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Event Notification Report for August 8, 2008

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44388 44389 44390 44392 44393 44394

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44388
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DOUGLAS HOLT
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/07/2008
Notification Time: 04:12 [ET]
Event Date: 08/07/2008
Event Time: 02:28 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 50 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

TRIP FROM 50% POWER FOLLOWING LOW PRESSURE HEATER STRING ISOLATION

"On August 7, 2008 at 0228 EDT, TVA was reducing reactor power in preparation for a planned reactor shut down. While at approximately 50% power, the feedwater system isolated due to high levels in the low pressure heater strings. Based on the condition stated, the reactor was manually scrammed. All systems functioned as designed in response to the scram. The plant is currently being maintained in Mode 3 Hot Standby condition."

All control rods fully inserted on the manual trip. Decay heat is being removed via auxiliary feedwater to the steam generators steaming to the main condenser. Offsite power is supplying safety buses and emergency diesel generators are available if required.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Hospital Event Number: 44389
Rep Org: VA NATIONAL HEALTH PHYSICS PROGRAM
Licensee: VA MEDICAL CENTER, FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Region: 1
City: FAYETTEVILLE State: NC
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS HUSTON
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/07/2008
Notification Time: 10:18 [ET]
Event Date: 07/15/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
DAVID HILLS (R3)
CHRISTIAN EINBERG (FSME)

Event Text

EXTERNAL CONTAMINATION FOUND ON A RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL DELIVERY PACKAGE

"The package was received July 15, 2008 by the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

"The VHA National Health Physics Program was notified of the event on August 7, 2008, at 9:30 AM ET.

"A wipe test performed on the external surface of the package upon receipt on July 15, 2008 indicated a removable contamination level of 254 [disintegrations per minute per square centimeter] as compared to the regulatory limit of 220 [disintegrations per minute per square centimeter]. Surveys inside the package did not indicate elevated contamination.

"The package contained radiopharmaceuticals with Tc-99m and was shipped from Cardinal Health in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The vendor/shipper also serves as the delivery carrier. The shipper/delivery carrier was immediately notified of the contaminated package after the receipt survey on July 15, 2008 by a nuclear medicine technologist at the VA Medical Center.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44390
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BRAD LEWIS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/07/2008
Notification Time: 12:13 [ET]
Event Date: 08/07/2008
Event Time: 12:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (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

UNAVAILABILITY OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER

"At 1215 EDT on Thursday, August 7, 2008, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system charcoal filter was removed from service for scheduled preventive maintenance on one of the TSC air conditioning systems. The charcoal bed filtration system is also out of service in support of the maintenance on the air conditioning system.

"Under certain accident conditions the TSC may become unavailable due to the inability of the filtration system to maintain a habitable atmosphere. 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. Air conditioning system maintenance is scheduled to complete at 1515 EDT on Thursday, August 7, 2008.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss an emergency
response facility. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE FROM BRAD LEWIS TO JOHN KNOKE AT 1657 EDT ON 08/07/08 * * *

"The TSC air conditioning system was returned to functional status at 16:25 on Thursday, August 7, 2008.

"This follow up notification is being made to provide closure from the initial notification under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss an emergency response facility."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (David Hills)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44392
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL HUNTER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/07/2008
Notification Time: 16:46 [ET]
Event Date: 08/07/2008
Event Time: 07:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 50 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 50 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 50 Power Operation

Event Text

POWER REDUCED TO COMPLY WITH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

"On August 7, 2008 Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Units 1, 2, & 3 reduced reactor power to 50 percent to ensure continued thermal compliance with water quality standards as regulated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. This was caused by an unexpected failure of cooling tower components, rendering the cooling towers unavailable. Plant Operations continues to monitor river conditions and may take further actions as required to maintain compliance.

"There were no safety systems challenged during the power reductions.

"This is an informational report based on media interest. TVA does not expect to make an official news release. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44393
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: PAGE KEMP
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/07/2008
Notification Time: 17:26 [ET]
Event Date: 08/07/2008
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)

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

CIVIL DISTURBANCE AT THE NORTH ANNA NUCLEAR INFORMATION CENTER

"At 1430 hours on 8-7-08, approximately 20 individuals from a group identified as the Southeast Convergence for Climate Action arrived at the North Anna Nuclear Information Center (NANIC) and initiated a civil disturbance within the center. [The NANIC is located just inside the Owner Controlled Area]. When the NANIC closed at 1600 hours, 8 of the individuals refused to leave the building. Local Law enforcement informed the individuals that they would be placed under arrest, and 2 individuals exited the area. The remaining 6 individuals were detained by Local Law Enforcement Officers and removed from Dominion property."

Licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44394
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE CHRISTOPHER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/07/2008
Notification Time: 19:21 [ET]
Event Date: 08/07/2008
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO SOUTH CAROLINA ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY

"The quarterly National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System whole effluent toxicity testing for outfall #002 failed for July 2008. This required notification to the South Carolina Environmental Agency." The system was the Conventional Waste (WC).

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

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