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Event Notification Report for February 15, 2006

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Event Reports For
02/14/2006 - 02/15/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42325 42326 42335 42336 42337

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42325
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: ALPHA GEOTECHNICAL & MATERIALS, INC.
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 7-444
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY V. GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/09/2006
Notification Time: 17:51 [ET]
Event Date: 02/08/2006
Event Time: 14:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/09/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
LARRY CAMPER (NMSS)
TAS (via email) ()
MEXICO (via fax) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN NUCLEAR DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"At approximately 6:20 PM February 8, 2006, the Agency was informed that the Licensee had lost a Nuclear Density Gauge from the back of a pickup truck, while working in the area of Southern and Cortez Roads in Apache Junction, Arizona. The missing gauge is a CPN Model MC-3 gauge, SN M37037422. The disappearance occurred between 1 PM and 2 PM on February 8, 2006. The gauge contains 8 mCi of Cesium-137 and 40 mCi Am:Be-241.

"The Licensee is offering a $500.00 reward for the recovery of the sources. A press release is to be made. Please contact Alf Wold, Operations Manager for Alpha Geotechnical.

"The Agency continues to investigate.

"The states of CA, NV, CO, UT, and NM and Mexico and U.S. NRC and FBI are being notified of this event."

Arizona First Notice: 05-11

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: 02/14/2006
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."

* * * UPDATE FROM LEFFEL TO HUFFMAN AT 1535 EST ON 2/14/06 * * *

"Repairs to the un-interruptible power supply (UPS) were completed and the plant process computer was recovered at 1030 hours on 2/14/06. The SPDS has been fully restored."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R3DO (Lara) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42335
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ED BURKETT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/14/2006
Notification Time: 15:26 [ET]
Event Date: 02/14/2006
Event Time: 09:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MALCOLM WIDMANN (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - CONTRACT SUPERVISOR

A non-licensed contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for a controlled substance during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employees access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42336
Rep Org: US ARMY
Licensee: US ARMY
Region: 3
City: ROCK ISLAND State: IL
County:
License #: 21-01222-05
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN McGUIRE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/14/2006
Notification Time: 18:00 [ET]
Event Date: 02/10/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3)
E. WILLIAM BRACH (NMSS)

Event Text

POTENTIALLY DEFECTIVE MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE LOCKING MECHANISM

As part of the Pre-Operational Check, Operators discovered the one of their CPN Model MC-1 Moisture Density Gauges had a potentially defective locking mechanism, i.e., "the handle could be moved down through the blocking mechanism no matter which position the key was in."

The CPN Model MC-1, S/N M18012172 was manufactured approximately 30 years ago and contains two sources; 10 mCi Cs-137 and 50 mCi Americium-241/Be (nominal). The unit is currently locked in its' storage container at the Sierra Army Depot in CA, awaiting return to the manufacturer for evaluation and repair.

The licensee notified NRC Region 3 Office.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42337
Facility: PALISADES
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: CHRISTER DALGREN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/14/2006
Notification Time: 22:38 [ET]
Event Date: 02/14/2006
Event Time: 16:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (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

APPENDIX "R" RELATED UNANALYZED CONDITION

"During an Appendix R analysis update effort, a circuit analysis issue was identified. This issue results in an unanalyzed condition, in that, a fire in fire area 13 could result in the loss of the ability to makeup to the PCS [primary coolant system]. The fire could cause the loss of all charging. It could also potentially start the only available HPSI pump with the suction path isolated. The suction valve closes as a result of the fire. The fire detection system in the area is operable."

The licensee noted that compensatory fire patrols of the area have already been instituted. The licensee is investigating both short term procedural changes and long term equipment modifications.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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