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Event Notification Report for August 4, 1999

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           08/03/1999 - 08/04/1999

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

35983  35986  35987  35988  35989  35990  

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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:  08/03/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |MARK RING            R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|DDDD 73.71               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|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.                                         |
|                                                                              |
| *** RETRACTION AT 12:42 ON 8/3/99 FROM DORAZIO TO POERTNER ***               |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee determined that this event was not reportable.  See HOO LOG for |
| additional information.                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident inspector has been notified.                                |
|                                                                              |
| HOO notified R3DO (Mark Ring)                                                |
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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    |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DEAN LARSON                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|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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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   35987       |
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| REP ORG:  US ARMY                              |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/03/1999|
|LICENSEE:  US ARMY                              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:00[EDT]|
|    CITY:  ROCK ISLAND              REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        08/03/1999|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  IL |EVENT TIME:        09:15[CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  12-00722-06           AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/03/1999|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MARK RING            R3      |
|                                                |DON COOL             NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JUDITH WINDHAM               |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  WILLIAM POERTNER             |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB1 20.2201(a)(1)(i)    LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| MISSING CHEMICAL AGENT MONITOR                                               |
|                                                                              |
| A chemical agent monitor containing 250 microcuries of americium-241 was     |
| discovered missing during an inventory check.  The monitor was located at    |
| the Milwaukee Wisconsin Army National Guard Center.  The monitor was last    |
| inventoried in September 1998.  A search for the missing chemical agent      |
| monitor is ongoing.                                                          |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35988       |
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| FACILITY: WATERFORD                REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/03/1999|
|    UNIT:  [3] [] []                 STATE:  LA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:10[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [3] CE                               |EVENT DATE:        08/02/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        16:43[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  WEMETT                       |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/03/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |TOM STETKA           R4      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AIND 50.72(b)(2)(iii)(D) ACCIDENT MITIGATION    |                             |
|NLCO                     TECH SPEC LCO A/S      |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|3     N          N       0        Hot Shutdown     |0        Cold Shutdown    |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| THE LICENSEE DETERMINED A CONDITION THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE CVC SYSTEM |
| FROM FULFILLING ITS INTENDED SAFETY FUNCTION.                                |
|                                                                              |
| At 1643 CDT on 8/2/99 with charging pumps 'A' and 'B' operating, the control |
| room received the "CHARGING HEADER FLOW LO" annunciator.  The operator       |
| observed that charging header flow indicated 0.0 gpm. The control room       |
| personnel selectively secured charging pump 'A' and observed that the        |
| charging header flow returned to the expected flow (44.0 gpm) for a single   |
| operating charging pump.  At 1650 charging pump 'A' was restarted to         |
| investigate if the condition was repeatable.  Operations personnel were      |
| observing the charging pumps locally during this period.  The condition was  |
| identified as repeatable, however, operations personnel could not            |
| conclusive identify locally any abnormalities.  Charging pump 'A' was        |
| declared inoperable and was secured in the "OFF" condition to preclude any   |
| unplanned starts due to automatic actuations (pressurizer level deviation or |
| SIAS) and Technical Specification 3.1.2.4 was entered at 1654 (CDT). The     |
| on-coming shift isolated and danger tagged charging pump 'A'.   After review |
| of the information by licensing personnel on August 3, 1999, it was          |
| determined that this failure may have prevented the CVC System from          |
| fulfilling its intended safety function.                                     |
| The plant was in a 72 hr LCO action statement to have both charging pumps    |
| operable while in modes 1,2,3, & 4.  The plant entered mode 5 within the 72  |
| hr action statement.  The cause of the problem is being investigated.        |
|                                                                              |
| The resident inspector will be notified.                                     |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35989       |
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| FACILITY: BRUNSWICK                REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/03/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  NC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:45[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        08/03/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:45[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TABOR                        |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/03/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |PAUL FREDRICKSON     R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|HFIT 26.73               FITNESS FOR DUTY       |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       28       Power Operation  |28       Power Operation  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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| A LICENSED EMPLOYEE TESTED POSITIVE FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS DURING A RANDOM DRUG   |
| TEST.                                                                        |
| HE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM DUTY AND HIS PROTECTED AREA ACCESS HAS BEEN         |
| SUSPENDED.                                                                   |
| HE HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.                     |
| REFER TO HOO LOG FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.                                 |
|                                                                              |
| THE RESIDENT INSPECTOR WAS NOTIFIED.                                         |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   35990       |
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| FACILITY: HARRIS                   REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/03/1999|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:20[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        08/03/1999|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        16:41[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  BRIGGS                       |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/03/1999|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |PAUL FREDRICKSON     R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AESS 50.72(b)(1)(v)      EMERGENCY SIREN INOP   |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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| ALL CHATHAM COUNTY SIRENS WERE INOPERABLE DUE TO A REPEATER FAILURE          |
|                                                                              |
| CHATHAM COUNTY DISPATCH INFORMED CP&L SIREN MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL OF THE     |
| REPEATER FAILURE AT 0730 ON 8/2/99 WHEN CP&L WAS PREPARING TO CONDUCT        |
| ROUTINE SIREN TESTING.  INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THERE WAS A LOSS OF THE  |
| REPEATER RESULTING IN THE INABILITY TO SOUND THE OFFSITE SIRENS WITHIN THAT  |
| COUNTY FROM APPROXIMATELY 0545 TO 1700 ON 8/2/99.  THE INVESTIGATION ALSO    |
| REVEALED THAT THE SIREN ANTENNA RECEIVERS ARE TUNED TO A SPECIFIC REPEATER   |
| (IN THIS CASE THE FAILED REPEATER), RESULTING IN A LOSS OF SIREN FUNCTION    |
| FOR THAT COUNTY.  CHATHAM COUNTY CONTAINS 28 OF THE 81 SIRENS IN THE         |
| LICENSEE'S EPZ.  THE SIRENS ARE CURRENTLY OPERABLE.  THE REPEATER WAS        |
| REPAIRED AND RE-TESTED AT 1600 ON 8/3/99.  THE CONTROL ROOM WAS NOTIFIED AT  |
| 1641 ON 8/3/99 WHEN THEY DETERMINED THE EVENT WAS REPORTABLE.                |
|                                                                              |
| THE RESIDENT INSPECTOR WAS NOTIFIED                                          |
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