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Event Notification Report for November 4, 2003

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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: 11/03/2003
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.

* * * UPDATE ON 11/03/03 @ 0957 BY DOD PHILLIPS TO GOULD * * *

Missing Troxler gauge was found along some railroad tracks near where it was stolen, undamaged and intact. It was taken to a volunteer fire department in Boone, Cty. WV. The licensee was notified by the fire department on 11/03/03 and they have sent someone to get it.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40290
Rep Org: CTI CONSULTANTS
Licensee: CTI CONSULTANTS
Region: 1
City: CHANTILLY State: VA
County:
License #: 45-23031-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RIPPLINGER
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 11/03/2003
Notification Time: 10:33 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2003
Event Time: 07:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/03/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
RICHARD BARKLEY (R1)
ROBERTO TORRES (NMSS)

Event Text

LOST HUMBOLDT NUCLEAR GAUGE

The licensee reported that a technician left their office in Chesapeake, VA for a jobsite with the Humboldt gauge in the back of his truck and at approximately 0730 he noticed the gauge was missing. He notified his office of the incident and managers left the office in search of the gauge. They located the gauge intact and undamaged in the street not too far from the office at 0745. The gauge contained 11 millicuries of Cs - 137 and 40 millicuries of Am - 241. It was a Humboldt model 5000 serial # 4403. The gauge was taken to another jobsite.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40292
Facility: SURRY
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES SHELL
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 11/03/2003
Notification Time: 17:36 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2003
Event Time: 17:20 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/03/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
LEONARD WERT (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

NON-CONSERVATISM IN DESIGN METHODOLOGY FOR LOSS OF RCP (REACTOR COOLANT PUMP) SEAL COOLING

"The design data used to support Dominion's methodology to cope with a loss of [RCP] seal cooling (which was based on Westinghouse WCAP-10541 Rev. 2) may be non-conservative. The NRC issued an SER on Westinghouse report WCAP-15603 that indicates data from this new model must consider a 20% probability that the hot RCP seals may result in up to 182 gpm leakage per pump if seal cooling is lost for more than 13 minutes. Assuming this higher leak rate, the requirements of Appendix R, Section III.L, cannot be met since Pressurizer level could not be maintained. Current methodology indicates Surry will lose charging and seal cooling for greater than 13 minutes from a fire in the Emergency Switchgear Room. This report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(ii)(B).

"The NRC resident [inspector] was notified of this condition."

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