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Event Notification Report for July 13, 2009

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Event Reports For
07/10/2009 - 07/13/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45193 45194 45195 45196 45198

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45193
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: LARRY KEEHNER
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 07/10/2009
Notification Time: 13:40 [ET]
Event Date: 07/10/2009
Event Time: 12:31 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/10/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)

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

Event Text

ELEVATED TRITIUM LEVELS FOUND IN ON-SITE WELL

"Exelon has issued a news release due to elevated levels of tritium found in an on-site exploratory well at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. The elevated levels of tritium were found in an area adjacent to the Peach Bottom Unit 3 Turbine Building."

Tritium levels were measured as 123,000 picoCuries per liter.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the counties of York, Cecil, Lancaster, and Chester.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45194
Rep Org: ELK RUN COAL COMPANY
Licensee: ELK RUN COAL COMPANY
Region: 1
City: SYLVESTER State: WV
County:
License #: GL-700083
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM NEWSOME
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/10/2009
Notification Time: 20:03 [ET]
Event Date: 07/09/2009
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/10/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
BILL VONTILL (FSME)

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

Event Text

LOSS OF CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE DENSITY GAUGE

The licensee reported that they were informed by a scrap material yard that a load of material from their facility set off a radiation detector. The scrap yard Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) discovered that a piece of pipe had a density gauge still mounted on it. The scrap yard RSO obtained the proper permits and appropriately packaged the gauge and returned it to the licensee RSO. The source did not appear to be damaged and the leak test performed by the licensee RSO indicated no leakage. Through employee and contractor interviews, the licensee does not believe there were any personnel overexposures.

The Cs-137 source is a 7062 BP Kay-Ray that had an original source strength of 100 mCi. The estimated age of the source is 20 years so the current strength is in the 60-70 mCi range. The licensee has the source shielded and in secure storage awaiting shipment to the manufacturer (now Thermo-Electron) for proper disposal.

The licensee has been in contact with NRC Region 1 (Miller) over this incident.

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.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 45195
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL GREENO
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 07/12/2009
Notification Time: 00:08 [ET]
Event Date: 07/10/2009
Event Time: 20:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/12/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2DO)
MICHAEL TSCHILTZ (NMSS)

Event Text

UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT REQUIRING ADDITIONAL RADIOLOGICAL CONTROLS (RESPIRATORS) FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS

"An unplanned contamination event occurred on 10 July 2009. This is a reportable event in accordance with 10CFR40.60 sub paragraph (1) based on an unplanned event that resulted in additional radiological controls being required for more than 24 hours. The 24 hour period ended at 2000 CDT on 11 July 2009 (the reported event). The additional control imposed was the wearing of air purifying respirators on the fourth floor of the Feed Materials Building. The location of the event was the Feed Materials Building fourth floor. The Feed Materials Building converts milled uranium oxide material to uranium hexafluoride by using a dry process. Air samples from the fourth floor were analyzed and the airborne radioactivity averaged approximately 6.11e-11 microcuries/ml. The airborne contaminant was natural uranium ore concentrate and the physical form is a light microscopic dust. The processes in the area of elevated levels of airborne radioactivity have been secured and potential leakage paths are being investigated.

"The licensee will notify NRC Region II."

HOO Note: See similar Event Numbers 44857, 44871, 45058, and 45163.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45196
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: HERB TRITT
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/12/2009
Notification Time: 02:11 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2009
Event Time: 01:48 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/12/2009
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
BRIAN HOLIAN (NRR)
BILL GOTT (IRD)
SAM COLLINS (R1 R)
JIM WIGGINS (NRR)
AL AUSTIN (FEMA)
MIKE INZER (DHS)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER

At 0135 EDT on 07/12 both Startup Transformers "SA" and "SB" were deenergized due to the loss of the 34.5kV power distribution lines (offsite power). The licensee declared an Unusual Event at 0148 EDT based on the loss of power to both transformers for greater than 15 minutes (EAL MU1).

As a result of the loss of offsite power, the Unit automatically scrammed with all control rods fully inserting. Both Emergency Diesel Generators EDG #1 and EDG #2 autostarted and are carrying vital loads. The Unit is stable in Hot Shutdown with decay heat removal via the Isolation Condenser. The licensee reported that the transient may be due to a possible lightning strike caused by adverse weather.

The licensee informed the NJ State Police and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 0413 EDT ON 07/12/09 FROM WILL TOLBERT TO DONALD NORWOOD * * *

At 0405 EDT on 07/12 the licensee terminated the Unusual Event based on restoration of offsite power and reenergizing both Startup Transformers.

The licensee informed the NJ State Police and the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1 (Lew), EO (Holian), IRD (Gott), FEMA (Austin) and DHS (Inzer).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45198
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: MARK JONES
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/12/2009
Notification Time: 09:56 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2009
Event Time: 07:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/12/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2DO)

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

Event Text

LAW ENFORCEMENT NOTIFIED OF DISCOVERY OF FIREARM DURING X-RAY SCREENING

"At 0120 on 7/12/09, Turkey Point Nuclear Power Station Security personnel discovered a hand gun in a personal bag being processed through an x-ray search machine in the nuclear entrance building. Security personnel immediately established control of the weapon and the owner. The owner of the weapon is a permanent employee of Florida Power and Light's Turkey Point Nuclear Power Station. Miami-Dade Police (Local Law Enforcement Agency) were contacted by Security and responded to the station. Upon arrival, LLEA established control over the weapon and the owner. At this time, LLEA investigation is still in progress. Owner has been determined to hold proper permits for the weapon. No further information is available at this time. Updates will be provided as required as investigation is concluded.

"NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.

"This notification is being conducted in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) for notification to an outside government agency."

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