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Event Notification Report for November 17, 2008

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Event Reports For
11/14/2008 - 11/17/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44068 44135 44559 44656 44658 44659

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44068
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: GRANT MELIN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/16/2008
Notification Time: 16:52 [ET]
Event Date: 03/16/2008
Event Time: 14:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MARK LESSER (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
4 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF PLANT PROCESS COMPUTER SYSTEM ERDADS

"The Plant Process Computer System (Emergency Response and Data Acquisition System, 'ERDADS') OPCONs for Unit 4 failed causing the NRC Emergency Response Data System Link to be non-functional.

"This is an eight hour NRC Notification for an ERDADS failure which is not corrected in 30 minutes and a loss of ability to supply ERDS data for greater than 30 minutes per 1OCFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 4/12/2008 AT 1512 FROM JIM RUSSELL TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"The Unit 4 Plant process Computer System (Emergency Response and Data Acquisition System, 'ERDADS') is out of service for an approximate 4 week period to implement a planned modification which replaces the current ERDADS system. During this time period the Unit 4 ERDS and SPDS functions will not be available. Also, Unit 4 Regulatory Guide 1.97 Category 2D Containment Temperature and power system indicators for motor control centers, batteries and inverters is unavailable in the Control Room, although other instrumentation is available to monitor these parameters."

The reactor is currently defueled.

Notified the R2DO (Musser).

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 11/14/2008 AT 1155 FROM BOB BONONTO TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

ERDS was returned to service on October 31, 2008.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R2DO (Bonser).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44135
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM RUSSELL
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 04/12/2008
Notification Time: 15:12 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2008
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

MODIFICATION TO PROCESS COMPUTER THAT WILL IMPACT ERDS

"The Unit 3 Plant Process Computer System (Emergency Response and Data Acquisition System, ERDADS) ERDS link will be out of service to install phone cables for the unit 4 ERDS link and cyber security equipment cabling. Additionally we are performing several software upgrades on the unit 3 ERDADS system. These upgrades will require several computer backup operations and several interruptions to the unit 3 ERDS link capability.

"These activities will render the Unit 3 ERDS link out of service for several hours per day over the course of 3 to 5 days. In case of a plant emergency that would necessitate the activation of the unit 3 ERDS link, it can be placed in service within one (1) hour. The unit 3 SPDS functions are unaffected by this work.

"This is an 8-hour reportable event per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) Major Loss of Assessment Capability. The operation of plant systems will not be affected due to this planned action.

"The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE ON 11/14/2008 AT 1155 FROM BOB BONONTO TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

ERDS was returned to service on October 31, 2008.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R2DO (Bonser).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44559
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 3
City: CINCINNATI State: OH
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 10/10/2008
Notification Time: 17:40 [ET]
Event Date: 10/09/2008
Event Time: 13:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3)
MARK DELLIGATTI (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following was provided by the state via e-mail:

"Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a total of 8 tritium exit signs missing from various stores in Ohio. These signs were removed from service and were being held pending return to the manufacturer for disposal. The signs were discovered missing on or about October 8, 2008 at each store. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search at each store and have determined that the signs are not on the premises. Wal-Mart is declaring these signs to be missing.

"Wal-Mart Corporate office notified the Ohio department of health by phone at approximately 1:45 PM on October 9, 2008, and followed with a written description of the signs on October 10, 2008."

The device information is as follows:

1. Location: Store number 01495 Huber Heights, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 272778, Curie content - 11.5.

2. Location: Store number 01724 Millersburg, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 260634, Curie content - 20.

3. Location: Store number 02441 Hamilton, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - Unknown, Curie content - 11.5.

4. Location: Store number 02441 Hamilton, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 338664, Curie content - 11.5.

5. Location: Store number 02441 Hamilton, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 365140, Curie content - 11.5.

6. Location: Store number 03656 Cincinnati, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - Unknown, Curie content - 11.5.

7. Location: Store number 03656 Cincinnati, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 362582, Curie content - 11.5.

8. Location: Store number 6327 Warren, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - Unknown, Curie content - 11.5.

