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Event Notification Report for February 13, 2006

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
02/10/2006 - 02/13/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42283 42319 42320 42321 42326 42327 42328 42329 42330 42331 42332

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 42283
Facility: COOPER
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: COY BLAIR
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 01/23/2006
Notification Time: 17:00 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2006
Event Time: 12:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
LAWRENCE KOKAJKO (NMSS)

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

LOST AMERICIUM SOURCES

The station commenced an inventory of sources in December 2005. Two sources were missing and are still unaccounted for. The licensee suspects that the sources were thrown away in radioactive trash. The two Americium-241 sources were 0.025 microCuries and 0.026 microCuries. The sources were purchased in 1981 and had since been retired from use and placed in storage.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM C. BLAIR TO W. GOTT ON 2/10/06 AT 1415 * * *

"This is a RETRACTION to Event # 42283.

"At 1210 CST on 01/23/2006, Cooper Nuclear Station determined that two Americium-241 sources were missing and could not be located. One source is 0.025 microCuries, the other source is 0.026 microCuries. The 10 CFR 20 Appendix C quantity for Americium-241 is 0.001 microCuries. Each missing Americium-241 source is greater than 10 times the Appendix C quantity but less than 1000 times the Appendix C quantity.

"The sources were originally acquired in 1981 as internal calibration sources in a complete Stabilized Assay Meter, (SAM-2) for counting air samples in the Emergency Operations Facility (EOF). In August 1999 the SAM-2s were no longer needed in the EOF and were taken inside the radiological controlled area for storage. During the 2005 inventory the sources were discovered missing.

"10 CFR 30 provides regulations for licensing byproduct material. 10 CFR 30.15 identifies quantities of certain isotopes that are exempt from the requirements of parts 20, 30 through 36, and 39 of title 10 CFR. 10 CFR 30.15(a)(9)(iii) provides a quantity of 0.05 microCuries of Americium-241 as being an exempt quantity for an internal calibration source in an ionizing radiation measuring instrument. Both of the missing sources were smaller than 0.05 microCuries and thus exempt from the requirements of 10 CFR 20.

"Since the sources are exempt from the requirement to be licensed and thus exempt from the requirements of 10 CFR 20 this event is not reportable. This has no impact on the operating plant."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified NMSS (G. Morell) and R4DO (A. Gody).


THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are 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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42319
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: MULTICARE MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 4
City: TACOMA State: WA
County:
License #: WN-M017-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/07/2006
Notification Time: 19:10 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2006
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 02/07/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
LARRY CAMPER (NMSS)
TAS (E-MAIL) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - SOURCE DISPOSAL RECORDS UNAVAILABLE

The State provided the following information via email:

"On 09 January 2006 Washington Office of Radiation Protection received written notification from Multicare that Multicare could not account for transfer / disposal of 12 (twelve) Gadolinium-153 radioactive sealed sources (260 microcuries, 9.6 Megabecquerels total activity on 09 January 2006). The notification was in response to an Item of Noncompliance issued to Multicare for incomplete transfer / disposal records. The licensee believes that the sources were properly disposed of around December 2003, but incomplete records cannot confirm this. Complete records for similar sources confirm proper disposal of similar sources around similar time frame. [The Washington Office of Radiation Protection] investigation continues."

Washington State Report #WA-06-003

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are 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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42320
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: CONVERSE CONSULTANTS
Region: 4
City: SAN BERNARDINO State: CA
County:
License #: CA-4507-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CJ SALGADO
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/08/2006
Notification Time: 12:05 [ET]
Event Date: 02/07/2006
Event Time: 18:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 02/08/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
EMAIL TO TAS ()
FAX TO CNSNS ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

In the evening on 02/07/06, the gauge operator drove to his residence to retrieve paperwork. At 1830, when the operator returned to his truck he noticed his Troxler Model 3440 (s/n 32207 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241/Be) was missing. The theft was reported to local law enforcement. The gauge was locked in the bed of the truck. The company's Radiation Safety Officer is enroute to conduct an investigation.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are 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: 42321
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: FLOWSERVE CORPORATION
Region: 3
City:  State: OH
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/08/2006
Notification Time: 16:22 [ET]
Event Date: 11/30/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/08/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
LARRY CAMPER (NMSS)
EMAIL TAS ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST STATIC ELIMINATOR DEVICES

