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Event Notification Report for May 9, 2005

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05/06/2005 - 05/09/2005

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41656 41661 41670 41671 41673 41674 41675 41676 41677 41678 41679

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41656
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: HDR CONSTRUCTION CONTROL CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: DAYTONA BEACH State: FL
County:
License #: 2763-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/02/2005
Notification Time: 09:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD BARKLEY (R1)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN HUMBOLT DENSITY GAUGE

"Sometime between Friday afternoon (4/29/05) and 07:00 Monday morning (5/2/05), a Humbolt density gauge was stolen from the HDR job site. The gauge was stored in a shed located at 10 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32115. The Florida Bureau of Radiation Control is investigating the case."

Humbolt density gauge model: H-5001EZ
Serial number: 4360
Source activity: Cs-137 10 mCi, Am:Be-241 40 mCi
Police Report Number from Daytona Beach Police: 2005-05-0073
Florida Report: FL05-69

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY ADAMS TO GOULD AT 1545 EDT ON 05/03/05 * * *

"[State of Florida] investigator inspected the temp work site storage area and interviewed licensee rep's and found no discrepancies.

"The gauge was found by Daytona PD mid afternoon on 3 May behind an abandoned house near Lincoln Street in Daytona Beach. The gauge was in its box undamaged, locks were intact and it was working fine. Licensee has taken possession of the gauge The State office will take no further action on this incident."

Notified R1DO (McDermott) and NMSS EO (Holahan)

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41661
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TESTMASTERS INC.
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County: HARRIS
License #: 03651-001
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN VERSER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/03/2005
Notification Time: 08:53 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2005
Event Time: 15:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

"On 5/2/2005 at 4:00 p.m., Texas Department of State Health Services was notified by [the] Radiation Safety Officer [RSO] with Testmasters, Inc. in Houston. [The RSO] stated that he had just received the Occupational Radiation Exposure Report for Testmasters during the period of 3/20/05 through 4/19/05 with a monthly whole body exposure of 4.665 Rem to one of his radiographers. This puts the radiographer's annual exposure at 6.395 Rem. He stated that this radiographer works the night shift and usually works in the dark room where there is no source. There is however one portable gage that is used on night shift at Testmasters for radiography. It is an Amersham 660B with an Ir-192 source. The source activity is 140 Ci. The radiographer thinks he left his badge in his tool box which is located in the radiography bay area. Testmasters plans to make a badge storage area in the front office where all employees can keep their badges when not in use. An investigation will follow."

The employee's badge has been rescinded until this investigation is completed.

State report number: I-8228

* * * UPDATE FROM STATE (K. VERSER) TO P. SNYDER 1200 EDT 5/5/05 * * *

The State provided the following information via email:

The fourth sentence of the original text above should read as follows: "There is however one industrial radiography camera that is used on night shift at Testmasters for radiography."

Notified NMSS (Hickey) and R4DO (Pruett).

* * * UPDATE FROM STATE (K. VERSER) TO HUFFMAN 0940 EDT 5/6/05 * * *

The State provided the following information via email:

"On 5/5/05 DSHS was notified by the licensee that the monthly whole body exposure during the period of 4/20/05 through 5/2/05 had been reported for the affected radiographer. He had received 65 mrem during that period. That brings his annual exposure to 6.45 Rem. He has been restricted from radiological work by the licensee."

R4DO (Pruett) and NMSS (Cox) have been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41670
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE SAUER
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 05/06/2005
Notification Time: 00:32 [ET]
Event Date: 05/05/2005
Event Time: 23:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (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

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED PLANT SHUTDOWN BEGAN AND THEN TERMINATED

"Unit shutdown was commenced at 2305 to comply with requirements of technical specification 3.0.3. 14 and 15 Containment Fan Coil Units (CFCU'S), 2 of 5 total CFCU's, had been removed from service to remove silt buildup in their emergency supply piping. While in this configuration, a tubing line supplying service water pressure for control of the 13SW223 (outlet flow control valve) for 13 CFCU developed a leak that rendered that valve and associated CFCU inoperable. With 3 CFCU's inoperable entry into technical specification 3.0.3 was required. A turbine load reduction was commenced at 2305 at 1% per hour. The 15 CFCU was restored to operable status at 2320 and the technical specification 3.0.3 and the load reduction were terminated. 14 CFCU was returned to operable at 2323. Repairs were made on the tubing for 13 CFCU and that was returned to operable status at 0009 on 5/6/05. 11 and 12 CFCU's were operable and in service for the duration of the event. The unit has been returned to 100% rated power.

"The only other safety related equipment removed from service at the time of the event was the 13 service water pump for investigation of a reduced flow condition, and had no impact on this event.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41671
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: MATT LEECH
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/06/2005
Notification Time: 11:44 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2005
Event Time: 04:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MARK LESSER (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 52 Power Operation 52 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF COMMUNICATION

"At approximately 5:45 AM, [EDT], the Harris Nuclear Plant (HNP) Control Room was informed by Chatham County that the county had lost the ability to receive communication due to the loss of a major fiber ring that services the area. The county would not have been able to receive notification from HNP via the Selective Signaling System or the public phone lines from approximately 0415 to 0539 hours. HNP verified that communications are presently available for the State of North Carolina and all four counties within the 10-mile emergency planning zone. Only the Selective Signaling System to Chatham County remains inoperable and under investigation for repair. This requires an 8 hour non-emergency notification per 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of a significant portion of the offsite notification system. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was informed."

