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Event Notification Report for April 16, 2001

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           04/13/2001 - 04/16/2001

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

37916  37917  37918  37919  37920  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   37916       |
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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/10/2001|
|LICENSEE:  UNKNOWN                              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:59[EDT]|
|    CITY:  SAN DIEGO                REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        04/03/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:             [PDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/13/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MARK SHAFFER         R4      |
|                                                |BRIAN SMITH          NMSS    |
+------------------------------------------------+AARON DANIS          IAT     |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT GREGER                |NADER MAMISH         IRO     |
|  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 REGARDING RECOVERY OF FIVE ABANDONED CESIUM-137       |
| SOURCES IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.                                            |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a document that was E-mailed to the NRC   |
| operations center by the California Radiation Control Program:               |
|                                                                              |
| "On the evening of 4/3, the Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) here in  |
| San Diego responded to a situation involving an abandoned radiation source   |
| at a Vons parking lot located at 620 Dennery Rd., SD 92154.  A Vons clerk    |
| reported that a person told him that a bomb was left in the parking lot.     |
| When the clerk returned with his manager, the man was gone.  A black case    |
| was left in a shopping cart, which the clerk opened [...].  No bomb was      |
| present, but there was a lead container containing a radiation source.  The  |
| maximum reading the HIRT obtained at the scene was 12 mRem/hr at the surface |
| of the lead container; HIRT took possession of the source."                  |
|                                                                              |
| "[Jon Dillon (DHS-RHB)]  was contacted the next morning to assist in         |
| evaluating this source of radiation.  There was an old label on the outside  |
| of the pig that indicated Nuclear Associates as the manufacturer and that    |
| there was a total activity of 320 mCi of Cs-137 in what appeared to be five  |
| sources.  No date was indicated, and the To: line only stated Tijuana.       |
| Using a portable MCA, [it was determined] that the sources inside the pig    |
| were in fact Cs-137.  Using [a] Victoreen 450P, [the] measured a range of    |
| exposures [was determined to be] from 10 mR/hr to 28 mR/hr at various        |
| positions around the lead pig.  In order to identify the sources, [the pig   |
| was] carefully opened[, and] five small cylindrical sources [could be seen]  |
| recessed in the lead pig.  The sources were about 1/8" in diameter, and only |
| about a 1/8" of the length was visible.  [It was estimated] that these       |
| sources were 3/4" to 1" in length.  The Victoreen quickly jumped up to 5.8   |
| R/hr, so [the pig was] quickly closed [...] to return the dose down to the   |
| mR range.  [The pig was] re-sealed [...] with duct tape and the original     |
| metal band[, and then the container was] temporarily placed [...] back in    |
| the 5 gallon pail that the HIRT team used to recover the source.  The        |
| container was then appropriately labeled for storage."                       |
|                                                                              |
| "Dave Cammell, who is with [the] HIRT, contacted Nuclear Associates directly |
| regarding this source, and they are sending a package to ship this source    |
| back to them.  At this time, [it is not known] what the sources were used    |
| for.  By the physical condition of the label and the tape on the pig, [it    |
| was estimated] that this is 15-20 years old, if not more.  The [sources]     |
| will be secured in the HIRT laboratory until [the shipping materials are     |
| received] from Nuclear Associates.  There has been no media attention thus   |
| far."                                                                        |
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| Law enforcement investigation revealed that this incident was not malicious  |
| in nature.                                                                   |
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| Call the NRC operations officer for state contact information.               |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   37917       |
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| REP ORG:  FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/13/2001|
|LICENSEE:  FLORIDA TESTING AND ENVIRONMENTAL    |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:55[EDT]|
|    CITY:  LAKELAND                 REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        04/13/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  FL |EVENT TIME:        14:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  2058-L                AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/13/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MIKE ERNSTES         R2      |
|                                                |ERIC LEEDS           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  EAKINS                       |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| STOLEN HUMBOLDT NUCLEAR GAUGE                                                |
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| The device was stolen from job site in Valrico, Fl. from a truck after the   |
| chain had been cut.  The theft was reported to the police department and a   |
| reward will be offered by the licensee.  The device was a Humboldt model     |
| 5001 serial #1287 containing Cs-137/Am-241(8/40 millicuries).                |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   37918       |
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| REP ORG:  WA DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL     |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/13/2001|
|LICENSEE:  WEYERHAEUSER TECHNOLOGY CENTER       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:56[EDT]|
