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Event Notification Report for August 4, 2004

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Event Reports For
08/03/2004 - 08/04/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40910 40915 40916 40918 40919 40920

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40910
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: ARTHUR MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/30/2004
Notification Time: 13:58 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2004
Event Time: 10:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2004
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
TERRY REIS (NRR)
BILL BORCHARDT (NRR)
RICHARD WESSMAN (IRD)
BRUCE MALLET (R4)
ELIOT BRENNER (OPA)

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

Event Text

ALERT DECLARED AT COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION

The following information was obtained by the licensee via facsimile:

"Reactor SCRAM received at 0924 [hrs] PDT. Initial indications are the scram signal was caused by RPS [Reactor Protection System] High Pressure. Following the scram, 2 [two] control rods did not immediately indicate [fully inserted]. Control room staff entered [procedure] PPM5.1.2 and took the required actions. All control rods subsequently indicated [fully inserted].

"An ALERT Classification was declared at 1000 [hrs] based on PPM 13.1.1 Criteria 2.2.A.1, 'RPS Setpoint exceeded and automatic actions failed to result in a rod pattern which alone assures reactor shutdown'. Manual actions resulted in all rods [fully inserted] and reactor power [less than or equal to] 5 percent.

"All other plant systems responded as expected with the exception of a wetwell-to-drywell vacuum breaker which indicates open. Investigation into the cause of the scram and actual control rod position is ongoing. Further details will be provided when available."

The licensee also reports that no relief valves lifted during the transient. Decay heat removal is via the main condenser. Reactor level is steady at 36 inches. Reactor temperature and pressure are 507 degrees and 710 psig respectively. Offsite power is available. All emergency systems are available in standby.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector of the incidents. The NRC entered Monitoring mode at 1327 hrs EDT with Region IV leading. The NRC exited Monitoring at 1530 hrs. EDT and returned to Normal mode.

Notified HHS (Ayles) as well as others noted in notification block.

* * * UPDATE AT 2130 HRS EDT ON 7/30/04 FROM COLEMAN TO CROUCH * * *

"At 1358 [hrs.] EDT on 7/30/04, NRC was notified of an Alert at Columbia Generating Station (EN #40910).

"This is a follow-up to inform NRC that the event was terminated at 1457 [hrs] (EDT) (1157 PDT). All control rods are inserted. Reactor is shutdown and water level is normal. All required emergency systems are operable. All offsite and onsite power sources are operable. Reactor pressure is normal."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, State of Washington and local authorities of the termination.

The NRC Operations Center notified R4DO(Bywater), DHS, FEMA, DOE(NRC), USDA, EPA and CDC(HHS).

* * * UPDATE AT 1930 EDT ON 08/03/04 FROM M. HEDGES TO A. COSTA * * *

"At 1358 EDT on July 30, 2004, NRC was notified of an Alert at Columbia Generating Station (EN #40910). A subsequent notification was made to inform the NRC that the event was terminated at 1157 PDT (1457 EDT) on July 30, 2004.

"This is a follow-up to inform the NRC that Columbia Generating Station is retracting its Alert Emergency Declaration due to the following reason. Following the RPS actuation, control rod position indication for two control rods was indeterminate for approximately two minutes to the control room staff. A subsequent review of control rod position indication from the Plant Data Information System (PDIS), Rod Worth Minimizer (RWM) logs, and Auto Scram Timer (AST) data by Columbia Generating Station personnel shows that all rods were successfully inserted to the 'Full-in' position following the initial RPS actuation, assuring that the reactor was shutdown under all conditions. The Emergency Action Level for this Alert classification requires that the following three conditions be met: Any RPS set point (including manual) has been exceeded per T.S. 3.3.1.1 AND RPS actuation failed to result in a control rod pattern which alone always assures reactor shutdown under all conditions AND Manual actions (mode switch in shutdown, manual push buttons, and ARI) result in reactor power LE 5%.

"Since all rods were successfully inserted without the assistance of any manual actions and within the Technical Specification required time, Columbia Generating Station staff now believes that no emergency classification should have been made, and we are retracting the Alert emergency classification from this event notification.
The problem with control rod position indication following the scram is being addressed through our corrective action program."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify local, State, and other Government Agencies of this update.

Notified R4 DO (Runyan).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40915
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: M. STRUBMULLER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/03/2004
Notification Time: 01:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2004
Event Time: 15:58 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MOHAMED SHANBAKY (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

FUEL LEAK- OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.


