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Event Notification Report for June 10, 2008

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44264 44266 44270 44271 44272 44278 44279 44280

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44264
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH
Region: 4
City: NEW ORLEANS State: LA
County:
License #: LA-3385-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PENROD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/04/2008
Notification Time: 13:36 [ET]
Event Date: 06/03/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/04/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS DELIVERY VEHICLE ACCIDENT

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"On June 3, 2008, a Cardinal Health delivery vehicle carrying nuclear medicine doses was involved in a vehicle accident. Some of the ammo boxes containing the syringe pigs opened, however the syringe pigs remained intact. No radioactive material was spilled or leaked during this accident."

Louisiana Report: LA0800012

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44266
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 4
City:  State: LA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PENROD
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/04/2008
Notification Time: 14:05 [ET]
Event Date: 05/07/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/04/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

LOUISIANA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - BROKEN TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

On May, 7, 2008, Wal-Mart reported six broken Tritium Exit Signs (TES). Three TES were located at a store in Baker, LA and three were located in a store in Baton Rouge, LA. Wal-Mart has hired Shaw Group, Inc. for its company-wide program to inventory and manage TES. Shaw Group performed decontamination of the affected stores and shipped the broken TES to a licensed source disposal facility. All the TES were located in non-public areas of the stores.

LA Event Report: LA0800013

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44270
Facility: BWX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: KENNY KIRBY
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 06/05/2008
Notification Time: 11:53 [ET]
Event Date: 06/05/2008
Event Time: 10:07 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)
JACK GUTTMANN (NMSS)

Event Text

NEWS INQUIRY FROM LOCAL MEDIA OUTLET

"Below are the responses to questions BWXT received from [a reporter] at the News & Advance of Lynchburg, VA, regarding the closure of the Barnwell Facility in South Carolina.

"Q: I understand that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced new guidelines for the storage of low-level radioactive material since the disposal site in Barnwell, S.C. plans to close. Does B&W ever use the Barnwell Facility for any disposal needs, or will that facility's closure affect B&W operations here in any way? If so, I'd like to discuss those potential effects and perhaps write an article about the issue."

"A: Annually, the B&W Lynchburg facility generates approximately 15 to 20 cubic feet of Class B and C waste, which was disposed of at the Barnwell site in South Carolina. However, the Lynchburg facility has not been significantly impacted by Barnwell's closure."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44271
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: DUKE ENERGY
Region: 1
City: CHARLOTTE State: NC
County:
License #: 060-0379-6
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES ALBRIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 06/05/2008
Notification Time: 14:08 [ET]
Event Date: 06/05/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING SEALED SOURCE

The licensee discovered a leaking sealed source while performing a routine leak check. The source, a Ni-63 used in a Gas Chromatograph (SN U0915), was discovered to have loose surface contamination in the area around the source. The licensee discovered .006 microCuries of contamination in the area with a limit of .005 microCuries. There was no additional contamination found. The licensee decontaminated the device and is prepping it for disposal.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44272
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: METABASIS THERAPEUTICS, INC
Region: 4
City: LA JOLLA State: CA
County:
License #: 4995
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/05/2008
Notification Time: 17:31 [ET]
Event Date: 06/05/2008
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
LYDIA CHANG (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PACKAGE EXTERNAL CONTAMINATION LIMITS EXCEEDED

The State provided the following information via email:

"On June 5, 2008, Thomas Gray and Associates (TGA), a California licensee, contacted the [California Radiologic Health Branch] office to report the receipt of a package containing H-3 and C-14, which exceeded the external contamination limits in 10 CFR 71.87(i). TGA received 8 drums of waste from Metabasis Therapeutics in La Jolla California on May 31, 2008, at just after 1700 hours, as TGA was closing up for the weekend. On Monday, June 2, 2008, TGA wiped the incoming shipment, and after reviewing the results of the LSC analysis on June 3, 2008, found approximately 100,000 per 100 cm H-3 contamination on the external surface of one drum. There were lesser amounts of external contamination on two of the other drums. The three drums were immediately overpacked and isolated at TGA's facility, and the carrier was notified the next day, on June 4, 2008 at about 1300-1400 hours. This incident is being investigated by the San Diego County office that contracts with RHB for inspection and compliance.

