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Event Notification Report for December 03, 2002



                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           12/02/2002 - 12/03/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

39408  39409  39413  39414  39416  39418  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39408       |
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| REP ORG:  COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH              |NOTIFICATION DATE: 11/27/2002|
|LICENSEE:  SOILS AND MATERIAL CONSULTANTS       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 11:25[EST]|
|    CITY:  ARVADA                   REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        11/25/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CO |EVENT TIME:        12:00[MST]|
|LICENSE#:  595-01                AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  11/27/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |LINDA HOWELL         R4      |
|                                                |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  PENTECOST                    |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| STATE LICENSEE REPORTED A STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE                      |
|                                                                              |
| Soils and Material Consultants reported to the state that a CPN model MC1DR  |
| (serial # MD 80804445) moisture density gauge was stolen from a truck with a |
| locked camper shell while parked on a Wal Mart parking lot in Brighton, Co.  |
| The gauge was not chained or locked to the truck bed.  It contained 10       |
| millicuries of Cs-137 and 50 millicuries of Am-241:Be.  Local law            |
| enforcement was notified.  No media inquiry or reward has been made at this  |
| time.                                                                        |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39409       |
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| REP ORG:  NEW YORK CITY BUREAU OF RAD HEALTH   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 11/27/2002|
|LICENSEE:  MATERIALS TESTING LAB, INC           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:31[EST]|
|    CITY:  NEW HYDE PARK            REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        11/22/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  NY |EVENT TIME:             [EST]|
|LICENSE#:  2274-3075             AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  11/27/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JOHN ROGGE           R1      |
|                                                |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  GENE MISKIN                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN/RECOVERED TROXLER GAUGE            |
|                                                                              |
| A Troxler Model 3440, S/N 26331, containing 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40      |
| millicuries Am-241:Be, was recovered from an abandoned stolen vehicle in     |
| Queens, NY at approximately 1300 EST on 11/27/02 after a police cruiser's    |
| radiological pager alerted.  The vehicle was stolen from a location on 120th |
| Street between 20th and 21st Ave in Queens and reported to the NY City       |
| Police Department on 11/22/02.  The NY City Health Department Bureau of Rad  |
| Health is storing the gauge in their lab currently and will return it to the |
| licensee after confirming proper ownership.  The gauge was found intact with |
| normal radiation readings.                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| Materials Testing Lab, Inc. is a NY State DOL licensee.                      |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39413       |
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| FACILITY: COOPER                   REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/02/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NE |NOTIFICATION TIME: 00:31[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4                             |EVENT DATE:        12/01/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        17:33[CST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  STEVE WHEELER                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/02/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE NORRIS                  +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |LINDA HOWELL         R4      |
|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   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
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| STATION STARTUP AND EMERGENCY STATION SERVICE TRANSFORMERS DECLARED          |
| INOPERABLE                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "Available plant indicators showed that main generator output exceeded 150   |
| MVARs [million volt-amperes reactive] for approximately 4 minutes due to     |
| local grid conditions at 17:33 hours on December 1, 2002. The maximum value  |
| noted was 155 MVARs. Recent analysis and procedural guidance requires the    |
| two offsite power sources, consisting of the Station Startup Service         |
| Transformer and the Emergency Station Service Transformer to be declared     |
| inoperable above 150 MVARs. The grid operator was contacted and action was   |
| taken to lower local MVARs to below the allowed limit. The offsite power     |
| sources were declared operable at 17:37 hours."                              |
|                                                                              |
| The Licensee has notified the NRC Resident inspector.                        |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39414       |
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| FACILITY: PALISADES                REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/02/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  MI |NOTIFICATION TIME: 01:43[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] CE                               |EVENT DATE:        12/01/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        21:54[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RICHARD GERLING              |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/02/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE NORRIS                  +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JAMES CREED          R3      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |JAMES LYONS          NRR     |
|ARPS 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B)  RPS ACTUATION - CRITICA|                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     A/R        Y       100      Power Operation  |0        Hot Standby      |
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| AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP ON LOSS OF MAIN GENERATOR LOAD                        |
|                                                                              |
| "At 2154 hours on December 1, 2002, an automatic reactor trip occurred on    |
| loss of main generator load. The loss of load trip occurred when the main    |
| generator tripped due to a fault in the plant switchyard. The switchyard     |
| fault was caused when the ground wire on the 345 KV transmission tower which |
| is immediately adjacent to the plant switchyard fell and came in contact     |
| with switchyard 'R' bus. When the main generator tripped, and with the       |
| switchyard 'R' bus de-energized as a result of the fault, the cooling tower  |
| pumps, condensate pumps, and primary coolant pumps lost power. The steam     |
| driven main feedwater pumps tripped due to loss of suction pressure when the |
| condensate pumps tripped. The reactor trip occurred as expected with all     |
| full-length control rods fully inserted. With the loss of the main feedwater |
