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Event Notification Report for December 05, 2002



                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           12/04/2002 - 12/05/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

39255  39296  39411  39415  39417  39422  39423  

!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39255       |
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| FACILITY: VERMONT YANKEE           REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/07/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  VT |NOTIFICATION TIME: 19:02[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4                             |EVENT DATE:        10/07/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        17:15[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  BROOKS                       |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/04/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JOHN WHITE           R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ADEG 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A)  DEGRADED CONDITION     |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| PLANT FAILED THEIR INTEGRATED LEAKRATE TESTING                               |
|                                                                              |
| During the normal outage integrated leakrate testing, it was determined the  |
| total primary containment leakage rate is in excess of allowable leakage     |
| rate.  The calculated leakage rate is 216.55 scfh while the allowable        |
| leakage rate is 192.126 scfh.  Repair work on the valves has been            |
| initiated.                                                                   |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.                                 |
|                                                                              |
| * * * RETRACTION FROM DENNIS MAY TO HOWIE CROUCH ON 12/4/02 AT 1430 EST * *  |
| *                                                                            |
|                                                                              |
| "BASIS FOR RETRACTION:                                                       |
|                                                                              |
| "An NRC 8-Hour Non-Emergency Event Notification (#39255) was conservatively  |
| made following MSIV [Main Steam Isolation Valve] leak rate testing based     |
| upon exceeding the combined local leak rate test acceptance criterion based  |
| on a calculated maximum pathway leak rate pending further review by the Leak |
| Rate Testing (Appendix "J") Coordinator.                                     |
|                                                                              |
| "NUREG 1022, Rev. 2 provides guidance for the evaluation of containment leak |
| rate test data under the 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) reporting criteria that          |
| specifies the use of the total containment as-found minimum pathway leak     |
| rate.                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "The Technical Specification limit for the combined local leak rate test     |
| (Type B and C test) acceptance criterion is less than or equal to 0.6 La     |
| (192.126 scfh). The combined local leak rate test, calculated on a minimum   |
| pathway basis was 112.807 scfh. This value is less than the Technical        |
| Specification limit and therefore is not reportable in accordance with       |
| 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) or 50.73(a)(2)(ii).                                  |
|                                                                              |
| Therefore, ENS Event Number 39255, made on 10/07/02, is being retracted."    |
|                                                                              |
| Headquarters Operations Officer notified R1DO (Michele Evans).  The licensee |
| will notify the NRC Resident.                                                |
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!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39296       |
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| FACILITY: LASALLE                  REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/17/2002|
|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  IL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 11:24[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-5,[2] GE-5                    |EVENT DATE:        10/17/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        05:15[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  PHIL WARDLOW                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/04/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE RIPLEY                  +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |THOMAS KOZAK         R3      |
|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   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|                                                   |                          |
|2     N          Y       97       Power Operation  |97       Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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| CONDITION WHICH COULD HAVE PREVENTED FULFILLMENT OF A SAFETY FUNCTION        |
|                                                                              |
| "This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), Event or      |
| Condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a Safety Function needed  |
| to Mitigate the Consequences of an Accident. During a post maintenance test  |
| run of the 2B Diesel Generator following a planned maintenance window, the   |
| Diesel Generator reactive load (VARs) was identified to be erratic, as the   |
| Diesel Generator was loaded. At 05:15 CDST on 10/17, it was discovered that  |
| a potentiometer in the voltage regulating circuit had erratic output. This   |
| potentiometer was not worked on during the planned maintenance window.       |
| Because this component failure could have prevented the Diesel Generator     |
| from performing its design function, and because the 2B Diesel Generator is  |
| the emergency power supply for the High Pressure Core Spray System (HPCS),   |
| which is a single train safety system, it has been determined that this      |
| failure could potentially effect the Safety Function of this system, and is  |
| reportable as an 8 hour ENS notification."                                   |
|                                                                              |
| "Add info on current results/status below.                                   |
| The required actions of Technical Specification 3.5.1 were entered when the  |
| system was made inoperable for the maintenance window on 10/13 at 1900, and  |
| are continuing to be followed for the Inoperable High pressure Core Spray    |
| System (HPCS), until the Diesel Generator is restored to Operable Status."   |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |
|                                                                              |
| * * * RETRACTION FROM LARRY R. BLUNK TO HOWIE CROUCH ON 12/04/02 AT 1913 EST |
| * * *                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| "UPDATE INFORMATION: RETRACTION OF NOTIFICATION (EN# 39296)                  |
|                                                                              |
| "THE ROOT CAUSE DETERMINATION AND ENGINEERING EVALUATION DETERMINED THAT THE |
| ERRATIC OUTPUT WAS DUE TO A DEGRADED MOTOR OPERATED POTENTIOMETER (MOP).     |
| THE ENGINEERING EVALUATION DETERMINED THAT THE ERRATIC OUTPUT WOULD NOT HAVE |
| OCCURRED IF THE 2B DIESEL GENERATOR HAD BEEN OPERATING IN AN EMERGENCY (I.E. |
| ISOCHRONOUS) MODE.  THEREFORE, IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY DEMAND, THE 2B   |
| DIESEL GENERATOR WOULD HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF PERFORMING ITS SAFETY FUNCTION   |
| ."                                                                           |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee notified the NRC Resident.  The Headquarters Operation Officer  |
| informed R3DO (Ken Riemer).                                                  |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39411       |
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| REP ORG:  WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 11/29/2002|
|LICENSEE:  EARTH CONSULTANTS, INC.              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 18:19[EST]|
|    CITY:  BELLEVUE                 REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        11/28/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WA |EVENT TIME:        13:50[PST]|
|LICENSE#:  WN-L061-1             AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  11/29/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |LINDA HOWELL         R4      |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TERRY FRAZEE                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  ARLON COSTA                  |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN PORTABLE GAUGE                     |
|                                                                              |
| "An authorized user reported that a portable gauge (believed to be a Troxler |
