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Event Notification Report for April 4, 2000

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           04/03/2000 - 04/04/2000

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

36847  36850  36857  36858  36859  36860  36861  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   36847       |
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| REP ORG:  LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV   |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:  04/04/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |KRISS KENNEDY        R4      |
|                                                |JOHN GREEVES         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  COREY MEAUX                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| 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.      |
|                                                                              |
| * * *UPDATE 0928EDT ON 4/3/00 FROM PAT LARKINS TO S.SANDIN * * *             |
|                                                                              |
| THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FAXED TO THE NRC OPERATIONS CENTER ON 4/3/00   |
| BY THE NRC OFFICE OF STATE PROGRAMS:                                         |
|                                                                              |
| "APPROXIMATELY 1220 [HOURS] THURSDAY 3/30/00 LDEQ RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE   |
| NATIONAL                                                                     |
| RESPONSE CENTER DIRECTING US TO SOUTHERN SCRAP LOCATED ON SCENIC HWY IN      |
| BATON                                                                        |
| ROUGE, LA, CONCERNING A SOURCE DISCOVERED ON THEIR YARD. THE ATTACHMENT      |
| PLATE ON                                                                     |
| THE Cs-137 LEVEL GAUGE WAS DAMAGED BY A SHREADER AT SOUTHERN SCRAP. THIS     |
| ACTION                                                                       |
| EXPOSED THE SOURCE LEADING TO ITS DISCOVERY. SOUTHERN SCRAP WAS ABLE TO      |
| DETERMINE                                                                    |
| FROM LABELING THAT THE SOURCE WAS A Cs-137 (100 mCi SOURCE MANUFACTURED IN   |
| 1991 BY TN                                                                   |
| TECHNOLOGY AND BELONGED TO FORMOSA PLASTIC. THE SOURCE WAS A MODEL 5200      |
| LEVEL                                                                        |
| GAUGE, S/N B2209. AT 1430 [HOURS] A MEETING WAS HELD WITH FORMOSA PLASTIC TO |
| TRY TO                                                                       |
| DETERMINE HOW THE SOURCE ESCAPED THEIR POSSESSION. AT THIS TIME NO MEANS     |
| COULD BE                                                                     |
| DETERMINED. AT 2000 [HOURS] 3/30/00 A TN TECHNOLOGY REPRESENTATIVE RECOVERED |
| THE                                                                          |
| SOURCE. FOUR WIPE TEST[S] WERE PERFORMED ON THE SOURCE, ALL RESULTING IN THE |
| SOURCE                                                                       |
| NOT LEAKING. THERE WAS NO CONTAMINATION OF THE AREA. ON 3/31/00, JIM         |
| ALDREDGE                                                                     |
| CONTACTED LDEQ STATING THAT THE SHUTTER WAS NOT SHEERED OFF AND THE GAUGE    |
| WAS                                                                          |
| RETURNED TO THE LOCKED POSITION. MR ALDREDGE ALSO STATED THAT THE GAUGE WAS  |
| TO                                                                           |
| RETURNED TO FORMOSA PLASTIC ON 3/31/00."                                     |
|                                                                              |
| NOTIFIED R4DO (JONES) AND NMSS (HICKEY).                                     |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   36850       |
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| FACILITY: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/31/2000|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:10[EST]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        03/30/2000|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        15:58[CST]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/03/2000|
|    CITY:  PADUCAH                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  McCRACKEN                 STATE:  KY |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-1                 AGREEMENT:  Y  |RONALD GARDNER       R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707001                              |BRIAN SMITH          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ERIC WALKER                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|OCBB 76.120(c)(2)(ii)    EQUIP DISABLED/FAILS   |                             |
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| CRITICALITY ACCIDENT ALARM SYSTEM FAILURE DURING A TEST                      |
|                                                                              |
| At 1845 on 03-30-2000, during functional testing of C-746Q Criticality       |
| Accident Alarm System (CAAS), it was discovered that temperature control     |
| system on cluster "AD"  was unable to perform the ability to maintain the    |
| system above the manufacturer's fourteen degree Fahrenheit recommendation    |
| due to failure of a temperature switch.  The system was last tested on       |
| 12-30-99 and was determined to be functional at that time. In January of     |
| this year there were several days were outside ambient temperature dropped   |
| below fourteen degrees Fahrenheit and operability of system at those times   |
| cannot be reasonably determined.  Even though the failure was discovered     |
| during testing, it is possible that the system would not have performed its  |
| intended safety function if it had been required to since the last           |
| surveillance on 12-30-99.                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| This event is reportable under 10 CFR 76.120(c)(2) as an event in which      |
| equipment required by the TSR is disabled or fails to function as designed.  |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.           |
|                                                                              |
| * * * Update 1155EDT on 4/3/00 from Underwood to S.Sandin * * *              |
|                                                                              |
| Corrected event date and time.  Operations informed the NRC Resident         |
| Inspector.  Notified R3DO (Kozak).                                           |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36857       |
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| FACILITY: NORTH ANNA               REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/03/2000|
|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  VA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:02[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        04/03/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:57[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MILTON MUNDEN                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/03/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |CAUDLE JULIAN        R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     RPS ACTUATION          |                             |
|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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|2     A/R        Y       100      Power Operation  |0        Hot Standby      |
|                                                   |                          |
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| AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP ON TURBINE TRIP DUE TO STATION SERVICE TRANSFORMER    |
| FAULT                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "REACTOR TRIP CAUSED BY LOSS OF 'C' STATION SERVICE TRANSFORMER DUE TO A     |
| FAULT.  THE AUXILIARY FEEDWATER SYSTEM ACTUATED AS DESIGNED."                |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE'S PRELIMINARY EVAULATION OF THE TRANSFORMER FAULT INDICATES     |
