Event Notification Report for March 31, 2000

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           03/30/2000 - 03/31/2000

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

36809  36844  36845  36846  36847  36848  

+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   36809       |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| REP ORG:  U.S. ARMY                            |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/17/2000|
|LICENSEE:  U.S. ARMY                            |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:53[EST]|
|    CITY:  ROCK ISLAND              REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        03/17/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  IL |EVENT TIME:        12:00[CST]|
|LICENSE#:  12-00722-06           AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/30/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JOHN JACOBSON        R3      |
|                                                |AL BELISLE           R2      |
+------------------------------------------------+DON COOL             NMSS    |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JEFF HAVENNER                |CHARLES MILLER       IRO     |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB1 20.2201(a)(1)(i)    LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| DISCOVERY THAT AN M43A1 CHEMICAL AGENT DETECTOR CELL MODULE CONTAINING 250   |
| �Ci OF AMERICIUM-241 HAD BEEN MISSING FROM FT. BRAGG (NORTH CAROLINA) SINCE  |
| APRIL 1996                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| Late yesterday afternoon (03/16/00), representatives from Ft. Bragg, North   |
| Carolina, requested the U.S. Army in Rock Island, Illinois, to help trace    |
| files for documentation regarding a cell module that was discovered to be    |
| missing from an M43A1 chemical agent detector.  (The cell module contained   |
| 250 �Ci of americium-241.)  The most recent documentation found related to   |
| the missing cell module indicated that it was last seen at Ft. Bragg in      |
| April of 1996.  More recent paperwork has not yet been found.  The licensee  |
| determined this event to reportable at approximately 1200 CST today          |
| (03/17/00).                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee hypothesized that the M43A1 chemical agent detector may have    |
| been turned into a maintenance unit at some point.  If the device tested     |
| with bad air flow, the maintenance unit could have replaced several items    |
| including the cell module.  At this time, it is believed that the cell       |
| module in question may have been removed (without any paperwork) and that    |
| the device may have been returned without a replacement cell module          |
| installed.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee stated that there does not appear to be any likelihood that the |
| general public will get involved with this issue.  The licensee plans to     |
| submit a 30-day written report to the NRC Region 3 office.                   |
|                                                                              |
| (Call the NRC operations officer for licensee contact information.)          |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE AT 1420 ON 3/30/00 BY MOHS, RECEIVED BY WEAVER * * *            |
|                                                                              |
| The module was found on March 23, 2000.  The Operations Center notified the  |
| R3DO (Gardner) and R2DO (Caudle) and NMSS (Sherbini).                        |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36844       |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| FACILITY: INDIAN POINT             REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/30/2000|
|    UNIT:  [] [3] []                 STATE:  NY |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:46[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        03/30/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:50[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MIKE TESORIERO               |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/30/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  BOB STRANSKY                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |MICHELE EVANS        R1      |
|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   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|                                                   |                          |
|3     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| COMPONENT COOLING WATER SYSTEM OUTSIDE OF DESIGN BASIS                       |
|                                                                              |
| "At approximately 0850 hours on March 30th, 2000, it was determined that one |
| loop of the Component Cooling Water (CCW) system piping located in the Spent |
| Fuel Storage Building (FSB) was not in compliance with FSAR design criteria. |
| The FSAR says that CCW is protected from tornadoes and tornado generated     |
| missiles by structures designed to withstand such loading. The CCW piping    |
| located in the FSB is not protected by the structure. This was identified as |
| an issue and addressed as part of the 10CFR50.54(f) program at Indian Point  |
| 3. The issue was not considered reportable when first identified because     |
| tornado protection from the effects of missiles can be provided by           |
| redundancy. An evaluation has shown that the CCW piping can sustain limited  |
| damage from a tornado missile and that the design function of the system can |
| be performed with this damage. Operator action is depended upon to initiate  |
| makeup water to the CCW system, a current design basis. When a 10CFR50.59    |
| evaluation determined that the criteria for the CCW tornado protection could |
| not be changed without prior NRC approval, the issue was determined to be    |
| reportable because the CCW system could not be shown to be in accordance     |
| with FSAR design basis. No corrective actions were immediately required      |
| because current administrative controls are sufficient to assure system      |
| operability."                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident inspector has been informed of this report by the licensee. |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   36845       |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| REP ORG:  GE PLASTICS                          |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/30/2000|
|LICENSEE:  GE PLASTICS                          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:30[EST]|
