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Event Notification Report for May 8, 2006

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42522 42543 42545 42546 42557 42558 42559

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42522
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: DRASH CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Region: 4
City: SAN ANTONIO State: TX
County:
License #: L04724
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SONIA SIMMONS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 04/24/2006
Notification Time: 10:42 [ET]
Event Date: 04/23/2006
Event Time: 07:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (email) ()
Mexico (email) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler Moisture Density Gauge (sn 25459; 40 millicuries Am-241/Be and 8 millicuries Cs-137) was stolen from the operator's truck which was parked at his home. This was reported to the police and a reward was offered.

Texas Incident No.: I-8327

* * * UPDATE FROM S. SIMMONS TO P. SNYDER ON 05/02/06 AT 1315 * * *

This update was inadvertently entered as EN 42544 on 05/02/06. EN 42544 has been deleted.

The following information was received from the state via e-mail:

"On Saturday, April 22, 2006, a technician for Drash Consulting Engineers, Inc., was working a full time project performing density testing services. He stated that upon completion of the work day he felt very sleepy and was worried he might fall asleep at the wheel while driving. He had worked a lot of hours that week (70 hrs). He went home for a shower and a nap before returning the gauge to secured storage. [He] locked the gauge in the cab of the pickup truck with its transport case chained to the steering wheel. He did not lock the transport case. He awoke the next morning, Sunday, April 23, 2006, around 7:30 am and discovered that the side window of his truck was broken and the case that contained the Troxler Gauge Model 3440, was opened and the gauge was stolen.

"Root Cause: Technician failed to secure the gauge in the most restrictive fashion possible.

"Conclusion: The technician failed to follow company policy that the gauge must be returned to secured storage.

"Licensee corrective actions: The technician was given a one day suspension without pay, a written reprimand, and additional training. On April 25, 2006 a Hazardous Materials Transportation handout ( 49 CFR, Part 172, and Subpart H) was given to all gauge users, that included specific discussion on theft of gauges. DCE supervisory staff will closely monitor technicians working long hours to be sure that gauges are being returned to storage in accordance with company policy.

"Sealed source, device, etc, (make, model #, serial #): Troxler Moisture Density Gauge Model No. 3440, Serial No. 25459, with Am-241 (40 mCi) and Cs-137 (8 mCi) sources.

"Texas Incident No.: I- 8327." The state is following up with the licensee.

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: 42543
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: KLEINFELDER, INC
Region: 4
City: BELLEVUE State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I0475-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/02/2006
Notification Time: 11:30 [ET]
Event Date: 05/01/2006
Event Time: 07:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()
CNSC - CANADA (Fax) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"The licensee notified [the State of Washington] office via [the] agency hotline phone number at 8:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2006 of a theft of a Troxler model 3430 portable moisture/density gauge [Serial Number 27641; 8mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241/Be]. The theft occurred sometime between Friday (p.m.) April 28, 2006 and Monday (a.m.) May 1, 2006 from a temporary jobsite trailer located at the Wal-Mart construction site on 7110 Bridgeport Way, Lakewood, Washington. The gauge was last seen Friday, April 28, 2006 when the gauge was secured in the jobsite trailer by the licensee's gauge user. The Licensee indicated that the gauge operator employed by the licensee arrived at the job-site and found the padlock on the outside of the trailer had been cut. Once in side, he found the chains securing the gauge case had also been cut and the gauge was missing. Nothing else appeared to be missing from the trailer. The gauge user was not present at the jobsite over the weekend and the licensee can not determine the exact day or time it was stolen. A police report was filed with the Lakewood Police Department and given report number 061210259."

Washington Report Number WA-06-020

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: 42545
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: ILLINOIS DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 3
City: PEORIA State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01100-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 05/02/2006
Notification Time: 16:09 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2006
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (R3)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)
ILTAB (Email) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST OR STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was received from the state via e-mail:

" [The licensee's] Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), Illinois Dept. of Transportation (Radioactive Material License No. IL-1100-01), called to report [to Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency] that a Troxler moisture density gauge, Model 3440, serial no.16550 [Cs-137 Source S/N 50-5822, 8 millicuries; Am-241/Be Source S/N 47-11975, 40 millicuries] was stolen from one of their vehicles assigned to their Edwards subsite (Peoria area). The open bed Dodge Ram truck was at a Peoria asphalt plant when the discovery was made. The user went to use the device this morning at the site and when he opened the back of his vehicle to remove the gauge, he noted the gauge was missing from the transport container although initial appearances suggested the container was still secure and intact. The transport container is bolted and padlocked to the bed of the vehicle. In addition the transport case has a locking hasp which is padlocked. This locking device was damaged and the gauging device subsequently removed. It is not known at this time when the device was actually stolen. It was last used on April 17, 2006. Peoria County Sheriffs personnel have been contacted as well as the Illinois State Police.

