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Event Notification Report for August 15, 2006

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08/14/2006 - 08/15/2006

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42725 42758 42759 42760 42766 42767

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 42725
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JEFF YOUNG
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 07/25/2006
Notification Time: 11:41 [ET]
Event Date: 07/25/2006
Event Time: 09:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (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

Event Text

REACTOR TRIP BREAKERS OPENED DURING MAINTENANCE ON STEAM GENERATOR WIDE LEVEL CHANNELS

The licensee was performing maintenance on "D" Steam Generator Low Level bistables when 4 (four) out of 8 (eight) trip control breakers opened possibly due to a 24 V DC power supply transient to 2 (two) of 4 (four) logic matrix relays. The reactor trip logic was verified to be functional and capable of processing valid reactor trip signals. The actuation was invalid as no plant transient occurred and no process variable was exceeded which would otherwise have required a reactor trip.

The licensee notified the State and the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * RETRACTION ON 08/14/06 AT 0947 ET BY M. EWER TO MACKINNON * * *


"Upon further review, the initial notification of this event is determined to have been conservative. A review of NUREG 1022, Rev. 2, 'Event Reporting Guidelines, 10 CFR 50.72 and 50.73,' as well as the supporting comments in the notice of final rulemaking for changes to 10 CFR Parts 50 and 72 contained in the Federal Register on October 25, 2000, indicates that these documents stress the need for reporting of system actuations. As stated in NUREG 1022, 'actuation of multichannel actuation systems is defined as actuation of enough channels to complete the minimum actuation logic. Therefore, single channel actuation logic,' Per the final rulemaking, 'the principal reason for reporting an actuation of one of these systems is that it is indicative of an unplanned plant transient that the NRC needs to evaluate to determine if action is necessary to address a safety problem.'


"In the event described in CR-06-06880, a portion of the RPS actuation sufficiently to cause four of the eight TCBs to open (i.e, a half trip), but not enough channels actuated to complete the minimum actuation logic for RPS (i.e, insufficient channels to fulfill the safety function of the RPS to deenergized the control rod drive mechanisms to shutdown the reactor). There was no unplanned plant transient as a result of the half trip.

"Determination

"Based on the above assessment, this condition in NOT reportable per 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) as an actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(B).

"Accordingly, the report of a 4 hour non-emergency event under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(b) for a half RPS trip actuation should be withdrawn."
R1DO (Lorson) notified.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified by the licensee of this retraction.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42758
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: SOUTHLAND GEOTECHNICAL
Region: 4
City: EL CENTRO State: CA
County:
License #: 3931-13
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/09/2006
Notification Time: 14:55 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via e-mail:

"At about 8:45 am, [DELETED] with California OES notified RHB that he had received a call regarding a damaged moisture-density gauge. [DELETED], Alternate RSO for Southland Geotechnical (also dba Landmark Consultants), called to report that a Troxler, Model 3430 moisture-density gauge (S/N 29144), with a nominal 8 mCi Cs-137 and a nominal 40 mCi Am-241 source was run over by a loader at a temporary job-site in Heber, CA. The guide bar was broken, but the source rod was not. They were able to fully retract the source, but could not lock it in the shielded position. They took a leak test of the source, which is being analyzed, and they used duct tape to maintain the source in the shielded position. The source is currently secured in its case at the authorized, permanent storage location. After the results of the leak test are returned, if it is negative, the gauge will be returned to Troxler for repair."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42759
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: AITEC USA INC / WELDSONIX
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: LOI718
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CRAIG LAWRENCE
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/09/2006
Notification Time: 15:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2006
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
LANCE ENGLISH (TAS)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
HASELTON (DHS)
TOMAS YATES (DOE)
PO THOMPSON (EPA)
CANADA VIA E-MAIL ()
NATHAN PYLES (HHS)
ERWIN CASTO (FEMA)

This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The State provided the following information via email:

"This is notification of an event in Washington State as reported to and being investigated by the WA Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection.

Date of Event: Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Location of Event: Everett Washington

ABSTRACT: (where, when, how, why; cause, contributing factors, corrective actions, consequences, Dept. of Health (DOH) on-site investigation; media attention): At some time between 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 8 and 6:00 a.m. Wednesday August 9, 2006, a radiography truck was stolen from the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel on 8410 Broadway in Everett, Washington. The truck was discovered missing at 6:00 am as the radiographer was about to leave for work. The truck contained an AEA (QSA Global) model 880 radiography device, Serial Number D2720. The device contained an Iridium-192 75 curie source, serial number 28772B. The device was reported to be locked and secured in the truck. The truck was reported to be equipped with an alarm and truck disabling device but was not used. The keys to the vehicle were reported to have been left in the door of the truck. The truck is a white 2006 Chevrolet 2500HD extended cab with a dark room shell in the bed. It has a Texas license plate number [DELETED]. A report was made by the radiography company to the Everett police department upon discovery of the missing truck.

