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Event Notification Report for August 30, 2002


                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           08/29/2002 - 08/30/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

39149  39155  39156  39157  39158  

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39149       |
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| FACILITY: ROBINSON                 REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/24/2002|
|    UNIT:  [2] [] []                 STATE:  SC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 08:50[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [2] W-3-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        08/24/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        07:50[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DON KNIGHT                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/29/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  RICH LAURA                   +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |KEN BARR             R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ACOM 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)   LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE|                             |
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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          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| PLANNED OUTAGE ON ERFIS SYSTEM                                               |
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| "Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) and Safety Parameter Display System   |
| (SPDS) inoperable due to planned outage of the Emergency Response Facility   |
| Information System (ERFIS).                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "At 07:50 Hours on August 24, 2002, the H. B. Robinson Steam Electric Plant, |
| Unit No. 2, ERFIS computer system was removed from service for a planned     |
| outage to upgrade this system. The expected duration of the outage is        |
| approximately 5 days. During this time, the ERDS and SPDS will be            |
| unavailable. Alternate means are identified in the HBRSEP, Unit No. 2,       |
| emergency preparedness procedures to collect and distribute data that would  |
| normally be available by the SPDS. The HBRSEP, Unit No. 2, Emergency         |
| Response Organization remains able to respond to an event during the time    |
| the ERFIS is unavailable.                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "The planned ERFIS changes. when completed, are not expected to change the   |
| ERDS transmission format or data point library. Therefore, additional        |
| reports in accordance with 10 CFR 50, Appendix E, VI. 3. a and b are not     |
| expected.                                                                    |
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| "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."                              |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1540EDT ON 8/29/02 FROM CHRIS CHURCH TO S. SANDIN               |
|                                                                              |
| ERFIS was returned to service as of 1058EDT on 8/29/02.  The licensee will   |
| inform the NRC Resident Inspector.  Notified R2DO(Cahill).                   |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39155       |
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| REP ORG:  MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM         |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/27/2002|
|LICENSEE:  NITON CORPORATION                    |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:06[EDT]|
|    CITY:  BILLERICA                REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        08/27/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  MA |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  55-0238               AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/27/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JAMES NOGGLE         R1      |
|                                                |E. WILLIAM BRACH     NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOSH DAHLER                  |                             |
|  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 - REPORT OF LEAKING SEALED SOURCE                     |
|                                                                              |
| "On August 27, 2002, Niton Corporation provided a report of a leaking sealed |
| source that was discovered by Niton on July 5, 2002 during removal of a      |
| source from a Niton XLi Series X-ray fluorescence device source holder.  The |
| seal source is AEA Model IEC.A1, S/N 8740LG containing Fe-55.  The estimated |
| leakage was 130,000 dpm (0.059 microcuries).                                 |
|                                                                              |
| "The leaking source was placed in a lead pig.  The source holder was         |
| decontaminated.  The workbench and surrounding area were surveyed and found  |
| to be free of contamination.  The leaking source and all decontamination     |
| material were placed into the licensee's waste stream."                      |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39156       |
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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/28/2002|
|LICENSEE:  KLEINFELDER, INC.                    |NOTIFICATION TIME: 00:35[EDT]|
|    CITY:  DIAMOND BAR              REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        08/26/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:             [PDT]|
|LICENSE#:  6852-19               AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/28/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |DAVID GRAVES         R4      |
|                                                |E. WILLIAM BRACH     NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT GREGER                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE NORRIS                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A LOST/STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE                 |
|                                                                              |
| A Troxler gauge, model 3411, was found missing from a storage building at a  |
| Redlands, CA location.  The gauge, serial number 12878, contains Cs-137 and  |
| Am-241/Be.  Local law enforcement has been notified and a reward has been    |
| offered for it's return.                                                     |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   39157       |
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| FACILITY: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/29/2002|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:49[EDT]|
| COMMENTS: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)          |EVENT DATE:        08/29/2002|
|           LEU FABRICATION                      |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|
|           LWR COMMERICAL FUEL                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/29/2002|
|    CITY:  WILMINGTON               REGION:  2  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  NEW HANOVER               STATE:  NC |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  SNM-1097              AGREEMENT:  Y  |STEPHEN CAHILL       R2      |
