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Event Notification Report for October 16, 2001

                   
                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           10/15/2001 - 10/16/2001

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38376  38388  38389  38390  38391  
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   38376       |
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| REP ORG:  TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/10/2001|
|LICENSEE:  LAW ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL SER|NOTIFICATION TIME:
17:29[EDT]|
|    CITY:  DALLAS                   REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        10/10/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  L02453                AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/10/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |LINDA HOWELL         R4      |
|                                                |C.W. (BILL) REAMER   NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES H. OGDEN, JR. (fax)    |                             |
|  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 DISCOVERY OF A LAW ENGINEERING AND   
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| ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES GAUGE ON A RESIDENTIAL STREET BY AN EMPLOYEE
OF       |
| ANOTHER COMPANY                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the Texas       |
| Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control:                           |
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| "Texas Incident No.:  I-7810"                                                |
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| "License No.:  L02453"                                                       |
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| "Licensee:  Law Engineering and Environmental Services, Houston, Texas (Fort |
| Worth Subsite)"                                                              |
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| "Event date and time:  10/10/01  a.m."                                       |
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| "Event location:  Dallas, Texas (exact location unknown at this time - gauge |
| was transported to 10722 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75220[)]"     |
|                                                                              |
| "Event type:  Found Nuclear Density Gauge, Troxler 3411 B, Serial #11251"    |
|                                                                              |
| "Notifications:  Notified Troxler Electronic Labs, TDH Public Health Region  |
| 3 to pickup gauge and have leak tested."                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "Event description:  Gauge found in the middle of a residential street by an |
| employee of Giles Engineering, Texas License L04919-001.  Gauge was found to |
| be un-locked - both case and control rod.  The gauge was reported to be in   |
| the 'On' position.  No shipping papers were found in the case.  No warning   |
| stickers were reported to be on the exterior of the case.  Troxler Labs      |
| reports that the gauge was last seen by them over 2-years ago and was then   |
| owned by Austin Testing Engineers - no evidence of Licensure through this    |
| Agency.  Gauge was tracked to Law Engineering in Fort Worth.  TDH is holding |
| the gauge.  Will have leak test performed.  Licensee was unaware that the    |
| gauge was missing and could not immediately find if the gauge was assigned   |
| on a job for 10/10/01."                                                      |
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| "Transport vehicle description:  None available at this time."               |
|                                                                              |
| "Media attention:  None"                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| (Contact the NRC operations officer for an agreement state point of          |
| contact.)                                                                    |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   38388       |
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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE:
10/15/2001|
|LICENSEE:  KRAZAN and ASSOCIATES                |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:02[EDT]|
|    CITY:  CLOVIS                   REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        10/11/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:             [PDT]|
|LICENSE#:  4247-01               AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2001|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |BILL JONES           R4      |
|                                                |BRIAN SMITH          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KENT PRENDERGAST             |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE                       |
|                                                                              |
| "Thursday, 10/11/01 a Krazan and Associates employee, after working late     |
| took his portable moisture density gauge to his residence on Floyd Road in   |
| Modesto, California. The gauge was reportedly locked and chained to the rear |
| of his pickup truck , but was not covered. The gauge chain was reportedly    |
| cut and the gauge was stolen sometime between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM on October |
| 12, 2001 by unknown persons. The gauge was a Troxler 3440 Serial Number      |
| 231711 containing approximately 10 millicuries of cesium 137 and 40          |
| millicuries of americium 241. The RSO indicated he will be placing an ad in  |
| the local newspaper offering a reward for the gauge. The RSO indicated that  |
| he has counseled his employee for breaking company rules by taking the gauge |
| to his residence which is against company policy and California              |
| regulations."                                                                |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38389       |
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| FACILITY: NINE MILE POINT          REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/15/2001|
|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  NY |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:16[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5                    |EVENT DATE:        10/15/2001|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        09:59[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOHN MANLY                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |FRANK COSTELLO       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ACCS 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(A)  ECCS INJECTION         |                             |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B)  RPS ACTUATION - CRITICA|                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)  VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUAT|                             |
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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 Shutdown     |
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| AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO MAIN STEAM ISOLATION FOR UNKNOWN
CAUSE        |
|                                                                              |
