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Event Notification Report for May 24, 2002

                         
                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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                              Event Reports For
                           05/23/2002 - 05/24/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38936  38938  38939  38940  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   38936       |
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| REP ORG:  CONSUMERS ENERGY COMPANY             |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/23/2002|
|LICENSEE:  CONSUMERS ENERGY COMPANY             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:41[EDT]|
|    CITY:  JACKSON                  REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        05/23/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  MI |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/23/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |CHRISTINE LIPA       R3      |
|                                                |JOHN TAPPERT         NRR     |
+------------------------------------------------+VERN HODGE           NRR     |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ARUNAS T. UDRYS              |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|CCCC 21.21               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |
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| 10 CFR PART 21 NOTIFICATION REGARDING THE SALE OF CONSUMERS ENERGY
COMPANY   |
| MIDLAND UNIT 2 REACTOR PRESSURE VESSEL HEAD FOR USE AT DAVIS BESSE          
|
| (Call the NRC operations officer for Consumers Energy Company contact        |
| information.)                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from Consumers       |
| Energy Company:                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| "Consumers Energy Company (Consumers) has entered into an agreement with     |
| Framatome ANP, Inc. (FRA-ANP) and First Energy Services Company, for itself  |
| and as agent for First Energy Nuclear Operating Company, The Illuminating    |
| Company, and Toledo Edison Company (collectively 'First Energy'), to sell    |
| the Midland Unit 2 reactor pressure vessel (RPV) head to FRA-ANP for use at  |
| the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.  Upon consummation of that agreement  |
| which applied 10 CFR Part 21 to the transaction, Consumers determined that a |
| conservative reading of 10 CFR Part 21 indicated that there could have been  |
| 'failure to comply' within the meaning of 10 CFR Part 21, e.g., because      |
| since 1986 when Midland Unit 2 was cancelled, the RPV head has not been      |
| maintained in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix   |
| B, 'Quality Assurance Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants and Fuel             |
| Reprocessing Plants.'  Consumers is not in a position to make a definitive   |
| finding as to whether a substantial safety hazard was created.  [...]  This  |
| [information is] submitted by Consumers to fulfill the requirement for a     |
| written report to provide the information requested by 10 CFR               |
| 21.21(d)(4)."                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| "Also, in an abundance of caution, in accordance with 10 CFR  21.21(b),     |
| Consumers has informed FRA-ANP and First Energy that Consumers does not have |
| the capability to perform an evaluation to determine whether any deviation   |
| relating to the Midland Unit 2 RPV head exists."                             |
|                                                                              |
| "Consumers understands that FRA-ANP and First Energy, as the purchasers,     |
| will conduct any evaluation required pursuant to 10 CFR  21.21(b) and       |
| undertake any needed corrective action."                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "REPORT MADE PURSUANT TO 10 CFR  21.21 BY CONSUMERS ENERGY COMPANY
[on] May |
| 23, 2002"                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "[...]  (ii)  Identification of the facility, the activity, or the basic     |
| component supplied for such facility or such activity within the United      |
| States which fails to comply or contains a defect.  [...]  Consumers Power   |
| Company (now Consumers Energy Company) ('Consumers') was the holder of       |
| Construction Permits CPPR-81 and CPPR-82 for the Midland Plant, Units 1 and  |
| 2 ('Midland'), Docket Nos. 50-329 and 50-330.  The units were cancelled on   |
| July 1, 1986, and the construction permits were revoked on December 18,      |
| 1986.  Prior to that time, Consumers had procured a number of components for |
| that facility in accordance with a quality assurance program meeting the     |
| requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix B.  Among such components was a     |
| reactor vessel head for Midland Unit 2.  As Consumers did not intend to      |
| operate the Midland units, it abandoned a number of components in-place,     |
| terminated its quality assurance program for Midland, ceased applying the    |
| requirements of Appendix B to components it had procured for Midland, and    |
| did not systematically retain records associated with the vessel head,       |
| including its procurement, any nonconformances or any corrective actions.    |
| Since that time, the vessel head has not been maintained in accordance with  |
| a Quality Assurance Program."                                                |
|                                                                              |
| "In May 2002, Framatome ANP, Inc. on behalf of First Energy Nuclear          |
| Operating Company agreed to purchase the Midland vessel head for possible    |
| use at the Davis-Besse facility.  Inasmuch as the vessel head meets the      |
