Event Notification Report for August 10, 2000

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           08/09/2000 - 08/10/2000

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

36578  37192  37215  37216  37217  37218  37219  

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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:  08/09/2000|
|  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."                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1632 8/9/2000 FROM OGDEN (VIA FAX) INPUT BY STRANSKY * * *      |
|                                                                              |
| "Troxler Model 3430 was discovered in a garbage truck that set off radiation |
| monitors at a local Dallas-Fort Worth landfill. The gauge was discovered in  |
| the back of the garbage truck operated by Duncan Disposal, 1220 Dowdy Ferry  |
| Road, Hutchins, Texas. It is believed that the gauge was picked up from      |
| apartment dumpsters located in the City of Seagoville.                       |
|                                                                              |
| "The gauge is Serial Number: 27239 which was stolen in Mesquite, Texas on    |
| the evening of January 9/10, 2000. The gauge appears to be undamaged but is  |
| not in its transportation case which was taken during the theft. The Texas   |
| Licensee from whom the gauge was stolen is Petra Technologies Incorporated,  |
| Texas License # L05233. This licensee is currently in the process of         |
| revocation for failure to pay fees. All known phone numbers for the firm     |
| have been disconnected, therefore, and no one has yet been contacted within  |
| the firm.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "Troxler both in North Carolina and in Arlington have been notified.         |
|                                                                              |
| "Texas Department of Health, Region 3 (Arlington) Bureau of Radiation        |
| Control personnel have picked-up the gauge from the disposal firm and have   |
| it secured at regional headquarters. The gauge appears to be intact. The     |
| gauge will be leak tested by Troxler's Arlington location."                  |
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!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37192       |
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| FACILITY: RIVER BEND               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/27/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  LA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:54[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-6                             |EVENT DATE:        07/27/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        09:02[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  VERNON CARLSON               |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/09/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |BILL JONES           R4      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AIND 50.72(b)(2)(iii)(D) ACCIDENT MITIGATION    |                             |
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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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| POTENTIAL LOSS OF SAFETY FUNCTION RELATED TO CONTROL ROOM CHILLED WATER      |
| SYSTEM                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "While alternating Divisions of Control Room Chilled water to perform post   |
| maintenance testing on HVK-CHL1B the  'B'  chiller tripped. When actions     |
| were taken to restart the 'A'  chiller the breaker for the service water     |
| recirc valve SWP-MOV 27A tripped. The breaker was reset and the chiller was  |
| started.  Due to the  indeterminate nature of the breaker trip on the valve, |
| the 'A'  chiller was declared Inoperable.  The 'C'  & 'D' chillers were      |
| already Inoperable due to non-related existing conditions. This places the   |
| unit in Action  'B'  of Tech Spec 3.7.3. We are conservatively reporting     |
| this pending the investigation of the condition and it's affect on the       |
| system response to postulated events to determine if the safety function was |
| truly lost.  System is currently operating and maintaining normal control    |
| room temperature."                                                           |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector.                         |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE AT 0924 ON 8/9/00, REPORTED BY NORTHRUP, RECEIVED BY WEAVER * * |
| *                                                                            |
|                                                                              |
| The event occurred when the control building chilled water system was being  |
| shifted from Division I to Division II. The "A" chiller subsystem (Division  |
| I) had been operating normally for approximately one week, and was to be     |
| shut down to allow shut down of the "B" chiller subsystem (Division II).     |
| The "C" and "D" chillers were already inoperable for reasons unrelated to    |
| this event.                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| During the transition to the  "B"  chiller,  it failed to start.  The "A"    |
| chiller did not immediately restart due to the configuration of its support  |
| systems at this point in the transition.  Operator actions were promptly     |
| taken to restart the  "A"  chiller.   Approximately nine minutes elapsed     |
| from the initial shutdown of the "A"  chiller until it was restored to       |
| service.                                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| During the event,  the  "A"  chiller was capable of performing its safety    |
| function with reasonable operator actions. This event had no bearing on the  |
| previous operability of the  "A"  chiller.                                   |
|                                                                              |
| Based on the above information, this event did not result in a loss of       |
| safety function.  This event notification is retracted.                      |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee informed the NRC resident inspector.  The Operations Center     |
| notified the R4DO(Kennedy).                                                  |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37215       |
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| FACILITY: SEABROOK                 REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/09/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NH |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:32[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        08/09/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        10:28[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DENNIS BEMIS                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/09/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN   R1      |
|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  |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION - AIRCRAFT WARNING LIGHTS                               |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the Federal Aviation Administration that the aircraft  |
| warning lights on the containment would be without power during planned      |
| maintenance.  The maintenance is expected to last less than one hour.  The   |
| licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                                |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37216       |
