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Event Notification Report for January 14, 2009

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Event Reports For
01/13/2009 - 01/14/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44761 44764 44765 44770

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44761
Facility: BWX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: BARRY COLE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/09/2009
Notification Time: 17:26 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2009
Event Time: 13:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/09/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(1) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
ALAN BLAMEY (R2)
BRITTAIN HILL (NMSS)
FUELS GROUP (OUO) (E-MA)

Event Text

DURING TESTING, A SPECIALTY FUELS FACILITY FURNANCE FAILED TO SHUTDOWN WHEN REQUIRED

"A furnace in the Specialty Fuels Facility (SFF) was being tested in order to return it to operation. As part of the test, the airflow for the ventilation was checked to ensure that if the airflow decreased to a level below what was required per the Integrated Safety Analysis (ISA), then the appropriate furnace systems would automatically shutdown. During the test with hydrogen gas flowing into the furnace and therefore the ventilation system, the shutdown sequence shutdown the hydrogen flow when the flow was at 100%, but it did not shutdown the hydrogen flow when the flow was at 8%. There was no immediate risk or threat to the safety of workers or the public as a result of this event.

"An evaluation is currently being performed.

"BWXT is making this 24 hour report in accordance with 10 CFR 70.61, Appendix A (b)(1) - 'Any event or condition that results in the facility being in a state that was not analyzed, was improperly analyzed, or is different from that analyzed in the Integrated Safety Analysis, and which results in failure to meet the performance requirements of 70.61.'

"The furnace is shutdown pending further investigation."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44764
Facility: COMANCHE PEAK
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RAUL MARTINEZ
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 07:00 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2009
Event Time: 02:19 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)

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 COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY DUE TO A FIBER OPTIC CABLE CUT

At 0219 CST on 01/13/09 communications via commercial telephone and FTS system was lost due to a fiber optic cable cut in the Glen Rose, TX area. This loss of communications does not affect emergency response capability. The licensee has confirmed that communications at the EOF were unaffected. Repairs are underway with restoration anticipated within 1 hour.

The licensee has verified communications capability with the NRC Operations Center using a telephone which is routed through the Dallas-Fort Worth exchange.

The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * UPDATE FROM TIM BENNETT TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 0733 EST ON 1/13/09 * * *

Phone lines to the site have been restored.

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Lantz)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44765
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: SCOTT SCHNEIDER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 09:21 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2009
Event Time: 09:07 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER UNAVAILABLE DUE TO SCHEDULED HVAC MAINTENANCE

"At 0907 on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) air conditioning and charcoal filtration systems were removed from service for scheduled maintenance.

"Under certain accident conditions the TSC may become unavailable due to the inability of the air conditioning and charcoal filtration systems to maintain a habitable atmosphere. Compensatory measures exist to relocate TSC personnel to the unaffected unit's control room if necessary.

"Ventilation system maintenance is scheduled to complete at 1500 on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

"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 of an emergency response facility."

* * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT SCHNEIDER TO PETE SNYDER AT 1534 ON 1/13/09 * * *

"The TSC ventilation system air conditioning was returned to functional status at 1532 on Tuesday, January 13, 2009. 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 (Passehl).

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44770
Rep Org: CONSOL ENERGY
Licensee: FOLA COAL COMPANY
Region: 1
City: BICKMORE State: WV
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE RICHARDS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 13:36 [ET]
Event Date: 01/12/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
CHRIS EINBERG (FSME)

Event Text

PROCESS GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK OPEN

On 1/12/09 Consol Energy noted that the shutter stuck open on a pipe mounted process gage used in their facility in Bickmore, West Virginia. Consol had their RSO and Thermo-Fisher Scientific respond to the site to survey the area to ensure that the material was properly contained and that access to the area was restricted such that no one could inadvertently receive unmonitored exposure.

The gauge is an Ohmart Model SR-A with a 100 millicurie Cs-137 source. The gauge is generally licensed material. Consol is currently planning remedial actions to either replace or properly dispose of the gauge.

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