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Event Notification Report for August 6, 2004

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Event Reports For
08/05/2004 - 08/06/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40917 40925 40926 40927

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40917
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PRIVATE RESIDENT
Region: 4
City: BROOMFIELD State: CO
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PHIL EGIDI
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 08/03/2004
Notification Time: 14:19 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2004
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

COLORADO AGREEMENT STATE NOTIFICATION OF URANIUM OXIDE FOUND IN PRIVATE RESIDENCE

"The Colorado Agreement State program was notified by a private resident who was cleaning out his late father's basement of the existence of an unknown yellow solid material that he believed was yellowcake. Staff members of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have confirmed that the material is 19 lbs of uranium oxide (yellowcake) in a private residence. The deceased owner of the home worked in the uranium industry many years ago. The material is containerized and the State is assisting the widow to make arrangements for sending it to a uranium mill."

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 40925
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: T. R. JONES
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 08/05/2004
Notification Time: 06:58 [ET]
Event Date: 08/04/2004
Event Time: 23:24 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
MOHAMED SHANBAKY (R1)
TERRY REIS (NRR)

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

Event Text

LOW REFUELING WATER STORAGE TANK LEVEL

"Following calibration of the refueling water storage tank (RWST) level indication, the as-left Control Room level instrument indicated 35.3 feet in the RWST. Tech Spec required level is 35.4 feet. Alternate indication including the local level indicator and the absence of a low RWST level alarm indicated adequate RWST level. A one hour Tech Spec AOT [Allowed Outage Time] was entered at 2324 EDT on 8/04/2004. Indicated level was restored to 35.4 feet at 0013 EDT on 08/05/04 and the AOT exited.

"This event is being reported under 10 CFR.50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as the indicated level of 35.3 feet could potentially constitute an event or condition which at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of systems required to mitigate the consequences of an accident."

Indicated level was restored to 35.4 feet by adding water to the RWST. Licensee is investigating the initial calibration on the level indicator.

Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION FROM BRIAN ROKES TO W. GOTT AT 1658 EDT ON 8/5/04 * * *

Indian Point Unit 3 is withdrawing the 8-hour non-emergency notification made on August 5, 2004, at 0658 hours (EN Log No. 40925). The notification on August 5, reported an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function [10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)]. After calibration of the Refueling Water Storage Tank (RWST) level indication (LT-920), on August 4, 2004, the Control Room As-Left level instrument indicated 35.3 feet in the RWST. The Technical Specification (SR 3.5.4.2) required level is 35.4 feet. Alternate level indication including a local level indicator and the absence of a low RWST level alarm provided indication of adequate RWST level. The one-hour Allowed Outage Time (AOT) of TS 3.5.4.C was entered at 2324 hours, on August 4, 2004. Water was added to the RWST and indicated RWST level in the Control Room was restored to 35.4 feet at 0013 hours, on August 5, 2004, and the TS AOT exited.

Subsequently, a calibration check of the level instrument was performed on August 5, 2004, and the instrument failed the calibration. The instrument was declared inoperable and the 7-day AOT of TS 3.5.4.13 was entered at 1231 hours. The notification is being retracted based on the engineering conclusion that the out of spec level indication was due to a failed level instrument. The RWST level was within spec as indicated by alternate level Indication including a local level indicator and absence of a low level alarm. These alternate level indication instruments are operable and within calibration. Therefore, Operations concluded the condition did not represent a RWST level below minimum TS level and the safety function of systems required to mitigate the consequences of an accident was met.

Notified R1DO (Shanbaky) and NRR (Imbro).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40926
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ALAN WOLFE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/05/2004
Notification Time: 09:47 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2004
Event Time: 08:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (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 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF PROMPT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

"The Plant Emergency Preparedness Department contacted the NOAA weather service in Jacksonville due to an alarm on the Prompt Offsite Notification System. NOAA has confirmed that they cannot activate the Prompt Notification System which is considered a major loss of offsite notification capability.

"The problem is in the Jacksonville area and the local phone service has been notified to determine the cause and repair. The loss occurred at 0800 and all state and local agencies have been notified to use alternate means of notification.

"The plant was notified by the NOAA weather service in Jacksonville that ail service has been restored and the Prompt Notification System was returned to service at 0914 on 08/05/04."

The licensee informed both state and local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 40927
Facility: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
RX Type: ADVANCED FUEL R&D AND PILOT PLANTS
Comments: HOT CELL R&D
Region: 3
City: WEST JEFFERSON State: OH
County: MADISON
License #: SNM-7
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000008
NRC Notified By: JOE JACOBSEN
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 08/05/2004
Notification Time: 16:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/04/2004
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (NMSS)

Event Text

THE LICENSEE VIOLATED LICENSE CONDITION 10 CFR 20.1703(a)

On 08/04/04 @ 0900 CDT workers were assigned to perform activities in the High Energy Radiation Cell (HEC) were observed using their new style of powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) in a configuration that is not approved by the manufacturer. The assigned crew, two laborers and a HP Tech, were instructed to pull out of the HEC. The crew spent approximately 15 minutes in the HEC. During the initial fact finding assessment it became evident that the incorrect configuration PAPR was not only restricted to the observed use in the HEC, but had been used periodically for work previously at the facility over the last few months. Individuals were questioned on the performance of prerequisite inspections and checks of the PAPR unit. Individuals stated that they had performed the required face piece fit check (negative pressure method) and flow test of the unit prior to each use.

In this improper configuration, the individuals were using uncertified equipment, however, no over exposure is expected to the individuals.

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