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Event Notification Report for June 6, 2005

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Event Reports For
06/03/2005 - 06/06/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41657 41738 41743 41745

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 41657
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: STEVEN BENEDICT
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/02/2005
Notification Time: 09:43 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2005
Event Time: 06:11 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/03/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Startup 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN - REACTOR VESSEL LEVEL INSTRUMENTATION

"On 5/1/05 at 19:16, the plant entered MODE 2 and began a reactor startup. After withdrawing control rods, but prior to criticality, perturbations were noticed on reactor vessel level indications and control rod withdrawal was halted.

"At 22:32 control rods were inserted in reverse order to maintain the reactor subcritical. At that time, level instrumentation associated with the 'A' level reference leg was declared inoperable. All control rods were inserted at 23:02 in Mode 2.

"At 23:32 on 5/1/05 a 12 hour shutdown statement was entered due to the inoperable level instrumentation. Efforts were underway to troubleshoot and restore the level Instrumentation.

"On 5/2/05 at 06:11 the reactor mode switch was placed in shutdown - level instrumentation will not be restored within the time allowed by Technical Specifications. Instrument fill and vent procedures are being implemented at this time. The plant expects to enter Mode 2 later today."

Technical specification 3.3.6.1 requires restoration within one hour, shutdown within 12 hours. This reference leg level affects both the wide and narrow range level instruments and feed into the Reactor Protective System, Emergency Core Cooling System Instrumentation, and Isolation Instrumentation systems.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION ON 6/3/05 AT 12:02 FROM PERRY'S COMPLIANCE SUPERVISOR (KEN MEADE) TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Update to Event Notification (EN 41657) Retraction:

"A 4-hour notification was made on May 2, 2005, in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(i), for a shutdown required by Technical Specifications. The report was made due to inserting all withdrawn control rods during a startup, prior to criticality, for Technical Specification 3.3.6.1 required actions. Technical Specification 3.3.6.1 was entered as a result of level perturbations determined to have been caused by reference leg keep-fill system operation when the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) was under vacuum conditions with minor component compression fitting leaks. Actions were taken to fix the minor leaks in the reference leg keep-fill panel. Additionally, the reference leg keep-fill system was removed from service until the RPV was pressurized.

"It was subsequently determined that since the reactor had not yet been taken critical, the reactor was in a shutdown condition. Per NUREG-1022, rev 2, section 3.2.1 'Plant Shutdown Required by Technical Specifications,' the 'initiation of any nuclear plant shutdown' does not include mode changes required by TS if initiated after the plant is already in a shutdown condition. Since the plant remained in a shutdown condition, this issue is not reportable.

"Since the condition is not reportable. EN 41657 is retracted."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The R3DO (Burgess) has been notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41738
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: GEOTECHNICAL CONSULTANTS, INC.
Region: 3
City: WESTERVILLE State: OH
County:
License #: 31210250023
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/01/2005
Notification Time: 12:23 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2005
Event Time: 11:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/01/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)
LANCE ENGLISH e-mail (TAS)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via e-mail:

"Licensee reported that employee's truck, containing moisture density gauge, was stolen from employee's apartment complex parking lot in Hamilton, Ohio sometime between 1:30 AM and 7:00 AM on June 1, 2005. The gauge was chained inside the bed of the pick-up. Employee went home after late work assignment at remote location with the gauge still in the vehicle. The employee failed to follow licensee procedures requiring that the gauge remain in secure location at the remote job site or be returned to licensee's offices. The gauge is a CPN Model MC1DR, containing a 10 mCi Cs-137 source and a 50 mCi Am-241 source (maximum activities). The serial number is MD50407830. A police report (# 29319) has been filed with the Hamilton, Ohio police department. There is no indication at this time that the gauge itself was stolen for malicious purposes. This information is current as of 11:45 PM on 6/1/05."

Ohio Reference Number: OH 2005-068

* * * UPDATE FROM STATE (JAMES) TO NRC (HUFFMAN) AT 1430 EDT ON 6/1/05 * * *

The licensee provided the following information via e-mail:

"Licensee called Ohio Department of Health (ODH) at 2:00 PM on 6/1/05 to report that truck and gauge had been recovered and that gauge was fully intact in shipping container. Licensee further stated that gauge was never technically stolen. Licensee's employee parked in the wrong space at the apartment complex and apartment management had the vehicle towed early this morning. The vehicle, with the gauge, had been at the Hamilton, Ohio police department vehicle impound lot until employee was notified that vehicle had been towed. Once notified, licensee recovered the gauge and is taking it to their Dayton office for storage."

ODH representative (Owen) noted in a followup e-mail that [albeit the gauge was] not stolen, there remains an issue of adequate control in accordance with licensing requirements.

R3DO (Burgess) and NMSS (Correia) notified. TAS (English) informed via e-mail.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41743
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: GRANT MELIN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 06/03/2005
Notification Time: 01:00 [ET]
Event Date: 06/03/2005
Event Time: 00:33 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/03/2005
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)
PATRICK HILAND (NRR)
TIM MCGINTY (IRD)
JOEL MUNDAY (R2)
INSUNG LEE (DHS)
CHRIS LIGGET (FEMA)
MIKE SMITH (DOE)

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

Event Text

DECLARED UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO RCS LEAKAGE IN EXCESS OF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION LIMIT

"Declared Unusual Event due to RCS leakage greater than 10 gallons per minute. VCT level is lowering with constant plant temperature, pressure and pressurizer level. VCT level lowering at approximately 19 gallons per minute with associated rise in RWST level approximately 20 gallons per minute."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM MELIN TO W. GOTT AT 0120 ON 06/03/05 * * *

The licensee briefed NRC Management (McGinty, P. Hiland, R. Haag, J Munday) that the leakage was verified to be CVCS leakage and not RCS leakage. The leakage was stopped at 0055 and the licensee is evaluating termination/retraction criteria. NRC will not enter Monitoring Mode.


* * * UPDATE FROM G MELIN TO W. GOTT AT 0140 ON 06/03/05 * * *

"At 0055, leakage stopped. Leakage verified to be CVCS leakage, not RCS. The leakage is stopped. Validating no other anomalies exist then will evaluate termination and retraction of UE notification."


* * * UPDATE FROM G MELIN TO P. SNYDER AT 0221 ON 06/03/05 * * *

"Notification of termination of Unusual Event at 0221. Plant validation complete. RCS gross leakage is 0.07 gallon per minute and plant parameters are stable. Leakage confirmed to be from CVCS system which has been isolated."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (R. Haag), NRR EO (P. Hiland), IRD (T. McGinty), R2 (J. Munday), DHS (I. Lee), FEMA (C. Ligget), and DOE (M. Smith)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41745
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: MCBREARTY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/03/2005
Notification Time: 14:57 [ET]
Event Date: 06/03/2005
Event Time: 06:33 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/03/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Decommissioned 0 Decommissioned
2 N Y 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - NON-LICENSED SUPERVISOR FAILED BREATHALYZER

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

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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