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Event Notification Report for October 3, 2005

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09/30/2005 - 10/03/2005

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42018 42019 42027 42028 42029 42030 42031 42032

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42018
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: B&W ENGINEERING
Region: 1
City: MEMPHIS State: TN
County:
License #: R-79222-B06
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BILLY FREEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 09/27/2005
Notification Time: 14:39 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/27/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)
GREGG MORELL (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY email (TAS)

Event Text

TENNESSEE AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler 3430 portable gauge was stolen from the home of an employee of B&W Engineering between mid-day Saturday, 9/24/05 and Monday morning, 9/26/05. The retractable source rod on the gauge was locked, the gauge was in a yellow plastic shipping container which was also locked. The locked gauge in the locked shipping container were located in a locked storage shed behind the employee's home located in Memphis, TN.

The gauge is owned by B&W Engineering, Memphis TN. The Radiation Safety Officer for B&W Engineering said that he had contacted the North Memphis Police Dept., but they told him that the employee from whom the gauge was stolen would have to file a police report personally.

TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation contacted Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and reported the occurrence to them. TEMA said they would contact the Shelby Co. Emergency Management Agency as soon as they hung up. TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation then called Memphis Police Dept., North Precinct and reported the occurrence to them. TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation then reported the occurrence to the Arkansas Radiation Control Program, they said they might issue a press release. TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation then reported the occurrence to the Mississippi Division of Radiological Health. TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation reported to occurrence to Duncan White , NRC Region l. TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation then received a call back from the Memphis Police Dept. who said that they would contact the RSO for B&W and try to file a police report regarding the theft.

Troxler Model 3430 contains 8 millicuries of Cs-137 ands 40 millicuries of Am-241/Be.

Incident Report number TN-05-109


Less than the quantity of a 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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General Information or Other Event Number: 42019
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING INC
Region: 4
City: BRENTWOOD State: CA
County:
License #: 4674-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 09/27/2005
Notification Time: 15:36 [ET]
Event Date: 09/20/2005
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/27/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"On September 20, 2005, a Troxler moisture density gauge, S/N 8161 was run over by a compactor at a job site in Brentwood. According to the report (fax on 9/21/05 and letter dated 9/21/05) provided by the licensee, the gauge shell and base were in pieces. The rod was in one piece but was bent out of shape. The RSO was not available on 9/20/05 and he was immediately notified of the incident. The technician transported the damaged gauge to the Pacific Nuclear Technology (PNT) of Antioch for disposal. The leak test performed on 9/20/05 at PNT indicated no contamination.

"The inspector learned of this incident on 9/27/05 and contacted the licensee and PNT to get further information. According to PNT, the rod was not in the shielded position when it was transported to their location. RHB will perform an investigation to try to determine the cause of this incident."

Incident number: 092105

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42027
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: JOHHN BRADY
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 09/30/2005
Notification Time: 11:39 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2005
Event Time: 05:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/30/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)

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

Event Text

EMERGENCY ASSESSMENT CAPABILITY INOPERABLE FOR GREATER THAN ONE HOUR

"On 9/30/2005, an unplanned loss of the Emergency Response Data Acquisition and Display System (ERDADS) output to the Unit 2 control room occurred for greater than one hour. This event is considered a loss of emergency assessment capability in accordance with the guidance provided in St. Lucie Plant procedures. Maintenance activity is ongoing to restore ERDADS capability to the Unit 2 Control Room. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42028
Rep Org: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES
Licensee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES
Region: 4
City: MORGAN CITY State: LA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE WOODS
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 09/30/2005
Notification Time: 11:26 [ET]
Event Date: 09/26/2005
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/30/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

NUCLEAR GAUGES LOST OFFSHORE DUE TO HURRICANE RITA

On 9/30/05, Rowan Companies of Houston, TX reported to the licensee that two generally-licensed slurry density gauges sank along with the drilling rig they were installed on due to Hurricane Rita. The rig was abandoned prior to the hurricane's approach and so the event date is an estimate. The rig is the Rowan Odessa owned by Rowan Companies. The rig was located at Ship Shoal 250 (distance offshore and depth of water not provided). Rowan Companies performed aerial searches of the area in an attempt to find the rig.

Both gauges are Halliburton 10-SD gauges with Cs-137 sources manufactured by Isotope Products. The first device has serial number V32-0246 with a current source activity of 11.11 milliCuries (source serial number DB-076). The second device has serial number W2C-097 with a current source activity of 9.4 milliCuries (source serial number DB-140).

