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Event Notification Report for September 28, 2001

                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           09/27/2001 - 09/28/2001

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38259  38316  38321  38322  38323  38324  38325  

!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38259       |
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| FACILITY: HARRIS                   REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/01/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 00:05[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        08/31/2001|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        23:08[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES ABRAHAM                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/27/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |MARK LESSER          R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|DDDD 73.71               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |
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|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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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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| 1-HOUR SECURITY REPORT INVOLVED SAFEGUARDS SYSTEM DEGRADATION                |
|                                                                              |
| Safeguards system degradation related to detection of area boundary.         |
| Immediate compensatory measures taken upon discovery.  The licensee will     |
| inform the NRC resident inspector.  Contact the Headquarters Operations      |
| Center for additional details.                                               |
|                                                                              |
| ***** RETRACTION FROM JOHN WARNER TO LEIGH TROCINE AT 1419 ON 09/27/01       |
| *****                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee is retracting this event notification.   The following text is  |
| a portion of a facsimile received from the licensee:                         |
|                                                                              |
| "This condition was promptly compensated for upon discovery.  Harris Nuclear |
| Plant performed a 1-hour notification due to this condition.  Site personnel |
| have determined that this issue is not reportable in accordance with NRC     |
| Generic Letter 91-03.  As specified in Generic Letter 91-03, if these events |
| are properly compensated upon discovery in accordance with Regulatory Guide  |
| 5.62 and NUREG-1304, they need only be logged.  Therefore, Harris Nuclear    |
| Plant is retracting EN #38259 due to promptly compensating the condition in  |
| accordance with Regulatory Guide 5.62 and NUREG-1304."                       |
|                                                                              |
| (Contact the NRC operations officer for additional information.)             |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.  The NRC operations        |
| officer notified the Region 2 Incident Response Center (Jay Henson) and IAT  |
| (Roberta Warren).                                                            |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   38316       |
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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/25/2001|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:28[EDT]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        09/25/2001|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        09:30[EDT]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/27/2001|
|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |MONTE PHILLIPS       R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |SUSAN FRANT          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RITCHIE                      |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| 4-HOUR 91-01 BULLETIN RESPONSE                                               |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from Portsmouth      |
| personnel:                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "At 0930, uranium bearing material was observed in the interior spaces of a  |
| block wall in the X-705 recovery area the openings leading to the interior   |
| spaces of the block wall is a violation of administrative control #3 of NCSA |
| 0705_076.A03 because the exact geometry or volume of the potential           |
| collection area is unknown.  This is a loss of one leg of double contingency |
| as defined in NCSE 0705_076.E03.  The presence of an unknown (at this time)  |
| amount of uranium bearing material that was spilled (at some time in the     |
| facility's past) is a potential violation of passive design feature one of   |
| NCSA 0705_076.A03 which credits the physical integrity of X-705 system       |
| piping this would represent a loss of the second leg as defined in NCSE      |
| 0705_076.E03."                                                               |
|                                                                              |
| "Measurements are being conducted and are ongoing to determine amount of     |
| material, which may affect this report."                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS:  The safety significance of this event is    |
| potentially high (at this time) because the exact amount of Uranium bearing  |
| material that could have entered the opening in the block wall is unknown.   |
| Measurements to quantify the material are in progress.  The apparent block   |
| wall construction (as evidenced by visual inspection of wall openings in the |
| other areas of Recovery) indicates the potential for the presence of         |
| unfavorable geometry voids within and between the blocks compromising the    |
| exterior building wall."                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "POTENTIAL CRITICALITY PATHWAYS INVOLVED (BRIEF SCENARIO[S] OF HOW           |
| CRITICALITY COULD OCCUR):  If 1) a significant amount of uranium bearing     |
| material entered the void spaces of the block wall, 2) the material has      |
| collected in the multiple voids resulting in a single unfavorable geometry   |
| configuration, 3) the material has a high enrichment and uranium             |
| concentration, and 4) the material would become sufficiently moderated, then |
| a potentially critical configuration could result.  Note that no spills or   |
| leaks of uranium bearing material from present X-705 systems has occurred at |
| this time.  The material in question has apparently been there for some      |
| time."                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "CONTROLLED PARAMETERS (MASS, MODERATION, GEOMETRY, CONCENTRATION, ETC.):    |
| Double contingency for inadvertent containers relies upon the physical       |
| integrity of X-705 piping to prevent a spill of an unsafe amount of          |
