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Event Notification Report for September 19, 2006

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Event Reports For
09/18/2006 - 09/19/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42839 42845 42846 42847

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42839
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BONDED INSPECTIONS, INC.
Region: 4
City: GARLAND State: TX
County:
License #: L00693
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY JISHA
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/13/2006
Notification Time: 12:00 [ET]
Event Date: 09/13/2006
Event Time: 09:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
MICHELLE BURGESS (NMSS)
PETE WILSON (IRD)
AARON DANIS (TAS)
MEXICO VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following information was received via email from Texas Department of State Health:

"At approximately 0920hrs on 09/13/06, while parked at a Texaco Station located at the corner of Miller Street and 1935 Jupiter, Garland, TX 75042, a radiography truck belonging to Bonded Inspection, Inc. was stolen. The driver was in the store talking with his supervisor while the keys were reportedly left on the floorboard. This vehicle had a large dark room style camper which contained a 95-100 Ci, Ir-192 source (s/n J254) inside a model Ir 100, INC camera (s/n 4189). The first contact to TX DSHS came [redacted] at 0950 hrs. [Redacted] the situation was also reported to local law enforcement authorities (LLEA), Garland PD. GPD response time was within 10 minutes and all Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area LLEAs have been notified also. The JTTF coordinator for the DFW area FBI was notified as was the NRC, local DSHS inspectors and the TX State Operations Center. No malicious of suspicious intent is suspected at this time. The truck is described as a white Ford F350 pick-up conspicuously posted with Bonded Inspections, Inc. and it has flames as decals on the front. The TX license number is 5YL T51."

TX Incident No.: I-8362

Notified DHS (Alex Constantopoulos), DOE (Mike Wyatt), EPA (Peter Menk), USDA (Chuck Brown), HHS (Mark McKinnon) and FEMA (Chris Liggett).

* * * UPDATE FROM ILTAB (ENGLISH) TO W. GOTT ON 15 SEPT 06 * * *

"According to the Texas LLEA and the Texas Department of Health, the stolen truck and radiography camera were discovered at a business park in Dallas, TX approximately 3 miles from where they were taken. The source was found intact in the vehicle, and is in the possession of LLEA while they continue to investigate to find the person(s) responsible for the theft of the vehicle."

Notified R4DO (Johnson), NMSS (Flanders), NRR (Case), DHS (Cassandra), DOE (Carolyn Lawson & Ronnie), EPA (Crews), USDA (Dean Giles), HHS (Smith), FEMA (Irwin Casto) and Mexico (via E-mail).

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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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42845
Rep Org: FLEIS & VANDENBRINK
Licensee: FLEIS & VANDENBRINK
Region: 3
City: GRAND RAPIDS State: MI
County:
License #: 21-26580-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PAUL GALDES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/18/2006
Notification Time: 16:36 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2006
Event Time: 14:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)

Event Text

DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE

The licensee reported that a Troxler Model 3430 nuclear density gauge was damaged at a work site when a road grader backed over the device. The gauge operator was present but was unable to stop the grader. The source was in the shielded position when the accident occurred and appears to be undamaged. A survey shows no contamination or unusual radiation levels. A leak test is in progress and the licensee plans to ship the gauge back to Troxler for repairs.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42846
Facility: GINNA
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: KYLE GARNISH
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 09/18/2006
Notification Time: 22:23 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2006
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (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

LOSS OF SPENT FUEL POOL (SFP) COOLING

"At 1500 on 9/18/06, the 'A' SFP pump was declared inoperable due to abnormal noise. The 'B' SFP pump had previously been declared inoperable at 2330 on 9/12/06 [due to a vibration problem]. These events have resulted in a loss of SFP cooling. Current SFP temperature if 89F. Per the Technical Requirements Manual, SFP temperature is being verified within limits of less than or equal to 150 F once per 4 hours, and actions have been initiated to restore one SFP cooling system to OPERABLE status prior to the SFP exceeding 120 F."

The licensee is attempting to repair both SFP pumps in parallel efforts. In addition, a skid mounted SFP cooling system is being prepared for service. The spent fuel pool temperature was at 80 F when cooling was lost and has increased to 89 F at the time this report was made. The licensee has calculated that the SFP cooling will have to be out of service for 48 hours to reach the 150 F limit.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42847
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: BRAD EKLUND
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/19/2006
Notification Time: 04:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/19/2006
Event Time: 01:05 [MST]
Last Update Date: 09/19/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (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

PRESSURIZER HEATER CAPACITY LESS THAN TECH SPEC LIMIT

"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 September 19, 2006, at approximately 01:05 hours Mountain Standard Time (MST), Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) Unit 1 commenced a reactor shutdown required by Technical Specification 3.0.3.

"Limiting Condition for Operability (LCO) 3.0.3 requires the unit shall be placed in a Mode or other specified condition in which the LCO is not applicable when an LCO is not met and the associated ACTIONS are not met, an associated ACTION is not provided, or if directed by the associated ACTIONS.

"LCO 3.4.9 Pressurizer, requires two groups of pressurizer heaters OPERABLE with the capacity of each group > 125 Kw and capable of being powered from an emergency power supply. TS LCO 3.0.3 and 3.4.9.8 were entered at 22:35 hours an 09/18/06 when the Pressurizer Class Heaters were declared INOPERABLE. Engineering personnel with input from the heater manufacturer informed the Unit 1 SM [Shift Manager] and STA that reasonable assurance of OPERABILITY no longer exists. Prompt Operability Determination research to date concludes that the Heaters will not perform their design function for the specified mission time."

The heaters were meggered and showed low resistance. There is no affect on units 2 and 3. LCO 3.4.9.8 is in affect for modes 1-3.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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