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Event Notification Report for January 30, 2003








                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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                              Event Reports For

                           01/29/2003 - 01/30/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



39533  39534  39539  39542  39545  39546  



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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39533       |

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| REP ORG:  TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/24/2003|

|LICENSEE:  GILES ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES         |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:50[EST]|

|    CITY:  DALLAS                   REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        01/23/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|

|LICENSE#:  L04919                AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/24/2003|

|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |

|                                                |JOHN DAVIDSON        IAT     |

+------------------------------------------------+SUSAN FRANT          NMSS    |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  HELEN WATKINS                |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE RIPLEY                  |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE               |

|                                                                              |

| The following information was received from the Texas Department of Health,  |

| Bureau of Radiation Control (Texas incident I-7973):                         |

|                                                                              |

| "The nuclear gauge was stolen last night. (January 23-24, 2003).  It was     |

| stolen from an Econoline van parked overnight at an apartment complex. The   |

| gauge was locked inside its case and was inside a storage compartment in the |

| cargo area of the locked van. Access was gained by breaking out the windows  |

| of the van.                                                                  |

|                                                                              |

| "The gauge operator [DELETED] is uncertain of the exact time of the theft.   |

| He went out to dinner in his private vehicle and did not notice any problem  |

| with the van when he returned home at approximately 8 o'clock in the         |

| evening.  However, when he stepped outside at 4:30 am to warm up his wife's  |

| car, he noticed the Duncanville [Texas] police were on the scene. Three vans |

| parked within about 150 feet of each other, including his, had been          |

| burglarized in a similar fashion. One van belonged to an air conditioning    |

| company.                                                                     |

|                                                                              |

| "The thief took many other items from the van including concrete testing     |

| equipment, a coat, measuring tape and a couple of buckets of tools. The      |

| gauge and its case were taken. The case is clearly labeled with the          |

| company's name and phone number. Inside the case is a full set of paperwork  |

| identifying the gauge, a current leak test, and other documents containing   |

| the company's letterhead. The police report number is 03000589. The RSO      |

| notified Troxler in Arlington [Texas] of the theft."                         |

|                                                                              |

| The gauge is a Troxler Model # 3430, Serial # 031693, 40 millicuries         |

| Am-241/Be, 8 millicuries Cs-137.                                             |

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39534       |

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| REP ORG:  TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/24/2003|

|LICENSEE:  PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES, INC|NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:53[EST]|

|    CITY:  CLUTE                    REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        11/25/2002|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|

|LICENSE#:  L00203-001            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/24/2003|

|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |

|                                                |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  HELEN WATKINS                |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  MIKE RIPLEY                  |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DOSIMETRY LEFT IN RADIOGRAPHY AREA                  |

|                                                                              |

| The following information was received from the Texas Department of Health,  |

| Bureau of Radiation Control (Texas incident I-7972):                         |

|                                                                              |

| "During the monitoring period 11/25/2002 through 12/24/2002, radiographer    |

| [deleted] left his badge in an area where it was exposed by a radiography    |

| crew performing concrete rebar radiography with long exposure times.         |

| [deleted] phoned the licensee's corporate offices on January 23, 2003 to     |

| report a badge overexposure.   At the current time it is thought that the    |

| radiographer reported the incident to his supervisor [deleted] RSO in the    |

| Clute [TX] Office.  The date and time of that report is currently unknown.   |

| His badge exposure was measured at 8.266 Rem.  A final report has not been   |

| received from the badge processor by the Licensee's corporate office, only a |

| Fax transmittal.  The corporate office indicated the incident was not        |

| previously reported to the corporate office or they would have had the badge |

| submitted for emergency reading."                                            |

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39539       |

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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/27/2003|

|LICENSEE:  ISOTOPE PRODUCTS LABORATORIES        |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:16[EST]|

|    CITY:  BURBANK                  REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        01/23/2003|

|  COUNTY:  LOS ANGELES               STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:        16:30[PST]|

|LICENSE#:  CA-1509               AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/27/2003|

|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |WILLIAM JONES        R4      |

|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+TIM MCGINTY          IRO     |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT GREGER                |CREWS                NRC     |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CONTAMINATED PACKAGE                                |

