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Event Notification Report for October 17, 2008

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10/16/2008 - 10/17/2008

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44531 44568 44569 44570 44571 44572

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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: 10/16/2008
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.

* * * UPDATE RECEIVED VIA E-MAIL FROM B. HAMRICK TO JOE O'HARA AT 1257 EDT ON 10/16/08 * * *

"This is to update the report made 10/1/08 regarding a leaking Agilent Ni-63 source. After review, it was determined that this event is not a 24-hour reportable event for the California Agreement State program, and should have been reported pursuant to 10 CFR 31.5 (30-day report). By copy of this email, we are also notifying Randy Erickson, in Region IV, since the event may require NRC review, because the SS&D sheet for this source was issued by NRC to an NRC licensee."

Notified R4DO(Hay), FSME(VonTill)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44568
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KEITH POPE
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/16/2008
Notification Time: 03:33 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: 01:56 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (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 N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

NON-FUNCTIONAL TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER

"During normal surveillance testing of the U1 Control Room radiation monitors, the Technical Support Center Emergency Filtration Unit did not automatically start as required upon initiation of a High CR Radiation Signal. Additionally, the filtration unit could not be manually started from the TSC HVAC Control panel.

"This report is being made per Technical Requirements Manual 13.13.1, action B.2. With the Technical Support Center Emergency Filtration Unit inoperable, the functionality of the Technical Support Center has been lost. The alternate TSC facility is available and actions are being taken to return the TSC to Functional status with a high priority.

"The NRC resident Inspector has been notified."

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44569
Facility: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 to UO2)
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: COLUMBIA State: SC
County: RICHLAND
License #: SNM-1107
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001151
NRC Notified By: RALPH WINIARSKI
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/16/2008
Notification Time: 07:47 [ET]
Event Date: 10/15/2008
Event Time: 14:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2)
CHRISTOPHER REGAN (NMSS)

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO SC-DHEC

"On October 14, 2008, Westinghouse received the vendor chemical laboratory analysis for the Total Suspended Solids (TSS) parameter result for the October 1st, 2008, NPDES liquid effluent 24-hour composite sample. The sample result indicated that the wastewater discharged from the Westinghouse Columbia plant to the Congaree River during the 24-hour period preceding the October 1st sampling contained 64.07 pounds of TSS, which exceeds the Daily Maximum permit limit of 64.0 pounds per day.

"Preliminary information indicates the parameter exceeded the permit limit due to dredging of lagoon solids during the week preceding the October 1st sample. It should be noted that process samples taken the day before did not indicate a problem with TSS prior to discharge. Typical averages for TSS in 2008 are 12.3 pounds per day, which is well below the permit daily average limit of 32 pounds per day. The dredging campaign has since been completed, and the following weekly sample analysis (dated October 8, 2008), indicates that TSS values are back to normal, around 15 pounds.

"Liquid discharges from the Columbia Plant are regulated with regard to chemical pollutants through the SC-DHEC/EPA administered NPDES permit SC#0001848. WEC is required to notify SC-DHEC of non-compliance conditions which exceed any daily maximum effluent limitation. ' Any event or situation, related to the health and safety of the public or onsite personnel, or protection of the environment, for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been or will be made shall be reported to the NRC Operations Center concurrent to the news release or other notification.'

"Liquid discharges from the Columbia Plant are regulated with regard to chemical parameters through the SC-DHEC/EPA NPDES Permit #SC0001848.

"Liquid effluent discharges are being temporarily halted while reviews are being conducted to verify no potential for recurrence of the event. The event will be entered into the plant's Corrective Action Process and a thorough review will be performed to identify the cause of the event. The problem was identified by Westinghouse EH&S personnel. At no time was the health or safety to any employee or member of the public in jeopardy.
SC-DHEC has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44570
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RICHARD KRESS
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/16/2008
Notification Time: 11:58 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MONTE PHILLIPS (R3)

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

Event Text

PARTIAL UNAVAILABILITY OF TSC VENTILATION AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

"At 1100 on Thursday, October 16, 2008, a portion of the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system air conditioning was removed from service for maintenance on the Non-Essential Service Water System (NESW). The NESW system supports 3 of the 4 air conditioning units for the Technical Support Center. The filtration system will remain available, and an air conditioning unit which is not supported by NESW will remain in service.

"Under certain accident conditions the TSC may become unavailable due to the inability of the ventilation 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 1800 on Thursday, October 16, 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 ON 10/17/08 AT 0526 FROM BEN HUFFMAN TO PETE SNYDER * * *

"The TSC ventilation system air conditioning was returned to functional status at 0525 on Friday, October 17, 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 notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Phillips).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44571
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: TROY SPILLMAN
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 10/16/2008
Notification Time: 12:38 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (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

LOSS OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY (ERDS)

"At 1030 [EDT] on 10/16/08, Emergency Planning personnel discovered that both ERDS [Emergency Response Data System] links (modems) were not functioning. The cause of the failure is unknown at this time and is being investigated by onsite technicians. The Emergency Notification System (ENS) was verified to be functioning properly. Loss of either ERDS link is considered a major loss of emergency communication capability and is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44572
Facility: KEWAUNEE
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: TIM BUNKELMAN
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 10/16/2008
Notification Time: 15:40 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: 13:17 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
MONTE PHILLIPS (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

Event Text

UNANALYZED CONDITION RELATED TO CERTAIN FIRE CONDITIONS

"While performing an extent of condition review resulting from the unanalyzed condition related to certain fire conditions identified in Event Notification #44482, another situation was identified in which, under certain fire conditions, the ability to meet the performance criteria of the approved fire protection program may be challenged.

"Specifically, it was postulated under certain fire conditions affecting the relay room, the ability to maintain pressurizer level within the indicated range may be challenged due to spurious opening of pressurizer vent and reactor head vent valves.

"Compensatory actions to address the fire in the area of concern are in place. (1-hour Fire Watch).

"This condition is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B).

"NRC Resident has been notified."

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