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Event Notification Report for December 18, 2003

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12/17/2003 - 12/18/2003

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40341 40390 40392 40396 40397

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40341
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: ATL INC
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ-07-116
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBRY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 11/19/2003
Notification Time: 16:50 [ET]
Event Date: 11/18/2003
Event Time: 13:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/17/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KRISS KENNEDY (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)
VICTOR GONZALEZ (MEX)

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The Arizona Agency was informed on 11/19/03 @ 1230 of a stolen moisture density gauge which was taken when the pickup truck it was in was stolen. The gauge was a CPN Model MC3, S/N M390404988 containing 10 millicuries of Cs-137 and 40 millicuries of Am:Be-241. Avondale, AZ police are investigating (report # 0327274) the incident. A press release will be issued and the licensee will notify the FBI, States of CA, NV, NM, CO and the Country of Mexico.

* * * UPDATE ON 12/17/03 AT 1501 EST FROM A. GODWIN TO E. THOMAS * * *

The Phoenix Police Department recovered the truck on 12/16/03. The driver door indicated a forced entry and the ignition switch key area was damaged. As of 12/17/03, the licensee reported the only item missing is the CPN moisture/density gauge. Other equipment, including cement testing equipment, was not removed from the truck.

The Licensee issued a press release offering a reward for the recovery of the gauge. The release was not carried by the media.

The Agency has an active investigation into the circumstances surrounding the loss of this device.

The FBI, States of California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and the country of Mexico are being notified of this event.

Notified R4DO (P. Harrell), and NMSS EO (J. Hickey).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40390
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: GALLETT AND ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: ATLANTA State: GA
County:
License #: GA 1316-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC JAMESON
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 12/12/2003
Notification Time: 14:36 [ET]
Event Date: 12/12/2003
Event Time: 11:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/12/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANIELLO DELLA GRECA (R1)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)

Event Text

GEORGIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

On 12/12/03 at 1100 ET, a licensee's pickup truck was stolen with a moisture density gauge locked in the bed of the truck. The truck was parked at a construction site on Northside Drive in downtown Atlanta, GA. The gauge is a CPN Model MC Porta-Probe, Serial Number MD60703301. The gauge contained two sources: 50 milliCuries Am241/Be and 10 milliCuries Cs-137. The licensee has reported the theft to the Atlanta Police Dept. and the Atlanta Field Office of the FBI.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40392
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: NOVARTIS
Region: 4
City: LINCOLN State: NE
County:
License #: GL 0049
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY K. HILL
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 12/15/2003
Notification Time: 12:07 [ET]
Event Date: 12/10/2003
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/15/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of Nebraska was notified by letter dated December 10, 2003 of 4 (four) unaccounted for exit signs during an inventory conducted by the licensee, Novartis Consumer Health Inc., 10401 Highway 6, Lincoln, NE 68517. The signs, identified by the licensee as item numbers 4, 5, 8, & 10, are believed to have been lost during various renovations to licensee facility buildings occurring over a period of years. The licensee is unable to confirm the exact time or disposition of the signs but does not suspect theft. The make, shipping date, model number, serial number, and activity level of the exit signs are as follows:

Item numbers 4 and 5: NRD, shipped last quarter 1984, model T4002, serial number 6988/6989 respectively, each containing 19.9 curies tritium.

Item number 8: SRB, shipped 02/10/88, model B100, serial number 64174, containing 17.2 curies tritium.

Item number 10: SRB, shipped 02/08/88, model B100, serial number not identified, 15.5 curies tritium.

The State of Nebraska will not assign this event an incident number and considers this event to be closed.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40396
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: JOHN BRAISTED
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/17/2003
Notification Time: 08:35 [ET]
Event Date: 12/17/2003
Event Time: 03:15 [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/17/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
PHIL HARRELL (R4)
TERRY REIS (NRR)
TIM MCGINTY (IRO)
GIRIJA SHUKLA (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 80 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO LOSS OF BOTH TRAINS OF SAFETY INJECTION

The following information was obtained from the licensee via facsimile:

"1. SYSTEMS AFFECTED: High Pressure Safety Injection (HPSI), Low Pressure Safety Injection (LPSI), Recirculation Actuation [System] (RAS), Containment Spray (CS).

"2. ACTUATIONS AND THEIR INITIATING SIGNALS: None

"3. CAUSES: 400 [volt] Motor Control Center (MCC) 3BE deenergized due to an overcurrent condition on the 'A' train 1E bus. 'B' train equipment is cleared for maintenance causing Technical Specification 3.0.3 entry.

"4. EFFECT OF EVENT ON PLANT: Both trains of Safety Injection equipment inoperable with no flow capability requiring plant shutdown.

"5. ACTIONS TAKEN OR PLANNED: Shutdown commenced at 0410 [PST]. MCC 3BE is stripped and loads will be checked for faults while attempting to restore the bus. Train 'B' equipment will be restored as soon as possible.

"Continuation Sheet: Power/Mode will be reduced per T.S. 3.0.3 action until MCC 3BE loads restored or Tr[ain] 'B' equipment returned to service. [Plant required to be in] Mode 3 [within] 7 hrs, Mode 4 [within] 13 hrs. [and] Mode 5 [within] 37 hrs. No abnormal electrical lineups. No effect on Unit 2. LPSI pump/valves will need to be restored to allow Mode 5 entry."

Plant personnel suspect a problem with the 1E bus feeder breaker. A new breaker will be installed after testing is completed. Bus loads are in the process of being checked for problems. At the time of the initial call, plant power was at 80% and decreasing at approximately 10% per hour. At 0939 PST, plant power was at 71% and decreasing. The 1E bus have been meggered with no problems found. Battery chargers are currently not operating due to loss of the buses but not expected to be a problem since DC loads are very low during mode 1 operations.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40397
Facility: LASALLE
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-5,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: KEITH TABER
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 12/17/2003
Notification Time: 13:03 [ET]
Event Date: 12/17/2003
Event Time: 11:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/17/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
THOMAS KOZAK (R3)

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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

REFUELING EQUIPMENT RECEIVED AT LASALLE STATION EXCEEDING RADIATION LIMITS

"This notification is being made in pursuant to Exelon Reportability manual RAD 1.11 and 10 CFR 20.1906(d)(2). At 11:30 CST on 12/17/03, Radiation Protection Technician notified the Shift Manager that a Radiation Shipment (03-1216-02) was received at LaSalle from Duratek (Memphis, TN) that exceeded 200 mrem/hr on the external surface of the package. In accordance with 10 CFR 71.47(b)(1) the package was not in a closed transport vehicle and thus did not meet the exclusion to allow the package to be greater than 200 mrem/hr and less than 1000 mrem/hr. The as found readings on the package were measured at 211 mrem/hr and verified with a second instrument at 207 mrem/hr. The package was also surveyed for contamination and found to be free of loose contamination. Pursuant to 10 CFR 20.1906(d)(2), the final delivery carrier (R&R Trucking Co) was also notified of this event."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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