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Event Notification Report for September 17, 2004

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Event Reports For
09/16/2004 - 09/17/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40920 41040 41043 41044 41045 41046

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
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: 09/16/2004
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.

* * * UPDATE 1050 EDT ON 9/16/04 FROM PATRICK WALSH TO S. SANDIN * * *

"This Notification is to retract EN# 40920, Unplanned High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) inoperability.

"On 8/4/04 at 0414 Nine Mile Point Unit 2 notified the NRC under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) of the inoperability of a single train safety system (HPCS) due to low battery voltage caused by use of defective test equipment.

"Engineering performed an analysis of this event and concluded that the HPCS system was operable during the event and would have performed its required function.

"Since, the battery charger was connected to the panel and maintaining bus voltage at or above 125 VDC, it was capable of supplying the steady state dc loads connected to the panel. Also, the battery charger was capable of maintaining the battery in a fully charged condition for the duration of the degraded condition.

"Based on the above, it is concluded that the CSH system was operable during this event and the div. 3 battery was capable of performing its intended design functions if required."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Doerflein).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41040
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: BERNARD LAJAUNIE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/14/2004
Notification Time: 17:32 [ET]
Event Date: 09/14/2004
Event Time: 16:04 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
CATHERINE HANEY (NRR)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
JANNIE EVERETTE (DHS)
STEINDURF (FEMA)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO HURRICANE WATCH IN ST. CHARLES PARISH

The following information was provided by the licensee via facsimile:

"Waterford 3 entered Unusual Event Emergency Classification due to the National Weather Service declaring a hurricane warning for St. Charles Parish at 1600 CDT."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 09/16/04 AT 0635 EDT FROM KENNY CAMBRE TO STEVE SANDIN * * *

Waterford 3 is no longer in an unusual event [as of 0502 CDT] . Hurricane watch/warnings for St. Charles Parish has been lifted at 0400.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified NRC Region 4 IRC, FEMA (Kevin Biscoe), NRR (Catherine Haney), IRD (Peter Wilson), DHS (Frank Griggs).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41043
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JIM BRITTIAN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/16/2004
Notification Time: 12:17 [ET]
Event Date: 09/15/2004
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 99 Power Operation

Event Text

POTENTIAL VIOLATION OF LICENSE CONDITION - OPERATION ABOVE LICENSED POWER LIMIT

"This 24 hour Notification to the NRC Operations Center is being made per Operating License No. NPF-39, Section 2.F to report a potential violation of the requirements contained in Section 2. C of Limerick Unit 1 license.

"On September 15, 2004 at 1600 Hrs. it was determined during an investigation of megawatt output differences between the two LGS Units, that LGS Unit 1 secondary plant parameters were identified as being outside of their expected range. This change occurred over several months at the rate of 0.1 %/month for a total potential error of 0.4%. This data indicates that LGS1 could possibly be above the operating license limit of 3458 MWth. Unit 1 power was reduced to 99% power to 3423 MWth as of 1618 to provide margin to licensed thermal power limit.

"A written report is required within 30 days in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73."

The licensee has notified the NRC resident inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41044
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Region: 3
City: MILWAUKEE State: WI
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GARY WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/16/2004
Notification Time: 13:57 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2004
Event Time: 11:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3)
TRISH HOLAHAN (EO)

Event Text

SURFACE CONTAMINATION ON RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PACKAGE EXCEEDING LIMITS

The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Health Physics Program reported a package that exceeded the limits for removable radioactive surface contamination. The package was received on September 16, 2004, by a permittee authorized under the master materials license issued to the Department of Veterans Affairs, NRC License 03-23853-01VA. The permittee is the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This event is reported under 10 CFR 20.1906(d)(1) in that the package, an ammo box being used to deliver radioactive materials, had approximately 11,000 disintegrations per minute per square centimeter removable radioactive contamination on the outside. The contamination was limited to one small spot on the ammo box exterior. The interior of the box was not contaminated. The contamination was identified as 99M-Tc.

The Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services delivered the package. The permittee Radiation Safety Officer notified the vendor about the package.

There was no personnel contamination involved.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41045
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: GRANT MELIN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 09/16/2004
Notification Time: 23:30 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2004
Event Time: 20:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ANNE BOLAND (R2)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO OIL SPILL AND FIRE

"At 2010, Turkey Point 1/2 (Fossil Plant) hazardous Material Coordinator contacted the Florida Department of Environmental Resources and informed them of an oil spill with attending fire that occurred at Turkey Point Unit 2 (Fossil Plant) on 09/16/04.

"At 1654, Turkey Point Unit 2 (fossil Plant) developed an oil leak and fire on the third level burner deck. The fire was extinguished by automatic deluge system and fire team members. Less than 50 gallons of oil leaked and was contained on the third level burner deck."

Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 were not affected.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41046
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: FRANK KICH
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 09/17/2004
Notification Time: 00:37 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2004
Event Time: 23:18 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 8 Power Operation 8 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

The following was received from the licensee via facsimile:

"Indian Point Unit 2 synchronized to the grid at 2318 on September 16, 2004. NRC notification required per Item 44 of IP-SMM-LI-108, Event Notification and Reporting, due to notification of other government agencies of Indian Point Unit 2 synchronizing to the grid. This is a 4-hour non-emergency event notification per 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(xi)."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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