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Event Notification Report for March 30, 2006

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03/29/2006 - 03/30/2006

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42447 42450 42451 42452

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42447
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: ARIS & ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: HOLLYWOOD PARK State: TX
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/24/2006
Notification Time: 19:10 [ET]
Event Date: 02/23/2006
Event Time: 14:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/24/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEFFREY CLARK (R4)
DANIEL GILLEN (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING LOSS AND RECOVERY OF A MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information is a summary of a report received via fax:

On 2/24/06 the Texas Department of State Health Services was notified that a moisture density gauge was left in a motel room and later recovered still in its DOT shipping container. The cause of the incident is attributed to negligence on the part of the authorized user who has been subsequently terminated by the licensee. Local Police, FBI, and other States, as needed, were notified as well as San Antonio Police HazMat. There were no known personnel exposures involved. The license number, make, model and source content of the moisture density gauge were not available at the time of the report. Additional information will be submitted to NMED when available.

TX Incident No. I-8310

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: 42450
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: KEVIN HUBER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 03/28/2006
Notification Time: 17:29 [ET]
Event Date: 03/28/2006
Event Time: 13:57 [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2006
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
FRANK GILLESPIE (NRR)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
DWIGHT CHAMBERLAIN (R4)
FRED HILL (DHS)
STAN KIMBELL (FEMA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 60 Power Operation 60 Power Operation

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO RANGE BRUSH FIRE NEAR PLANT

The licensee declared an unusual event due to a range brush fire primarily involving tumbleweeds that is several hundred yards outside of the protected area. The basis for the declaration is EAL 9.4.U.3 for a fire near the plant that threatens to reduce the level of safety. The fire currently is not threatening anything (such as offsite power lines or buildings). The plant is not in any major limiting conditions of operation (LCO). The Hanford Fire Department has responded. The criteria for termination of the UE is when the fire is extinguished.

The licensee has notified State and local authorities and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM F. SCHILL TO HUFFMAN AT 1953 EST ON 3/28/06 * * *

"At 1640 PST on March 28, 2006, Columbia Generating Station exited Unusual Event status due to the Emergency Action Level condition no longer being valid. The range fire reported earlier no longer has the potential to reduce the level of safety. The range fire is under control after burning approximately 0.4 acres approximately 150 yards southeast of the protected area boundary. Two engines from the Hanford Fire Dept. responded. No offsite power sources were affected or threatened. No press release is planned."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R4DO(Powers), NRR EO(Gillespie), IRD(Wilson), DHS(Hill), and FEMA(Liggett) notified.


* * * UPDATE FROM M. HEDGES TO HUFFMAN AT 2103 EST ON 3/29/06 * * *

"Event Notification 42450 has the statement 'The plant is not in any major limiting conditions of operation (LCO).'

"This statement should read 'The plant is not in any major Technical Specification Action Statements due to this event.' Unrelated to the declaration of the Unusual Event, the plant had a 125 V dc battery pilot cell that was inoperable per the requirements of TS 3.8.6. Applicable TS Action Statements were entered. At the time of the NOUE, plant personnel were in the process of restoring the battery to operability. The operability of the battery was restored at 1547 on 03/28/06.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. R4DO (Powers) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42451
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: JULIE HOLT
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 03/29/2006
Notification Time: 06:34 [ET]
Event Date: 03/29/2006
Event Time: 00:01 [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 50 Power Operation

Event Text

UNIT 3 SHUTDOWN DUE TO POTENTIAL SAFETY INJECTION TANK GASKET ISSUE

"On March 27, 2006, with Unit 2 in Mode 4 while starting up from a refueling outage, [Southern California Edison (SCE)] discovered that the gasket used to seal the manway cover for Safety Injection Tank (SIT) T-008 had become partially dislodged. The gasket is a 'flexitalic' type gasket which consists of a long section of crushable wire that is coiled and compressed between the manway cover and the safety injection tank flange. For SIT T-008, the flexitalic gasket had uncoiled and extended down into the SIT and prevented SIT outlet check valve MU040 from fully sealing in the closed position. On March 28, SCE inspected the remaining three SITs (SITs # 007, 009 and 010) and found the flexitalic gaskets degraded but intact and not interfering with other components.

"When this condition was discovered at Unit 2, San Onofre Unit 3 was operating at approximately 100 percent power. Similar flexitalic gaskets are also used for the manway covers on the four SITs at Unit 3. At 0001 PST on March 29, 2006, SCE conservatively declared both trains of the emergency core cooling system at Unit 3 inoperable. This placed Unit 3 in a TS 3.0.3 shutdown action statement. Plant Operators began the required Unit 3 shutdown at about 0050 on March 29, 2006. SCE is providing this phone notification to the NRC in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(i) for the initiation of any nuclear plant shutdown required by the plant's Technical Specifications."

The electric grid in the area is stable and Emergency Diesel Generators are available on Unit 3. There is no maintenance being performed on systems required for shutdown on Unit 3.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42452
Rep Org: WISCONSIN DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WISCONSIN MEDICAL CYCLOTRON, LLC
Region: 3
City: MILWAUKEE State: WI
County:
License #: 079-1366-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/29/2006
Notification Time: 11:46 [ET]
Event Date: 03/29/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF A POSSIBLE RELEASE OF F-18 FDG (FLUORO-2-DEOXYGLUCOSE)

The following is a summary of the report received from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services via e-mail:

"On March 27, 2006 a vial containing approximately 2.77 Ci of F-18 FDG was not received at the drawing station after the synthesis had been completed. Licensee stated that the monitoring equipment indicated the synthesis had been completed and the F-18 had been delivered to the drawing station. The radiopharmaceutical synthesizers are located in a shielded mini-cell. The mini-cell door was opened to investigate and the delivery line was observed to be disconnected. The mini-cell was then closed and operations were discontinued until the next day allowing for decay. The half-life of F-18 FDG is 1.82 hrs. Radiation and contamination surveys were performed outside the closed mini-cells and surrounding areas. No contamination was found.

"On March 28, 2006 the licensee contacted DHFS by telephone to report the incident. The licensee subsequently faxed in a preliminary report to DHFS.

"This will be followed up on Friday March 31, 2006 during a reactive inspection by a DHFS inspector."

Wisconsin Rpt No.: 36

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