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Event Notification Report for June 15, 2004

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Event Reports For
06/14/2004 - 06/15/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40799 40800 40803 40813 40814 40815 40816 40817 40818

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40799
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MATERIALS TESTING OF ARKANSAS
Region: 4
City: CONWAY State: AR
County:
License #: ARK859BP03-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JARED THOMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 06/09/2004
Notification Time: 11:54 [ET]
Event Date: 06/08/2004
Event Time: 19:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/09/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
CHARLES MILLER (NMSS)

Event Text

ARKANSAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING AND THEN FOUND MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided via email:

"At 7:00 p.m., June 8, 2004, Materials Testing of Arkansas, Inc., Arkansas Radioactive Materials License Number ARK-859-BP-03-02, notified the Arkansas Department of Health, of a missing Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc., Model 3430 moisture density gauge, serial number 26636, containing 44 millicuries of Americium-241: Berylium, and 9 millicuries of Cesium-137. The licensee stated that the gauge had fallen out of the truck during transport from a job site in Conway, Arkansas.

"The Conway Police Department, Faulkner County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management were notified.

"At 7:00 a.m., June 9, 2004, Materials Testing of Arkansas, Inc. reported the gauge had been recovered and was being returned to the storage location. The gauge was recovered by another Arkansas Radioactive Material Licensee who secured the gauge overnight. The gauge does not appear to have been tampered with or damaged.

"The Department is investigating the incident and will provide follow-up information upon receipt of the licensee's formal notification report."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40800
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: GEOTECH
Region: 1
City: Rayham State: MA
County:
License #: UNKNOWN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 06/09/2004
Notification Time: 14:43 [ET]
Event Date: 06/08/2004
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/09/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)
LINDA PSYK-GERSEY (NMSS)

Event Text

MASSACHUSETTS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

On the afternoon of 06/08/04, a Troxler moisture density gauge (model/serial number not yet known) was run over by a pickup truck at a construction site in Rayham, MA. The source rod was detached but not bent. The area was cordoned off and the licensee RSO was notified. The RSO arrived, positioned the source rod back into the gauge, secured the gauge and performed a radiological survey with negative results. The results of a source leak test are pending.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40803
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: GEOTECK, INC OF NEVADA
Region: 4
City: NORTH LAS VEGAS State: NV
County: CLARK
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STAN MARSHALL (fax)
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE NORRIS
Notification Date: 06/10/2004
Notification Time: 13:16 [ET]
Event Date: 06/09/2004
Event Time: 14:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)

Event Text

NEVADA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN DENSITY GAUGE

A Campbell Pacific Nuclear Density Gauge, Model #MC-3 (Serial #37117979) containing 50 millicuries Am-241/Be and 10 millicuries Cs-137, was stolen from a transport container in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The transport container was secured in a truck, but the gauge was not locked in the transport case. The licensee notified the North Las Vegas Police Dept.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40813
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: MIKE BEARD
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 06/14/2004
Notification Time: 10:56 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2004
Event Time: 06:26 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (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

FAILED DATA SERVER FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM

"At 0626 [CST] on June 14, 2004; the Plant Data System (PDS) data server for the NRC Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) link was found to have failed at 0204 on June 11, 2004. The data server was rebooted, PDS software initiated and ERDS capability restored at 0745 on 6/14/04. Total time out of service was 3 days, 5 hours and 41 minutes."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40814
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: JIM MORELAND
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 06/14/2004
Notification Time: 11:39 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2004
Event Time: 07:44 [MST]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2004
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (R4)
TERRY REIS (NRR)
DICK WESSMAN (DIRO)
ROY ZIMMERMAN (NSIR)
MIKE INZER (DHS)
ERWIN CAST (FEMA)

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

ALERT DECLARED - REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOSS OF OFF SITE POWER

On June 14, 2004, at approximately 07:44 Mountain Standard Time (MST) all three units at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station experienced automatic reactor trips coincident with a grid disturbance and loss of offsite power in the Palo Verde Switchyard. Unit 2 declared an ALERT Emergency Plan classification at approximately 07:54 due to a loss of AC power to essential buses reduced to a single power source for greater than 15 minutes such that any additional single failure would result in a station blackout. Subsequently, at 09:51 Unit 2 downgraded the Emergency Plan classification to a NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT when AC power was restored from a single essential bus to both essential buses. Units 1 and 3 declared a NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT at 07:53 MST due to a loss of offsite power to essential buses for greater than 15 minutes. The NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT was terminated for all 3 units at 12:07 MST.

