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Event Notification Report for May 31, 2000

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           05/30/2000 - 05/31/2000

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

37029  37032  37043  37044  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   37029       |
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| REP ORG:  WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/24/2000|
|LICENSEE:  SPEARS ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL SERVIC|NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:26[EDT]|
|    CITY:  SOUTH SEATTLE            REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        05/22/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WA |EVENT TIME:        18:00[PDT]|
|LICENSE#:  WN-I0357-1            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/30/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |CLAUDE JOHNSON       R4      |
|                                                |WAYNE HODGES         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  FRAZEE                       |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| LICENSEE REPORTED A STOLEN PORTABLE GAUGE.                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee reported on May 23 that at approximately 6:00 PM the previous   |
| evening a Seaman Nuclear C-200 gauge, serial number A-872, with 4.5          |
| milligrams of Ra-226 was stolen. The licensee's technician had stopped by a  |
| friend's house in South Seattle on his way home. While there, his pickup     |
| truck was stolen from in front of the house. The gauge was locked, in a      |
| locked transport box, and the box was chained and locked in the bed of the   |
| truck. The licensee believes the thief wanted only the truck and will        |
| probably abandon the gauge. The police were notified and the licensee was    |
| advised to notify the local papers and post a reward.                        |
|                                                                              |
| Overexposures? Unknown.                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| Disposition/recovery: Unknown at this time.                                  |
|                                                                              |
| * * *   UPDATE ON 05/30/00 @ 1400 BY FRAZEE TO GOULD   * * *                 |
|                                                                              |
| On May 27, 2000, the gauge was found intact and abandoned along a side       |
| street in South Seattle, Washington.  (The abandoned pickup truck was        |
| eventually found elsewhere.)  Police and Fire Department personnel responded |
| to the scene and called 206-NUCLEAR (the Washington State radiation          |
| emergency line).  The Division's Emergency Response Duty Officer determined  |
| that the gauge was not leaking, surveyed the exterior, and impounded it.     |
| The retrieval was covered by all the major Seattle television stations.  The |
| gauge will be returned to the licensee.                                      |
|                                                                              |
| The R4DO (Sanborn) and NMSS EO ( Hickey) were notified by the NRC Operations |
| Officer.                                                                     |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37032       |
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| FACILITY: MCGUIRE                  REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/25/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 21:47[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        05/25/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        20:46[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  H. M. HARRIS                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/30/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |MARK LESSER          R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |JOHN HANNON          NRR     |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     RPS ACTUATION          |JOSEPH GIITTER       IRO     |
|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     A/R        Y       100      Power Operation  |0        Hot Standby      |
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| TURBINE RUNBACK TO 50% DUE TO LOSS OF A MAIN FEEDWATER PUMP FOLLOWED BY A    |
| REACTOR TRIP ON LOW LOW STEAM GENERATOR WATER LEVEL.  ONE AUXILIARY          |
| FEEDWATER PUMP HAD TO BE MANUALLY STARTED.                                   |
|                                                                              |
| Reactor automatic trip occurred at 2046 ET.  Initiating event was steam      |
| generator low low water level on "C" steam generator.  Prior to the trip     |
| Channel 1 vital 120 volt AC power was lost due to the tripping open of  EVIA |
| (DC/AC ) inverter AC output breaker.  No testing was in progress at this     |
| time and the cause of the AC breaker trip is under investigation.  When the  |
| AC output breaker opened it caused a loss of Channel 1 power.   Main         |
| feedwater pump "1A" control circuitry interfaces with Channel 1 120 volt AC  |
| power and when Main Feedwater pump "1A" control circuitry power was lost     |
| main feedwater pump "1A" turbine tripped.  The loss of Main Feedwater  pump  |
| "1A" turbine initiated an automatic main turbine runback to 50% power.       |
| After the main turbine runback to 50% power the reactor tripped on steam     |
| generator "1C" low low water level. Only one of two motor driven auxiliary   |
| feedwater pumps automatically started on steam generator "1C" low low water  |
| level.  Auxiliary feedwater pump "1A" was manually started approximately 2   |
| minutes after the automatic reactor trip. The licensee is investigating why  |
| the "1A" auxiliary feedwater pump did not automatically start.  All rods     |
| fully inserted into the core and reactor coolant temperature is being        |
| maintained at Tave no load condition of 557 degrees F.  No PORVs or code     |
| safety valves on either the primary or secondary side of the plant opened.   |
| All the Emergency Core Cooling Systems and the Emergency Diesel Generators   |
| are fully operable if needed.  Offsite electrical grid is stable.    The     |
| licensee's investigation into the initiating event is continuing.            |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.       |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE ON 05/26/00 AT 1640 EDT BY HEAFNER TAKEN BY MACKINNON * * *     |
|                                                                              |
| Only the Turbine Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump and the Motor Driven        |
| Auxiliary Feedwater Pump "1B"  automatically started.  The "1A" Motor Driven |
| Auxiliary Feedwater Pump did not automatically start since its control       |
| circuitry is supplied electrical power from Channel 1 vital 120 volt AC      |
| power, which was lost.  As stated in the original event report, Auxiliary    |
| Feedwater Pump "1A" was manually started approximately 2 minutes after the   |
| automatic reactor trip.                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| Two of three Primary side Power Operated Relief Valves (PORV) opened and     |
| subsequently closed.  No secondary side PORVs or code safety valves on       |
| either the Primary or Secondary side of the plant opened.  Investigation     |
| into the event is continuing.                                                |
| R2DO (Tom Decker) notified.                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this update by the licensee.      |
|                                                                              |
| * * *  UPDATE ON 05/30/00 @ 1634 BY DIAL TO GOULD  * * *                     |
|                                                                              |
| An ongoing evaluation has determined that Main Feedwater Pump "1A" tripped   |