|    CITY:  WASHINGTON               REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        03/30/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WV |EVENT TIME:        09:30[EST]|
|LICENSE#:  47-08944-05           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/30/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |CAUDLE JULIAN        R2      |
|                                                |MR. SHERBINI         NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TAMMY MORROW                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB2 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)   LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X    |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| LOST SOURCE                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee reported the loss of a 15 mCi nickel-63 source from their       |
| Washington, WV facility.   Ni-63 is a low energy beta emitter and has no     |
| gamma.  The source is used in an electron capture device and was last seen   |
| in July of 1999 in the licensee's laboratory.  Contact information is        |
| available from the Operations Center.                                        |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36846       |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| FACILITY: BEAVER VALLEY            REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/30/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  PA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:45[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        03/30/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        12:04[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  GEORGE STOROLIS              |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/30/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |MICHELE EVANS        R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     ESF ACTUATION          |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          N       0        Cold Shutdown    |0        Cold Shutdown    |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| ESF ACTUATION                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| "At 1204 on March 30, 2000, an 18 month automatic-load sequencing            |
| operational surveillance test was being conducted on the No. 1 Emergency     |
| Diesel Generator (EDG) during a refueling at the Beaver Valley Power Station |
| (BVPS) Unit No. 1. The power to the 4KV 1AE Emergency Bus was being supplied |
| by the operating No. 1 EDG and the Emergency Bus 4KV-1AE was separated from  |
| offsite power sources. The EDG output breaker E9 unexpectedly opened and     |
| re-closed three times before the breaker remained open, deenergizing the     |
| 4KV-1AE Emergency Bus. The cause of this event is not currently known and is |
| being investigated. Power was restored to the 4KV 1 AE Emergency Bus at 1228 |
| from the offsite power source. The No.1 EDG was subsequently shutdown and    |
| remains out of service. The redundant train reactor decay heat cooling and   |
| spent fuel pool cooling remained in service throughout this event. Reactor   |
| coolant temperature and spent fuel pool temperature remained constant. The   |
| redundant 4KV 1DF Emergency Bus and No. 2 EDG remained unaffected by this    |
| event.                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "This condition is being reported pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(ii) as an     |
| event that resulted in an automatic actuation of an Engineered Safety        |
| Feature. De-energizing the 1 AE Emergency Bus actuated an automatic EDO      |
| signal and output breaker E9 closure. The EDG had been running, however, and |
| the output breaker opened and re-closed three times before remaining open."  |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                            |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   36847       |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| REP ORG:  LOUISIANA DEPT OF ENV QUALITY        |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/30/2000|
|LICENSEE:  FORMOSA PLASTICS                     |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:48[EST]|
|    CITY:  BATON ROUGE              REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        03/30/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  LA |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|
|LICENSE#:  LA-4042-LO1           AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/30/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |KRISS KENNEDY        R4      |
|                                                |JOHN GREEVES         NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  COREY MEAUX                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| A 100 mCi Cs-137 source was found at the Southern Scrap Yard in Baton Rouge, |
| LA.  The source was part of a level gauge used by Formosa Plastics.  The     |
| source had not been opened and there was no spread of contamination.   The   |
| manufacturer of the source, Texas Nuclear Technologies, will recover the     |
| source.  The source is currently in a roped off area at the scrap yard.  The |
| State is still investigating how the source ended up in the scrap yard.      |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36848       |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| FACILITY: SAINT LUCIE              REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/30/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:54[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE                        |EVENT DATE:        03/30/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        16:20[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES HURCHALLA              |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/30/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |CAUDLE JULIAN        R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|APRE 50.72(b)(2)(vi)     OFFSITE NOTIFICATION   |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|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  |
|                                                   |                          |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| A DEAD LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE WAS RECOVERED FROM THE INTAKE CANAL AT          |
| APPROXIMATELY 1600.  THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILD LIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION  |
| WAS NOTIFIED AT 1620.  THE LICENSEE NOTIFIED THE NRC RESIDENT INSPECTOR.     |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+


Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, March 12, 2020