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| FACILITY: COMANCHE PEAK            REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/09/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  TX |NOTIFICATION TIME: 11:22[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        08/09/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        09:07[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  PAT MINAHAN                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/09/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |KRISS KENNEDY        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  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION - FISH KILL                                             |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee reported finding 300 dead shad to the Texas Parks and Wildlife  |
| Department.  The shad were observed in the Circ water discharge.  This       |
| condition is believed to be the result of local weather and not due to a     |
| spill or plant related event.                                                |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                            |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   37217       |
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| REP ORG:  U.S. AIR FORCE                       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/09/2000|
|LICENSEE:  U.S. AIR FORCE                       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:35[EDT]|
|    CITY:                           REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        08/08/2000|
|  COUNTY:  LINCOLN                   STATE:  NV |EVENT TIME:        16:30[PDT]|
|LICENSE#:  422353901-AF          AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/09/2000|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |KRISS KENNEDY        R4      |
|                                                |C.W. (BILL) REAMER   NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MARK WROBEL                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  BOB STRANSKY                 |                             |
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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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| TWO AM-241 SOURCES LOST IN CRASH OF AIRCRAFT                                 |
|                                                                              |
| On 8/8/00, at approximately 1630 PDT, an F-16 crashed on a mountain north of |
| Glendale, NV. The aircraft was equipped with a LANTIRN pod, which contains   |
| two 4 �Ci Am-241 sources (registry number NR-0136-S-0208-5; Amersham model   |
| AMM.7). The crash occurred approximately 5,000 feet up the side of a         |
| mountain that is approximately 7,000 feet high in a very remote location.    |
| The Air Force incident investigation team has not yet accessed the crash     |
| site. Wreckage is reported to be spread along a 1,000 foot distance. The     |
| licensee will make reasonable efforts to retrieve the sources.               |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee has already contacted NRC Region IV (Gaines) regarding this     |
| event.                                                                       |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37218       |
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| FACILITY: SALEM                    REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/09/2000|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NJ |NOTIFICATION TIME: 19:06[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        08/09/2000|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        17:51[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOHN GARECHT                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/09/2000|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  BOB STRANSKY                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |JOHN ROGGE           R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     RPS ACTUATION          |                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(2)(ii)     ESF ACTUATION          |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|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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| AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| Salem Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor trip due to unknown causes.    |
| The first out annunciator was "Power Range Negative Flux Rate Hi." All       |
| control rods inserted following the trip and all systems functioned as       |
| expected. The auxiliary feedwater system automatically started as expected.  |
| The unit is stable in Hot Standby with decay heat being exhausted to the     |
| main condenser via the steam dumps.                                          |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident inspector has been informed of this event by the licensee.  |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   37219       |
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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/10/2000|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 01:55[EDT]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        08/09/2000|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        15:20[EDT]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/10/2000|
|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |RONALD GARDNER       R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |C.W. (BILL) REAMER   NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+FRANK CONGEL         IRO     |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ERIC SPAETH                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
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| BULLETIN 91-01 24 HOUR REPORT                                                |
|                                                                              |
| At 1520 hours on 8/9/00, it was discovered that a Nuclear Criticality Safety |
| Approval (NCSA) non-compliance had occurred in the X-705 decontamination     |
| facility.  During a routine walk-through by the NRC Resident Inspector, two  |
| (2) violations of the X-705 Inadvertent Containers NCSA, NCSA-0705_076, were |
| noted.  The conditions noted were as a follows:                              |
|                                                                              |
| - An open plastic bag containing used personal protective clothing (PPE) was |
| discovered lying in the Tunnel Basement.                                     |
| - A shelving unit, adjacent to the Microfiltration system was found to       |
| contain cardboard boxes, loosely wrapped in plastic.                         |
|                                                                              |
| Both of these areas are covered by the controls of NCSA-0705_076.  It was    |
| determined that these arrays had the potential to collect an unsafe          |
| configuration of Uranium-bearing material.                                   |
|                                                                              |
| This event resulted in the loss of one control (geometry/volume) of the      |
| double contingency control principle. The physical integrity of all nearby   |
| systems containing uranium-bearing material was maintained throughout this   |
| event.                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| NCSA-0705_076 compliance was restored at 1620 hours when the on duty NCS     |
| engineer authorized the removal of these items from there respective areas.  |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee informed the NRC resident inspector that this report would be   |
| made.                                                                        |
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