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Event Notification Report for September 27, 2004

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Event Reports For
09/24/2004 - 09/27/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41060 41063 41066 41067 41068 41069 41070 41072 41073 41074

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41060
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: UNIVERSAL ENGINEERING SCIENCES, INC
Region: 1
City: SARASOTA State: FL
County:
License #: 1136-6
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/21/2004
Notification Time: 11:17 [ET]
Event Date: 09/19/2004
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/21/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF DAMAGE TO SOIL MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided to the NRC from the Florida Bureau of Radiation Control via e-mail.

A Troxler soil moisture density gauge (Model #3411-B; Serial #8598) was damaged when it was run over by a front end loader. The source rod was broken off and the cesium source was detached from the rod. Investigators searched and recovered the source. The gauge and source will be sent to Troxler for repair. No further action will be taken on this incident.

The Troxler source strength is 8 millicuries Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries Americium/Beryllium.

There were no personnel exposures.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41063
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: GSI SOILS
Region: 4
City: Lompoc State: CA
County:
License #: 6258-42
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DELIA AQUINO
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/22/2004
Notification Time: 13:40 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2004
Event Time: 09:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)
CNSNS MEXICO ()
JOSEPH GIITTER (NMSS)

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT

The following information was obtained from State of California - Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch:

"On 9/22/04 at about 9:00 am, [DELETED] (RSO) notified the RHB [Radiologic Health Branch]-Granada Hills office regarding a stolen nuclear gauge (CPN, Model MC3, [Serial Number] M37067077). The incident happened on 9/21/04 at 6:00 pm [PDT] in a jobsite located at 1621 North H St., Lompoc, CA. The nuclear gauge was taken at the back of the truck by cutting the chains that secured it.

"The RSO reported the incident to the police authority and CPN Company.

"This incident will be investigated further by RHB-Granada Hills office."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41066
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAN LYON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 09/24/2004
Notification Time: 13:29 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2004
Event Time: 11:55 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/24/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1)
STUART RICHARDS (NRR)

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

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP WITH NO COMPLICATIONS DUE TO LOWERING STEAM GENERATOR WATER LEVEL

"On September 24, 2004, at 11:53 hours, operations noticed the 23 Main Feedwater (FW) regulating valve operating erratically and FW flow and 23 Steam Generator (SG) level decreasing. At 11:55 hours operations initiated a manual trip of the reactor based on the degrading condition with FW flow and SG level. All control rods fully inserted and safety equipment operated as expected. Auxiliary Feedwater started as expected, the Emergency Diesel Generators did not start as offsite power remained available. The plant is in Hot (Standby) at Normal Temperature and Pressure and there was no radiation releases. The condition is under investigation and a post trip review is being conducted." State was notified of this event by the licensee.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41067
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: JOE HESSLING
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 09/24/2004
Notification Time: 17:23 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2004
Event Time: 17:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)
STUART RICHARDS (NRR)
HO NIEH (IRD)
AUSTIN (FEMA)
McKENTRY (DHS)
WILLIAM JOHNSON (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

ENTERED UNUSUAL EVENT CLASSIFICATION DUE TO HURRICANE WARNING IN EFFECT

Hurricane warning in effect for St. Lucie County including Plant Site. Hurricane warning was issued by the National Weather Service. St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant entered an Unusual Event Classification per Emergency Action Level 5B (Hurricane Warning). State and Local Officials notified by the licensee.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this by the licensee.

* * * UPDATE AT 0838 EDT ON 9/25/04 FROM JOE HESSLING TO S. SANDIN * * *

"St. Lucie Unit 1 commenced a plant shutdown at 0820 in preparation for Hurricane. St. Lucie Unit 2 will commence plant shutdown at 0900 in preparation for Hurricane. St. Lucie still in Unusual Event due to Hurricane warning."

Unit 1 expects to enter mode 3 at approximately 1230 hours with Unit 2 entering mode 3 between 1300-1330 hours. Both Units will remain in mode 3 with restart dates to be determined. Highest sustained winds on-site are projected at 120 mph. Current wind speed on-site is between 14-15 mph sustained from a northerly direction.

The licensee notified both state and local agencies and will inform the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Robert Haag), NRR (Stu Richards), IRD (Susan Frant), R4DO (William Johnson), FEMA (Erwin) and DHS-DOE Desk (left message).

