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Event Notification Report for October 12, 2007

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10/11/2007 - 10/12/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43383 43700 43710 43711 43712 43715 43716 43717

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43383
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: GREENHORNE & O'MARA, INC.
Region: 1
City: NOKOMIS State: FL
County: SARASOTA
License #: FL2143-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HECTOR TABARES
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 05/24/2007
Notification Time: 10:08 [ET]
Event Date: 05/23/2007
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
GREG MORELL (FSME)
ILTAB (via email) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING TWO STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGES

Greenhorne and O'Mara Consulting Engineers Report:
"Licensee called BRC at 8:20am on 5/24/07 to report (2) Troxler gauges stolen from their temporary work site in Nokomis, FL [corner of SR 681 and US 41]. Both gauges were last seen 5/23/07 around 6 pm and were discovered missing early morning 5/24/07. Gauges were locked and secured inside a steel container (conex box) at the temporary job site. Sarasota County Sheriffs department was notified and is investigating. A police report is expected shortly. One of the Troxler gauges belongs to another licensee at the work site: Hubbard Construction company (see incident # FL-07-084). Both licensees were made aware that the BRC recommends that they offer a reward for information leading to the recovery of the gauges and that they advertise in the newspaper, and/or inform the local TV News regarding the reward offer. NRC and HSER were notified. Investigation will continue."

Both gauges are Troxler Model 3411B (S/N's 20029 and 6127), each containing two (2) sources, i.e., 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241:Be.

At the time the State of FL was notified, the Sarasota Sheriff's Department was enroute to the scene.

Florida report: #FL-07-083 and FL-07-084.
Florida License Numbers:
Hubbard: 1100-1,
Greenhorne and O'Mara: 2143-1

* * * UPDATE ON 10/11/07 FROM STEVE FURNACE TO RYAN ALEXANDER * * *

On 10/11/07, the State notified the HQ Operations Officer that both Troxler gauges were found in the woods near Naples, FL (Sarasota Co.) with the handle locks intact on 10/01/07. The Florida Bureau of Radiation Control verified no abnormal radiation coming from or contamination on the gauges. The State contacted the licensees and returned the gauges to the licensees.

Notified FSME EO (Flanders), R1DO (Cook), and ILTAB (e-mailed)


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: 43700
Rep Org: IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Licensee: PHARMACY SERVICES OF THE QUAD CITIES
Region: 3
City: DAVENPORT State: IA
County:
License #: 0207-1-82-NP
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NANCY FARMINGTON
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/08/2007
Notification Time: 09:53 [ET]
Event Date: 10/04/2007
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/08/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAURA KOZAK (R3)
NADER MAMISH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOLYBDENUM 99 CONCENTRATION TOO HIGH ON ELUTION ON MOLYBDENUM 99/TECHNETIUM- 99M GENERATOR

The State provided the following information via email:

"Event Cause: MOLYBDENUM 99 CONCENTRATION TOO HIGH ON ELUTION ON MOLYBDENUM 99/TECHNETIUM- 99M GENERATOR

"Event Date: 10/04/2007 Report Date: 10/05/2007

"Licensee/Reporting Party Information:

"Name: PHARMACY SERVICES OF THE QUAD CITIES, License Number: 0207-1-82-NP, DAVENPORT, IA 52807

"IDPH received a call from the Pharmacy Services of Quad Cities RSO on Friday, October 5, 2007, concerning a Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Mo99/Tc99M generator that they had received on Wednesday, October 3, 2007. The licensee first eluted the generator on Thursday, October 4, 2007, and discovered an elevated Mo99 concentration in the elution. Subsequent elutions also had elevated Mo99 concentrations. The licensee contacted the manufacturer (BMS) and was asked to ship the generator back to the manufacturer. The licensee contacted IDPH concerning the shipping container. An Information Notice that was issued in 1997 talks to this issue, and IDPH told the licensee to hold the generator 10 1/2 lives or a special salvage container would be needed to ship the generator back to BMS."

The State reported that elutions greater than .15 micro Curies per milli Curie Tc-99m are unacceptable and exceed establish limits. See Information Notice No. 84-85: 'Molybdenum Breakthrough From Technetium-99m Generators' Also a state representative said that the lot number of this generator was "M275711D," the size was 15 curies, the calibration date is 10/2 and the expiration date is 10/6.

