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Event Notification Report for February 10, 2005

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Event Reports For
02/09/2005 - 02/10/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


39873 41375 41376 41387 41389 41390 41391 41392 41394

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 39873
Rep Org: S.K. GEOTECHNICAL CORPORATION
Licensee: S.K. GEOTECHNICAL CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: HELENA State: MT
County:
License #: 25-27594-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LOWELL KLOCKE
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 05/21/2003
Notification Time: 13:06 [ET]
Event Date: 05/21/2003
Event Time: 07:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
JIM WHITNEY (TAS)
LARRY CAMPER (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Campbell Pacific Nuclear portable moisture density gauge Model MC-3, Serial Number MC 39058846 was stolen from the licensee's storage trailer. The gauge contains a cesium-americium-beryllium radioactive source (10 millicuries Cs-137 and 50 millicuries Am-241/Be). The licensee's trailer containing the stolen gauge was located at a Home Depot construction site, 1801 Custer Ave, Helena, MT 59601. Helena City police is investigating this and other thefts that occurred overnight at several trailers located at this same site.

The licensee contacted Region IV (M. Shaffer) and will contact the Montana Department of Health.


* * * UPDATE ON 02/09/05 @ 1819 BY GREG STAFFILENO TO CHAUNCEY GOULD * * *

The licensee was contacted by another company which also uses moisture density gauges to inform them they had in their possession the stolen gauge. The individual that had the device spotted it for sale on the street in Los Angeles CA for $20 and bought it. The devise appeared to be in good shape but has been taken to a local gauge service company where it will be checked out before it is returned to the original licensee.

Notified Reg 4 RDO (Whitten) and NMSS EO(Reamer)

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Hospital Event Number: 41375
Rep Org: UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT HEALTH CT
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT MEDICAL CTR
Region: 1
City: FARMINGTON State: CT
County:
License #: 06-13022-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEN PRICE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/04/2005
Notification Time: 18:00 [ET]
Event Date: 02/04/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(1) - DOSE <> PRESCRIBED DOSAGE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
M. WAYNE HODGES (NMSS)

Event Text

MEDICAL EVENT

"At 0900 hours on 2/4/05, a Nuclear Medicine Technician attempted to inject 32.7 milliCuries of Tc-99m into an implanted single lumen port located near the left breast of a female patient. The patient was scheduled for a red blood cell study. After injecting 21.1 mCi, the Tech noticed resistance and could not deliver the rest of the dose. A scan of the patient indicated the material was not metabolizing, and a localized spot was identified near the port. The Nuclear Medicine Physician, after reading the scan, determined that the dose had been delivered to a volume of 15-30 cubic centimeters of tissue around the port. The Radiation Safety Officer estimated that the committed absorbed dose to this tissue volume is on the order of 52.7 to 83.2 Rad, using MIRD dosimetry. The patient was notified by the Nuclear Medicine Physician, and the physician has indicated that there will be no deleterious effects on the patient. The NRC Operations Center was called at 1800 hours on 2/4/05, as of this time it is not certain if the internal line was crimped by the patient or the event was caused by failure of the port."

* * * * RETRACTION OF REPORT ON 02/09/05 AT 1058 EST BY KEN PRICE TO MACKINNON * * * *

Retracting report after discussion with NRC Region 1 Penny Lanzisera. The licensee is retracting this report because it has been determined not to be a reportable event. R1DO (Jim Trapp) and NMSS (Sandra Wastler) notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41376
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: ENGEO, INC.
Region: 4
City: VALLEJO State: CA
County:
License #: 3016-07
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/04/2005
Notification Time: 18:53 [ET]
Event Date: 02/03/2005
Event Time: 16:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 02/04/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GARY SANBORN (R4)
M. WAYNE HODGES (NMSS)

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from California Radiation Health Bureau via facsimile:

