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Event Notification Report for January 11, 2000

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           01/10/2000 - 01/11/2000

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

36574  36575  36576  36577  36578  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   36574       |
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| REP ORG:  WASHINGTON DEPT OF HEALTH            |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/10/2000|
|LICENSEE:  PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, INC           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:15[EST]|
|    CITY:  TACOMA                   REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        01/07/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WA |EVENT TIME:             [PST]|
|LICENSE#:  WN-IR021-1            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/10/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JEFF SHACKELFORD     R4      |
|                                                |BRIAN SMITH     EO   NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  FRAZEE (E-MAIL)              |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE.                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| A MODEL 3440 TROXLER GAUGE, SERIAL # 19036 CONTAINING 8 MILLICURIES OF       |
| Cs-137 AND 40 MILLICURIES OF Am-241/Be, WAS STOLEN FROM A GAUGE OPERATOR'S   |
| TRUCK  AFTER HE HAD TAKEN IT HOME FOR THE NIGHT.  THE GAUGE WAS LEFT CHAINED |
| TO THE PICKUP ALL NIGHT AND THE OPERATOR DID NOT DISCOVER IT WAS MISSING     |
| UNTIL HE WAS HALF WAY TO THE JOB SITE THE NEXT MORNING.  THE POLICE WERE     |
| NOTIFIED AND BY MID-AFTERNOON, TWO INDIVIDUALS HAD BEEN ARRESTED AND THE     |
| GAUGE WAS RETURNED TO THE LICENSEE.                                          |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36575       |
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| FACILITY: MAINE YANKEE             REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/10/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  ME |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:30[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE                               |EVENT DATE:        01/10/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        13:20[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RON HOWARD                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/10/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN   R1      |
|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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|1     N          N       0        Decommissioned   |0        Decommissioned   |
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| LICENSEE NOTIFIED THE STATE OF MAINE OF AN UNSCHEDULED LIQUID RAD RELEASE    |
|                                                                              |
| BETWEEN 1600 HOURS ON 1/7/2000 AND 0700 HOURS ON 1/8/2000 A DECOMMISSIONING  |
| CONTRACTOR WAS FILLING THE CONTAINMENT EQUIPMENT HATCH PIT WITH TOWN WATER.  |
| THE PIT LEAKED APPROXIMATELY  5500 GALLONS OF WATER WHICH CONTAINED AN       |
| ESTIMATED 0.01 CURIES TOTAL ACTIVITY (Co-60 AND Cs-137).  THE LICENSEE       |
| NOTIFIED THE STATE OF MAINE AND WILL INFORM THE NRC REGION I OFFICE.         |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36576       |
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| FACILITY: THREE MILE ISLAND        REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/10/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  PA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:02[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP            |EVENT DATE:        01/10/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        11:45[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOHN SCHORK                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/10/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN   R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     ESF ACTUATION          |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
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|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| AUTOSTART OF THE "1B" EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR DUE TO THE UNEXPECTED LOSS  |
| OF THE "A" AUXILIARY TRANSFORMER                                             |
|                                                                              |
| THE "1B" EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR AUTOSTARTED AND LOADED FOLLOWING THE     |
| LOSS OF THE "A" AUXILIARY TRANSFORMER.  A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION          |
| ATTRIBUTES THE CAUSE TO AN INVALID SIGNAL FROM THE TRANSFORMER FAULT         |
| PRESSURE RELAY.  TROUBLESHOOTING IS CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS INCLUDING ANALYSIS |
| OF THE TRANSFORMER OIL.  BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION,  |
| THE LICENSEE TENTATIVELY PLANS TO RETURN THE TRANSFORMER TO SERVICE AND      |
| SECURE THE EDG LATER TODAY.                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE INFORMED THE NRC RESIDENT INSPECTOR.                            |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   36577       |
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| FACILITY: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/10/2000|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:30[EST]|
| COMMENTS: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)          |EVENT DATE:        01/10/2000|
|           LEU FABRICATION                      |EVENT TIME:        06:45[EST]|
|           LWR COMMERICAL FUEL                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/10/2000|
