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Event Notification Report for June 11, 2008

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06/10/2008 - 06/11/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44267 44271 44272 44279 44280 44281 44282 44283

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44267
Facility: CLINTON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: MAXWELL KIER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/04/2008
Notification Time: 20:05 [ET]
Event Date: 06/04/2008
Event Time: 18:11 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 96 Power Operation 96 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO FLOOD WATCH

"On June 4, 2008 at 18:11 hours, Clinton Lake level reached 694 feet 0 inches (mean sea level). Normal lake level is 690 feet 0 inches. Per Clinton Power Station (CPS) procedure 4303.02, 'Abnormal Lake Level,' the CPS Main Dam - Emergency Action Plan requires that a 'Flood Watch' be declared. This resulted in a notification to the DeWitt County Sheriff's Department that occurred at 18:14 hours. Lake level continues to slowly rise due to the heavy rains received in the area for the past several days. Expected peak is approximately [694 feet 6 inches]. Mitigating measures are currently being instituted as a precautionary measure in the screen house, per CPS procedures."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1058 EDT ON 6/10/2008 FROM MAX KIER TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The licensee has terminated their flood watch at 0900 CDT.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector and has notified the DeWitt County Sheriff.

Notified the R3DO (Lipa).

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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: 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."

* * * UPDATE FROM DAVE O'DONNELL TO JOE O'HARA AT 1514 ON 6/10/08 * * *

ERDS is still in service and will not be restored to normal until tomorrow 6/11/08. The scheduled maintenance on the normal power suppliy today was delayed.

Notified R3DO(Lipa)

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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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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44281
Rep Org: NATIONAL INST OF STANDARDS & TECH
Licensee: NATIONAL INST OF STANDARDS & TECH
Region: 4
City: BOULDER State: CO
County: BOULDER
License #: 0500316605
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LARRY GRIMM
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/10/2008
Notification Time: 15:11 [ET]
Event Date: 06/09/2008
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION

On June 9, 2008, the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) was notified that a vial containing standard reference material was discovered broken in one of the research laboratories. The reference material contained numerous isotopes of plutonium. It has not been determined how or when the breakage occurred.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Health Physics personnel responded to the area and determined that low levels of contamination were spread outside of the laboratory into the adjoining hallway. At this time, the hallway has be decontaminated. The lab is isolated and will be undergoing decontamination.

The two researchers who discovered the broken vial were contaminated on their hands and were properly decontaminated. They will be undergoing bioassay and urinalysis to determine if an uptake occurred. Air samples were taken in the lab and are in the process of being counted to determine if an airborne problem existed.

The NIST RSO contacted NRC Region IV (Cain and Campbell).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44282
Facility: COMANCHE PEAK
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ED LESSMANN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/10/2008
Notification Time: 18:04 [ET]
Event Date: 06/10/2008
Event Time: 10:11 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
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

LOSS OF THE SAFETY PARAMETER DISPLAY SYSTEM

"At 10:11 today, 10 June 08, CPNPP [Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant] Unit 1 plant computer suffered a power supply failure. The failure of this power supply resulted in a loss of the SPDS (Safety Parameter Display System). Loss of the SPDS meets the 8-hr. reporting requirements of 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

Troubleshooting and repair of the plant computer power supply is in progress. Repairs are estimated to be complete at 2100 CDT.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44283
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JEAN BROILLET
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 06/11/2008
Notification Time: 00:59 [ET]
Event Date: 06/10/2008
Event Time: 22:55 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/11/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ROBERT SUMMERS (R1)

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

54 OF 165 EMERGENCY SIRENS INOPERABLE DUE TO POWER OUTAGE

"On June 10, 2008, at 2255 hours it was determined that 54 of the 165 Limerick Generating Station's Emergency Offsite Sirens were inoperable due to a loss of power. The loss was a result of heavy storms which passed through the area resulting in power outages throughout the region. Efforts are underway to restore power to the affected sirens."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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