Since the phones are now operable, the licensee would notify Chatham County via the public phone system if required.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41673
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: T. R. JONES
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/06/2005
Notification Time: 13:10 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2005
Event Time: 10:32 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
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):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (R1)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO STEAM FLOW/ FEED FLOW MISMATCH SIGNAL

"On May 6, 2005, at 10:32 hours, an automatic reactor trip occurred due to a Main Steam Flow/Feedwater Flow mismatch on the 32 Steam Generator (SG). All control rods fully inserted and safety equipment operated as expected. Auxiliary Feedwater started as expected. The Emergency Diesel Generators did not start as offsite power remained available. The plant is in Hot Shutdown at Normal Temperature and Pressure and there was no radiation release. The condition is under investigation and a post trip review is being conducted."

No primary or secondary relief valves lifted during the reactor trip. Decay heat is being discharged to the main condenser via the high pressure steam dumps. Auxiliary feedwater is being used to maintain SG level. The electrical grid is stable. There was no affect on Unit 2.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the State of New York.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41674
Rep Org: COUNTY COLLEGE OF MORRIS
Licensee: COUNTY COLLEGE OF MORRIS
Region: 1
City: RANDOLPH State: NJ
County: MORRIS
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HARVEY JACKSON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/06/2005
Notification Time: 11:10 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (R1)
CHARLIE COX (NMSS)

Event Text

23 TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS UNACCOUNTED FOR AFTER REMODELING OF BUILDING

In December, 2003, the County College of Morris started remodeling several campus buildings. In the pre-planning stages of the construction effort, the electrical contractor accepted responsibility to properly dispose of hazardous materials recovered or during the remodeling effort which included the 23 tritium exit signs. On May 3, 2005, the college requested proof of disposal from the contractor. The contractor was not able to produce the required documents. Upon further investigation, the contractor is currently unaware of the location or disposition of the missing signs.

The exit signs were Everglo model 700C/10 with average manufacturing date of June, 2002. Maximum tritium content of each sign was 25 Curies.

The college has notified New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection of the missing signs.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41675
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: DAVE O'DONNELL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/06/2005
Notification Time: 16:46 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 9 Startup 9 Startup

Event Text

LOSS OF SAFETY FUNCTION ON REACTOR WATER CLEAN UP INSTRUMENTATION

"Report - Loss of Safety Function

"On 5/5/06 at 1130 [EDT] it was discovered test equipment was left installed in the Reactor Water System instrumentation that rendered both system delta flow isolation instruments inoperable.

"The test equipment was removed and both instruments were declared operable at 1455."

The system was in service at the time.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41676
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ROBERT STEIGERWALD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/07/2005
Notification Time: 00:16 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2005
Event Time: 21:36 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (R1)

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

Event Text

DEGRADED PIPE RESTRAINT ON HPCI DISCHARGE PIPING

"This non-emergency 8-hour report is pursuant, to 10CFR50.72(b)(3). On 05/06/05 at 21:36, [High Pressure Coolant Injection] HPCI was declared inoperable based on a degraded pipe restraint and a degraded snubber associated with the Unit 3 HPCI discharge piping. The degraded pipe restraint and snubber were discovered on 05/05/05 at 17:05.

"The subsequent engineering evaluation determined that HPCI is inoperable until the supports are repaired. Reactor operation is unaffected and Unit 3 remains at 100% power. The inoperability of the HPCI system places the plant in a 14 day Limiting Condition of Operation, per [Technical Specification] TS 3.5.1. Further investigation of the cause is in progress."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41677
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: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/07/2005
Notification Time: 05:25 [ET]
Event Date: 05/07/2005
Event Time: 03:41 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 68 Power Operation 68 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF SERVICE TO TONE ALERT SYSTEM

"This is to report a [10CFR] 50.72 Non-Emergency 8 hour notification per 50.72 (b)(3)xiii. Unit 1 was notified at 05:06 [on 05/07/05] that as of 04:41 EST the Tone Alert System has been out of service for greater than 1 hour. [Licensee] will notify NRC when the system has been restored to service."


See related Fitzpatrick event #41678

The licensee indicated there was no notifications being made, except for the NRC Resident Inspector.

*** UPDATE FROM M. MINNICK TO J. KNOKE AT 07:53 EDT ON 05/07/05

The licensee (Matthew Minnick) reported their Tone Alert System is back in service, and will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector of that information.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41678
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KERRY ALLEN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/07/2005
Notification Time: 05:29 [ET]
Event Date: 05/07/2005
Event Time: 03:41 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (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

Event Text

TONE ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE

Fitzpatrick was informed by Nine Mile Point that the Tone Alert Notification System has been out of service since 0341 EDT. The licensee did not know the nature of the problem with the Tone Alert system nor was there any information on an estimated repair time. The licensee noted that the Siren Notification System was still operable. The licensee planned to contact Oswego County Emergency Management to obtain additional details on the nature of the problem and to discuss pertinent compensatory measures.

See related Nine Mile Point event #41677.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM LICENSEE (JOHNSON) TO NRC (HUFFMAN) AT 0952 EDT ON 5/7/05 * * *

Oswego County informed the licensee that the Tone Alert System was repaired and returned to service at 0734 EDT.
The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

R1DO (McDermott) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41679
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ERIC POWELL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/07/2005
Notification Time: 14:03 [ET]
Event Date: 05/07/2005
Event Time: 11:50 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (R1)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATIONS DUE TO HYDRAZINE RELEASE

"An undetermined quantity of water containing 40 [parts per billion] hydrazine was discharged into the Delaware River through a state permitted outfall. The discharge was stopped at 1130 on 5/7/05 and confirmed by chemistry sample at 1150. Clean-up efforts are in progress. This event had no impact on plant safety or operation. No one was injured as a result of this event. No safety systems actuated or were required to activate as a result of this event. All systems operated as required."

The cause is under investigation by the licensee.

The licensee notified Lower Alloway Creek Township and the state of New Jersey.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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