"As of Monday October 8, 2007, the generator is being held at the pharmacy.

"Corrective Actions: Action Number: 1 MANUFACTURER WILL NOTIFY CUSTOMERS OF DEFECT

"Keywords: ELEVATED MO99 CONCENTRATION FROM GENERATOR ELUTION

"Source of Radiation: Source Number: 1 Form of Radioactive: ELEVATED MO99 CONCENTRATION

"Radionuclide or Voltage (kVp/MeV): MO-99

"Source Use: RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL

"Manufacturer: BRISTOL-MEYERS SQUIB

"Device/Associated Equipment: Device Number: 1

"Device Name: RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL GENERATOR

"Manufacturer: BRISTOL-MEYERS SQUIB

"Problem with Equipment: ELEVATED MO99

"Reporting Requirements: 30.50(b)(2)(ii) - The 24 hour report of an event where required equipment is disabled or fails to function as designed when the equipment is required to be available and operable when it is disabled or fails to function.

"Iowa Event # IA070004"

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 43710
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: QUENTIN HICKS
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 10/11/2007
Notification Time: 04:25 [ET]
Event Date: 10/11/2007
Event Time: 01:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TONE ALERT RADIO SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE FOR MAINTENANCE

"The tone alert radio system for Nine Mile point was taken out of service for planned maintenance. Per Site Emergency Planning procedures this constitutes a partial loss of the Public Prompt Notification System (Loss of Communication) and thus is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72 (3)(b)(xiii).

"The tone alert radio system is installed in Oswego County residences and businesses who can not hear the siren system when activated. The tone alert radio system notifies Oswego County resident of emergency situations. The tone alert radio system is maintained and operated by the National Weather Service (NWS).

"NWS estimates that the system will be out of service for approximately 6 hours. The county alert sirens, which also function as part of the public prompt Notification System, are operable."

The licensee notified the State and local governments. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * RETRACTION ON 10/11/07 AT 1510 EDT FROM BRIAN FINCH TO JOHN MACKINNON * * *

"The Oswego County Emergency Management Office was notified on 10/11/07 at approximately 1150 by the National Weather Service, NWS (Binghamton, NY) that the Tone Alert System is in service and fully functional. The NWS informed Oswego County that the time the Tone Alert System was out of service from 10/10/07 at 2350 until 10/11/07 at 0013 for a total of 23 minutes. The 23 minutes is less than the one hour criteria for a 10CFR50.72 notification. As such, the initial notification is retracted." R1DO (W. Cook) notified.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this retraction by the licensee. State and Local Officials have also been notified of this retraction by the licensee.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43711
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TOM HACKLER
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/11/2007
Notification Time: 05:20 [ET]
Event Date: 10/10/2007
Event Time: 22:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
BEINOY DESAI (R2)

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

UNIT 2 HPCI PUMP SEAL FAILURE

"On 10/10/2007 a 2245, the Unit 2 High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) Pump developed a leak of approximately 5 gpm due to a suspected pump seal failure.

"HPCI was in service for a scheduled surveillance test per plant procedure OPT-09.2, HPCI System Operability Test.

"When the leak was identified, operators secured HPCI. The leak was isolated by securing the pump, closing the pump suction isolation valves, isolating the keep fill supply valves. Operators declared the Unit 2 HPCI System inoperable when the keep fill system was isolated.

"No automatic system isolation or actuation set points were reached.

"Safety significance is minimal due to the operability and availability of redundant systems. If a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) were to occur the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) System would automatically inject and if necessary the Automatic Depressurization System (ADS) would depressurize the reactor pressure vessel allowing low pressure Emergency Core Cooling Systems (ECCS) to inject. All low pressure ECCS are operable.

"Plant risk has been evaluated and remains 'Green'.

"The Unit 2 HPCI system has been removed from service. The pump suction isolation valves have been closed. Injection piping keep fill connections have been isolated. These actions were taken to stop the leakage of system water out of the failed pump seal.

"Actions have been taken to protect redundant safety systems, including the RCIC System and ADS.

