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Event Notification Report for May 7, 2003






                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

                              Operations Center



                              Event Reports For

                           05/06/2003 - 05/07/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



39814  39820  39826  39827  39828  39829  39830  





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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 DICKINSON 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 Dickinson Consumer Products     |

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

| Becton Dickinson 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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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39820       |

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| REP ORG:  NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/02/2003|

|LICENSEE:  TROXLER                              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:32[EDT]|

|    CITY:  RALEIGH                  REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        03/24/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  NC |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|

|LICENSE#:  032-0182-1            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/02/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |JOEL MUNDAY          R2      |

|                                                |C. MILLER            NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+F. BROWN             NMSS    |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES ALBRIGHT               |                             |

|  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 - RADIOACTIVE SHIPMENT EXCEEDED LIMITS                |

|                                                                              |

| On 3/24/03 Troxler Electronic Laboratories of Research Triangle Park, NC     |

| received a shipment of two boxes from AEA Technology, Inc. of Burlington,    |

| MA.  Each box contained fifty 40 millicurie Am-241:Be sources.  Following    |

| return of a survey meter from calibration, the RSO at Troxler performed a    |

| survey of the boxes on 3/31/03 and determined that the radiation levels      |

| exceeded limits for the shipment.  Each box measured 315 millirem/hr neutron |

| and gamma at the surface (limit of 200 millirem/hr).  Additionally, the bill |

| of lading and DOT sticker on each box listed the Transportation Index (TI)   |

| at 1.6 which is the limit, however the measured TI was 3.1 (3.0 millirem/hr  |

| neutron and 0.1 millirem/hr gamma at 1 meter).                               |

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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|                             |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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

|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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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   39827       |

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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/06/2003|

|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:24[EDT]|

| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        05/06/2003|

|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|

|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/06/2003|

|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+

|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |ROGER LANKSBURY      R3      |

|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |ERIC LEEDS           NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+NADER MAMISH         IRO     |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KEITYH VANDERPOOL            |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  ERIC THOMAS                  |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|QSAF 72.75(c)(2)         SAFETY EQUIP DISABLED/F|                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE                                                     |

|                                                                              |

| "Operations Personnel were performing a cylinder disconnect in Autoclave #2. |

| The cylinder was rolled from the 6 O'Clock cylinder valve position, to the   |

| 12 O'Clock cylinder valve position to complete disconnecting the cylinder    |

| safety valve and pigtail from the cylinder.  At approximately 2006 hours UF6 |

| was observed smoking from the mechanical connection for the cylinder safety  |

| valve and the cylinder valve.  Additionally, smoke appeared to be coming     |

| from the top of the cylinder valve.  The Operator seeing the smoke alerted   |

| personnel in the area, actuated the Emergency Shell Closure and the Gas      |

| Release Alarm placing the Autoclave in containment.  Emergency Response      |

| Personnel Responded and performed Air Samples for HF and Uranium.  All       |

| samples were less than Minimum Detectable."                                  |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, and will notify the        |

| Department of Energy.                                                        |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39828       |

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| FACILITY: HATCH                    REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/06/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  GA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:08[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        05/06/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:57[EDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DISMUKE                      |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/06/2003|

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

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |PAUL FREDRICKSON     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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| NOAA WEATHER RADIO PROMPT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED     |

| OUTAGE                                                                       |

|                                                                              |

| NOAA Weather Radio Prompt Notification System was taken out of service by    |

| the National Weather Service for a planned outage. This results in a Major   |

| Loss of Offsite Notification capability.  The State of Georgia (GEMA) and    |

| the 4 EPZ counties were notified of the NOAA Weather Radio Prompt            |

| Notification System outage.  NOAA Weather Radio Prompt Notification System   |

| was returned to service at 1338 EDT. The State of Georgia (GEMA) and the 4   |

| EPZ counties were notified that the NOAA Weather Radio Prompt Notification   |

| System is back in service.                                                   |

|                                                                              |

|                                                                              |

| The state and local agencies were notified and the NRC Resident Inspector    |

| will be notified.                                                            |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39829       |

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| FACILITY: SURRY                    REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/06/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  VA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:12[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP                |EVENT DATE:        05/06/2003|

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

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  WHEELER                      |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/06/2003|

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

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |PAUL FREDRICKSON     R2      |

|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          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |

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

|                                                   |                          |

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| OVERFLOW OF PLANT WASTE WATER INTO THE JAMES RIVER                           |

|                                                                              |

| At 1130 hours on 5/06/03, wastewater overflowed from a holding tank, which   |

| resulted in a discharge of sewage into state waters through the plants storm |

| drain system. This discharge was a result of a failure of a transfer pump,   |

| which pumps the wastewater from the holding tank to another portion of the   |

| stations water treatment system.  It is estimated that approximately 150     |

| gallons of wastewater entered the plants discharge canal which enters state  |

| waters before it was isolated.  Cleanup efforts are in progress.  This event |

| is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the fact    |

| that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was notified at 1424   |

| hours of the discharge into state waters.                                    |

|                                                                              |

|                                                                              |

| The State was notified and the NRC resident Inspector will be notified.      |

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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   39830       |

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| FACILITY: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/06/2003|

|   RXTYPE: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:46[EDT]|

| COMMENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER                   |EVENT DATE:        05/05/2003|

|           6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE                 |EVENT TIME:        19:05[EDT]|

|           BETHESDA, MD 20817    (301)564-3200  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/06/2003|

|    CITY:  PIKETON                  REGION:  3  +-----------------------------+

|  COUNTY:  PIKE                      STATE:  OH |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|LICENSE#:  GDP-2                 AGREEMENT:  N  |ROGER LANKSBURY      R3      |

|  DOCKET:  0707002                              |TOM ESSIG            NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  VANDERPOOL                   |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|OSAF 76.120(c)(2)        SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILUR|                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| AUTOCLAVE "O" RING FAILURE                                                   |

|                                                                              |

| On 5/5/03 at approximately 1905 hours, X-344 Operations Personnel identified |

| visible/audible steam out leakage on Autoclave #2.   Autoclave #2 was        |

| operating in Operational Mode 2 (heating) at the time of discovery.  The out |

| leakage was determined to be due to a failure of the "Q" Safety System       |

| Component "O"-Ring which seals the cylinder within the autoclave.  The       |

| Autoclave Steam Supply was immediately valved off and the autoclave was      |

| opened for inspection.  This inspection identified a 9/16" gap in the        |

| "O"-Ring Seal which would have degraded the seal to the point that it could  |

| not perform its designed safety function as required during Operational Mode |

| 2 Evolutions.  This incident is being reported as a Safety Equipment Failure |

| while operating in an Applicable Mode.  Immediate Radiation / Air Monitoring |

| indicates no release of Radioactive Material occurred as a result of this    |

| incident.   The Autoclave was declared inoperable by the Plant Shift         |

| Superintendent.                                                              |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.                                     |

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