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Event Notification Report for September 24, 2002



                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           09/23/2002 - 09/24/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

39201  39208  39209  39211  39212  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39201       |
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| REP ORG:  ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL            |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/19/2002|
|LICENSEE:  BUILDING AND EARTH SCIENCES          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:28[EDT]|
|    CITY:                           REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        09/18/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  AL |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  1266                  AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/19/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |PAUL FREDRICKSON     R2      |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAVID WALTER                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE RIPLEY                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE STOLEN FROM THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK                |
|                                                                              |
| "The writer received a call from [an employee] of Building and Earth         |
| Sciences at approximately 9:00 AM on September 19, 2002. The employee        |
| reported that a Troxler Model 3430 gauge (S/N 30199) had been stolen         |
| sometime during the night of September 18, 2002, from their truck working    |
| under reciprocity in Memphis, Tennessee.                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "The gauge had been left chained in the back of the truck overnight at [ . . |
| . . . ]. The chain had been cut, and the gauge taken. The licensee's         |
| employee had contacted both the State of Tennessee and had filed a report    |
| with the local police.                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "The licensee is continuing their investigation, and considering additional  |
| methods to expedite recovery of the gauge."                                  |
|                                                                              |
| Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional information.      |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   39208       |
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| FACILITY: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/23/2002|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 00:08[EDT]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        09/22/2002|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        16:42[CDT]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/23/2002|
|    CITY:  PADUCAH                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  McCRACKEN                 STATE:  KY |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-1                 AGREEMENT:  Y  |MARK RING            R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707001                              |SUSAN FRANT          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  K.A. BEASLEY                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NONR                     OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT    |                             |
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| 24 HOUR REPORT INVOLVING A VALID ACTUATION OF A "Q" SAFETY SYSTEM DUE TO A   |
| UF6 RELEASE                                                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "At 1642, on 9-22-02 the Plant Shift Superintendent (PSS) was notified of an |
| activation of a Q safety system in the C-333 process building. Operations    |
| personnel reported receiving a Process Gas Leak Detection (PGLD) alarm at    |
| Unit 5 Cell 9. The operators responded to the area according to their        |
| emergency response procedure and reported that a haze was visible in the     |
| area. Building personnel then reported that multiple PGLD alarms were        |
| received from other cells in the area. The location of the PGLD detectors    |
| that were alarming indicated that the UF6 release was located at the Unit 5  |
| cell bypass housing. All cells in Unit 5 were shutdown to reduce the process |
| pressure to below atmosphere. Following shutdown of the equipment, air       |
| sampling in multiple locations through out the building were obtained by the |
| plant emergency squad. After it was determined that all air samples showed   |
| no indication of an ongoing release, an all clear on the emergency was given |
| by the PSS. Trouble shooting by building personnel is in progress to         |
| determine the location of the system breach.                                 |
|                                                                              |
| "The PSS determined that this event is a 24 Hour Event Report due to the     |
| valid activation of a TSR required Q safety system.                          |
|                                                                              |
| "The NRC Resident inspector has been notified of this event."                |
|                                                                              |
| The duration of the release was estimated as approximately 10 minutes.       |
| Urine samples for four (4) maintenance personnel and ten (10) operators      |
| working in the area will be processed as a precautionary measure.            |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39209       |
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| FACILITY: OYSTER CREEK             REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/23/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NJ |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:14[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-2                             |EVENT DATE:        09/23/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:00[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  GEORGE VOISHNIS              |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/23/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JOHN KINNEMAN        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  |
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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO DISCHARGE PERMIT VIOLATION                       |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the State of New Jersey due to a fish kill of greater  |
