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Event Notification Report for August 22, 2008

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44422 44431 44432

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44422
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: A&R ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L05318
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY JISHA
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/19/2008
Notification Time: 13:31 [ET]
Event Date: 08/19/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB EMAIL ()
MEXICO FAX ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"On Friday, August 15, 2008, the agency [State of Texas] received a phone call left as a message for an employee out on leave that a moisture density gauge [Humbolt model 5001EZ] was stolen after it was left at a work site. It was apparently left out of the transport case and the technician was distracted with other duties. When the employee returned there was no trace of the device.

"The RSO stated that a full investigation will be performed to ascertain how the instrument was left unattended and the local law enforcement authorities have been notified. A $300 reward has been offered for return of the device. Incident Investigation Program (IIP) has notified LEA and pawn brokers to be on alert for stolen device.

"Company (and State Agency) will conduct a thorough investigation. Protocols for proper storage and handling of gauges will be stressed at a future safety meeting and all employees will receive training on the consequences of mishandling company property.

"Sealed sources :Radionuclide(s): 10 mCi, Cs-137 & 40 mCi, Am/Be-241 Serial Numbers: device 515; Cs-137, 8567GF; Am-241, NJ00479"

TX-I-8541


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: 44431
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JONATHAN DE FALCO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/21/2008
Notification Time: 13:42 [ET]
Event Date: 08/18/2008
Event Time: 22:37 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 97 Power Operation 97 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF COMMUNICATION WITH ERDS

"At approximately 1000 on August 21, 2008, with the James A. Fitzpatrick (JAF) Nuclear Power Plant operating at 96.5% reactor power, the Information Technology (IT) Department determined the interface between the plant information computer and the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) was not working properly. The discovery was made when responding to an IT Help Call. The data transfer file for the data currently available in ERDS is time stamped 2237 08/18/08. We have confirmed that the ERDS Line is not malfunctioning and the plant computer is operating normally. Trouble shooting on the interface between the plant computer and ERDS is in progress.

"10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) requires reporting within 8 hours when a significant portion of the emergency communication system has been lost. Based on the requirement in 10 CFR 50.72(a)(4) to activate ERDS within 1 hour of declaring an Alert, Site Area, or General Area Emergency. JAF has determined that this event meets criterion 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). In the event of an Emergency the designated NRC Communicator would be available to provide plant data to the NRC.

"At this time the ERDS System has been restored."

Licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the state.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44432
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: MARSHA EADES
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/21/2008
Notification Time: 22:30 [ET]
Event Date: 08/21/2008
Event Time: 16:06 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 65 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO A MAIN TURBINE TRIP

"Following a downpower to 65% for maintenance on one of the reactor feedwater turbines, a main turbine digital electro-hydraulic (DEH) quadvoter valve, that had failed a previous surveillance, was replaced. During the operability testing of the new DEH quadvoter valve, a leak developed. DEH reservoir level dropped 8 inches (approx. 52 gal) and tripped the main turbine on low DEH pressure. An automatic reactor trip occurred due the main turbine trip. All rods fully inserted. RPV pressure was controlled using the bypass valves and main steam line drains. No SRV's opened. RPV level was maintained using the feedwater and condensate system in the normal RPV level band. All other safety systems operated as designed. Off-site power is available. Three emergency diesel generators are operable and available."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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