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Event Notification Report for March 14, 2006

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03/13/2006 - 03/14/2006

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42394 42401 42402 42403 42412 42413 42414 42415

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42394
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH - WAUWATOSA
Region: 3
City: WAUWATOSA State: WI
County:
License #: 079-1311-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHERYL ROGERS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/08/2006
Notification Time: 11:48 [ET]
Event Date: 02/24/2006
Event Time: 09:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/08/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)

Event Text

WISCONSIN AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"On Friday, February 24, 2006 at approximately 9:30 am [CST] a vial of Tc-99m broke in the nuclear pharmacy's dose preparation fume hood. The vial contained about 6 Curies of Tc-99m. The authorized nuclear pharmacist was performing the assay for molybdenum when the vial slipped out of the tongs and fell onto a metal frame that supports the L-block shield. She called over a pharmacy technician who brought absorbent papers to clean up the spill. The papers were placed in a secondary shield for a generator to decay. After clean-up radiation levels were 20 mR/hr in front of the fume hood. Lead sheets were placed on the floor in the immediate vicinity and covered over with cardboard that was taped down to hold the lead in place. The immediate area was posted and access restricted until February 27, 2006. Radiation levels were reduced to 3 mR/hr on February 25, 2006. On Monday, February 27, 2006 radiation levels were background, although a small amount of contamination remained in the hood. Use of the hood resumed on Monday. The lead sheets were taken up from the floor on Tuesday, February 28, 2006. The RSO for the local pharmacy contacted corporate Q & R on Monday, February 27, 2006 to inquire if this event was reportable. Corporate confirmed that a report was required according to HFS 157.13(17)(b)1.b. and also contacted DHFS. Additional information was obtained from the local RSO on March 8, 2006. This event will be followed up by DHFS on the next inspection."

WI Event Report ID #: 33

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42401
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH - WAUWATOSA
Region: 3
City: WAUWATOSA State: WI
County:
License #: 079-1311-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 03/09/2006
Notification Time: 15:15 [ET]
Event Date: 03/03/2006
Event Time: 06:45 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

WISCONSIN AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT

The State provided the following information via email:

"On Friday, March 3, 2006 at 6:45 am a vial containing 890 mCi of Tc-99m Cardiolite ruptured while in a heating block. Two employees entered the area immediately, visually confirming the rupture through a window in the heating box and with a survey meter. The employees unplugged the heating box and shut the door. They returned 15 minutes later after the heating box and vial had cooled. The heating box was cleaned and waste was placed in a lead shielded container for decay. No individuals were contaminated. Wipes were taken each day until 3/07/06 when contamination levels were reduced to 2-3 times background. This event will be followed up by DHFS on the next inspection.

"Media attention: None"

Wisconsin Event Report ID No. 35

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42402
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Region: 4
City: INGLESIDE State: TX
County:
License #: L04463
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY JISHA
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 03/09/2006
Notification Time: 14:05 [ET]
Event Date: 02/28/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
M. WAYNE HODGES (NMSS)

Event Text

TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE

The agreement state submitted the following report via e-mail:

"Texas Incident No.: I-8311
"Event date and time: February wear period
"Report Received Date: March 9, 2006
"Event location: Brown and Root construction site, 14035 Industrial Road, Houston, TX
"Event type: Presumptive badge overexposure

"A radiographer trainee was working with a trainer at a construction site in Houston, TX when he noticed that his badge had fallen off approximately 6 feet from a 95 Ci, model G-60 Ir-192 source (S/N NA0502), SPEC model 150 camera (S/N 750). It is uncertain whether the trainee [name deleted] failed to report the incident to the radiographer, supervisor, or RSO.

"The incident was thought to have occurred in late February. The trainee is assigned other duties not involving exposure to radiation and the company is considering having cytogenetic testing performed. A second reading of the dosimeter by the company processing the device rendered an inconclusive result.

"The radiography company and DSHS staff are performing an investigation although the company is presuming the situation is a badge only exposure since the pocket dosimeters and processed dosimeter worn by the trainer were consistent with their typical monthly exposures of approximately 100 mRem."

