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Event Notification Report for May 11, 2005

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Event Reports For
05/10/2005 - 05/11/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41669 41672 41680 41681 41683 41684 41687 41688

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41669
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: KLEINFELDER INC.
Region: 4
City: TEMPE State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 7-409
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY V. GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/05/2005
Notification Time: 16:06 [ET]
Event Date: 05/04/2005
Event Time: 13:35 [MST]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
THOMAS ESSIG (NMSS)
TAS (E-MAIL) ()
CNSNS-MEXICO (FAX) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TROXLER GAUGE

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"At approximately 1:35 PM May 4, 2005, the Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory] was informed that the Licensee had determined they were missing a Portable Gauge, Troxler Model 3440, SN 19964. The missing gauge was in storage at the company's location at 1335 West Auto Drive, Tempe, Arizona. The gauge was last accounted for when logged into the secured storage room at 6:30 PM on 4/27/2005. The RSO stated that no one had broken into the building. The gauge contains 8 mCi of Cesium-137 and 40 mCi Am:Be-241.

"Tempe PD is investigating and has issued report number 05-073866

"The Licensee is offering a $500.00 reward for the recovery of the sources. A press release is to be made.

"The Agency continues to look for the source.

"The states of CA, NV, CO, UT, and NM and Mexico and U.S. NRC and FBI are being notified of this event."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41672
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF NORTHWEST LA
Region: 4
City: SHREVEPORT State: LA
County:
License #: LA-7390-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BLACKWELL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/06/2005
Notification Time: 11:53 [ET]
Event Date: 02/04/2005
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
CHARLES COX (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"This is a notification of a potential overexposure. [A technician] was repairing a leak on a high pressure line on a cyclotron. While testing the pressure line, the target unload line at the bottom of the target came lose. This resulted in a mist of water containing F-18. This mist contaminated [the technician's] lab coat. The lab coat was removed with the personnel monitoring badge attached and put behind some lead shielding for decay. This occurred on a Friday so the lab coat was [resurveyed on Monday morning] and was not contaminated. [The technician and] the rest of his clothes [were] not contaminated. This is how the facility believes the overexposure of 12 Rem occurred. The facility has put the following in place as corrective action: The technician will share his maintenance work with another qualified operator for the next six months. Chirping personal dosimeters will be worn during high dose maintenance. Instruction will be given concerning the hazards of radioactivity under pressure. All personnel will report any worker contamination to the RSO within 4 hours."

LA Event Report ID No.: LA050004

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41680
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BARRY COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/09/2005
Notification Time: 18:35 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2005
Event Time: 18:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2005
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 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FAILURE OF THE SAFETY PARAMETERS DISPLAY SYSTEM (SPDS)

"The Unit 1 and Unit 2 SPDS systems are out of service and have been out of service since 05-07-2005 at 22:00 for Unit 1 and 1800 for Unit 2.

"The SPDS is a part of the Hatch Emergency Plan as described in Section H of the plan.

"Alternate sources for many of the points in SPDS are available in the main control room. Consequently, with much of this information available in the control room, and communications between the emergency facilities also available, emergency assessment capabilities are maintained. However, since the SPDS units have been out of service for approximately 44 hours, this is being reported under the requirements of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) and under the guidance of NUREG-1022, section 3.2.13, 'Loss of Emergency Preparedness Capabilities.'

"Until today the systems could be rebooted to obtain data when needed."

The systems were intermittently available throughout the weekend and completely failed on 5/9/2005. Plant maintenance is working "around the clock" to restore SPDS capabilities.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM LICENSEE (COLEMAN) TO NRC (HUFFMAN) AT 1113 EDT ON 5/10/05 * * *

The licensee reports that both Unit 1 and Unit 2 SPDS systems were returned to service at 2200 EDT on 5/9/05. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R2DO (Lesser) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41681
Facility: PALISADES
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: FLOYD LAWRENCE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/09/2005
Notification Time: 20:03 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2005
Event Time: 19:46 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2005
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3)
FRANK GILLESPIE (NRR)
TIM MCGINTY (IRD)
MARK SATORIUS (R3)
ROBERT LERCH (R3)
STEVE REYNOLDS (R3)
JOHN FROST (DHS)
KEVIN BISCOE (FEMA)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED
"Emergency Category: Primary Coolant System Integrity

"Appears leak has been isolated."

