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Event Notification Report for November 27, 2009

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11/25/2009 - 11/27/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45516 45519 45520 45521

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45516
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee:
Region: 1
City: FAIRFIELD State: AL
County: JEFFERSON
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID TURBERVILLE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/23/2009
Notification Time: 11:36 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/23/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAYMOND MCKINLEY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - REPORT OF FOUND Cs-137 SOURCE

The following report was received via facsimile:

"On the morning of November 17, 2009, the Alabama Office of Radiation Control received a phone call from a representative of US Steel in Fairfield, Alabama advising the Agency [Alabama Office of Radiation Control] of the discovery of radiation levels in a load of scrap metal. The entire load of scrap was set aside and isolated. On the morning of November 20, 2009, a representative of the Office of Radiation Control visited the USA Steel facility in Fairfield to assist in locating and identifying the source of radiation. The source of radiation was identified as a stainless steel rod approximately 12 inches in length and 3/4 inches in diameter. Maximum radiation levels of 150 millirem/hour were noted at close proximity to one end of the rod. Preliminary field analysis identified the isotope as Cs-137. Based on the configuration and isotope, the source of radiation may be a source rod from a moisture density gauge. The source of radiation was isolated and preliminary leak test results in the field indicate that the source is not ruptured. The Alabama Office of Radiation Control is currently investigating where the source of radiation originated.

"This is all the information that this Agency [Alabama Office of Radiation Control] has at this time and is current as of 10:30 am central time, November 23, 2009."

Alabama Incident 09-43.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45519
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: BECTON DICKINSON INFUSION THERAPY SYSTEM INC.
Region: 4
City: BROKEN BOW State: NE
County:
License #: 04-01-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRYAN MILLER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/24/2009
Notification Time: 15:14 [ET]
Event Date: 11/23/2009
Event Time: 18:45 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/24/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
JIM LUEHMAN (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FAILURE OF SOURCE UP INDICATOR SWITCH

The following report was received via E-mail:

"At or around 6:45 PM on November 23, 2009 the irradiator at Becton Dickinson in Broken Bow, NE experienced a box jam. The master timer timed out and sent the source into the pool as normal. The source movement bell continued to ring beyond the normal time. The operator on duty entered the control room and noted that the fault indicator lights for source switch, source pass time out were activated. Both source up and source down indicator lights were on. The operator went to the source cylinder room on the roof and verified that physically the cylinder had traveled to the full down position. The source cable was determined to be tight as normal. The area was also surveyed for any radiation above background. None was noted.

"The operator then called the RSO and informed him of the situation. The RSO came to the plant. Since the source up indicator was activated, the area monitor was disabled. The cell door was manually opened and the air to the source cylinder disabled. Two operators along with the RSO slowly entered the cell with two survey meters. No radiation above background was detected.

"It was determined that the source up switch plunger had become stuck in the closed position. This plunger was removed, cleaned and lubricated. No other machine issues were noted and normal operation ensued.

"Reporting Requirement: 30.509(b)(2) - events involving failure or disability to function when equipment is required to be available and operable and no redundant equipment is available and operable, includes source disconnection and failure to retract source."

Nebraska Item Number: NE090017

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45520
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JEFF EPPERSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 11/26/2009
Notification Time: 04:00 [ET]
Event Date: 11/26/2009
Event Time: 02:42 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/26/2009
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):
MARVIN SYKES (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 30 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL TRIP DUE TO LOSS OF VACUUM ON TURBINE DRIVEN FEEDWATER PUMP

"At 0242 EST, 11/26/2009 Unit 2 reactor was manually tripped based upon indications that the 2A Main Feedwater Pump Turbine was losing vacuum. Prior to the trip, the reactor was at 30% RTP and ascending following completion of a scheduled refueling outage. 2A Main Feedwater Pump was in service; preparations were in progress to start 2B Main Feedwater Pump to support continued power ascension. Subsequent to the trip, the Auxiliary Feedwater Pumps (motor-driven and turbine-driven) started as expected in response to the trip of both main feedwater pumps following receipt of a normal feedwater isolation signal. No primary or secondary plant safety valves operated during the transient. All plant system responses to the trip were as expected. An investigation will be conducted to identify the cause of the indicated loss of vacuum and the required corrective actions. Expected restart date to be determined."

All control rods fully inserted. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45521
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: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/26/2009
Notification Time: 14:52 [ET]
Event Date: 11/26/2009
Event Time: 13:28 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/26/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (R2DO)
ROBERT NELSON (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)
MICHAEL ERNSTES (R2 I)
IVONNE COURET (OPA)

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 N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO CUBAN NATIONALS LANDING ON OWNERS CONTROLLED AREA

"At 1328 [EST] on 11/26/09, the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Station Control Room received a call from an individual stating that he was a member of a group of Cuban nationals that had landed in the Turkey Point cooling canals. The individual reported that 33 Cuban nationals total (29 adults and 4 children) were in the cooling canal system. The Turkey Point Nuclear control room notified Turkey Point Nuclear Security, who located and assumed control over the Cuban nationals without incident. Turkey Point Nuclear Security notified local law enforcement agency (Miami-Dade Police), requesting assistance. At 1425 [EST], Miami-Dade Police arrived on site. United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were notified by Miami-Dade Police.

"This event is being reported under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), for an event requiring notification to a government agency."

The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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