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Event Notification Report for December 26, 2007

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Event Reports For
12/24/2007 - 12/26/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43857 43858 43861 43865 43866

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43857
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: KIMBERLY-CLARK, INC.
Region: 3
City: MARINETTE State: WI
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHERYL ROGERS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 12/20/2007
Notification Time: 16:45 [ET]
Event Date: 12/05/2007
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ERIC DUNCAN (R3)
ABY MOHSENI (FSME)

Event Text

WISCONSIN AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"The licensee reported the discovery of a broken tritium exit sign on December 5, 2007, during an inspection. The sign had been damaged at some unknown previous date. The licensee had collected exit signs for disposal. A worker recalled having difficulty removing a sign and prying it off the wall. The frame broke and pieces fell to the floor. He also recalls sweeping up the pieces, including broken tubes and placing in normal trash. The unbroken tubes were collected, and the sign reassembled. The sign is currently bagged and stored in a secured storage area, pending disposal by a contractor.

"DHFS intends to investigate. Staff will be present when the contractor arrives to wipe test and package all the exit signs for disposition."

The licensee notified the state on December 19, 2007 via telephone and facsimile.

WI Event Report ID No.: 070030

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43858
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: AT&T
Region: 4
City: SANTA ROSA State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 12/20/2007
Notification Time: 19:03 [ET]
Event Date: 12/12/2007
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
ABY MOHSENI (FSME)
ILTAB (via email) ()
MEXICO (via fax) ()

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

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The State provided the following information via email:

[Deleted] of the City of Santa Rosa City Hall, Facilities Maintenance reported that a single tritium exit sign that was used at the facility located at 520 3rd Street, Santa Rosa, formerly owned by AT&T, and later sold to the City of Santa Rosa, was missing. The single Isolite Tritium Exit sign (S/N A3N1685) was listed on the inventory list but was not located when they took over the facility. [Deleted], the representative of AT&T acknowledged the loss and reported it to RHB on December 12, 2007. The inspector assigned to this issue will visit the facility in the very near future to investigate and determine if any of the Santa Rosa personnel are aware of the location of missing H-3 exit sign.

CA Incident Number: 121207

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: 43861
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/21/2007
Notification Time: 14:49 [ET]
Event Date: 12/11/2007
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1)
ABY MOHSENI (FSME)
GEORGE PANGBURN (FSME)
JEFFREY CRUZ (IRD)
JOHN FROST (DHS)
THOMAS YATES (DOE)
CHRIS LIGGETT (FEMA)
ANDY WATTS (USDA)
LEE MILLER (HHS)
MR. CREWS (EPA)

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

Event Text

MASSACHUSETTS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SHIPMENT OF IRIDIUM-192 SOURCES

"The RSO for QSA Global called to report a missing shipment. The shipment was dispatched from QSA on 12/5/07 via Roadway. Roadway has a signed receipt (dated 12/11/07) from LAN Cargo in Miami, FL. LAN Cargo cannot locate the shipment in Miami. The initial notification was made to QSA on Tuesday morning, 12/18/07, and there was some initial confusion as Roadway said that it was delivered [LAN Cargo], and LAN Cargo said they did not know where it was. Official notification of the missing shipment was not made to QSA until yesterday, 12/20/07. As of today, the shipment is still missing and QSA notified MA RCP.

"The shipment contains 4 sources containing a total of just under 800 curies of Ir-192. The investigation is on-going and more details will follow as they are received."

The following additional information was obtained from QSA Global's RSO:

Date Shipped: Dispatched from QSA on 12/5/07 via Roadway, PRO #100-971702-4, for LAN Cargo in Miami. Roadway has a signed receipt for the shipment from LAN Cargo, but LAN Cargo cannot locate the shipment in Miami.

Customer: Caefe NDT, Rioja 4855, 2000 Rosairo (SF) Argentina

RAM: Seven (7) IR-192 sources in four containers on a skid: 4066.3 GBq, 8572.9 GBq, 8025.3 GBq, and 8162.3 GBq.

Status:

The initial notification was made to QSA Tuesday morning and there was some initial confusion as Roadway said that it was delivered, and LAN said they didn't know where it was. It is a skid that weighs over 400 lbs, so it is not something that can be easily moved. Because of the initial confusion over the actual status, official notification of the missing shipment wasn't made to QSA until yesterday morning. As of today, it is still missing and therefore, QSA is making the formal notification to MRCP per 105 CMR 120.281. A second shipment bound for Lima, Peru was consigned to LAN Cargo on the same day and we are investigating whether the missing shipment went to Lima instead of Argentina.


The licensee has also contacted the State of Florida. ILTAB (Sandler) and R2DO (Shaeffer) notified.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS (BOB WALKER) TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1542 ON 12/23/07 * * *

The shipment has been located at the Miami Roadway Express Terminal Dock.

Notified R1DO (Henderson), FSME (Mohseni, Pangburn), IRD (Cruz), R2DO (Shaeffer), ILTAB (Sandler).
Notified DHS (Steve York), DOE(Sal Morrone), FEMA (Erwin Casto), USDA (Amanda Jimenez), HHS (Jamie Whitt).

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 43865
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: BRADLEY ROUSE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/24/2007
Notification Time: 15:40 [ET]
Event Date: 12/24/2007
Event Time: 11:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/24/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (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

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LOSS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY DUE TO DAMAGED FIBER OPTIC CABLE

"At approximately 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, the Harris Nuclear Plant (HNP) identified the inability for offsite agencies to contact the plant using the telecommunications systems. This condition was the result of a damaged fiber optics cable remote from the plant site. No information is available regarding the cause of the damaged cable. The ability for HNP to contact offsite agencies and HNP Emergency Response Organization was maintained at all times. Alternate methods to contact HNP were established for selected agencies. The telecommunication capabilities were restored at 2:11 PM Eastern Standard Time."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43866
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: PAGE KEMP
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/25/2007
Notification Time: 23:22 [ET]
Event Date: 12/25/2007
Event Time: 21:10 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/25/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO TRIP OF "B" REACTOR COOLANT PUMP

"On 12/25/07 at 2110 hours EST, Unit 2 tripped from 100% power due to a trip of the 'B' Reactor Coolant Pump. The reactor trip 1st out annunciator was 'Loss of flow, power >30%'. All control rods fully inserted. This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). The Auxiliary Feedwater [AFW] pumps auto started due to the event and the steam driven AFW pump subsequently tripped on overspeed. The steam driven AFW pump was reset and placed in service. The ESF [Engineered Safety Function] actuation is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). The unit is currently in mode 3 and [the licensee is] investigating the cause of the ground on the 'B' reactor coolant pump."

The plant is at normal operating pressure and temperature. The electrical grid is stable and supplying plant loads through the startup transformer. Decay heat is being removed via the steam dumps to the condenser with feedwater being supplied via the normal path.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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