| definition of 'basic component' contained in 10 CFR  21.3 as it is a        |
| component that affects a nuclear power plant's safety function necessary to  |
| assure the integrity of the reactor coolant pressure boundary, the           |
| procurement document specified that the provisions of Part 21 apply."        |
|                                                                              |
| "(iii)  Identification of the firm constructing the facility or supplying    |
| the basic component which fails to comply or                                 |
| contains a defect.  [...]  Consumers is supplying the basic component which  |
| fails to comply and which may contain a defect."                             |
|                                                                              |
| "(iv)  Nature of the defect or failure to comply and the safety hazard which |
| is created or could be created by such                                       |
| defect or failure to comply.  [...]  Consumers did not maintain the vessel   |
| head under a Quality Assurance Program and does not have records regarding   |
| the serviceability and suitability of the vessel head at another nuclear     |
| facility, e.g., the suitability of design, the quality assurance program     |
| under which it was designed, constructed, handled, shipped and stored,       |
| procurement document control, whether the components met their procurement   |
| documents, whether appropriate inspections were conducted and the results,   |
| whether materials were controlled, and the adequacy of any corrective        |
| action.  Consumers presently does not have the expertise necessary to assess |
| the consequences of this condition and whether the reactor vessel head has   |
| any defect and does not know the circumstances of its intended use at the    |
| buyer's facility."                                                           |
|                                                                              |
| "(v)  The date on which the information of such defect or failure to comply  |
| was obtained.  [...]  This situation arose on May 22, 2002, the date which   |
| the procurement document specified the applicability of Part 21."            |
|                                                                              |
| "(vi)  In the case of a basic component which contains a defect or fails to  |
| comply, the number and location of all such components in use at, supplied   |
| for, or being supplied for one or more facilities or activities subject to   |
| the regulations in this part.  [...]  The report only applies to the reactor |
| vessel head being procured for possible use at the Davis-Besse facility."    |
|                                                                              |
| "(vii)  The corrective action which has been, is being, or will be taken;    |
| the name of the individual or organization responsible for the action; and   |
| the length of time that has been or will be taken to complete the action.    |
| [...]  Consumers has notified the purchaser pursuant to 10 CFR  21.21(b)    |
| that it does not have the capability to perform the evaluation to determine  |
| if a defect exists.  The purchaser has agreed to evaluate this condition and |
| make a determination on the suitability of the reactor vessel head for its   |
| potential intended use and any required corrective or other necessary        |
| actions, including its reportability."                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "(viii)  Any advice related to the defect or failure to comply about the     |
| facility, activity, or basic component that has been, is being, or will be   |
| given to purchasers or licensees.  [...]  None."                             |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   38938       |
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| REP ORG:  SCHLUMBERGER                         |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/23/2002|
|LICENSEE:  SCHLUMBERGER                         |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:35[EDT]|
|    CITY:  SUGARLAND                REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        05/23/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:        13:00[CDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/23/2002|
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|                                                |LINDA SMITH          R4      |
|                                                |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RAY DICKES                   |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAE1 20.2202(b)(1)       PERS OVEREXPOSURE/TEDE |                             |
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| DISCOVERY THAT A 1.7-CURIE CESIUM-137 LOGGING SOURCE HAD BEEN
UNSHIELDED ON  |
| A RIG FLOOR IN EASTERN MONTANA FOR APPROXIMATELY 48 HOURS RESULTING IN  
    |
| EXPOSURE TO RIG, CASING, AND CEMENT CREW MEMBERS                             |
|                                                                              |
| At approximately 1615 CDT, the Schlumberger Radiation Safety Officer was     |
| notified by a field location in Williston, North Dakota (an agreement        |
| state), of an incident at a job location in Eastern Montana (not an          |
| agreement state) involving a 10-year-old, 1.7-curie (nominal), cesium-137,   |
| logging source.  It was reported that the source had been outside of its     |
| source shield for a period of approximately 48 hours.  There is a number of  |
| members of the public that have been exposed to this source.                 |
|                                                                              |
| It appears that the logging engineer failed to properly make the transfer of |
| the source from the logging tools into the shield, and it is believed that   |
| the source was left on the rig floor.  After the licensee's crew left, it is |
