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Event Notification Report for March 7, 2002

                         
                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           03/06/2002 - 03/07/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38634  38720  

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38634       |
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| FACILITY: SAINT LUCIE              REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/17/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:07[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE                        |EVENT DATE:        01/17/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        11:45[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KELLY KORTH                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/06/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |ROBERT HAAG          R2      |
|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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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION  INVOLVING RECOVERED SEA TURTLE FROM INTAKE CANAL    
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| At approximately 1130 EST on 01/17/02, a green sea turtle was retrieved from |
| the intake canal and a determination was made that it was in need of         |
| rehabilitation.  As required by the Plant's Sea Turtle Permit, the Florida   |
| Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) was notified at 1145 EST.  |
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| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
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| See EN #38513 for 2001 occurrences.                                          |
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| * * * UPDATE ON 1/28/02  @ 1243 BY KORTH TO GOULD * * *                      |
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| At approximately 1115 on 1/28/02 a loggerhead turtle was retrieved from the  |
| plant's  intake canal.  The turtle was determined to be in need of           |
| rehabilitation.  Per the licensee's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and      |
| Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 1125.                |
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| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.   Notified Reg 2 RDO (Ninh)         |
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| * * * UPDATE ON 2/6/02 @ 0853 BY MERRILL TO GOULD * * *                      |
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| At approximately 0745 on 2/6/02 an injured green sea turtle was rescued from |
| the plant's intake canal.  The turtle was alive, but in need of              |
| rehabilitation.  The turtle will be transported to a facility in Clearwater  |
| for treatment.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been  |
| notified of the event.                                                       |
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| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.                                     |
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| Notified Reg 2 RDO(Fredrickson)                                              |
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| * * * UPDATE 1025 3/2/2002 BY R. DIEHL TAKEN BY R. STRANSKY * * *            |
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| "At approximately 0830 3/2/02 a Loggerhead turtle was retrieved from the     |
| plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of             |
| rehabilitation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife |
| Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 0845."                        |
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| The NRC resident inspector has been informed of this report. HOO notified    |
| R2DO (Julian).                                                               |
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| * * * UPDATE 1040EST ON 3/5/02 FROM GEORGE TULLIDGE TO S. SANDIN * * *       |
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| "At Approximately 1000 on 3/5/02, a Loggerhead turtle was retrieved from the |
| plant intake canal.  The turtle was determined to be in need of              |
| rehabilitation.  Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and         |
| Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified."                       |
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| The NRC resident inspector has been informed of this report. HOO notified    |
| R2DO (Julian).                                                               |
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| * * * UPDATE 1047EST ON 3/6/02 FROM D. EMLING TO M.NORRIS * * *              |
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| "At Approximately 1000 on 3/6/02, a Loggerhead turtle was retrieved from the |
| plant intake canal.  The turtle was determined to be in need of              |
| rehabilitation.  Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and         |
| Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified."                       |
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| The NRC resident inspector has been informed of this report. HOO notified    |
| R2DO (Henson).                                                               |
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!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   38720       |
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| FACILITY: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 02/23/2002|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:58[EST]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        02/22/2002|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        16:30[CST]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/06/2002|
|    CITY:  PADUCAH                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  McCRACKEN                 STATE:  KY |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-1                 AGREEMENT:  Y  |BRUCE JORGENSEN      R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707001                              |E. WILLIAM BRACH     NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  WHITE                        |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NONR                     OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT    |                             |
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| ACTIVATION OF THE WATER INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM                             |
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| At 1630 CST, on 2/22/02 the Plant Shift Superintendent (PSS) was notified of |
| an activation of the Water Inventory Control System (WICS) on #1 autoclave   |
| in the C-360 building.   Approximately 50 minutes into the heat cycle, the   |
| Hi Primary Condensate alarm was received, and steam supply to the autoclave  |
| was automatically isolated.  Operators investigated the alarm.  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.                                     |
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| The PSS determined that this event is a 24 Hour Event Report due to a valid  |
| automatic activation of a Q safety system.                                   |
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| The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.           |
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| * * * RETRACTED AT 1519 EST 03/06/2002 BY TOM WHITE TO GERRY WAIG * * *      |
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| "Based on evidence found during post-event investigation, this actuation was |
| initiated by a spurious signal (not a condition that this system is designed |
| to protect against). This investigation revealed an equipment problem that   |
| generated a spurious electrical signal causing a false (invalid) actuation   |
| of the Water Inventory Control System (WICS). The secondary WICS cable was   |
| discovered to be resting in hydraulic oil and to have a small insulation     |
| injury exposing the wire. The conduit, which houses the cable, was           |
| inadvertently filled with hydraulic oil from a spill that occurred on Jan    |
| 22, 2002. This cable was repaired and system retested satisfactorily with no |
| anomalies.  The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of the       |
| retraction."                                                                 |
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| Notified R3DO (John Madera) and NMSS (John Hickey).                          |
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