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Event Notification Report for May 25, 2010

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Event Reports For
05/24/2010 - 05/25/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45790 45915 45936 45948 45950 45951

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 45790
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: ERICK MATZKE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 03/25/2010
Notification Time: 18:53 [ET]
Event Date: 03/25/2010
Event Time: 10:28 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE SAFETY INJECTION INOPERABLE DUE TO VOIDS IDENTIFIED IN SUCTION PIPING

"At 1028 CDT today 3/25/2010, a rejectable void was found in one of the suction lines (cooled suction line) to the B HPSI [High Pressure Safety Injection] pump. The main suction line is water filled. The piping was declared inoperable and the appropriate technical specification was entered. At 1357 CDT the void was cleared from the cooled suction line and the piping was declared operable. Subsequently, at 1409 CDT a similar rejectable void was discovered in the other cooled suction line for HPSI pumps A and C. The piping was declared inoperable. The appropriate technical specification was entered. At 1447 CDT the void was cleared and the piping was declared operable. Due to the close proximity of these occurrences the station is conservatively reporting this as a safety system functional failure as it appears that both trains of HPSI cooled suction were inoperable at the same time."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION FROM ERICK MATZKE TO VINCE KLCO ON 5/24/10 AT 1517 EDT * * *

"Subsequent to making this event notification a detailed analysis of the event was performed by FAUSKE / Westinghouse Engineering. This evaluation determined the quantity of gas voiding in the piping, the duration of time the pump(s) would be subjected to gas voiding and potential effects on the piping support design loading. The hydraulic data was then reviewed by the HPSI pump manufacturer (Sulzer) to determine the effect on pump performance. Based on these evaluations, it has been determined that the HPSI pumps were not degraded, and that they were capable of performing their design basis function at all times and were operable. Therefore, this event does not meet the 10 CFR 50.72 reporting criteria and the notification is being retracted."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified the R4DO (Shannon).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45915
Rep Org: NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: T & K INSPECTIONS INC.
Region: 4
City: WILLISTON State: ND
County: WILLIAMS
License #: ND33-22313-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LOUISE ROEHRICH
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/11/2010
Notification Time: 12:15 [ET]
Event Date: 05/10/2010
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the State of North Dakota via email:

"T&K Inspections, Inc., reported the inability to retract a 3.55 TBq (96 Ci ) Ir-192 radiography source into the exposure device (Source Production & Equipment Company Model SPEC 150, serial number 295) on May 10, 2010. Operations were being performed approximately 2 miles south of Highway 2, on 94th street, south of Ross, ND about 9:00 am CDT.

"After completing the exposure, the radiographer and assistant radiographer performed the routine procedure to retract the source into the camera. The survey meter registered no activity above background, so they believed the source had retracted. As the radiographer approached the camera, the survey meter registered off-scale. He immediately stepped away from the camera and attempted to check the cable and retract the source. At this time, his pocket dosimeter registered 3mR/hr. With the survey meter continuing to register activity, the President and assistant RSO of T&K Inspections, Inc. was contacted. He suggested working with the crank and they were able to retract the source into the camera. The camera was located near the vehicle. As the radiography crew placed the camera onto the end gate of the truck, the survey meter and his pocket dosimeter were off-scale. They immediately moved away from the camera and called the assistant RSO again. The cables were still connected to the camera, so the assistant RSO had the radiographer straighten the cable and try to retract the source. The source was successfully retracted into the camera housing. The camera was secured in the vehicle and the crew returned to the shop.

"Prior to this incident, T&K Inspections, Inc. believed they had trouble with the lock mechanism on this camera. April 28, 2010, the camera was sent to SPEC for inspection and maintenance. Maintenance and inspection was performed on the camera May 3, 2010. SPEC replaced parts of the camera and returned it to T&K Inspection with a certification document. The camera was placed back into service and has been used prior to the incident. T&K Inspections, Inc. believes when the camera was returned to the vehicle the lock mechanism was not functioning properly.

"The assistant RSO has sent the film badges overnight delivery to be evaluated. The radiographer and assistant radiographer will not perform radiography until return of the dosimetry reports. The assistant RSO will follow-up with a report of the incident, copy of the camera certification, copy of the film badge reports and any other pertinent information as needed.

"The camera has been taken out of service and will be returned to SPEC. It will be determined if the camera or parts will be replaced."

Camera source information: "Ir-192 SPEC G-60 Source, S/N RE0304, 96 Ci

"State Action:
"1. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) will maintain contact with T&K Inspections, Inc. to determine the root cause of the incident.
"2. The NDDOH will receive a copy of the dosimetry reports and a copy of the certificate from SPEC from the camera maintenance and inspection that was performed prior to the incident.
"3. The NDDOH will follow-up with the camera inspection that will be performed at this time."

