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Event Notification Report for October 23, 2002


                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           10/22/2002 - 10/23/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38513  39293  39306  39310  

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   38513       |
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| FACILITY: SAINT LUCIE              REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 11/23/2001|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:30[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE                        |EVENT DATE:        11/23/2001|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        12:10[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  CHARLIE PIKE                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/22/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |CAUDLE JULIAN        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   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO FLORIDA STATE INVOLVING RECOVERED SEA TURTLE FROM    |
| UNIT 1 INTAKE STRUCTURE                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "A sea turtle with no external injuries but appearing to be distressed was   |
| recovered from the Unit 1 Intake Structure.  The State Stranding Coordinator |
| for sea turtles has been contacted."                                         |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 11/23/01 AT 1255EST FROM CHARLIE PIKE TO S. SANDIN * * *        |
|                                                                              |
| "Turtle has died."                                                           |
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| The licensee informed both the State of Florida and the NRC Resident         |
| Inspector.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1413EST ON 12/3/01 FROM JACK BREEN TO FANGIE JONES * * *        |
|                                                                              |
| At approximately 1215 EST on 12/3/01, a report was made to the Florida       |
| Department of Fish and Wildlife concerning the recovery of an injured sea    |
| turtle from the plant's intake canal.  The turtle was a green sea turtle in  |
| the intake canal that appeared distressed and looked to have a wound from a  |
| boat motor on its back.  It will be transferred to the State for             |
| rehabilitation.                                                              |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee plans to notify the NRC resident inspector.  Notified           |
| R2DO(MacAlpine).                                                             |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1333EST ON 12/15/01 FROM JACK BREEN TO JOHN MACKINNON * * *     |
|                                                                              |
| At approximately 1215 EST on 12/15/01, a report was made to the Florida      |
| Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to pick up a Green   |
| Turtle for rehabilitation. The Green Turtle was taken from the plant's       |
| intake canal, and the turtle appears to have shark bites.                    |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee plans to notify the NRC resident inspector.  Notified R2DO      |
| (Chuck Ogle).                                                                |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE 1450EST ON 01/06/02 FROM TULLIDGE TO JOHN MACKINNON * * *       |
|                                                                              |
| At 1350EST, a notification to the State of Florida Department of Fish and    |
| Wildlife Conservation Commission was made due to finding an injured          |
| Loggerhead sea turtle in Unit 1 intake. The sea turtle was transported       |
| offsite for rehabilitation. R2DO (Tom Decker) notified.                      |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
|                                                                              |
| ***UPDATE 1330EST ON 4/23/02 FROM JACK BREEN TO RICH LAURA***                |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee rescued a  Loggerhead sea turtle from the intake canal.  The    |
| Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified, and the      |
| turtle was turned over for rehabilitation.                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was informed.  Notified R2DO (B. Bonser).         |
|                                                                              |
| ***UPDATE 1241EDT ON 5/29/02 FROM DAVE WILLIAMS TO RICHARD LAURA***          |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee reported that an offsite notification was made to the Florida   |
| Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission concerning the discovery of a live |
| loggerhead sea turtle found in the plant's intake canal.  The turtle was     |
| lethargic and was sent for rehabilitation.                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was informed.  Notified R2DO (K. Landis).         |
|                                                                              |
| ***** UPDATE AT 1125 EDT ON 06/01/02 FROM CHARLES MARPLE TO LEIGH TROCINE    |
| *****                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| The following text is a portion of a facsimile received from the licensee:   |
|                                                                              |
| "At 1020 on 06/01/02, a notification was made to the Florida Fish and        |
| Wildlife Conservation Commission regarding a weak and emaciated Loggerhead   |
| turtle found in the plant intake barrier net.  The turtle will be sent       |
| off-site to the Marine Life Center for Rehabilitation."                      |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.  The NRC operations        |
| officer notified the R2DO (Kerry Landis).                                    |
|                                                                              |
| *****UPDATE AT 11:53 EDT ON 6/2/02 FROM MARPLE TO LAURA******                |
|                                                                              |
| "A notification was made to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation       |
| Commission regarding a dead small green sea turtle found in the tangle net.  |
| The turtle will be maintained on ice for a postmortem examination."          |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident inspector was notified. Notified R2DO (K. Landis)           |
|                                                                              |
| *****UPDATE AT 12:45 EDT ON 7/18/02 FROM BREEN TO LAURA******                |
|                                                                              |
| A notification was made to the State regarding a dead green sea turtle that  |
| was removed from the intake canal.                                           |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC resident inspector will be notified.                                 |
|                                                                              |
| Notified R2DO (C. Payne                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| ***UPDATE AT 1045 EDT ON 10/20/02 FROM KORTH TO NORRIS***                    |
|                                                                              |
| A Loggerhead turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal.  The turtle |
| was in need of rehabilitation.  Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida   |
| Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 0927 EDT.   |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.                                |
|                                                                              |
