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Event Notification Report for November 27, 2001

                         
                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           11/26/2001 - 11/27/2001

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38516  38517  38518  38519  
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   38516       |
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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE:
11/26/2001|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 06:24[EST]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        11/25/2001|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        16:20[EST]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  11/26/2001|
|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |CHRISTINE LIPA       R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |                             |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JIM McCLEERY                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  BOB STRANSKY                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
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| 24-HOUR NRC BULLETIN 91-01 REPORT                                            |
|                                                                              |
| "During an NCS annual assessment by operations personnel, two cardboard      |
| boxes with unfavorable geometry were found inside an area controlled by      |
| NCSA-326_014 A02. This Is a violation of control #17 of the NCSA that        |
| requires unfavorable items capable of holding solution shall have holes to   |
| provide drainage such that no more than one inch of solution can accumulate  |
| in them.                                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "This resulted in a violation of the double contingency principle where      |
| control was reestablished and is reportable under NRC BL 91-01.              |
|                                                                              |
| "SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS:                                              |
|                                                                              |
| "The safety significance of this event is low. The open cardboard box was    |
| not under any overflow line or seal exhaust lines and the seal exhaust       |
| station is not operating.                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "POTENTIAL CRITICALITY PATHWAYS INVOLVED (BRIEF SCENARIO[S] OF HOW           |
| CRITICALITY COULD OCCUR):                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "During operation of the seal exhaust station the contents of the seal       |
| exhaust lines could have sprayed in to the box to cause a criticality.       |
|                                                                              |
| "CONTROLLED PARAMETERS (MASS, MODERATION. GEOMETRY, CONCENTRATION,
ETC.):    |
|                                                                              |
| "The first control was the requirement to have drainage holes in unfavorable |
| geometry containers. The second control was that it was unlikely an          |
| unfavorable geometry container would be positioned in a location that seal   |
| exhaust oil would spray into the container.                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "ESTIMATED AMOUNT. ENRICHMENT, FORM OF LICENSED MATERIAL (INCLUDE
PROCESS    |
| LIMIT AND % WORST CASE OF CRITICAL MASS):                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "The licensed material would be UF4 in oil with a maximum enrichment of 20%  |
| U-235                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "NUCLEAR CRITICALITY SAFETY CONTROL(S) OR CONTROL SYSTEM(S) AND
DESCRIPTION  |
| OF THE FAILURES OR DEFICIENCIES:                                             |
|                                                                              |
| "Control #17 of the NCSA that requires unfavorable items capable of holding  |
| solution shall have holes to provide drainage such that no more than one     |
| inch of solution can accumulate in them.                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TO RESTORE SAFETY SYSTEM AND WHEN EACH WAS
IMPLEMENTED:  |
|                                                                              |
| "The cardboard boxes were removed from the area controlled by                |
| NCSA-326_014.A.02"                                                           |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident inspector has been informed of this event by the licensee.  |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38517       |
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| FACILITY: SAINT LUCIE              REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 11/26/2001|
|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 06:42[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE                        |EVENT DATE:        11/26/2001|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        06:18[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  J. BRADY                     |LAST UPDATE DATE:  11/26/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          UNUSUAL EVENT         |CAUDLE JULIAN        R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |JOE HOLONICH         IRO     |
|AAEC 50.72(a) (1) (i)    EMERGENCY DECLARED     |RENE ZAPATA          FEMA    |
|                                                |GENE IMBRO, EO       NRR     |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE  
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|2     N          N       0        Hot Shutdown     |0        Hot Shutdown     |
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| UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO REACTOR COOLANT LEAKAGE GREATER THAN
10        |
| GALLONS PER MINUTE, EMERGENCY ACTION LEVEL (EAL) 1A.                         |
|                                                                              |
| "Reactor Coolant System leakage greater than 10 gpm while placing the        |
| Shutdown Cooling System in service during a planned unit shutdown for        |
| refueling.  Leak has been isolated. Event has been terminated.               |
|                                                                              |
| "Relief valve 3483 lifted while placing the SDC system in service.  Relief   |
| valve setpoint is 350 psia.  RCS pressure at the time of event was 268 psia. |
| Relief valve lifted when the Hot Leg Suction Valve from RCS to the SDC       |
| system was opened.  Leak was isolated & event terminated by closing the Hot  |
| Leg Suction Valve.  Leakage from the relief valve was directed to the        |
| Chemical & Volume Control System Hold Up Tank"                               |
|                                                                              |
| Unusual event was declared and terminated at the same time (0618).   State   |
| and local officials were notified of this event by the licensee.             |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.       |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38518       |
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| FACILITY: POINT BEACH              REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 11/26/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  WI |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:37[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP                |EVENT DATE:        11/26/2001|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        12:32[CST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT ADAMS                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  11/26/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |BRUCE JORGENSEN      R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NONR                     OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT    |                             |
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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  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| ERDS INOPERABLE DUE TO PLANNED OUTAGE OF THE PLANT PROCESS COMPUTER
SYSTEM   |
| (PPCS)                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| AT 1232 CT, the Point Beach Nuclear Plant ERDS became inoperable as a result |
| of modifications to change out the plant process computer system (PPCS).     |
| This is a planned evolution.  ERDS will remain inoperable until              |
| approximately, December 18, 2001.                                            |
|                                                                              |
| This information was verbally provided to a representative of NRR during the |
| week of 10/15/2001.  The senior resident inspector has also been briefed on  |
| the modifications and schedule.  NMC to NRC letter (NRC 01-0080) dated       |
| 11/21/2001 stated we would be submitting this Non-Emergency report.          |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38519       |
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| FACILITY: MAINE YANKEE             REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 11/26/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  ME |NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:43[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE                               |EVENT DATE:        11/26/2001|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        18:15[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RONALD HOWARD                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  11/26/2001|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          UNUSUAL EVENT         |WILLIAM RULAND       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |ELINOR ADENSAM       NRR     |
|AAEC 50.72(a) (1) (i)    EMERGENCY DECLARED     |NADER MAMISH         IRO     |
|                                                |GENE KANUPP          FEMA    |
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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        Decommissioned   |0        Decommissioned   |
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| UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A SMALL FIRE LASTING GREATER THAN 15
MINUTES   |
|                                                                              |
| At approximately 1745, the control room was notified of heavy smoke.  At     |
| 1815, the licensee declared an Unusual Event based on a small fire in the    |
| industrial area of the plant lasting greater than 15 minutes.  Preliminary   |
| indications revealed that the incident may have been related to an           |
| electrical fire involving the heating element or switch of a drum dryer      |
| located in the old chemistry lab.  There was no release of radiological or   |
| hazardous materials, and there were no personnel injuries.                   |
|                                                                              |
| The Fire Department is currently on site, and the fire is believed to be     |
| under control.  The control room is currently waiting for confirmation that  |
| the fire is out in order to terminate the Unusual Event.                     |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the State Police and Fire Department.                  |
|                                                                              |
| ***** UPDATE FROM RONALD HOWARD TO LEIGH TROCINE AT 1918 ON 11/26/01 *****   |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee terminated the Unusual Event at 1900.  The fire is out, and it  |
| is currently believed that the fire was cause by a short in the drum dryer's |
| electrical system.                                                           |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the State Police and plans to notify the Fire          |
| Department.  The NRC operations officer notified the R1DO (Ruland), NRR EO   |
| (Adensam), IRO (Mamish), and FEMA (Gene Kanupp).                             |
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