Notification Reporting Criteria: WAC 246-221-240.

Isotope and Activity involved: Iridium 192, 75 curies.

Overexposures? (number of workers/members of the public; dose estimate; body part receiving dose; consequence): None.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged? (mfg., model, serial number): Stolen model AEA (QSA Global) model 880 radiography device, s/n D2720. It contained a 75 curie source, s/n 28772B.

Disposition/recovery: None.

Leak test? May 25, 2006.

Vehicle: (description; placards; Shipper; package type; Pkg. ID number)
The truck is a white 2006 Chevrolet 2500HD extended cab with a dark room shell in the bed. It has a Texas license plate number [DELETED].

Release of activity? None.

Activity and pharmaceutical compound intended: N/A
Misadministered activity and/or compound received: N/A
Device (HDR, etc.) Mfg., Model; computer program: N/A
Exposure (intended/actual); consequences: N/A
Was patient or responsible relative notified? N/A
Was written report provided? N/A
Was referring physician notified? N/A

Consultant used? N/A"

Washington Event Number : WA-06-051

Other agencies notified: USDA - Krisher-Clive


* * *UPDATE PROVIDED BY SCROGGS TO KOZAL VIA E-MAIL ON 8/10/06 AT 1712 EDT* * *

"The truck was found by police at 4 pm [PDT], August 9. It had been abandoned in a strip-mall parking lot near Everett. DOH staff were at the scene, making measurements and assured radiation safety for police and fire personnel during the recovery effort. It appears the dark room had not been entered. The radiography device was still in its stowed position. After the police had finished conducting their criminal investigation at the scene, the truck and device were returned to WeldSonix IR personnel.

DOH staff are continuing to investigate the incident. Corrective actions are to be determined."

Notified R4DO (Bywater), NMSS(Holahan), TAS(Hahn), IRD(Wilson), DHS(Craig), DOE(Watt), EPA Region X(Sibley), Canada via e-mail, HHS(Dalziel), FEMA (Bagwell), USDA(Parks)


THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42760
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES
Region: 4
City: EL PASO State: TX
County:
License #: L02476
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/10/2006
Notification Time: 11:07 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2006
Event Time: 16:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (via email) ()
MEXICO (via fax) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"A Moister density gauge ( Troxler 3440 - Ser # 19048) was stolen on 8/9/06 at about 1600 in El Paso Texas. The gauge was stolen from the storage area at the facility. There appears to be no signs of forced entry to the area. A Police report was filed. The EPPD was to coordinate with the jurisdictional police department to visit the prime suspect (former PSI employee) yesterday evening (8/9/06). Locks at the facility are being changed. The local scrap yards and the Texas Association of Pawnbrokers have been notified. The source information is 1 Cs-137 source serial # 50-8685 8 mCi, and AmBe serial # 4714512 40 mCi. The licensee will provide a written report as soon as all the information is gathered."

Texas incident # I - 8354

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: 42766
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: BERTRAM
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/14/2006
Notification Time: 00:30 [ET]
Event Date: 08/13/2006
Event Time: 21:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
KERRY LANDIS (R2)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION MADE DUE TO AN OIL SPILL AT TURKEY POINT

"There has been a fuel oil spill at the Turkey Point - Fossil plant of approximately 200 gal at 21:30 on 8/13/06. Turkey Point Nuclear control room was contacted at 00:02 on 8/14/06. The Control Room was notified that the spill had been contained and clean-up was in progress. DERM (Department of Environmental Resource Management) had been contacted at 23:05, and a vacuum truck from SWS Environmental had been dispatched to the site to assist in clean-up. The spill was contained on-site, with no chance of release off-site."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified of this notification by the licensee.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42767
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: JULIE HOLT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/14/2006
Notification Time: 15:08 [ET]
Event Date: 08/07/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)

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

Event Text

INFORMATION NOTIFICATION FOR DETECTION OF TRITIUM IN WATER SAMPLE

"On Monday, August 14, 2006, Southern California Edison (SCE) made a voluntary communication to California State and Local government agencies regarding water samples taken during on-going Unit 1 decommissioning activities. During the week of August 7, 2006, water samples were found to have tritium levels ranging from 50,000 -- 330,000 picoCuries/liter. No permits were violated.

"It was thought that the contamination may be attributed to historical events during Unit 1 operation (Unit 1 ceased commercial operation in 1992). SCE is investigating the source of the tritium and, as part of decommissioning, will remediate the contamination. The groundwater beneath SONGS is not a source of drinking water.

"The NRC Resident Inspectors have been notified of this occurrence and will be provided with a copy of this report."

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