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Event Notification Report for May 9, 2003






                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

                              Operations Center



                              Event Reports For

                           05/08/2003 - 05/09/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



39824  39832  39833  39834  



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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39824       |

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| REP ORG:  SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/05/2003|

|LICENSEE:  STERIS-ISOMEDIX SERVICES             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:25[EDT]|

|    CITY:  SPARTENBURG              REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        05/05/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  SC |EVENT TIME:        11:30[EDT]|

|LICENSE#:  267                   AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/05/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |JOEL MUNDAY          R2      |

|                                                |TOM ESSIG            NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAVID KING                   |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

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| MALFUNCTIONING IRRADIATOR CARRIER DOOR HINGE PIN ASSEMBLY                    |

|                                                                              |

| Steris-Isomedix Services reported to the state that they had an incident     |

| where the hinge pin assembly on the carrier door of an irradiator            |

| malfunctioned.  This resulted in the door opening and jamming at the source  |

| rack which in turn left the source in a fully unshielded position.  The      |

| operator then went to the hoist cables for the source rack, which is in a    |

| shielded area, moved the cables around a bit and unjammed the source rack    |

| returning the source to the fully shielded position.  The amount of time     |

| taken to return the source to the fully shielded position was approximately  |

| 20-30 minutes. The licensee is shutting down all irradiators to check the    |

| hinge pin assemblies.  There were no exposures.                              |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39832       |

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| FACILITY: GRAND GULF               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/08/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  MS |NOTIFICATION TIME: 10:40[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-6                             |EVENT DATE:        05/08/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:00[CDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  BRIAN BLANCHE                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/08/2003|

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

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |LINDA SMITH          R4      |

|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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| EMERGENCY SIREN ACCIDENTLY INITIATED.                                        |

|                                                                              |

| The Claiborne County Civil Defense department inadvertently initiated an     |

| emergency siren.  The siren has been secured, and a "No Emergency" message   |

| has been issued to the local media.                                          |

|                                                                              |

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

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|Fuel Cycle Facility                              |Event Number:   39833       |

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| FACILITY: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/08/2003|

|   RXTYPE: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:16[EDT]|

| COMMENTS: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)          |EVENT DATE:        05/08/2003|

|           LEU FABRICATION                      |EVENT TIME:        04:00[EDT]|

|           LWR COMMERICAL FUEL                  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/08/2003|

|    CITY:  WILMINGTON               REGION:  2  +-----------------------------+

|  COUNTY:  NEW HANOVER               STATE:  NC |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|LICENSE#:  SNM-1097              AGREEMENT:  Y  |PAUL FREDRICKSON     R2      |

|  DOCKET:  07001113                             |ERIC LEEDS           NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+JOHN JOLICOEUR       IRO     |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RICK FOLECK                  |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  HOWIE CROUCH                 |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|KSAF 70.50(b)(2)         SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILUR|                             |

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| SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE DUE TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CONDITIONS               |

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| The following information was received from the licensee via facsimile:      |

|                                                                              |

| "At approximately 4:00 a.m. [EDT] on May 8, 2003, the Criticality Warning    |

| System (CWS) coverage was temporarily lost due to severe thunderstorm        |

| conditions.  The two Data Acquisition Modules (DAMS) providing redundant     |

| criticality detector coverage of the Dry Conversion Process (DCP) plant area |

| were simultaneously lost.  Additional isolated DAM failures occurred at      |

| other locations, but CWS coverage was maintained for the remainder of the    |

| facility.                                                                    |

|                                                                              |

| "In DCP, operations were suspended, and all movement of fissile material was |

| halted.  Personnel were restricted from affected plant areas.  Maintenance   |

| instrumentation personnel diagnosed and successfully restored CWS coverage   |

| for the DCP plant area at approximately 7:00 a.m.  Normal plant operations   |

| were resumed at approximately 9:30 a.m. Restoration of remaining redundant   |

| CWS coverage for all areas was completed at 11:45 a.m.                       |

|                                                                              |

| "This condition is reported pursuant to 10CFR70.50(B)(2) as an event in      |

| which equipment is disabled or fails to function as designed when required   |

| by license or regulation to be available to mitigate the consequences of an  |

| accident.  Incident investigation and evaluation of additional corrective    |

| actions pending."                                                            |

|                                                                              |

| Licensee will be notifying New Hanover County Emergency Management, North    |

| Carolina Department of Radiation Protection, NRC Region 2 and NRC            |

| Headquarters Global Nuclear Fuels Project Manager.                           |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39834       |

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| FACILITY: WOLF CREEK               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 05/08/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  KS |NOTIFICATION TIME: 21:53[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        05/08/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        19:30[CDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  RICK HUBBARD                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  05/08/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  HOWIE CROUCH                 +-----------------------------+

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |LINDA SMITH          R4      |

|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   |

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

|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |

|                                                   |                          |

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| LOSS OF FIVE EMERGENCY SIRENS DUE TO POWER OUTAGE                            |

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| The following information was obtained from the licensee via facsimile:      |

|                                                                              |

| "On 05/08/2003 at 1840 CDT, the National Weather Service in Topeka, KS       |

| declared a Tornado Warning for the area around Wolf Creek Generating         |

| Station.  The Tornado Warning was in effect until 1930 CDT.  The storm cell  |

| moved through Burlington, KS, approximately 6 miles southwest of the         |

| facility, causing power to be lost to the city of Burlington.  Plant         |

| Security notified the Control Room that the loss of power to Burlington had  |

| caused power to be lost to five (5) E-Plan Sirens and an intrusion alarm on  |

| one additional E-Plan Siren. This information was relayed to Security via    |

| the installed telemetric monitoring system. At this time, Burlington is      |

| without power and the sirens remain without power."                          |

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| There is no ETA for power restoration.                                       |

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| The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector and the local           |

| authorities.                                                                 |

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