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Event Notification Report for January 24, 2008

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Event Reports For
01/23/2008 - 01/24/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43915 43917 43924 43927 43928 43929

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43915
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: DURATEK RADWASTE PROCESSING, INC.
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County: ROANE
License #: R-73008
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DEBRA SHULTS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/18/2008
Notification Time: 10:32 [ET]
Event Date: 01/16/2008
Event Time: 12:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
SANDRA WASTLER (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A LEAKING SEALED SOURCE WITH CONTAMINATION

The following information was provided via fax:

"Duratek called DRH at approx. 1430 EST Jan. 17, 2008 to report a contamination event which required control of an area of their building for greater than 24 hours. While unpackaging a sealed source that was sent to them for processing for disposal, the container which the source was in was found to be contaminated. An area of about 10' by 10', covered with herculite, was contaminated and an area of 20' by 50' is being access controlled. Three personnel working at the scene were contaminated with the maximum contamination found on the personnel being 300 cpm alpha. The source was a 140 Ci U-232 solid source from the Portsmouth Facility in Ohio. The source was re-secured in containers and the contaminated area is being decontaminated. Max contamination levels on container were 400,000 dpm/100 cm2 beta/gamma and 100,000 dpm/100 cm2 alpha. The personnel were decontaminated and had lung counts. Lung counts for all were negative for elevated intake. Fecal bioassays were initiated and are ongoing.

"Media attention: None at this time.

"Event Report ID No.: TN-08-005"

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Hospital Event Number: 43917
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Region: 1
City: BOSTON State: MA
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GARY WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/18/2008
Notification Time: 15:20 [ET]
Event Date: 01/17/2008
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(2) - DOSE > SPECIFIED EFF LIMITS
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)
KEITH McCONNELL (FSME)

Event Text

POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE

"The possible medical event occurred at a broad-scope permittee authorized under the master materials license issued to the Department of Veterans Affairs, NRC License 03-23853-01VA. The permittee is VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts.

"The possible medical event occurred on January 17, 2008, and was discovered the same day. The basis for the possible medical event is under 10 CFR 35.3045(a)(2) and involved administration of radiopharmaceutical that might have resulted in more than 50 rem to tissue and involved a wrong route of administration.

"Specifically, a F-18 FDG injection of approximately 3.6 millicuries was infiltrated into a patient's arm.

"The Department of Veterans Affairs and permittee are reviewing the possible medical event circumstances and the dose calculation methods.

"The permittee informed the patient and referring physician."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43924
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: EIRC JUERGENS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 01:42 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 00:10 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (R2)

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

Event Text

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM UNAVAILABLE

"On 1/23/08 at 0010 the Unit 4 Emergency Response Data Acquisition and Display System (ERDADS) was noted to be not functioning. Reboot was attempted several times prior to achieving success. During this timeframe a loss of the ability to supply Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) data existed for greater than 30 minutes. This is also an ERDADS failure that was not corrected within 30 minutes. These fall into a 'major loss of emergency assessment capability' 10 CFR 50.72 (b) (3) (xiii). The system was restored 1/23/08 at 0045."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43927
Facility: RIVER BEND
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: THOMAS LAPORTE
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 18:31 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 17:05 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)
MICHAEL CASE (NRR)
ELMO COLLINS (RA)
ROY ZIMMERMAN (NSIR)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)

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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT - TOXIC GASES IN THE TURBINE BUILDING

"Detection of toxic gases (CO) inside the turbine building.

"Source not identified.

"Initial Readings were greater than 50 parts per million in turbine building lower elevations.

"EALHU5.1

"Detected by safety department random sampling.

"Turbine building has been evacuated, all personnel have been accounted for with no injures.

"Follow-up notification will be made with determination of cause of event.

"The unit is currently defueled. The carbon monoxide source is being investigated."

The NRC Resident Inspector as well as state and local authorities were notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM ERIC PICKRELL TO JOE O'HARA AT 1932 EST ON 1/23/08 * * *

"Notified J. O'Hara of termination of the declared NOUE. Termination is based on subsequent air monitoring sampling revealing normal Oxygen levels and no detectable Carbon Monoxide levels.

"(unknown) Source of abnormal sample readings is not yet determined. Believed to be result of Hydrogen Water Chemistry system purge which was in progress at the time of sampling."

Licensee terminated the declaration of notification of unusual event at 1827 CST following two subsequently satisfactory air samples.

Notified R4DO(Johnson), NRR(Case), and IRD(Blount)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43928
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: SUSAN GARDNER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 21:34 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 14:15 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 95 Power Operation 65 Power Operation

Event Text

ONE OF TWO MAIN FEEDWATER PUMPS TRIP

"On January 23, 2008, at about 1415 PST, SONGS Unit 2 was operating at approximately 95 percent power when one of two main feed water pumps (P063/K005), tripped on low oil pressure while an adjustment was being made to the pump's lubricating oil pressure regulator. Control room operators manually actuated the emergency feedwater system in accordance with Abnormal Operating Instructions. Control room operators reduced reactor power level to about 65 percent which can be sustained with one normal feedwater pump in operation. The cause of this event is currently under investigation.

"In compliance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), requiring licensees to report any event or condition that results in valid actuation of the emergency feedwater system, SCE is providing this notification to the NRC.

"At the time of this occurrence, Unit 3 was operating at about 100 percent power. SCE has notified the NRC resident inspectors about this occurrence and will provide them with a copy of this report."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43929
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: ALAN HALL
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 23:05 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 22:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (R2)
MICHAEL CASE (NRR)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)
KEVIN BISCOE (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 - UNCONTROLLED HYDROGEN LEAK

"St. Lucie Plant made an Unusual Event notification to the Florida State Warning Point @ 2228 EST, 01/23/08 based on a Hydrogen Tube Trailer fitting failure, and subsequent leak of hydrogen gas. The emergency classification was Emergency Action Level #20. A., per St. Lucie Plant EPIP-01, 'Classification of Emergencies'. The hydrogen leak was terminated upon discovery, with no subsequent fire and no personnel injuries. The event (and declaration) was terminated @ 2228 EST, on 01/23/08."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, and the Commonwealth of Florida Warning Point.

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