"Salem Unit 1 experienced an underground fuel leak that required notification to the state of N.J. (NJDEP). Fuel oil was observed in a storm drain, there was not a release to the Delaware river and the storm drain system has been isolated and pumped out. The source of the leak is under investigation. There were no injuries as a result of the spill and no equipment has been declared inoperable. The bulk fuel oil storage tank has been isolated as a potential leak source." Lower Alloways Creek Township will be notified.

The Bulk fuel oil storage tank makes up to Salem Unit 1 & 2 diesel storage tanks which are at full capacity. Licensee is making a contingency plan that they will not be able to use the bulk fuel oil tank and they plan to have fuel oil tank trucks come onsite Tuesday.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40916
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DENNIS CORNAX
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 08/03/2004
Notification Time: 12:28 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2004
Event Time: 11:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
MOHAMED SHANBAKY (R1)
TERRY REIS (NRR)

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

NOTIFICATION MADE DUE TO PATH OF HURRICANE ALEX

Hurricane "Alex" is within 500 nautical miles from Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) with wind speed in excess of 87 knots. The licensee is tracking the hurricane and entered procedure OAP-008. The one hour non-emergency notifications was made per Technical Results Manual (TRM).

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40918
Rep Org: HIGH MOUNTAIN INSPECTION SERVICES
Licensee: HIGH MOUNTAIN INSPECTION SERVICES
Region: 4
City: CASPER State: WY
County: NATRONA
License #: 49-26808-2
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DR. ROY PARKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/03/2004
Notification Time: 18:02 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2004
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2202(a)(1) - PERS OVEREXPOSURE/TEDE >= 25 REM
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (NMSS)

Event Text

POTENTIAL PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

Dr. Roy Parker, a consultant for High Mountain Inspections (a radiographer) in Casper, WY reported that Landauer, their film badge processor, informed the licensee that an employee's June badge had a deep dose reading of 121,662 milliRem when read. Landauer also stated that the badge reading was repeated with the same results. The badge was imaged to determine whether the dose was static or dynamic but the results were inconclusive.

Dr. Parker also reported that 1) the employee does not exhibit any symptoms of overexposure, 2) the employee is a manager and was in the field for only 3 days in June and was not present during any abnormal occurrences, and 3) co-workers that were in the field with the employee did not have any abnormal results when their badges were processed.

As a precaution, the employee will undergo appropriate blood tests to confirm/deny the reading results.

Dr. Parker notified R4 Materials (Cain).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40919
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: CHRIS SKINNER
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 08/03/2004
Notification Time: 22:19 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2004
Event Time: 19:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
MOHAMED SHANBAKY (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 50 Power Operation

Event Text

PLANT SHUTDOWN INITIATED DUE TO INOPERABLE EMERGENCY UPS INVERTER

"Division 2 Emergency Uninterruptible Power Supply [UPS] Inverter is inoperable. The 24-hour completion time, for Technical Specification 3.8.7.A, has expired and Technical Specification 3.8.7.B was entered. Technical Specification 3.8.7.B requires the plant to be in Hot Shutdown by 0503 on August 4, 2004 and Cold Shutdown by 0503 on August 5, 2004.

"A plant shutdown was initiated at 1930."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40920
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: CHRIS SKINNER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/04/2004
Notification Time: 04:14 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2004
Event Time: 10:46 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
MOHAMED SHANBAKY (R1)

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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE CORE SPRAY RENDERED INOPERABLE DUE TO FAULTY TEST EQUIPMENT

"Maintenance technicians were performing surveillance testing on the Division 3 Battery. The as-found bus voltage was approximately 139 VDC and the technicians adjusted the battery charger output voltage to 134 VDC.

"At 1046, the control room received an alarm with bus voltage at 125 VDC. The High Pressure Core Spray System was declared inoperable per Technical Specification 3.8.4 with Division 3 DC Bus voltage < 130 VDC.

"The maintenance technicians determined that the voltmeter used to measure the voltage was defective and actual bus voltage was adjusted to 125 VDC.

"At 1105, Division 3 bus voltage was restored above 130 VDC (136 VDC) and the High Pressure Core Spray System was declared operable. The High Pressure Core Spray System was inoperable for approximately 19 minutes from when the alarm was received until the maintenance technicians restored voltage to 136 VDC. The High Pressure Core Spray System is a single train system."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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