| as a result of high discharge pressure which occurred due to the response of |
| the Feedwater Regulating Valves control circuitry.  This circuitry was       |
| associated with the failed power supply.                                     |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector will be informed by the licensee.  The R2DO       |
| (McAlpine) was notified by the NRC Headquarters Operations Officer.          |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37043       |
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| FACILITY: INDIAN POINT             REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/30/2000|
|    UNIT:  [] [3] []                 STATE:  NY |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:07[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        05/26/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        14:42[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  NICK LIZZO                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/30/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |RICHARD BARKLEY      R1      |
|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   |
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|3     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| MAY 26, 2000, DISCOVERY OF A VIOLATION OF ELECTRICAL SEPARATION CRITERIA     |
| (DETERMINED TO BE REPORTABLE ON MAY 30, 2000 AT 0835)                        |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the licensee:   |
|                                                                              |
| "At approximately 0835 hours on May 30, 2000, operations [personnel]         |
| determined that plant cable separation criteria had been violated placing    |
| the plant outside the design basis.  A cable routed from a Channel 'C'       |
| instrument bus had been retired in place by terminating the cable from the   |
| equipment it was routed to, taping the cable end, and placing the rolled     |
| cable in a cable tray.  The rolled cable, still power by the instrument bus, |
| was placed in a Channel 'B' cable tray.  This resulted in a condition        |
| outside the plant's design basis since channel electrical separation         |
| criteria is defined by the [Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR)].  The event |
| was originally identified on May 26, 2000, at approximately 1442 hours, but  |
| [it was] not recognized as reportable at the time.  Corrective action was    |
| taken when the event was identified by removing the Channel 'C' cable from   |
| the Channel 'B' cable tray."                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee plans to notify the NRC resident inspector.                     |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   37044       |
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| REP ORG:  FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/30/2000|
|LICENSEE:  SPRINGSTEAD ENGINEERING, INC., d/b/a |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:24[EDT]|
|    CITY:  FLORAL CITY              REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        05/26/2000|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  FL |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  1347-1                AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/30/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |EDWARD MCALPINE      R2      |
|                                                |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  CHARLEY E. ADAMS             |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE OWNED BY            |
| SPRINGSTEAD ENGINEERING, INC., d/b/a CENTRAL TESTING LABORATORY LOCATED IN   |
| FLORAL CITY, FLORIDA                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the Florida     |
| Bureau of Radiation Control:                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| "Licensee:  Springstead Engineering, Inc., d/b/a Central Testing             |
| Laboratory"                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "City, State, and Zip Code:  Floral City, FL  34436"                         |
|                                                                              |
| "Isotope(s):  Cs-137; Am-241:Be"                                             |
|                                                                              |
| "Activity(s):  6.0, 39.2 mCi, respectively"                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "Material Form; Chemical Form; Physical Form:  By-product: Special Form"     |
|                                                                              |
| "Probable Disposition of Material:  Transferred to Another Licensee"         |
|                                                                              |
| "Exposure?  No"                                                              |
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| "Number:  N/A"                                                               |
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| "Type of Individual(s):  N/A"                                                |
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| "Exposure Source:  N/A"                                                      |
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| "Dose Delivered to:  N/A"                                                    |
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| "Maximum Dose Received:  N/A"                                                |
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| "Incident Category:  Equipment Problems (Licensed Material)"                 |
|                                                                              |
| "Incident Location:  Intersection of CR 226 and US 27, just west of I-75     |
| exit 70"                                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "Incident Description:  While gauge was in use (calibration position, with   |
| sources retracted), a front loader ran over the gauge.  The housing and case |
| were destroyed, but the lead case around the source was intact with the      |
| source retracted.  The licensee asked for assistance in surveying the area,  |
| the loader, and the source housing.  Survey of the area and the front loader |
| were background.  Wipes of the source housing were background.  Troxler has  |
| been notified and will pick up the gauge for repair.  Cause of the accident  |
| was front loader driver inattention."                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "Device Type (Quantity):  Soil/Moisture Density Gauge (1)"                   |
|                                                                              |
| "Manufacturer:  Troxler"                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "Model Number:  3440"                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "Serial Number:  14821"                                                      |
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| "Emergency Groups at Scene:  None"                                           |
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| "Organizations Notified:  NRC"                                               |
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| "Media Contacted:  None"                                                     |
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| "Investigator's Name; Title:  Reno Fabii, Environmental Specialist II"       |
|                                                                              |
| "Office:  Environmental Radiation Control"                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "Date; Time Investigated:  26-May-00; 1115"                                  |
|                                                                              |
| Call the NRC operations officer for contact information.                     |
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