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Event Notification Report for August 1, 2003






                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

                              Operations Center



                              Event Reports For

                           07/31/2003 - 08/01/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



40026  40027  40031  40032  40039  40040  40041  



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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   40026       |

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| REP ORG:  OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT                |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/28/2003|

|LICENSEE:  CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY               |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:45[EDT]|

|    CITY:  PONCA CITY               REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        07/21/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  OK |EVENT TIME:        11:00[CDT]|

|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  07/28/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |MARK SHAFFER         R4      |

|                                                |TOM ESSIG            NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MIKE BRODERICK               |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| FIRE DAMAGE TO NUCLEAR DENSITY GAUGE                                         |

|                                                                              |

| At approximately 1100 CDT on 7/21/03, a fire at the Conoco Phillips Ponca    |

| City facility  damaged the shielding on a Kay-Ray Model 7063P, Serial No.    |

| 24829, Density Meter containing a 200 millicurie Cs-137 sealed source.  A    |

| preliminary survey of the device found a slight increase in rad levels near  |

| the top of the source holder indicating that the lead shield had melted and  |

| shifted slightly.  Wipe tests found no evidence of source leakage.  The      |

| manufacturer, Thermo Measure Tech, was contacted to make arrangements to     |

| remove the damaged gauge from the site on 7/30 and return it to their Round  |

| Rock, Texas facility for examination/repair.  There was no radiation         |

| exposure associated with this incident to any plant personnel or emergency   |

| responders.                                                                  |

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   40027       |

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| REP ORG:  OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT                |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/28/2003|

|LICENSEE:  TUBE BODY INSPECTION, INC.           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:45[EDT]|

|    CITY:  ARDMORE                  REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        07/23/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  OK |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|

|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  07/28/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |MARK SHAFFER         R4      |

|                                                |TOM ESSIG            NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MIKE BRODERICK               |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| INAPPROPRIATE TRANSFER OF LICENSED MATERIAL  DURING REPAIR                   |

|                                                                              |

| On 7/23/03, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality was informed by a   |

| representative of the Colorado Department of Health, a Mr. James Jarvis,     |

| that a Ludlum TWC 3250, Serial No. 6201,  device containing a 1.5 curie      |

| Cs-137 source had been delivered to Stewart Instruments in Ardmore, Oklahoma |

| for refurbishing of the electronics package.  Normally, the electronic       |

| package is disconnected from the source for maintenance.  However, the       |

| Colorado licensee, i.e.,  Tube Body Inspection located in Ft. Morgan,        |

| Colorado, [Colorado licensee No. 76201], had delivered the device intact.    |

| The Stewart Instruments principal [owner] recognized that he did not have a  |

| licensee to possess the material but, due to extensive past experience       |

| working with these devices, took appropriate steps to ensure proper          |

| handling.  Oklahoma inspectors visited the storage location and were         |

| satisfied with the existing arrangements for temporary storage, i.e., locked |

| public storage location.  The Colorado licensee has been contacted and       |

| requested to remove the device from Oklahoma.                                |

|                                                                              |

| Tube Body Inspection is in the process of terminating their Colorado license |

| and is making arrangements to transfer this device to a California firm.     |

| However, according to the Oklahoma State representative, the California      |

| company is not licensed to possess this material.                            |

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   40031       |

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| REP ORG:  TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/29/2003|

|LICENSEE:  H&G INSPECTION                       |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:22[EDT]|

|    CITY:  HOUSTON                  REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        07/25/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:        10:45[CDT]|

|LICENSE#:  L02181                AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  07/29/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |CHUCK CAIN           R4      |

|                                                |DANIEL GILLEN        NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  HELEN WATKINS                |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  BILL GOTT                    |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE                             |

|                                                                              |

| "A [radiography] source was not retracted to the fully shielded position     |

| resulting in a 17.978 R exposure to a radiographer and a 2.650 R exposure to |

| a trainee.  A trainer was also at the job site, but was not exposed during   |

| the event.  The radiographers were up on top of a scaffolding platform       |

| radiographing a 100 foot high vessel.  The first exposure ran for 2 minutes  |

| and the film was too light for use.  The second exposure ran for 5 minutes   |

| and the radiographer cranked the source back, but not all the way. The       |

| source remained 6-8 inches outside the shielded position.  The radiographers |

| were up on the scaffolding in an 8 foot space for about 15 minutes with the  |

| source exposed.   When the radiographers came to make a third exposure, they |

| noticed the source was out.  It took about 1 to 11/2 cranks to retract it.   |

| The crank cables were about 35 feet long and guide tubes were used.          |

|                                                                              |

| "The radiographer's ratemeter did not work and the trainee did not hear his  |

| above the excessive noise and the earplugs.  Both pocket dosimeters were off |

| scale.  The dosimeters were sent for emergency processing on Friday, July    |

| 25, 2003, to determine if an overexposure had occurred.  The exposure        |

| results were received by the Licensee on Monday, July 28, 2003.  The         |

| Licensee then reported the exposure to the Agency.  An Agency inspector made |

| a site visit to the Licensee's facility to investigate the event on July 29, |

| 2003."                                                                       |

|                                                                              |

| Equipment: SPEC 300 exposure device ser. #: 009                              |

| Source:  99 Curie cobalt-60, SPEC Model G70, ser. #: C60-02                  |

|                                                                              |

| This occurred at the Amoco Refinery in Texas City, TX.                       |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   40032       |

