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Event Notification Report for November 18, 2009

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Event Reports For
11/17/2009 - 11/18/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45503 45504 45505

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45503
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: DON SHEEHAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/17/2009
Notification Time: 21:20 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2009
Event Time: 17:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RAYMOND MCKINLEY (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

LOSS OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TONE ALERT RADIO SYSTEM

"At 1819 on November 17, 2009, with Nine Mile Point Unit 1 and Unit 2 operating at 100% power, [Nine Mile Point was] notified via the RECS Line by Oswego County Warning Point, that the National Weather Service Tone Alert Radio System for Nine Mile Point and James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plants has been out of service for greater than 1 hour as of 1740 on 11/17/2009.

"This impacts the ability to readily notify a portion of the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) population for the Nine Mile Point and James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plants. This failure meets the NRC 8-hour reporting criteria per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The County Alert Sirens, which also function as part of the Public Prompt Notification System, remain operable.

"The loss of the National Weather Service Tone Alert Radio System constitutes a significant loss of emergency off-site communications capability. Compensatory measures were verified to be available should the Prompt Notification System be needed. This includes the use of the hyper-reach system, which is a reverse 911 feature, available from the Oswego County 911 center. Local law enforcement personnel are also available for 'Route Alerting' of the affected areas of the EPZ.

"The event has been entered into the site's corrective action program and the NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

See EN# 45504 for James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant.

* * * UPDATE FROM DON SHEEHAN TO JOE O'HARA AT 0432 ON 11/18/09 * * *

"At 0318 on November 18, 2009, notified via the RECS [Radiological Emergency Communication System] Line by Oswego County Warning Point that the National Weather Service Tone Alert Radio System for Nine Mile Point and James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plants has been returned to service."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

Notified R1DO(McKinley)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45504
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: THOMAS YURKON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/17/2009
Notification Time: 21:35 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2009
Event Time: 17:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RAYMOND MCKINLEY (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

Event Text

LOSS OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TONE ALERT RADIO SYSTEM

"At 1819 on November 17, 2009, with James A. FitzPatrick (JAF) nuclear Power Plant operating at 100% power, Oswego County Emergency Management notified JAF that the National Weather Service had notified them that the Tone Alert Radios had been out of service since 1740.

"This impacts the ability to readily notify a portion of the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) population for the Nine Mile Point and JAF Nuclear Power Plants. This failure meets NRC 8-hour reporting criteria per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The National Weather Service is currently working to determine the cause of the failure and time frame for system restoration.

"The County Alert Sirens which also function as part of the Public Prompt Notification System remain operable.

"The loss of the Tone Alert Radios constitutes a significant loss of emergency off-site communications ability. Compensatory measures have been verified to be available should the Prompt Notification System be needed. This consists of utilizing the hyper reach system which is a reverse 911 feature available from the county 911 center. Local law enforcement personnel are also available for 'Route Alerting' of the affected areas of the EPZ.

"The event has been entered into the corrective action program and the NRC Resident Inspector has been briefed and the state PSC will also be notified."

See EN# 45503 for Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant.

* * * UPDATE FROM THOMAS YURKON TO JOE O'HARA AT 0456 ON 11/18/09 * * *

"Notified by Oswego County 911 operator that the Tone Alert radios were restored at 0318 on 11/18/09."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

Notified R1DO(McKinley).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45505
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: RAY SWAFFORD
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 11/18/2009
Notification Time: 03:19 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2009
Event Time: 20:34 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JONATHAN BARTLEY (R2DO)

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

Event Text

INADVERTENT HPCI ISOLATION

"On 11/17/09 a 2034 [CST], while performing 2-SR-3.3.6.1.3(3DFT) HPCI Steam line space high temperature functional test, HPCI isolated due to B2 and A1 PCIS Channels picking up. A1 was the channel under test at the lime the isolation occurred. Following the immediate investigation it appears the isolation was due to test equipment configuration failure. This test equipment is still under investigation.

"This incident is reportable as an 8-hour ENS notification under 10CFR 5O.72 (b)(3)(v) as 'any event or condition that at the time of discovery could
have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to:

"d. Mitigate the consequences of an accident.'

"It also requires a 60 day written report in accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(2Xvii).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

"SR number associated with this report: 93270."

The HPCI system has been restored to operable status.

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