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Event Notification Report for March 30, 2004

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03/29/2004 - 03/30/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40614 40620 40621 40622 40623 40624

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40614
Rep Org: CONNETICUT DEPT. OF RAD. PROTECTION
Licensee: CONNETICUT DEPT. OF RAD. PROT.
Region: 1
City: EAST LYME State: CT
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE FIRSICK
HQ OPS Officer: RICH LAURA
Notification Date: 03/27/2004
Notification Time: 21:22 [ET]
Event Date: 03/27/2004
Event Time: 20:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)
AARAN DANIS (NSIR)

Event Text

STATE OF CONNETICUT REPORTED THE DISCOVERY OF A STRONTIUM-90 SOURCE

The item was found adjacent to a house in a wooded area in East Lyme, CT. It was a cylinder measuring 6 inches in length and 2 inches in diameter. The bottom of the cylinder had the following serial number: M2477. It was a general licensed strontium-90 source. The source was contained inside a metal box with a radioactive material symbol on the outside. The State response personnel conducted a radiological survey. The source read 250 millirem per hour on contact for gamma. The source read 3.2 rem per hour on contact for beta. At 12 inches, the source measured 5 millirem per hour. At one meter the source measured less than 1 millirem per hour. The State took the source to a secure locked location for followup on Monday to try to determine the owner.

* * * UPDATE 0900 ON 3/29/04 MOSS (NMSS) TO GOTT * * *

The item was identified as a component to a helicopter In-flight Blade Inspection System. Notified Mark Evetts at the Homeland Security Operations Center.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40620
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: FRANK GORLEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/29/2004
Notification Time: 09:57 [ET]
Event Date: 03/29/2004
Event Time: 07:38 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RUDOLPH BERNHARD (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 91 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 91 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF POWER TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO SYSTEM

Due to the loss of power to the Plant Entry Security Building, the NOAA Weather Radio System was rendered inoperable at 0738 EST on 3/29/04. At 0751 power was restored to the NOAA Weather Radio System. This loss of this system is considered a major loss of offsite notification capability.

The power reduction was due to loss of power to one of the cooling towers which has also been restored.

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40621
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CECIL H. WILLIAMS JR.
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 03/29/2004
Notification Time: 14:08 [ET]
Event Date: 03/29/2004
Event Time: 10:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
RUDOLPH BERNHARD (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LICENSED OPERATOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

" Notification was received at 1030 EST on March 29, 2004 of a confirmed positive [random test] FFD result for a Controlled Substance for a Licensed Operator. This individual's unescorted access authorization has been suspended pending investigation."

Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40622
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: SCOTT RICHARDSON
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 03/29/2004
Notification Time: 17:17 [ET]
Event Date: 03/29/2004
Event Time: 14:04 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2004
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):
MICHAEL PARKER (R3)

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

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DURING REACTOR TRIP BYPASS BREAKER MANIPULATION TEST

"On March 29, 2004 at 1404 hours [EST], Unit 2 received an automatic actuation of the Reactor Protection (RPS). The RPS actuation occurred when the train B Reactor Trip Bypass Breaker was manipulated during the conduct of the Solid State Protection System (SSPS). Testing the Bypass Breaker had been racked in and closed, but correct indication was not received earlier during the test. The decision was made to restore from the testing and the Bypass Breaker was being racked out when the actuation occurred. The Unit was at full power with all system in normal alignment.

"Initial indication is that the actuation signal was a Power Range Rate Trip. The RPS actuation is believed to be related to the manipulation of the Bypass Breaker. Cause is under investigation. Following the RPS actuation, the Auxiliary Feedwater System automatically started on low-low Steam Generator levels. This constituted a valid unplanned actuation of the Engineered Safeguards Feature (ESF). Operators stabilized the Plant using Condenser Steam Dumps and Auxiliary Feedwater. No other ESF systems actuated. All other Plant systems responded normally."

All control rods fully inserted into the core. The Plant is currently stable in Mode 3, and Steam Generator levels are being maintained using the Auxiliary Feedwater System.

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40623
Facility: HADDAM NECK
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BRIAN CAMPBELL
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 03/29/2004
Notification Time: 16:26 [ET]
Event Date: 03/29/2004
Event Time: 15:59 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH JENISON (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Decommissioned 0 Decommissioned

Event Text

THE LICENSEE NOTIFIED THE CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OF AN OIL SPILL

A hydraulic hose ruptured during demolition activities, resulting in a spill of approximately 2 gallons of oil to the soil and 6 gallons of oil to the concrete. The spill has been contained and cleaned up. The licensee notified the State DEP.

There is no Resident Inspector at the site.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40624
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: RICHARD LANGE
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 03/29/2004
Notification Time: 20:52 [ET]
Event Date: 03/29/2004
Event Time: 17:22 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH JENISON (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF A FATALITY

"The purpose of this report is to notify the NRC of a fatality involving a [contract] worker from Nine-Mile Point Unit 2, for which a news release is planned. Specifically, at 1541[EST], the Nine Mile Point Unit 2 Control Room was notified of an individual (located in a non-radiological area) experiencing dizziness and tightness in his chest. The Fire Brigade responded and requested an ambulance at 1558. At 1633, the worker left the site in an ambulance. At 1722, Nine Mile Point Unit 2 was notified that the individual passed away at Oswego Hospital."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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