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Event Notification Report for May 6, 2003






                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

                              Operations Center



                              Event Reports For

                           05/05/2003 - 05/06/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



39811  39812  39814  39823  39825  39826  





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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39811       |

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| REP ORG:  TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/30/2003|

|LICENSEE:  ALBEMARLE CORPORATION                |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:18[EDT]|

|    CITY:  PASADENA                 REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        04/28/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:        07:00[CDT]|

|LICENSE#:  LO4072-000            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/30/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |

|                                                |DOUG BROADDUS        NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES OGDEN                  |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  RICH LAURA                   |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

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| TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT ON DISABLED GAUGE FOR OIL CRACKING PLANT        |

|                                                                              |

| "Licensee immediately suspended operations in the affected "reactor" (oil    |

| cracking plant) due to loss of measurement caused by loss of level/density   |

| measurements from an Ohmart Corporation (OC) Model SH-F2, source holder,     |

| containing 1 curie of Cs-137, Serial # 68526, located on the exterior        |

| surface of the SAS Sodium reactor, vessel # R-7202. Operators noted a loss   |

| of measurement at approximately 7:00 a.m. When investigating the outside of  |

| the reactor vessel, on-site personnel noted that the fixed gauge had broken  |

| free of its mounting bracket and fallen, face-down, approximately 10 feet to |

| the ground. Plant personnel immediately notified Techstar, a subsidiary of   |

| Ohmart/Vega Corporation, for field service. A service technician arrived on  |

| scene, surveyed the gauge for radiation leakage, checked for contamination,  |

| and checked the functional operation of the gauge. The shutter was closed    |

| and locked by service personnel, until damage could be assessed. No damage   |

| was sustained by the gauge. The mechanism was fully functional and has been  |

| reinstalled on the reactor vessel. A set screw (a 3/4 to 1 inch bolt) had    |

| failed on the mounting bracket, due to suspected structural fatigue and      |

| vibration over 11 years since the gauge was installed (December 1992). The   |

| gauge was reinstalled in a bracket modified to fit on the welded beam        |

| (2-inch pipe), that will not allow the gauge to fall if the set screw fails  |

| in the future. All other gauges on site were checked by service personnel    |

| for security and possible deterioration on mounting hardware. This gauge was |

| unique in this plant due to it's mounting which has now been upgraded to     |

| allow for fail-safe operation without loss of function should the bracket    |

| fail. Problem has been corrected by the service company. Modification to the |

| mounting bracket and replacement of the set screw has rectified the cause of |

| this incident and returned the reactor to operation."                        |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39812       |

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| FACILITY: SAINT LUCIE              REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/30/2003|

|    UNIT:  [] [2] []                 STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 21:52[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE                        |EVENT DATE:        04/30/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        14:20[EDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  CHARLES PIKE                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/05/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  ARLON COSTA                  +-----------------------------+

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JOEL MUNDAY          R2      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |FRANK GILLESPIE      NRR     |

|ADEG 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A)  DEGRADED CONDITION     |                             |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |

+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+

|                                                   |                          |

|2     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |

|                                                   |                          |

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| DEGRADED CONDITION DUE TO DEFECT IN REACTOR VESSEL HEAD PENETRATION          |

|                                                                              |

| "On April 30, 2003, at 1420 hours, with St. Lucie Unit 2 in a refueling      |

| outage, FPL discovered a defect in reactor vessel head penetration 72. This  |

| flaw was found during the ongoing reactor vessel head inspection being       |

| performed in accordance with the requirements of NRC Order EA-03-009.  The   |

| defect is OD surface connected, extends into the nozzle and penetrates into  |

| the J-groove weld between the nozzle and reactor vessel head. The defect is  |

| described as an axial flaw, 0.28 inches deep X 0.96 inches long, on the      |

| downhill side of the penetration. Per the inspection guidance, surface flaws |

| located in the attachment weld area are not acceptable.                      |

|                                                                              |

| "There had been no indication of RCS leakage during the previous cycle's     |

| operation. This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR         |

| 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A)."                                                         |

|                                                                              |

| The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |

|                                                                              |

| *** UPDATE ON 5/2/03 AT 1337 EDT FROM R.WELLER TO A. COSTA ***               |

|                                                                              |

| "This report is a supplement to original event report #39812 dated April 30, |

| 2003. On May 2, 2003 at 1240 hours, with St. Lucie Unit 2 in a refueling     |

| outage, FPL discovered a defect in reactor vessel head penetration #18. This |

| is the second flaw found during the current ongoing reactor vessel head      |

| inspection being performed in accordance with the requirements of NRC Order  |

| EA-03-009. The defect is OD surface connected, extends into the nozzle and   |

| through the J-groove weld between the nozzle and reactor vessel head. The    |

| defect is described as an axial flaw, 0.39 inches deep X 2.98 inches long,   |

| on the downhill side of the penetration. Per the inspection guidance,        |

| surface flaws located in the attachment weld area are not acceptable. There  |

| had been no indication of RCS pressure boundary leakage during the previous  |

| cycles operation. This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR  |

