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Event Notification Report for July 25, 2005

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Event Reports For
07/22/2005 - 07/25/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41854 41861 41863 41864 41865

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41854
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: INLAND DREDGING
Region: 1
City: JACKSON State: AL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID WALTER
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 07/19/2005
Notification Time: 10:04 [ET]
Event Date: 07/18/2005
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)

Event Text

ALABAMA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - IMPROPER USE AND SHIPMENT OF NUCLEAR GAUGE

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"Description of Event: A dredging company using GL devices in Alabama illegally, removed and shipped a device containing a 200 milliCuries cesium 137 source to Ronan Engineering Company in Kentucky for repair. The shutter was not locked in the closed position. The owner had painted over the marking and labeling on the source holder so that they were illegible. The dredging company has hired a consultant to reconstruct the incident and try to determine any possible exposures received.

"Additional information will be submitted after the investigation is completed."

The following, additional information was obtained from the State via telephone:

Dredging Company: Inland Dredging, Co. based in Dyersberg, TN, doing work in the vicinity of Jackson, AL
The gauge is currently at Ronan Engineering Co., Florence, KY
Event date is unknown, but the State was notified on the evening of 7/18/05.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41861
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: RODNEY NACOSTE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 07/22/2005
Notification Time: 08:01 [ET]
Event Date: 07/22/2005
Event Time: 03:16 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

T/S SHUTDOWN DUE TO DC SUBSYSTEM DECLARED INOPERABLE

"During performance of 2-SR-3.8.6.2(I-A) QUARTERLY CHECK FOR SHUTDOWN BOARD A BATTERY, the DC subsystem was declared inoperable due to cell voltage not meeting Technical Specification (TS) acceptance criteria. Concurrently a second DC subsystem was inoperable in support of scheduled maintenance activities. As a result of these subsystems being inoperable, Unit 2 entered TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION LCO 3.0.3. at 0220 and commenced a shutdown at 0316. In accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(i) this notification is being made.

"Plant conditions are stable at this time and no other plant systems were affected. At 0450 one DC subsystem was returned to an operable status. As a result of this, Unit 2 exited LCO 3.0.3, shutdown activities were terminated and unit 2 has been returned to 100 % power."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41863
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TERRY KANUETTEL
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/22/2005
Notification Time: 14:50 [ET]
Event Date: 07/22/2005
Event Time: 09:12 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)

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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT INVOLVING A CONTRACT ACTING FOREMAN

A non-licensed contract acting foreman had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The contractor's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operation Officer for additional details.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector and Region 2 (Wallo).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41864
Rep Org: AREVA
Licensee: FRAMATOME ANP, INC
Region: 1
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GAYLE ELLIOTT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 07/22/2005
Notification Time: 16:22 [ET]
Event Date: 06/15/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1)
OMID TABATABAI (NRR)
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)
LINDA SMITH (R4)

Event Text

PART 21 REPORT - PRESSURIZER HEATERS FROM FRAMATOME

AREVA provided the following information via facsimile.

"Reportable Defect

"(i) Name and address of the individual informing the Commission: Gayle Elliott, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501.

"(ii) Identification of the facility, the activity, or the basic component supplied for such facility or such activity within the United States which fails to comply or contains a defect: The components that contain the defect are pressurizer heaters.

"(iii) Identification of the firm constructing the facility or supplying the basic component which fails to comply or contains a defect: Framatome ANP, Inc. supplied pressurizer heaters with internals manufactured by Thermocoax.

"(iv) Nature of the defect or failure to comply and the safety hazard which is created or could be created by such a defect or failure to comply: This issue concerns installed pressurizer heaters that were supplied by Framatome ANP. The heaters in question had a deficiency that may have resulted in a portion of the heated length being located inside the pressurizer heater nozzles (sleeves). Evaluation indicates that the failure mode could cause heating of the pressure boundary base metal (pressurizer heater nozzle) above the design temperature specification.

"(v) The data on which the information of such a defect or failure to comply was obtained: This issue was determined to be a deviation on June 15, 2005.

"(vi) In the case of a basic component which fails to comply, the number and the location of all such components in use at, supplied for, or being supplied for one or more facilities or activities subject to the regulations in this part: Framatome ANP supplied 36 Thermocoax pressurizer heaters to Arizona Public Service for Palo Verde Unit 3 and 30 heaters to Entergy for Waterford Unit 3.

"(vii) The corrective action which has been, is being, or will be taken; the name of the individual or organization responsible for this action; and the length of time that has been or will be taken to complete the action: All of the heaters supplied for Palo Verde Unit 3 have been removed from service and will not be reinstalled in the plant. All of the pressurizer heaters delivered for Waterford 3 (except for five) have been removed from service. The remaining five pressurizer heaters are currently installed in the pressurizer, however, Entergy has taken steps to preclude electrically energizing of these heaters and, therefore, the adverse conditions that could be created by the defect are precluded.

"(viii) Any advice related to the defect or failure to comply about the facility, activity, or basic component that has been, is being, or will be given to purchasers or licensees: See (vii) above."

Also see related Event # 41783

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41865
Rep Org: U.S. ARMY
Licensee: U.S.ARMY
Region: 3
City: ROCK ISLAND State: IL
County:
License #: 12-00722-06
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS GIZICKI
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 07/22/2005
Notification Time: 19:43 [ET]
Event Date: 05/17/2005
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
PATRICK LOUDEN (R3)
LINDA SMITH (R4)
ELMO COLLINS (NMSS)

Event Text

LOST M88 ACADA CHEMICAL DETECTOR

The following information was discussed with the U.S. Army (Gizicki), and faxed to HOC:

"On 23 Dec 04 a Stryker vehicle (sn CV007-01) containing one ea M88 ACADA detector (NSN 6665-01-438-3673 with possible s/n Y14-D-19158 ) was shipped from Ft. Lewis, WA to General Dynamics Land System (GSLS) in Sterling Hts, MI. The M88 ACADA is hard mounted in the Stryker vehicle. The M88 ACADA contains 30 millicuries of Ni-63 in sealed source form. The particular vehicle with the M88 was to be retrofitted and tested for shipment to Iraq.

"The stryker vehicle was received at GDLS Sterling Hts. on 28 Feb 2005. The Stryker vehicle with the M88 was driven from GDLS, Sterling Hts, MI to GDLS Shelby, MI on 28 Feb 05 in order to be equipped with other components and inspected. On 25 March 2005 the Stryker was shipped to Fort Huachuca, AZ where the vehicle was to be further tested. The Stryker vehicle was shipped from EPG Ft. Huachuca, AZ to Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ on 25 March 2005 for additional testing. The vehicle was then shipped from Yuma PG to Ft. Lewis, WA where it was received on 4 April 05.

"On 13 April 05 the M88 ACADA was discovered missing at Ft. Lewis WA. The Licensee was notified on 17 May 05 of the missing M88 detector. Between May 17 and 11 July 2005 an extensive search for the missing M88 occurred at GDLS (Sterling Hts., MI, Shelby MI and Auburn, WA sites), Yuma PG, AZ, Ft. Huachuca, AZ, and Ft. Lewis, WA. The missing M88 could not be found and presumed lost or stolen. The Army is currently conducting their own investigation of the lost device through the Army CID office."

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