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Event Notification Report for June 8, 1999

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           06/07/1999 - 06/08/1999

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

35789  35803  35804  35805  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   35789       |
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| REP ORG:  WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 06/03/1999|
|LICENSEE:  NOT APPLICABLE                       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:15[EDT]|
|    CITY:  SEATTLE                  REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        06/01/1999|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WA |EVENT TIME:             [PDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  06/07/1999|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |LINDA HOWELL         R4      |
|                                                |FRED COMBS           NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+CHARLES MILLER       IRO     |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TERRY FRAZEE                 |M. ROBERTSON (NRC)   EPA     |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |email                OSP     |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |
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| U.S. CUSTOMS INTERCEPTED UNAUTHORIZED TRANSPORTATION OF IODINE-131 BY AN     |
| INDIVIDUAL.                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| Agreement State Event Report #WA-99-017                                      |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of E-mail received from the Washington       |
| Department of Health, Division of Radiation Protection:                      |
|                                                                              |
| "On Tuesday, June 1, 1999, U.S. Customs at Seattle-Tacoma International      |
| Airport detained a passenger whose luggage was detected to be radioactive.   |
| The alarm level was the highest on the U.S. Customs' meters.  The passenger  |
| was determined to be a [World Health Organization (WHO)] physician in-bound  |
| from Thailand on his way home to Alaska.   The physician admitted that he    |
| was bringing I-131 with him to his home in Alaska where he intended to treat |
| his cat for hyperthyroidism.  He did not have a license or any other         |
| authorization for the radioactive material.                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "U.S. Customs contacted the emergency number for the Washington Department   |
| of Health, Division of Radiation Protection (WDOH).  During this initial     |
| contact, it was determined that the glass vial containing 4 to 6 millicuries |
| of  I-131 was being carried with NO SHIELDING and appeared to constitute a   |
| public health threat.   WDOH immediately asked the U.S. Customs to seize the |
| material under state law prohibiting possession of radioactive material      |
| without a license.   The pouch containing the vial was quickly isolated by   |
| U.S. Customs, and staff from WDOH were dispatched.   The passenger was       |
| allowed to continue home to Alaska.                                          |
|                                                                              |
| "WDOH staff arrived at U.S. Customs at 6 PM and noted that radiation levels  |
| in the office were about twice background.  The I-131 had been placed in a   |
| storage room about 50 feet away from U.S. Customs staff.  Dose rates         |
| exceeding 2 mR/hour where noted within several feet of the pouch, and the    |
| vial was immediately placed into a lead shield and brought to the office for |
| safe storage.  No contamination was detected.                                |
|                                                                              |
| "Radiation exposures to the U.S. Customs personnel, airlines personnel, and  |
| airline passengers are being assessed.  The airline is being advised of this |
| event, and U.S. Customs has notified [the Federal Aviation Administration    |
| (FAA)].                                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "Activity and Isotope(s) involved:  I-131, approximately 6 millicuries as of |
| 3 PM (Pacific time), June 2, 1999.                                           |
| Overexposures?  Unknown at this time."                                       |
|                                                                              |
| (Call the NRC Operations Center for contact telephone numbers.)              |
|                                                                              |
| ********** UPDATE AT 1600 EDT ON 06/07/99 RECEIVED BY TROCINE VIA E-MAIL     |
| FROM FRAZEE **********                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of an E-mail received from the Washington    |
| Department of Health, Division of Radiation Protection:                      |
|                                                                              |
| "Potential radiation exposures to the physician, baggage handlers, other     |
| passengers, and U.S. Customs personnel were assessed based on interviews and |
| baggage stowage information supplied by the airline.  There does not appear  |
| to have been significant exposures due to this event.  FAA is continuing its |
| investigation.                                                               |
|                                                                              |
| "Overexposures?  None.  Based on interviews with the physician, U.S.         |
| Customs, and the airline; the two situations having the most potential       |
| exposure were 1) an individual handling the bare vial and 2) a passenger     |
| seated directly over the baggage hold for the long trans-Pacific flight.     |
| All other individuals were exposed at a distance and for brief periods.  The |
| physician and possibly a U.S. Customs official handled the bare vial for "a  |
| few seconds" to transfer it to baggage or to read the label.  The estimated  |
| dose to the fingers is 300 millirem, with a whole body exposure of less than |
| 10 millirem.  Although the airline states that the suitcase carrying the     |
| vial was in a bin loaded under the galley area, a hypothetical passenger     |
| sitting directly above the suitcase was assumed.  The estimated dose for the |
| 10-hour flight was less than 5 millirem.  This is less than the added dose   |
| due to cosmic radiation resulting from the flight itself."                   |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Operations Center notified the R4DO (Andrews), NMSS EO (Cool), IRO   |
| (Miller), OSP via E-mail (Lohaus and Kerr), and Environmental Protection     |
| Agency via the National Response Center (Matt Robertson).                    |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   35803       |
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| REP ORG:  WESTERN SOIL                         |NOTIFICATION DATE: 06/07/1999|
|LICENSEE:  WESTERN SOIL                         |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:10[EDT]|
|    CITY:  MAYAGUEZ                 REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        06/04/1999|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  PR |EVENT TIME:        11:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  52-21368-01           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  06/07/1999|