"A Troxler Moisture Density gauge (Serial # 27061) was run over at construction site at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA at 4:30 PM on 2/3/05. According to the RSO, the gauge operator was standing 15 feet from the gauge when a loader operated by Gilotti Construction changed course and ran over the gauge. The gauge was damaged severely and the source rod was bent and removed by the operator from it's protective lead shield. The rod and gauge were stored in a shed and CPN (gauge manufacturer) has been contacted this afternoon and will retrieve the gauge and prepare it for transport to Troxler, Inc. The RSO will be investigating this incident"

The gauge contains 8 milliCuries of Cs-137 and 40 milliCuries of Am-241. At this time, there does not appear to be any personnel overexposures or spread of contamination due to this event. The State of California has requested that the worker's film badges be immediately processed as a part of the licensee investigation.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41387
Rep Org: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES
Licensee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DWAINE BROWN
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 02/08/2005
Notification Time: 19:21 [ET]
Event Date: 02/08/2005
Event Time: 11:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
JAMES TRAPP (R1)
GEORGE PANGBORN (R1)
LONNIE LACEY (DHS)
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
MR CREWS (DOT)
THOMAS YATES (DOE)
JOSEPHINE PICCONE (STP)
JACK RAMSEY (IP)
JACK CRLENJAK (IRD)

Event Text

LICENSEE REPORTED A SHIPMENT THEY WERE TO RECEIVE IS UNACCOUNTED FOR

Halliburton Energy Services had shipped a well logging source and calibrating source containing 18.5 curies of Am-241 Be and .5 curies of Am-241 from Nizhnevartovsk, Russia to Houston TX. Both sources were in a 18" dia 23" long cylindrical type "A" container which weighed 83kg. The sources went through Amsterdam to JFK in New York and cleared customs in New York on 10/09/04. After clearing customs they have not been able to track the package to any of the transport companies that were scheduled to handle it. An ongoing search is still being conducted.


* * * UPDATE ON 02/09/05 @ 1751 FROM RICHARD ARSENAULT TO CHAUNCEY GOULD * * *

The licensee was notified at 1621 CT that the unaccounted for sources were located at the Forward Freight facilities in Boston, MA. It appears that they were trucked to Boston after a Boston label was inadvertently placed on the package at the Newark facility of Forward Freight. The licensee stated the package appears to be intact and the are sending a rep to Boston on 2/10/05.

Notified Regs 1 & 4, NMSS, PAO, DHS, DOT, DOE, IP, TAS, STP

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41389
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: JIM MORELAND
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 02/09/2005
Notification Time: 03:31 [ET]
Event Date: 02/09/2005
Event Time: 01:04 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 85 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO LOSS OF NORMAL AND ALTERNATE POWER TO SAFETY BUS

"The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event, additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time, a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73.

"On February 9, 2005, at approximately 01:04 MST, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) Unit 1 commenced a reactor shutdown required by Technical Specification 3.8.1.

"Limiting Condition for Operability (LCO) 3.8.1 requires two independent AC sources be available. On February 6, 2005, at approximately 22:19 Mountain Standard Time (MST) a valid actuation of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1 Train 'B' Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) occurred as a result of under-voltage on its respective safety bus (PBB-S04). EDG 'B' started and loaded as designed to energize PBB-S04. (Reference EN #41379 reported on 02/06/2005).

"The loss of power to the safety bus was the result of a fault associated with 13.8KV breaker NAN-SO6J which caused breakers NAN-S06H (normal power supply), NAN-S06K (alternate power supply), and NAN-S06J (EOF & TSC Bldg power supply) to all trip open on over-current. This action resulted in the de-energization of NAN-SO6, NAN-S04, and PBB-S04. PVNGS will be unable to make repairs and restore the required second independent AC power source with the allowed 72 hour required action time frame.