|                                                                              |

| The following is taken from a facsimile from the State of California:        |

|                                                                              |

| "On 1/24/03 the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] @ IPL [Isotope Products       |

| Laboratories] reported their receipt of a contaminated package. The package  |

| had been picked up from LAX & delivered to IPL on 1/23 @ 2:25 pm by Kamino   |

| Int'l Transport, 2580 Santa Fe, Redondo Beach, contact person [DELETED]. The |

| package was wiped upon receipt, and received the results approximately 4:30  |

| pm. The RSO was notified the next morning. The contamination appears to be   |

| H-3, although the licensee needs to perform an energy calibration on their   |

| liquid scintillation counter to verify both this and their quantification of |

| the package wipes. It appears that all sides of the package were             |

| contaminated, at up to approximately 100,000 dpm/wipe. The latest wipes      |

| measured up to approximately 40,000 dpm/wipe.                                |

|                                                                              |

| "The package came from a company in Switzerland called RC Tritec AG, who is  |

| a distributor for a Russian company (unknown name at this time). IPL         |

| believes that the box was trans-shipped, & was never actually at Tritec, but |

| they're still trying to get Lufthansa's paperwork. IPL is also trying to get |

| info on the Russian company.                                                 |

|                                                                              |

| "IPL had the delivery truck return to IPL, & they found a small area of      |

| contamination, about 12 X 10 inches, on the carpet, where the package was    |

| located, of about 800 dpm/wipe. After vacuuming, they got nothing. About 11  |

| other wipes in the truck were negative. They checked the driver's gloves-    |

| there's no removable contamination. All wipes @ IPL's Shipping Dept were     |

| negative. They think there was at least one other package on the truck that  |

| was destined for an electronics company, but they're still trying to get     |

| info on that. There was at least one other package for IPL on the truck that |

| was not contaminated (they're checking to see if it had come from the same   |

| Russian company).                                                            |

|                                                                              |

| "Note: Assuming that the contamination is H-3, the dose consequences of      |

| 100,000 dpm/wipe are approximately equivalent to the dose consequences of    |

| 2.5 dpm/wipe of Cs-137."                                                     |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39542       |

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| FACILITY: SUSQUEHANNA              REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/28/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  PA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 11:39[EST]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        01/28/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        09:30[EST]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DON ROLAND                   |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/29/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               +-----------------------------+

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |DAN HOLODY           R1      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|HFIT 26.73               FITNESS FOR DUTY       |                             |

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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  |

|2     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |

|                                                   |                          |

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| PRE-ACCESS CONTRACT SUPERVISOR ACCESS TERMINATED DUE TO A CONFIRMED POSITIVE |

| TEST                                                                         |

| FOR A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.                                                  |

|                                                                              |

| At 09:30 on 01/28/03, a contract supervisor for the turbine upgrade project  |

| had a confirmed positive for a controlled substance during a pre-access      |

| fitness for duty test.  The supervisor's access to the station has been      |

| suspended in accordance with the station's fitness for duty program.         |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.       |

|                                                                              |

| * * * UDATE ON 01/29/03 AT 1414 EST FROM DON ROLAND TO GERRY WAIG * * *      |

|                                                                              |

| "Please note the following correction:                                       |

|                                                                              |

| "The contract supervisor had a confirmed positive test for a controlled      |

| substance during a random FFD test, not a pre-access test as previously      |

| reported. The error was a result of misinformation provided by the site      |

| testing facility to the Control Room. The individual remains suspended and   |

| his access to vital areas & work performance while employed at Susquehanna   |

| LLC is presently under review. The NRC residents have been notified."        |

|                                                                              |

| Notified R1DO (Dan Holody)                                                   |

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39545       |

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| REP ORG:  WHITING CORPORATION                  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/29/2003|

|LICENSEE:                                       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:47[EST]|

|    CITY:  MONEE                    REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        01/29/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  IL |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|

|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/29/2003|

|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |KENNETH RIEMER       R3      |

|                                                |J. BRADLEY FEWELL    R1      |

+------------------------------------------------+KERRY LANDIS         R2      |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  FREDERICK TEGGELAAR          |WILLIAM JONES        R4      |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   |TERRY REIS           NRR     |