Unit 1 and 2 manually initiated a Main Steam Isolation System ESF actuation by procedure. Unit 3 received an automatic Main Steam Isolation System ESF actuation.

Due to the loss of offsite power, the Emergency Plan Technical Support Center (TSC) was unavailable. The Unit 2 Satellite TSC was to be staffed by the Emergency Response Organization in response to the loss of assessment capability. Power to the TSC has since been restored.

The Emergency Plan ALERT declaration includes staffing of the Joint Emergency New Center to address expected media interest.

All three units were at normal operating temperature and pressure prior to the trip. All CEAs inserted fully into the reactor cores. All Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) (2 per unit) associated with each of the 3 units started as expected in response to the loss of offsite power to their safety buses. Unit 2's train "A" EDG started, but did not indicate volts or amps and was manually shutdown.

The offsite power grid had several perturbations for approximately one hour following the event but has been stable since. LCO 3.8.1, AC Sources - Operating, was entered in each unit as a result of this event. Heat removal is to atmosphere via atmospheric dump valves in natural circulation. Main steam safety valves may have lifted for a brief time. Restoration of forced reactor coolant circulation is pending assurance that the offsite power grid can reliably support the load. No major equipment was inoperable prior to the event that contributed to the event.

All 3 units are stable at normal operating temperature and pressure in Mode 3. The event did not result in any challenges to fission product barriers and there were no adverse safety consequences as a result of this event. The event did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant


NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

FBI Jeff Muller and Mr. Rosales (Mexican National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards {CNSNS}) were notified.


* * * Update at 1815 @ 06/14/04 * * *

Notified Reg 4 RDO (Graves), NRR (Bateman), DHS (Lee), FEMA (Canupp), DOE (Sal Moroni), EPA (Stalcup), EPA (Crews), HSS (Davidson), and Mexico (Rosales)


NOTE: See events 40815, 40816 and 40818

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40815
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: JIM MORELAND
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 06/14/2004
Notification Time: 11:39 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2004
Event Time: 07:44 [MST]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (R4)
TERRY REIS (NRR)
DICK WESSMAN (DIRO)
ROY ZIMMERMAN (NSIR)
MIKE INZER (DHS)
ERWIN CAST (FEMA)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOSS OF OFF SITE POWER

On June 14, 2004, at approximately 07:44 Mountain Standard Time (MST) all three units at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station experienced automatic reactor trips coincident with a grid disturbance and loss of offsite power in the Palo Verde Switchyard. Unit 1 declared a NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT at 07:53 MST due to a loss of offsite power to essential buses for greater than 15 minutes. The NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT was terminated at 12:07 MST.

Unit 1 manually initiated a Main Steam Isolation System ESF actuation by procedure.

Due to the loss of offsite power, the Emergency Plan Technical Support Center (TSC) was unavailable. The Unit 2 Satellite TSC was to be staffed by the Emergency Response Organization in response to the loss of assessment capability. Power to the TSC has since been restored.

The unit was at normal operating temperature and pressure prior to the trip. All CEAs inserted fully into the reactor cores. All Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) (2 per unit) associated with the unit started as expected in response to the loss of offsite power to their safety buses.

The offsite power grid had several perturbations for approximately one hour following the event but has been stable since. LCO 3.8.1, AC Sources - Operating, was entered as a result of this event. Heat removal is to atmosphere via atmospheric dump valves in natural circulation. Main steam safety valves may have lifted for a brief time. Restoration of forced reactor coolant circulation is pending assurance that the offsite power grid can reliably support the load. No major equipment was inoperable prior to the event that contributed to the event.

