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Event Notification Report for May 30, 2006

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Event Reports For
05/25/2006 - 05/30/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42581 42597 42602 42604 42606 42607 42608

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42581
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: LICON ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: EL PASO State: TX
County:
License #: L05530
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 05/16/2006
Notification Time: 22:49 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2006
Event Time: 16:15 [MST]
Last Update Date: 05/26/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)
ILTAB (via email) ()
MEXICO (via fax) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A LOST MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The licensee while transporting a Campbell Moisture Density Gauge S/N MC1391 from one jobsite to another in El Paso, TX, discovered upon arrival that the tailgate of the truck was down and the transport case with gauge were missing. The loss occurred within a sixteen (16) mile radius of the intersection of Hawkins Blvd. and Montana Ave. The licensee acknowledged to the TX Department of Health representative that the instrument had not been properly secured prior to transport. The gauge contains two (2) sources, i.e., 50 millicuries Am-241/Be and 10 millicuries Cs-137.

The licensee informed local law enforcement and the TX Department of Health. TX Incident No. I-8338

**** UPDATE ON 5/17/06 AT 2250 EDT VIA E-MAIL FROM LATISCHA HANSON TO SANDIN ****

Incident # correction: It should be I-8337.

**** UPDATE ON 5/29/06 AT 2057 EDT FROM LATISCHA HANSON TO KNOKE ****

The licensee (RSO) contacted the TX Department of Health representative to indicate that a trucker who is presently in Chicago, IL., found the instrument. The RSO requested the trucker FedEx the gauge back to the licensee. When the State tried the trucker's phone number they received a message that the number is disconnected. No other identification concerning the trucker was available.

Contacted NMSS (Janosko) and R4DO (Cain). Emailed ILTAB and Mexico.

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 injured 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: 42597
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: KEN GOODALL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/22/2006
Notification Time: 22:05 [ET]
Event Date: 05/22/2006
Event Time: 22:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/26/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
74.11(a) - LOST/STOLEN SNM
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)
BENJAMIN SANDLER (TAS)
BAUMGARTNER (EPA)
BIASCO (DHS)
CASTO (FEMA)
BAILEY (DOE)
GILES (USDA)
PYLES (HHS)

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

SPECIAL NUCLEAR MATERIAL (.003 GRAMS) LOST

During ongoing activities to remove non-fuel material from the Pilgrim Spent Fuel Pool it has been identified that an irradiated neutron detector containing a very small quantity (less than 0.003 grams) of special nuclear material is not in its expected location. Per the inventory sheets the neutron detector should have been enclosed in a "dry tube" in the Spent Fuel Pool. Processing of the "dry tube" for shipment identified that the neutron detector is not in its expected location.

This condition is being conservatively reported under 10CFR74.11. There is no evidence of theft or diversion. Investigation is continuing.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 5/26/2006 AT 15:25 FROM MICHAEL McDONNELL TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"In Event Notifications 42597 and 42599 on May 22 and May 23, 2006, respectively, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station notified the NRC that during ongoing activities to remove non-fuel material from the Pilgrim Spent Fuel Pool it had been identified that 2 irradiated neutron detectors containing very small quantities (less than 0.003 grams each) of special nuclear material were not in their expected locations. Per the inventory sheets the neutron detectors should have been enclosed in 'dry tubes' in the Spent Fuel Pool. Processing of the 'dry tubes' identified that the neutron detectors are not in their expected locations.

"There were a total of twelve (12) 'dry tubes' that our records show enclosed neutron detectors. As part of the investigation associated with Event Notification 42597, all twelve (12) of these 'dry tubes' have been inspected. Three (3) of the 'dry tubes' were found to contain neutron detectors consistent with plant records. Nine (9) of the 'dry tubes' were found to contain no neutron detector which is not consistent with the plant records. The irradiated neutron detectors would have each contained a very small quantity (less than 0.003 grams each) of special nuclear material.

"This condition is being conservatively reported under 10CFR74.11. There is no evidence of theft or diversion.

"Investigation is continuing."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified IRD (Blount and Leach), R1DO (Gray), NRR (Haney), ILTAB (English), DHS SWO (Cassandra), FEMA (S. Kimbrell), DOE (Ronnie), EPA (Crews), USDA (Margaret), and HHS (Marcy).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42602
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ALL STATE ENGINEERING AND TESTING
Region: 1
City: MIAMI State: FL
County:
License #: 1113-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/24/2006
Notification Time: 15:52 [ET]
Event Date: 05/24/2006
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

FLORIDA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

While licensee employees were eating at a restaurant located at 8363 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL, the licensee's Troxler moisture density gauge was stolen from the bed of the pickup truck. The licensee reported that the gauge sources were in the stored position, the handle for the gauge was locked and the transport case was locked and chained to the bed of the truck. The chain had been cut and the gauge was missing after returning to the truck after eating. The Troxler was a model 3440, Serial number 24153 containing 8 millicuries of Cs-137 and 40 millicuries of Am-241/Be. The licensee notified the Miami Police Department, but they had not arrived at the scene at the time of this report. The State of Florida will be conducting an investigation into this incident.

