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Event Notification Report for October 26, 2005

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10/25/2005 - 10/26/2005

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42018 42074 42075 42076 42078 42079 42080

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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: 10/26/2005
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

* * * UPDATE 1540 EDT ON 10/25/05 FROM BILLY FREEMAN TO A. COSTA VIA EMAIL * * *

On the morning of 10/25/05, the Memphis Police Department notified the TN Division of Rad Health that the stolen gauge had been recovered during a narcotics search of a private residence. A preliminary assessment performed by on-scene law enforcement concluded that the device appeared intact and without evidence of damage. The licensee was contacted and will make arrangements to recover the Troxler Model 3430, S/N 23422 within the next several hours. The TN Division of Rad Health representative requested the licensee contact their office after retrieving the device to discuss the condition of the gauge.

Notified R1DO (Silk), NMSS (Janosko) and TAS (Sandler) via email..


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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Power Reactor Event Number: 42074
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL MURPHY
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/25/2005
Notification Time: 02:16 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2005
Event Time: 23:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby
4 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

INOPERABLE START-UP TRANSFORMERS; HIGH SWITCHYARD VOLTAGE DUE TO HURRICANE WILMA

"At 2300 on October 24, 2005, both unit 3 and unit 4 start up transformers were declared inoperable and Tech Spec 3.8.1.1.e action statements were entered. With both units being energized from their respective start-up transformers, the high voltage limit is 241.5kV in accordance with 0-ONOP-004.6, Degraded Switchyard Voltage. System Operations reported switchyard voltage at 243.5 kV and 242.5 kV for unit 3 and unit 4 respectfully. System Operations was requested to lower switchyard voltage to within limits. At 0015 on October 25, 2005, switchyard voltage being lowered to within the switchyard limits and both start-up transformers were declared operable. The high switchyard voltage is due to hurricane Wilma's impact on the Florida service area that has [led] to low system load with cooler weather conditions."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42075
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: CARLOS MONTGOMERY
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 10/25/2005
Notification Time: 13:01 [ET]
Event Date: 10/25/2005
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
4 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

LOSS OF COMMUNICATION BY FRONT END PROCESSOR AND SPARE TRAIN TO FTS-2001 COMMUNICATIONS LINK

"At 1000 EDT on October 25, 2005, it was discovered that no good data is being transmitted via the FTS-2001 communications link. The communications link itself is functioning properly; however, the front end processor and the spare train for Unit 4 are not on-line. The estimated time of repair for restoration of data flow is approximately 1700 EDT on 10/25/05."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42076
Rep Org: HUNTINGTON TESTING AND TECHNOLOGY
Licensee: HUNTINGTON TESTING AND TECHNOLOGY
Region: 1
City: HUNTINGTON State: WV
County:
License #: 47-23076-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID MCALISTER
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 10/25/2005
Notification Time: 17:00 [ET]
Event Date: 10/25/2005
Event Time: 09:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)
TAS (EMAIL) ()

Event Text

RADIOACTIVE SOURCE LOST IN SHIPMENT

At 1651 ET on 10/24/05, the licensee dropped off two shipping containers at the FedEx shipping facility near the Huntington Tri-State Airport in Huntington, WV for shipment by FedEx to AEA Technology in Burlington, MA . Each container contained an 8.7 Curie Ir-192 source. On 10/25/05, the licensee was notified by AEA that only one of the two sources had arrived. AEA reported that two packages did arrive per schedule (0925 ET 10/24/05): one package was one of the radioactive material shipping containers containing one of the two expected sources, however the other was an attaché case containing only the licensee's shipping papers. The FedEx Response Center was notified and FedEx is searching for the missing shipment.

The shipping containers are both AEA Type 650L containers, each measuring 8" x 10" x 13 " with Yellow 2 radioactive material markings. The Transportation Index for each container is 0.2. The container received by AEA contained an AEA source changer S/N 202 containing an 8.7 Curie Ir-192 source S/N 20284B. The container lost in shipment contains an AEA source changer S/N 190 containing an 8.7 Curie Ir-192 source S/N 20285B.

Category 3 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example, level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42078
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: EDWARD P. TREMBLAY
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 10/25/2005
Notification Time: 22:05 [ET]
Event Date: 10/25/2005
Event Time: 21:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/26/2005
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)
JOHN HANNON (NRR)
MARY ANN (DHS)
LIGGETT (FEMA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A SMALL FIRE AT THE MAIN TURBINE AREA

"Small Class B fire on the Unit 3 High Pressure Turbine. Fire is currently out, presented no challenges, and lasted 13 minutes"

The fire occurred underneath the high pressure turbine bearing and was caused by oil soaked insulation. The fire was extinguished by the site's fire brigade and resulted in no injuries to plant personnel. Plant safety and emergency systems were not affected by the fire and all plant systems functioned as required. Currently, the fire brigade is being debriefed and it is anticipated that the site will terminate the Unusual Event shortly. The licensee notified the State, local authorities and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 23:54 EDT ON 10/25/2005 FROM MICHAEL COEN TO RIPLEY * * *

"Small class B fire on the Unit 3 High Pressure Turbine. Fire is currently out, presented no challenge, and lasted 13 minutes. Terminated Unusual Event at 2330."

The plant is in mode three both before and after the event. The plant startup schedule has not been determined.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the IRD Manager (Blount), FEMA (Chris Leggett), R2DO (Ernstes), and NRR EO (Hannon).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42079
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: VICTOR WALZ
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/26/2005
Notification Time: 05:20 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2005
Event Time: 02:33 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/26/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (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

LOSS OF THE TONE ALERT PROMPT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR GREATER THAN ONE HOUR

"The James A. FitzPatrick Station was notified by Oswego County at 0403 EDT that the tone alert Prompt Notification System had been out of service for greater than one hour. The out of service time started at 0233 EDT on 10/26/05. Actions have been initiated to repair the system. The cause of the failure is unknown at this time."

The licensee informed local authorities and will inform the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42080
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: BRIAN FINCH
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/26/2005
Notification Time: 06:10 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2005
Event Time: 03:33 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/26/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF THE TONE ALERT PROMPT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR GREATER THAN ONE HOUR

"This notification is being made due to Nine Mile Point site losing the Tone Alert Radio System for more than 1 hour as of 0333 ET on 10/26/05. This is an 8 hour Non-Emergency per 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) (Loss Comm/Asmt/Resp). Cause for the loss is unknown and under investigation at this time. Emergency planning has verified route notification is available as a compensatory measure. Nine Mile Point will provide a follow-up notification when the system is returned to Service."

The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector.

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