The Unit is stable at normal operating temperature and pressure in Mode 3. The event did not result in any challenges to fission product barriers and there were no adverse safety consequences as a result of this event. The event did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant

NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

FBI Jeff Muller and Mr. Rosales (Mexican National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards {CNSNS}) were notified.


* * * Update at 1815 @ 06/14/04 * * *

Notified Reg 4 RDO (Graves), NRR (Bateman), DHS (Lee), FEMA (Canupp), DOE (Sal Moroni), EPA (Stalcup), EPA (Crews), HSS (Davidson), and Mexico (Rosales)

Note: see related events # 40814, 40816 and 40818

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40816
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: JIM MORELAND
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 06/14/2004
Notification Time: 11:39 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2004
Event Time: 07:44 [MST]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (R4)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOSS OF OFF SITE POWER

On June 14, 2004, at approximately 07:44 Mountain Standard Time (MST) all three units at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station experienced automatic reactor trips coincident with a grid disturbance and loss of offsite power in the Palo Verde Switchyard. Unit 3 declared a NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT at 07:53 MST due to a loss of offsite power to essential buses for greater than 15 minutes. The NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT was terminated at 12:07 MST.

Unit 3 received an automatic Main Steam Isolation System ESF actuation.

Due to the loss of offsite power, the Emergency Plan Technical Support Center (TSC) was unavailable. The Unit 2 Satellite TSC was to be staffed by the Emergency Response Organization in response to the loss of assessment capability. Power to the TSC has since been restored.

The unit was at normal operating temperature and pressure prior to the trip. All CEAs inserted fully into the reactor cores. All Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) (2 per unit) associated with the unit started as expected in response to the loss of offsite power to their safety buses.

The offsite power grid had several perturbations for approximately one hour following the event but has been stable since. LCO 3.8.1, AC Sources - Operating, was entered as a result of this event. Heat removal is to atmosphere via atmospheric dump valves in natural circulation. Main steam safety valves may have lifted for a brief time. Restoration of forced reactor coolant circulation is pending assurance that the offsite power grid can reliably support the load. No major equipment was inoperable prior to the event that contributed to the event.

The Unit is stable at normal operating temperature and pressure in Mode 3. The event did not result in any challenges to fission product barriers and there were no adverse safety consequences as a result of this event. The event did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant

NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

FBI Jeff Muller and Mr. Rosales (Mexican National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards {CNSNS}) were notified.

* * * Update at 1815 @ 06/14/04 * * *

Notified Reg 4 RDO (Graves), NRR (Bateman), DHS (Lee), FEMA (Canupp), DOE (Sal Moroni), EPA (Stalcup), EPA (Crews), HSS (Davidson), and Mexico (Rosales)

Note: see related events 40815 , 40814 and 40818

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40817
Facility: SURRY
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: RUSSELL DEANE
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 06/14/2004
Notification Time: 13:48 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2004
Event Time: 07:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MARK LESSER (R2)

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

Event Text

FAILURE OF SUPERVISOR TO PASS A FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST

At 0735 on 06/14/04 a Dominion Virginia Power supervisor tested positive as a result of pre-access Fitness for Duty testing.


The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40818
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: CLAY WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 06/14/2004
Notification Time: 17:14 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2004
Event Time: 07:41 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
DAVID GRAVES (R4)

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

Event Text

LICENSEE DECLARED OFFSITE POWER INOPERABLE DUE TO DIP IN GRID FREQUENCY

"On June 14, 2004 at 0741 PDT, the offsite power grid connected to San Onofre experienced a system disturbance. Grid frequency dipped to about 59.7 Hz or slightly lower, and then recovered about three minutes later. Plant Operators declared offsite power inoperable. Southern California Edison is conservatively reporting this event in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). The diesel generators for both Units 2 and 3 were operable during this event. At the time of this report, Units 2 and 3 continue to operate at about 100% power."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

NOTE: see events 40814, 40815 and 40816

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