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Event Notification Report for March 8, 2005

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41454 41464 41465 41466 41467

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41454
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: DR. MAHMOUND KHALIL
Region: 4
City: BASTROP State: LA
County:
License #: LA-10578-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BLACKWELL (VIA FAX)
HQ OPS Officer: FANGIE JONES
Notification Date: 03/02/2005
Notification Time: 11:34 [ET]
Event Date: 02/07/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
LINDA PSYK-GERSEY (NMSS)
MATTHEW HAHN (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE STOLEN SOURCE

The following information was provided by the State of Louisiana Radiation Protection Division (text in quotes):

"On February 7, 2005, Dr. Khalil's Cardiology practice was broke(n) into. A 118 microcuries sealed source of Cs-137 was stolen from the lead pig at the facility. The serial number for the source is 3560380A-16. The model number and manufacturer was not reported at this time. The individual that stole the source was caught at the facility, but apparently he made [a] few trips in and out of the facility. He does not remember what he did with the source. The individual was passed out [intoxicated] at the facility when he was caught. Kilgores, Inc provides Health Physics support for the facility. He [Kilgores, Inc] did a survey of the facility and could not locate the source. This event occurred on February 7, 2005 and was reported to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on March 2, 2005."

LA Report Number: LA050002

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41464
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: KEVIN BELDEN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/07/2005
Notification Time: 06:00 [ET]
Event Date: 03/07/2005
Event Time: 04:37 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(A) - ECCS INJECTION
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC TURBINE TRIP/ REACTOR SCRAM

The following information was provided by the licensee (text in quotes):

"At 0437 Unit 1 scrammed. The initiating event appears to be a turbine tripped initiated by a High level in 122 moisture separator drain tank. Investigating [the cause] of the scram will determine the actual cause."

All control rods fully inserted into the core. HPCI initiated. Three relief valves lifted and reseated normally. The Reactor water clean up system is removing decay heat.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 41465
Facility: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PADUCAH State: KY
County: McCRACKEN
License #: GDP-1
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707001
NRC Notified By: CALVIN PITTMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 03/07/2005
Notification Time: 08:50 [ET]
Event Date: 03/06/2005
Event Time: 11:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
CAROLYN EVANS (R2)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

SMALL HYDROGEN FLUORIDE LEAK

The following information was obtained from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant via facsimile (text in quotes);


"At 1140, on 03-6-05, the Plant Shift Superintendent was notified that the C-360 Toll and Transfer Facility Zone 1 PGLD (Process Gas Leak Detection) system (Q Safety System) on # 4 Sample Cabinet actuated. The operators evacuated to the proper assembly point. The emergency Squad entered the building and sampled for Hydrogen Fluoride and sample results were positive. The autoclave and sample cabinet UF6 lines were evacuated and purged. Operators gave bioassay sample and the results indicated an uptake of Uranium. Event investigation is ongoing.

"This event is reportable as a 24 hour event in accordance with the plant procedure UE2-RA-RE1030, Nuclear Regulatory Event Reporting (no 10 CFR section is referenced). An automatic or manual actuation of a Q safety system that results from an event or condition that has the potential for significant impact on the health or safety of personnel. Event having the potential for significant impact are those events where actual plant conditions existed that the system was designed to protect against.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of this event.

"PGDP Problem Report No. ATRC-05-0892; PGDP Event Report No. PAD-2005-07; Worksheet
Responsible Division: Operations"


Atmospheric leak was on line between the autoclave and the sample cabinet. C-360 Toll and Transfer Facility is a stand alone facility. Operations were secured and two individuals had uptakes (Minimal risk): One had an uptake of 7.3 mg/ liter uranium and the other individual had an uptake level of 5.2 mg/ liter uranium. The limit is 5.0 mg/ liter uranium. There was no smoke (very small leak) and a slight smell of Hydrogen Fluoride caused by the leak.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41466
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: RAY ROBERTS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/07/2005
Notification Time: 11:49 [ET]
Event Date: 03/07/2005
Event Time: 08:10 [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TWO EMERGENCY SIRENS INOPERABLE

The following information was received from the licensee via facsimile (licensee text in quotes):

"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 March 7, 2005 at approximately 08:10 Mountain Standard Time, the Palo Verde Emergency Preparedness Program Manager was notified of vandalism to two sirens, #18 and #23, that resulted in the sirens being inoperable. The affected sirens are estimated to impact approximately 465 (total) members of population (approximately 29%) in the emergency planning zone (EPZ) within 5 miles. Palo Verde's reporting criterion is a loss of capability to inform greater than 5% of the population within 5 miles (or 10% within 5 to 10 miles) for greater than 1 hour. This call is being placed due to the relatively large segment of the population affected, and the uncertainty of the length of time that will be needed to restore the siren to operable condition. The Palo Verde Emergency Plan (section 6.6.2.1) has a contingency for dispatching Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) vehicles with loud speakers to alert persons within the affected area(s) when sirens are inoperable.

"There are no events in progress that require siren operation.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of the siren failure and this ENS call."

The vandals cut the battery cables and removed the batteries. The theft has been reported to the MCSO.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41467
Rep Org: UNITED STATES NAVY
Licensee: UNITED STATES NAVY
Region: 1
City:  State: VA
County:
License #: 45-23645-01NA
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CMDR. FRAGOSO
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/07/2005
Notification Time: 13:34 [ET]
Event Date: 01/25/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
MOHAMED SHANBAKY (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)

Event Text

UNRECOVERED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

On January 25, 2005, a U.S. Navy CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter executed a forced water landing and subsequently sank off of the Virginia Cape Operations area. An in-flight safety feature onboard the aircraft, containing approximately 3500 microCuries of Strontium-90, sank with the helicopter. The U.S. Navy is planning on recovering the aircraft (and sources) when the weather becomes more amenable to recovery operations.

The licensee has notified the Region 1 Division of Nuclear Materials Safety.

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