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Event Notification Report for September 26, 2005

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09/23/2005 - 09/26/2005

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41999
Rep Org: GEOMECHANICS
Licensee: GEOMECHANICS
Region: 1
City: ELIZABETH State: PA
County:
License #: 37-17332-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WALTER LORENCE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 09/19/2005
Notification Time: 08:32 [ET]
Event Date: 09/19/2005
Event Time: 07:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
TAS (e-mail) ()

Event Text

STOLEN HUMBOLDT SCIENTIFIC MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

An employee of Geomechanics notified his company that a Humboldt Scientific gauge was stolen from his truck. The moisture density gauge is a Humboldt Scientific (Model 5001, S/N 4731) with 40 millicuries of Am-241/Be and 10 millicuries of Cs-137. The source serial numbers are NJ04997 and 5850CM respectively. The employee was parked overnight in a Holiday Inn Express parking lot in Charleston West Virginia when the theft occurred. The gauge was locked in a container, which was chained to the bed of the truck. The licensee notified the LLEA and they are investigating the incident. The licensee is not expecting any media attention, and is not offering a reward.

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.

**** UPDATE 09/23/05 at 1530 EDT from Clay Carney and Walter Lorence to MacKinnon ****

Operations Officer for the State of West Virginia Homeland Security tied the NRC Headquarters Operation Officer with Geomechanics Radiation Safety Officer. The Emergency Director for Boone County, West Virginia, has found the stolen Humboldt Moisture Density gauge intact and in its case. A State of West Virginia police officer is on scene guarding the missing gauge. Geomechanics will be sending a consultant from Applied Health Physics out of Pittsburgh, PA to check the gauge out and bring it back to Geomechanics. Notified NRC R1DO(P. Henderson) & NMSS EO (Scott Moore) and emailed to TAS (L. English).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42005
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: BRETT BOISMENU
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 09/21/2005
Notification Time: 15:57 [ET]
Event Date: 09/21/2005
Event Time: 08:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
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

FITNESS FOR DUTY

A licensed operator had a confirmed positive for drugs 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.

***** UPDATE ON 09/23/05 1729 EDT FROM BRIAN FINCH TO MACKINNON *****

CORRECTION: At the time of the original report on 9/21/05 the Headquarters Operations Officer incorrectly described the results of the random fitness-for-duty test as a confirmed positive. The licensee noted the discrepancy and provided the following additional information which includes the test results for the sample taken on 9/21/05.

On 09/23/05 the test results for the sample submitted on 9/21/05 were received and confirmed positive for drugs.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified of this event update.

NRC R1DO (P. Henderson) notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42008
Rep Org: FLUKE BIOMEDICAL RMS
Licensee: FLUKE BIOMEDICAL RMS
Region: 3
City: SOLON State: OH
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVE SMITH
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/22/2005
Notification Time: 15:33 [ET]
Event Date: 09/07/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1)
TOMAS HERRERA (NMSS)
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
OMID TABATABAI ()

Event Text

PART 21 REPORT ON FLUKE RADIATION METER

The following information was received via facsimile:

1.0 Name and address of individual informing the Commission:

Zisimos Giatis
Quality Assurance Manager
Fluke Biomedical Radiation Management Services
6045 Cochran Road
Solon, Ohio 44139

2.0 Identification of the Basic Component supplied which fails to comply or contains a defect:

Customer Complaint 0065 identifies the inability of the customer to insert the detector into the sample volume to the depth defined in primary isotopic calibration report 958.350. The report and manual for the device state the detector is to be inserted to a depth that results in 0.125 inches of the detector body extending outside of the detector mounting flanges. This dimension was expanded to 0.25 inches for the detectors supplied with a removable rear end cap. The customer advised that when installing the detector per the above, the face of the detector would "bottom out" against the sample volume cap before being fully inserted, leaving a gap of approximately 0.3 inches in front of the detector mounting flanges.

