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Event Notification Report for May 18, 1999

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           05/17/1999 - 05/18/1999

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

35558  35657  35718  35725  35726  35727  35728  35729  

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35558       |
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| FACILITY: SEABROOK                 REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/08/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NH |NOTIFICATION TIME: 11:12[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        04/08/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        09:18[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KILBY                        |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/17/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |FRANK COSTELLO       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NLTR                     LICENSEE 24 HR REPORT  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| 24-HOUR REPORT - DEAD SEAL FOUND                                             |
|                                                                              |
| DIVERS FOUND A DEAD SEAL IN THE SERVICE WATER FOREBAY.  THE LICENSEE         |
| NOTIFIED THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE AND THE NRC RESIDENT          |
| INSPECTOR.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1148EDT 5/17/99 FROM STEVE MORRISSEY TO S. SANDIN * * *         |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee made the following 24-hour report.  Unit 1 is presently         |
| operating at 91% power.                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "A dead seal was discovered in Seabrook Station's Service Water Pumphouse    |
| today. This 24-hour notification is made in accordance with Section 4.1 of   |
| the Environmental Protection Plan, Appendix B, of the Operating License. The |
| National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester, Massachusetts, has been     |
| notified under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.                             |
|                                                                              |
| "The resident inspector has been notified."                                  |
|                                                                              |
| Notified R1DO(Eselgroth).                                                    |
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!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35657       |
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| FACILITY: BRUNSWICK                REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/30/1999|
|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  NC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 08:22[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        04/30/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        04:44[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOHN REINSBURROW             |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/17/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DICK JOLLIFFE                +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |AL BELISLE           R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     RPS ACTUATION          |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|                                                   |                          |
|2     A/R        N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
|                                                   |                          |
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| - ONE CONTROL ROD INSERTED INTO THE REACTOR VESSEL WITH THE FUEL OFF LOADED  |
| -                                                                            |
|                                                                              |
| While all fuel was removed from the Brunswick Unit 2 reactor vessel for a    |
| scheduled refueling outage, an inadvertent reactor protection system         |
| actuation resulted in the insertion of one control rod (#50-31).  The        |
| invalid scram signal was due to maintenance already underway on the "2A" DC  |
| switchboard (removed from service under clearance, half scram signal present |
| on RPS "A" channel due to de-energization of reactor protection system       |
| instrumentation) and an inadvertent high level trip of average power range   |
| monitor B due to working on local power range monitoring instrumentation     |
| underneath the reactor vessel (half scram signal on the RPS "B" channel).    |
| The one control rod which moved had been withdrawn in preparation (or        |
| placing it under clearance) for control rod drive replacement.  Seven other  |
| control rods were completely withdrawn and under clearance to support        |
| inspection work inside the reactor vessel.  These rods did not move during   |
| this event due to being under clearance.  This event has no safety           |
| significance.  There was no fuel inside the reactor vessel at the time of    |
| this event.                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1200EDT 5/17/99 FROM STEVE TABOR TO S. SANDIN * * *             |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee is retracting this report based on the following:               |
|                                                                              |
| "This event does not meet this reporting criterion in that the actuation     |
| signal resulting in the actuation of the RPS was invalid, and the safety     |
| function of RPS had already been completed at the time of the occurrence. In |
| accordance with the technical specification, the RPS was not required to be  |
| operable based on the condition of the plant at the time of the occurrence.  |
| With the core defueled, the insertion of control rods no longer adds         |
| negative reactivity, and therefore, the safety function of RPS had already   |
| been completed prior to the occurrence.                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "The above discussion also applies to the 10 CFR 50.73 reporting             |
| requirements.                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| "Based on the above analysis, the red phone report (Event Number 35657) was  |
| retracted by Steve Tabor on May 17, 1999, at 12:00 EDT. The NRC contact was  |
| Steve Sandin."                                                               |
|                                                                              |
| Notified R2DO(Bernhard).                                                     |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   35718       |
