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Event Notification Report for January 31, 2002

                         
                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           01/30/2002 - 01/31/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38627  38659  38660  38661  38662  

!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   38627       |
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| FACILITY: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT      |NOTIFICATION DATE:
01/11/2002|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 23:03[EST]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        01/11/2002|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        18:07[CST]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2002|
|    CITY:  PADUCAH                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  McCRACKEN                 STATE:  KY |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-1                 AGREEMENT:  Y  |DAVID HILLS          R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707001                              |E. WILLIAM BRACH     NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KEVIN BEASLEY                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NONR                     OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT    |                             |
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| 24 HOUR REPORT - VALID ACTIVATION OF A TSR REQUIRED SAFETY SYSTEM            |
|                                                                              |
| "At 1807 CST, on 1-11-02 the Plant Shift Superintendent (PSS) was notified   |
| of an activation of the Water Inventory Control System (WICS) on #4          |
| autoclave In the C-360 building. Approximately seven minutes into the heat   |
| cycle the Hi Primary and HI Secondary Condensate alarms were received, and   |
| the autoclave went into containment as designed. The operators investigated  |
| the alarm with assistance from the Shift Engineer. Due to the alarm being    |
| received on the redundant Primary and Secondary probes at a point in the     |
| heat cycle when there is a high steam demand. Engineering determined this to |
| be a valid activation of the system. The autoclave was removed from service  |
| and the WICS was declared inoperable. Further investigation will be          |
| performed by the System Engineer and Instrument Maintenance to determine the |
| exact cause of the alarm. The purpose of the WICS is to limit the amount of  |
| water In the autoclave and is a safety system required by TSR 2.1.4.3.       |
|                                                                              |
| "The PSS determined that this event is a 24 Hour Event Report due to the     |
| valid activation of a TSR required safety system.                            |
|                                                                              |
| "The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of this event."         |
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| * * * UPDATE ON 1/30/02 @ 1357 BY BEASLEY TO GOULD * * *        RETRACTION   |
|                                                                              |
| UPDATE 1-30-02: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. Subsequent troubleshooting    |
| and analysis, led by the system engineer concluded that the WICS activation  |
| was initiated by an invalid signal (electrical short), and therefore the     |
| reporting criteria is not met.  During troubleshooting It was discovered     |
| that the shielding on the primary probe's wire connector was worn. This      |
| allowed the wire to come into contact with the side of the connector causing |
| it to short and actuate the WICS alarm.                                      |
|                                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.           |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   38659       |
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| REP ORG:  EARTH ENGINEERING                    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/30/2002|
|LICENSEE:  EARTH ENGINEERING                    |NOTIFICATION TIME: 07:08[EST]|
|    CITY:  PHILADEPHIA              REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        01/30/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  PA |EVENT TIME:             [EST]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |CURTIS COWGILL       R1      |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  EUGENE SZYMANSKY             |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAB1 20.2201(a)(1)(i)    LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X  |                             |
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| STOLEN TROXLER DENSITY GAUGE                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| A Troxler density gauge was stolen from the technician's car.  A report has  |
| been made to the Philadelphia Police Department.  More information to follow |
| from the company.                                                            |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   38660       |
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| REP ORG:  MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM         |NOTIFICATION DATE:
01/30/2002|
|LICENSEE:  AEA TECHNOLOGY QSA, INC.             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 11:12[EST]|
|    CITY:                           REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        01/29/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  MA |EVENT TIME:        12:00[EST]|
|LICENSE#:  12-8361               AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |CURTIS COWGILL       R1      |
|                                                |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MIKE WHALEN                  |                             |
|  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 - RECEIPT OF PACKAGES EXCEEDING SURFACE
RADIATION     |
| LIMIT                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "AEA Technology QSA, Inc., license number 12-8361, reported that on January  |
| 29, 2002 they received nine Type A packages that exceeded the external       |
| surface radiation regulatory limit and exceeded their labeled Transport      |
| Indexes (T.I.). All of the packages originated from Russia and were shipped  |
| to the U.S. by Reviss Services of the U.K. using Federal Express as the      |
| carrier.                                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "Each package contained 1.4 to 2.4 TBq of Selenium 75 and had surface        |
| external radiation measurements of up to 577 mR/hr and 1 meter measurements  |
| of up to 6.0 mR/hr. All the highest readings were found at the bottom of     |
| each package.                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| "Preliminary investigation of the Type A packages indicate they may be       |
| missing an inner shield which affected the bottom area dose rates.           |
|                                                                              |
| "The dose to the shippers is not expected to be greater that normal because  |
| all of the highest readings were found at the bottom of the packages and all |
| the TI's were below the regulatory limits."                                  |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38661       |
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| FACILITY: BEAVER VALLEY            REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/30/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  PA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:09[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        01/30/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        10:54[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  SENA                         |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |CURTIS COWGILL       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|APRE 50.72(b)(2)(xi)     OFFSITE NOTIFICATION   |                             |
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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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| PLANT MADE AN OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF AN OIL SPILL                           |
|                                                                              |
| On 1/30/02, at 1054, the Beaver Valley Control Room received notification of |
| a fuel oil spill from a tractor trailer truck outside the owner controlled   |
| protected area, at the basin of the Unit 2 cooling tower.   At 1056, the     |
| control room staff entered abnormal operating procedure 1/2AOP-75.6, "Oil    |
| Spill Response."   Assessment by the Beaver Valley response personnel        |
| determined that the fuel oil side saddle tank of the tractor trailer had     |
| ruptured.   Approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel oil was released down a |
| storm sewer.   An unknown quantity of oil entered the Ohio River.   The      |
| remaining oil is being contained and removed from the "Peggs Run" area.      |
| Offsite notifications have been made to the Pennsylvania Department of       |
| Environmental Protection (DEP), the Pennsylvania Emergency Management        |
| Agency, and downstream Public Water Authorities.  Weavertown Environmental   |
| Services has been contacted and is assisting in clean-up activities.         |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident has been notified.                                          |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38662       |
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| FACILITY: OYSTER CREEK             REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/30/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NJ |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:46[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-2                             |EVENT DATE:        01/30/2002|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  FREEMAN                      |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |CURTIS COWGILL       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |MIKE ERNSTES         R2      |
|APRE 50.72(b)(2)(xi)     OFFSITE NOTIFICATION   |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |
|                                                |TIM MCGINTY          IRO     |
|                                                |BENNETT              DOT     |
|                                                |BAILEY               DOE     |
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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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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO STATE POLICE OF ACCIDENT INVOLVING A RADIOACTIVE  
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| SHIPMENT.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| At 12:30 on 1/30/02, the NC State Police Department was notified that  a     |
| radioactive shipment (OC-9004-02) was involved in an accident.  The shipment |
| enroute from Oyster Creek to Oak, Ridge TN for disposal, was involved in a   |
| vehicular accident in North Carolina on Route 40.  The shipment was an empty |
| office trailer which contained some fixed contamination on the inside.  The  |
| trailer struck a bridge on Route 40 at approximate mile marker 116.  The     |
| roof of the trailer peeled back about 15' to 30'.  There was no spread of    |
| contamination and the trailer was taken to the side of the road.  Additional |
| vehicles have been dispatched for assistance.   The trailer will be torn     |
| down a bit, covered with tarps and the  continue to TN.                      |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.                                     |
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