| than 100 fish killed, this is a violation of their discharge permit.  The    |
| licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                                |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   39211       |
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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/23/2002|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 21:50[EDT]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        09/23/2002|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        17:55[EDT]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/23/2002|
|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |KENNETH RIEMER       R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |NADER MAMISH         IRO     |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  GARY SALYERS                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  RICH LAURA                   |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
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| 4-HOUR NRC BULLETIN 91-01 REPORT INVOLVING LOSS OF CRITICALITY CONTROLS      |
|                                                                              |
| "EVENT DESCRIPTION:  On 09/23/02, The Plant Shift Superintendent (PSS) was   |
| notified of a violation of NCSA-705_ 039 Control # 10 related to analysis of |
| solution transferred to the Oil and Grease Removal Unit (OGRU) in the X-705  |
| building. Specifically, the sample results utilized did meet control # 10 of |
| the Nuclear Critically Safety Analysis (NCSA) did not coincide with the      |
| material transferred. This represents the Loss of both controls for MASS     |
| which is a loss of double contingency controls applicable to the Fissile     |
| Material Operation (FMO). The material transferred was determined to be from |
| a Non-Fissile Operation.                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS: The safety significance of this event is     |
| low. The container that was processed was from the motor cleaning operation  |
| in the X-720 Building which has determined to be a Non-Fissile Material      |
| Operation.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "POTENTIAL CRITICALITY PATHWAYS INVOLVED (BRIEF SCENARIO[S] OF HOW           |
| CRITICALITY COULD OCCUR): Criticality could occur by processing material     |
| with a U235 mass greater than a critical mass into a unfavorable geometry    |
| container.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "CONTROLLED PARAMETERS (MASS, MODERATION, GEOMETRY, CONCENTRATION, ETC.):    |
| The controlled parameter in this operation is mass.                          |
|                                                                              |
| "ESTIMATED AMOUNT, ENRICHMENT, FORM OF LICENSED MATERIAL (INCLUDE PROCESS    |
| LIMIT AND % WORST CASE CRITICAL MASS):  The maximum amount of material in    |
| this event is 15 grams U235. The controlled enrichment is less than or equal |
| to 20 wt. % U235.  The form of the material is a water based solution that   |
| is contaminated with oil.                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| "NUCLEAR CRITICALITY SAFETY CONTROL(S) OR CONTROL SYSTEM(S) AND DESCRIPTION  |
| OF THE FAILURES OR DEFICIENCIES:  The NCS control that was lost is mass. The |
| NCSA requires that before a container processed two independent samples are  |
| obtained a batch calculation is performed with the data which is verified by |
| a second operator and then checked by a member of supervision.  Since the    |
| container which was processed did not match the container both checks were   |
| not correct.                                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| "CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TO RESTORE SAFETY SYSTEMS AND WHEN EACH WAS IMPLEMENTED: |
| The Oil and Grease Removal Unit was declared inoperable by the Plant Shift   |
| Superintendent on 09/23/2002."                                               |
|                                                                              |
| Operations will inform the DOE Site Representative and has informed the NRC  |
| Resident Inspector.                                                          |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39212       |
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| FACILITY: MILLSTONE                REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/23/2002|
|    UNIT:  [] [] [3]                 STATE:  CT |NOTIFICATION TIME: 23:58[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP           |EVENT DATE:        09/23/2002|
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT MALONEY               |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/24/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |PETE ESELGROTH       R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AMED 50.72(b)(3)(xii)    OFFSITE MEDICAL        |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
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|3     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
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| CONTAMINATED WORKER TRANSPORTED OFFSITE FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE               |
|                                                                              |
| At 2335EDT on 9/23/02 a worker involved in decontamination activities inside |
| the Unit 3 containment was transported offsite to Lawrence and Memorial      |
| Hospital in New London, CT for medical assistance.  EMTs administered oxygen |
| to the worker who they believed was suffering from heat stress and           |
| hypertension.  A rad survey conducted onsite showed contamination levels of  |
| 1000 ccpm on his right thigh.  An HP technician and supervisor accompanied   |
| the worker to the hospital where he was decontaminated.                      |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 0035EDT ON 9/24/02 FROM MALONEY TO S. SANDIN * * *              |
|                                                                              |
| The HP supervisor who accompanied the contaminated worker to the hospital    |
| notified the site that rad surveys completed at 0015EDT confirmed that the   |
| ambulance, the ambulance travel path and the hospital treatment room were    |
| free of contamination and free released.                                     |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will inform state/local agencies and the NRC Resident           |
| Inspector.                                                                   |
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