* * * UPDATE AT 1313 EDT ON 09/25/04 FROM DAN WEST TO JOHN MACKINNON * * *

St. Lucie Units 1 & 2 have shutdown and have been removed from service. R2DO (Haag) , NRR EO (Stu Richards), FEMA (Erwin), DHS (Algen), R4DO (William Johnson), NRC Region 2 (Hufham) & IRD (S. Frant) notified.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified of this by the licensee.

* * * UPDATE AT 1413 EDT ON 09/26/04 FROM M. GRAY TO MACKINNON * * *

Hurricane warning has been discontinued. Unusual Event exited at 1412 EDT. R2DO (Haag), NRR EO (Richards), IRD Manager (S. Frant), R4DO (Bill Johnson), FEMA (Austin), DHS (Travis Johnson) , DOE (Robert Turner), NRC/DOT (Crews), USDA (Lori Thomas) & DHS-DOE Desk (message left) notified.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this update by the licensee.

HOO Note: See related ENs # 41071, 41072 and 41073.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41068
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM SPEICHER
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 09/24/2004
Notification Time: 17:23 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2004
Event Time: 17:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)
STUART RICHARDS (NRR)
HO NIEH (IRD)
AUSTIN (FEMA)
MCKENTRY (DHS)
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO HURRICANE WARNING

"Turkey Point Nuclear entered an Unusual Event due to Category 12 Natural Phenomena sub category A. Confirmed hurricane warning."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, State and Local authorities.

* * * UPDATE 0723 EDT ON 9/26/04 FROM KEN HARRISON TO S. SANDIN * * *

The licensee is terminating their Unusual Event as of 0715 EDT after the Hurricane Warning was lifted for Miami-Dade. The licensee informed both state and local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2 Response Manager (Len Wert), NRR (Stu Richards), IRD (Susan Frant), FEMA (Austin) and DHS (SWO).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41069
Facility: CRYSTAL RIVER
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: BILL BANDHAUER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 09/24/2004
Notification Time: 17:53 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2004
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/24/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (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

Event Text

NUREG-1022 CLARIFICATION REVISED RESULTS OF PAST STEAM GENERATOR TUBE INSEPCTIONS

"On September 24,2004, the NRC published a Notice of Clarification for NUREG-1022 Reporting Guidelines for 10 CFR 50.72 and 50.73. The Notice of Clarification revised the criterion used to determine if the results of steam generator tube inspections were reportable. In this Notice of Clarification, the NRC further directed the plants to consider the results of previous steam generator tube inspections against the new criterion.

"Crystal River Unit 3 (CR3) has reviewed the results of the steam generator tube inspection that occurred in the refueling outage of 2003. Specifically, the previously performed Condition Monitoring assessment of the CR3's steam generators concluded that the structural requirements were met and the as-found projected leakage values for a Main Steam Line Break were exceeded.

"Previously, NUREG-1022 required that both the structural and the leakage criteria must be exceeded for this condition to be reportable. The revision to NUREG-1022 will indicate that only one of the two criteria need be exceeded to be considered reportable per 10 CFR 50.72.

"Accordingly, CR3 reports per 10 CFR 50.72 (b) (3) (ii) (A) that steam generator projected leakage values for a Main Steam Line Break were exceeded.

"Immediate corrective actions to reduce the projected accident leakage were completed during the 2003 refueling outage prior to plant startup."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this by the licensee.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41070
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ANDY DISMUKE
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 09/25/2004
Notification Time: 02:44 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2004
Event Time: 01:06 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/25/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 35 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

GROUP 2 CONTAINMENT ISOLATION ACTUATION

"Received Group 2 isolation signal on Low Reactor Water Level during initiation of manual reactor scram during planned shutdown. Reactor Water Level decreased to -0.5 inches. Group 2 isolation setpoint is +3.0 inches. All Group 2 isolation valves closed as required."