|    CITY:  WILMINGTON               REGION:  2  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  NEW HANOVER               STATE:  NC |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  SNM-1097              AGREEMENT:  Y  |THOMAS DECKER        R2      |
|  DOCKET:  07001113                             |DON COOL             NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  LON E. PAULSON               |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
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| 24-HOUR NRC 91-01 BULLETIN REPORT INVOLVING THE LOSS OF GEOMETRY CONTROL     |
| DURING FEED PRESS OPERATION                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "At approximately 0645 on January 10, 2000, during routine operations        |
| surveillance, operators discovered a mechanical failure inside an enclosed   |
| press feed station. The Silletta feeder assembly rubber boot de-coupled from |
| the lower metal pipe and allowed UO2 powder to spill inside the dump hood.   |
| The spill resulted in a loss of geometry.  Moderation control remained       |
| intact, thus no unsafe condition existed.                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "Controls were reestablished within 4 hours, by cleanup of the spilled       |
| material and placement into favorable geometry 3-gallon containers. This     |
| event is reported pursuant to NRC Bulletin 91-01 (within 24 hours) due to    |
| loss of geometry control. The gad press feed station has been shutdown       |
| pending investigation and implementation of corrective actions.              |
|                                                                              |
| "SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS:  Low safety significance -  actual powder    |
| spill occurred inside hood containment - moderation control remained         |
| intact.                                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "POTENTIAL CRITICALITY PATHWAYS INVOLVED (BRIEF SCENARIO(S) OF HOW           |
| CRITICALITY COULD OCCUR):  Multiple failure modes required before a          |
| criticality accident could occur.                                            |
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| "CONTROLLED PARAMETER(S) (MASS, MODERATION, GEOMETRY. CONCENTRATION. ETC.):  |
| Geometry - analyzed safe geometry equipment; Moderation - limited to dry UO2 |
| powder (not more than 50,000 ppm H2O equivalent moderation)                  |
|                                                                              |
| "ESTIMATED AMOUNT, ENRICHMENT, FORM OF LICENSED MATERIAL (INCLUDE PROCESS    |
| LIMIT AND % WORST CASE CRITICAL MASS): Net UO2 spilled material removed was  |
| 75.13 kg (2.97% enrichment) with 5,211 ppm H2O actual moderator content.     |
| Moderation control remained intact - safe hemisphere mass at 50,000 ppm H2O  |
| is ~600 kgs UO2 (at 5.00% U235 enrichment).                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "NUCLEAR CRITICALITY SAFETY CONTROL(S) OR CONTROL SYSTEM(S) AND DESCRIPTION  |
| OF THE FAILURES OR DEFICIENCIES:  Geometry control on the rubber boot clamp  |
| and cable lanyards failed, allowing rubber boot to de-couple from feed       |
| pipe.                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TO RESTORE SAFETY SYSTEMS AND WHEN EACH WAS              |
| IMPLEMENTED:                                                                 |
| 1. Gad press feed station shutdown.                                          |
| 2. NSE direction of spilled material removal.                                |
| 3. Investigation and implementation of corrective actions pending."          |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will inform both local/state representatives and the Region II  |
| based Inspector.                                                             |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   36578       |
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| REP ORG:  TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/10/2000|
|LICENSEE:  PETRA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:10[EST]|
|    CITY:  HOUSTON                  REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        01/10/2000|
|  COUNTY:  HARRIS                    STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|
|LICENSE#:  L05233 (TX)           AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/10/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JEFF SHACKELFORD     R4      |
|                                                |JOSIE PICCONE        NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES OGDEN (VIA FAX)        |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|BAB1 20.2201(a)(1)(i)    LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X  |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING STOLEN TROXLER 3430 MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE  |
|                                                                              |
| "Troxler Model 3430, Serial # 27239, stolen January 9/10, 2000, from 605     |
| East Safari Parkway, D-2, Mesquite, Texas. The gauge contained two           |
| radioactive sources: 8 millicurie (nominal activity) Cs-137 source, Serial # |
| 750-976 and 40 millicurie (nominal activity) Am-241:Be source,  Serial #     |
| 47-23865. Stolen from a parked Ford Ranger pickup truck belonging to the     |
| machines operator during the hours of darkness January 9/10, 2000. Gauge had |
| been locked in the pickup's cab and covered by a jacket or blanket.  Listed  |
| as Texas Incident 7561 Texas Licensee L05233 is based in Houston and had     |
| been performing work at a jobsite in East Fort Worth.  Reported as missing   |
| to the Mesquite Fire Department January 10, 2000.  Further details pending   |
| contact with company R.S.O."                                                 |
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