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Event Notification Report for August 26, 2005

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Event Reports For
08/25/2005 - 08/26/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41936 41938 41940 41943 41944 41945 41946 41947 41948

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41936
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: CONVERSE CONSULTANTS
Region: 4
City: COSTA MESA State: CA
County:
License #: 4841-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/22/2005
Notification Time: 13:39 [ET]
Event Date: 08/21/2005
Event Time: 12:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA SMITH (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
PEREZ (email) (TAS)
MEXICO CNSNS (fax) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM CALIFORNIA: STOLEN CPN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE


"RHB received notification this morning that an MC-3 CPN moisture-density gauge with 10 mCi [millicuries] (nominal) Cs-137 AND 50 mCi (nominal) Am-241 was stolen from the back of a truck in the City of Garden Grove, sometime yesterday. The RSO had very few details, and intends to forward a copy of the police report as soon as he receives it. The "Other Contact" listed above is the gentleman who was transporting the gauge when it was stolen. The truck was parked at the individual user's home over the weekend, when the gauge was stolen. I asked whether they would be offering a reward, and the RSO said he would discuss that with company management.

"CPN MC3 M37027389
"Cs-137 370 MBq (10mCi)
"Am-241/Beryllium 1.85 GBq (50 mCi)"

State of California Assignment Number for the event: 082205.


Less than the quantity of a Category 3 source.

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury.

For some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are IAEA Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41938
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: J A CESARE AND ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: LAS VEGAS State: NV
County:
License #: 00-11-0295-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STAN MARSHAL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/22/2005
Notification Time: 16:01 [ET]
Event Date: 08/20/2005
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA SMITH (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)
DONNA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT ON A STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

The State of Nevada reported that a moisture density gauge (CPN Model MC-3, s/n M37037489 with a 50 millicurie Am-241:Be source and a 10 millicurie Cs-137 source) was stolen from a licensee technician's truck. The gauge was locked in the technician's truck at his home. The technician found that the lock had been cut and the gauge stolen sometime over the weekend. The licensee has reported the incident to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

Nevada State Report Number NV-05-007.

This is less than the quantity of an IAEA Category 3 source.

Sources that are 'Less than IAEA Category 3 sources,' are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury.

For some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are IAEA Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41940
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: PHILIP PAUTLER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/23/2005
Notification Time: 13:37 [ET]
Event Date: 08/23/2005
Event Time: 06:13 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/25/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 95 Power Operation 95 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF POWER TO TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER (TSC)

"This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii), which is an 8-hour Non-Emergency Report due to the loss of emergency assessment capability. This report documents the loss of power to the Peach Bottom Technical Support Center (TSC). The loss of power was due to an apparent fault of the Normal power supply, which occurred at 0613 on 08/23/05. The Alternate power supply to the TSC was secured for planned maintenance activities. The restoration of the Alternate power supply to the TSC is in progress. The Peach Bottom NRC Resident was notified."

No work was being performed on the normal power feed to the TSC when power was lost to the TSC. Normal power has been restored to the TSC but power has not been restored to the TSC compressors (breaker problem).

* * * UPDATE ON 08/25/05 AT 1717 EDT FROM ROSS MOONITZ TO GERRY WAIG * * *

"As of 1600 on 8-24-05, TSC ventilation was restored via temporary air compressors and the TSC is now fully operational."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41943
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: BOB HESS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 08/24/2005
Notification Time: 23:26 [ET]
Event Date: 08/24/2005
Event Time: 23:04 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/26/2005
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
DAVID AYRES (R2)
PAO-TSIN KUO (NRR)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
ANDY AKERS (DHS)
DAVID BARDEN (FEMA)

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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO HURRICANE WARNING

The licensee declared an Unusual Event in accordance with their emergency procedures due to hurricane force winds expected within 24 hours. The licensee does not have any Limiting Conditions for Operation on safety related equipment. No electrical grid disturbances currently exist and the licensee is currently testing their diesel generators in accordance with their emergency procedures. All emergency diesel generators are operable.

The licensee notified state and local government agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM D. MORRIS TO W. GOTT AT 0141 EDT ON 08/26/05 * * *

The licensee terminated the Unusual Event at 0110. Updated National Weather Service data removed the hurricane warning in the area.

