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Event Notification Report for January 31, 2003








                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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                              Event Reports For

                           01/30/2003 - 01/31/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



39439  39539  39546  39547  39548  



!!!!!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED  !!!!!!!

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39439       |

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| FACILITY: PERRY                    REGION:  3  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 12/12/2002|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  OH |NOTIFICATION TIME: 00:20[EST]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-6                             |EVENT DATE:        12/11/2002|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        18:13[EST]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JIM CASE                     |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JASON FLEMMING               +-----------------------------+

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |PATRICK HILAND       R3      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|AINC 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C)   POT UNCNTRL RAD REL    |                             |

|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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| RHR B MINIMUM CONTROL FLOW VALVE INOPERABLE                                  |

|                                                                              |

| "Scheduled maintenance activities were being performed on RHR B minimum flow |

| valve 1E12-F064B which is a containment isolation valve. When the E12-F064 B |

| power supply was energized the Control Room indication for the valve         |

| indicated intermediate.   Local indication for the valve indicated the valve |

| was closed.  When the valve control switch was taken to closed the valve was |

| observed to move 1/16 of an inch and the control room indication changed to  |

| full close. The valve was closed and verified down powered on 12/09/02 to    |

| comply with Tech Spec 3.6.1.3 Primary Containment Isolation Valves.          |

| Maintenance test equipment was installed however no maintenance had been     |

| performed."                                                                  |

|                                                                              |

| Licensee informed NRC resident inspector.                                    |

|                                                                              |

| *** RETRACTION ON 01/30/03 AT 1016 ET BY MR. RUSSELL TAKEN BY MACKINNON ***  |

|                                                                              |

| "Subsequently, an engineering evaluation that utilized the valve as-found    |

| test data concluded that the valve stem loading was reduced.  This resulted  |

| in the intermediate valve position when the valve breaker was re-energized.  |

| It was also determined that although the valve stem load was reduced, the    |

| valve disc remained tightly seated in the closed position.                   |

|                                                                              |

| "The valve provides isolation for a containment penetration that interfaces  |

| with a closed system outside containment. Since the valve was determined to  |

| have remained closed, and the closed system outside containment had not been |

| breached, there was no loss of the containment accident mitigation function  |

| and no loss in the control of radiation release function.  Since neither of  |

| these two functions was lost, there was no reportable condition, and this    |

| Event Notification (EN# 39439) is retracted."  R3DO (Mark Ring) notified.    |

|                                                                              |

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

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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    |

+------------------------------------------------+                             |

|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:   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 DECLARED 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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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39547       |

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| FACILITY: PALO VERDE               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/30/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [2] [3]               STATE:  AZ |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:23[EST]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE                 |EVENT DATE:        01/30/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        11:30[MST]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAN MARKS                    |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/30/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  YAMIR DIAZ                   +-----------------------------+

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |WILLIAM JONES        R4      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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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  |

|3     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |

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| INFORMATION CALL CONCERNING PRESS RELEASE ON SAFEGUARDS EVENT                |

|                                                                              |

| Press release regarding a safeguards event involving a flyover at Palo       |

| Verde.  The press release was made by a local radio station, KTAR.           |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC resident inspector was notified.                                     |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39548       |

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| FACILITY: GRAND GULF               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/30/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  MS |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:42[EST]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-6                             |EVENT DATE:        01/30/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        10:54[CST]|

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

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |WILLIAM JONES        R4      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|ACCS 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(A)  ECCS INJECTION         |                             |

|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 Shutdown     |

|                                                   |                          |

|                                                   |                          |

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| MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM ON DECREASING REACTOR VESSEL LEVEL                      |

|                                                                              |

| "At 10:54 CDT Grand Gulf Nuclear Station inserted a manual scram on          |

| decreasing vessel level as a result of the loss of all 3 condensate booster  |

| pumps. Loss of the booster pumps resulted in loss of normal feedwater to the |

| vessel. Vessel level decreased to the auto initiation set point for High     |

| Pressure Core Spray (HPCS), Reactor Isolation Cooling System (RCIC), and     |

| Containment Isolation System. HPCS and RCIC started and injected to the      |

| vessel and the containment isolated. The HPCS initiation also included an    |

| auto start of the HPCS Diesel as expected. Reactor level was restored by     |

| injection of HPCS and RCIC. Vessel pressure was maintained by the turbine    |

| bypass valves. At present vessel level has been restored to normal. Systems  |

| affected by the containment isolation have been restored as needed. The      |

| cause of the condensate booster trips is under investigation. A review of    |

| plant data is underway to confirm proper response by equipment."             |

|                                                                              |

| There was an ECCS injection for 5 - 10 minutes. All control rods inserted    |

| and no relief valves lifted.                                                 |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.                                     |

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