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Event Notification Report for March 9, 2000

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           03/08/2000 - 03/09/2000

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

36767  36768  36769  36770  36771  36772  36773  36774  36775  

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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   36767       |
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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 02:37[EST]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        03/07/2000|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        10:38[EST]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |ROGER LANKSBURY      R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KURT SISLER                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| BULLETIN 91-01 24 HOUR REPORT                                                |
|                                                                              |
| At 1038 hours on 3/7/00, it was discovered that a 5 gallon bucket containing |
| used, potentially contaminated oil was spaced less than 2 feet from another  |
| like container.  The two containers were 23 inches apart rather than the     |
| minimum 24 inches required by NCSA-PLANTO45.AO1 Requirement #5.  This        |
| spacing violation constitutes the loss of one control of the double          |
| contingency principle.  The spacing violation was corrected at 1055 hours.   |
| A walk-down of the affected area verified that no other spacing issues       |
| exist.                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                            |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36768       |
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| FACILITY: HATCH                    REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  GA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 07:27[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        03/08/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        03:30[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  PAUL UNDERWOOD               |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |EDWARD MCALPINE      R2      |
|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   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| ESF ACTUATION - CONTROL ROOM VENTILATION SYSTEM                              |
|                                                                              |
| Moving the Unit 2 dryer during refueling operations set off an area          |
| radiation alarm.  The alarm caused the control room ventilation system to    |
| shift into pressurization mode.   The radiation alarm cleared as the dryer   |
| was placed in its storage location.  The trip has been reset and the control |
| room ventilation has been returned to its normal lineup.                     |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will notify the NRC resident inspector.                         |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   36769       |
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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 08:01[EST]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        03/07/2000|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        14:10[EST]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |ROGER LANKSBURY      R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |SCOTT MOORE          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JEFF CASTLE                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| BULLETIN 91-01 24 HOUR REPORT                                                |
|                                                                              |
| On March 7, 2000 at 1410 hours, it was discovered that a plastic 55 gallon   |
| laundry drum (containing used rubber totes) was left unattended in the X-705 |
| Decontamination Building High Bay Area with the lid ajar.  Following         |
| correction, the condition was identified again at 1508 hours.  This violates |
| requirement #5 of NCSA-0705_076.A00 which requires modification or covering  |
| of containers to prevent geometrically unfavorable accumulation of uranium   |
| bearing solution.  This constitutes the loss of Control A (Volume) of the    |
| double contingency principle.  Control B (primary integrity or the overhead  |
| piping) was maintained throughout the event.  Each of the two                |
| non-compliances identified was corrected within thirty minutes of discovery  |
| under the direction of plant Nuclear Criticality Safety personnel.           |
| Following discovery of the repeat occurrence, a facility stand down was      |
| initiated in  X-705 to conduct crew briefings and determine appropriate      |
| follow-up.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                            |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   36770       |
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| REP ORG:  CROW BUTTE RESOURCES                 |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|LICENSEE:  CROW BUTTE RESOURCES                 |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:49[EST]|
|    CITY:  CRAWFORD                 REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        03/08/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  NE |EVENT TIME:        08:40[CST]|
|LICENSE#:  SUA-1534              AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |KRISS KENNEDY        R4      |
|                                                |SUSAN GREENE         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MIKE GRIFFIN                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NLTR                     LICENSEE 24 HR REPORT  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| MONITOR WELL IN EXCURSION STATUS                                             |
|                                                                              |
| A MONITOR WELL AT MINE UNIT 6 NEAR CRAWFORD, NE WAS DECLARED IN AN EXCURSION |
| STATUS BASED ON EXCEEDING THE UPPER CONTROL LIMIT (UCL) FOR CHLORIDES.  THE  |
| UCL IS 19 PPM AND THE CONCENTRATION MEASURED WAS 20 PPM.  THE LICENSEE       |
| BELIEVES THIS IS A NORMAL VARIATION IN THE CHLORIDE LEVEL AND INTENDS TO     |
| INCREASE THE SAMPLE FREQUENCY.                                               |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36771       |
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| FACILITY: SOUTH TEXAS              REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  TX |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:18[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        03/07/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        13:00[CST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MARILYN JOHNSON              |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |KRISS KENNEDY        R4      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NLTR                     LICENSEE 24 HR REPORT  |                             |
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|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 CONDITION OF LICENSE REPORT INVOLVING TECH SPEC REQUIREMENTS         |
|                                                                              |
| "On February 9, 2000, it was discovered that the Flux Multiplication Alarm   |
| (which is used to mitigate boron dilution accidents) was not functional. It  |
| was not recognized at that time that this caused the associated extended     |
| range neutron detector to be inoperable. If an extended range detector is    |
| inoperable in Modes 3, 4, and 5 the Technical Specifications requires that   |
| operations be suspended involving positive reactivity changes.               |
|                                                                              |
| "On March 1,2000 at 0017 hours Unit 1 entered Mode 3 as part of a shutdown   |
| to support refueling activities.                                             |
| Immediately following Mode 3 entry testing was performed which involves      |
| raising control rods to perform drop                                         |
| testing. Raising control rods constitutes positive reactivity which is       |
| contrary to requirements of the Technical                                    |
| Specifications.                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| "This notification is being made pursuant to Operating License NPF-76        |
| Condition 2.G for operation or condition prohibited by Technical             |
