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Event Notification Report for December 22, 2003

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Event Reports For
12/19/2003 - 12/22/2003

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40395 40398 40399 40402 40403 40404 40405

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40395
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: GE COMPANY VALLECITOS NUCLEAR CENTER
Region: 4
City: SUNOL State: CA
County:
License #: 0017-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER (EMAIL)
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 12/16/2003
Notification Time: 19:28 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2003
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/16/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PHIL HARRELL (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
THOMAS DECKER (R2)
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)

Event Text

Xe-133 SOURCE LOST DURING SHIPMENT

"On December 16, 2003, GE Vallecitos contacted RHB-Sacramento office to report that a shipment of 2.1 Ci [Curies] of Xe-133 to the University of Alabama has not arrived at its destination. On the same day, RHB-Berkeley office contacted the GE Vallecitos RSO, C.W. Bassett and the EHS leader, D.W. Turner and learned the following:
On December 12, 2003, GE Vallecitos sent a shipment of 2.1 Ci of Xe-133 to the University of Alabama via Fedex. On December 15, 2003,one of the Vallecito technicians noticed that the shipment had not arrived at its destination in Alabama. They contacted Fedex immediately [name deleted] and the tracking database indicated that the shipment supposedly left Oakland Friday. As of December 16, 2003, Fedex was unable to locate the final destination of the shipment. GE Vallecitos had contacted the University of Alabama and confirmed that they have not received the Xe-133 shipment. Per RSO, the current estimated activity (as of 12/16/03) of the Xe-133 shipment is 1.2 Ci [Curies].

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40398
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: NINYO & MOORE
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: 07-460
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM WRIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: ERIC THOMAS
Notification Date: 12/17/2003
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 12/17/2003
Event Time: 12:30 [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/17/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PHIL HARRELL (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
VICTOR GONZALEZ (MEX)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

On 12/16/03 at approximately 1230 MST, a soil moisture density gauge was stolen from the rear of a technician's pickup truck while he was stopped for lunch at 23rd Street and Indian School. The gauge was contained in a yellow transport case and is a Troxler Model 3430, Serial Number 33308. The gauge contains approximately 10 millicuries of Cesium-137, and 40 millicuries of Americium-241. The theft of the gauge was reported to the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency at approximately 1325 MST.

The licensee issued a press release offering a $500.00 reward for the recovery of the gauge.

The Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency and the licensee will continue to investigate this occurrence and report further.

The FBI, States of CA, NV, NM, CO, and the country of Mexico are being notified of this event.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40399
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GUIDANT CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: PERLAND State: TX
County:
License #: L05178
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HELEN WATKINS (email)
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 12/17/2003
Notification Time: 19:03 [ET]
Event Date: 12/17/2003
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/17/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PHIL HARRELL (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - POTENTIAL LEAK ON P-32 SOURCE WIRE

The following is taken from an email received from the State of Texas, Department of Health:

"This is a Texas agreement state incident being forwarded based on a 5 day report requirement for a leaking source. (Incident 8083) The Licensee reporting the incident is Guidant located in Pearland, TX, L05178. The address and specifics of the incident are included in the e-mail below. More information is anticipated. This is a preliminary report.

"Today a returned P-32 [Phosphorus-32] source wire was received at our Pearland facility. This facility is authorized for radioactive material use under license number L05178. The source wires we manufacture are registered with the TX-BRC as TX-1070-S-101-S. These source wires are sent to our user sites [hospitals] and returned to Pearland for decay and disposal.

"The active portion of the source wire was wiped during the receipt survey. Approximately, 8.0 nCi [nanocuries] of activity was removed at that time. The source wire was stored for investigation at that time.

