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Event Notification Report for January 12, 2005

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01/11/2005 - 01/12/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41229 41232 41312 41314 41320 41323

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41229
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: TIM JONES
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/29/2004
Notification Time: 01:36 [ET]
Event Date: 11/29/2004
Event Time: 00:09 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/11/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 M/R N 0 Startup 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO DROPPED CONTROL ROD

"Dropped rod E-11 in Shut Down Bank 'B' at 2334 on 11/28/04 while performing Low Power Physics Testing after refueling. Shutdown bank not fully withdrawn with dropped rod placed Unit 3 in Tech Spec Action Statement 3.0.3. RX trip breakers were opened at 0009 [11/29/04]. Unit 3 entered 3-EOP-E.O, Reactor Trip or Safety Injection, the unit was placed in Mode 3 and transitioned to 3-EOP-ES-0.1, Reactor Trip Response and then into 3-GOP-301. All plant equipment responded as required and the unit remains stable in mode 3 while the Rod Control failure is investigated."

The licensee notified the NRC resident inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1838 EST ON 1/11/05 FROM MICHAEL KOHL TO S. SANDIN * * *

"The purpose of this update is to clarify that the reactor was not critical at the time of reactor trip. The dropped rod added sufficient negative reactivity to render the reactor subcritical prior to the manual reactor trip.

"The cause of the dropped rod was an intermittent contact in a pin connector associated with rod E-11."

The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Landis).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41232
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: CHUCK MASON
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/30/2004
Notification Time: 10:22 [ET]
Event Date: 11/30/2004
Event Time: 08:50 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/11/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)
TERRY REIS (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 M/R N 0 Startup 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO DROPPED CONTROL ROD

"During low power physics testing, Shutdown Bank B, rod E-11 dropped from 227 steps (ARO [all rods out] 230) to 135 steps. Technical Specification 3.0.3 was entered. Unit 3 Reactor was tripped at 0920 and stabilized in mode 3."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. See also similar event EN # 41229 11/29/04.

* * * UPDATE AT 1838 EST ON 1/11/05 FROM MICHAEL KOHL TO S. SANDIN * * *

"The purpose of this update is to clarify that the reactor was not critical at the time of reactor trip. The dropped rod added sufficient negative reactivity to render the reactor subcritical prior to the manual reactor trip.

"The cause of the dropped rod was an intermittent contact in a pin connector associated with rod E-11."

The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Landis).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41312
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: EXECUTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: SOUTH PASADENA State: CA
County: LOS ANGELES
License #: 6331-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: C.J. SALGADO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/06/2005
Notification Time: 20:35 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2004
Event Time: 12:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA SMITH (R4)
ROBERT PIERSON (NMSS)
AARON DANIS (TAS)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (FAX)

Event Text

THEFT OF 10 MILLICURIES OF CADMIUM 109 FROM PERSONAL VEHICLE

"Licensee reported to Radiologic Health Branch-Granada Hills (RHB-GH) the theft of an XRF fluorescence device from a parked private vehicle the night of 12/29/04 from a residence in Long Beach, CA.

"The device is a Nitton, Model XL-309, S/N U823NR4869, containing a radioactive sealed source, special form, 10 mCi nominal, Cadmium 109.

"The device was parked overnight in a private vehicle on 12/29/04 in front of a garage facing an alley. The device was in the care of an employee of the licensee after being used for a lead paint testing job in Paramount. The device was stored in the trunk of the vehicle. The employee noticed the vehicle had been broken into the next morning but did not notice the device missing until after reporting to work. Employee claimed that the alarm system was defeated. Upon discovery that the device was missing, the employee notified the employer and a police report was made by phone to the Long Beach Police Dept., East Division (Police Report No. 040106759, 562-570-5880), The device was in its transport case. RHB-GH is initiating an investigation."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41314
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: ALBERTSONS GROCERY STORES
Region: 4
City: OMAHA State: NE
County:
License #: GL0397
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/07/2005
Notification Time: 09:26 [ET]
Event Date: 01/07/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA SMITH (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of Nebraska reported that 19 tritium exit signs that were held under general license by Albertsons Grocery Store are missing from a store location in Omaha. The signs were manufactured by NRD, Inc., Model T-4001, with each sign containing 19.8 Curies of tritium in 1991. The State was informed in October of 2004 by Albertsons that the Omaha store had been sold to a "No Frills" supermarket chain. The State contacted "No Frills" in November 2004 and was informed that the signs could not be located. Investigation determined that the signs were removed by Albertsons in 2002 when the store was remodeled and replaced with electrical exit signs. The Albertsons store manager at the time of the remodeling was not aware of what was done with the signs. The State also confirmed that with NRD, Inc. that the signs had not been returned to the manufacturer. The State believes that the signs were probably sent to a landfill and plans to close the investigation.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41320
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: CLAY WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/10/2005
Notification Time: 00:56 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2005
Event Time: 19:45 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/11/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
LINDA SMITH (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Decommissioned 0 Decommissioned
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 65 Power Operation 65 Power Operation

