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Event Notification Report for January 18, 2008

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01/17/2008 - 01/18/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43851 43907 43910 43911 43913 43914

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43851
Rep Org: DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Licensee: DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Region: 1
City: ANNISTON State: AL
County:
License #: 37-30062-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID MACK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/18/2007
Notification Time: 13:54 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2007
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1)
DUNCAN WHITE (FSME)

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

Event Text

TRITIUM AIMING POST LIGHTS MISSING

The Defense Distribution Center Defense Depot in Anniston, AL reported a shortage of 7 aiming post lights, each containing 9 Ci of tritium. The shortage was discovered during a shipment pick denial process. A physical inventory conducted at the time of denial confirmed that the lights were not at the designated storage location. The lights were last accounted for during a September, 2007 inventory. It was noted, however, that 88 Material Release Orders were processed for the lights on the same date that the inventory was conducted. No reported overages by receiving agencies were identified.

The Defense Depot will contact each recent recipient to determine quantities received in an attempt to reclaim the devices.

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.

* * * RETRACTION FROM DAVE MACK TO JOE O'HARA AT 1404 ON 1/17/08 * * *

The depot determined that they did not have a loss of 7 aiming post lights. A database error recorded 50 lights being received at the facility. However, after reviewing shipping documentation and packaging, the depot determined that they only received 43 lights, which resulted in a 7 light discrepancy.

The depot notified Region 2 (Parker).

Notified R1DO(Cobey) and FSME(McConnell)

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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: 01/17/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
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."

* * * UPDATE FROM RICK ROBBINS TO JOE O'HARA AT 1816 EST ON 1/16/08 * * *

"At 1404 on 1/15/08 central time, Point Beach experienced a loss of Unit 1 X-04, Low Voltage Station Auxiliary Transformer. This loss caused Point Beach to declare an Unusual Event and that was reported under EN# 43907. Technical Specification 3.8.1.B, Associated unit's 13.8/4.16 kv (X04) transformer inoperable, was not met as of 1404 on 1/15/08 and this LCO has a Required Action to restore the (X04) transformer to Operable status with a Completion time of 24 hours.

"At 1404 1/16/08 the LCO was still not met and Unit 1 entered Technical Specification 3.8.1.H Required Action and associated Completion Time Not met, with a required action to be in Mode 3 in 6 hours and Mode 5 in 36 hours.

"This Event Notification Worksheet is for the initiation of the Technical Specification Required reactor shutdown that commenced at 1549 on 1/16/08, per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(i)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO(Stone), NRR EO(Evans), and IRD(Blount).

* * * UPDATE FROM RICK ROBBINS TO JOE O'HARA AT 2222 EST ON 1/16/08 * * *

"Update: At 1947 CST on 01/16/08, the Unit 1 reactor reached MODE 3, completing the required Technical Specification Shutdown. Offsite power has been restored to the essential busses by paralleling from Unit 2 4160 V buses and the Emergency Diesel Generators G-01 and G-03 have been placed back to a normal standby alignment. The unit is being taken to MODE 5 in accordance with plant TS requirements.

"This update to EN #43907 also reports the termination of the Unusual Event [AT 2035 CST] SU1.1, Loss of all offsite power to essential buses for greater than 15 minutes initially reported via EN #43907. The State of Wisconsin and the counties of Kewaunee and Manitowoc were notified of the termination via the Nuclear Accident Reporting System (NARS) at 2041 on 1/16/08."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO(Stone), NRR EO(Evans), NRR ET(Dyer), DHS(Gray), FEMA(Dunker), and IRD(Blount).

* * * UPDATE FROM KILE HESS TO BILL HUFFMAN AT 1019 EST ON 1/17/08 * * *

"Update: At 0702 CST on 01/17/08, FPL Energy Point Beach, LLC issued a press release regarding the termination of the Unusual Event and the shutdown of Unit 1 for repair of 1- X04 transformer.

"The NRC resident inspector was notified of the press release." R3DO (Stone) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43910
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVID FOSS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/17/2008
Notification Time: 10:10 [ET]
Event Date: 12/11/2007
Event Time: 16:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

60-DAY NOTIFICATION OF AN INVALID ACTUATION OF UNITS 2 AND 3 PRIMARY CONTAINMENT ISOLATION SYSTEMS

"This 60-day report, as allowed by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1), is being made under the reporting requirement in 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to describe an unplanned, invalid actuation of specified systems, specifically the Units 2 and 3 Primary Containment Isolation Systems (PCIS).

