013
Event Time: 17:05 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE CORE SPRAY MINIMUM FLOW VALVE PRESSURE SWITCH SETPOINT FOUND OUTSIDE OF TOLERANCE

"This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), Event or Condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a Safety Function needed to Mitigate the Consequences of an Accident. During routine Instrument Maintenance Surveillance Testing (LIS-HP-205), the High Pressure Core Spray System (HPCS) minimum flow valve pressure switch set point was found outside the Technical Specification allowable value. This could have prevented the High Pressure Core Spray System (HPCS), a single train safety system, from performing its design function. This is reportable as an 8 hour ENS notification.

"The required actions of Technical Specification (TS) 3.5.1 were entered on 7/01/13 at 1646 [CDT] when the system was made inoperable for surveillance testing. At 1705, maintenance personnel reported minimum flow valve pressure switch set point was found at 112.6 psig, which is outside of the TS Allowable Value of greater than or equal to 113.2 psig (0.6 psig below the Allowable Value). The minimum flow valve pressure switch set point has been calibrated and was left within Technical Specification allowable values, HPCS was declared OPERABLE at 1815 on 7/01/13."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013