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Event Notification Report for January 29, 2004

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01/28/2004 - 01/29/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40470 40471 40479 40484 40486

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40470
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UTAH INSPECTIONS
Region: 4
City:  State: CO
County:
License #: CO 1043-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ED STROUD
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 01/23/2004
Notification Time: 14:36 [ET]
Event Date: 12/31/2003
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA HOWELL (R4)
DOUG BROADDUS (NMSS)

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHER EXCEEDED ANNUAL RADIATION DOSE LIMIT

When film badge dosimetry for December 2003 was processed, it was determined that a radiographer, employed by an inspection firm in Utah but working in Colorado, received an annual radiation dose of 5.035 Rem for the year ending 12/31/03. The radiographer claimed, however, that his film badge had fell on the ground during radiography such that the dose was not actually received. No additional information has been provided at this time.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40471
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: LFR, INC.
Region: 1
City: BRAINTREE State: MA
County:
License #: 49-0143
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRUCE PACKARD
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 01/23/2004
Notification Time: 16:10 [ET]
Event Date: 01/22/2004
Event Time: 17:20 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLIFFORD ANDERSON (R1)
LAWRENCE KOKAJKO (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN NUCLEAR GAUGE

"The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) who works for LFR Inc. of Braintree, MA reported his personal pick up truck stolen while on an errand at a gas station-mart in Providence, RI. His pick up truck contained a 4 x 2 foot case which contained his Niton XL series Xray florences gauge [Serial # U-472] which contains about 14 millicuries Cd-109 byproduct material. He left his pick up truck unlocked, and keys on seat, while he went into mart for purchase.

"RI state police were notified of theft, and they reported theft to MA state police at approx 5:17 PM [ET] on 1/22/04. MA state police in turn notified a MA radiation control officer at home at approx. 5:30 PM who then notified his MA Radiation Control Supervisor. At 9:39 on 1/23/04 AM, the supervisor notified the RI Radiation Program by e mail that theft had occurred.

"A MA radiation control officer, called the RSO at approx. 10:30 AM and 1:50 PM and was told vehicle had not been recovered yet. The RSO was asked to fax MA RCP a copy of police theft report and copy of RI radioactive license, and to call us if vehicle is recovered. The RSO lives in RI. The RSO said he would perform a leak test if tester is ever recovered.

"MA sent email to RI Radioactive Materials Program at 2:45 PM with status. Immediate notification requirement means complete investigation is pending."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40479
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: TAYLOR FORGE ENGINEERED SYSTEMS
Region: 4
City: PAOLA State: KS
County:
License #: 21-B108-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES JOHNSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 01/26/2004
Notification Time: 13:21 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2004
Event Time: 17:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)
DOUG BROADDUS (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF OVEREXPOSURE FROM RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE

"On 1/26/04, about 8:00 am (CST), [Kansas Department of Health and Environment] KDHE staff retrieved a phone message from the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer (ARSO), of Taylor Forge Engineered Systems, Inc (TFES). The ARSO called on 1/23/04, Friday, about 10:20 pm, stating that one of their radiographers may have received an exposure greater than 5 Rem. This was the initial phone call stating that an unusual event may have occurred. Around 5:30 pm, on 1/23/04, a radiographer was performing radiographic operations in the middle bullpen cell, using a Co-60, 62.1 curie source. According to the radiographer, the gamma alarm malfunctioned, thereby the lights, bells and alarms weren't working. He entered the vault to try and determine the cause of the malfunction, but failed to retract the source, resulting in a possible overexposure to himself. The radiographer was in the area about 10 - 15 minutes. The radiographer contacted the ARSO later that evening and related the above events.

"On 1/26/04, about 8:00 am, KDHE staff retrieved a phone message from the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The RSO called on 1/24/04, Saturday, about 7:00 am, stating that one of their radiographers had received an overexposure greater than the 5 Rem limit. This was the official 24 hour emergency notification. The radiographer's chirping alarm rate meter and pocket ion chambers (PICs 200 mrems / 500 mrems) were found to be off-scale. The radiographers film badge was overnighted to Landauer dosimetry services for processing. The radiographer has been relieved of his duties as they relate to IR. Preliminary dose calculation estimates, from the RSO, are that radiographer received between 15 - 30 rems whole body and up to 87 rems to the hand. TFES is currently investigating the incident and is trying to recreate the above mentioned conditions (using a dummy source) to determine what happened. KDHE is currently investigating the incident. We will provide updates when they occur."


Source:
Cobalt 60, 62.1 Curies
Manufacturer: AEA Technologies
Model Number: TECHOPS A-424-14
Serial Number: S/N 2899

Device:
Manufacturer: AEA Technologies
Model Number 660-B
Serial Number: S/N B-234

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40484
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: EURMAN HENSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 01/27/2004
Notification Time: 22:15 [ET]
Event Date: 01/27/2004
Event Time: 17:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/28/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)

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

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP

"At 1730, 1/27/04, Callaway Plant experienced a reactor trip. Auxiliary feedwater actuated as expected to stabilize steam generator levels. All other plant systems responded as expected. At present the cause of the reactor trip is undetermined. Initial indications are that there were no voltage or frequency perturbations on the electrical grid and that the trip signal originated from Callaway's switchyard breaker circuitry. Plant staff is currently engaged in a review of all indications that occurred at the time of the trip and systematically investigating potential problem areas in an effort to identify the cause of the trip."

The licensee also reported that all control rods inserted on the reactor trip, no primary or secondary system relief valves operated, and that reactor temperature is being maintained using steam dump to the condenser. Steam generator water levels are being maintained using auxiliary feedwater. The station electrical system is available and in a normal configuration.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE 0250 EST ON 1/28/04 FROM EURMAN HENSON TO S. SANDIN * * *

The licensee provided the following information as an update to their initial report:

"The cause of the reactor trip has been identified as a failed electrical relay in the main generator protection circuitry. The relay is designed to sense a fault in the main electrical generator and trip the generator output breakers. The failed relay was designated as a 321/G relay and provides phase fault backup protection to prevent exceeding thermal limits of the stator windings.

"After determining the cause of the reactor trip, preparations for a reactor startup are in progress."

The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO(Johnson).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40486
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: GORDON ROBINSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/29/2004
Notification Time: 00:05 [ET]
Event Date: 01/28/2004
Event Time: 20:33 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/29/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GLENN MEYER (R1)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT DUE TO FIRE BRIGADE ACTIVATION

"At 2018 hrs, the Control Room was notified of smoke coming from the Unit 2 Vital UPS room. The Field Unit Supervisor (FUS) was dispatched to the room to investigate. At 2026 hrs, the Fire Brigade was activated. When the FUS arrived at the Vital UPS Panel he reported that there was smoke coming from the panel. He opened the panel and observed smoke coming from the transformer in the panel. He did not observe any flames at any time while dealing with the event. At 2029 hrs, Security was notified and subsequently notified the State Police at 2033 hrs. At 2033 hrs, the transformer was deenergized and the smoke began to dissipate. Entry into the Emergency Plan was evaluated and it was determined that no entry conditions exists at this time.

"Due to the notification of the Local Law Enforcement Agency, this event constitutes an Offsite Notification and therefore reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) requiring a 4 hr ENS notification."

When the transformer was deenergized, all loads were automatically transferred to the alternate power supply. The loss of this transformer did not affect any safety related equipment and does not require entry into any TS LCO Action Statements.

The licensee notified state/local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector. No press release is planned.

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