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Event Notification Report for August 30, 2005

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Event Reports For
08/29/2005 - 08/30/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41954 41958 41959 41960 41961

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41954
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: KENNY CAMBREY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 08/27/2005
Notification Time: 23:22 [ET]
Event Date: 08/27/2005
Event Time: 22:04 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2005
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
PAO-TSIN KUO (NRR)
MEL LEACH (IRD)
AKERS (DHS)
CASTO (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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO HURRICANE WARNING

At 2204 CDT, an Unusual Event was declared due to a Hurricane warning in St Charles Parish, LA. The licensee does not have any Limiting Conditions for Operation on safety related equipment. No electrical grid disturbances currently exist.

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee notified the State and Local government agencies.

* * * UPDATE FROM J. PIERCE TO M. RIPLEY 1144 EDT 08/28/05 * * *

"Waterford 3 will commence a plant shutdown to Mode 4 on August 28, 2005 at 1100 CDT. The goal is to be approximately 325 deg F reactor coolant system temperature with both trains of Shutdown Cooling in service [expected at approximately 0100 CDT 08/29/05] . This is approximately 2 hours before hurricane force winds are expected on site."

Notified R4DO (Jones), NRR EO (Kuo), IRD Mgr. (Wilson), DHS (York), and FEMA (Canupp).

* * * UPDATE FROM J. PIERCE TO J. ROTTON 1131 EDT 08/29/05 * * *

As a result of Hurricane Katrina, all offsite power was lost at 0800 CDT. The emergency diesel generators successfully started and loaded.

Notified R4DO (R. Bywater), NSIR (Leach, Wilson), NRR EO (Kuo, Jung), FEMA (Kuzia), DHS (Stransky).

* * * UPDATE FROM LICENSEE (LEWIS) TO NRC (HUFFMAN) AT 2302 EDT ON 8/29/05 * * *

The Hurricane warning for St Charles Parish, LA, has been discontinued by the National Weather Service. Initiating condition, D UE-5, is no longer applicable. Waterford 3 remains in an Unusual Event for initiating condition C UE-1, loss of all offsite power. An agreement to relax 60 minute notification updates to State and local authorities remains in effect.

The licensee has notified State and local authorities as well as the NRC Resident Inspector.

Offsite power is available to the licensee switchyard. However, the voltage is too high for plant specification and the licensee remains disconnected from offsite power and on the emergency diesel generators.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41958
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: CLAY WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/29/2005
Notification Time: 14:18 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2005
Event Time: 10:45 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)

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

Event Text

SAFETY PARAMETER DISPLAY SYSTEM AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM PLANNED UPGRADE OUTAGE

"On August 29, 2005 at about 1045 PDT, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 3, removed a portion of the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) and the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) from service for a planned upgrade to ensure long-term reliability and improve the human-machine interface. This work is expected to complete within seven days.

"The SPDS emergency assessment function at San Onofre is implemented by a combination of the Qualified Safety Parameter Display System (QSPDS) and the Critical Function Monitoring System (CFMS). The QSPDS portion, which provides emergency assessment capability to plant operators in the control room, will remain functional. The CFMS portion, which receives input from the QSPDS, implements the ERDS and communicates data to the Technical Support Center and Emergency Offsite Facility. Only the CFMS and ERDS are impacted by this upgrade.

"This planned CFMS outage is being reported in accordance with10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as a courtesy notification even though only a portion of the SPDS will be removed from service and preplanned compensatory measures will be in place for the duration of the work.

"At the time of this report, Unit 2 and Unit 3 were operating at about 99 percent and 100 percent power, respectively. The NRC Resident Inspectors will be notified of this occurrence and will be provided with a copy of this report."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41959
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: MIKE BEARD
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/29/2005
Notification Time: 14:29 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2005
Event Time: 12:18 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (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

PARTIAL LOSS OF EMERGENCY SIRENS ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE KATRINA

"Due to winds associated with hurricane Katrina, power has been loss to 17 of the 43 emergency sirens. This places the number of required sirens less than the operability rate of 75%. Additional sirens may be lost as the storm passes through the area. A recovery plan will be developed and implemented once weather conditions allow.

"Notification per ENS [the Emergency Notification System] could not be accomplished and notification was made per commercial phone lines. This event notification documents loss of ENS also which was verified by NRC."

The licensee has notified State and local authorities and the NRC Resident Inspector of this event.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41960
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: RAY ROBERTS
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 08/29/2005
Notification Time: 15:14 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2005
Event Time: 10:30 [MST]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 78 Power Operation 78 Power Operation
2 N Y 91 Power Operation 91 Power Operation
3 N Y 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation

Event Text

OFF SITE NOTIFICATIONS DUE TO LOSS OF INOPERABLE EMERGENCY EVACUATION SIREN

"On August 29, 2005 at approximately 10:30 Mountain Standard Time (MST), the Palo Verde Emergency Preparedness Department identified an inoperable single siren (#18). The siren was vandalized by stealing the internal battery. The affected siren is estimated to impact approximately 131 members of population in the emergency planning zone (EPZ) within 5 miles. 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 Sheriff's Office (MCSO) vehicles with loud speakers to alert persons within the affected area's) when sirens are inoperable.

"Maricopa County and State agencies have been informed 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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41961
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: MIKE BEARD
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 08/29/2005
Notification Time: 19:22 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2005
Event Time: 17:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
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

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM (ERDS) WAS OUT OF SERVICE FOR APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES

The licensee's ERDS was unavailable for 20 minutes. After another attempt was made to activate ERDS, it was successful when the phone modem was cycled and the connection was established.

The NRC resident Inspector was notified..

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