3.0 Identification of the firm supplying the Basic Component which fails to comply or contains a defect:

Fluke Biomedical Radiation Management Services
6045 Cochran Road
Solon, Ohio 44139

(Formerly Victoreen, Inc.)

4.0 Nature of the defect or failure to comply and the Safety Hazard created:

Because the insertion depth is a critical component of the sample volume, and thus the efficiency of the detector, the detector CPM to Ci/cc conversion constant cannot be validated. The conversion constant supplied for the sample geometry will result in the detector either overstating or understating the radioactivity being monitored.

5.0 The date on which the information of such defect or failure to comply was obtained:

The problem was discovered September 7, 2005.

6.0 Affective Facilities

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, California
Jose Cabrera, Spain
KEPCO, Republic of Korea
KAERI, Republic of Korea
Con Ed, Indian Point 2

7.0 Corrective Action:

The primary calibration will be repeated and a revised insertion depth will be provided to the affected customers. The estimated time frame to complete this task is 6 months.

8.0 Advice related to the defect or failure to comply about the Basic Component that has been, is being, or will be given to purchasers:

At the Diablo Canyon plant, the accident range gas channel is not required for plant operation, and has been declared inoperable. International customers are being advised that the response of their accident range gas monitors may be questionable and to verify the insertion depth used in their plant.

* * * UPDATE ON 9/23/05 @ 14:00 BY FAX FROM FLUKE BIOMEDICAL TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Entergy (Con Ed) Indian Point 2 will be notified of the situation, although their sampler is no longer being used."

Notified the R1DO (Henderson), NMSS (Moore) and Part 21 (Tabatabai).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42010
Facility: COOPER
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: STEVE WHEELER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/23/2005
Notification Time: 04:38 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2005
Event Time: 00:40 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 75 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO DEGRADING MAIN CONDENSER VACUUM

"At 0040 hours Central Daylight Time, Cooper Nuclear Station was manually scrammed due to degrading main condenser vacuum. Subsequent to the scram, reactor vessel level lowered to minus 20 inches wide range which corresponds to approximately 140 inches above the top of fuel. A Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) group 2 isolation occurred as expected due to the level transient. All automatic actions occurred as expected.

"This report includes both a 4 hour and an 8 hour report. The 4 hour report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(b), Actuation of RPS when the reactor is critical. The 8 hour report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(a), Actuation of PCIS group 2 due to expected RPV low level following the scram.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of the event."

All control rods fully inserted following the scram. All safety-related equipment including Emergency Diesel Generators are operable. Offsite power is stable and available. RPV water level is currently being maintained at approximately 35 inches with feedwater supplied by the condensate pumps. The cause of the degrading main condenser vacuum is unknown and under investigation. The RWCU Heat Exchanger is in service to remove decay heat.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42011
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: BRIAN BLANCHE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/24/2005
Notification Time: 23:41 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2005
Event Time: 21:21 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/24/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

WEATHER RELATED LOSS OF EMERGENCY SIRENS

"Due to weather from Hurricane Rita, 15 of the 43 emergency sirens are inoperable. This places the number of required sirens less than the required operability rate of 75%. A recovery effort is in progress."

Alternate notification methods with LLEA (state and local governments) are being set up. The licensee expects to return the sirens to service by tomorrow.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42013
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: CURT ARNDT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 09/25/2005
Notification Time: 19:49 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2005
Event Time: 14:10 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/25/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)

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

DEGRADATION IN FIRE BARRIER DISCOVERED DURING AN INSPECTION

"During an inspection of structural steel in the Emergency Filtration Train (EFT) building, it was determined that a portion of the steel did not have adequate fire retardant material protecting the steel. This condition would have compromised the 3 hour-fire barrier between the 2 divisions of the Emergency Service Water (ESW) System, impacting # 11 Emergency Diesel Generator ESW Pumps, # 13 and # 14 ESW Pumps. This condition could have resulted in the inability to establish and maintain cold shutdown conditions in the event of a fire in this area. A fire impairment was entered and an hourly fire watch was established to address this condition. All ESW divisions are presently operable."


The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified of this event by the licensee.

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