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| FACILITY: HARRIS                   REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/29/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  NC |NOTIFICATION TIME: 20:59[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] W-3-LP                           |EVENT DATE:        07/29/2003|

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT WORRELL               |LAST UPDATE DATE:  07/31/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  BILL GOTT                    +-----------------------------+

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JAMES MOORMAN        R2      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |PHILIP BROCHMAN      NSIR    |

|BSUR 20.1906(d)(1)       SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS >|DANIEL GILLEN        NMSS    |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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

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

|                                                   |                          |

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| SURFACE CONTAMINATION LEVELS ABOVE LIMITS                                    |

|                                                                              |

| "This report is generated due to finding smearable contamination on the      |

| spent fuel shipping cask.  Smearable contamination in excess of 10CFR71.87   |

| requires a one hour report.  Due to 10CFR21, we cannot disclose further      |

| information over non-secure communications."                                 |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |

|                                                                              |

| Additional information can be obtained from the NRC Operations Center.       |

|                                                                              |

| * * * Update on 07/31/03 at 1011 EDT by G. Gazda to MacKinnon * * *          |

|                                                                              |

| Highest corrected contamination level for beta gamma was 43,980 dpm per 100  |

| square centimeter (limit is 22,000 dpm per 100 square centimeter). All other |

| smears taken were within limits.  R2DO (JIM MOORMAN) & NMSS (DANIEL GILLEN)  |

| notified.                                                                    |

|                                                                              |

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

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   40039       |

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| FACILITY: SAINT LUCIE              REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/31/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  FL |NOTIFICATION TIME: 05:59[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] CE,[2] CE                        |EVENT DATE:        07/31/2003|

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ALAN HALL                    |LAST UPDATE DATE:  07/31/2003|

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

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JAMES MOORMAN        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   |

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

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

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

|                                                   |                          |

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| EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA ACQUISTION AND DISPLAY SYSTEM (ERDADS) INOPERABLE    |

| FOR GREATER THAN ONE HOUR                                                    |

|                                                                              |

| "Emergency Response Data Acquisition and Display (ERDADS) computer failed at |

| 0110 on 7/31/03.  It was successfully restored to service at 0235.  This     |

| resulted in the loss of the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) and       |

| Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) for greater than one hour.  This event |

| is reportable as a eight hour non-emergency notification per                 |

| 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) in that the failure constituted a major loss of       |

| emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability,  or offsite    |

| communications capability."                                                  |

|                                                                              |

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

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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   40040       |

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| REP ORG:  VIRGINIA DEPT. OF HEALTH             |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/31/2003|

|LICENSEE:  N/A                                  |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:00[EDT]|

|    CITY:  RICHMOND                 REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        07/31/2003|

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

|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  07/31/2003|

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

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |JAMES MOORMAN        R2      |

|                                                |TOM ESSIG            NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+MRS. RAWLS           EPA     |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES DeKRAFFT               |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  HOWIE CROUCH                 |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |

|                                                |                             |

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| CESIUM-137 PIPE SOURCE DISCOVERED IN SCRAP METAL                             |

|                                                                              |

| NRC Region 2 personnel were notified by the Commonwealth of Virginia,        |

| Department of Health, Bureau of Radiological Health that a metal dealer,     |

| Smith Iron & Metal Company, located in Richmond, VA had discovered a Cs-137  |

| pipe source in some scrap material.  The pipe measured approximately 24      |

| inches long with a 6 inch diameter.  The pipe was sheared in two and sent to |

| Chaparral Virginia Steel Recycling, located in Petersburg, VA, where is set  |

| off portal monitors.  Chaparral isolated the material and returned it to     |

| Smith Iron & Metal.  Smith contacted the Commonwealth of Virginia who        |

| dispatched a response team.                                                  |

|                                                                              |

| The response team determined that there was no external contamination on the |

| pipe.  Contact readings are at 120 mR/hr with <2.6 mR/hr readings at three   |

| feet.  There were no identifying marks on the source.  The source is         |

| currently isolated on a trailer at Smith Iron & Metal.  Region 2 NRC with be |

| sending a team of personnel to investigate.  The Environmental Protection    |

| Agency has been notified.                                                    |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   40041       |

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| FACILITY: HATCH                    REGION:  2  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 07/31/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [2] []                STATE:  GA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:02[EDT]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4                    |EVENT DATE:        07/31/2003|

+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        15:20[EDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  FRANK GORLEY                 |LAST UPDATE DATE:  07/31/2003|

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

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

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |JAMES MOORMAN        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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| TEMPORARY LOSS OF EMERGENCY ASSESSMENT CAPABILITIES                          |

|                                                                              |

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

|                                                                              |

| "NOAA Weather Radio Prompt Notification System was found not working.  This  |

| results in a major loss of the offsite notification system.  The State of    |

| Georgia (GEMA) [Georgia Emergency Management Agency] and the four EPZ        |

| [Emergency Planning Zone] counties were notified of the NOAA Weather Radio   |

| Prompt Notification System outage.                                           |

|                                                                              |

| "NOAA Weather Radio Prompt Notification System was returned to service at    |

| 1642 EDT.  The State of Georgia (GEMA) and the four EPZ counties were        |

| notified of the NOAA Weather Radio Prompt Notification System being returned |

| to service."                                                                 |

|                                                                              |

| The four counties notified were:  Tattnall, Jeff Davis, Toombs and Appling   |

| counties.                                                                    |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.                            |

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