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Event Notification Report for October 16, 2002


                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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                              Event Reports For
                           10/15/2002 - 10/16/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

37930  39273  39286  39287  39288  39291  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   37930       |
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| REP ORG:  ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/19/2001|
|LICENSEE:  KLEINFELDER, INC.                    |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:45[EDT]|
|    CITY:  TEMPE                    REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        04/19/2001|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  AZ |EVENT TIME:        05:00[MST]|
|LICENSE#:  7-409                 AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |CHARLES MARSCHALL    R4      |
|                                                |DONALD COOL          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  FACSIMILE                    |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  DOUG WEAVER                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| THEFT OF MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE                                              |
|                                                                              |
| On 19 April 2001, the licensee reported the theft of a Campbell-Pacific      |
| moisture/density gauge, model CPN MC3, serial number M370403663, from the    |
| Foxtree Apartments, northwest corner of McKellips and Scottsdale Roads,      |
| Tempe, Arizona.  The gauge was locked in its transport container chained in  |
| the back of a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500, 2WD Quad Cab pickup, Arizona license CA   |
| 63664.  The truck itself was stolen early in the morning of 19 April.  The   |
| theft has been reported to the Tempe police.  A reward is being offered.     |
| The gauge contains approximately 8 millicuries of cesium 137 and 40          |
| millicuries of americium-beryllium.                                          |
|                                                                              |
| The State will notify the FBI, Mexico, and the states of Colorado, Nevada,   |
| Utah, New Mexico and California.                                             |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1645EDT ON 10/15/02 FROM AUBREY V. GODWIN TO S. SANDIN VIA FAX  |
| * * *                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "Date: October 15, 2002 Time: 1:00 PM (MST) Supplemental Notice 01-5S        |
| "First Notice: 01-5                                                          |
|                                                                              |
| "On April 19, 2001 the licensee report[ed] the theft of a Campbell-Pacific   |
| International, Inc., moisture/density gauge, model MC3, SN# M370403663 and a |
| 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 truck.  At approximately 7:15 PM, Oct. 12, 2002, the     |
| Agency duty officer was informed that the Phoenix PD bomb squad had found a  |
| device containing radioactive material. Upon investigation, the Agency       |
| determined that the device was the one stolen in 2001 from the Licensee. The |
| device was not locked and wipe indicated the outside was not contaminated.   |
| The device is being returned to the licensee.                                |
|                                                                              |
| "The states of CO, CA, UT, NV, NM, and U.S. NRC and FBI as well as Mexico    |
| are being notified [of] the status of this incident."                        |
|                                                                              |
| Notified R4DO(Pick) and NMSS(Hodges).                                        |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39273       |
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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/11/2002|
|LICENSEE:                                       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:10[EDT]|
|    CITY:  LOS ANGLELES             REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        10/10/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:             [PDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/11/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |KRISS KENNEDY        R4      |
|                                                |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KATHLEEN KAUFMAN             |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT: LOST OR STOLEN GERMANIUM 68 SOURCE                   |
|                                                                              |
| A 10 millicurie Germanium 68 source was lost or stolen while in shipment by  |
| Federal Express (Fed Ex) from Cedar Rapids, IA to Burbank, CA. Fed Ex is     |
| attempting to locate the missing source. The State of California event       |
| number for this event is 101102.                                             |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39286       |
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| FACILITY: BYRON                    REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/15/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  IL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:32[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        10/15/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        12:18[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAVID LYON                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE RIPLEY                  +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |KENNETH RIEMER       R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |TERRY REIS           NRR     |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B)  RPS ACTUATION - CRITICA|                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)  VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUAT|                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
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|1     A/R        Y       100      Power Operation  |0        Hot Standby      |
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| REACTOR TRIP AS A RESULT OF LOSS OF TURBINE GENERATOR LOAD AT BYRON STATION  |
| UNIT 1                                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "At 12:18 10/15/02 Unit I reactor tripped as the result of exceeding the     |
| over-temperature Delta-temperature (OT[Delta]T) reactor trip set point. The  |
| OT[Delta]T set point was exceeded as the result of a loss of Turbine load.   |
| The loss of Turbine load is currently under investigation.                   |
|                                                                              |
| "As the result of the reactor trip a feedwater isolation was initiated as    |
| expected and the auxiliary feedwater system was manually started to restore  |
| steam generator level.                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "As the result of high pressure in the reactor coolant system following the  |
| loss of load, the pressurizer power operated relief valves (PORV's) lifted.  |
|                                                                              |
| "Following the Unit trip 6.9kV, Bus 157 was de-energized due to              |
| unavailability of its back up feed breaker from the system auxiliary         |
