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Event Notification Report for October 20, 2005

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10/19/2005 - 10/20/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42055 42056 42063 42064

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42055
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: CHICAGO TESTING LABORATORY
Region: 3
City: BLUE ISLAND State: IL
County:
License #: IL-02065-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 10/14/2005
Notification Time: 11:31 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2005
Event Time: 06:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"The Radiation Safety Officer at Chicago Testing Laboratory's (IL-02065-01) Elk Grove facility reported the theft of a Troxler gauge. The gauge is a model 3440 with s/n 16643. It contains 8 milliCuries of Cs-137 and 40 milliCuries of Am-241:Be. The construction gauge was stolen from the bed of a company truck early this morning between 0400 and 0630 while it was parked at the residence of the operator in Blue Island, IL. Blue Island police have investigated the reported theft. Several other pieces of construction equipment were stolen from the truck as well. The gauge was stored in its manufacturer's large yellow DOT Type A container. The gauge is designed to be used in the construction industry to determine compaction and density of soil, roadbeds, asphalt and concrete. The sealed sources have withstood direct impact from compactors and were designed with that possibility in mind.

"Local police have been advised to be aware of the theft and to notify the Agency's dispatch center should the gauge be located. They were cautioned that should the gauge appear to be damaged, crushed or dismantled to not approach the device and to secure the scene pending our notification/arrival."

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.

Illinois Report number: IL050051

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42056
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM SPEICHER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/15/2005
Notification Time: 08:54 [ET]
Event Date: 10/15/2005
Event Time: 07:02 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/19/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
THOMAS DECKER (R2)

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

Event Text

AUXILIARY FEEDWATER ACTUATION ON A MANUAL REACTOR TRIP

"Auxiliary Feedwater actuation due to low steam generator level following a manual reactor trip.

"At 0702 on 10/15/05, a manual reactor trip was initiated due to decreasing level on the 3C steam generator. Auxiliary Feedwater system actuated as expected due to post-trip steam generator level decrease. 3C steam generator level was restored using Auxiliary and Main feed. The cause of the loss of steam generator level control is under investigation.

"The plant is stable in Mode 3 with the Auxiliary Feedwater system in standby."

All control rods fully inserted. The decay heat removal path is normal feedwater through the steam generators and out the atmospheric relief valves. There are no primary to secondary steam generator tube leaks. Safety related electrical busses are powered via normal offsite power. Emergency diesel generators are available if needed. There was no impact on Unit 4.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1147 ON 10/19/05 FROM E. TREMBLAY TO P. SNYDER * * *

"Updated to include notification under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2) for manual reactor trip."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R2DO (Ernstes) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42063
Facility: BYRON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ED BANDIS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/19/2005
Notification Time: 02:39 [ET]
Event Date: 10/19/2005
Event Time: 00:57 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/19/2005
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):
ERIC DUNCAN (R3)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOW 2 STEAM GENERATOR WATER LEVEL


"Unit 2 reactor trip on low 2 S/G level. 2A CD/CB (condensate and condensate booster pump set is driven by a single motor) tripped while 2D CD/CB was out of service. The auto turbine runback was unsuccessful and turbine was runbacked manually. ESF actuations: AF (Auxiliary Feedwater) activation and FWI (Feedwater Isolation)." Only indication on the condensate and condensate booster pump trip was an over current flag.

All rods fully inserted into the core. Both the motor driven and the diesel driven auxiliary feedwater pumps are operating. All Emergency Core Cooling systems and the Emergency Diesel Generators are fully operable if needed.

The NRC Resident Inspector was paged by the licensee.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42064
Rep Org: KLEINFELDER
Licensee: KLEINFELDER
Region: 4
City: MERIDIAN State: ID
County:
License #: 11-27540-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BART LARSEN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/19/2005
Notification Time: 17:34 [ET]
Event Date: 10/19/2005
Event Time: 14:30 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/19/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)

Event Text

DAMAGED TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

On Wednesday, 10/19/05 at approximately 14:30 hours, a technician left a Troxler Model 3440 moisture/density gauge (S/N 21953) in an area where a pickup truck eventually ran over it. The location of the incident was at 275 So. Main Street in Meridian, ID. The RSO conducted a visual examination and noted that the source rod had remained inside the gauge in the shielded position. A survey meter checked the damaged gauge for radiation levels, and it read <1.2 mR/Hr. The radionuclides for the source are 40 milliCuries of Am-241/Be and 8 milliCuries of Cs-137. The Corporate RSO was called and informed of the incident. The gauge is being transported back to Troxler in Rancho Cordova, CA. for repair.

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