"A later wipe showed removable activity of approximately 0.5 nCi [nanocuries]. We will continue to investigate the source wire to determine if the wire is leaking or if the contamination was from another source."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40402
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BOB BRANCH
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 12/19/2003
Notification Time: 19:12 [ET]
Event Date: 12/19/2003
Event Time: 18:44 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/19/2003
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
THOMAS KOZAK (R3)
RICHARD WESSMAN (IRO)
SUSIE BLACK (NRR)
JIM CALDWELL (R3)
JIM DYER (R3)
ERIC DUNCAN (R3)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT

At 1844 on 12/19/2003, D.C. Cook Unit 2 received seal injection low flow alarms. Upon investigation, a leak of approximately 30 gpm was identified on the North Seal Injection Filter housing. The abnormal procedure for RCS leakage was entered. An Unusual Event was declared at 1853. A team was dispatched to place the South Seal Injection Filter in service and isolate the North Seal Injection Filter. At 1929, the leak was isolated. The licensee is reviewing UE termination criteria at this time.

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 2020 ON 12/19/03 FROM KEPPLER TO THOMAS * * *

At 2015 EST on 12/19/03 D.C. Cook terminated the Unusual Event.

Notified DIRO (Wessman), R3DO (Kozak), NRREO (Black), NSIR (Weber), FEMA, and DHS.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40403
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: CALVIN WARD
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 12/20/2003
Notification Time: 13:00 [ET]
Event Date: 12/20/2003
Event Time: 09:49 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
THOMAS DECKER (R2)

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

Event Text

RPS ACTUATION DUE TO LOSS OF TURBINE GENERATOR EXCITATION

On December 20, 2003, at 0949 hours, an automatic reactor trip occurred due to a loss of excitation of the turbine generator. All plant safety functions were maintained throughout the event. The plant was stabilized in Mode 3. All plant safety systems responded normally with the exception of the 2C Auxiliary Feedwater Pump (steam driven) which tripped on mechanical overspeed. The 2A and 2B Auxiliary Feedwater Pumps (electric driven) functioned normally to restore the 2A and 2B Steam Generator levels. Post trip system anomalies include RCS Letdown isolated, Steam Generator Blowdown isolation valves closed, Control Room ventilation system swapped to recirculation mode, and the Fuel Handling Building ventilation system swapped to the Shield Building. An Emergency Response Team has been formed to review these conditions prior to plant restart. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) due to the automatic RPS Reactor Trip.

All controls inserted properly. Decay heat is being removed using the turbine bypass valves.

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40404
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: JEFF TUFTS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 12/22/2003
Notification Time: 00:31 [ET]
Event Date: 12/21/2003
Event Time: 20:21 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/22/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
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

Event Text

POTENTIAL IMPACT TO SAFE SHUTDOWN DUE TO CONTROL COMPLEX VENTILATION INOPERABILITY

"On 12/21/03 at 2021, it was discovered that the temperature control valve for the Division 1 Emergency Closed Cooling system had two blown fuses. This results in the Division 1 Control Complex chiller becoming inoperable. Concurrent with this the Division 2 Control Complex chiller was inoperable for planned maintenance. With this configuration both trains of safety related ventilation have been declared inoperable. This results in a loss of safety function for AC and DC distribution systems. Additionally this results in all Emergency Core Cooling systems being inoperable.

"This is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72 (b) (3) (ii) (b) and (b) (3) (v) (a, b & d) for unanalyzed condition and loss of a single train safety system."

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 40405
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: DARREN MAYS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 12/22/2003
Notification Time: 05:00 [ET]
Event Date: 12/22/2003
Event Time: 03:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/22/2003
Emergency Class: SITE AREA EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
THOMAS DECKER (R2)
RICHARD WESSMAN (IRO)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
LUIS REYES (RA)
MARTY VIRGILLIO (ET)
BILL SIMES (EPA)

Event Text

SITE AREA EMERGENCY DECLARED DUE TO UF6 RELEASE

At 0245 CST, a small release of UF6 occurred lasting approximately 45 minutes. At 0300 CST the licensee declared a Site Area Emergency. The release has been terminated at the time of the notification. All personnel were evacuated within a 1 mile radius. At the time of notification, the evacuated personnel were allowed to return to their homes. The local sheriff has responded to the scene. NRC HQ and Region 2 NRC personnel are responding and a NRC Inspector is in transit to the site. The NRC entered Monitoring phase of Normal Mode at 0515 EST. The Acting NRC Chairman (Commissioner Merrifield) has been informed. There is no indication at this time of any malevolent activity.

Licensee notified State of Illinois.

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