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| REP ORG:  CITY OF NEW YORK DEPT. HEALTH        |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/14/1999|
|LICENSEE:  BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:00[EDT]|
|    CITY:  NEW YORK CITY            REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        05/14/1999|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  NY |EVENT TIME:        12:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/17/1999|
|  DOCKET:  Y                                    |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JOHN CARUSO          R1      |
|                                                |BRIAN SMITH          NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RICHARD BORRI                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| AGREEMENT STATE EVENT REPORTED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  |
|                                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED THE FOLLOWING             |
| INFORMATION:                                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| JEMS SANITATION LOCATED IN LYNDHURST, NEW JERSEY, HAD RECEIVED A SHIPMENT OF |
| MUNICIPAL WASTE WHICH SET OFF THEIR RADIATION DETECTORS.  THE MUNICIPAL      |
| WASTE IS BEING SHIPPED BACK TO BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER LOCATED IN NEW     |
| YORK CITY.  THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL INVESTIGATE THIS  |
| EVENT.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION COULD BE GIVEN BY THE CALLER.                 |
|                                                                              |
| ************ HOO NOTE:  This event was updated to correct the licensee name  |
| and notification names.                                                      |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35725       |
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| FACILITY: MILLSTONE                REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/17/1999|
|    UNIT:  [] [] [3]                 STATE:  CT |NOTIFICATION TIME: 01:29[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP           |EVENT DATE:        05/17/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        00:00[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RAY MARTIN                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/17/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |JOHN CARUSO          R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     ESF ACTUATION          |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
|3     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
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| LOSS OF POWER SIGNAL ON THE 'A' TRAIN GENERATOR LOAD SEQUENCER               |
|                                                                              |
| A loss of power signal occurred when the licensee restored the 'A' train     |
| generator load sequencer as part of restoration from an 'A' train bus        |
| outage.  At the time, most of the major components were tagged out of        |
| service and deenergized because the unit was 'B' train protected due to the  |
| 'A' train outage.  However, some of the smaller components (valves and       |
| dampers) did move when the loss of power signal occurred.  The licensee      |
| believes that the signal was valid because the sequencer remembered that the |
| bus was deenergized earlier this evening.                                    |
|                                                                              |
| Nothing that actuated affected the licensee's ability to cool the core or    |
| the spent fuel pool.  In addition, anything needed by technical              |
| specifications was not affected.  Therefore, the licensee believes that the  |
| affect on the plant was minimal.  All systems functioned as required, and    |
| all affected components have subsequently been restored to normal.           |
|                                                                              |
| The cause of this event is currently under investigation.  At this time, the |
| licensee hypothesizes that either there was something tagged out that was    |
| confusing the sequencer or that the procedure sequence did not reset the     |
| sequencer memory.  The licensee stated that the procedures were followed     |
| step by step.  It was also noted that the procedure had a large revision bar |
| and that something may have been left out.  The licensee plans to            |
| investigate whether or not the procedure step sequence was proper.  The      |
| licensee also plans to correct this problem before the unit enters Mode 4    |
| (when the sequencer is required to be operable by technical specifications). |
| The current estimated restart date is 06/15/99.                              |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector, the applicable state and   |
| local agencies, and the Department of Environmental Protection.              |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   35726       |
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| REP ORG:  U.S. ARMY                            |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/17/1999|
|LICENSEE:  U.S. ARMY                            |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:03[EDT]|
|    CITY:  ROCK ISLAND              REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        05/16/1999|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  IL |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  12-00722-13           AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/17/1999|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |BRENT CLAYTON        R3      |
|                                                |PETER ESELGROTH      R1      |
+------------------------------------------------+JOE HOLONICH         NMSS    |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JEFF HAVENER                 |FEMA, DOE, USDA, HHS FAX     |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |EPA, DOT (VIA NRC)   FAX     |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB1 20.2201(a)(1)(i)    LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| LOST OR STOLEN 3-CURIE TRITIUM SOURCE FROM AN M140 ALIGNMENT DEVICE          |
|                                                                              |
| Sometime on 5/16/99 near Watervliet Arsenal (about 35 miles from Albany, NY) |
| at a contractor's facility (Wright Malta Corporation at Wright Malta         |
| Station), a break-in occurred.  In the facility was a howitzer with an M1A1  |
| collimator (10 curies tritium) and an M140 alignment device (3 curies        |
| tritium).  The two devices were taken but were recovered on site when the    |
| thieves were interrupted on the way out and dropped them.  However, the      |
| source was missing from the M140 alignment device, and it is unknown whether |
