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Event Notification Report for June 30, 2005

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Event Reports For
06/29/2005 - 06/30/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41809 41810 41812

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41809
Rep Org: INDIANA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Licensee: INDIANA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 3
City: LA PORTE State: IN
County:
License #: 132634001
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TOM KONIECZNY
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 06/29/2005
Notification Time: 07:55 [ET]
Event Date: 06/28/2005
Event Time: 18:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
TAS (email) ()

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler Moisture Density Gauge Model 3440, S/N 18795 was stolen from a locked closet in the licensee's trailer field office located in East Chicago, IN, between 1800 [CDT] on 6/28/05 and 0600 on 6/29/05. The Model 3440 contains two (2) radioactive sources; 8 millicuries Cs-137 (S/N 508385) and 40 millicures Am-241/Be (S/N 4714253). The licensee contacted the local police and they are investigating the incident. The licensee is not planning to issue a press release.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41810
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DAN MARKS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 06/29/2005
Notification Time: 13:23 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2005
Event Time: 04:43 [MST]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JEFFERY CLARK (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

EVACUATION SIREN INOPERABLE

"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 June 29, 2005 at approximately 08:55 Mountain Standard Time (MST), the Palo Verde Emergency Preparedness Program Manager was notified of an inoperable single siren #36. An alarm indicates that the inoperability started at 04:43 AM MST. The siren was vandalized by destroying the battery case and stealing the internal battery. The affected siren is estimated to impact approximately 215 members of population (10.1 %) 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 Sheriffs Office (MCSO) vehicles with loud speakers to alert persons within the affected area(s) when sirens are inoperable.

"The County was informed at 09:25 AM MST to implement the MCSO notification if a need arises.

"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."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41812
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVID HALL
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/29/2005
Notification Time: 17:32 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2005
Event Time: 14:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (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

LOSS OF EMERGENCY SIRENS DUE TO POWER OUTAGE

"At 1440 hrs [EDT] on 06/29/05, the Emergency Plan Coordinator for PSEG informed the Hope Creek Control Room that 31 offsite sirens were inoperable due to an unplanned power outage. The Hope Creek ECG [Emergency Communications Guide] requires an eight-hour report to be made if greater than 17 offsite sirens are inoperable for more than one hour. All safety systems are available and operable with the exception of the 'C' Safety Auxiliary Cooling Water Pump, and the 'C' Residual Heat Removal Pump, which is cleared and tagged for a scheduled system outage. At 1555 [hrs.], [we were] notified by [the] Emergency Plan coordinator that power was restored to a majority of the sirens in New Jersey. [Nine] sirens in New Jersey are still inoperable, [one] siren in Delaware is still inoperable."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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