|    CITY:  FEDERAL WAY              REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        03/14/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WA |EVENT TIME:             [PDT]|
|LICENSE#:  WN-L083-1             AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/13/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MARK SHAFFER         R4      |
|                                                |ERIC LEEDS           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TERRY FRAZEE                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A MISSING  KRYPTON-85 SOURCE                |
|                                                                              |
| The following event was E-mailed to the Headquarters Operation Center.       |
|                                                                              |
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| The licensee reported the loss of an approximately 147 millicurie Kr-85      |
| source (originally 300 millicuries in 1989).  The source, an Amersham model  |
| KAC.D3, serial number 7341-BK, was mounted in a Data Measurements            |
| Corporation source holder model BCL-1.  The source assembly was supposed to  |
| have been removed from a Data Measurements Corporation Paper Weight Basis    |
| Profiler that was being decommissioned in late 1999.  A wooden box, labeled  |
| as containing the source assembly, was transferred to the licensee's new RSO |
| in 2000 and dutifully inventoried until March 2001.  Based on survey         |
| measurements, the new RSO became suspicious of the wooden box and discovered |
| upon opening it that it contained the detector assembly rather than the      |
| source assembly.  A search of the site failed to locate the source.  The     |
| licensee believes that the source was most likely left on the Paper Weight   |
| Basis Profiler and recycled as scrap metal.  Alternatively, it could have    |
| been discarded into waste sent to the landfill.  No records for the          |
| decommissioning of the Profiler have been found and the individual who       |
| performed the decommissioning is no longer employed by the licensee.         |
|                                                                              |
| Disposition/recovery:  Presumed to be irretrievably lost.                    |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37919       |
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| FACILITY: SAINT LUCIE              REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/14/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:06[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE                        |EVENT DATE:        04/14/2001|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  J. BREEN                     |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/14/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |MIKE ERNSTES         R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|*DEG 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A)  DEGRADED CONDITION     |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
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|1     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
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| LEAKAGE DISCOVERED ON "B" HOT REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM (RCS) HOT LEG           |
| INSTRUMENT NOZZLE CONNECTION.                                                |
|                                                                              |
| A maintenance supervisor reported that there was leakage on a pipe to nozzle |
| connection on line I-3/4-RC-126. After further investigation this line has   |
| been determined to be the "B" RCS Hot Leg instrument nozzle connection for   |
| differential pressure (D/P) transmitter PDT-1121D.  PDT-1121D measures the   |
| D/P across "B" Steam Generator.  This D/P is used as input to the "D"        |
| channel Reactor Protection System low flow trip. A chemistry sample confirms |
| boric acid and active iodine.  Leakage was reported to be indeterminate      |
| i.e., no drops per hour could be quantified.  This problem will be corrected |
| before going above 190 degrees F.  An  LER will be issued.                   |
|                                                                              |
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| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.       |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   37920       |
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| FACILITY: MONTICELLO               REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/15/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  MN |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:15[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-3                             |EVENT DATE:        04/15/2001|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DUSTIN WRIGHT                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/15/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          N/A                   |MICHAEL PARKER       R3      |
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|*INB 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B)   POT RHR INOP           |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
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|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| BOTH LOW PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION (LPCI) PATHS TEMPORARILY INOPERABLE      |
|                                                                              |
| Procedure inadequacies for venting RHR System using Ops Manual B.08.01.03-05 |
| resulted in Tech Spec LCO(s) 3.5.A declaring both LPCI Injection Paths       |
| inoperable (72 Hour LCO) and Tech Spec 3.5.C  for one Division of            |
| Containment Spray and Cooling inoperable (7 Day LCO) NOT entered.   Contrary |
| to Ops Procedure #2145 RHR System Discharge Venting these LCO(s) should be   |
| entered when RHR is vented.  Notifications are being made because a vent     |
| valve was opened which made both LPCI Injection Paths inoperable.  This      |
| condition at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of   |
| the safety function or system that is needed for Residual Heat Capacity.     |
| The vent valve is closed and verified closed.   The RHR System is Operable   |
| at this time.                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                            |
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