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Event Notification Report for November 15, 2005

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Event Reports For
11/14/2005 - 11/15/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42069 42130 42138 42139 42140

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42069
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: ALAN T. HALL
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/24/2005
Notification Time: 00:26 [ET]
Event Date: 10/23/2005
Event Time: 23:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2005
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
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N Y 25 Power Operation 25 Power Operation

Event Text

NON-EMERGENCY EVENT DECLARED FOR LOSS OF ERDADS SYSTEM AFFECTING BOTH UNITS

"On 10/23/05 at 2300, the Unit 1 and Unit 2 emergency response data acquisition and display system's emergency response data system (ERDS) link to the NRC failed. Troubleshooting and restoration work is in progress."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.


****** UPDATE ON 11/14/05 AT 1646 EST BY JOONG KO TO MACKINNON *******

"This notification is an update to previously made notification, EN# 42069. ERDS link to the NRC failed on 10/23/05, and during continuing troubleshooting efforts, Saint Lucie discovered both unit's NRC modem had failed. Due to the failure, Saint Lucie will be rescheduling Quarterly ERDS Link Test with the NRC."

NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this update by the licensee. R2DO ( Mike Ernstes) notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42130
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: SPECTRATEK SERVICES
Region: 4
City: KILGORE State: TX
County:
License #: TA 172
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WALTER MEDINA
HQ OPS Officer: RONALD HARRINGTON
Notification Date: 11/09/2005
Notification Time: 10:56 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
DONNA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
MEXICO (email) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE NOTIFICATON - MISSING SHIPMENT OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

On November 3, 2005, reported that a radioactive shipment was missing its contents.

On November 3, 2005, at approximately 2:30 pm, Spectratek Services received a call from Protechnics in Kilgore, TX. They stated a seven piece shipment of four (4) fiberboard boxes and three (3) 20-gallon drums had been received. The contents of one of the 20-gallon drums were not in the drum. The drum was to have contained an ammo box with two 25 pound lead shipping containers, each containing 40 millicuries of Antimony-124 used in oil and gas well completion studies. All packages had security seals in place when they arrived at the Protechnics facility in Kilgore. Notification was made to the Protechnics corporate office, the freight company, and the NM Radiation Control Bureau. Interviewing all employees involved in packaging the shipment resulted in written statements from them. The inventory has been double-checked and it appears the material balance is correct.

Security camera tapes have been reviewed showing the packaging area for 10/31/2005 (the day of the shipment). The tapes show the radioactive material being loaded into the containers and the containers being closed and they also show the shipment being loaded onto the freight carrier's trailer.

Members of the FBI and Homeland Security made visits while conducting their investigation. The investigation is ongoing. Notification was made to the inspector with the Environmental Monitoring Program, Radiation Branch, Department of State Health Services in Texas.

State of Texas also notified NRC. See EN-42118.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42138
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: PAUL WOOD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/12/2005
Notification Time: 04:48 [ET]
Event Date: 11/11/2005
Event Time: 20:34 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2005
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):
MARK SHAFFER (R4)

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

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP AFTER LOSS OF ALL CONDENSER CIRCULATING WATER PUMPS

"Waterford 3 manually tripped the reactor at 20:34 [CST] on 11/11/05 due to lowering main condenser vacuum caused by a loss of all circ water pumps. Subsequently an Emergency Feedwater Actuation Signal (EFAS) was received due to low steam generator levels. The plant is currently being maintained in mode 3 with both Steam Generators being fed from the Auxiliary Feedwater system with Steam Generator levels in the normal operational band for mode 3. The EFAS has been reset. The plant will be maintained in Mode 3 while a Post Trip Review is performed. This report is submitted as required by 10CFR50.72."

All control rods fully inserted on the manual trip. The main steam isolation valves are shut and the heat sink is through the atmospheric dump valves. The electrical grid is stable and plant power is from the startup transformer. No primary or secondary relief valves or safety valves lifted. The site was able to restart the B & D circ water pumps. There is no significant steam generator tube leakage.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM PICKENS TO HUFFMAN AT 13:55 EST ON 11/14/05 * * *

"This notification is an update to an immediate notification that was called into the NRC Operations Center at 04:48 (eastern time) on November 12, 2005 (Event # 42138). The event was reported as an 8-hour event. This update to the original notification is to communicate that, based on further review, the event notification should have been made within 4 hours since it was reportable within 4 hours as well as the 8-hour reporting criteria and therefore the call should have been made within the 4 hour period. The condition is reportable under four hour reporting criteria 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) for a manual trip of the plant in anticipation of receiving a RPS Trip with the Reactor critical. The condition is reportable within eight hour reporting criteria 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) for the automatic actuation of EFAS upon low steam generator levels. This update does not report a change to the event description reported. As mentioned in the original report, Waterford 3 manually tripped the reactor at 20:34 on November 11, 2005 due to lowering main condenser vacuum caused by a loss of all circulating water pumps. Subsequently an Emergency Feedwater Actuation Signal (EFAS) was received due to low steam generator levels. The plant was then maintained in Mode 3 with both steam generators being fed from the Auxiliary Feedwater System with steam generator levels in the normal operational band for Mode 3. The EFAS had been reset at the time of the original notification. The plant was maintained in Mode 3 while a Post Trip Review was performed. Further details of the event will be reported under the 60 day LER reporting criteria."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R4DO (Clark) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42139
Facility: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR
Region: 4 State: AR
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: CHUCK OLSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 11/14/2005
Notification Time: 17:43 [ET]
Event Date: 11/14/2005
Event Time: 07:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
JEFFREY CLARK (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

FAILURE TO TAKE FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST

A contract employee general foreman who was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol in the protected area did not arrive for fitness for duty testing for cause as directed. Because individual failed to submit to testing, his authorized access to ANO site was terminated and his site access badge was disarmed. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42140
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RICK O'REAR
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 11/14/2005
Notification Time: 19:09 [ET]
Event Date: 11/14/2005
Event Time: 11:41 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)

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

CLADDING FAILURE TO ONE SPENT FUEL ROD FOUND DURING INSPECTION OF SPENT FUEL IN THE SPENT FUEL POOL

"On November 14, 2005, WBN was operating at 100% power and an inspection of spent fuel stored in the spent fuel pool (SFP) was being performed. The inspection confirmed that an opening existed in one rod (P9) located in G45 fuel assembly. This assembly is a 17 x 17 Vantage +/Performance + (V+/P+) fuel assembly and it has been used in the core during two previous cycles. The inspection noted some rod cladding failure different than what could be expected.

"TVA is making a non-emergency notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A). For this event, the cladding failure could be considered to exceed expected values.

"TVA's investigation of the cause of the rod failure is currently ongoing."

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

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