The State provided the following information via email:

"Flowserve Corporation, a General Licensee, reported to Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on 2/8/06 that they were unable to account for two ionizer bars from static eliminator devices. Each device was from an NRD model P-2001 and contained an estimated 4 mCi each of Po-210. The devices were removed from a facility being shut down over the time period June 2005 through December 2005. The devices were discovered missing when the manufacturer notified Flowserve that it was time to exchange the Po-210 sources. Flowserve determined that the devices had gone to one of three places: 1. to another Flowserve facility; 2. mistakenly placed in a roll-off container and disposed of as construction debris; or 3. mistakenly placed in a roll-off container and disposed of as scrap metal. An investigation by Flowserve has determined that the devices were not sent to another facility. Flowserve has contacted their decommissioning contractors and have determined that all construction debris was disposed of at various landfills throughout the greater Cincinnati/Dayton area, and that all scrap metals were disposed of through a broker which immediately sent the metals on for processing/recycling. Flowserve does not consider any further investigation to be beneficial at this time."


THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are 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: 42326
Facility: CLINTON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: KEN LEFFEL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/10/2006
Notification Time: 15:46 [ET]
Event Date: 02/10/2006
Event Time: 06:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)

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

Event Text

LOSS OF ASSESSEMENT CAPABILITY

"On February 10, 2006, the Clinton Power Station lost the function of the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS). The SPDS is unavailable for planned maintenance on an un-interruptible power supply (UPS).

"This event is reportable due to the major loss of emergency assessment capability per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) (when the SPDS has been unavailable for 8 hours or greater).

"The UPS outage is expected to be 3 days in duration.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42327
Facility: WOLF CREEK
Region: 4 State: KS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVE DEES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/10/2006
Notification Time: 16:06 [ET]
Event Date: 02/10/2006
Event Time: 11:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/10/2006
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
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (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 FOR LOSS OF SAFE SHUTDOWN CAPABILITY

"As a result of Wolf Creek's 2005 Triennial Fire Protection Inspection, a re-evaluation of concerns described in NRC Information Notice (IN 92-18), 'POTENTIAL FOR LOSS OF REMOTE SHUTDOWN CAPABILITY DURING A CONTROL ROOM FIRE' was performed. During that re-evaluation it was identified that in the event of a fire in the control room, 39 motor operated valves (MOVs) credited for post-fire safe shutdown could potentially fail in an unanalyzed condition. Of those 39 MOVs, failure of 4 of them could potentially prevent achieving and maintaining safe shutdown (SSD) conditions.

"In the 39 MOV circuits identified above, an intra-cable hot short between one conductor on the hot side of the indication circuit and another conductor on the load side of the control room hand switch could bypass the torque switch and energize either the open or close coil. If this occurs, the open or close contactor will close and the motor will operate in either the open or close direction until the motor stalls, possibly resulting in damage to the valve such that it cannot be manually operated.

"Present system operability is not affected as there has been no occurrence of a fire in the Control Room and compensatory actions are in place to detect and mitigate the effects of a fire in the Control Room.

"Actions taken or planned: An hourly fire watch was established in the Control Room due to a previous condition identified on 11/16/2005 in accordance with AP 10-104, Breech procedure. The condition identified today will be referenced on the active Breach Request that was implemented on 11/16/2005."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42328
Facility: WOLF CREEK
Region: 4 State: KS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVE DEES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/10/2006
Notification Time: 16:13 [ET]
Event Date: 02/10/2006
Event Time: 08:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (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

FAILURE TO MEET THE FITNESS FOR DUTY TESTING REQUIREMENTS

"10 FR26.24 describes the chemical and drug testing programs for persons subject to this part. 10CFR26.24(2) states that 'Random testing must be conducted at an annual rate equal to at least 50 percent of the workforce.' On 2/10/06 at 0830, Wolf Creek determined that the random testing rate was 49.41 percent for calendar year 2005, which is below 50 percent. 10CFR26.73 states that notification to the NRC Operations Center must be made by telephone within 24 hours."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42329
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: ROBERT KIDDER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/10/2006
Notification Time: 16:30 [ET]
Event Date: 02/10/2006
Event Time: 13:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

"At 1345, a notification was made to the Ohio EPA. This notification was based on 1) Any unanticipated bypass which exceeds any effluent limitation in the NPDES Permit and 2) Any discharge of water to the storm drains that is not covered by the following excerpt from the permit.

