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Event Notification Report for June 2, 2010

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06/01/2010 - 06/02/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45959 45965 45966 45967 45968 45969 45971

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45959
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: LAFARGE NORTH AMERICA
Region: 3
City: PAULDING State: OH
County:
License #: 31200640000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/27/2010
Notification Time: 14:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/27/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN GIESSNER (R3DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)

Event Text

OHIO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FAILED SHUTTER LOCKING MECHANISM

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

"The shutter locking mechanism for the licensee's Rock Belt fixed gauge has failed. The shutter is still functional, but is not capable of being locked. This failure was identified by the manufacturer's service technician during a site visit on 5/6/2010 while they were troubleshooting the electronics unit for this particular fixed gauge.

"The gauge was manufactured by Ohmart/VEGA, Model SH-100, Serial # M-5800, containing a 50 mCi Cs-137 source installed in June 1991. This style of source holder is currently no longer being manufactured and the licensee is working with Ohmart/VEGA to determine possible repair or replacement options."

Ohio Report Number: OH100007

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45965
Facility: CLINTON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: ED TIEDEMANN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 06/01/2010
Notification Time: 11:45 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2010
Event Time: 09:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/01/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 97 Power Operation 97 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER UNAVAILABLE DUE TO PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

"On June 1, 2010, at 0900 hours CDT, Clinton Power Station removed the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system from operation to facilitate preventive maintenance to replace charcoal media in the ventilation system filter assembly.

"This work is expected to last approximately 3 days, during which the TSC ventilation system will be unavailable. If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Station Emergency Director will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate TSC location in accordance with applicable site procedures giving first consideration to the Control Room. TSC facility leads have been made aware of this contingency.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72 (b) (3) (xiii) due to the potential loss of an emergency response facility (ERF) because of the unavailability of the emergency filtration mode of the ventilation system. An update will be provided once the TSC ventilation has been restored to normal operation. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM ED TIEDEMANN TO HOWIE CROUCH @ 1716 EDT ON 6/1/10 * * *

"At 1300 hours CDT, the charcoal media in the ventilation system filter assembly has been replaced and post maintenance testing completed satisfactorily. The TSC ventilation system is now available."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Pelke).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45966
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: TOM HOLT
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/01/2010
Notification Time: 12:10 [ET]
Event Date: 05/30/2010
Event Time: 21:15 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/01/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)

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 98 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LATE NOTIFICATION OF A SINGLE INADVERTENT SIREN ACTIVATION DURING THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY

"At approximately 2115 CDT on May 30, 2010, a Pierce County dispatcher was notified of inadvertent siren activations, momentarily activating for approximately 30 minutes. The dispatcher also indicated there were lightning strikes in the area about the same time. The siren vendor was dispatched and the issue was tracked down to a single siren; no physical damage was observed, however, the siren was declared out of service by the siren vendor."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45967
Rep Org: NUCLETRON CORPORATION
Licensee: NUCLETRON CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: MARTINSBURG State: WV
County:
License #: 1928772-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DEBRA BENSEN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/01/2010
Notification Time: 14:30 [ET]
Event Date: 05/28/2010
Event Time: 15:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/01/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)
LANCE ENGLISH (ILTA)

This material event contains a "Category 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

POTENTIALLY LOST SOURCE

On the afternoon of May 28, 2010, Nucletron Corporation (Columbia, Maryland) received a call from 21st Oncology Katin Radiation (Martinsburg, West Virginia) who received a phone call from QSA Global (Burlington, Massachusetts) saying they received a call from a GM plant located in the Martinsburg, West Virginia general area. The GM plant had mistakenly received a properly shielded radiation source from a common carrier. Because of an exception in the shipping paperwork, the shielded source was supposed to be shipped back to Katin Radiation.

The device is a Microselectron HDR Brachytherapy Afterloader: serial number #31836. The source is IR-192, 4.69 Ci, serial number D36C-1703.

The common carrier is investigating the driver's routing and logistics during the day of the event in order to track the source.

* * * UPDATE FROM DEBRA BENSEN TO VINCE KLCO ON 6/1/10 AT 1759 EDT * * *

Notified by the licensee that the source was located at a GM plant in the Martinsburg, West Virginia area. The common carrier picked up the source and delivered it to Katin Radiation at 1632 EDT. The source packaging was inspected and showed no evidence of damage or tampering.

Notified the R1DO (Dentel), FSME (Camper), and ILTAB (English).

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 3 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example: level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

Although IAEA categorization of this event is typically based on device type, the staff has been made aware of the actual activity of the source, and after calculation determines that it is a Category 3 event.

Note: the value assigned by device type "Category 2" is different than the calculated value "Category 3"

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45968
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DELBERT ELKINTON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/01/2010
Notification Time: 15:36 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2010
Event Time: 07:15 [MST]
Last Update Date: 06/01/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

PUBLIC WARNING SYSTEM SIREN OUT OF SERVICE

"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 requirements of 10CFR50.73.

"On June 01, 2010, at approximately 0715 Mountain Standard Time (MST), the Palo Verde Emergency Planning Department discovered that public warning system siren No. 17 was not responding, and therefore, is out of service. The loss of siren No. 17 could potentially impact a population of approximately 1196 people in the 5-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ).

"Since the loss of siren No. 17 could impair Arizona Public Service Company's ability to inform greater than 5% of the population within the EPZ, this notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 10.72(b)(3)(xiii). If an event occurs while siren No. 17 is out of service, the Palo Verde Emergency Plan has a contingency for dispatching Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) vehicles with loud speakers to alert persons within the affected area. The MCSO is prepared to implement this contingency should it become necessary.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of siren No. 17 being out of service and this ENS call."

* * * UPDATE FROM DAVE OAKES TO HOWIE CROUCH @ 1818 EDT ON 6/01/10 * * *

"Siren number 17 was returned to service at 1435 MST. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."

The remote radio was replaced and all post-maintenance testing was completed.

Notified R4DO (Werner).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45969
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: 06/01/2010
Notification Time: 16:57 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2010
Event Time: 15:50 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/01/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)

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

Event Text

POTENTIAL LOSS OF RADIATION RELEASE CONTROLS

"On May 27, 2010, during a control board walkdown, it was discovered that two sets of auxiliary building tunnel exhaust dampers were open at the same time. This configuration created a pathway from the secondary containment to the outside. The condition was immediately corrected. Additional investigation determined that this condition existed since May 11, 2010, when Millstone 3 was in Mode 5.

"Technical Specification 3.6.6.2 'Secondary Containment' is applicable in Modes 1, 2, 3, and 4. The condition discovered on May 27, 2010, rendered Secondary Containment inoperable. Further evaluation since the discovery date concludes that the secondary containment structure was in a condition which could prevent the fulfillment of the safety function for controlling the release of radioactive material. [On June 1, at 1550 EDT the licensee determined that the event was potentially reportable].

"An investigation is on-going.

"This condition is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(c).

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified [by the licensee]."

The State of Connecticut and the Town of Waterford were notified. A press release will be issued.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45971
Facility: BYRON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BRYAN CURRIER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/01/2010
Notification Time: 18:03 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2010
Event Time: 12:39 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/01/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)

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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM DISCOVERED TO BE NON-FUNCTIONAL

"At 1239 CDT on June 1, 2010, Byron Station Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation (OW25C), filtration system was identified as nonfunctional. This failure affects the ability of the TSC ventilation to maintain adequate radiological habitability in the event of an emergency with an airborne radiological release. All other capabilities of the TSC are unaffected by this emergent condition. Currently, troubleshooting/investigation is being performed. This condition is considered a major loss of emergency assessment capability and is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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