| Specifications."                                                             |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will inform the NRC resident inspector.                         |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   36772       |
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| REP ORG:  MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM         |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|LICENSEE:  AEA TECHNOLOGY QSA, INC              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:42[EST]|
|    CITY:  BURLINGTON               REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        03/08/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  MA |EVENT TIME:        12:00[EST]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |GREG CRANSTON        R1      |
|                                                |SUSAN GREENE         NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+RON HAUBER           IP      |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  BOB GALLAGHAR                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DICK JOLLIFFE                |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| - SHIPMENT OF THREE 100 MILLICURIE Fe-55 SOURCES MISSING IN SOUTH KOREA -    |
|                                                                              |
| Bob Gallaghar, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, reported that on   |
| 02/04/00, Hanmi Express Company, Jamaica, NY, shipped an excepted package    |
| containing three 100 millicurie Fe-55 sources from AEA Technology QSA Inc    |
| (formally Amersham), Burlington, MA, to Shin-Ho Paper & Manufacturing        |
| Company, Jin-Ju City, South Korea.  The freight forwarder (Hanmi Express)    |
| apparently opened the shipping container and added electronics parts that    |
| were destined for Shin-Ho and resealed the container.                        |
|                                                                              |
| On 03/07/00, Shin-Ho reported that they had received a box of electronics    |
| components; the South Korean customer for which the electronics components   |
| were intended had received an empty box.                                     |
|                                                                              |
| Chris Martel, AEA Technology, is investigating this incident.                |
|                                                                              |
| Bob Gallaghar plans to notify New York State representatives.                |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE AT 1421 ON 03/08/00 FROM BOB GALLAGHAR TO JOLLIFFE * * *        |
|                                                                              |
| The package of missing sources has been located in a warehouse in South      |
| Korea and is being shipped to Shin-Ho.  Bob Gallaghar plans to notify New    |
| York State representatives.                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Operations Officer notified the R1DO Greg Cranston, NMSS EO Susan    |
| Greene, and IP Ron Hauber.                                                   |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36773       |
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| FACILITY: HATCH                    REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  GA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:20[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        03/08/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        15:30[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  EDWIN URQUHART               |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DICK JOLLIFFE                +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |EDWARD MCALPINE      R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AARC 50.72(b)(1)(v)      OTHER ASMT/COMM 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  |
|2     N          N       0        Cold Shutdown    |0        Cold Shutdown    |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| - PRIMARY AND SECONDARY METEOROLOGICAL TOWER WIND SPEED INDICATORS           |
| INOPERABLE -                                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| With the primary meteorological tower wind speed indicator inoperable, the   |
| backup meteorological tower wind speed indicator was determined to be        |
| inoperable at 1530 on 03/08/00.  This condition constitutes a major loss of  |
| emergency capability in accordance with the licensee emergency plan.  The    |
| licensee is repairing the wind speed indicators and developing a contingency |
| plan to obtain wind speed readings from the National Weather Service during  |
| a declared emergency.                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36774       |
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| FACILITY: FT CALHOUN               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NE |NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:00[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE                               |EVENT DATE:        03/08/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        15:50[CST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  CHUCK MARASCO                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DICK JOLLIFFE                +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |DAVID LOVELESS       R4      |
|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   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| - REVERSE OSMOSIS UNIT BRINE EFFLUENT pH OUT OF NPDES PERMIT SPECIFICATION   |
| -                                                                            |
|                                                                              |
| During the monthly National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)   |
| sampling, the reverse osmosis unit brine effluent pH was determined to be    |
| out of specification. The effluent pH was determined to be 5.85 which was    |
| below the normal pH range of 6.5 to 9.0.  The reverse osmosis unit was just  |
| coming out of an acid cleaning, and apparently did not have the sodium       |
| hydroxide neutralization injection feed rate set properly.  This event       |
| resulted in a NPDES permit noncompliance for NPDES Point No. 002.            |
|                                                                              |
| Licensee chemistry department personnel are in the process of sampling the   |
| reverse osmosis unit brine effluent pH and the river outfall.  (NPDES Points |
| No. 001 and 002).  The brine effluent is directed into the plant discharge   |
| tunnel and being diluted by 360,000 gallons of water.                        |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and   |
| the NRC Resident Inspector.                                                  |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36775       |
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| FACILITY: CLINTON                  REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/08/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  IL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:12[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-6                             |EVENT DATE:        03/08/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        12:00[CST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RON FRANTZ                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/08/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DICK JOLLIFFE                +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |ROGER LANKSBURY      R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |VERN HODGE (by fax)          |
|CDEG 21.21(c)(3)(i)      DEFECTS/NONCOMPLIANCE  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|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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| 10CFR Part 21 Report -                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| On 03/08/00, Clinton Power Station (CPS) officials notified the NRC of the   |
| failure of two hydramotors prior to installation in the plant.  The          |
| hydramotors failed to meet fail safe return time test acceptance criteria    |
| and recycle criteria during bench testing due to the malfunction of          |
| hydramotor pump assemblies manufactured and supplied to CPS by ITT Barton.   |
| Reference CPS Letter #U-603341 dated 03/08/00.                               |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
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