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Event Notification Report for August 3, 1999

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           08/02/1999 - 08/03/1999

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

35980  35981  35982  35983  35984  35985  35986  

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35980       |
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| FACILITY: SURRY                    REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/02/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  VA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:58[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        08/02/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        09:15[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  BILL WEBSTER                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/02/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |ROBERT HAAG          R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AOUT 50.72(b)(1)(ii)(B)  OUTSIDE DESIGN BASIS   |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| DISCOVERY THAT PREVENTS A 3 HOUR FIRE BARRIER FROM MEETING ITS DESIGN        |
|                                                                              |
| "On 7/26/99 a 3-5/8 inch gap approximately 7 feet long was identified to     |
| exist between the Auxiliary Building (Fire Area #17) and the #2 Mechanical   |
| Equipment Room (Fire Area #31).  A deviation report was submitted on the     |
| above date for this condition.  On 8/2/99 following additional evaluation by |
| the plant staff, it was determined that this gap would have prevented this   |
| fire barrier from meeting its 3-hour fire rating.  This condition is         |
| considered to have existed since original design and construction of the     |
| plant.  This condition constitutes a condition outside the Appendix R design |
| basis of the plant.  This condition is being reported pursuant to            |
| 10CFR5O.72(b)(1)(ii)(B).  A continuous fire watch has been established on    |
| one side of the affected fire barrier as a compensatory measure in           |
| accordance with the station Appendix R Program."                             |
|                                                                              |
| The discovery occurred during a quarterly inspection in an area that was     |
| difficult to access normally.  The corrective actions have been determined   |
| and will be completed before the fire watch is removed.                      |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35981       |
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| FACILITY: PALISADES                REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/02/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  MI |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:03[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE                               |EVENT DATE:        08/01/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        15:25[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MALONE                       |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/02/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |GEOFFREY WRIGHT      R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       99       Power Operation  |99       Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| DROWNING FATALITY IN LAKE MICHIGAN                                           |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE MADE AN INFORMATION CALL OF A DROWNING FATALITY IN LAKE         |
| MICHIGAN WHICH OCCURRED NEAR THE PALISADES PLANT.  ACCESS TO THE VICTIM BY   |
| EMERGENCY VEHICLE WAS OBTAINED THROUGH THE PLANT PROTECTED AREA.  THE        |
| LICENSEE DID NOT ISSUE ANY PRESS RELEASES, BUT THE MEDIA DID MENTION THE     |
| PLANT IN ITS REPORTS.                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| THE NRC RESIDENT INSPECTOR WAS NOTIFIED.                                     |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   35982       |
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| FACILITY: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/02/1999|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:17[EDT]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        08/02/1999|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        12:22[CDT]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/02/1999|
|    CITY:  PADUCAH                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  McCRACKEN                 STATE:  KY |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-1                 AGREEMENT:  Y  |MARK RING            R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707001                              |DON COOL             NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+AARON DANIS          IAT     |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JONES                        |JOSEPH GIITTER       IRO     |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| BOMB THREAT AT LANDFILL                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE REPORTED AN UNCLASSIFIED EMERGENCY, AS A COURTESY NOTIFICATION, |
| THAT THERE WAS  A POTENTIAL BOMB THREAT, WHICH HAS NOT YET REACHED THE       |
| CREDIBLE STATE, AT A LANDFILL NORTH OF THE PLANT.  THIS THREAT IS BASED ON   |
| UNIDENTIFIED AND SUSPICIOUS ITEMS BEING FOUND AT THE LANDFILL.  THE LOCAL    |
| POLICE BOMB SQUAD IS RESPONDING.  NO PROTECTIVE ACTION IS RECOMMENDED AT     |
| THIS TIME, SIRENS HAVE NOT BEEN ACTIVATED, NO EAS MESSAGE WAS REQUIRED AND   |
| NO RELEASES HAVE OCCURRED.                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| THE RESIDENT INSPECTOR WAS NOTIFIED ALONG WITH THE COUNTY AND STATE DISASTER |
| AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, AND DOE.                                             |
|                                                                              |
| *** UPDATE ON 8/2/99 @ 1526 BY JONES TO GOULD ***                            |
|                                                                              |
| THE POLICE BOMB SQUAD WILL EVALUATE THE SUSPICIOUS ITEMS AT THE SITE.        |
|                                                                              |
| THE RESIDENT INSPECTOR WAS NOTIFIED.                                         |
