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Event Notification Report for March 31, 2009

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Event Reports For
03/30/2009 - 03/31/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44933 44936 44937 44944 44945

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44933
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WELD SPEC, INC
Region: 4
City: BEAUMONT State: TX
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/25/2009
Notification Time: 12:05 [ET]
Event Date: 03/25/2009
Event Time: 09:40 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/27/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POSSIBLE OVEREXPOSURE OF EMPLOYEE

"On March 25, 2009, at 0940, the State of Texas was notified by a licensee that they had received a report from their dosimetry processor indicating that one of their employees had received greater than 1000 rad exposure for the month of February, 2009. The exposure record provided did not indicate whether the exposure was static or dynamic. The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), who started this position in the first part of March, 2009, contacted the radiographer. The radiographer stated that she had not performed any operations with a radiography camera because she had hurt her knee. The radiographer stated that she had worked nine jobs, and all her work was done in the dark room. The RSO has made arrangements for the radiographer to have blood work done today, 3/25/09. The RSO stated that she had two other individuals who had received higher than normal readings but had not exceeded any limits. These individuals were reassigned to duties that will limit their exposure.

"An Agency (state) investigator contacted the radiographer and asked her when in the month of February she had started wearing her badge. She stated that she began wearing the badge in the middle of February. She stated that she picked it up from a mail box at the company's office. She stated that she carried the badge with her in [her] lunch box when she was not wearing it and that no one else would have had access to the badge from this point on.

"She stated that no source disconnects had occurred at any of the work sites she was at in the month of February. She stated that she does not know how her badge could have received that much exposure, but she is sure she had not received that much exposure. She stated that she felt fine. Additional information will follow as it is received."

Texas Incident Number: I-8622

* * * UPDATE FROM ART TUCKER TO PETE SNYDER AT 1218 ON 3/27/09 * * *

"The state received a fax which contained a copy of the blood work done on 3/26/09 for the individual involved from the licensee. Also included in the fax was a copy of blood work that was done on the individual on 2/25/09 prior to a medical procedure. Both samples returned very similar results and were considered normal by her physician."

Notified R4DO (O'Keefe) and FSME (McIntosh).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44936
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: HILL BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.
Region: 4
City: TALLULAH State: LA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANN TROXLER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 03/26/2009
Notification Time: 14:58 [ET]
Event Date: 03/26/2009
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/26/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE DAMAGED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

The following information was received from the State of Louisiana by Fax:

"On March 21, 2009, a soil moisture/density gauge operated by the licensee under radioactive material (RAM) reciprocity was struck by the axle of a moving pick-up truck while the source was fully extended into the soil and while soil measurements were being performed. During an initial phone interview with the gauge operator, he stated that the gauge plunger handle had been damaged. The operator stated that the source rod might have been bent during this incident.

"The gauge operator was able to retract the source into the shielded position. Radiation readings were taken through the entire process. The gauge operator stated that he succeeded in padlocking the source rod plunger handle with the source rod in the fully upright position even though the plunger handle had been partially damaged. The operator then secured the gauge in its transportation case and performed a survey of the transportation case.

"The operator stated that he got a highest reading of 1 mR/hr at the case surface on the side next to the base of the gauge. The gauge case was resurveyed before placing the gauge back into storage in the licensee's source vault. A leak test was performed but the results are not available at this time.

"The gauge is a Troxler Model 3440, serial #31096, containing 8 mCi of Cs-137, serial # 750-5735 and a 40 mCi source of AmBe241,serial #473180.

"Additional information will be forwarded once it is received. An inspector was sent to the temporary jobsite on March 25, 2009 to verify this information."

Louisiana Event Report ID: LA090010.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44937
Facility: COOPER
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: EDWARD McCUTCHEN JR.
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/26/2009
Notification Time: 18:52 [ET]
Event Date: 03/27/2009
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/30/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (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

Event Text

TROUBLESHOOTING EMERGENCY OFFSITE FACILITY COMMUNICATIONS

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as an event that will result in a major loss of emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability, or offsite communications capability (e.g. significant portion of control room indication, Emergency Notification System or offsite notification system.)

"At approximately 0000 on 3/27/09, all five of the T-1 data lines to the Emergency Offsite Facility (EOF) will be taken out of service to troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning phone company equipment. Multiple short duration outages will occur until the malfunction can be located and repaired. This outage will cause a loss of Plant Management Information System printer capability, Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) capability, FTS 2001 system, Alternate Intercom system, Low Band base radio (the primary Downwind Survey team radio), State Notification Telephone System, Dose Assessment and some external phone lines at the EOF. This loss of capability affects only the off-site EOF. All other emergency communications from the site to the NRC are not affected.

"Compensatory measures being put into effect include SPDS information relayed via telephone from the Technical Support Center, dose assessment and offsite notifications and reports via alternate means, or relocate the on-call Emergency Director to the Control Room and make notifications to offsite agencies via the Control Room Communicator. CNS is in contact with communications personnel to restore the T-1 lines as quickly as possible in the event of a declared emergency.

