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Event Notification Report for December 21, 2009

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
12/18/2009 - 12/21/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45514 45568 45569 45573 45583

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45514
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: ROGER BARNES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/22/2009
Notification Time: 01:13 [ET]
Event Date: 11/21/2009
Event Time: 22:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/18/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RAYMOND MCKINLEY (R1DO)
SAMSON LEE (NRR)
SAM COLLINS (R1 R)
JOHN GROBE (NRR)
MICHAEL JOHNSON (EDO)
BRIAN McDERMOTT (IRD)
COMM ASSTS BRIEFING ()

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

RADIATION RELEASE IN CONTAINMENT ASSOCIATED WITH STEAM GENERATOR REMOVAL

"This event is being reported via the ENS to the NRC Operations Center within four hours after notifications were made to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and local counties for an event of potential public interest. This notification was made at 22:45 on November 21, 2009, after the occurrence of an event related to the safety and health of onsite personnel for which a press release has been made. The press release was made following the event of potential public interest notifications. This report is being made under 10 CFR 72.75(b)(2).

"At approximately 16:00 on Saturday November 21, 2009, low levels of radiation activity were measured on radiation monitors installed in the TMI-1 reactor building. Personnel were directed to immediately leave the reactor building until the source of the activity could be identified. Surveys directly outside of the reactor building construction opening indicated a slight increase in activity. Levels have returned to normal. No contamination was identified outside of the reactor building. Approximately 150 workers were monitored for exposure to the radiation activity. No worker approached or exceeded any exposure limits. The sources of the activity are believed to be from maintenance tasks related to cutting lines in preparation for removal of the 'B' Steam Generator."

The licensee is still investigating the cause of the event but indicated that the radiation release is no longer in progress. Containment Ventilation is established to provide an inflow into containment to the extent possible (considering the openings in containment).

The licensee contacted state and local authorities and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee has also issued a press release.


* * * UPDATE FROM NEFF TO TEAL AT 1824 EST ON 12/18/2009 * * *

"This provides an update to notification EN #45514 that reported a non-emergency offsite notification for an event on November 21, 2009, at the Three Mile island Nuclear Station.

"Updated news release and notifications to local, state and federal elected and regulatory officials were performed today, December 18, 2009, that provide an outage update as well as communication the results of analysis of Offsite Environmental Monitors following the November 21, 2009 event."

The licensee notified NRC Region I. Notified R1DO (Barkley).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45568
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CONDOTTE AMERICA INC
Region: 1
City: MIAMI State: FL
County: DADE
License #: 3622-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 12/15/2009
Notification Time: 10:03 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD BARKLEY (R1DP)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
LANCE ENGLISH (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received via facsimile:

"Soil moisture density gauge stolen. Storage facility at jobsite broken in to. Owner has possession of keys. Owner will submit a reward for $500. Incident referred to Miami Inspection Office for investigation. No further action will be taken on this incident."

Gauge is a Troxler model 3440, serial number 35908, containing 40mCi of Am-241/Be and 8mCi of Cs-137.

Miami Police Department Case #PD091215549153. Florida Incident Number FL 09-084.

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. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 45569
Facility: B&W NUCLEAR OPERATING GROUP, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: JAMIE GRASSANO
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 12/15/2009
Notification Time: 12:39 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2009
Event Time: 07:55 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2DO)
TIM MCCARTIN (NMSS)
FUEL OUO GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - SUPERVISOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL

An employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the site has been denied.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45573
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: H. H. HOLMES TESTING LABORATORY
Region: 3
City: WHEELING State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01828-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 12/16/2009
Notification Time: 10:45 [ET]
Event Date: 12/16/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
LANCE ENGLISH (ILTA)
CNSNS-MEXICO VIA FAX ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On December 16, 2009, at 0729 hours, the licensee notified the [Texas] agency that sometime during the previous night, a company truck containing a Humboldt model 5001 EZ moisture density gauge serial # 3566 was stolen from an employee's home. The gauge contains a 10 millicurie Cesium (Cs) -137 source and a 40 millicurie Americium-241 /Beryllium (Am/Be) source. Local law enforcement was notified and a report filed. The employee is on his way to the company's office to file a complete report. The [Texas] agency has notified the Texas Association of Pawnbrokers of the theft. The company is licensed in the State of Illinois (IL-01828-01) and operating in Texas under reciprocity. It is unknown at this time how the gauge was stored in the vehicle or the address where the vehicle was located when it was stolen. This [Texas] agency will supply additional information as it is obtained."

The Texas agency notified the State of Illinois. Texas Incident Number I-8693.

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. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45583
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: NORMAN KUZEL
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/20/2009
Notification Time: 00:06 [ET]
Event Date: 12/19/2009
Event Time: 22:53 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2009
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):
RICHARD BARKLEY (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 CAUSED BY A TURBINE/GENERATOR ELECTRICAL FAULT

An automatic reactor trip occurred due to a turbine trip caused by a generator electrical fault trip. The cause of the electrical fault is under investigation. All rods fully inserted into the reactor. The auxiliary feedwater pump started and is maintaining steam generator level. The reactor is NOP and NOT. The post trip electrical line-up is being back-fed from off-site power through the RSST transformer. All other post trip actions are standard and all systems are operating as expected. There was no affect on Unit-2.

The licensee will contact the NRC Resident Inspector.

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