CA Report 060508

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44278
Facility: RIVER BEND
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: DAVID YOUNG
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/09/2008
Notification Time: 13:27 [ET]
Event Date: 04/23/2008
Event Time: 15:56 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/09/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4)

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

60-DAY OPTIONAL NOTIFICATION OF INVALID SPECIFIED SYSTEM ACTUATION

"On April 23, 2008, at 3:56 p.m. CDT, power was lost on the reactor protection system (RPS) bus 'B'. The plant was operating at 100 percent power at the time. The loss of RPS bus 'B' interrupted power to the containment isolation actuation circuitry. This caused the Division 2 containment isolation valves in various balance-of-plant systems to automatically close, as designed. Plant operators implemented recovery procedures to shift RPS 'B' to its alternate power supply, and restore the systems affected by the isolation to service. The containment isolation valves were confirmed to have actuated as required. Plant [generating] capacity was not interrupted by the containment isolation signal.

"The investigation of this event did not conclusively determine the cause of the loss of RPS bus 'B'. At the time of the event, scheduled maintenance was in progress to replace a relay which had contacts in the RPS 'B' circuitry. It is postulated that during this work, the technician inadvertently contacted part of the relay case while re-terminating the wiring, causing a short-circuit which blew a fuse in the circuit. This caused the output breaker on the RPS 'B' motor-generator set to trip, which de-energized the bus.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) as an invalid actuation of the Division 2 containment isolation actuation system."

The loss of RPS 'B' also caused a half-scram signal to be generated.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44279
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: ROBERT KIDDER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/10/2008
Notification Time: 01:29 [ET]
Event Date: 06/10/2008
Event Time: 02:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (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

Event Text

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE

"The Perry Nuclear Power Plant will be taking the ERDS out of service for scheduled maintenance. From approximately 0200 hours EDT, on June 10, 2008, until 2000 hours EDT, on June 10, 2008, personnel will be performing cleaning and inspection activities on the 120 VAC Emergency Response Information System (ERIS) Computer Power Center. During this planned preventive maintenance, the Integrated Computer System, the Safety Parameter Display. System (SPDS), and the automatic mode calculation of the Computer Aided Dose assessment program (CADAP) will incur approximately two periods of unavailability of approximately two hours each. The unavailability periods are necessary to align a temporary power supply and reconnect the 120 VAC ERIS Computer Power Center upon completion of the activities.

"The dose assessment function will be maintained during the brief out of service time periods by manual input of data into CADAP and, if required, by manual calculation. In the event of an emergency, plant parameter data will be orally transmitted to the facilities through the Status Board Ring Down circuit with back-up by the Plant Branch Exchange, the Off Premise Exchange, and various redundant intra-facility circuits throughout the emergency facilities. The ability to open and maintain on 'open line' using the Emergency Notification System will not be affected and will be the primary means of transferring plant data to the NRC as a contingency until the ERDS can be returned to service during the two periods of unavailability. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), as a condition that results in a major loss of offsite communications capability. A follow-up notification will be made when the activities are completed and the equipment is restored. The Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44280
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JIM KONRAD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/10/2008
Notification Time: 01:52 [ET]
Event Date: 06/09/2008
Event Time: 20:07 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3)

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

Event Text

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FACILITY POWER OUTAGE

"The Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) became unavailable when a storm took down the power line supplying the building that houses the EOF. The emergency diesel generator failed to start, leaving the EOF without power. Notification being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii). If EOF actuation is necessary, the alternate EOF will be utilized."

The licensee is investigating the failure of the backup emergency diesel generator to start.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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