Event Text

SAN ONOFRE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS (EOF) INACCESSIBLE DUE TO ROAD FLOODING

The following information was received from the licensee via e-mail:

"On January 9, 2005, at about 1945 PST, the access road to the SONGS MESA facilities became flooded after several days of rain. The San Onofre Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) is located at the MESA and because of the flooding, is inaccessible to passenger vehicles. While the EOF itself is operable, in the event of an Emergency at San Onofre, SCE would direct EOF emergency responders to the alternate EOF located in Irvine, California. SCE is reporting this occurrence to the NRC in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"At the time of this occurrence, Unit 2 was operating at about 100% power and Unit 3 was operating at about 65% power. SCE will notify the NRC resident inspectors about this occurrence and will provide them with a copy of this report."

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY C. WILLIAMS TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1418 EST ON 01/10/05 * * *

"On January 10, 2005 at about 0143 PST, flooding had dissipated sufficiently for one lane to be passable; at 0615 PST, both lanes were passable. In the event of an Emergency at San Onofre, there is no longer a need to redirect emergency responders to the alternate EOF located in Irvine, California. This report is to advise the NRC of this change in EOF access status. Also note that it is continuing to rain at SONGS and this status is subject to change.

"At the time of this report, Unit 2 was operating at about 85% power and Unit 3 was at about 80% power. SCE has informed the NRC resident inspectors and will provide them with a copy of this report."

Notified R4DO (Bywater).

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY C. WILLIAMS TO HOWIE CROUCH @ 0425 EST ON 01/11/05 * * *

"On January 11, 2005, at about 0041 PST, the access road to the SONGS MESA facilities again became flooded after several days of rain (reference NRC Operations Log Number 41320). The San Onofre Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) is located at the MESA and because of the flooding, is inaccessible to passenger vehicles. While the EOF itself is operable, in the event of an Emergency at San Onofre, SCE would direct EOF emergency responders to the alternate EOF located in Irvine California. SCE is reporting this occurrence to the NRC in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"At the time of this occurrence, Unit 2 was operating at about 85% power and Unit 3 was at about 80% power. SCE will notify the NRC resident inspectors about this occurrence and will provide them with a copy of this report."

Notified R4DO (Bywater).

* * * UPDATE 1430 EST ON 1/11/05 FROM CLAY WILLIAMS TO S. SANDIN * * *

"On January 11, 2005, at 0125 PST, Southern California Edison (SCE) reported that the access road to the SONGS MESA facilities had again flooded after several days of rain and that the SONGS Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) was inaccessible to passenger vehicles (NRC Operations Log Number 41320).

"On January 11, 2005 at about 0535 PST, flooding had dissipated sufficiently for the road to be passable. In the event of an Emergency at San Onofre, there is no longer a need to redirect emergency responders to the alternate EOF located in Irvine California. This report is to advise the NRC of this change in EOF access status.

"At the time of this report, Unit 2 was operating at about 85% power and Unit 3 was at about 81% power. SCE has informed the NRC resident inspectors and will provide them with a copy of this report."

Notified R4DO (Russ Bywater).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41323
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN STANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 01/11/2005
Notification Time: 09:20 [ET]
Event Date: 01/11/2005
Event Time: 07:19 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/11/2005
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):
MARK LESSER (R2)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO MAIN TURBINE TRIP

"At 0719 EST, Vogtle Unit 1 tripped from 100% power due to a Turbine Trip/P9 Reactor Trip, RPS actuation. Initial investigation indicates that Generator relaying was involved. The investigation is ongoing.

"As expected for the trip, both Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater pumps and the Turbine Driven pump started on Lo-Lo Steam Generator level and AMSAC.

All equipment actuated as expected except the Group A Pressurizer Heaters tripped. Technical Specification 3.4.9 Condition B was entered."

All control rods fully inserted. Decay heat is being removed via the steam dumps to the main condenser. The electrical grid is stable. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspectors.

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