The film badge read 25.343 Rem. The state will be following up on this incident.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42403
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: ANTHONY PETRELLI
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 03/10/2006
Notification Time: 00:58 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2006
Event Time: 22:14 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 85 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO LOSS OF CONDENSER VACUUM TURBINE TRIP

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) RPS Actuation (scram) for Nine Mile Point Unit 2 which states 'Any event or condition that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical except when the actuation results from and is part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation.' On 03/09/2006 at 2214 while operating at approximately 85 % reactor power (coast down to refueling) a condenser low vacuum condition resulted in a turbine trip and a subsequent reactor scram. A loss of sealing steam most probably caused the loss of condenser vacuum and an investigation is in progress. Special Operating procedure N2-SOP-101 C was entered. All control rods inserted [fully] as expected. Condenser vacuum has been stabilized and the main steam isolation valves are open. The plant is stable and recovery actions are in progress."

Decay heat is being removed via the turbine bypass valves to the main condenser. The condensate and feedwater system is in operation maintaining reactor vessel level. The electric plant is in a normal shutdown lineup and there was no effect from this transient on Unit 1.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 0035 EST ON 3/14/06 FROM P. WALSH TO W. GOTT * * *

"This update is being made to provide additional information to EN# 42403 which was communicated via ENS on 3/10/06 at 0058 hours. During the scram that occurred at Nine Mile Point Unit 2 on 3/9/06 at 2214 hours, a primary containment isolation signal to RHR Shutdown Cooling, RHR Head Spray and RHR sample valves was received as designed. No components repositioned as the valves are normally closed during plant operations."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (P. Krohn).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42412
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: ERIC MATZKE
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 03/13/2006
Notification Time: 14:03 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2006
Event Time: 10:01 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (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

FAILED FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST

A licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a re-entry fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been blocked. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42413
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: STUART BRANTLEY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/13/2006
Notification Time: 15:35 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2006
Event Time: 11:10 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PAUL KROHN (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION FAN INOPERABLE

"The Technical Support Center ventilation system was discovered to be non-functional at 1110 on March 13, 2006. The cause of the ventilation problem was determined to be damaged drive belts on the supply fan. The belts were replaced and the ventilation system supply fan was returned to service at 1253 on March 13, 2006. This condition is considered a Loss of Offsite Response Capability and is therefore reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

A corrective action request has been generated to follow remedial action.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42414
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: ERIC OLSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/13/2006
Notification Time: 21:21 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2006
Event Time: 18:08 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
PAUL KROHN (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 48 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM AFTER OFFGAS SYSTEM FAILURE

"During a power ascension, the non-safety Augmented Offgas System experienced a failure which caused a Recombiner high temperature condition. To protect components of the non-safety Augmented Offgas System, station procedures require a manual scram of the reactor when this condition occurs. Station procedures were followed and the reactor was manually scrammed at 18:08. All rods fully inserted and all safety systems performed per design. Primary containment isolation systems responded properly resulting in an automatic isolation of Primary Containment Isolation System Groups 2 and 6 valves and a Reactor Building Isolation due to the transient low reactor water level condition caused by the scram.

"The plant is in a stable condition. Investigation is continuing."

No safety valves lifted on the scram, decay heat is being removed with the bypass valve, normal feed and condensate are maintaining reactor water level, and the electrical grid is stable on the startup transformer. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42415
Facility: RIVER BEND
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: PAUL BELLARD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/13/2006
Notification Time: 21:39 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2006
Event Time: 17:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (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 OF ONE EMERGENCY SIREN

"The station received a report that a siren was sounding. The station investigated and determined that one siren, EBR#3 was intermittently activating. A communications team was dispatched to remove this siren from service for repairs. The Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness was notified in accordance with station procedures. Responsible personnel at that facility determined that no further action was required since the activation involved only one siren."

The siren is in East Baton Rouge Parish and was reported to the site by the Sheriff. The failure is suspected to be a circuit board problem.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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