| 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A)."                                                         |

|                                                                              |

| The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |

|                                                                              |

| * * * UPDATE ON 5/05/03 @ 1503 BY HESSLING TO GOULD * * *                    |

|                                                                              |

| This report is a correction to the supplement to original event report       |

| #39812 dated April 30, 2003.  On May 2, 2003 at 1240 hours, with St. Lucie   |

| Unit 2 in a refueling outage, FPL discovered a defect in reactor vessel head |

| penetration #18. The second flaw was incorrectly identified to be 0.39       |

| inches in depth, and 2.98 inches in length, located on the down-hill side of |

| the penetration. The correct depth was 0.26 inches in depth, length was 2.98 |

| inches. The location of this flaw was on the side of the penetration, vice   |

| on the down-hill side.  This flaw was found during the current ongoing       |

| reactor vessel head inspection being performed in accordance with the        |

| requirements of NRC Order RA-03-009.  The defect is OD surface connected,    |

| extends into the nozzle and through the J-groove weld between the nozzle and |

| reactor vessel head.  The defect is described as an axial flaw.  Per the     |

| inspection guidance, surface flaws located in the attachment weld area are   |

| not acceptable.  There had been no indication of RCS pressure boundary       |

| leakage during the previous cycle's operation.                               |

|                                                                              |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.                                     |

|                                                                              |

| The Reg 2 RDO (Munday) was notified.                                         |

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39814       |

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| REP ORG:  NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/01/2003|

|LICENSEE:  BECTON DICKSON CONSUMER PRODUCTS     |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:54[EDT]|

|    CITY:  HOLDREGE                 REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        04/27/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  NE |EVENT TIME:        12:00[CDT]|

|LICENSE#:  37--3-01              AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/01/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |

|                                                |TOM ESSIG            NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  H. SHUMAN                    |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| STUCK IRRADIATOR SOURCE                                                      |

|                                                                              |

| The State of Nebraska was notified by Becton Dickson Consumer Products       |

| located in Holdrege, Nebraska, that on 04/27/03 a source got stuck in the    |

| Becton Dickson Pool Irradiator.  The stuck source was moved to a shielded    |

| position. Nordion repaired the stuck source on 04/27/03.  Nobody was exposed |

| to the stuck source.                                                         |

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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   39823       |

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| REP ORG:  FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER              |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/05/2003|

|LICENSEE:  FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:50[EDT]|

|    CITY:  PHILADELPHIA             REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        05/02/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  PA |EVENT TIME:        10:48[EDT]|

|LICENSE#:  37-02766-01           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/05/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |EUGENE COBEY         R1      |

|                                                |DOUG BROADDUS        NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+ROGER LANKSBURY      R3      |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  SHEEHAN                      |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|BLO2 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)   LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X    |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| MISSING FEDEX SHIPMENT OF PHOSPHORUS-32                                      |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee, Fox Chase Cancer Center reported not receiving a shipment of   |

| 351 micro curies of liquid P-32 from Amersham's  Arlington, Illinois         |

| facility.  The material, which is used in the licensee's research lab, was   |

| shipped via FEDEX on 4/11/03 and was to be received on 4/14/03.  The         |

| material was scanned when loaded on the FEDEX truck, but not scanned when    |

| the delivery was made at the licensee's facilities.  The licensee has no     |

| record of receiving the package and has filed a claim with FEDEX.  FEDEX is  |

| still investigating.                                                         |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39825       |

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| FACILITY: FITZPATRICK              REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/05/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NY |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:44[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4                             |EVENT DATE:        05/05/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        14:45[EDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  HALLIDAY                     |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/05/2003|

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

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |EUGENE COBEY         R1      |

|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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| OFF SITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO LOSS OF 35 POUNDS OF FREON R-22.                |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee discovered that approximately 35 lbs of freon R-22 was missing  |

| from a plant refrigeration system.  The State of New York requires the       |

| licensee to notify the National Response Center, New York State Department   |

| of Environmental Conservation and Oswego County Emergency Management Office  |

| of R-22 leaks to air >1 lb in any 24 hour period.  The system currently      |

| tested tight, however an investigation is showing there was probably an      |

| acute release >1 lb during recent maintenance activities.                    |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the State, local agencies  |

| and other Government Agencies.                                               |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39826       |

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| FACILITY: TURKEY POINT             REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/05/2003|

|    UNIT:  [3] [4] []                STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 23:48[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        05/05/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        20:41[EDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  HARRISON                     |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/05/2003|

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

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JOEL MUNDAY          R2      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|ACOM 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)   LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE|                             |

|                                                |                             |

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+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+

|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |

+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+

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

|4     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |

|                                                   |                          |

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| LOST ERDS DUE TO COMPUTER MALFUNCTION                                        |

|                                                                              |

| "Loss of ERDS communication Link from 20:41 [EDT] until 22:26 [EDT] 5/5/03.  |

| Computer displayed hard disk error.  Rebooted machine; error corrected.      |

| Re-established ERDS Link."                                                   |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified by the licensee.                 |

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