| material.  An unsafe amount is defined by the concentration and enrichment   |
| of the material.  Double contingency also relies upon administrative         |
| controls limiting the presence of unfavorable geometry or unsafe volume      |
| containers that could collect a spill or leak."                              |
|                                                                              |
| "ESTIMATED AMOUNT, ENRICHMENT, FORM OF LICENSED MATERIAL (INCLUDE PROCESS    |
| LIMIT AND % WORST CASE OF CRITICAL MASS):  Unknown at this time.  Enrichment |
| could be greater than 90% based upon historical operations.  The form is     |
| most likely uranyl nitrate or UO2F2.  Measurements for determination of mass |
| and assay are currently in progress."                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "NUCLEAR CRITICALITY SAFETY CONTROL(S) OR CONTROL SYSTEM(S) AND DESCRIPTION  |
| OF THE FAILURES OR DEFICIENCIES:  The openings leading to the interior       |
| spaces of the block wall is a violation of administrative control #3 of      |
| NCSA.705_076.A03 because the exact geometry or volume of the potential       |
| collection area is unknown.  This is a loss of one leg of double contingency |
| as defined in NCSE-0705_076.E03.  The presence of an unknown (at this time)  |
| amount of uranium bearing material that has spilled (at some time in the     |
| facility's past) is a potential violation of passive design feature 1 of     |
| NCSA-0705_076.A03 which credits the physical integrity of  X-705 system      |
| piping.  This would represent a loss of the second leg of double contingency |
| as defined in NCSE-0705_076.E03."                                            |
|                                                                              |
| "CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TO RESTORE SAFETY SYSTEM AND WHEN EACH WAS IMPLEMENTED:  |
| Samples of the material have been taken and DNA measurements will be taken   |
| to determine amounts of material and assay."                                 |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified and the DOE Representative will be   |
| notified.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| ***** UPDATE FROM JIM McCLEERY TO LEIGH TROCINE AT 1942 ON 09/27/01 *****    |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from Portsmouth      |
| personnel:                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "Conservative NDA analysis of the area near column A-16 indicates a total    |
| maximum mass of 225+/-113 grams 235U with an enrichment of 8.2% is present   |
| (preliminary NDA analysis reported less conservative values), which is less  |
| than the safe mass limit for uranium.  Investigations to determine the       |
| extent of condition have identified three additional areas of potential      |
| concern in X-705 Recovery.  These areas are:  the wall near the A-loop       |
| overflow column, the wall adjacent to the Calciner system, and the wall near |
| the top of the B-38 storage columns.  Each of these areas has received       |
| preliminary scans via NDA analysis to determine the potential for uranium    |
| material holdup in the block walls.  Preliminary results indicate that the   |
| amount of material, if any, in the wall near the A-loop overflow and near    |
| the Calciner are bounded by the amount quantified near column A-6.  More     |
| detailed quantificative NDA scans for these two locations (to differentiate  |
| between surface contamination, uranium holdup, and background) are currently |
| in progress and will be reported when available.  Preliminary results        |
| indicate that no material is suspect in the wall near the B-38 storage       |
| column (near background readings).  Additional NDA scans are currently in    |
| progress to locate any other potential areas of concern in the Recovery      |
| Area.                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS:  The safety significance of this event is    |
| now low because the amount of uranium bearing material that entered the      |
| openings in the block wall is known to be less that 338 grams 235U which is  |
| less than the safe mass limit for uranium."                                  |
|                                                                              |
| Portsmouth personnel plan to notify the NRC resident inspector.  The NRC     |
| operations officer notified the R3DO (Phillips) and NMSS EO (Holahan).       |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   38321       |
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| REP ORG:  UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/27/2001|
|LICENSEE:  UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 08:27[EDT]|
|    CITY:  PHILADELPHIA             REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        08/29/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  PA |EVENT TIME:        12:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  37-00118-07           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/27/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JOHN KINNEMAN        R1      |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROB FORREST                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB2 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)   LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X    |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| MISSING 21 MICROCURIE COBALT-60 TESTING SOURCE.                              |
|                                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| On 08/29/01 it was discovered at the University of Pennsylvania Physics      |
| Department that a 21 microcurie cobalt-60 source was missing.  An extensive  |
| survey and search of the Physics Department building was performed and the   |
| source was not found.  All persons who had access to the source were         |
| questioned.   The Radiation Safety Officer for the University of             |
| Pennsylvania notified NRC Region 1 office of this event.                     |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   38322       |
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| REP ORG:  UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN              |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/27/2001|
|LICENSEE:  UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:58[EDT]|
|    CITY:  MADISON                  REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        09/09/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WI |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  48-09843-18           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/27/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MONTE PHILLIPS       R3      |