"In accordance with Technical Specification 3.5.1 Required Actions: RCIC has been verified to be operable, and HPCI must be restored to operable status within 14 days.

"HPCI pump seal replacement is being planned in accordance with the site's Work Management process. This event has been entered into the sites Corrective Action Program and an investigation into the cause of the seal failure will be performed."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 43712
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TIM PAGE
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/11/2007
Notification Time: 07:48 [ET]
Event Date: 10/11/2007
Event Time: 01:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (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

TONE ALERT SYSTEM OOS FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"The Tone Alert Radio System for the James A. Fitzpatrick (JAF) Nuclear Power Plant was taken out of service for planned maintenance. This constitutes a partial loss of the public Prompt Notification System (Loss of Communication) and thus is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii). The county alert sirens, which also function as part of the public Prompt Notification System, are operable, compensatory measures are in place to notify the affected county residents."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * RETRACTION ON 10/11/07 AT 1552 EDT FROM TIM PAGE TO JOHN MACKINNON * * *


"At 0748 on 10/11/07, the James A. Fitzpatrick (JAF) Nuclear Power Plant reported that the Tone Alert Radio System had been taken out of service for planned maintenance. JAF reported this as a partial loss of the public Prompt Notification System (Loss of Communication) under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"Subsequent review of information received from the National Weather Service (NWS) which maintains the system, and review of information contained in NUREG-1022, has determined that the period of time the Tone Alert Radio System was out of service is not reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The following updated information is provided:

"The Tone Alert Radio System was out of service for planned maintenance from 10/10/07 at 2350 hours to 10/11/07 at 0013 hours (total elapsed time of 23 minutes).

"Compensatory measures were in place during this time period to notify the affected county residents."

R1DO (William Cook) notified.


NRC Resident Inspector, State and Local Officials were notified of this event retraction by the licensee.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 43715
Facility: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PIKETON State: OH
County: PIKE
License #: GDP-2
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707002
NRC Notified By: KURT SISLER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/11/2007
Notification Time: 17:03 [ET]
Event Date: 10/11/2007
Event Time: 05:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
76.120(c)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
BEINOY DESAI (R2)
SCOTT FLANDERS (FSME)

Event Text

STEAM LEAK PAST A SAFETY RELATED O-RING

"[This event occurred at] 10-11-07 at 0540 hrs in the X-342 - Feed Facility, Autoclave #1, approximately 40 minutes into the heating cycle (mode II) on a refeed cylinder. An operator encountered an audible steam leak past the Viton 'O' ring at the 12 o'clock position. The steam was secured and autoclave shell opened. Inspection of the Viton 'O' ring resulted in the discovery of a separation of the splice joint. A pressure decay was performed to determine if the O- ring would have performed its 'Q' function. The test failed resulting in a 24 hour event."

The licensee has contacted the Regional NRC inspector for this facility.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43716
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: EDWARD BERTAM
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 10/11/2007
Notification Time: 21:37 [ET]
Event Date: 10/11/2007
Event Time: 13:34 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
BEINOY DESAI (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby
4 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

POSITIVE FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43717
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: PAUL CHRISTIANSEN
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/12/2007
Notification Time: 04:34 [ET]
Event Date: 10/11/2007
Event Time: 21:47 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/12/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BEINOY DESAI (R2)

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 ERDADS/SPDS DISPLAY

"On 10/11/2007 at 2147, the ERDADS SPDS displays for Unit 1 were discovered out of service, rendering the majority of process parameters and trends unreadable from the display screens in the control room, TSC, and EOF. This information was also not available to the NRC via the ERDS. However, the process parameters and alarm capabilities are available to operating personnel via redundant control room and plant instrumentation. Information regarding main steam line radiation monitoring, meteorological data, and information provided by the Qualified Safety Parameter Display System (QSPDS) (i.e. RCS sub cooling, reactor vessel level, and core exit temperature) is available on the ERDADS terminals and is also available to the NRC via the ERDS. The ERDS Link to the NRC from both Unit 1 and Unit 2 remains functional. Troubleshooting by the site maintenance and engineering personnel is ongoing. This Non-Emergency Notification is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) regarding loss of emergency assessment capability."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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