+------------------------------------------------+JOHN HICKEY          MNSS    |

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|CCCC 21.21               UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH  |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| 10 CFR 21 NOTIFICATION - WHITING CORPORATION                                 |

|                                                                              |

| "This notice is being sent within the two day period to inform you of a      |

| safety concern related to Whiting cranes sold to utility companies prior to  |

| 1980. The problem was identified through engineering analysis. We are not    |

| aware of any failures.                                                       |

|                                                                              |

| "The concern is specific to the Whiting #25 Hoist Unit (Gear Case). One or   |

| possibly two internal support bolts in this assembly may be significantly    |

| over-stressed.                                                               |

|                                                                              |

| "The exact extent of the over-stressed condition can only be determined by   |

| individual analysis of each hoist in question; however, based on findings, a |

| 50% reduction in rated hoist capacity of the effected cranes will allow for  |

| continued use of the cranes without compromising design safety factors. This |

| limitation should be enforced until the over-stressed bolts have been        |

| replaced or analysis shows that an over-stressed condition does not exist.   |

|                                                                              |

| "Crane owners should contact us at Whiting-Nuclear@WhitingCorp.com and       |

| provide the following information; customer name, contact person, email      |

| address, telephone number, crane serial number and date of next scheduled    |

| outage.                                                                      |

|                                                                              |

| "I trust you find that the notification provided is satisfactory and in      |

| compliance with 10 CFR 21 reporting requirements. If you have any questions, |

| please do not hesitate to contact me at fteggelaar@whitingcorp. com."        |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39546       |

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| FACILITY: SUSQUEHANNA              REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/29/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  PA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 20:57[EST]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        01/29/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        20:32[EST]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  VAL MANCE                    |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   +-----------------------------+

+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          UNUSUAL EVENT         |J. BRADLEY FEWELL    R1      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |WILLIAM RULAND       NRR     |

|AAEC 50.72(a) (1) (i)    EMERGENCY DECLARED     |JOSEPH HOLONICH      IRO     |

|                                                |DORA HEYMAN          FEMA    |

|                                                |P.O. BAUMGARTNER     EPA     |

|                                                |                             |

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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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| NOUE DECLARE AT SUSQUEHANNA DUE TO NON-ROUTINE RADIOACTIVE GAS RELEASE       |

|                                                                              |

| "At 8:32 pm EST PPL Susquehanna , LLC, declared an Unusual Event for an      |

| Airborne Release. The EAL entered was 15.1.a A.2, I-131 > 2.08E+2            |

| microcuries/minute. Chemistry sample did not indicate any Iodine in the      |

| release steam, however Cs-138 was detected in the sample which may have      |

| affected the vent stack monitor. Investigation continues. The release is     |

| being monitored by the plant Vent Stack monitoring system. The source of the |

| release is unknown at this time. Plant procedures are being implemented to   |

| determine and isolate the source. Offsite monitors have been activated to    |

| monitor offsite dose rates. Activation of the Emergency plan and Offsite     |

| releases are reportable under 10CFR50.72(a)(1) and 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(viii)."  |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee has notified state and local officials and will notify the NRC  |

| Resident Inspector. A media/press release is planned.                        |

|                                                                              |

| *** UPDATE at 0132 ET on 01/30/03 by Dave Flyte/ Phil Brady taken by         |

| MacKinnon ****                                                               |

|                                                                              |

| Unusual Event was terminated at 0125 ET on 01/30/03. Investigation found     |

| that the release was from the off gas system via a drain trap which entered  |

| the ventilation system which then exited out the vent stack.  According to   |

| licensee's records, the release was greater than 2 times their Technical     |

| Specification limit  (208 microcuries per minute) from 1940 hours until 2111 |

| hours.  Max level detected was 600 microcuries per minute.  No iodine was    |

| released just noble gases.  NRC R1DO (Brad Fewell), FEMA (Nora Heyman),      |

| NRC/DOT (Petty Officer Baumgartner), Office of Homeland Security (Damon      |

| Edwards),  and NRR EO (Bill Ruland) notified.                                |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified by the licensee.                     |

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