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Event Notification Report for August 3, 2006

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08/02/2006 - 08/03/2006

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42741 42742 42749 42750 42751 42752

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42741
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: BRUKER DALTONICS NBC DETECTION CORP
Region: 1
City: BILLERICA State: MA
County:
License #: 38-0257
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 07/31/2006
Notification Time: 08:56 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PAT FINNEY (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB EMAIL ()

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING SHIPMENT OF NI-63

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"On 7/13/06, licensee reported [ to State of MA] that a Raid-M-100 Hand-Held Chemical Agent Monitor (S/N 22653301851) containing up to 100 Mbq (2.7 mCi) of Nickel-63, shipped by licensee employee on 6/5/06 from Anchorage, AK, via United Parcel Service was reported as being not yet received at the licensee's Billerica, MA, site on 6/14/05. A second package, containing work related non-radioactive items, that had been shipped at the same time was received on 6/8/06. The device was in the custody of UPS at the time of the loss. UPS tracking system indicates the package was scanned in AK. Per the licensee, UPS reported on 6/19/06 and on 6/29/06 that its internal investigation had not yet found the missing item. Licensee filed incident report with Anchorage Police Department. The UPS missing package investigation is ongoing."

The site of the event and last known location was UPS, 200 West 34th Avenue, Anchorage, AK.

MA Report 7/31/06, Docket # 07-6484


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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42742
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: H. C. NUTTING COMPANY
Region: 3
City: CINCINNATI State: OH
County:
License #: 31210310024
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL SNEE
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 07/31/2006
Notification Time: 12:51 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB EMAIL ()

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

OHIO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"The Bureau was informed by the RSO of the H.C. Nutting Company (Ohio license # 31210310024) on July 31, 2006 that a moisture density gauge (Troxler model 3430, serial # 23699) was stolen from the back of a truck parked in a closed garage at a residence in Columbus, Ohio. A lock and chain were cut to gain access to the gauge. The theft occurred between 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM on July 30, 2006. A report was filed with the Columbus Police Department. The [Ohio] Bureau is investigating."

The gauge contains two sealed sources: Cs-137 (9 millicuries) and Am-241:Be (44 millicuries).

OH Incident Number: OH2006-061.

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: 42749
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: NICK LIZZO
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/02/2006
Notification Time: 04:49 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2006
Event Time: 00:06 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PAT FINNEY (R1)

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

Event Text

LOSS OF ALL OFF SITE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SIRENS

"On August 2, 2006 at approximately 0006 hours, the Emergency Planning Department determined that all of the 156 sirens in the Indian Point Energy Center, Emergency Planning Zone were unavailable due to, an inability to activate the sirens through the computer operating system. In accordance with the Indian Point reporting criteria, the loss of 16 or more sirens that cannot be returned to service in one hour, constitutes a major loss of the offsite notification capability that requires an 8-hour non-emergency notification in accordance with 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The Emergency Plan has route alerting and public radio announcement available as necessary to notify the public in lieu of the non-operational sirens.

"The condition was recorded in the IPEC Corrective Action Program as CR# 1P2-2006-04625 and actions have been initiated to investigate and correct the condition.

"Troubleshooting continues. The cause of failure is still unknown at this time."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, state, and local agencies of this event.

* * * UPDATE ON 08/02/06 AT 1417 EDT FROM BRIAN ROKES TO MIKE RIPLEY * * *

"Update to the initial notification provided at 0449 hours on August 2, 2006, regarding the inability to activate the 156 sirens of the Indian Point Entergy Center (IPEC) offsite Emergency Notification System (ENS) through its computer operating system. The capability to activate the IPEC ENS was returned to service at 0635 hours. The total time the ENS sirens were unavailable was approximately 6 1/2 hours. During the event, route alerting and public radio announcement was available as necessary to notify the public. Troubleshooting identified two problems; a hardware problem with drive failures, and a problem with the computer system where the Oracle database control file synchronism failed. These failures resulted in the inability of the ENS computer system to connect to the Oracle database which prevented ENS from being activated. The computer drives were replaced and operating system data file error corrected. Troubleshooting is continuing to identify the cause. The IPEC Corrective Action Program recorded the event as CR-IP2-2006-04625 and will identify any additional corrective actions to prevent recurrence."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, state, and local agencies of this event.

Notified R1 DO (P. Finney), DRP (N. Mamish) and OPA (D. McIntyre).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42750
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: R. HAIFLET
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/02/2006
Notification Time: 08:30 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2006
Event Time: 05:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
PAT FINNEY (R1)
MELVYN LEACH (IRD)
MJ ROSS-LEE (NRR)

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

MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITY OF PLANT EMPLOYEE

"On Wednesday, August 2, 2006, at approximately 0545 EDT, a motor vehicle accident occurred at the entrance to the Owner Controlled Area that resulted in the fatality of a plant employee. The employee was reporting to work. Local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel were called and responded to the scene.

"An investigation by local law enforcement and plant security is ongoing.

"No formal press release is anticipated.

"This event presented no risk to public health and safety."

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42751
Facility: GINNA
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: DOUG GOMEZ
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 08/02/2006
Notification Time: 18:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2006
Event Time: 11:27 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
Person (Organization):
PAT FINNEY (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

POST CONTINGENCY LOW VOLTAGE ALARM

"The Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) Energy Control Center (ECC) notified Ginna Operations that the Post Contingency Low Voltage Alarm was received for the off site power system. Ginna Operations entered procedure O-6.9, operating Limits for Ginna Station Transmission, and declared the offsite power inoperable per ITS 3.8.1[72 hour LCO]. Per NUREG-1022, section 3.2.7, if either offsite power or onsite emergency power is unavailable to the plant, it is reportable per 50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) regardless of whether the other system is available.

"The RG&E Energy Control Center (ECC) monitors 115 kV voltage using their State Estimation and Contingency Analysis System. The State Estimation portion of the system evaluates real time system power flow and voltages on the 115 and 345 kV transmission systems. The Contingency Analysis portion analyzes the voltage effect of a Ginna main generator trip concurrent with worst case accident loading. If the Station 13A voltage would drop below the minimum required voltage for offsite power alignment a Ginna Post Contingency Low Voltage Alarm occurs.

"If the main generator should trip, then the absence of a Post Contingency Low Voltage Alarm on the RG&E State Estimation and Contingency Analysis System will ensure that the subsequent offsite 115kV system voltage transient will not result in Ginna Station experiencing an under voltage condition on the 480V Safeguard Busses.

"The RG&E ECC notified Ginna operations that the Post Contingency Low Voltage Alarm cleared at 1408 EDST on 0810212006 and the LCO for ITS 3.8.1 was exited at 1704 after observation of grid stability. The plant was maintained at 100% steady state conditions throughout the event."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42752
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: A. T. HALL
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 08/02/2006
Notification Time: 18:10 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2006
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JOEL MUNDAY (R2)
BEN SANDLER (ILTAB) ()

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

Event Text

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL DISPOSED FROM OWNER CONTROLLED AREA

"[On] 08/02/06 at 1600 hrs. EST, Plant Security officers discovered a canister marked: 'Flammable Contains Phosphorus Notify Military or Law Enforcement if Found,' on plant owner-controlled property, outside the protected area. St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office (SLCSO) was contacted for determination of hazard posed. According to Plant Security supervision, the canister did not, and does not pose a threat to plant personnel, the public, or plant operations. SLCSO has asked other local experts to examine the canister and arrange for satisfactory disposal."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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