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Event Notification Report for November 3, 2003

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40285 40286 40287 40288 40289

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40285
Rep Org: ESMER & ASSOCIATES
Licensee: ESMER & ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: Boomer State: WV
County:
License #: 47-17478-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DON PHILLIPS
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 10/31/2003
Notification Time: 14:31 [ET]
Event Date: 10/31/2003
Event Time: 07:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler moisture density gauge Model # 3411B, Serial # 9905 containing 8.1 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241:Be was stolen from a company field technician's SUV while parked at a motel in Kanawha City, WV sometime between 10:00 pm 10/30/03 and 7:00 am 10/31/03. The gauge was locked inside its case at the time of the theft. The licensee notified the Kanawha City police department and will be notifying NRC Region 1.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40286
Facility: SEABROOK
Region: 1 State: NH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: TOM WAECHTER
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 10/31/2003
Notification Time: 21:15 [ET]
Event Date: 10/31/2003
Event Time: 19:48 [EST]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

REACTOR TRIP ON LOW STEAM GENERATOR WATER LEVEL

"Automatic Reactor Trip due to low Steam Generator levels. All systems responded normally. Plant is stable at NOT/NOP [normal operating temperature and pressure] in Mode 3. Emergency Feedwater system actuated as designed due to reactor trip."

Lowest Steam Generator level reached was just below the trip setpoint of 25%. Low level caused by trip of one of two Main Feed Pumps. All control rods fully inserted. No primary or secondary relief valves lifted. The electrical system is stable and the EDG's remain in standby. Decay heat is being removed via steam dumps.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40287
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN MAGILL
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 11/02/2003
Notification Time: 02:44 [ET]
Event Date: 11/01/2003
Event Time: 17:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/02/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

AN EVENT THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED FULFILLMENT OF THE SAFETY FUNCTION TO MITIGATE THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN ACCIDENT,

On November 1, 2003, the plant was performing testing on the Control Room Envelope for Unfiltered In-Leakage Tracer gas Test. During this test the control room ventilation is set up to simulate system line up following an F, A, or Z signal. This dual pressurization line up consists of both control room emergency filtration (CREF) fans running with the normal and one of two remote air intakes isolated. This line up caused a low-flow condition to occur on both trains of CREF, rendering both trains of CREF to become inoperable. The inoperability of the CREF is due to losing the permissive to allow the heaters located in each of the fresh air ducts to the emergency filters to energize. These heaters reduce the relative humidity of air entering the emergency filters to 70%. Without the heaters the 30-day dose limits to control room personnel of GDC 19 of 10CFR50, Appendix A could be exceeded during a Design Basis Accident.

The isolation of a single remote air intake is a condition allowed under technical specification 3.3.7.1 and is also required for certain radiological and HAZMAT conditions. During an FAZ with an isolated remote air intake both trains of CREF will become inoperable until one train is shutdown.

Once both trains of CREF were inoperable the plant entered LCO 3.0.3. per technical specification 3.7.3. At 1728 the plant opened the isolation valves for the second remote air intake and the low-flow condition cleared for one train of CREF and LCO 3.0.3 was exited. The plant is currently in a 7 day LCO to shutdown for having one train of CREF inoperable per 3.7.3.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40288
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: BRIAN CRAIG
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/02/2003
Notification Time: 20:40 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2003
Event Time: 18:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/02/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION TONE ALERT RADIOS OUT OF SERVICE/RESTORED TO SERVICE

The National Weather Service was unable to activate the Tone Alert Radios. The allowable out of service time was exceeded. The Tone Alert Radios were out of service for greater than one hour. In accordance with site procedures, this is a major loss of notification capability.

Oswego County reported that the Tone Alert Radios were returned to service.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40289
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: HANK VERWAY
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/02/2003
Notification Time: 20:47 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2003
Event Time: 18:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/02/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION TONE ALERT RADIOS OUT OF SERVICE/RESTORED TO SERVICE

"The Tone Alert System (Radio/EAS) has been out of service for greater than 1 hour.

"The Tone Alert Radio/EAS was returned to service."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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