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Event Notification Report for January 21, 2005

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Event Reports For
01/20/2005 - 01/21/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41309 41324 41343

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41309
Facility: KEWAUNEE
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: AL PROKASH
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/05/2005
Notification Time: 17:06 [ET]
Event Date: 01/06/2005
Event Time: 07:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/20/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)

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

MODIFICATION TO PROCESS COMPUTER THAT WILL IMPACT ERDS AND SPDS

"The Plant Process Computer System (PPCS) will be taken out of service for an approximate 2 week period to implement a planned modification. The current PPCS is being replaced and the computer outage is required to allow cutover to the new PCCS. During this time period ERDS and SPDS will not be available. Also, a small portion of the plant annunciator system (Trouble Light Alarms) will not be available. Regulatory Guide 1.97 Category 2D Containment Temperature and Category 3D Component Cooling Water Temperature indicators will not be available in the Control Room, although other instrumentation is available to monitor these parameters.

"This is an 8-hour reportable event per 10 CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) Major Loss of Assessment Capability. The operation of plant systems will not be affected due to this planned action. ERDS and SPDS parameters will be monitored by control board indications. Compensatory actions have been developed."

The PPCS outage is expected to commence around 0700 CST on 1/6/05. The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 1/20/05 AT 1724 FROM J. ROBB TO W. GOTT * * *

The Plant Process Computer System was restored at 0005 CST on 01/20/05. ERDS and SPDS are now available. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO (A.M. Stone).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41324
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: TERRACON
Region: 4
City: LAS VEGAS State: NV
County:
License #: 00-11-0326-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STAN MARSHALL
HQ OPS Officer: JANELLE BATTISTE
Notification Date: 01/12/2005
Notification Time: 12:01 [ET]
Event Date: 01/11/2005
Event Time: 05:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/20/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
LINDA GERSEY (NMSS)
TAS (via email) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

During the time frame of 11:00 pm on January 11, 2005 and 5:30 a.m. on January 12, 2005, a Troxler Model 3430 portable gauge containing 9 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241/Be was reported stolen. The serial number on the Troxler gauge is not known at this time. The device was reported as fully locked, with all sources in the storage positions. The Nevada Health Division, Radiological Health Section, was notified by the licensee on January 12, 2005 at approximately 7:00 a.m.

The individual involved was instructed by corporate RSO to notify local police. No other information is known at this time. An investigation is being conducted.

Event Report ID No. NV-05-001

***** UPDATE AT 13:08 EST ON 1/19/05 FROM S. MARSHALL TO M. ABRAMOVITZ *****

The initial information incorrectly identified the gauge as Troxler, Model 3430. The correct Troxler Model is 3450, Serial # 000863. The Event Report ID No. NV-05-001 was incorrect, it should have read Event Report ID No. NV-05-002.

The gauge was found on Friday, 01/14/05, by a private citizen on the curb at a local supermarket. The citizen called the licensee to advise them of the location of the gauge. The licensee will leak test the gauge before returning it to service.

Notified R4DO (Clark), NMSS (Essig), and TAS (Hahn).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41343
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: BUILDING & EARTH SCIENCES, INC.
Region: 1
City: COLUMBUS State: GA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LEE COX
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 01/18/2005
Notification Time: 16:50 [ET]
Event Date: 01/17/2005
Event Time: 07:25 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1)
E. WILLIAM BRACH (NMSS)

Event Text

NORTH CAROLINA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER

The following information was reported by facsimile.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported a damaged Troxler moisture density gage during construction activities in Reidsville, NC. The NC Radiation Protection Section dispatched a health physicist to the site, the health physicist secured the damaged gage on site and conducted radiation exposure surveys to access the status of the radioactive sources. All indications and surveys support that no radiological damage occurred to those workers involved and no damage was incurred to the environment.

Damage to the gage resulted in a potential loss of shielding. If the gage is mishandled the source rod will pull out. The gage was secured and the sliding block was closed.

Stakeholders and responsible parties were contacted and are arranging to have the gage appropriately transferred to the manufacturer for further evaluation. The NC Radioactive Materials Branch is investigating all compliance issues and the possibility of the company using licensed material within North Carolina without authority from the agency.

Troxler Model # 3430, S/N 34504

Radiological Information:
Cs-137 10 milliCi S/N 77-1449
AmBe 40 milliCi S/N 47-29961

Survey Results:
Background: 20 microR/hr
three inches from gage: 8 milliR/hr
After gage removed: 20 microR/hr (no indication of contamination)

NC Incident Report: 05-01 The license number was not provided.

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