United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for November 27, 2013

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
11/26/2013 - 11/27/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49549 49555 49556 49580 49581 49582 49585

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Agreement State Event Number: 49549
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: NICHOLS ALUMINUM ALABAMA
Region: 1
City: DECATUR State: AL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID TURBERVILLE
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 11/18/2013
Notification Time: 11:30 [ET]
Event Date: 11/14/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

FIRE DAMAGE OF A GENERAL LICENSED DEVICE

"On the afternoon of November 15, 2013 at 1530 CST, the Alabama Office of Radiation Control was notified that on November 14, 2013 a coal bed fire occurred at Nichols Aluminum Alabama in Decatur, AL. This fire occurred in the vicinity of a general licensed radioactive material device causing damage to the device. The device was identified as an Accuracy model 7000M, serial number 4084600. The device contained a Sr-90 sealed source model USS-18, source serial number LB-650 with an original activity of 11.1 milliCurie. Initial action taken by the company was to restrict access around the device at a 100 feet radius. A consultant from Phillips Group evaluated the radiation hazard on November 16, 2013 taking radiation measurements and a leak test of the device. Preliminary test indicate that the sealed source capsule remained intact with no leakage. The device shutter could not be completely closed but the device has been secured and presents no hazard to workers. The general licensee plans to contract with the manufacturer to package and dispose of the device. The written report from the general licensee is pending."

Alabama Incident #13-52

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Agreement State Event Number: 49555
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: HALES SAND AND GRAVEL
Region: 4
City: RICHFIELD State: UT
County:
License #: UT 2100441
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SPENCER WICKHAM
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/18/2013
Notification Time: 18:05 [ET]
Event Date: 11/14/2013
Event Time: 15:47 [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED PORTABLE GAUGE

The following was received via facsimile from the Utah Division of Radiation Control:

"The Operations Manager of Hales Sand and Gravel reported to the Division of Radiation Control that one of the licensee's gauge operators was at a temporary job site to perform soil moisture density measurements on November 14, 2013. After taking a moisture density measurement, the gauge operator left the gauge sitting on the ground while he walked away to talk to the roller operator. The gauge was left in the backing up path of Hales Sand Gravel's grader (heavy equipment) and was run over.

"After everyone was cleared out of the area, the Radiation Safety Officer of Jones & Demille Engineering was contacted to provide a survey instrument. At the time of the incident the radioactive sources were in the safe shielded position. After the gauge was run over, the gauge was broken into two pieces; the source rod was separated from the shielding block but was still in one piece. Upon arrival, the Radiation Safety Officer verified that the radioactive sources were still intact and attached to the source rod.

"The Radiation Safety Officer added additional shielding to the source rod to prevent the sources from becoming detached. The Radiation Safety Officer then put the damaged gauge and its pieces into the transportation container. After the gauge was loaded in the truck and removed from the job site, the Radiation Safety Officer performed a survey of the area the accident occurred at to verify that no contamination was present. No contamination was found, and the gauge was returned to its storage area in Elsinore, Utah.

"On November 15, 2013, the Division of Radiation Control's inspector arrived at Hales Sand and Gravel's facility at approximately 1230 [MST]. The inspector interviewed personnel involved in the accident and collected statements. The inspector took photographs of the damaged gauge, collected wipe tests, and took surveys of the damaged gauge. The inspector also visited the site of the accident to perform a contamination survey. No readings were distinguishable from background.

"Gauge information: Troxler 3430, s/n 31986"

Event Report ID Number: UT 130004

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49556
Rep Org: CARDINAL ATC
Licensee: CARDINAL ATC
Region: 3
City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN
County:
License #: 13-17732-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUSS BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 11/19/2013
Notification Time: 06:41 [ET]
Event Date: 11/18/2013
Event Time: 17:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTA)

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

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

On 11/18/13, at about 1730 EST, a licensee truck carrying a Troxler model # 3411-B (serial #15760) moisture density gauge was stolen. This gauge has an 8 milliCurie Cs-137 source and a 40 milliCurie Am:Be source. The RSO reported that the gauge was properly secured in its case and properly secured to the vehicle. A report has been filed with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 49580
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RICK DAVIDSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 11/26/2013
Notification Time: 05:08 [ET]
Event Date: 11/26/2013
Event Time: 04:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/26/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (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

DISCHARGE CANAL RADIATION MONITOR REMOVED FROM SERVICE

"Planned preventative maintenance on the discharge canal piping will remove the discharge canal radiation monitor from service. This represents a loss of emergency assessment capability under NUREG-1022, revision 3, specific to RU1.1, RU1.2, RA1.1, and RA1.2. The planned maintenance is expected to last 13 hours.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified [by the licensee] prior to removing the discharge canal radiation monitor from service."