* * UPDATE FROM LOUISE ROEHRICH TO JOHN KNOKE AT 1547 EDT ON 5/20/10 * *

The radiographer and assistant radiographer received 1181 mRem and 756 mRem respectively.

Notified FSME (James Danna) and R4DO (Vivian Campbell)

* * * UPDATE ON 5/24/2010 AT 1100 FROM LOUISE ROEHRICH TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The radiography camera was inspected in the field and the problem was replicated. The camera has been taken out of service, returned to the manufacturer for disposal, and replaced with a different camera. A calculation of the dose to the radiographer's hand estimated the dose at 12.3 REM. Analysis of the problem by the licensee revealed that procedures were not followed and the problem could have been prevented. The licensee is reviewing procedures with all personnel.

Notified R4DO (Shannon) and FSME (McIntosh)

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45936
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: DRILLING SPECIALTIES COMPANY
Region: 4
City: CONROE State: TX
County:
License #: L04825
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANNIE BACHAUS
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 05/19/2010
Notification Time: 16:27 [ET]
Event Date: 05/19/2010
Event Time: 13:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VIVIAN CAMPBELL (R4DO)
JAMES DANNA (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER

"On May 19, 2010 at 1620 CDT the agency [State of Texas] received a phone call from the licensee. The licensee stated that shutter on a fixed gauge had stuck at approximately 1700 CDT on May 18, 2010. The gauge houses a 50 milliCurie Cesium (Cs) - 137 source. The licensee stated that shutter failed in the open position, the normal operating position for the gauge, and that exposure rates in the area were normal. The gauge is located high above the ground, on the side of a water tank. The licensee stated that they had contacted the manufacturer and have scheduled a repair of the gauge within the next 30 days. The licensee stated that they were going to continue to use the gauge, as it was in its normal operating state. The agency reminded the licensee that their license specifically states that they are to take the gauge out of operation if it is in need of repair, and should they continue to use the gauge, they would need to request an exemption from the agency. The licensee agreed to request the exemption so that they would not be in violation of their license."

The gauge is a Ronan Gauge S/N 936GG.

Texas I - 8743

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45948
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Region: 4
City: LITTLE ROCK State: AR
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS HUSTON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/24/2010
Notification Time: 10:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/24/2010
Event Time: 07:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)

Event Text

PACKAGE SURFACE CONTAMINATION IN EXCESS OF REPORTING LIMITS

"[A representative] with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VHA National Health Physics Program provided the following report. This report involves NRC master materials license no. 03-23853-01VA.

"[The VHA representative] called, as required by 10 CFR 20.1906(d), to report receipt of a package of radioactive material with removable surface contamination on the outside of the package greater than reporting limits.

"The package was received today (May 24, 2010) at around 7:45 AM CT by the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System, Temple, Texas.

"A wipe test performed on the external surface of the package indicated a removable contamination level of 562 dpm/cm2 as compared to the regulatory limit of 220 dpm/cm2.

"Surveys inside the package did not indicate elevated contamination.

"The package contained Tc-99m (Technetium) labeled radiopharmaceuticals and was shipped from Specialty Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., in Temple, Texas. The vendor/shipper also serves as the delivery carrier. The VA facility staff immediately notified Specialty Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. about the contaminated package at about 9:30 AM CT.

"[The VHA representative] will notify the NRC Project Manager at NRC Region III of this event.

"The permittee holds VHA Permit Number 42-10739-03."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45950
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BRIAN MAZE
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 05/24/2010
Notification Time: 19:24 [ET]
Event Date: 05/24/2010
Event Time: 15:20 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DEBORAH SEYMOUR (R2DO)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION - OIL SHEEN AT INTAKE FOREBAY

"Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN) is notifying state and local agencies of an oil sheen at the Intake Structure Forebay of approximately 1 gallon. The sheen came from a center motor oil leak on Intake Structure Gate #3. Leak has been secured and oil sheen Is being cleaned up.

"BFN Procedure RWI-007, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan requires the National Response Center as well as other state and local agencies be notified of any oil sheen on the water.

"This event is reportable as a 4-hour Non-Emergency Notification report in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) Any event or situation, related to the health and safety of the public or onsite personnel, or protection of the environment, for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been or will be made.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45951
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RANDY WROBLEWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 05/24/2010
Notification Time: 21:40 [ET]
Event Date: 05/24/2010
Event Time: 17:25 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)

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

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER DECLARED INOPERABLE

"The Technical Support Center (TSC) emergency ventilation system was declared inoperable when the acceptance criteria of a periodic surveillance test related to outside air flow was not met.

"The loss of TSC Emergency Ventilation Function represents a loss of emergency preparedness capability.

"Actions to restore the TSC Emergency Ventilation system operability are in progress.

"This event is being reported under I0CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The Senior Resident Inspector has been informed of the event [by the licensee]."

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