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Event Notification Report for August 29, 2008

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Event Reports For
08/28/2008 - 08/29/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44442 44443 44444 44445 44446 44447 44448

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44442
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: GLEN CANADY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/28/2008
Notification Time: 05:33 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2008
Event Time: 04:47 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)
SAM COLLINS (RA)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)
BRIAN McDERMOTT (IRD)
DAVE LEW (R1)
MIKE CHEOK (NRR)
HILL (DHS)
KUZIA (FEMA)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT - INTERNAL FLOODING IN SERVICE WATER INTAKE STRUCTURE

"Licensee entered into Unusual Event due to EAL 9.7.1, which is internal flooding in excess of sump handling capability affecting safety related areas of the plant.

"Failure of the sump pump level switches in the active Service Water Intake Structure (SWIS) bay resulted in several inches of water on the floor and receipt of a SWIS 'Pump Room Flooded' alarm. There was no excessive leakage from the service water system and no damage to safety related systems in the room. Sump pumps are now operating and level in the SWIS bay is lowering.

"All safety related systems are operable except for the 'A' Diesel Area Panel Room Supply Fan, which is cleared and tagged for scheduled maintenance."

Licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector and has notified the states of New Jersey and Delaware and the local township.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED AT 0746 EDT ON 08/28/08 FROM DAN KLINGER TO JEFF ROTTON * * *

At 0736 EDT the licensee terminated the Unusual Event. The SWIS sump pumps are working as designed using the sump pump level switch. The sump pumps are running and lowering level (approximately 0.75 inches remains on the SWIS floor).

The licensee has notified the State of New Jersey and Delaware Emergency Response organizations and will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (Powell), NRR EO (Thorp), IRD MOC (McDermott), DHS (McKentry), and FEMA (Sweetser).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44443
Facility: BYRON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ED BENDIS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 08/28/2008
Notification Time: 08:31 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2008
Event Time: 06:15 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MARK RING (R3)
SMITH (DOE)
WILLIAMS (EPA()
LEADBETTER (USDA)
KUZIA (FEMA)
MILLER (HHS)

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 DUE TO SMALL OIL SPILL INTO INTAKE BAY

During a diver inspection of 0A SX [Essential Service Water] Makeup pump intake structure, hydraulic oil was spilled into the intake bay. The oil was Envirologic 146, a natural ester based hydraulic oil. It is believed a total of approximately 2 gallons of oil leaked from the pump into the intake bay. Approximately 6 inch - 12 inch oil sheen was seen on the Rock River. Oil booms used to capture spilled oil. Oil spill was contained at 0710 CDT. Licensee notified the National Response Center, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and Ogle county Emergency Services Disaster Agency.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

National Response Center Report #: 882049

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44444
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: BOB STOKES
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/28/2008
Notification Time: 11:29 [ET]
Event Date: 08/27/2008
Event Time: 10:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2)
NADER MAMISH (NMSS)

Event Text

UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT

"An unplanned contamination event occurred on August 27, 2008. The event is reportable in accordance with 10CFR40.60 subparagraph (1) based on an unplanned event that resulted in additional radiological controls or by prohibiting entry into the area. The 24 hour period ended at 10:00 a.m. on August 28, 2008. The additional control imposed is to wear air purifying respirators on the second floor of the feed materials building. Air samples from the second floor analyzed and the airborne radioactivity average is approximately 6.7e-11 microCuries/ml. The airborne contamination is natural uranium ore concentrates and the physical form is a light dusty material."

The area of contamination is in the Feed Material building while using the prepared feed mill.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44445
Rep Org: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT
Licensee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
Region: 3
City: MARSHALLTOWN State: IA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW FARRELL
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/28/2008
Notification Time: 13:48 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
VIVIAN CAMPBELL (R4)
PART 21 GROUP E-MAIL ()
RAY POWELL (R1)
REBECCA NEASE (R2)
MARK RING (R3)

Event Text

REPLACEMENT DIAPHRAGM FAILURES DUE INADEQUATE CURE AND OPERATION OVER MAXIMUM PRESSURE

"Fisher was recently notified by Luminant, Comanche Peak SES of two replacement diaphragm failures. These diaphragms had been in service for approximately 3.1 years.