|                                                                              |
| *** UPDATE ON 8/2/99 @ 1617 BY JONES TO GOULD ***                            |
|                                                                              |
| THE POLICE BOMB SQUAD DETERMINED THE CONTAINERS AT THE LAND FILL CONTAINED   |
| ANTIFREEZE,  THE EMERGENCY WAS TERMINATED AT 1458 CDT.                       |
|                                                                              |
| THE RESIDENT INSPECTOR WAS NOTIFIED.   THE NMSS EO(MOORE) AND THE REG 3      |
| RDO(RING) AND  DANIS(IAT) WERE NOTIFIED.                                     |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35983       |
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| FACILITY: BRAIDWOOD                REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/02/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  IL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:43[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        08/02/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        14:45[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DORAZIO                      |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/02/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |MARK RING            R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|DDDD 73.71               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| LOST SECURITY KEY. COMPENSATORY MEASURES TAKEN.  SEE LOG FOR ADDITIONAL      |
| INFORMATION.                                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| THE RESIDENT INSPECTOR WAS NOTIFIED.                                         |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35984       |
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| FACILITY: COMANCHE PEAK            REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/02/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  TX |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:21[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        08/02/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        15:53[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  SEWEEL                       |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/02/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |TOM STETKA           R4      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AOUT 50.72(b)(1)(ii)(B)  OUTSIDE DESIGN BASIS   |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| PLATFORM GRATING CLAMPS(FASTENERS) APPEAR NOT TO BE SEISMICALLY QUALIFIED.   |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE HAS DETERMINED THAT THE PLATFORM GRATING CLAMPS DO NOT APPEAR   |
| TO HAVE BEEN QUALIFIED FOR THE REQUIREMENTS OF A SEISMIC CATEGORY 1          |
| COMPONENT WHEN LOADED.  WITH THE GRATINGS UNLOADED, HOWEVER, THIS CONDITION  |
| DOES NOT AFFECT THE ABILITY OF SAFETY RELATED SYSTEMS TO PERFORM THERE       |
| INTENDED FUNCTIONS DURING A DESIGN BASIS EARTHQUAKE.   ENGINEERING IS        |
| CONTINUING TO EVALUATE THIS CONDITION.                                       |
|                                                                              |
| THE RESIDENT INSPECTOR WILL BE NOTIFIED                                      |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35985       |
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| FACILITY: LIMERICK                 REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/02/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  PA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 23:46[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        08/02/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        22:35[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOHN HUNTER                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/02/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |RICHARD BARKLEY      R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|DDDD 73.71               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| SAFEGUARDS SYSTEM DEGRADATION RELATED TO VITAL AREA BOUNDARY.  COMPENSATORY  |
| MEASURES TAKEN UPON DISCOVERY.  THE LICENSEE INFORMED THE NRC RESIDENT       |
| INSPECTOR.  CONTACT THE OPERATIONS CENTER FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.            |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   35986       |
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| REP ORG:  U.S. STEEL, GARY WORKS               |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/03/1999|
|LICENSEE:  U.S. STEEL                           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 04:55[EDT]|
|    CITY:  GARY                     REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        08/02/1999|
|  COUNTY:  LAKE                      STATE:  IN |EVENT TIME:        20:58[CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  GA458-3G              AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/03/1999|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MARK RING            R3      |
|                                                |CHARLEY HAUGHNEY     NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DEAN LARSON                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NDAM                     DAMAGED GAUGE/DEVICE   |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| POSSIBLE DAMAGED THICKNESS GAUGE                                             |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee reported a strip break on the #6 continuous galvanizing line    |
| struck a NDS Model #200 (Serial #2061T) thickness gauge and knocked it from  |
| its mount.  The gauge contains a sealed source of 2 curies of Americium-241. |
| The area was isolated and a survey and wipe test indicated normal readings   |
| as indicated by recent surveys.  The licensee notified its contractor, Val   |
| Met, who will actually go the plant to move the gauge and verify any actual  |
| damage to the gauge.  Val Met is the company that replaced NDS.              |
|                                                                              |
| No injuries, personnel exposures, or contamination occurred in this          |
| incident.                                                                    |
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