| INSULATION FAILURE.  FOLLOWING THE TRIP, NO PRIMARY/SECONDARY SAFETIES OR    |
| RELIEFS LIFTED.  ALL CONTROL RODS FULLY INSERTED.  ALL (3) AFW PUMPS STARTED |
| AS DESIGNED SUPPLYING MAKEUP TO THE STEAM GENERATORS.  THE MAIN CONDENSER IS |
| IN SERVICE ACTING AS A HEAT SINK FOR DECAY HEAT REMOVAL.  ALL ELECTRICAL     |
| LOADS REMAINED ENERGIZED WITH OFFSITE POWER SUPPLIED THROUGH THE RESERVE     |
| STATION TRANSFORMER.  THE EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATORS ARE AVAILABLE, IF      |
| NEEDED.  UNIT 2 WILL REMAIN IN MODE 3 PENDING THE RESULTS OF THE             |
| INVESTIGATION INTO THE TRANSFORMER FAULT.                                    |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE INFORMED THE NRC RESIDENT INSPECTOR.                            |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1052EDT ON 4/3/00 FROM MUNDEN TO S.SANDIN * * *                 |
|                                                                              |
| "AUXILIARY FEEDWATER SYSTEM AUTOMATIC ACTUATION [1014EDT] FOLLOWING SECURING |
| DUE TO LOW-LOW LEVEL IN 'C' STEAM GENERATOR."                                |
|                                                                              |
| THE AFW SYSTEM HAS BEEN SECURED WITH MAIN FEED IN SERVICE USING THE BYPASS   |
| VALVES.                                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE INFORMED THE NRC RESIDENT INSPECTOR.  NOTIFIED R2DO (JULIAN).   |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   36858       |
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| FACILITY: PRAIRIE ISLAND           REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/03/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  MN |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:43[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP                |EVENT DATE:        04/03/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:45[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  STEVE GHEEN                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/03/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |THOMAS KOZAK         R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AOUT 50.72(b)(1)(ii)(B)  OUTSIDE DESIGN BASIS   |                             |
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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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| HIGH ENERGY LINE BREAK ANALYSES (HELB) REQUIRE DOORS IN AREAS CONTAINING     |
| MAIN STEAM LINES NOT BE BLOCKED OR OBSTRUCTED                                |
|                                                                              |
| "DOORS 155/177 OBSTRUCTED BY SCAFFOLDING CAUSING DOORS TO BE PARTIALLY       |
| BLOCKED.  DUE TO HELB CONSIDERATIONS, DOORS NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWING OPEN    |
| FULLY.  SCAFFOLDING WAS MOVED AT 0925CDT."                                   |
|                                                                              |
| THE LICENSEE WILL INFORM THE NRC RESIDENT INSPECTOR.                         |
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|Research Reactor                                 |Event Number:   36859       |
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| FACILITY: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/03/2000|
|   RXTYPE: 5000 KW RESEARCH HW                  |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:49[EDT]|
| COMMENTS:                                      |EVENT DATE:        04/03/2000|
|                                                |EVENT TIME:        09:49[EDT]|
|                                                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/03/2000|
|    CITY:  ATLANTA                  REGION:  2  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  FULTON                    STATE:  GA |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  R-97                  AGREEMENT:  Y  |CAUDLE JULIAN        R2      |
|  DOCKET:  05000160                             |MARVIN MENDONCA  NRR PM      |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROD ICE                      |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|DDDD 73.71               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| SAFEGUARDS SYSTEM DEGRADATION RELATED TO DETECTION/MONITORING/ALARM          |
| FUNCTIONS..  COMPENSATORY MEASURES TAKEN IMMEDIATELY UPON DISCOVERY.         |
|                                                                              |
| CONTACT THE OPERATIONS CENTER FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.                    |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   36860       |
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| REP ORG:  GE PLASTICS                          |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/03/2000|
|LICENSEE:  GE PLASTICS                          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:28[EDT]|
|    CITY:  MT. VERNON               REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        03/29/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  IN |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|
|LICENSE#:  13-10455-03           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/03/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |THOMAS KOZAK         R3      |
|                                                |BRIAN SMITH          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  LAURA CULLEN                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB2 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)   LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X    |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| MISSING 15 mCi NICKEL-63 SOURCE                                              |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee discovered that a HP model 5890 Gas Chromatograph (serial #     |
| 2541A06448), containing a 15 mCi Ni-63 source, was missing from the excess   |
| equipment storage on site.  The source is contained within an electron       |
| capture detector.  A search of the entire site was completed on 3/29/00      |
| without finding the device.                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| A written report will be made within thirty days.                            |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   36861       |
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| REP ORG:  PPG ARCHITECTURAL FINISHES           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/03/2000|
|LICENSEE:  PPG ARCHITECTURAL FINISHES           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:20[EDT]|
|    CITY:  PITTSBURG                REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        04/03/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  PA |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/03/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |VERN HODGE (FAX)     NRR     |
|                                                |                             |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOSEPH KARAS                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|CCCC 21.21               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| 10 CFR PART 21 REPORT                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "This notification is being made by PPG Architectural Finishes (PPG)         |
| concerning relatively small quantities of a silicon stainless steel enamel   |
| coating used inside primary containment supplied to a single utility which   |
| is a NRC nuclear power plant licensee. The coating was not appropriately     |
| controlled such that its formulation changed from that which was originally  |
| supplied. The utility has been informed and is working with PPG. Further     |
| investigation is being conducted which may result in the withdrawal or       |
| modification of this notification. Written notification in accordance with   |
| 10 C.F.R.  21.2 1(d)(3)(ii) will follow."                                   |
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