|                                                |                             |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RON BRESELL                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  BOB STRANSKY                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB2 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)   LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X    |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| MISSING AM-241 SOURCES                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| During renovation work in a laboratory, a contractor moved a workbench upon  |
| which five americium-241 anti-static sources were being stored. The sources  |
| were individually contained in tubes, which apparently broke open upon       |
| striking the laboratory floor. Two of the five sources were recovered, but   |
| since the sources are extremely small (approximately 1 mm x 3 mm) and  the   |
| contractor and custodial staff were unaware of their presence, the licensee  |
| believes that the three other sources were discarded in a sanitary landfill. |
| The licensee estimates the activity of each source to be between 0.4 and 4   |
| microCuries, and does not believe that these sources present a health risk   |
| to the general population.                                                   |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   38323       |
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| REP ORG:  MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH        |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/27/2001|
|LICENSEE:  LONGVIEW INSPECTION                  |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:58[EDT]|
|    CITY:  PASCAGOULA               REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        09/27/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  MS |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  MS784-01              AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/27/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JAY HENSON/REGION 2  IRC     |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  B. J. SMITH                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT REGARDING AN OVEREXPOSURE DURING A RADIOGRAPHY EVENT  |
|                                                                              |
| On an unknown date, a  Longview Inspection employee received an exposure of  |
| 4,500 mrem during a radiography event in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  As a      |
| result, the individual's annual exposure increased to 5,270 mrem, which      |
| exceeded the annual limit of 5,000 mrem.  The second radiographer at the     |
| scene of the event received approximately 300 mrem.                          |
|                                                                              |
| An inspection is planned for next week.                                      |
|                                                                              |
| The Mississippi State Health Department notified the NRC Region 2 Office     |
| (Dick Woodruff).                                                             |
|                                                                              |
| (Call the NRC operations officer for a State contact telephone number.)      |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38324       |
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| FACILITY: BYRON                    REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/27/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  IL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 19:39[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        09/27/2001|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        18:34[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  SCOTT FRUIN                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/27/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |MONTE PHILLIPS       R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ASHU 50.72(b)(2)(i)      PLANT S/D REQD BY TS   |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       98       Power Operation  |98       Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO A LEAK IN A COMMON SAFETY   |
| INJECTION SUCTION HEADER                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the licensee:   |
|                                                                              |
| "Unit 1 is required to shut down due to entry into Tech Spec 3.0.3 for both  |
| trains of SI (safety injection) pumps being inoperable (Tech Spec 3.5.2).    |
| The cause of both Unit 1 SI pump inoperability is due to a leak in the       |
| common suction header at a vent line on the common header."                  |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.                            |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   38325       |
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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/27/2001|
|LICENSEE:  GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES                |NOTIFICATION TIME: 19:47[EDT]|
|    CITY:  LONG BEACH               REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        09/27/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:        08:00[PDT]|
|LICENSE#:  RAML #6290-30         AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/27/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |
|                                                |PATRICIA HOLAHAN     NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT GREGER                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT REGARDING A STOLEN NITON GAUGE                        |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the California  |
| Radiologic Health Branch, Department of Health Services:                     |
|                                                                              |
| "This is 24-hour report [in accordance with] 10CFR20.2201(a)(1)(i) from      |
| State of California Radiologic Health Branch."                               |
|                                                                              |
| "This is to report that an x-ray fluorescence device has been stolen.  [The] |
| company is Geotechnical Services [in] Tustin, CA."                           |
|                                                                              |
| "[The] device is a Niton S/N U2387NR1222.  The operator's car was broken     |
| into some time between 7PM (9-26) and 8AM (9-27) in Long Beach.  [A] police  |
| report [is] being filed, and [the] facility will run an add describing the   |
| device and offering a reward for its return."                                |
|                                                                              |
| "These devices typically contain up to 50 mCi of Cd-109."                    |
|                                                                              |
| (Call the NRC operations officer for state and licensee contact              |
| information.)                                                                |
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