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Event Notification Report for November 5, 2004

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Event Reports For
11/04/2004 - 11/05/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41169 41173

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41169
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DUANE GARTNER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 11/03/2004
Notification Time: 05:15 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2004
Event Time: 03:10 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xii) - OFFSITE MEDICAL
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

OFFSITE MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR INJURED CONTAMINATED WORKER

"On 11/03/04 at approximately 0256 hrs, a refueling bridge operator was injured when his gloved right hand became entangled in the refuel bridge mast during the performance of core alterations. The moving mast sections crushed two of the operator's fingers, and the bridge was immediately shutdown by the spotter. An irradiated fuel bundle had just been removed from the reactor core at the time of the incident, and was being raised to the full up position for transport to the spent fuel pool. The refueling SRO directed the bridge power be turned on to lower the mast slightly and release the operator's hand. The bridge operator was escorted off of the refuel floor by radiation protection and site medical personnel. A bridge relief crew completed the movement of the irradiated fuel bundle to its target location in the spent fuel pool, and core alterations were stopped pending completion of an accident investigation.

"The injured bridge operator was contaminated with approximately 5000 counts per minute on the injured hand, and was transported offsite by radiation protection and site medical personnel at approximately 0310 hrs. The operator was subsequently de-contaminated inside of the ambulance under the care of the emergency room physician, and the contaminated material was returned to site inside the ambulance. Once decontaminated, the operator was admitted to the Salem Memorial Hospital emergency room in Salem, New Jersey."

The licensee informed the Lower Alloways Creek Township and the NRC Resident Inspector and does not plan a press release.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY LITKETT TO JEFF ROTTON ON 11/04/04 AT 0938 EST * * *

Update to the details in the initial report second paragraph provided via fax:

"The injured bridge operator was released from the Radiologically Controlled Area as un-contaminated with the exception of 5000 disintegrations per minute noted on a cotton liner on his right hand. Site medical personnel, accompanied by a radiation protection technician, transported the individual off-site at approximately 0310 hrs. The cotton liner was subsequently removed from the injured hand in the ambulance under the guidance of the emergency room physician and radiation protection supervisory personnel [after the ambulance arrived at the hospital]. No residual contamination was noted on the skin, and all contaminated material was returned to site inside the ambulance. The operator was then admitted to the Salem Memorial Hospital emergency room in Salem, New Jersey."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Silk).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41173
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: RICK WILES
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 11/04/2004
Notification Time: 11:11 [ET]
Event Date: 11/04/2004
Event Time: 10:54 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2004
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)
TERRY REIS (EO)
RICHARD WESSMAN (IRD)
JANNIE EVERETTE (DHS)
AUSTIN (FEMA)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A TOXIC GAS RELEASE AFFECTING NORMAL OPERATIONS

At 1054 EST on 11/04/04, the licensee declared an Unusual Event due to an acidic water spray in the Water Treatment Building affecting normal access. Licensee entered EAL MU-1, Toxic Gas detected within the Protected Area that impacts normal operations. There were two personnel in the building at the time of the leak, one Non-licensed operator and his supervisor. The Non-licensed operator was overcome by fumes and became nauseous and was taken to the onsite dispensary. The non-licensed operator was treated and taken to the local hospital. The supervisor did not seem to be affected, but he has been taken to the onsite dispensary for any necessary treatment.

No unplanned release has occurred and no protective action recommendations are applicable at this time. The acidic water spray made contact with a 480 Vac panel in the building and has caused an electrical ground. Equipment in the building that may potentially affect plant operation if damaged are the clearwell pumps. The clearwell pumps supply seal water for the Main Circulating water pumps, and the non vital service water pumps.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and made all state and local government emergency management notifications.

* * * Update on 11/04/04 at 1338 EST by Rick Wiles taken by MacKinnon * * *

Atmospheric conditions in the area have been confirmed to be normal. Slippery conditions and acid hazard still exist on the floor. Licensee is still in an Unusual Event. NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this update. R3DO (S. Burgess) notified.

* * * Update on 11/04/04 at 1512 EST by Rick Wiles taken by MacKinnon * * *

Unusual Event terminated at 1502 EST. Surrounding Counties and the State of Ohio were notified by the licensee that the Unusual Event was terminated. NRC Resident Inspector notified of the termination of the Unusual Event. R3DO (Sonia Burgess), NRR EO (Terry Reis), IRD (Dick Wessman), FEMA (Austin) and DHS (Lee) notified.

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