"The event itself was the pumping of rain water that had sulfuric acid (pH approximately 2.6) in it to a storm drain. Approximately 10 gallons of this mixture was pumped to the drain. The 10 gallons pumped contained approximately 1 milliliter of sulfuric acid. Sample taken at the storm drain out fall indicated normal pH value of 8.03."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42330
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: JEFFREY D. ANDERSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/11/2006
Notification Time: 15:52 [ET]
Event Date: 02/11/2006
Event Time: 15:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/11/2006
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
JARED WERMIEL (NRR)
MELVYN LEACH (IRD)
JIM CALDWELL (R3RA)
JIM DYER (ET)

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

ALERT DECLARED DUE TO A FIRE IN A VENTILATION FAN

At 1506 EST, Operators heard a loud noise and discovered that a bearing in the Motor Control Switchgear in the Miscellaneous Equipment Area Return Fan "B" had failed. The Plant Fire Brigade responded and extinguished the fire. Offsite assistance was requested and did respond. No injuries were reported and all personnel have been accounted for. A reflash watch has been posted. The licensee will remain in the Alert awaiting completion of the ventilation transfer to the "A" train.

The licensee notified state/local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1740 EST FROM KEN MEADE TO S. SANDIN * * *

At 1740 EST, the licensee terminated the Alert based on the fire being out and the plant stable. The licensee plans to issue a press release. Notified R3DO(Lanksbury), EO(Wermiel), IRD(Leach) and NRR ET(Dyer).

Notified DHS SWO(Marianne), FEMA(Barden), DOE(DaSilva), HHS(Lt. Kleiman), USDA(Jimenez) and NRC-EPA(Crews).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42331
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CLYDE BAUER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 02/12/2006
Notification Time: 04:05 [ET]
Event Date: 02/12/2006
Event Time: 04:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
TONY MCMURTRAY (NSIR)

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 ABILITY TO COLLECT METEOROLOGICAL DATA

"This 8-hour notification is being made to report that both Salem and Hope Creek sites have lost all meteorological data for wind speed and direction for greater than 8 hours. The data was recognized as not being available at 2000 hours on 02/11/06.

"All three units are operating at 100% power. No actuations have taken place related to this event. The cause of this inability to predict meteorological conditions is being investigated. Procedural guidance is available to obtain the necessary data from the National Weather Service should this data be necessary."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42332
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CHRISTOPHER SERATA
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/12/2006
Notification Time: 11:34 [ET]
Event Date: 02/12/2006
Event Time: 08:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
TONY MCMULTRAY (NSIR)

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 COMMUNICATIONS - LOSS OF SIRENS

"At 07:00 am, it was determined that 21 of 34 Offsite Sirens in New Jersey and 11 of 37 Offsite Sirens in Delaware, scattered through the 10-mile EPZ surrounding the Salem-Hope Creek site were not functional due to the winter storm conditions and loss of residential power. Actions to recover sirens in New Jersey and Delaware are awaiting restoration of residential power by local utilities. Local utilities are presently working to restore power. As of 10:29, 9 Offsite Sirens in Delaware have been returned to functional status, however there is no estimate when remaining Delaware and New Jersey Offsite Sirens will be functional. An alternate method to provide 'route alerting' is available as directed by county Emergency Services Directors.

"This report is being made for both Salem and Hope Creek Generating Stations. Hope Creek Generating Station is at 100% power. The 'D' Service Water (SSW) Pump is inoperable; all other safety related Structure Systems Components (SSCs) are operable. Both Salem Generating Station units are operating at 100% power with all safety-related SSCs operable."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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