Florida Incident Number: FL06-75

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: 42604
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee:
Region: 1
City: CAMP LEJEUNE State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GRANT MILLS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/24/2006
Notification Time: 21:00 [ET]
Event Date: 05/24/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCE FOUND ON BEACH

"The NC Radiation Protection Section was notified of an event involving the discovery of an item labeled 'US Radium Corp.' in the Onslow Beach area (jurisdiction unknown at this time). This item is described as approximately 2 inches in diameter, inch thick and silver in color. Preliminary radiation surveys are reported as 7 mR/hr with a background of 1.5 mR/hr. These surveys were reported by Camp Lejeune firefighters. Reported by the Base firefighters, three people associated with the discovery of the item were taken to the Base hospital as a precaution after being 'decontaminated.' The Base RSO is responding and will be in contact with the NC Radiation Protection Section which has offered full assistance."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42606
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: DANIEL SCHWER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/26/2006
Notification Time: 17:27 [ET]
Event Date: 05/26/2006
Event Time: 14:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/27/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
CATHERINE HANEY (NRR)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 18 Power Operation

Event Text

SOLID STATE PROTECTION SYSTEM TRAIN INOPERABLE

"Beaver Valley Unit 1 commenced a Technical Specification required shutdown at 1415 hours due to Train B Solid State Protection System inoperable. The condition was discovered during testing and the Unit is required to be in Mode 3 by 1846 hours. Train A of Solid State Protection System remains operable and in service. Investigation of the Solid State Protection problem is in progress."

The licensee believes that the problem is caused by a faulty memory card. They are continuing to investigate the problem. The unit was at 18% power at 1727 EDT on the way to mode 3.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 5/27/06 AT 0114 EDT FROM R. GREEN TO A. COSTA * * *

"Beaver Valley Unit 1 entered mode 3 at 1831 hours on 5/26/06. Train B Solid State Protection was repaired and tested satisfactorily. It was returned to OPERABLE status at 1915 hours on 5/26/06. The failure was in the memory portion of the universal logic card in the low power trip block circuitry. A root cause investigation is ongoing. All technical specifications action statements were exited when Train B Solid State Protection was declared OPERABLE. Reactor start up is planned for 0500 on 5/27/06."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (M. Gray).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42607
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: MARK KRUZE
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 05/28/2006
Notification Time: 01:10 [ET]
Event Date: 05/27/2006
Event Time: 17:14 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/28/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
BRUCE BURGESS (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

EXCESS TEMPERATURE IN ROOM HOUSING SAFETY FUNCTION SYSTEMS

"At 1714 the Division II electrical buses were declared inoperable due to room temperatures greater than 104 F. The appropriate 24 hour LCO was entered. The C.4 abnormal procedure for loss of ventilation was entered. The procedure stated to consider opening doors in the area to provide additional ventilation. Doors were opened for additional cooling. The procedure states to declare ALL Division I 4KV equipment inoperable. At that time both 15 and 16 emergency buses were inoperable. At this time, this condition could have been prevented the fulfillment for Safety Function Systems needed to remove residual heat and mitigate the consequence of an accident. At 1745 the ventilation was re-adjusted and temperature returned the less than 104 F. All doors were closed and the 24 hour LCO exited."

The licensee will notify this incident to the NRC Resident Inspector and the State.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42608
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: KEN KINGSTON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 05/30/2006
Notification Time: 05:10 [ET]
Event Date: 05/30/2006
Event Time: 02:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/30/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION MADE DUE TO INADVERTENT EMERGENCY SIREN ACTIVATION

"On May 30, 2006, at approximately 0245 CDT, Fort Calhoun Station was notified of inadvertent single siren activation by a Washington County Sheriff Deputy. No actual Emergency exists and no testing is in progress. Local radio station KFAB was notified to broadcast an inadvertent siren activation message. Siren number 27, which is located 5.5 miles South of Blair, NE on State Highway 133, was activated as a result of adverse weather conditions. Crews have been dispatched to repair the failed siren"

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.

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