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Event Notification Report for February 21, 2007

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Event Reports For
02/20/2007 - 02/21/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43167 43174 43177

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43167
Rep Org: MAINE DEPARTMENT OF RADIATION CONTR
Licensee: SAPPI
Region: 1
City: SAWHEGAN State: ME
County:
License #: 25709
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHAWN SEALY
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 02/15/2007
Notification Time: 11:41 [ET]
Event Date: 02/15/2007
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/15/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING SOURCE

The following was provided by the state via facsimile:

"On January 30, 2007 it came to [the licensee's] attention that a radioactive source on Paper Machine #3 is leaking. This source is listed on [the] Materials license (25709) under condition 9 : "Sealed Krypton 85 (85 Kr) sources ". The source is an ABB Industrial Systems Model TG-4, 1 Ci, s/n K-1331-R.

"The source is used as part of a scanning system on the paper machine. It is in a location not readily accessible to employees working in the area. Radiation levels at one foot around the source head are 0.1 mR/hour. The gas is leaking very slowly, as evidenced by a decrease over time in the process variable that it measures. The source has been labeled well with caution tape and a barricade tag is affixed to the tape.

"The plan for remediation is as follows:

" - A replacement source (loaner from ABB) is being shipped (2/1/07) and should arrive by overnight delivery (2/2/07). Upon arrival, [the] shipping department has been instructed to secure the new unit in a designated holding area for radioactive sources. The storage location is a heavy metal cabinet which is locked with a padlock to ensure the safety of the unit and of the workers. The cabinet is in an area not readily accessible to employees, in a building away from production areas.

" - The damaged source will stay in place in its frame on the paper machine until early next week when a specialist from ABB will arrive, repackage it and ship it back to ABB. The replacement source will be installed at that time.

" - A new source is in the process of being purchased. Delivery is expected in 8-12 weeks. At that time, [the state's] department will be notified there is a new source onsite."

ME report number: ME070002

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43174
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: DAVID BARNETT
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/20/2007
Notification Time: 12:35 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2007
Event Time: 08:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/20/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
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

OFFSITE STATE NOTIFICATION REQUIRED BY NPDES PERMIT

"Notification to NRC following notification to the following government agencies on 02/20/2007 at 0830 (CST): State of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Water Control Quality, State of Minnesota Department of Emergency Management - State Duty Officer.

"Notifications made to above government agencies in accordance with Monticello NPDES permit for a collapse of cooling tower panels which resulted in a diversion of circulating flow overland to the discharge canal, resulting in washing of soil and gravel into the canal."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43177
Facility: QUAD CITIES
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] GE-3
NRC Notified By: MIKE MacLENNAN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/20/2007
Notification Time: 19:52 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2007
Event Time: 17:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/20/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
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
2 N Y 96 Power Operation 96 Power Operation

Event Text

HPCI DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE TO AN APPARENT EQUIPMENT MALFUNCTION

"On February 20, 2007 at 1720 hours, the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system was declared inoperable. During a system walkdown the HPCI Motor Speed Changer (MSC) was discovered energized. The MSC controls HPCI turbine speed during system startup and shutdown, and should not have been energized at the time of the walkdown. Additional troubleshooting determined the MSC was not functioning properly, rendering the HPCI system inoperable. This event is being reported as a condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) because the HPCI system is a single train system and the loss of HPCI could impact the plant's ability to mitigate the consequences of an accident. In accordance with Technical Specification Action 3.5.1.F, the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) system was confirmed operable. Further troubleshooting and engineering evaluations are continuing."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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