|  DOCKET:  07001113                             |DON COOL             NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  LON PAULSON                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
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| LOSS OF GEOMETRY CONTROL                                                     |
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| NRC BULLETIN 24 HOUR NOTIFICATION                                            |
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| "At approximately 4:30 p.m. on August 28, 2002, two (2) rod storage cabinets |
| were determined to have empty stainless steel trays missing from behind the  |
| "nuclear safety blank" position in the rod storage cabinet.  The stainless   |
| steel tray is included in the model used to analyze the configuration and    |
| required as part of the geometry control for the rod storage cabinets.  The  |
| missing stainless steel structure in the two affected rod storage cabinets   |
| constitutes a loss of geometry control.                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "The independent control on moderation remained intact, thus no unsafe       |
| condition existed.                                                           |
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| "A total of fifteen (15) rod storage cabinets are used in bundle assembly.   |
| The remaining 13 cabinets were confirmed to contain the empty stainless      |
| steel rod tray behind the nuclear safety blank positions.                    |
|                                                                              |
| "The geometry control was re-established at 6:30 p.m. by re-installation of  |
| the required empty trays within 4-hours of discovery.  This condition is     |
| reported pursuant to NRC bulletin 91-01 (within 24 hours) due to a loss of   |
| geometry control. Implementation of additional corrective actions is pending |
| completion of incident investigation.                                        |
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| "SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS:                                              |
|                                                                              |
| "Low safety significance - rod trays limited to [...] rods; moderation       |
| control remained intact.                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "POTENTIAL CRITICAL PATHWAYS INVOLVED ((BRIEF SCENARIO(S) OF HOW CRITICALITY |
| COULD OCCUR)):                                                               |
|                                                                              |
| "Multiple failure modes required before a criticality accident could occur.  |
|                                                                              |
| "CONTROLLED PARAMETERS (MASS, MODERATION, GEOMETRY, CONCENTRATION, ETC.):    |
|                                                                              |
| "Geometry and moderation.                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "ESTIMATED AMOUNT, ENRICHMENT, FORM OF LICENSED MATERIAL (INCLUDE PROCESS    |
| LIMIT AND %^ WORST BASE CRITICAL MASS):                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "Only two (2) rod storage cabinets impacted: the first cabinet contained     |
| only 5 loaded and 13 empty authorized storage locations.  The second cabinet |
| contained only 2 loaded and 16 empty authorized storage locations.  The      |
| critical safety analysis for the affected rod storage cabinet models [..]    |
| rods per tray.  Operational procedures limit each tray to [...] rods         |
| maximum.  The rod storage cabinet analysis conservatively assumes each tray  |
| under full water moderation, optimal interunit H20, full water reflection    |
| conditions, for 5% enriched UO2 rods.                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "NUCLEAR CRITICALITY SAFETY CONTROL(S) OR CONTROL SYSTEM(S) AND DESCRIPTION  |
| OF THE FAILURES OR DEFICIENCIES:                                             |
|                                                                              |
| "The geometry control provided by rod storage cabinet design incorporates    |
| 304SS rod trays, including 304SS empty trays structure located behind the    |
| nuclear safety blank positions.                                              |
|                                                                              |
| "CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TO RESTORE SAFETY SYSTEMS AND WHEN EACH WAS              |
| IMPLEMENTED:                                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| "Storage of additional loaded rod trays was suspended.  Geometry control was |
| restored by re-installing the required empty stainless steel rod trays       |
| behind the nuclear safety blank positions.  This activity was completed at   |
| 6:30 p.m. on 5/28/02                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| "Investigation of event and evaluation of additional corrective actions      |
| pending."                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| Licensee will notify NRC Region 2 of this event notification.                |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   39158       |
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| REP ORG:  LANCASTER LABS                       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 08/29/2002|
|LICENSEE:  LANCASTER LABS                       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:57[EDT]|
|    CITY:  LANCASTER                REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        08/20/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  PA |EVENT TIME:        12:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  08/29/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JAMES NOGGLE         R1      |
|                                                |DON COOL             NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  LARA PILON                   |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BLO2 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)   LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X    |                             |
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| LOSS OF FOUR (4) GENERALLY LICENSED ELECTRON CAPTURE DETECTORS EACH          |
| CONTAINING 15 MILLICURIES OF NICKEL-63.                                      |
|                                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| On August 20, 2002 Lancaster Labs discovered that they were missing four (4) |
| Electron Capture Detectors. Each detector contained 15 millicuries of        |
| Nickel-63.  These electron capture detectors are used in gas chromatograph   |
| to measure environmental samples.  Three of the electron capture detectors   |
| were manufactured by Varian and the fourth on was manufactured by Agilent    |
| Technologies.  The serial number of the three electron capture detectors     |
| manufactured by Varian are A4076, A6796, & A4789.  The serial number for the |
| electron capture detector manufactured by Agilent Technologies is F2355.     |
| F2355, A4076 and A6796 were last accounted for in the year 1999. A4789 was   |
| last accounted for in the year 2000.  Lancaster Labs believes that they may  |
| have accidentally sold them.  Lancaster Labs occasionally sells their used   |
| equipment.    NRC Region 1, Kathy Modes,  was notified of this event by      |
| Lancaster Labs.                                                              |
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