The plant was performing a SI (Safety Injection) accumulator bottle sampling test. At the conclusion of the test, a valve failed to close which caused excessive pressure in a line. When the pressure source was isolated, thermal expansion occurred which pushed some fluid through the Primary Coolant System check valves into the primary coolant system. When the system was depressurized to relieve the pressure, the primary coolant check valve failed to reseat. As a result, approximately 90 gals of primary coolant back flowed through the primary check valve over a two minute period. The leakage was stopped when the line was isolated remotely from the control room.

The plant is still in the unusual event. The exit criteria is a tech spec leak rate calculation to verify that primary coolant leakage is less than the tech spec allowed value which will take approximately three hours to complete.

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE P. RHODES TO J. KNOKE ON 05/10/05 AT 00:15 EDT * * *

At 00:11 EDT on 05/10/05 the licensee terminated their Unusual Event for Primary Coolant System integrity. The present leak rate is 0.018 gal/min, which is within the allowable Technical Specification limit of <1 gal/min for unidentified primary coolant leakage. There is an LCO (72 hrs) for the primary coolant system check valve that improperly reseated (CK-ES-3131).

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Riemer), NRR EO (Gillespie), IRD Manager (McGinty), DHS (A. Akers) and FEMA (K. Biscoe).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41683
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM FOUSE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/10/2005
Notification Time: 05:07 [ET]
Event Date: 05/10/2005
Event Time: 03:23 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (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
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

LOSS OF EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (ENS) COMMUNICATION LINES

Licensee discovered that the ENS Communication Lines from both the Control Room and the Technical Support Center were unavailable. This constitutes a loss of emergency preparedness capability.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41684
Rep Org: UNIVERSITY OF MN
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF MN
Region: 3
City:  State: MN
County:
License #: SNM-397
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE PETERS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/10/2005
Notification Time: 09:44 [ET]
Event Date: 05/04/2005
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
ANNE MARIE STONE (R3)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
MELVYN LEACH (IRD)
DONNA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)

Event Text

LOSS OF 100 MG OF PLUTONIUM/BERYLLIUM SEALED SOURCE

The Minnesota State University provided notification of a lost sealed source from the radiation facility. The source was a 100mg Pu/Be (6 milliCuries) (Serial # M-1202), and used primarily in the State University laboratory for teaching purposes. In 1962 an inventory was taken and documented that 2 sources (10 gram and 100 mg) were stored in a barrel and shielded in paraffin. Somewhere over the years it was understood that only one 10.1 gram source was in the barrel. When the licensee moved from one facility to another in 1973, no detailed inventory was taken of the contents in the barrel.

On 05/04/05 the sealed sources were being reclaimed by Los Alamos and when the paperwork was checked against the actual contents it was noted that the 100mg sealed source was missing. A thorough search by licensee of their facility did not find any evidence of the missing source.

The source dimension is 1.75 " long and 1.25 " in diameter.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41687
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: OSCAR PIPKINS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/10/2005
Notification Time: 15:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/10/2005
Event Time: 07:55 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - ALCOHOL

A licensed employee had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a for-cause test. The employee's unescorted access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41688
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JEFF BRADLEY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/11/2005
Notification Time: 02:22 [ET]
Event Date: 05/11/2005
Event Time: 01:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES MOORMAN (R2)
FRANK GILLESPIE (NRR)
MELVYN LEACH (IRD)

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

Event Text

NON-WORK RELATED FATALITY AT ONSITE OFFICE AREA

" A contract QC welding inspector suffered an apparent heart attack in an office area around 00:09 on 05/11/05. The on-site emergency medical response team was dispatched to provide assistance. The individual was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The site was notified at 01:35 that the individual had not been revived. This is a non-work related fatality. The employee was not contaminated [and] OSHA will be notified."

The contract worker, who was employed by "The Atlantic Group", was taken to the Piedmont Medical Center in Rockville, SC for medical treatment.

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector, the Emergency Operations Center for the States of NC & SC, and the LLEA for Mecklenburg County.

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