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Event Notification Report for October 7, 2008

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Event Reports For
10/06/2008 - 10/07/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44531 44532 44542 44545

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44531
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO
Region: 4
City: LA JOLLA State: CA
County:
License #: 1339-37
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHLEEN HARKNESS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/01/2008
Notification Time: 12:24 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2008
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSS BYWATER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
JOHN JANKOVICH (FSME)

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING NI-63 SOURCE

"On September 25, 2008, a leak test was performed on a nickel-63 source in an Electron Capture Device (ECD) which was found to have removable contamination of 89 nanoCuries, which is above the reporting requirement of 5 nanoCuries in CA Title 17, section 30275. The ECD is not in service, it has been in storage for two years and in the Environmental Health and Safety waste facility [at the University of California - San Diego (UCSD)], awaiting disposal. We [the California Department of Public Health] have notified UCSD to return the device to Agilent Technologies, in Delaware for their analysis.

"Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard; original activity: 15 mCi; current activity: 13.44 mCi; reference date 12/1/1992, source model number G1223A, serial number F5350.

"SSD registry NR-0348-D-111-B, currently made by Agilent Technologies in Delaware under NRC authority.

"Gas Chromatograph Information: Manufacturer- Hewlett Packard, Model 5890 Series II."

The State of California considers this a potential Part 21 issue.

California Incident Number: 5010-093008.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44532
Facility: NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU CONVERSION & SCRAP RECOVERY
                   NAVAL REACTOR FUEL CYCLE
                   LEU SCRAP RECOVERY
Region: 2
City: ERWIN State: TN
County: UNICOI
License #: SNM-124
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000143
NRC Notified By: RANDY SHACKELFORD
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/01/2008
Notification Time: 12:30 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2008
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2)
SHEENA WHALEY (NMSS)
FUELS OUO VIA E-MAIL ()

Event Text

POSITIVE RANDOM FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access for the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44542
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BUD HINCKLEY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/06/2008
Notification Time: 04:49 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2008
Event Time: 04:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

UNAVAILABILITY OF TSC VENTILATION SYSTEM AND CHARCOAL FILTER FOR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

"At 0445 on Monday, October 6, 2008, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system and charcoal filter was removed from service for scheduled preventive maintenance. The charcoal bed filtration system is also out of service in support of the maintenance on the TSC ventilation 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.

"The TSC ventilation system maintenance is scheduled to complete at 16:00 on Monday, October 6,2008.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss an emergency response facility."

* * * UPDATE AT 1630 EDT ON 10/06/08 FROM TOD KASPAR TO HOWIE CROUCH * * *

"The TSC Ventilation System and Charcoal Filter was returned to functional status at 14:35 on Monday, October 6, 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 of an emergency response facility."

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44545
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: JOHN OHRENBERGER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/07/2008
Notification Time: 03:01 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2008
Event Time: 22:24 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (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

Event Text

UNEXPECTED REACTOR CORE ISOLATION COOLING ISOLATION DURING TEST

"During performance of PNPS Procedure 8.M.2-2.6.3 Attachment 1 step (65) the RCIC System isolated on a Group 5 signal when relay contact blocking devices (boots) were removed. All isolations went to completion. This isolation was not part of the planned evolution.

"The Group 5 isolation was reset and RCIC was placed in stand by line-up at 2327 on 10/6/2008. Investigation is continuing."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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