Ohio report number - OH080007

* * * UPDATE ON 11/7/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

A tritium exit sign was reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Centerville, OH. The Isolite sign (S/N 318793) contained 11.5 Curies of tritium and was reported to Ohio at 1000 on 11/7/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH080009

Notified R3DO (Cameron) and FSME (Suber).

* * * UPDATE ON 11/12/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

Two Tritium exit signs were reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Middletown, OH. The SRB Technologies signs (S/N 280511) & (S/N 280548) contained unknown activity, and was reported to Ohio at 1230 on 11/12/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH0800011

Notified R3DO (Hills) and FSME (Suber), ILTAB email

* * * UPDATE ON 11/12/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

A Tritium exit sign was reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Newark, OH. The SRB Technologies sign (S/N 268804) contained 20 Ci of Tritium, and was reported to Ohio at 1230 on 11/12/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH0800013

Notified R3DO (Hills) and FSME (Suber). ILTAB email

* * * UPDATE ON 11/12/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

A Tritium exit sign was reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Mount Vernon, OH. The Isolite sign (S/N 293419) contained 11.5 Ci of Tritium, and was reported to Ohio at 1230 on 11/12/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH0800012

Notified R3DO (Hills) and FSME (Suber). ILTAB email

* * * UPDATE ON 11/14/2008 AT 1329 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following information was received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

Two additional lost Tritium exit signs were reported missing at store #5104 in Moraine, OH. The signs were manufactured by SRB with serial numbers 300242 and 300243. Each sign contained 20 Ci of Tritium.

Notified the R1DO (Krohn), FSME (Flannery) and ILTAB (via e-mail).


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: 44656
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: NOEL CLARKSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/13/2008
Notification Time: 11:17 [ET]
Event Date: 11/12/2008
Event Time: 16:55 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (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 Refueling 0 Refueling
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOUND WITHIN PROTECTED AREA.

A controlled substance was found within the protected area. Contact the Headquarters' Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * UPDATE FROM CLARKSON TO KNOKE AT 1418 EST ON 11/14/08 * * *

A non-licensed, contract employee was found in possession of a controlled substance. The contract employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters' Operations Officer for additional details.

The R2DO (Bonser) was notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44658
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BRITT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 11/13/2008
Notification Time: 21:43 [ET]
Event Date: 11/13/2008
Event Time: 20:31 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (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 PROMPT NOTIFICATION CAPABILITY

"At approximately 2031 Eastern time, Jacksonville National Weather service has notified Plant Hatch that the capability to broadcast prompt notification messages is not available at this time due to problems with the phone service. Emergency Preparedness personnel have been contacted to ensure proper notifications have been made. Security has notified state and local agencies along with Information Technology (IT) group of the problem."

The licensee has notified NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT BRITT TO JOE O'HARA AT 0410 ON 11/14/08 * * *

At 2315 on 11/13/08, the National Weather Service notified the licensee that the notification network is available. However, the National Weather Service cannot guarantee that the system will remain operational due to on-going maintenance activities on the system. The licensee is monitoring the notification network and will provide an update once the maintenance is complete and system reliability is fully restored.

Notified R2DO(Bonser)

* * * UPDATE FROM BILL DUZALL TO JOHN KNOKE AT 1440 EST ON 11/14/08 * * *

Troubleshooting the system has been completed. Although the system was restored at 2315 EST on 11/13/08, the verification that the system would maintain operability was not completed until 1440 EST on 11/14/08.

The licensee has notified NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Bonser).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44659
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: DAVID LANYI
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 11/14/2008
Notification Time: 09:41 [ET]
Event Date: 11/14/2008
Event Time: 07:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2)

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

LOSS OF ERDADS

"This notification is being made due to an unplanned loss of ERDADS communication to the NRC for greater than one hour.

"At 0700 on November 14, 2008, the Unit 2 Control Room noted that the information from ERDADS did not appear to be updating. Notifications were made and Engineering and Operations responded to investigate. The B train of ERDADS failed at 0357 and the backup A train did not auto transfer as expected. The B train was manually failed over and the A train assumed control at 0730. The B train was rebooted and has assumed the standby position.

"The system is currently functioning as expected and all communications have been restored."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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