"Region IV and the NRC Resident Inspector were notified of the planned loss of the T-1 lines. CNS will notify the NRC when all EOF equipment affected by the T-1 lines have been satisfactorily tested and verified to be operational."

* * * UPDATE ON 3/27/09 AT 1405 FROM STEVE WHEELER TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"This notification is an update to EN#44937 regarding the planned troubleshooting of Emergency Off Site Facility (EOF) communications equipment. Discussion with the NPPD telecommunications vendor have identified that the planned troubleshooting and repair of Cooper's EOF communications equipment was completed non-intrusively. There was no actual interruption of the EOF communications equipment. Testing by the vendor, NPPD Telecommunications Department personnel and NPPD Emergency Preparedness Department personnel has been completed and all EOF communications equipment has been verified to be fully functional. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector and the State and Local Agencies will be notified that the CNS EOF communications equipment is fully functional."

Notified the R4DO (O'Keefe).

* * * UPDATE AT 1739 EDT ON 3/30/09 FROM ED MCCUTCHEN TO JOE O'HARA * * *

"This notification is a second follow up to Event Notification EN# 44937 of 3/26/09 at 1852 EDT which reported the planned troubleshooting of Emergency Off Site Facility (EOF) communications equipment. The first follow up reported that the planned troubleshooting was completed non-intrusively and that no actual interruption of EOF capability occurred.

"Subsequently the telecommunication provider has advised that further troubleshooting is required. Therefore, at approximately 2300 on 3/30/09, all five T-1 data lines to the EOF will be taken out of service to troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning phone company equipment. Multiple short duration outages will occur until the malfunction can be located and repaired. This outage will cause a loss of Plant Management Information System printer capability, Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) capability, FTS 2001 system, Alternate Intercom system, Low Band base radio (the primary Downwind Survey team radio), State Notification Telephone System, Dose Assessment and some external phone lines at the EOF. This loss of capability affects only the off-site EOF. All other emergency communications from the site to the NRC are not affected.

"Compensatory measures being put into effect include SPDS information relayed via telephone from the Technical Support Center, dose assessment and offsite notifications and reports via alternate means, or relocate the on-call Emergency Director to the Control Room and make notifications to offsite agencies via the Control Room Communicator. CNS is in contact with communications personnel to restore the T-1 lines as quickly as possible in the event of a declared emergency.

"Region IV and the NRC Resident Inspector were notified of the planned loss of the T-1 lines. CNS will notify the NRC when all EOF equipment affected by the T-1 lines have been satisfactorily tested and verified to be operational."

Notified R4DO(Deese)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44944
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE CHRISTOPHER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/30/2009
Notification Time: 09:35 [ET]
Event Date: 03/30/2009
Event Time: 02:55 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/30/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2)
MJ ROSS-LEE (NRR)
ANTHONY McMURTRAY (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
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

NOTIFICATION TO OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF ON-SITE FATAL HEART ATTACK

A licensee employee, working in the Outage Command Center (office environment), which is located inside the Protected Area, had symptoms of a heart attack. On-site emergency personnel responded and the individual was transported off-site to Piedmont Medical Center. Piedmont Medical Center notified the licensee at 0445 hours that the heart attack was fatal.

The licensee notified OSHA.

The licensee does not plan to make a media or press release.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1453 EDT ON 03/30/09 FROM STEVE CHRISTOPHER TO S. SANDIN * * *

"This notification is being made to supplement today's 0935 [EDT] notification. The offsite notification to OSHA occurred at 0847 [EDT], placing the 0935 [EDT] notification to the NRC within the 4 hours required by 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)."

The licensee informed state/local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Vias).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44945
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: TOM STEC
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/30/2009
Notification Time: 23:04 [ET]
Event Date: 03/30/2009
Event Time: 18:43 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/30/2009
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 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM (ERDS) OUT OF SERVICE

"On March 30, 2009, at approximately 1843 hours EDT, the control room reported a loss of power to non-safety 480 volt busses F1C and F1D. Initial investigation revealed an instantaneous ground over-current (50G) relay had actuated. This relay actuation resulted in the supply breaker tripping and all associated loads being de-energized. This resulted in a loss of 120 VAC non-essential electrical power to a portion of the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS).

"In the event of an emergency, plant parameter data will be orally transmitted to the facilities through the status Board Ring Down circuit with back-up by the Private Branch Exchange, Off Premise Exchange, and various redundant intra-facility circuits throughout the emergency facilities. The ability to open and maintain an open line using the Emergency Notification System will not be affected and will be the primary means of transferring plant data to the NRC as a contingency until the ERDS can be returned to service during the period of unavailability.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as a condition that results in a major loss of emergency offsite communications capability. A follow-up notification will be made when the equipment is restored.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The unit is currently defueled.

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