The licensee notified NRC Region 4 (J. Whitten).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42029
Facility: WOLF CREEK
Region: 4 State: KS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES KURAS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/30/2005
Notification Time: 13:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2005
Event Time: 09:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/30/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (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

POTENTIAL VULNERABILITIES DISCOVERED DURING DESIGN BASIS FIRE REVIEW

"During a design basis fire in area A-8 (2000 level auxiliary building), [the licensee determined that] a number of Train A components, including the Train A motor driven auxiliary feedwater pump (control and power cables), are affected. Also, the turbine driven auxiliary feedwater pump (control cables) may not be available. In addition, the following spurious actuations could occur:

"1.Pressurizer PORV BBPCV0455A opens and block valve BBHV8000A fails to close (Train A).
2. Steam Generator A ARV ABPV0001 spuriously opens and cannot be controlled from the control room (Train A).
3. Steam Generator C ARV ABPV0003 spuriously opens and cannot be closed from the control room (Train A).
4. Both VCT outlet valves BGLCV0112B and BGLCVO112C fail to close and normal letdown isolates, causing a reducing inventory in the VCT and possible hydrogen intrusion into the charging pump suction (Trains A & B).
5. Normal charging pump power cables pass through this fire area and may be damaged, causing the NCP to trip.
6. RHR suction valve from the RWST, BNHV8812A, loses power and containment sump valve EJHV8811A opens, causing the RWST to drain to the containment sump (Train A).
7. BIT inlet valve EMHV8803B fails to open from the control room hand switch (Train B).

"Actions taken or planned:
1) Detection / Suppression systems available in area A-8 are functional.
2) Hourly fire watch established IAW AP 10-104, Breech procedure."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42030
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: CHARLES STALZER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 09/30/2005
Notification Time: 14:59 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2005
Event Time: 06:05 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/30/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a "for-cause" 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.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42031
Rep Org: WHITE SANDS MISSLE RANGE
Licensee: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Region: 4
City: LAS CRUCES State: NM
County:
License #: 30-02405-10
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DOUGLAS McDONALD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/01/2005
Notification Time: 14:40 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2005
Event Time: 15:30 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
36.83(a)(1) - UNSHIELD STUCK SOURCE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
DAVID HILLS (R3)
MELVYN LEACH (IRD)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)

Event Text

STUCK SOURCE IN PANORAMIC DRY-SOURCE IRRADIATOR

The licensee reported their irradiator had a 13 kCi Co-60 source stuck in the exposure cell. The remote area monitor registered a reading of 70 mR/hr for the area near the source. No personnel radiation exposure occurred. The irradiator building was vacated and an exterior barrier was positioned so personnel exposure would be limited to <2mR/hr. The source is from MDS Nordion, C132 - Type 72.

The irradiator is a panoramic, dry-source storage which uses pneumatic air as the driving force. The licensee, who had just completed maintenance on the device, was conducting operational tests when the source stuck. The source, which is lodged in the exposure head inside the exposure cell, is prevented from being retracted by a piece of metal called a "head switch". The licensee unsuccessfully tried to free the source by applying high pressure air. The next step the licensee is considering is the possible use of a robot.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42032
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CHRIS VAUGHN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/01/2005
Notification Time: 15:03 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2005
Event Time: 10:59 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/02/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION CONCERNING AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

"On 10/01/2005 at approximately 1059 hours CDT, an industrial safety accident occurred at Browns Ferry that involved the serious injury of a contract employee working on the Unit 1 Recovery Project. During transportation of a Small Article Monitor (SAM) into the Reactor Building access area, the equipment fell injuring two contract personnel, one seriously. Both personnel have been transported to an offsite medical facility. Neither were contaminated.

"An accident investigation has been initiated by TVA. The BFN NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. No other government agencies have been notified as of the time of this report. No plant systems were affected as a result of this event. BFN Units 2 and 3 remain at 100% power at this time. [Unit 1 is defueled].

"TVA has received media inquiries concerning this event. As a result, this event is considered reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), 'Any event or situation, related to the health and safety of the public or on-site personnel, or protection of the environment, for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been or will be made. Such an event may include on-site fatality or inadvertent release of radioactively contaminated materials.' "

* * * UPDATE FROM VAUGHN TO HUFFMAN AT 1435 EDT ON 10/02/05 * * *

"The accident investigation is being conducted by L.E. Myers Company, the contract company that employs the two injured workers. TVA is providing oversight for the accident investigation. OSHA and the State of Alabama have been notified of the event."

The licensee will notify the Resident Inspector of this update. R2DO (Payne) notified.

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