The licensee notified state and local governments. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Ayers), NRR EO (Kuo), IRD Manager (Wilson), FEMA (Irwin), and DHS (Biasco).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41944
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: CALVIN WARD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/24/2005
Notification Time: 23:43 [ET]
Event Date: 08/24/2005
Event Time: 23:02 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/25/2005
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
DAVID AYRES (R2)
PAO-TSIN KUO (NRR)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
STAN KIMBRELL (FEMA)
ANDY AKERS (DHS)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO HURRICANE WARNING

"On 8/24/2005, at 2302 an Unusual Event was declared at St. Lucie Plant based upon the 2300 EDT Tropical Storm Katrina Forecast/Advisory. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the southeast Florida coast from Vero Beach southward to Florida City. A Hurricane Warning means that Hurricane conditions are expected with the warning area within the next 24 hours. The St. Lucie Plant falls within this Hurricane Warning area."

The licensee entered the Unusual Event based on EAL '5-B.' Currently Unit 2 'B' Train of Component Cooling Water is out if service for planned maintenance.

The licensee notified the state and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM J. ABERNETHY TO ROTTON AT 1824 EDT ON 08/25/05 * * *

The licensee terminated the Unusual Event at 1815. Updated National Weather Service data removed the hurricane warning in the area.

The licensee notified state and local governments. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Ayers), NRR EO (Kuo), IRD Manager (Wilson), FEMA (Erwin), and DHS (Haselton).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41945
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: RUSSEL GREINER
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 08/25/2005
Notification Time: 02:23 [ET]
Event Date: 08/24/2005
Event Time: 23:37 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/25/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (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

EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR AUTOMATIC START DUE TO BUS SUPPLY BREAKER TRIP

4160 volt Bus 1D normal supply Breaker 1D tripped open. The associated No. 2 EDG automatically started and is supplying the 1D 4160 volt Bus. Plant equipment responded as expected. Troubleshooting is in progress to determine the cause of the breaker trip.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41946
Facility: SUMMER
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: RICK GUERRA
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/25/2005
Notification Time: 12:07 [ET]
Event Date: 08/25/2005
Event Time: 11:41 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/25/2005
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
DAVID AYRES (R2)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
IAN JUNG (NRR)
KEN SWEETSER (FEMA)
KRAUSE (DHS)

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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO FIRE IN PROTECTED AREA

"At 1125 on 8/25/05, the 'B' condensate pump tripped. Upon investigation, the turbine building operator noticed smoke coming from the pump motor. There was no visible flame at this time. In response, the 'A' condensate pump was started. Due to a suspected malfunction of the 'A' condensate pump discharge valve, a low water level condition developed in the deaerator storage tank. The order was then given to manually trip the reactor. However, before the operator could complete this action, the low level condition automatically tripped the feedwater pumps and the main turbine which by design tripped the reactor at 1133.

"A Notification of Unusual Event (NUE) was declared at 1141 due to a fire in the protected area lasting for more than 15 minutes. The fire was initially extinguished at 1200. Subsequently, a small flame was noted within the pump motor housing upon removal of an inspection cover at 1253. The fire was ultimately extinguished at 1317.

"The plant is currently stable in mode 3. According to current indications, all safety systems operated as required. The fire was fully contained within the pump motor housing and did not cause any collateral damage. No radioactivity was released to the environment and there were no injuries."

The licensee requested offsite assistance from the Fairfield Fire Department.

All control rods fully inserted from the automatic trip. Decay heat was being removed via emergency feedwater into the steam generators through the steam dumps into the main condenser. Normal offsite power was available and electrical power was in normal alignment.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee notified state and local government agencies.

* * * UPDATE ON 8/25/05 AT 1346 EDT FROM R. SWEET TO SNYDER * * *

At 1327 the licensee terminated the Unusual Event. The licensee was continuing to investigate the cause of the automatic reactor trip and the fire.

Notified R2DO (D. Ayers), NRR EO (I. Jung), IRD Manager (P. Wilson), FEMA (K. Sweetser), and DHS (Krause).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41947
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: ERICK MATZKE
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 08/25/2005
Notification Time: 15:58 [ET]
Event Date: 08/25/2005
Event Time: 10:59 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/25/2005
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
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

POSITIVE RANDOM FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST - ALCOHOL

A licensed employee was determined to be under the influence of alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41948
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: FRANCIS CLIFFORD
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/25/2005
Notification Time: 20:39 [ET]
Event Date: 08/25/2005
Event Time: 16:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/25/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (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

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION INOPERABLE DUE TO FLOW OSCILLATIONS

"This report is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72 (b) (3) (v) due to the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system being declared inoperable. HPCI was declared inoperable on 8/25/05 at 1630 EST due to oscillations at below rated flow during the scheduled operability testing. HPCI was restored to standby line-up when testing was completed and remains available for use. This event is an eight hour notification. Efforts are on going to determine the cause of the oscillations on the Flow Controller. This event had no adverse effect to the health and safety of the public.

"The resident NRC inspector has been notified of this event."

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