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Event Notification Report for January 11, 2006

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Event Reports For
01/10/2006 - 01/11/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42246 42247 42248 42249

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42246
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MIKE HIMEBAUCH
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 01/10/2006
Notification Time: 15:51 [ET]
Event Date: 01/10/2006
Event Time: 11:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/11/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)

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

LOSS OF ENS AND COMMERCIAL LINE COMMUNICATION DUE TO FIBER OPTIC LINE BREAK

"At approximately 1100 EST on 1/10/06, the capability of the ENS and commercial telephones to communicate with offsite authorities was found to be not functioning. In addition, the capability of the ERDS system to communicate with the NRC is not functioning. Communications to offsite authorities have been verified using microwave communications (RERP phone lines). The cause of the problem has been determined to be an offsite cable break within the telecommunication provider's network. All onsite communications (including onsite telephones) are functioning properly. Offsite telecommunication company personnel are working to repair the broken cable. Currently, repairs are estimated to be complete by 1800 EST. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.

"This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii), as an event that results in a major loss of offsite communications capabilities."

* * * UPDATE FROM MIKE HIMEBAUCH TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1753 ON 01/10/06 * * *

"This is a follow-up to NRC Event No. 42246: Offsite repairs of the broken telecommunications cable which caused a loss of capability to communicate with offsite authorities using ENS, commercial telephones and ERDS has been completed. Proper operation of ENS, commercial telephone lines and ERDS to communicate with offsite authorities has been verified. All offsite communication systems have been returned to normal."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (O'Brien)

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED FROM JEFF YEAGER TO JEFF ROTTON AT 2050 EST ON 01/10/06 * * *

"At 1850 on 1/10/06, the capability of the ENS and commercial telephones to communicate with offsite authorities was again found to be not functioning. Discussion with telecommunication personnel indicate that troubleshooting and repair to the broken cable is continuing and will take approximately 4 hours. During this time, the communications with outside authorities will be intermittent.

"Therefore, this report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii), as an event that results in a major loss of off-site communications capabilities."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, and state and local emergency response organizations. Notified R3DO (O'Brien)

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED FROM JEFF YEAGER TO BILL HUFFMAN AT 0406 EST ON 01/11/06 * * *

"Offsite repairs of the broken telecommunications cable which caused a loss of capability to communicate with offsite authorities using ENS, commercial telephones and ERDS has been completed. Proper operation of ENS, commercial telephone lines and ERDS to communicate with offsite authorities has been verified. All offsite communication systems have been returned to normal."

State and Local governments notified. The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. R3DO (O'Brien) notified.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42247
Rep Org: AK STEEL CORPORATION
Licensee: AK STEEL CORPORATION
Region: 3
City: ROCKPORT State: IN
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE CUSTER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/10/2006
Notification Time: 17:15 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2006
Event Time: 11:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)

Event Text

FAILURE OF SHUTTER TO CLOSE ON FIXED DENSITY GAUGE USED TO MEASURE STEEL THICKNESS

At 1130 hours on 01/09, the air cylinder on a gate operating the shutter for a fixed gauge failed to close. The gauge, a SenTek device, model not identified, is generally licensed and contains a 1000 mCi Am-241 source. The device was removed from service and heavy steel plate was positioned to shield the source. Additionally, the affected area was isolated and posted. No unmonitored personnel exposures occurred. A SenTek technician arrived onsite and corrected the malfunctioning shutter as of 0900 hours 01/10/06.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42248
Facility: PALISADES
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: DANIEL MALONE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 01/10/2006
Notification Time: 17:27 [ET]
Event Date: 01/10/2006
Event Time: 14:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (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

POSITIVE RANDOM DRUG TEST FOR NON-LICENSED EMPLOYEE SUPERVISOR

"A non-licensed employee supervisor tested positive for a controlled substance (illegal drug) during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated."

A work performance review is in progress. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42249
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: RICKY PATTERSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/10/2006
Notification Time: 17:30 [ET]
Event Date: 01/10/2006
Event Time: 14:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO LOCAL MEDIA DUE TO INADVERTENT SIREN ACTUATION

"A single Alert Notification System siren inadvertently sounded. The Tensas Parish (Louisiana) Emergency Coordinator issued a notification to local media (KNOE - TV and radio) advising the public of the inadvertent sounding and that no emergency exists. The siren has been secured. There were no effects on plant operation."

"The inadvertent siren actuation may have been due to bad weather in the area."

"The NRC resident inspector has been notified."

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