"The event did not result in the release of radioactivity to the environment and did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant or health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41390
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: GORDY ROBINSON
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 02/09/2005
Notification Time: 14:22 [ET]
Event Date: 02/09/2005
Event Time: 09:20 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1)

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 91 Power Operation 91 Power Operation

Event Text

BOTH TRAINS OF THE CONTROL STRUCTURE EMERGENCY OUTSIDE AIR SUPPLY SYSTEM INOPERABLE

"At 09:20 am, on February 9th, the control room declared both trains of Control Structure Emergency Outside Air Supply System (CREOASS) inoperable. The control room was notified of an inoperable boundary door that was not closed and latched and therefore would not have allowed CREOASS to perform its safety function of maintaining the Control Structure at a positive pressure if required. The door was closed and locked [at 11:15] to restore the habitability boundary.

"The door has since been repaired [adjustment of latch mechanism].

"Initial investigation determined that the door had been unlocked at approximately 09:20 this morning by an elevator vendor to perform maintenance.

"This is being reported as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function required to mitigate the consequences of an accident.

"CREOASS was not called upon to function during the period that the door was not operable."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 41391
Facility: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PIKETON State: OH
County: PIKE
License #: GDP-2
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707002
NRC Notified By: ERIC SPAETH
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/09/2005
Notification Time: 15:46 [ET]
Event Date: 02/09/2005
Event Time: 12:03 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
MALCOLM WIDMANN (R2)

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO REPORTABLE QUANTITY SPILL CONTAINED ON SITE

The following information was obtained from the regulatee via facsimile:

"On 2/09/05 at approximately 1025 hours [EST] , a Hazardous Material spill occurred on plant site. Utility operations was transporting a small tank (app. 320 gallon capacity) of Sodium Hypochlorite with a fork truck. The tank tipped off of the forks, hit the ground, and landed on its side causing the cap to come off. Approx. 150 gallons of Sodium Hypochlorite spilled to the ground resulting in a hazardous material spill.

"At 1203 hours, the Plant Shift Superintendent notified the National Response Center and the Ohio EPA that a Reportable Quantity (RQ) of hazardous material (Sodium Hypochlorite)) was released to the ground. No material left the immediate area and clean-up of the spill is currently in process. UE2-RA-RE1030, Appendix D, section P requires a 4-hour NRC event [notification] when other government agencies are notified."

There were no personnel injuries or plant equipment damaged as a result of the spill.

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41392
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KLAY KIMPLE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/09/2005
Notification Time: 16:20 [ET]
Event Date: 02/09/2005
Event Time: 12:22 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 54 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO UNISOLABLE PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAK

The following information was obtained from the licensee via facsimile:

"On February 9, 2005, at 1222 hours [CST], South Texas Project Unit 2 commenced a reactor shutdown required by Technical Specification (TS) 3.4.6.2, 'Reactor Coolant System - Operational Leakage.'

"Following investigation into an increasing containment atmosphere particulate radiation monitor trend, primary leakage (steam plume) was discovered coming from a 3/4 inch vent line off of the 'A' Cold Leg Safety Injection line. The leak is located in an area between the Safety Injection line and the first vent line isolation valve, and is therefore considered an unisolable pressure boundary leak. TS 3.4.6.2 requires that with any Pressure Boundary Leakage, the Unit must be in at least Hot Standby within 6 hours and in Cold Shutdown within the following 30 hours. At the time of discovery, the total unidentified reactor coolant system leak rate was determined to be 0.13 gpm.

"The vent line pipe and weld material is stainless steel.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(i) for commencement of a TS required shutdown, and 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(ii)(A) for the condition of the nuclear power plant, including its principal safety barriers, being seriously degraded."

There is no impact on South Texas Project Unit 1. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41394
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BOB SCARBOROUGH
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/09/2005
Notification Time: 22:10 [ET]
Event Date: 02/09/2005
Event Time: 20:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
ELLIOT BRENNER (PAO)
VICTOR DRICKS (PAO)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO PRESS RELEASE FOR PLANT SHUTDOWN

The following information was obtained from the licensee via facsimile:

"STP [South Texas Project] Nuclear Operating Co. will be making a press release concerning the shut down of Unit 2. STPNOC will be sharing the press release with various locals and state government agencies and the media.

"NRC was notified of the TS [Technical Specification] required shutdown on 2/9/05 (EN# 41392)"

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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