| suspected that rig crew members and possible casing and cementing crew       |
| members may have wandered in and out of the applicable area for various      |
| amounts of time.  These individuals were not badged, and are being           |
| considered by the licensee to be members of the public.  When the logging    |
| job (well) was finished, the rig was moved about 5 miles to the next lease   |
| (which is where the source is presently located).  The rig has been sitting  |
| at the new lease site unoccupied for 12 to 15 hours.                         |
|                                                                              |
| The source, which is approximately 3/4 of an inch long and approximately 3/4 |
| to 1 inch in diameter, was discovered to be missing today at approximately   |
| 1300 CDT when licensee representatives were preparing for another job.  The  |
| source has since been located, and licensee representatives are currently in |
| the process of getting it back into the proper shield and proper storage.    |
| The licensee also plans to contact Pan Canadian (the client) to identify rig |
| crew members in order to conduct interviews with all of the individuals on   |
| the rig from the time that the Schlumberger crew left until the time the rig |
| was parked at the new lease location (unmanned).                             |
|                                                                              |
| (Call the NRC operations officer for licensee contact telephone numbers.)    |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38939       |
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| FACILITY: SOUTH TEXAS              REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/23/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  TX |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:45[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        05/23/2002|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  CLAY KLIMPLE                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/23/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |LINDA SMITH          R4      |
|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  |
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| PLANNED OFFSITE NOTIFICATION REGARDING TWO RADIATION MONITOR
DETECTORS SOLD  |
| AS SURPLUS MATERIAL BUT CONTAINED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL                       |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the licensee:   |
|                                                                              |
| "On May 22, 2002, STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) was notified by an  |
| individual that two radiation monitor detectors he purchased from South      |
| Texas Project as surplus material might contain radioactive material.  The   |
| detectors had never been installed in the plant but were excess material     |
| stored in the site warehouse since their purchase in 1993.  STPNOC personnel |
| were sent to investigate the issue and confirmed that the detectors did      |
| contain check sources in sealed containers attached to the detectors.  These |
| sources, when purchased in 1993, were 8 microcuries of cesium-137 and        |
| attached to the detectors in separate sealed housings.  The sources were     |
| surveyed and found to have a dose rate of 0.18 millirem per hour on          |
| contact."                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "The sources were removed from the detectors and transported back to the     |
| site."                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "The resident inspector has been notified of this event and that offsite     |
| agency notifications are planned."                                           |
|                                                                              |
| "STPNOC will be notifying the Texas Bureau of Radiation Control and the      |
| Matagorda County Judge of this event."                                       |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38940       |
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| FACILITY: VERMONT YANKEE           REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/23/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  VT |NOTIFICATION TIME: 21:36[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4                             |EVENT DATE:        05/23/2002|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAVID HALLONQUISTL           |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/23/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  LEIGH TROCINE                +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |FRANK COSTELLO       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AIND 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)   ACCIDENT MITIGATION    |                             |
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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       19       Power Operation  |27       Power Operation  |
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| HIGH THRUST BEARING TEMPERATURE DURING HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT
INJECTION       |
| (HPCI) OPERABILITY SURVEILLANCE TESTING                                      |
|                                                                              |
| HPCI was declared inoperable due to high thrust bearing temperature during   |
| performance of pump an operability surveillance.  There was nothing unusual  |
| or misunderstood other than the cause of the high thrust bearing             |
| temperature.  As a result, the unit entered a 14-day limiting condition for  |
| operation.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee plans to notify the NRC resident inspector.                     |
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