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Event Notification Report for January 28, 2008

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Event Reports For
01/25/2008 - 01/28/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43809 43925 43926 43933 43935 43936

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 43809
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DONALD SMITH
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/28/2007
Notification Time: 11:22 [ET]
Event Date: 11/28/2007
Event Time: 02:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/25/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
Person (Organization):
JOEL MUNDAY (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

HPCI INOPERABLE DUE TO LEVEL SWITCH FAILURE

"On 11/28/2007 at 0230 CST, Browns Ferry Unit 1 received a 'HPCI PUMP SUCT HDR LEVEL LOW' alarm and HPCI automatically transferred its suction from the Condensate Storage Tank (CST) to the Suppression Pool. With the HPCI suction not aligned to its normal source, the HPCI system was declared inoperable. At 0710 CST, trouble shooting identified a level switch malfunction. This switch was removed from service allowing HPCl to be returned to the normal Standby Readiness configuration. The System was declared Operable at 0710 when the system was aligned back to normal suction source.

"This event is reportable under 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) 'any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the Safety Function of structures or systems that are needed to: Remove Residual Heat' and 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) 'any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the Safety Function of structures or systems that are needed to: mitigate the consequences of an accident.'

"This event also requires a 60 day written report in accordance with 10CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(B) and 10CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(D)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION FROM TODD BOHANAN TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1311 HRS. EST ON 01/25/08 * * *

"ENS Event Number 43809, made on 11/28/2007, is being retracted.

"NRC Notification 43809 was conservatively made to ensure that the eight-hour non-emergency reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.72 were met pending the evaluation of an atypical system alignment with the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) [system].

"An evaluation has been performed in response to this event. The evaluation concluded that the HPCI system was capable of performing its intended safety function in this atypical configuration. As such, the circumstances discussed in the report did not result in any condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. Thus there would have no impact on nuclear safety. Therefore, this event is not reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) or 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

"TVA's evaluation of this event is documented in the corrective action program.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

Notified R2DO (Desai).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43925
Rep Org: OR DEPT OF HEALTH RAD PROTECTION
Licensee: TUALITY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: TUALATIN State: OR
County:
License #: ORE-90283
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TERRY LINDSEY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 14:08 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 09:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - THREE PATIENTS POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO ALPHA EMITTER

"Licensee notified state that Tuality Community Hospital had 3 patients with possible exposure through inhalation of Thorium, Selenium, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Hydrate, Hydrogen Seleniate. [Licensee is] concerned about potential for Alpha particle exposure and requested assistance contact information. [State] provided REAC/TS contact information."

The state will be providing additional information when licensee provides it.

Oregon Incident Report #08-0005

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43926
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: ACURA ENGINEERING ARIZONA, INC
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ-7550
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 17:50 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 11:30 [MST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (FSME)
ILTAB (EMAIL) ()
MEXICO (FAX) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"At approximately 11:30 AM January 23, 2008, the Agency was informed that the Licensee had a Instro Tek Model 3500, SN 599, portable moisture/density gauge stolen from the back of a truck. The theft occurred at approximately 6:00 AM . The gauge was locked with a chain in the bed of the truck which was parked unattended at an employee's residence. The gauge contains 11 mCi (408 MBq) of Cesium-137 and 44 mCi (1.63 GBq) Am:Be-241. The Licensee is offering a $500.00 reward for the recovery of the source. A press release will be made.

"Glendale PD is investigating and has issued report number 08-8332.

"The Agency [State] continues to investigate the circumstances regarding this theft for the source. The states of CA, NV, CO, UT, and NM and Mexico and U.S. NRC and FBI are being notified of this event."

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: 43933
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: SUSAN GARDNER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/25/2008
Notification Time: 14:43 [ET]
Event Date: 01/25/2008
Event Time: 09:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/25/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 96 Power Operation 96 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO INADVERTENT ACTUATION OF EMERGENCY SIREN

"On January 25, 2008, at about 0902 PST, SCE notified the City of Dana Point Emergency and Support Services of a spurious actuation of a SONGS [San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station] emergency response siren located in the City of Dana Point.

"The actuation occurred on January 25, 2008 at about 0900 PST with a duration of approximately ten seconds. The cause of the actuation appears to be due to SCE [Southern California Edison] maintenance being performed at the time.

"SCE personnel notified Orange County and the State of California Office of Emergency Services regarding the inadvertent actuation of part of the public notification system.

"In compliance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), requiring licensees to report any event that results in notification to other government agencies, SCE is providing this notification to the NRC.

"At the time of this occurrence, Unit 2 was operating at about 96 percent power and 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: 43935
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: LEE BAUN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/25/2008
Notification Time: 18:42 [ET]
Event Date: 01/25/2008
Event Time: 13:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/25/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
LAURA KOZAK (R3)

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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER MAY BECOME UNINHABITABLE

"At approximately 1300 hours Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 25, 2008, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) determined that under certain accident conditions, the Technical Support Center (TSC) may become uninhabitable due to the inability to switch to the emergency ventilation mode.

"Compensatory measures exist to relocate TSC personnel to the unaffected unit's control room if necessary based upon results of procedurally required monitoring of TSC radiological conditions.

"Parts are available and repairs are expected to be completed during the current shift.

"This event is reportable as specified in NUREG 1022 as a loss of an emergency response facility in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43936
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: ERIC JUERGENS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/27/2008
Notification Time: 20:24 [ET]
Event Date: 01/27/2008
Event Time: 15:17 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/27/2008
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 LINK TO NRC UNAVAILABLE

"At 1517 [hrs. EST] on 1/27/08, it was determined [that] the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) link to the NRC was unavailable from Unit 4. ERDS link remains unreliable at this time.

"Notification is based on 'A major loss of emergency assessment capability' per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii), specifically a loss of the ability to supply ERDS data for greater than 30 minutes"

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

This is a recurring event. See Event Numbers 43877, 43902, and 43924.

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