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Event Notification Report for March 25, 2004

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03/24/2004 - 03/25/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40532 40603 40608 40609

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40532
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: SOIL TESTING AND ENGINEERING, INC
Region: 4
City: COLORADO SPRINGS State: CO
County:
License #: 61201
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TOM PENTECOST
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 02/20/2004
Notification Time: 10:41 [ET]
Event Date: 02/19/2004
Event Time: 15:50 [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/24/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
TOM ANDREWS (R4)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT CONCERNING STOLEN GAUGE

"At 3:50 PM [MST] on 19 Feb 04 - The Department received telephone notification of a stolen gauge by Larry W. Chisman, the RSO for Soil Testing and Engineering Inc.

"The theft occurred between 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM [MST] on 19 Feb 04 in a parking lot at 314 W. Bijou, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The gauge was locked within its orange transport case which was locked within a Suburban. The windows were reported to be intact and it is unknown how entry to the vehicle was gained.

"The stolen gauge is a CPN Model MC-2, serial number M21084026. The gauge contains 10 milliCi of Cs-137 and 50 milliCi of Am-241:Be. The incident was reported to local police on the day of the theft."

* * * UPDATE ON 02/27/04 AT 11:20 BY A. COSTA * * *

This text update was reported as EN#40544 on 02/24/04 at 14:51 EST. EN#40544 has been retracted because it was a duplicate of this event notification.

"A Campbell Pacific Nuclear (CPN) Density Gauge, Model MC2, serial number M21084026 was stolen from the backseat of a privately owned Chevy suburban at approximately 1300 CST on 2/19/04. The gauge contains 10 millicuries of Cs-137, and 50 millicuries of Am-241/Be. The gauge case inside the truck was not locked, but was blocked to prevent movement. Several other items were also stolen from the truck including a cellphone, wallet, and briefcase.

"The licensee reported the theft to the Colorado Springs Police Department, Case No. 04-6892, shortly after the theft was discovered. Police are investigating credit card and cellphone usage to try and track down the perpetrators."

* * * UPDATE ON 02/27/04 FROM JAMES JARVIS TO A. COSTA * * *

The Colorado Department of Health reported that Local Law Enforcement located the lost gauge, and it was returned to licensee, Soil Test and Engineering. The gauge source is intact and the licensee is leak testing the instrument as requested by the Agreement State.

Notified R4DO (Sanborn) and NMSS (Brown).

* * * UPDATE ON 03/24/04 @ 1652 BY TIM BONZER TO C. GOULD * * *

The stolen gauge was found intact and not damaged between two storage units in its transport box in Colorado Springs, CO. on 2/26/04.

Notified NMSS EO(Essig) and Reg 4 RDO(Graves)

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40603
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: FORT COLLINS State: CO
County:
License #: COLO 002-027
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TIM BONZER (FAX)
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 03/22/2004
Notification Time: 13:22 [ET]
Event Date: 11/26/2003
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/22/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

THE COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY RADIATION CONTROL OFFICE (RCO) DISCOVERED A MALFUNCTION OF THE ALARM SYSTEMS IN THE MOLECULAR AND RADIOLOGICAL BIOSCIENCE BLD. ON THE UNIVERSITY'S MAIN CAMPUS.

"On 26 November 2003, the fire alarm computer system for the University crashed. This system also carried the MRB Irradiator alarms. The Radiation Control Office was informed of this malfunction on 28 November 2003, whereby RCO Staff checked the irradiators for users and found no one scheduled for operations of either machine. The system was restored to campus the following week and it was assumed that the alarm system was back on-line. All pre-use checks of the irradiators found no problems with the daily operation of either irradiator after the incident. However, the annual inspection whereby the alarm system is checked with CSUPD revealed the problem last week.

The malfunction of the alarm system was reported to the Radiation Safety Officer on 3 February 2004 after an annual inspection found the local alarms and interlocks working to the irradiator (automatic source retraction, audible and visual alarms), but not reporting an intrusion to the University Police Department. The alarms in question satisfy the requirements of CDPHE Regulation 19.8.2.

The Radiation Safety Officer requested to the Principal User that all work with each irradiator be stopped until the alarms could be repaired. The Principal User complied, with the request on 3 February 2004.

Reporting this incident to the CDPHE is pursuant to Regulation 19.29.15 for "inoperability of an access control system."

The system is being worked on by University Facilities Management and is planned to be operational by 6 February 2004. The system will be tested fully before operations are permitted to resume."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40608
Facility: CRYSTAL RIVER
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: RICHARD SWEENEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/24/2004
Notification Time: 04:39 [ET]
Event Date: 03/24/2004
Event Time: 03:31 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/24/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
RUDOLPH BERNHARD (R2)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO TURBINE TRIP

"At approximately 0331 EST the reactor tripped due to reactor protection system actuation. The Emergency Feedwater System actuated.

"It appears that a main feedwater perturbation [sensed low feedwater flow] occurred which actuated a main turbine trip. The main turbine trip actuated the reactor protection system which tripped the reactor."

The reactor shutdown and all control rods fully inserted. Decay heat is being removed using the turbine bypass valves and emergency feedwater.

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40609
Rep Org: THERMO ELECTRON CORPORATION
Licensee: THERMO ELECTRON CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARRY NICHOLSON
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 03/24/2004
Notification Time: 19:45 [ET]
Event Date: 03/24/2004
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/24/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (R4)
RONALD BELLAMY (R1)
JOHN MADERA (R3)
VERN HODGE (NRR)
JACK FOSTER (NRR)

Event Text

THERMO WESTRONICS MODEL 3000C AND 3200C SERIES CHART RECORDER FAILURES

It has been determined that Thermo Electron Corporation's Thermo Westronics model 3000C and 3200C chart recorders have had problems with overheating and are a possible fire hazard. These units have been supplied to Fermi and Indian Point.

The manufacturer has made arrangements with the customers to provide replacements for the faulty circuit board assemblies upon customer request.

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