"On 12/11/07, at approximately 1645 hours, the 13 Kv non-safety related AS4 feeder breaker tripped as a result of an electrical fault downstream of the breaker. The electrical fault resulted in a momentary voltage dip on the offsite power source (3SU). The momentary voltage dip resulted in PCIS Group II and III isolations on Units 2 and 3. Unit 2 experienced inboard PCIS isolations, while Unit 3 experienced outboard PCIS isolations. The isolations involved various process lines including Reactor Water Cleanup (RWCU), Containment Atmospheric Control (CAC) / Containment Atmospheric Dilution (CAD), Drywell Sumps, and Containment Instrument Nitrogen. The Units 2 and 3 PCIS isolations were reset by approximately 1715 hours in accordance with procedures. All required isolation valves operated as designed.

"The AS4 breaker trip has been preliminarily determined to be an electrical fault of a fuse clip associated with a non-safety related transformer (00X029). This transformer provides power to equipment at the discharge canal control structure. This issue has been entered into the site Corrective Action Program (CRs 710316, 711652, 710769) for evaluation and implementation of further corrective actions.

"The NRC resident has been informed of this notification."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43911
Facility: RIVER BEND
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: TIM SCHENK
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/17/2008
Notification Time: 10:21 [ET]
Event Date: 01/17/2008
Event Time: 09:17 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

CONTROL ROOM ANNUNCIATORS REMOVED FROM SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"At 0917 CST on 1/17/2008, the Main Control Room annunciator system has been removed from service to support maintenance at River Bend Station. The duration of the work is expected to be completed in less than one (1) hour.

"During this time, other Main Control Room indications and alternate methods will be available to implement the Emergency Plan. Since the Main Control Room annunciator system will be unavailable, this is considered a Loss of Emergency Assessment Capability and is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"A follow-up notification will be made to the NRC after the Main Control Room annunciator system is returned to service.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE FROM SCHENK TO SANDIN AT 1120 EST ON 01/17/08 * * *

At 1015 CST on 1/17/08, the licensee restored the main control room annunciator system to service. The NRC Resident has been notified. R4DO (Spitzberg) notified.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43913
Rep Org: APL LIGHTING COMPONENTS
Licensee: APL LIGHTING COMPONENTS
Region: 3
City: CHARLEVOIX State: MI
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK CARRIER
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/17/2008
Notification Time: 13:17 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2007
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
KEITH McCONNELL (FSME)

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

Event Text

LOST STATIC ELIMINATOR

The licensee reported they lost a static eliminator manufactured by NRD, Model #P202108181 with 2 milliCuries of Polonium 210. The device was last seen in June 2007 and was used to remove plastic particles from manufactured plastic parts. The licensee believes that the device became dislodged in the manufacturing plant, fell onto the shop floor, and was swept up with debris. The licensee was collecting and accounting for the devices in September 2007 when they noticed it was missing. As a result of this event, the licensee has since incorporated training into the workforce so that the employees can identify and account for the devices.

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 43914
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CECIL WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/17/2008
Notification Time: 23:48 [ET]
Event Date: 01/17/2008
Event Time: 18:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
JAMES MOORMAN (R2)
JIM WHITNEY (ILTA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 97 Power Operation 97 Power Operation
2 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOUND IN LOCATION OUTSIDE PROTECTED AREA

"At approximately 1800 EST, a controlled substance and paraphernalia were discovered by a supplemental employee, who then reported the discovery to his supervision. Plant Security was contacted, who then notified Local Law Enforcement. All supplemental personnel who were in-processing in the area at the time of discovery were interviewed and sent for FFD testing. All immediate results were negative; lab results are still pending. A drug detection dog was brought in by the Local Law Enforcement Agency to clear the area where the substance was found and nothing additional was found. This notification is being made as a courtesy as a result of the potential newsworthiness of the event."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM LICENSEE (POPE) TO NRC (HUFFMAN) AT 0925 EST ON 01/18/08 * * *

"The building in which the substance was found was located outside the Plant Vogtle Protected Area."
The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R2DO (Moorman) notified.

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