| the source was missing previously or removed and taken by the thieves.  The  |
| local police are following up on the break-in and theft.  The Watervliet     |
| Arsenal contacted the State of New York, who in turn notified NRC Region 1.  |
|                                                                              |
| (Call the NRC operations officer for additional information.)                |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35727       |
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| FACILITY: RIVER BEND               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/17/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  LA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:46[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-6                             |EVENT DATE:        05/17/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        09:03[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  GEORGE TURNER                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/17/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |GARY SANBORN         R4      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|HFIT 26.73               FITNESS FOR DUTY       |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| FITNESS-FOR-DUTY REPORT                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| AT 0903CDT ON 5/17/99, THE LICENSEE DETERMINED THAT A SUPERVISOR TESTED      |
| POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL DURING A RANDOM TEST.   A WORK REVIEW CONCLUDED THERE   |
| WAS NO IMPACT ON PLANT OPERATIONS, AND THE INDIVIDUAL'S PLANT ACCESS HAS     |
| BEEN REMOVED. THE INDIVIDUAL WAS REFERRED TO THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE         |
| PROGRAM.  THE LICENSEE WILL INFORM THE NRC RESIDENT INSPECTOR.               |
|                                                                              |
| (REFER TO THE HOO LOG FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.)                           |
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|Hospital                                         |Event Number:   35728       |
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| REP ORG:  HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/17/1999|
|LICENSEE:  HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:30[EDT]|
|    CITY:  WASHINGTON               REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        05/17/1999|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  DC |EVENT TIME:        09:50[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  08-03075-07           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/17/1999|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |PETER ESELGROTH      R1      |
|                                                |JOE HOLONICH         NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  GREGORY TALLEY               |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| 1-mCi IODINE-131 DIAGNOSTIC SOURCE UNACCOUNTED FOR                           |
|                                                                              |
| AT 0950EDT ON 5/17/99, TECHNOLOGISTS AT THE HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL       |
| DETERMINED THAT A 1-mCi I-131 SOURCE WAS NOT ACCOUNTED FOR.  THE SUPPLIER,   |
| DELMED (LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR MALLINCRODT), CLAIMS THAT THE SOURCE WAS    |
| INCLUDED IN THE ROUTINE DELIVERY MADE BEFORE 0730EDT.  THE HOSPITAL HAS NO   |
| RECORDS INDICATING THAT THE MATERIAL (HIPPURAN USED FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES) |
| WAS RECEIVED.  THE SUPPLIER WAS CONTACTED AND IS CONDUCTING AN               |
| INVESTIGATION.                                                               |
|                                                                              |
| CALL THE HEADQUARTERS OPERATIONS CENTER FOR CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER.        |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35729       |
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| FACILITY: SUMMER                   REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/18/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  SC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 02:07[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        05/18/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        00:41[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MIKE ECKHART                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/18/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |RUDOLPH BERNHARD     R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     RPS ACTUATION          |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     M/R        Y       83       Power Operation  |0        Hot Standby      |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| MANUAL REACTOR TRIP FROM 73% POWER DUE TO UNEXPECTED HIGH  MAIN TURBINE      |
| VIBRATION                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| While the licensee was in the process of increasing load after exiting a     |
| refueling outage, vibrations on the #1 and #2 bearings for the main turbine  |
| were noted to be increasing unexpectedly.  As a result, operators began to   |
| decrease load at 0036 on 05/18/99 with the unit at approximately 83% reactor |
| power.  Operators manually tripped the reactor from 73% power at 0041.  At   |
| that time of the manual reactor trip, vibrations on the #1 and #2 bearings   |
| were at a level of about 10 mills and 12 mils, respectively.  The limits on |
| vibration are either 10 mils for 15 minutes or when a vibration of 12 mils   |
| is reached.                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| All control rods fully inserted as a result of the manual reactor trip, and  |
| all systems functioned as required.  There were no engineered safety feature |
| actuations or emergency core cooling system injections, and none were        |
| required.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| The unit is currently stable in Mode 3 (Hot Standby).  The reactor coolant   |
| pumps, normal charging and letdown, and pressurizer heaters and sprays are   |
| being utilized for primary system transport, level, and pressure control.    |
| All containment parameters are normal.  Emergency feedwater was manually     |
| initiated and is currently supplying water to the steam generators.          |
| Secondary steam is being dumped to the condenser.  Offsite power is          |
| available, and the emergency diesel generators and emergency core cooling    |
| systems are operable and available if needed.                                |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                            |
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