"The diaphragms lost frictional flange retention in a progressive type failure which transferred retention stress to the bolt/diaphragm interfaces and caused localized stresses great enough to initiate rupture. Rupture propagation occurred catastrophically in multiple directions and rapid loss of actuator pressure resulted and consequently, opening of the valve."

This is applicable to all Fisher size 80, type 657 and 657NS sliding stem valve actuators sold to the nuclear industry by Fisher Controls International LLC that are equipped with nitrile/nylon diaphragms (Fisher part number 1R6375X0072). It is unknown what plants in addition to Comanche Peak are affected by this report.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44446
Facility: GINNA
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: KEN CHARLAND
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/28/2008
Notification Time: 14:13 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2008
Event Time: 13:48 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)
MIKE CHEOK (NRR)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)
MARC DAPAS (R1)
GRESSET (DHS)
HEYMAN (FEMA)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITH OFFSITE AGENCIES

At 1348 EST the licensee declared an Unusual Event and entered EAL 7.3.2 due to the loss of the ability to communicate with offsite organizations. The loss of communications was due to a maintenance worker opening the wrong breaker. This caused the loss of all land based phone lines in the control room, the satellite phones and ERDS. The power was restored and the EAL was exited at 1414.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM DAN DEAN TO PETE SNYDER AT 1930 ON 8/28/08 * * *

"Ginna Station is updating the Unusual Event classification and declaration made at 1348 hours on August 28th, 2008. Information received following termination of the event at 1414 hours, shows that two telephones were available in the Control Room during the entire event. At the time of the classification, the Shift Manager did not have this information."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Hospital Event Number: 44447
Rep Org: PHARMALOGIC
Licensee: PARMSALOGIC
Region: 1
City: BRIDGEPORT State: WV
County:
License #: 47-25375-01MD
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GLEN PALMER
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/28/2008
Notification Time: 15:30 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2008
Event Time: 03:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)
CHIS EINSBERG (FSME)

Event Text

CONTAMINATION EVENT DUE TO BROKEN TC-99m VIAL

The licensee was incubating six vials of Tc-99m (Cardiolite brand 1500 millicuries each) in the iodine room. At the end of the incubation period the technician removed the first five vials without incident. The sixth vial was attempted to be removed. When the tongs touched the vial the technician heard a sound that indicated that the vial had broken. The technician called the pharmacist over to verify the break.

A cleanup was initiated. The pharmacist's lab coat was contaminated, the technician's lab coat, shirt, and dosimeter were contaminated, and an additional technicians' lab coat was contaminated. All contaminated items were removed and stored.

The contamination was contained in the iodine room. Removable surface contamination was cleaned up. The RSO did a survey of the personnel and the technician directly involved in the incident had a small amount of contamination on her hands and her hair was reading 10 mr/hr on contact. The RSO instructed the technician to return to home, shower to remove the remaining contamination and bag her clothes and return to work. Upon returning the employee was cleared of contamination, but her clothes were reading above background.

The licensee cleanup strategy for the iodine room is to allow it to decay as the half-life of Tc-99m is 6 hours.

The licensee notified Region 2 (David Collins, Rebecca Nease) and was directed to Region 1 (Powell).

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44448
Facility: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PADUCAH State: KY
County: McCRACKEN
License #: GDP-1
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707001
NRC Notified By: JOE BARLETTO
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/28/2008
Notification Time: 17:35 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2008
Event Time: 11:43 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
76.120(c)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2)
NADER MAMISH (NMSS)

Event Text

LEAK IN HIGH PRESSURE FIRE WATER SYSTEM

"At 1143, on 8/28/08, the Plant Shift Superintendent was notified of a large water leak on High Pressure Fire Water system (HPFW) A-12 in building C-333 due to a piping rupture. The HPFW system provides water for fire suppression to the plant's process buildings. A-12 is 1 of 66 HPFW systems in this process building. Leak analysis indicates the HPFW system A-12 would not have been able to perform its intended safety function while the leak was occurring. The leak was determined to be between the process building and the post indicating valve (PIV). The PIV for this system was closed which isolated the leak. Required TSR LCO actions have been and are being performed. This is being reported as an event in which equipment is disabled or fails to function as designed when the equipment is required by a TSR to be available and operable and either should have been operating or should have operated on demand, and no redundant equipment is available.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of this event."

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