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Event Notification Report for August 28, 2009

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Event Reports For
08/27/2009 - 08/28/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45288 45298 45304 45305 45306 45307

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45288
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: JANX INTEGRITY GROUP
Region: 1
City: REIDSVILLE State: NC
County:
License #: 085-1117-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HENRY BARNES
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/24/2009
Notification Time: 13:29 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/24/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1DO)
LARRY CAMPER (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE STUCK OUTSIDE CAMERA

"On June 1, 2009, licensee personnel were performing radiography when the projector fell on the guide tube while the source was exposed, preventing the source from being retracted into the shield. Licensee personnel tried to retract the source but were unsuccessful. The area was secured and monitored until a source retrieval team could be assembled and arrive on site. On June 2, 2009, the source retrieval team arrived and performed the source retrieval. The damaged guide tube was replaced and tested and the camera operates properly. The radiographer received 325 mRem by dosimeter and the radiographer's assistant received 38 mRem. No overexposure is anticipated.

"The incident was reported to the Agency within the 30 day reporting time. However, the received report was misplaced until August 24, 2009.

"Incident Number: 09-40
"NMED Number: NC090040"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45298
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PCS PHOSPHATE-WHITE SPRINGS
Region: 1
City: WHITE SPRINGS State: FL
County:
License #: 2702-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/25/2009
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 08/25/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/25/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1DO)
GREG SUBER (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

FLORIDA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYZER REPORTED STOLEN

The following information was received from the State of Florida via e-mail:

"Licensee reports that a handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer [containing 30 mCi of Am-241] was stolen. The device was last seen when used on 7/5/09. The device was placed in the office of user and was noted missing when it was looked for on 8/11/09 to use for a job. On 8/24/09, after searching through the company office, the licensee determined that it was missing/stolen. The licensee reports that [the device] is password locked. Licensee is considering offering a reward. Licensee will submit a written report. Florida is investigating."

Florida incident number: FL09-063

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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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45304
Rep Org: BANDMILL COAL CORPORATION
Licensee: BANDMILL COAL CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: YOLYN State: WV
County:
License #: GL-700079-13
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM NEWSOME
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/27/2009
Notification Time: 12:51 [ET]
Event Date: 08/27/2009
Event Time: 05:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/27/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(4) - FIRE/EXPLOSION
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
ANTHONY McMURTRAY (IRD)

Event Text

FIRE INVOLVING RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS

The licensee facility experienced a large fire on 08/27/09 starting at approximately 0500. The facility involved houses 4 devices containing radioactive materials. These devices are used for process control. Three (3) of the devices contain 200 milliCuries of Cs-137 (Texas Nuclear Model #5202) and one device contains 100 milliCuries of Cs-137 (Texas Nuclear Model #7062BP). Currently the floors that contain the devices are believed to be intact. This however may change as the condition of the building degrades. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is currently not allowing anyone into the facility due to the treacherous conditions. It is not known when the licensee will be able to determine the integrity of the sources.

The Logan County, West Virginia Fire Department is responding to the fire, are aware of the sources, and are wearing appropriate personnel protective equipment. The firefighters have been using a Geiger counter to ensure radiological safety. Initial surveys of firefighters that entered the building were negative.

The source of the fire is still under investigation, but the licensee does not believe the fire to be suspicious in nature.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45305
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DANIEL HAUTALA
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/27/2009
Notification Time: 18:20 [ET]
Event Date: 08/27/2009
Event Time: 09:20 [MST]
Last Update Date: 08/27/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)

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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

CONFIRMED POSITIVE FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST BY NON-LICENSED SUPERVISOR

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a random fitness for duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45306
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES READY
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/27/2009
Notification Time: 21:40 [ET]
Event Date: 08/27/2009
Event Time: 19:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/27/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1DO)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO TURBINE TRIP

"At 1945 on 8/27/09 Indian Point Unit #3 automatically tripped due to a turbine trip signal. The cause for this automatic trip is under investigation. All auxiliary feedwater pumps started as expected. All control rods inserted as expected. Currently, Indian Point #3 is in Mode 3. The reactor coolant system is at Normal Operating Temperature, Pressure and Level. Offsite power is available and supplying all safeguards busses. Heat removal is to the main condenser via the steam dumps. Indian Point Unit 2 is unaffected and remains in Mode 1 at 100% power. The [NRC] Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45307
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK ARNOSKY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/28/2009
Notification Time: 01:13 [ET]
Event Date: 08/27/2009
Event Time: 23:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1DO)

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

NON-CONSERVATIVE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SETPOINTS DISCOVERED

"Non-conservative Tech Spec setpoints were discovered that affected Steam Leak Detection for Unit 1 and Unit 2 [High Pressure Coolant Injection] HPCI room high differential temperatures. During a steam leak detection system design basis leak, the present temperature setpoint would not isolate the HPCI steam supply piping.

"A calculation has been performed by engineering which demonstrates that, with both room coolers secured, a design basis steam leak will result in the room ventilation differential temperature exceeding the present Tech Spec setpoints. At this time, the room unit coolers have been secured and HPCI and the associated steam leak detection system remain operable. Calculations are in-progress by engineering for changes to the high differential temperature steam leak detection setpoint."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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