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Event Notification Report for January 16, 2008

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01/15/2008 - 01/16/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43890 43894 43906 43907

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43890
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: QUALITY SERVICES LABS / CONAM
Region: 4
City: BATON ROUGE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-10986-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PENROD
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/10/2008
Notification Time: 12:44 [ET]
Event Date: 01/10/2008
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL EXCESSIVE EXPOSURE

The agreement state submitted the following information via e-mail:

"On January 10, 2008, CONAM reported an accidental, excessive exposure to an industrial radiographers badge. The badge reading for the month of November 2007 was 11,592 millirem. At the end of his shift, the radiographer put his personnel monitor in his work bag. The shift that came in after him used his work bag and had the bag next to the radiography camera during exposures.

"The licensee believes that this exposure was to the badge and not to the radiographer. The licensee will be sending a written report within 30 days. [The State of Louisiana] will forward new information when it is received."

Louisiana Event Report ID: LA070032

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43894
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: GREG EVANS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/11/2008
Notification Time: 15:46 [ET]
Event Date: 01/11/2008
Event Time: 15:10 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
MALCOLM WIDMANN (R2)
MARY JANE ROSS-LEE (NRR)
JEFFREY CRUZ (IRD)

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

DISCOVERY OF AN AFTER THE FACT UNUSUAL EVENT

At 1510, "[Watts Bar Nuclear (WBN)] had identified RCS leakage in excess of 25 gallons per minute (gpm). The leakage was estimated at 105 gpm. This is a report notification only and not a declaration. The EAL that was exceeded was 2.6, RCS identified leakage. While placing a mixed bed demineralizer in service VCT level was observed to have dropped 10%. The demineralizer was immediately removed from service. This terminated the drop in VCT level. In accordance with WBN EPIP-1 Emergency Classification Flowchart, section 3.0 step 3.3.7, if an EAL was exceeded but the emergency has been totally resolved (prior to declaration), the emergency condition that was appropriate shall not be declared but reported only. The duration of the leakage was approximately 15 minutes. The unit remains at mode 1 and 100% power. The cause for the unexpected level decrease is under investigation at this time. There were no radiological releases associated."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM MICHAEL BRANDON TO JOE O'HARA AT 1327 ON 1/15/08 * * *

The original report contains a typographical error. The leak duration was reported as 15 minutes. The correct time period is 1.5 minutes.

Notified R2DO(Moorman)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43906
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE KOERNER
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/15/2008
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 01/15/2008
Event Time: 13:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JAMES MOORMAN (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

DAMAGED FIBER OPTIC CABLE AFFECTED COMMUNICATIONS

"At approximately 1:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, the Harris Nuclear Plant (HNP) identified the inability for the NRC to contact the plant using the telecommunications system. The dedicated phone line to the State and County Warning Points and Emergency Operating Centers was maintained and verified. This condition was the result of a damaged fiber optics cable remote from the plant site. The cable was damaged during construction in Apex, NC. The ability for HNP to contact offsite agencies and HNP Emergency Response Organization was maintained at all times. Alternate methods for the NRC to contact HNP were established at 2:45 PM. The telecommunication capabilities were restored at 3:04 PM Eastern Standard Time."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43907
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: TOM JESSESSKY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 01/15/2008
Notification Time: 16:14 [ET]
Event Date: 01/15/2008
Event Time: 14:15 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ANNE MARIE STONE (R3)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)
MARY JANE ROSS-LEE (NRR)
JIM DYER (NRR)
JAMES CALDWELL (R3)
VICENTE GOMEZ (DHS)
MIKE EACHES (FEMA)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT - LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER

"At 1404 1/15/2008, Central time, Point Beach experienced a loss of Unit 1X-04, Low Voltage Station Auxiliary Transformer. This loss has caused Point Beach to declare an Unusual Event (SU 1.1, Loss of all Offsite Power to essential busses for greater than 15 minutes.)

"The loss of Unit 1X-04 transformer is under investigation.

"All equipment operated properly with the exception of 1B-04, 'B' train 480 VAC Safeguards Bus, supply breaker opened for unknown reasons.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

"Preparations are underway for a Unit 1 shutdown."

Both Unit 1 EDGs are running and supplying Unit 1 safeguard buses. Non-safety buses are powered from an auto transfer that occurred after the loss of 1X-04. No impact on Unit 2 due to the Unit 1 electrical transient. Licensee notified state and local emergency management agencies.

* * * UPDATE FROM DENNY SMITH TO JEFF ROTTON AT 2300 ON 1/15/08

"On 1/15/08 at 1941 central time, FPL Energy Point Beach, LLC issued a press release concerning the Unusual Event at Point Beach that was declared on 1/15/08 at 1415 central time. The Unusual Event was reported under EN# 43907 and occurred due to the loss of all offsite power to essential busses for greater than 15 minutes from the failure of the Unit 1 X-04, Low Voltage Station Auxiliary Transformer.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of the press release and this subsequent notification."

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