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|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |KENNETH BARR         R2      |
|                                                |DON COOL             NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MAX LAVACUENTE               |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  WILLIAM POERTNER             |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB2 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)   LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X    |                             |
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| STOLEN CPN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE                                            |
|                                                                              |
| A CPN moisture density gauge was stolen from a work site in Puerto Rico.     |
| The gauge was stolen at approximately 11:00 a.m. on 6/4/99.  A report has    |
| been filed with the police.   The gauge contains 10 mCi Cs-137 and 50 mCi    |
| Am-241.  The gauge was a model MC-1DR-P82, serial number MD71003957.         |
|                                                                              |
| (Call the NRC Operations Center for a licensee contact telephone number.)    |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35804       |
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| FACILITY: TURKEY POINT             REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 06/07/1999|
|    UNIT:  [3] [] []                 STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:14[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        06/07/1999|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TOM WACH                     |LAST UPDATE DATE:  06/07/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  WILLIAM POERTNER             +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |KENNETH BARR         R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|APRE 50.72(b)(2)(vi)     OFFSITE NOTIFICATION   |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
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|3     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF DEAD CROCODILE IN COOLING CANAL                      |
|                                                                              |
| Plant management was notified by land utilization personnel that a deceased  |
| 4.5-foot long American crocodile was found yesterday (6/6/99) in the suction |
| of one of the cooling canal skimmer pumps.  An autopsy was performed, but    |
| the cause of death could not be determined.  FPL is notifying state and      |
| local authorities and is planning a news release to the press.  No further   |
| actions are planned.                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident inspector has been notified by the licensee.                |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35805       |
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| FACILITY: LIMERICK                 REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 06/07/1999|
|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  PA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:09[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        06/07/1999|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TOM DOUGHERTY                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  06/07/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |JOHN CARUSO          R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AINC 50.72(b)(2)(iii)(C) POT UNCNTRL RAD REL    |                             |
|AIND 50.72(b)(2)(iii)(D) ACCIDENT MITIGATION    |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
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|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| THE DIVERSITY AND REDUNDANCY FOR AUTOMATICALLY ISOLATING A BREAK OUTSIDE     |
| CONTAINMENT IN THE RWCU SYSTEM WAS RENDERED INOPERABLE ON THREE PREVIOUS     |
| OCCASIONS.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the licensee:   |
|                                                                              |
| "On 06/07/99, at 1100 hours, it was determined that on three occasions in    |
| the past, on 07/23/98, 09/17/98, and 09/28/98, while placing the Unit 2      |
| Reactor Water Cleanup (RWCU) System in service, bypassing of the RWCU - Leak |
| Detection System (LDS) isolation function by procedure created a condition   |
| that alone could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of a  |
| system needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident and control the    |
| release of radioactive material.                                             |
|                                                                              |
| "The RWCU-LDS is made up of two subsystems.  The first subsystem is the RWCU |
| high differential flow isolation signal which is a protective feature        |
| designed to limit the release of radioactive material from a pipe break      |
| outside of containment in the 'cold' portions of the RWCU system by          |
| detecting a difference between system inlet flow and outlet flow.  The       |
| second RWCU-LDS subsystem is the RWCU area high temperature isolation        |
| signal.  This second subsystem is a protective feature designed to limit the |
| release of radioactive material from a pipe break outside of containment in  |
| the high energy portions of the RWCU system by detecting high ambient        |
| temperature in the RWCU system equipment room areas.  Both of these          |
| isolation signals are also part of the Primary Containment and Reactor       |
| Vessel Isolation Control System (PCRVICS).                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "The RWCU high differential flow isolation signal was intentionally bypassed |
| by procedure on the three occasions identified above to defeat a potential   |
| RWCU system isolation that could be caused by a pressure perturbation in the |
| system while placing the system in service.  Recent investigation            |
| subsequently revealed that the RWCU area high temperature isolation signal   |
| was also bypassed by the same installed jumpers.                             |
|                                                                              |
| "The installation of the jumpers in the isolation logic for both the inboard |
| isolation trip system and the outboard isolation trip system for both        |
| RWCU-LDS subsystems created a condition such that the diversity and          |
| redundancy for automatically isolating a break outside containment in the    |
| RWCU system as described in the safety analysis was rendered inoperable.     |
| Therefore, this condition is reportable as a condition that alone could have |
| prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of a system needed to       |
| mitigate the consequences of an accident and control the release of          |
| radioactive material.  This notification is being made in accordance with    |
| the requirements of 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iii)."                                  |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee plans to notify the NRC resident inspector.                     |
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