| Unit 2 was operating at 100% power, steady state, when the Main Steam        |
| Isolation Valves (MSIVs) fast closed causing a Reactor Protection System     |
| (RPS) full scram, all rods fully inserted.  The reactor feedwater pumps      |
| tripped on Reactor Vessel Water Level 8 due to controlling reactor pressure  |
| with Safety Relief Valves.  After the feedwater trip, reactor pressure was   |
| reduced to 550-650 psig so condensate booster pumps could inject to the      |
| Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV).  At 1043 the Reactor Vessel Water Level 2 was |
| reached on the shrink from closure of the Safety Relief Valves.  This in     |
| turn caused a valid initiation and injection of the High Pressure Core Spray |
| (HPCS) and isolation of various containment isolation valves.                |
|                                                                              |
| Reactor vessel water level and pressure has been stabilized.  HPCS has been  |
| restored to standby.  The plant is stable in Mode 3.  The cause of the MSIV  |
| isolation is still under investigation and a normal post scram review is     |
| underway.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will issue a media      |
| release.                                                                     |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38390       |
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| FACILITY: SEABROOK                 REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/15/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NH |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:31[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        10/15/2001|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  CHRISTOPHER O'CONNOR         |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |FRANK COSTELLO       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B)  RPS ACTUATION - CRITICA|                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)  VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUAT|                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE  
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|1     A/R        Y       100      Power Operation  |0        Hot Standby      |
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| AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DURING PERFORMANCE OF QUARTERLY ROD
OPERABILITY       |
| SURVEILLANCE                                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee reported that during a normal quarterly rod operability         |
| surveillance an automatic reactor trip occurred, all rods fully inserted.    |
| Preliminary investigation indicates that one rod dropped during rod motion   |
| causing a negative rate trip to occur.                                       |
|                                                                              |
| The Emergency Feedwater system actuated, as expected on a reactor trip, and  |
| is providing feedwater to the steam generators.  Excess heat is being        |
| rejected to the main condensers via the steam dumps.  No safety or relief    |
| valves opened during the transient.                                          |
|                                                                              |
| The plant is stable in Mode 3 and an investigation into the event is         |
| underway.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will issue a media      |
| release.                                                                     |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   38391       |
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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE:
10/15/2001|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:34[EDT]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        10/15/2001|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        10:30[EDT]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2001|
|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |ANTON VEGEL          R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |DON COOL             NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JIM McCLEERY                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
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| 24 HOUR REPORT - NRC BULLETIN 91-01                                          |
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| The following is a faxed report of finding in building X-330:                |
|                                                                              |
| During a building walk down, contaminated items in a category II staging     |
| area were observed to be closer than the NCSA plant-048 allowed. The PSS     |
| entered an anomalous condition. The items were moved to the appropriate      |
| spacing requirements. The anomalous condition was exited.                    |
|                                                                              |
| SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS:                                               |
|                                                                              |
| The safety significance is low, The safe mass quantity is less than half of  |
| the minimum critical mass, in a spherical geometry. and with optimum         |
| moderation. The NCSE evaluated two items touching, these items were still    |
| separated, had little moderation present, and are not spherical.             |
|                                                                              |
| POTENTIAL CRITICALITY PATHWAYS INVOLVED (BRIEF SCENARIO[S] OF HOW            |
| CRITICALITY COULD OCCUR):                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| In order for a criticality to occur more spacing violations, to increase     |
| mass would have had to occur and additional moderating material would be     |
| required.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| CONTROLLED PARAMETERS (MASS, MODERATION, GEOMETRY, CONCENTRATION,
ETC.):     |
|                                                                              |
| Mass and spacing are controlled.                                             |
|                                                                              |
| ESTIMATED AMOUNT, ENRICHMENT, FORM OF LICENSED MATERIAL (INCLUDE
PROCESS     |
| LIMIT AND % WORST CASE OF CRITICAL MASS):                                    |
|                                                                              |
| Items involved were less than safe mass and enriched to 10% or less.         |
|                                                                              |
| NUCLEAR CRITICALITY SAFETY CONTROL(S) OR CONTROL SYSTEM(S) AND
DESCRIPTION   |
| OF THE FAILURES OR DEFICIENCIES:                                             |
|                                                                              |
| The controls were mass and spacing. Spacing was the control violated.        |
|                                                                              |
| CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TO RESTORE SAFETY SYSTEM AND WHEN EACH WAS
IMPLEMENTED:   |
|                                                                              |
| The items observed inside the spacing requirements were moved to required    |
| spacing requirements.                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the DOE representative. |
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