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Event Notification Report for July 20, 2004

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Event Reports For
07/19/2004 - 07/20/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40872 40879 40880 40881 40882

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40872
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: ALLEGHENY RODNEY
Region: 1
City: New Bedford State: MA
County:
License #: MA 15-7052
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: K. McALLISTER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 07/14/2004
Notification Time: 16:02 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2004
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN MEYER (R1)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Thermal Electron found a torn window on a DMC Thickness measurement gauge while performing preventative maintenance on the gauge. The DMC thickness measurement gauge is licensed to Allegheny Rodney which is located in New Bedford, MA. The model number for the DMC measurement gauge is SR-U2. The serial number for the gauge is J3013T. The gauge contains a 50 milliCurie strontium-90 source. There is no sign of contamination and there is no expected exposures at this time. The Commonwealth of MA is sending someone out on 07/15/04 to investigate this problem.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40879
Rep Org: GLOBAL X-RAY AND TESTING CORP.
Licensee: GLOBAL X-RAY AND TESTING CORP.
Region: 4
City:  State: LA
County:
License #: LA05777-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM JOHNSTON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/19/2004
Notification Time: 10:52 [ET]
Event Date: 07/19/2004
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
TOM FARNHOLTZ (R4)
THOMAS ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE FAILED TO RETRACT

The licensee was operating approximately 100 miles offshore performing gamma radiography on new pipeline. After taking a camera shot, the crew attempted to retract the 58 Curie Ir-192 source back into the shield when the source failed to retract. The crew isolated the area and contacted the RSO. The RSO flew out to the site and was able to retract the source into the shield. The camera and controls was returned to the vendor, AEA Technologies, for inspection and repair. There was no personnel injuries or over-exposures due to this event.

The licensee notified NRC Region IV.

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Research Reactor Event Number: 40880
Facility: UNIV OF MICHIGAN
RX Type: 2000 KW POOL
Comments:
Region: 3
City: ANN ARBOR State: MI
County: WASHTENAW
License #: R-28
Agreement: N
Docket: 05000002
NRC Notified By: JOE MIKLOS
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 07/19/2004
Notification Time: 16:54 [ET]
Event Date: 07/19/2004
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
36.83(a)(4) - FAILED CABLE/DRIVE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)

Event Text

FAILURE OF CABLE DRIVE MECHANISM TO LOWER TABLE FULLY INTO THE POOL OF THEIR IRRADIATOR

The licensee, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, reported that they had a failure of the cable drive mechanism in their irradiator. While they were lowering the table into the pool, the mechanism failed after being lowered to the level where the high radiation light went out. The activity of the Cobalt 60 sources in the irradiator is 8,763 curies. The table was then remotely manually lowered into the pool to a level where there was no measured exposure detected by their ion chamber detectors. The current exposure rate at the surface is 1mr/hr. The room will be secured until the person in charge of the irradiator returns from vacation. Only the HP has keys to the room. There were no injuries or overexposures during this incident.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40881
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: WARREN DEAGLE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/19/2004
Notification Time: 21:27 [ET]
Event Date: 07/19/2004
Event Time: 18:04 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation
3 N Y 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO RECOVERY OF DROWNING VICTIM ON OWNER CONTROLLED PROPERTY

"On 7/18/04 at 02:15, Dresden personnel were informed that a pontoon boat in the Kankakee River was near the Dresden Station intake log boom, outside the owner controlled area, and that two individuals had fallen off the boat. Immediate rescue efforts by local law enforcement and rescue agencies rescued one individual, and the second individual was not found. At 04:46, rescue efforts were halted due to excessive fog in the area.

"On 7/19/04 at 18:04, the dead body of the second individual was discovered surfaced in the middle of the Kankakee River. The dead body subsequently went under the surface and was drawn into the Dresden owned intake log boom. The body was removed from the owner controlled area by Coal City rescue, the Grundy County Sheriff, Grundy County Coroner, and Dresden Station security. The individual was deceased prior to entering the owner controlled area and did not drown on-site.

"This report is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) because of the other government notifications made and potential media involvement.

"The NRC Resident has been informed."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40882
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: JAMES JUDD
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/20/2004
Notification Time: 04:04 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2004
Event Time: 03:44 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2004
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)
RICHARD WESSMAN (IRO)
JAMES CALDWELL (RA)
MARK RING (R3)
PAT HILAND (R3)
STEVE REYNOLDS (R3)

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

ALERT DECLARED DUE TO HIGH OFFGAS EFFLUENT ALARM PEGGED HIGH AND UNABLE TO CONFIRM WITHIN 15 MINUTES

At 0344 hrs. EDT, the licensee declared an Alert under Emergency Action Level HA.1. The initiating event was a pegged high off gas ventilation effluent radiation monitor and inability to obtain a confirmatory sample within 15 minutes. Only the gaseous channel failed high. The particulate and iodine channels remained reading normally.

When plant chemistry technicians were able to obtain samples (an initial and back-up), they were negative with no activity greater than background detected. The plant management and operations team is currently evaluating their exit strategy for the Alert. The plant remains stable at 100% power, operating at normal operating parameters.

The NRC entered monitoring mode at 0438 hrs. in response to this event.

Notified DOC (Outlaw), DOE (Wyatt), USDA (Brzostek), EPA(NRC) Baumgartner, and HHS (Phillips).

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified and is present in the control room.

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