| Notified R2DO (Barr)                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE AT 1338 EDT ON 10/22/02 FROM KELLY KORTH TO GERRY WAIG * * *    |
|                                                                              |
| A Loggerhead turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal.  The turtle |
| was in need of rehabilitation.  Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida   |
| Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 1250 EDT.   |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified by the licensee.                 |
|                                                                              |
| Notified R2DO (Bob Haag)                                                     |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39293       |
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| REP ORG:  OR DEPT OF HEALTH RAD PROTECTION     |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/16/2002|
|LICENSEE:  GEOCON NORTHWEST INC                 |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:04[EDT]|
|    CITY:  BEAVERTON                REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        10/16/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  OR |EVENT TIME:             [PDT]|
|LICENSE#:  ORE-90921             AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/22/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |
|                                                |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TERRY LINDSEY                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| STOLEN VEHICLE AND TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE                            |
|                                                                              |
| On the evening 10/15/02 or the early morning of 10/16/02 a 1987 red Toyota 4 |
| Runner storing a Troxler moisture density gauge was stolen  from the         |
| residence of an authorized user. The local police were notified of the theft |
| at approximately 0800 PDT and the Oregon Radiation Protection Services at    |
| 0855 PDT on 10/16/02. The gauge is a Troxler model 3440 serial number 26707  |
| and contains an 8 millicurie Cs-137 source, serial number 75-9841, and a 40  |
| millicurie Am-241:Be source, serial number 47-23181. The licensee is GEOCON  |
| Northwest Inc., 8380 Southwest Ave., Beaverton, OR 97008. Oregon Radiation   |
| Protection Services will notify NRC Region 4 and plans to make a press       |
| release for this event. The Oregon event number for this incident is         |
| 020041.                                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| * * * UPDATE ON 10/22/02 AT 2329 FROM TERRY LINDSEY TO GERRY WAIG * * *      |
|                                                                              |
| Mr. Terry Lindsey, Program Manager, Oregon Radiation Protection Services     |
| called to report that the stolen Troxler moisture density gauge model #3440, |
| serial  #26707 was recovered by the Portland, OR Police Department on        |
| 10/22/02 at 1735 PDT . A HAZMAT team was called to the scene and the gauge   |
| was intact. Additional follow-up is planned for tomorrow morning (10/23/02). |
| The owner of the gauge, GEOCON Northwest Inc., has been notified of the      |
| recovery.                                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| Notified R4DO (Anthony Gody) and NMSS (Mel Leach)                            |
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!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   39306       |
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| REP ORG:  STORA NESO                           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/21/2002|
|LICENSEE:  STORA NESO                           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:18[EDT]|
|    CITY:  WISCONSIN RAPIDS         REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        10/21/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WI |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  GL 132                AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/22/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |THOMAS KOZAK         R3      |
|                                                |M. WAYNE HODGES      NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  CHARLES CHAPMAN              |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |
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| FAILED LEAK TEST ON STATIC GUN GOING TO DISPOSAL                             |
|                                                                              |
| Stora Neso was in the process of disposing of a Chapman Manufacturing (no    |
| longer in business) static gun containing 200 millicuries of tritium (when   |
| manufactured in September 1965). Stora Neso does not have a requirement to   |
| leak test the static gun, which had not been used for a long time.  The      |
| disposal site requested a leak test.  The static gun was wipe tested and the |
| following results were obtained:  wet wipe read 0.311409 microcuries and the |
| dry wipe read 0.0556399 microcuries, the action level is 0.005 microcuries.  |
| They have taken additional wipes of the gun and container whose results are  |
| not available at the time of the report.  They have also contacted a testing |
| company to determine what the wipes are actually were measuring.             |
|                                                                              |
| * * * RETRACTION ON 10/22/02 AT 1210 EDT FROM CHUCK CHAPMAN TO GERRY WAIG    |
|                                                                              |
| After discussion between the licensee and NRC Region 3 personnel, the        |
| licensee retracted this event on 10/22/02 at 1210 EDT. Notified R3DO         |
| (Christine Lipa) and NMSS (Doug Broaddus).                                   |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39310       |
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| FACILITY: BROWNS FERRY             REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/22/2002|
|    UNIT:  [] [] [3]                 STATE:  AL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:34[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4           |EVENT DATE:        10/22/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        12:52[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JOE BENNETT                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/22/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |ROBERT HAAG          R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AIND 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)   ACCIDENT MITIGATION    |                             |
|AINB 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B)   POT RHR INOP           |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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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          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| LOSS OF HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION SYSTEM                               |
|                                                                              |
| "At 1252 [CDT] on 10/22/02, during troubleshooting activities, a loss of the |
| Unit 3 Division II ECCS inverter occurred. This resulted in a loss of the    |
| High Pressure Coolant Injection system (HPCI) due to a loss of power to the  |
| flow indicating controller. This event is reportable within 8 hours per      |
| 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) and requires a 60 day written report per 10CFR          |
| 50.73(a)(2)(v)."                                                             |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                        |
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