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Event Notification Report for March 23, 2010

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03/22/2010 - 03/23/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45772 45783 45784

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45772
Rep Org: NJ DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH NUCLEAR PHARMACY SERVICES
Region: 1
City: EAST RUTHERFORD State: NJ
County:
License #: 440735
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PATRICIA GARDNER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/17/2010
Notification Time: 12:42 [ET]
Event Date: 03/11/2010
Event Time: 06:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/17/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CONTAMINATED PACKAGE

The following information was obtained from the State of New Jersey via facsimile:

"The licensee reported that a package containing 810 mCi of bulk F-18 was shipped in a Yellow II, Type 7A container (this was an ammo can) from Cardinal Health's East Rutherford, NJ facility at 0500 EST on March 11th (last Thursday) to their Plainview, NY facility. Licensee stated that when the shipment was received at 0615 EST, the package surface reading was 100 mR/hr, exceeding the limit of 50 mR/hr for a Yellow II labeled package. Licensee indicated that removable contamination of 300,000 cpm (estimated 1,500,000 dpm with 20% instrument efficiency) was identified on the outer handle of the package.

"The driver (who is employed by the Plainview, NY facility) was found to have a contaminated left hand and some contamination in the vehicle. The licensee estimated the employee's highest exposure to be 4 rem to the left hand."

New York State Department of Health was notified by the licensee. New Jersey will be conducting an investigation of this incident to validate the contamination and exposure levels.

NJDEP Incident ID #343512

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45783
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DAVID OAKES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 03/22/2010
Notification Time: 20:50 [ET]
Event Date: 03/22/2010
Event Time: 13:39 [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/22/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 92 Power Operation 92 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT - CONTRACT SUPERVISOR

A contract supervisor had a confirmed positive for drugs as a result of a pre-access fitness for duty test. The individual's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45784
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: BRADFORD ROBINSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/22/2010
Notification Time: 22:05 [ET]
Event Date: 03/22/2010
Event Time: 18:11 [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/23/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
ELMO COLLINS (R4)
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
BRIAN McDERMOTT (IRD)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)
FREDERICK BROWN (NRR)
MARY ANN DOYLE (DHS)
GENE CANUPP (FEMA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 93 Power Operation 93 Power Operation

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO UNIDENTIFIED LEAKAGE GREATER THAN 10 GPM

"The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event, additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time, a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirement of 10CFR50.73.

"On March 22, 2010 at approximately 1756 MST, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) Unit 1 identified a rising level and temperature trend in the Reactor Drain Tank (RDT). PVNGS Unit 1 was in Mode 1 (Power Operation) at 93% power with normal RCS temperature and pressure at the time of discovery. Containment temperature and humidity trends are normal. Technical Specification Limiting Condition for Operation 3.4.14 (RCS Operational Leakage), Condition 'A' was entered at 1811 due to unidentified leakage >10 gpm and the LCO allows 4 hours to restore leakage to <1 gpm. Also at 1811, a Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE) was declared due to unidentified leakage >10 gpm (MU5.1). PVNGS Unit 1 remains at power with all normal systems in operation; periodic pumping of the RDT is occurring.

"No automatic or manual reactor protection system or engineered safety features actuations occurred and none were required. There were no other component failures, testing or work in progress that contributed to the leak. The leak is located within the containment building, therefore there is no release of radioactivity to the environment and no impact to the health and safety of the public. There is no elevated RCS activity and heat removal is via normal steaming to the main turbine condenser. The electric grid is stable.

"Current plans are to enter containment and identify the source of leakage. State and Local authorities have been notified. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."

The licensee notified the following state and local agencies: Maricopa County Sheriff, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Buckeye Police Department, Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency, Arizona Division of Emergency Management, and the Maricopa County Emergency Management Agency.

* * * UPDATE FROM BRAD ROBINSON TO DONG PARK AT 0028 EDT ON 3/23/2010 * * *

At 2112 MST, the shift manager advised that the Pressurizer Main Spray Valve, 100E, packing leakage has been manually isolated. As of 2125 MST, the level trend in the RDT has stabilized. The licensee is working to verify the leakage rate, and remains in an Unusual Event. The plant remains stable in Mode 1 at 93% power.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, and the NRC Resident Inspector remains on site.

* * * UPDATE FROM BRAD ROBINSON TO DONG PARK AT 0121 EDT ON 3/23/2010 * * *

At 2146 MST, the licensee exited Technical Specification Limiting Condition for Operation 3.4.14, RCS Operational Leakage. At 2219 MST, the Unusual Event was terminated.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R4DO (Deese), NRR EO (Brown), IRD (McDermott), DHS (Moore), and FEMA (Canupp).

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