"[The RSO's] investigation this afternoon showed that no other tools or equipment had been taken from the vehicle although other items contained in the transport case were missing such as the reference block, and cleaning kit. The operator indicated that he could not consciously remember verifying the security of the transport container since the last time the gauge was used in April, only that it appeared to be locked. He was able to confirm that the handle of the gauge had been secured and padlocked following its last use."

Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency Item No: IL060020

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: 42546
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: CONTOUR ENGINEERING
Region: 1
City: PLANT BOWEN State: GA
County: BARTOW
License #: GA 1398-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LIZ SEALE
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/02/2006
Notification Time: 16:22 [ET]
Event Date: 04/26/2006
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided by the state via facsimile:

"Description of event: At [approximately] 1600 hours, a portable moisture density gauge and its user were hit by heavy equipment. The gauge was run over, flattening the gauge. The user was injured and was taken for medical treatment. At the time of the notification, the RSO was enroute to evaluate the condition of the gauge. RCP advised the caller to contact [phone number deleted] if the RSO determines the source to be leaking, or if a response team is needed. Additionally, RCP advised the licensee to provide an update upon determination of gauge condition, as well as specific [information]. [The] gauge was a Troxler moisture density gauge Model 3430, Serial #32478.

"Isotope: Am-241 (44 millicuries) and Cs-137 (9 millicuries).

"[On] May 1, 2006 [RCP was] notified by [the] RSO that the source was stuck in the out position and it is being stored at their facility shielded by concrete test cylinders. Troxler has been notified and is sending a container to ship the gauge back in. A leak test has been performed. [The licensee] will send [the state] a summary of the event and information on the gauge."

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Report ID No. GA-2006-10.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42557
Facility: KEWAUNEE
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: TIM BUNKELMAN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 05/05/2006
Notification Time: 22:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/05/2006
Event Time: 16:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3)

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

Event Text

POTENTIAL LOSS OF RHR

"At 1600 CST on May 5, 2006, the Kewaunee Power Station (KPS) declared both trains of Residual Heat Removal (RHR) inoperable due to a vulnerability to internal flooding caused by possible ruptures of non-seismically qualified piping during a seismic event. Since the KPS RHR system is not protected from non-seismically induced piping breaks in the auxiliary building basement KPS does not presently meet the design criteria in the KPS USAR for the RHR system. The specific design criteria is stated in USAR section B.5 'Protection of Class I Items' and states that Class I items are protected against damage from 'Rupture of a pipe or tank resulting in serious flooding or excessive steam release to the extent that the Class I function is impaired.'

"With KPS in Intermediate Shutdown and both trains of RHR inoperable, KPS meets the Technical Specification requirement for Decay Heat Removal Capability with two (2) Steam Generators operable to remove decay heat.

"This event is being reported under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) for 'Any event that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of systems that are needed to remove residual heat.'"

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42558
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: STEVE FULLER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 05/06/2006
Notification Time: 12:31 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2006
Event Time: 06:07 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R N 0 Power Operation 0 Startup

Event Text

UNPLANNED MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM DURING SHUTDOWN

"A manual reactor scram was inserted to expedite a reactor shutdown. The reactor was subcritical at the time of the manual scram. All control rods inserted to less than or equal to position 02 as required."

The unit entered a forced outage for necessary repairs including replacement of the "B" recirc pump motor. All systems functioned as required for the manual reactor scram.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42559
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: BRAD EKLUND
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 05/06/2006
Notification Time: 20:30 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2006
Event Time: 16:35 [MST]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

VALID ACTUATION OF EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR DUE TO LOW VOLTAGE CONDITION

"The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event, additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time, a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73.

"On May 6, 2006, at approximately 16:35 US Mountain Standard Time (MST) a valid actuation of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Unit 3 Train 'A' Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) occurred as a result of an undervoltage condition on its respective safety bus (PBA-S03). EDG 'A' started and loaded as designed to energize PBA-S03. The loss of power to the safety bus occurred during Gas Turbine Generator testing. GTG number 1 was supplying safety bus PBA-S03 at a low voltage when supply breaker PBA-S03L opened unexpectedly. This resulted in the deenergization of the safety bus PBA-S03.

"The emergency diesel generator started and all required related safety equipment started as expected.

"No Emergency Plan declaration was made and none was required.

"Unit 3 was in mode 5 at 50 psia and140 degrees F. Shutdown Cooling Train B was OPERABLE and in service. No other ESF actuations occurred and none were required. The event did not result in any challenges to fission product barriers and there were no adverse safety consequences as a result of this event. The event did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant or the health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of the ESF actuation and this ENS notification."

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