| transformer. Planned maintenance on the breaker was in progress at the time  |
| of the trip. As a result the 1A reactor coolant pump was de-energized. All   |
| other reactor coolant pumps remained running.                                |
|                                                                              |
| "All plant systems responded as expected."                                   |
|                                                                              |
| All rods fully inserted into the core and the pressurizer PORVs re-seated.   |
| There are no restrictions on restarting the 1A reactor coolant pump.         |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39287       |
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| REP ORG:  ALTECH CORPORATION                   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/15/2002|
|LICENSEE:  ALTECH CORPORATION                   |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:52[EDT]|
|    CITY:  POCHATELLO               REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        10/15/2002|
|  COUNTY:  BANNOCK                   STATE:  ID |EVENT TIME:        11:30[MDT]|
|LICENSE#:  11-27657-01           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |
|                                                |                             |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  BILLY BERRY                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BLO1 20.2201(a)(1)(i)    LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X  |                             |
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| LOST OR STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGES                               |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee reported that two (2) Troxler moisture density gauges model     |
| number #2401 were missing from their storage area. The two gauges were       |
| serial number 2813 and 2744. Both gauges contain an 8.2 millicurie Cs-137    |
| and 50 millicurie Am-241:Be source. The gauges are inventoried every six     |
| months and were verified in storage in March 2002. The cases (storage boxes) |
| were verified again in August 2002. The licensee has notified local and      |
| county police of the missing gauges. Additionally, the licensee has          |
| contacted NRC Region 4 to inform them of this event.                         |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39288       |
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| FACILITY: OCONEE                   REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/15/2002|
|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  SC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:54[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-L|EVENT DATE:        10/15/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        15:00[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RANDY TODD                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/15/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |KEN BARR             R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |FRANK GILLESPIE      NRR     |
|ADEG 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A)  DEGRADED CONDITION     |                             |
|NBNL                     RESPONSE-BULLETIN      |                             |
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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          N       0        Cold Shutdown    |0        Cold Shutdown    |
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| NRC BULLETIN 2001-01 VISUAL INSPECTION DISCLOSED CRDM NOZZLE PENETRATION     |
| THROUGH WALL LEAKAGE                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| "Event Description:  During qualified bare metal visual inspection of the    |
| Unit 2 reactor vessel head and CRDM nozzle penetrations per Duke response to |
| NRC Bulletin 2001-01, evidence of through wall leakage was witnessed on      |
| seven CRDM penetrations. The locations are nozzle 8, 9,19, 24, 31, 42, and   |
| 67.  None of these seven nozzles have been previously repaired.  Additional  |
| nozzle to head penetrations were masked by boron deposits suspected of being |
| from a separate source.  NDE will be performed per the Duke response to NRC  |
| Bulletin 2001-01 to characterize the status of the masked penetrations.      |
|                                                                              |
| "Initial Safety Significance:  Any RCS leakage from these penetrations would |
| have been below the threshold of measurability by the reactor coolant system |
| leakage measurement process.                                                 |
|                                                                              |
| "Corrective Actions:  The leaking nozzles will be repaired prior to restart  |
| from the present refueling outage."                                          |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee informed the NRC resident inspector.                            |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39291       |
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| FACILITY: FARLEY                   REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/16/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  AL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 01:45[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        10/15/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        23:56[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JIM HUNTER                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/16/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE RIPLEY                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |KEN BARR             R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B)  RPS ACTUATION - CRITICA|                             |
|AESF 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)  VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUAT|                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     M/R        Y       100      Power Operation  |0        Hot Standby      |
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| MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO DROPPED ROD                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "The Unit 1 Operator-At-The-Controls moved control rod bank D rods in 1/2    |
| step for routine flux control at 2353 on 10/15/02.  He immediately noticed   |
| rod F-6 indicated 198 steps.  The remainder of the rods in bank D indicated  |
| 221 steps.  A negative rate trip was received on Excore Nuclear Instrument   |
| N43 and reactor power decreased approximately 1/2% RTP [rated thermal        |
| power].  A manual reactor trip was initiated at 2356 in accordance with      |
| Abnormal Operating Procedure FNP-1-AOP-19.0.  All plant systems responded    |
| per design to the reactor trip.  The plant is currently stable in Mode 3.    |
| The cause for the rod drop is being investigated.  Both motor driven         |
| auxiliary feedwater pumps and the turbine driven auxiliary feedwater pumps   |
| auto started in response to the main steam generator feed pumps trip."       |
|                                                                              |
| All rods fully inserted into the core.  The Main Condenser is being          |
| maintained as the primary heat sink.                                         |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
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