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Event Notification Report for February 18, 2004

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
02/17/2004 - 02/18/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40462 40520 40525 40527

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40462
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: E. HENSON
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 01/21/2004
Notification Time: 17:03 [ET]
Event Date: 01/21/2004
Event Time: 12:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/17/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
LINDA HOWELL (R4)

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 SIREN TEMPERATURE SENSITIVITY

"On 1/14/04 a problem with emergency notification sirens was identified and traced to a manufacturing defect in components supplied by Federal Signal Corporation.

"Investigations were initiated to determine if this situation was applicable to Callaway. At 1230, 1/21/04, Federal Signal Corporation notified Callaway Plant that there was a potential for siren inoperability due to a temperature sensitive piece of equipment. It was determined that 19 out of 29 emergency sirens were subject to this potential failure if ambient temperatures fall below approximately 20 degrees F. The model number of the questionable sirens is EOWS612. Callaway conducted a "quiet test" of the questionable sirens and 4 of the sirens indicated a problem. At present the ambient temperature is above 32 degree F and it is believed that the four questionable sirens are not experiencing the temperature related failure. A field test of the four sirens is being conducted this evening to determine their operability. Alternate methods of public notification have been established.

"The failure mechanism has been identified by the vendor and temporary repairs will begin by 1/22/04."

The licensee notified State and local agencies, FEMA, and the NRC Resident Inspector.

****Update on 01/23/04 at 1455 EST by E. Henson taken by MacKinnon****

"This event is an update to EN# 40462 in which Callaway reported that 19 of 29 emergency sirens were potentially susceptible to temperature sensitivity. A field test of four suspect sirens was completed by 1900, 01/21/04, and it was established that all four sirens were operable. All 19 of the emergency sirens using electronic circuits that were potentially susceptible to temperature sensitivity, had temporary heating elements installed on 01/23/04, thus eliminating the temperature sensitivity problem. Federal Signal Corporation expects to have a permanent solution identified and permanent repairs completed within 3 weeks." R4DO (Linda Howell) notified.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this update by the licensee.

* * * UPDATE ON 02/17/04 AT 13:28 EST FROM R. BARTON TO A. COSTA * * *

"This is an update to EN # 40462 in which Callaway reported that 19 of 29 emergency sirens
were potentially susceptible to temperature sensitivity. Permanent repairs were completed 2/13/04 to eliminate
the temperature sensitivity problem. All affected sirens have been successfully tested."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified of this update by the licensee. Notified R4DO (Whitten).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40520
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: UNIVERSAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
Region: 1
City: LAKE WORTH State: FL
County:
License #: 1136-3
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JERRY EAKINS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/14/2004
Notification Time: 14:30 [ET]
Event Date: 02/14/2004
Event Time: 13:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/15/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

At approximately 1300 hours on 2/14/04, the technician returned home for lunch in the company truck with a Troxler Model 3430, S/N 30167, gauge containing two sources, i.e., 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241/Be, locked in its case in the truck bed. The chain securing the case was cut and the Troxler stolen. The technician has the key which locks the source in the retracted position. The Miami Police Department and the Florida State Warning Point were notified. The company will issue a press release and reward for the return of the gauge.

Florida Incident No. FL04-116.

***Update on 02/15/04 at 1549 EST by Mr. Jerry Eakins taken by MacKinnon***

The Troxler gauge was found laying in a grocery store parking lot next to a garbage dumpster. The gauge was still in its case and had not been damaged. Miami HAZMAT came to the scene and took radiation readings of the gauge in its case. Radiation readings were 2 millirem/hr (expected value). The gauge has been returned to its assigned owner. R1DO ( Jim Trapp) & NMSS EO (Gary Janosko) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40525
Facility: SEABROOK
Region: 1 State: NH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAMON RITTER
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 02/17/2004
Notification Time: 13:45 [ET]
Event Date: 02/17/2004
Event Time: 13:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/17/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO POTENTIAL NEWSWORTHY OCCURRENCE

"FPLE Seabrook station is issuing information to the media as a result of a potential newsworthy occurrence that took place today. An employee handling mail exhibited symptoms of a reaction. The station isolated and evacuated the area and contacted offsite law enforcement agencies per station guidelines. The area has been inspected by hazardous materials responders with no abnormalities noted and has been released for normal access."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the state Emergency Preparedness Director, Local Law Enforcement and the FBI.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40527
Rep Org: STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: Parkersburg State: WV
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GEORGE S. COOK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/17/2004
Notification Time: 16:32 [ET]
Event Date: 02/17/2004
Event Time: 10:27 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/17/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1)
E. WILLIAM BRACH (NMSS)

Event Text

RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL DISCOVERED AT LANDFILL

West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (WVBPH) notified the NRC Operations Center that at 1022 hrs. EST on 2/17/04, they received a call from Northwest Landfill, Waste Management, Inc., located on Drybranch Road in Parkersburg, W.VA., stating that a truck full of household refuse alarmed a radiation monitor at the landfill.

WVBPH responded to the landfill and took radiation measurements on the outside of the vehicle. The highest dose measured was 1200 microRem/hr. The truck was dumped and the trash searched until the source of the radiation was discovered. The inspectors discovered a metallic object approximately 1 inch long by 1/2 inch wide that was the source. The object was odd-shaped and its use and origin is unknown. The material was bagged and isolated at the landfill where it will remain to decay away. Radiation readings at 1cm were 5000 microRem/hr. Spectrum analysis indicates that the material is an iodine, possibly Iodine-131.

Notified R1DO (Henderson).

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