During the planned shutdown, all control rods fully inserted. Decay heat is being removed to the main condenser via the main turbine bypass valves, ESF and ECCS systems remain available, and the electrical grid is stable. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41072
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: TOM COSTE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/26/2004
Notification Time: 00:35 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2004
Event Time: 23:56 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
LEN WERT (R2)
STUART RICHARDS (NRR)
SUSAN FRANT (IRD)
BOSCOE (FEMA)
SWO (DHS)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown
2 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER

"At 2356 [EDT], September 25, 2004, off-site power was lost for both units. At the time of the event both units were in mode 4 and cooling down to meet shutdown entry conditions. The shutdown of both units was due to hurricane conditions from hurricane Jeanne. All four emergency diesels (2 per unit) started and properly loaded. Both units are stable in natural circulation cooling. Efforts continue to place both units on shutdown cooling. All systems operated as expected. The plant was already in a Notification of Unusual Event due to the Hurricane. Shutdown Cooling was established on Unit 1 at approximately 0020 EDT on 9/26/04."

The licensee informed both state and local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector. A conference call was held at approximately 0005 EDT with R2 Response Manager (Len Wert), NRR EO (Stu Richards) and IRD (Susan Frant) to discuss the loss of offsite power. The participants concluded that the NRC Monitoring Mode entered at 1515 EDT on 9/25 for the Hurricane was appropriate.

* * * UPDATE 0257 EDT ON 9/26/04 FROM TOM COSTE TO S. SANDIN * * *

"At 2356, September 25, 2004, St. Lucie Station, Units 1 and 2, experienced a loss of off -site power (LOOP). At the time of the LOOP all four emergency diesel generators started and loaded the safety related buses. In it's initial notification of the LOOP (0035 09/26/04, EN# 41067), FPL reported that all systems had performed as expected. However, during it's post LOOP walkdowns of the control room boards the control room operators determined that the 1 B Intake Cooling Water (ICW) pump had not automatically started as expected. The pump was subsequently started from the control room using the manual control switch. The cause for the failure to automatically start will be investigated and corrected prior to returning the unit to service."

Notified R2 Response Manager (Len Wert)

* * * UPDATE 2350 EDT ON 9/26/04 FROM R2 IRC (BENOI DESAI) TO S. SANDIN * * *

At 1050 EDT both units recovered offsite power exiting the criteria for the UE based on LOOP.

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

HOO Note: See related ENs # 41067, 41071 and 41073.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41073
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: TOM COSTE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/26/2004
Notification Time: 02:45 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2004
Event Time: 19:09 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
LEN WERT (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Shutdown
2 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

LOSS OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM

"At approximately 2315 [EDT], September 25, 2004, the NRC Operations Center reported that their link to the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) had been lost. It was determined that the link had been lost at 1909 [EDT] that same day based upon the logged time of the last data update. The station was in constant communications with the Operations Center at the time due to the severe weather in the area due to hurricane Jeanne. The link was restored for both units at 2344 [EDT] the same day by performing the normal initiation procedure. It is suspected that the link was lost due to a momentary transient on the FTS circuit due to the weather conditions.

"The link was lost again at approximately 0103 [EDT], 9/26/04. The unit 1 ERDS link was restored approximately one hour later, troubleshooting of the unit 2 is in progress."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

HOO Note: See related ENs # 41067, 41071 and 41072.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41074
Facility: CRYSTAL RIVER
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: GUY McCALLUM
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 09/26/2004
Notification Time: 05:33 [ET]
Event Date: 09/26/2004
Event Time: 05:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/27/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
LEN WERT (R2)
STUART RICHARDS (NRR)
SUSAN FRANT (IRD)
KEVIN BISCOE (FEMA)
SR. WATCH OFFICER (DHS)

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

ENTERED UNUSUAL EVENT CLASSIFICATION DUE TO HURRICANE WARNING IN EFFECT

"Crystal River Unit 3 site has declared an Unusual Event due to the declaration of a hurricane warning for Citrus County including the Crystal River Unit 3 site."

Current wind speed on-site is 20 mph with 40 mph gusts. The licensee's current plan is to remain in power operation.

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

* * * UPDATE FROM AL STERN TO MIKE RIPLEY 0349 ET 09/27/04 * * *

Hurricane warning has been discontinued. Unusual Event exited at 0345 ET. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2 Response Manager (S. Cahill), R2 DO (R. Haag), NRR EO (S. Richards), IRD Manager (S. Frant), FEMA (J. Canupp), DHS (Sr Watch Officer)

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