| model 3411 containing no more than 10 millicuries of cesium 137 and no more  |
| than 50 millicuries of americium 241/beryllium) had been stolen from his     |
| pickup truck sometime between 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 27, and 4 AM       |
| Thanksgiving morning.  The authorized user had brought the gauge to his      |
| residence and left the gauge in its locked case chained into the open bed of |
| his pickup truck.  During the night an attempt was made to cut the chain.    |
| However, it proved to be easier to break off the case handle through which   |
| the chain was secured to the vehicle.  The damaged but presumably still      |
| locked case and locked gauge were then removed.  The authorized user         |
| notified the police and called the Department of Health's radiation          |
| emergency line (206-NUCLEAR).   The licensee's RSO was out of town and an    |
| alternate licensee official was notified.  Department of Health staff        |
| advised the licensee official to post a reward and to provide more detail    |
| including the serial number of the gauge."                                   |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39415       |
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| REP ORG:  ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH        |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/02/2002|
|LICENSEE:  CARTI-UAMS                           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:50[EST]|
|    CITY:  LITTLE ROCK              REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        11/20/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  AR |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|
|LICENSE#:  930-BP-04-09          AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/02/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |WILLIAM JONES        R4      |
|                                                |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JARED THOMPSON               |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  ERIC THOMAS                  |                             |
+------------------------------------------------+                             |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING MEDICAL MISADMINISTRATION                   |
|                                                                              |
| "A medical misadministration was reported to Arkansas Department of Health   |
| Radiation Control and Emergency Management's Radioactive Materials Program   |
| by CARTI-UAMS on November 27, 2002 via a voice mail message.  Due to the     |
| Thanksgiving holiday, the message was not reviewed by the Department until   |
| December 2, 2002.                                                            |
|                                                                              |
| "According to the voice mail message and the preliminary telephone interview |
| with the licensee, the misadministration resulted from the incorrect         |
| positioning of a treatment tandem within the cervical treatment cylinder.    |
| As a result, the treatment was delivered approximately 3 cm inferior to the  |
| intended position. The incorrect positioning of the tandem that occurred     |
| during first treatment on November 20, 2002 was noted when the medical       |
| physics staff was reviewing the position verification film for the second    |
| treatment on November 27, 2002.                                              |
|                                                                              |
| "An onsite investigation will be conducted by the Department on December 2,  |
| 2002.  An updated report of the medical misadministration will be provided   |
| following this investigation."                                               |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39417       |
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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/02/2002|
|LICENSEE:  GEOSOILS                             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:42[EST]|
|    CITY:  VAN NUYS                 REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        11/29/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:        09:00[PST]|
|LICENSE#:  CA 4741-19            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/02/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |WILLIAM JONES        R4      |
|                                                |THOMAS ESSIG         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  BARBARA HAMRICK              |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE                       |
|                                                                              |
| "This is to report a stolen moisture density gauge in the State of           |
| California (California incident number 112902).                              |
|                                                                              |
| "The licensee is Geosoils in Van Nuys, California (California license number |
| 4741-19).  The gauge was reported stolen via a voice-mail message left       |
| Friday morning, November 29, 2002.  The State offices were closed that day   |
| for the Thanksgiving holiday.                                                |
|                                                                              |
| "The gauge was stolen some time mid-morning on November 29, 2002, from the   |
| back of a pick-up truck, parked at a residence in the city of Gardena.  The  |
| chain securing the gauge package to the truck was cut.  The local police     |
| took a report.  The licensee will be running an ad offering a reward for the |
| return of the gauge for the next 10 days in the local newspaper.             |
|                                                                              |
| "This is all the information we have at the present time.  We are awaiting a |
| report from the licensee, confirming the activity and nuclide(s) in the      |
| gauge, as well as the serial number, and other information."                 |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39422       |
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| FACILITY: CATAWBA                  REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/05/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  SC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 01:52[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        12/05/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        00:43[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JIMMY BURGESS                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/05/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |ANNE BOLAND          R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ACOM 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)   LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE|                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| LOSS OF OFFSITE EMERGENCY SIRENS DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER                      |
|                                                                              |
| "Twenty-four (24) emergency sirens out-of-service due to loss of power       |
| because of ice storm.  These sirens have been out-of-service more than one   |
| hour and preparations underway to restore to service."                       |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will inform state/local agencies and the NRC resident           |
| inspector.                                                                   |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39423       |
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| FACILITY: MCGUIRE                  REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/05/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  NC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 02:00[EST]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP                |EVENT DATE:        12/05/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        01:45[EST]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TONY COOK                    |LAST UPDATE DATE:  12/05/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |ANNE BOLAND          R2      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ACOM 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)   LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE|                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
|                                                |                             |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| LOSS OF OFFSITE EMERGENCY SIRENS DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER                      |
|                                                                              |
| "Any event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability,  |
| offsite response capability; or offsite communications capability.           |
| Currently greater than 16 ENS sirens are inoperable which is greater than    |
| 25% of siren capability."                                                    |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will inform local agencies and the NRC resident inspector.      |
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