| pumps the auxiliary feedwater system actuated as expected and is currently   |
| providing core heat removal. The plant is currently stable in Mode 3 on      |
| natural circulation.                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| "Palisades Switchyard Configuration                                          |
|                                                                              |
| "The Palisades switchyard is comprised of two 345 KV busses, the 'F' (Front) |
| and 'R' (Rear) busses. The plant's Safeguards transformer is fed from the    |
| 'F' bus. The plant's vital AC busses are normally aligned to the Safeguards  |
| transformer and remained powered throughout the event. The plant's Startup   |
| transformer is fed from the 'R' bus. The plant's non-vital AC busses would   |
| normally transfer to the Startup transformer on a reactor trip. However,     |
| with the 'R' bus deenergized the Startup transformer was not available and   |
| therefore power was lost to the cooling tower pumps, condensate pumps, and   |
| primary coolant pumps.                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "Core Heat Removal                                                           |
|                                                                              |
| "Core heat removal is being provided by the auxiliary feedwater system with  |
| steaming to atmosphere via the atmospheric steam dump valves. The auxiliary  |
| feedwater system is comprised of three, full capacity, auxiliary feedwater   |
| pumps (two motor driven pumps and one steam driven pump). The motor driven   |
| pumps are powered from the plant's vital AC busses. All three auxiliary      |
| feedwater pumps are operable and one pump is in service providing core heat  |
| removal.                                                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "Extra precautions have been taken to ensure the operability of the          |
| auxiliary feedwater pumps and their power supplies, including the vital AC   |
| busses, their associated diesel generators, and the offsite circuit from the |
| Safeguards transformer.                                                      |
|                                                                              |
| "Plant Technical Specifications                                              |
|                                                                              |
| "The following three Technical Specification LCO Conditions apply as a       |
| result of the loss of the switchyard 'R' bus:                                |
|                                                                              |
| "Condition 3.8.1A, One offsite circuit inoperable.                           |
| "Condition 3.4.5A, One required PCS loop inoperable.                         |
| "Condition 3.4.5C, No PCS loop OPERABLE."                                    |
|                                                                              |
| The Licensee reports that there is no primary to secondary leakage in the    |
| steam generators.                                                            |
|                                                                              |
| The Licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                        |
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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   39416       |
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| FACILITY: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/02/2002|
|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:32[EST]|
| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        12/02/2002|
|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        14:15[CST]|
|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/02/2002|
|    CITY:  PADUCAH                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+
|  COUNTY:  McCRACKEN                 STATE:  KY |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|LICENSE#:  GDP-1                 AGREEMENT:  Y  |KENNETH RIEMER       R3      |
|  DOCKET:  0707001                              |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KEVIN BEASLEY                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  ARLON COSTA                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NONR                     OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT    |                             |
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| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO THE DOE CONCERNING ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF WEAPON ON |
| SITE                                                                         |
|                                                                              |
| Misfired security weapon.  No one was hurt during this incident and          |
| compensatory measures were taken as appropriate. The Licensee notified the   |
| DOE and is in the process of filing a report and indicated that there may be |
| a press release on this incident.                                            |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.                                     |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39418       |
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| FACILITY: NINE MILE POINT          REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/02/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NY |NOTIFICATION TIME: 19:48[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5                    |EVENT DATE:        12/02/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        17:46[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DON SHEEHAN                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/02/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  ERIC THOMAS                  +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |MICHELE EVANS        R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ASHU 50.72(b)(2)(i)      PLANT S/D REQD BY TS   |                             |
|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   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |99       Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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| COMMENCEMENT OF TECH SPEC REQUIRED SHUTDOWN                                  |
|                                                                              |
| "At 16:47 (EST) Unit 1 experienced a loss of Channel 12 Reactor Protection   |
| System (RPS).  Power to RPS Bus 12 was shifted to its backup power supply.   |
| This was coincident with Emergency Diesel Generator 102 (EDG) being          |
| inoperable. This condition requires commencement of a Plant Shutdown within  |
| 1 hour and be in a Cold Shutdown Condition in ten hours (LCO for TS 3.6.3 -  |
| Emergency Power Sources).  At 1746 a shutdown was commenced in accordance    |
| with N1-OP-43C. At 1900 a successful post maintenance test was completed on  |
| EDG 102 and EDG 102 was declared operable. Plant Shutdown actions have been  |
| terminated and the 1 and 10 hour shutdown LCO exited. The plant is at 98.6   |
| percent power and remains in a 7 day LCO in accordance with TS 3.6.3         |
| (Emergency Power Sources).                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "Investigation is underway into the cause of the loss of RPS Bus 12."        |
|                                                                              |
| Also, the loss of one half of the 'Energize to Function' portion of the      |
| Automatic Depressurization System.                                           |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident will be informed of this event.                             |
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