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Event Notification Report for August 20, 2008

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08/19/2008 - 08/20/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44412 44413 44414 44416 44421 44423 44425

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44412
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES INC
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 0022-17
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/14/2008
Notification Time: 12:52 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was provided by facsimile from the State of Florida:

"Troxler gauge [Model 3430 s/n 30064 with 40 mCi Am-241/Be s/n 47 - 27059 and 10 mCi Cs-137 s/n 750-5034] was stolen from back of company's truck at a private residence, sometime between 0030 and 0430 on 14 Aug 2008. Company will offer reward. Company might possibly contact the press. Orlando area office will investigate."

FL Report FL08-122

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 44413
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: NOVA R&D
Region: 4
City: RIVERSIDE State: CA
County:
License #: 5446-33
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/14/2008
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2008
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()
MEXICO VIA FAX ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SEALED SOURCE

The following information was received via e-mail from the State of California:

"On June 2, 2008, a routine inspection was performed on NOVA R&D, Inc. (RML # 5446-33). The licensee was issued a Notice of Violation for not performing the leak test on the sealed source (Am/Be, S/N 77C6654, 10 mCi on 3/7/90) after November 16, 2004. According to the written response, received August 14, 2008, the licensee performed a physical inventory of the radioactive sealed sources after the routine inspection and determined that the Am/Be sealed source was missing from the ground safe where the other sealed sources are stored. A thorough search for the source was conducted, but the Am/Be source was not located. The licensee is still trying to find the source in the facility and also searching for any documentation of proper disposal."

California Rpt #081408


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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44414
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: REA CONTRACTING, LLC
Region: 1
City: BAMBERG State: SC
County:
License #: 385
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK WINDHAM
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/14/2008
Notification Time: 16:23 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2008
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)
PATRICE BUBAR (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the state via fax:

"Event Description: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at 1039 hrs, that a Troxler 3440 gauge, s/n 25120, containing 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241:Be, had been damaged at 1000 hrs on August 14, 2008. [DELETED], Senior Quality Control Specialist, stated that the gauge had been damaged by a steel wheel roller. Inspector [DELETED] responded to the scene and arrived at 1221 hrs. The area around the gauge had been properly roped off and the source rod was locked in its shielded position. The gauge was flipped and the control rod had broken free of the unit. The inspector surveyed the gauge and confirmed that the material was still within its proper containers. The gauge was returned to its transport container, and the inspector advised [DELETED] to return the gauge to its permanent storage location, secure it from further use, and to contact the manufacturer for further instruction regarding disposal.

"Mr. [DELETED] was advised by Mr. [DELETED] to submit a written report detailing this event to the Department within 30 days. The event is open and pending the licensee's investigation and report to the Department, updates will be made through the national NMED system."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44416
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
Region: 4
City: BERKELEY State: CA
County:
License #: 1333-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/15/2008
Notification Time: 14:38 [ET]
Event Date: 01/01/1999
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/15/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
PATRICE BUBAR (FSME)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - SMALL QUANTITY OF SPECIAL NUCLEAR MATERIAL UNACCOUNTED FOR

"On August 12, 2008 UC Berkeley requested a meeting with RHB to provide information regarding their findings that they had not maintained adequate control of their SNM. Specifically they were unable to locate 17 grams of elemental uranium enriched to 43% in the isotope of U 235. The reason for the problem was considered to be inadequate material accounting practices for the period since 1978, due to inadequate methodology, apparently records were not maintained for the day-to-day consumption of uranium for research and subsequent discard of uranium that occurred routinely. There were no records to indicate use. Therefore this material is considered as 'material unaccounted for' (MUF) and an ongoing investigation is in progress to determine the disposition of the material between 1994 and 1997. Seventeen grams would equal about 15 pellets the size of a small pencil eraser.

"The licensee informed NRC HOO of this issue, as information on 8/13/08. The licensee also informed RHB on 8/13/08.

"The licensee clarified that this was a notification pursuant to 10 CFR 20.2201 at 1700 on 8/14/08 regarding their inability to locate this material. An investigation is ongoing to reconcile the records regarding lost or missing material at UC Berkeley.

California Report Number: 081308

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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44421
Facility: DIABLO CANYON
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAN PHILLIPS
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 08/19/2008
Notification Time: 11:30 [ET]
Event Date: 08/19/2008
Event Time: 06:10 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY

A non-licensed PG&E employee was inattentive to his responsibilities, and was relieved of his security duties. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44423
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM GUNTER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/19/2008
Notification Time: 15:07 [ET]
Event Date: 08/19/2008
Event Time: 09:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
STEVE ROSE (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

ROD CONTROL SYSTEM MALFUNCTIONED

"On August 19, 2008, with the Unit shut down in Mode 3, post maintenance testing was being performed for the Digital Rod Position Indication System. While performing this test, a 'Rod Control Urgent Failure' alarm was received upon initial withdrawal of Control Bank-C. All other control and shutdown banks remained fully inserted in the core. Local inspection revealed a phase failure on movable gripper coils in a power cabinet. In accordance with plant procedures, at 0905 hours, a manual reactor trip was initiated by operators opening the reactor trip breakers. All Safety Systems functioned as designed and Rod Control System repairs are in progress.

"This event posed no significant safety implications because the reactor was subcritical when the reactor trip breakers were opened. Compliance with all Technical Specification requirements was maintained. The health and safety of the public were not affected by this event."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44425
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CURTIS DUNSMORE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/19/2008
Notification Time: 17:27 [ET]
Event Date: 08/19/2008
Event Time: 11:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
STEVE ROSE (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

ALTERNATE SAFE SHUTDOWN LOCAL START CAPABILITY OF ALL FOUR EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATORS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS

"On August 18, 2008, during biennial (i.e., every two years) non-Technical Specification related testing, Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) No. 4 failed to start from the EDG local control panel. This occurred with the EDG aligned for Alternate Safe Shutdown (ASSD) response versus its normal alignment. The purpose of the testing is to confirm that the EDG control logic is isolated from the control room and only operable via local controls. Based on troubleshooting activities, it was discovered that this failure to start was due to improper wiring in the circuitry associated with the EDG lockout relay. The improper wiring was introduced by a modification performed on all four EDGs in 2007.

"At 1110 hours Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 19, 2008, it was concluded that this condition impacted the ability of EDG Nos. 2, 3, and 4 to perform their intended ASSD function. The 2007, modification affected the termination point for the power to the EDG lockout relay reset coil. Per the modification, this termination point was incorrectly connected to the downstream side of the alternate shutdown isolation switch which results in a loss of power to the lockout reset when the switch is placed in local control. Therefore, in the unlikely event of a fire, an induced failure could potentially initiate a lockout signal which could not be reset from the EDG local control panel. Although the modification was installed on all four EDGs, only the local control of EDGs 2, 3, and 4 is credited in the safe shutdown analysis.

"This condition does not affect the Technical Specification operability of the EDGs and they remain fully capable of performing their intended design basis accident response functions.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Compensatory fire watches have been established and an engineering change package to correct the condition is being developed.

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