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Part 21 Event Number: 49581
Rep Org: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
Licensee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
Region: 3
City: MARSHALLTOWN State: IA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHAD ENGLE
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 11/26/2013
Notification Time: 12:20 [ET]
Event Date: 11/07/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/26/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
FRANK EHRHARDT (R2DO)
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
GREG PICK (R4DO)
PART 21 GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

PART 21 REPORT - IMPROPER DEDICATION OF ACTUATOR PARTS

The following information was received via fax:

Equipment affected by this information notice:

Items subject to this Fisher Information Notice (FIN) were provided to Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (WEC) via Fisher Order Number 004-X012140579, Items 25, 25A, 25B, and 25C (Westinghouse PO# 4500280610). The valves included Type 657NS2 Size 80 Actuators (Equipment). The equipment is identified by Fisher Serial Numbers 19073487, 19073488, 19073489, and 19073490 (Westinghouse Tag Numbers APP-PXS-PL-V014A, APP-PXS-PL-V014B, APP-PXS-PL-V015A, and APP-PXS-PL-V015B).

Purpose:

The purpose of this FIN is to alert WEC that as of 07 November 2013, Fisher Controls International LLC (Fisher) became aware of a situation which may affect the performance of the Equipment, including their safety-related function. Fisher is informing WEC of this circumstance in accordance with Section 21.21 (b) of 10 CFR 21.

Applicability:

This FIN applies only to the subject equipment supplied by Fisher to WEC via the aforementioned order.

Discussion:

Fisher has determined that the subject valves were provided with actuator parts that had not been properly processed per active valve requirements. Specifically, Fisher provided commercial grade parts instead of commercial grade dedicated items. The parts are identified per Fisher Type III drawing GE40372, find numbers 118, 121, and 122.

Action Required:

Fisher will support WEC in performing the disassembly and replacement of these parts, at no cost to WEC, on the installed actuators. Arrangements will be made with WEC to retrofit the correctly processed and dedicated parts on the subject serial numbers. In addition, a Corrective Action Request (CAR 1661) has been initiated by Fisher to prevent reoccurrence of this issue.

10 CFR 21 Implications:

Fisher requests that the recipient of this notice review it and take appropriate action in accordance with 10 CFR 21. If there are any technical questions or concerns, please contact:

George Baitinger
Manager, Quality
Fisher Controls International LLC
301 South First Avenue
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Fax: (641) 754-2854
Phone: (641) 754-2026
George.Baitinger@Emerson.com

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49582
Facility: SUMMER
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-AP1000,[3] W-AP1000
NRC Notified By: FINDLAY SALTER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 11/26/2013
Notification Time: 13:44 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2013
Event Time: 08:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/26/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.55(e) - CONSTRUCT DEFICIENCY
Person (Organization):
FRANK EHRHARDT (R2DO)
OMID TABATABAI (NRO)
PART 21 GROUP (EMAI)

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

DEFICIENCY IDENTIFIED IN QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM

"This is a 10 CFR 50.55(e) initial notification for a significant breakdown in the Quality Assurance (QA) program of Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) Lake Charles facility, a sub-supplier of CB&I. CB&I Lake Charles supplies safety-related structural sub modules for the Virgil C. Summer Units 2 & 3 construction project.

"In September 2013, CB&I Lake Charles issued a root cause analysis report for deviations associated with sub-modules being supplied to domestic AP1000 construction projects. An evaluation of the root cause analysis results concluded that a significant QA program breakdown had occurred that could have produced a defect. No defect has been identified.

"This initial notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.55(e)(4)(iii) and 10 CFR 50.55(e)(5)(i)."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49585
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: KYLE KOLLER
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 11/26/2013
Notification Time: 19:02 [ET]
Event Date: 11/26/2013
Event Time: 14:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/26/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

LEAKAGE DISCOVERED ON ELECTROMATIC RELIEF VALVE DURING HYDROSTATIC TESTING

"On November 26, 2013, with Unit 2 shutdown for refueling, leakage was identified on the 2-0203-3C Electromatic Relief Valve (ERV) during a Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) pressure test. The leak is located on the line connecting the ERV main body to the pilot valve, and is approximately 1 drop per second. Each unit is designed with relief valves which actuate to control reactor coolant system pressure during transient conditions and are located on the main steam lines between the reactor vessel and the first isolation valve within the drywell. The cause of this event is under investigation.

"The condition is being reported under 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) given the defect was associated with the primary coolant system pressure boundary.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013