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Event Notification Report for August 11, 2010

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Event Reports For
08/10/2010 - 08/11/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46149 46150 46151 46164 46165

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46149
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: PENNIMAN AND BROWNE
Region: 1
City: BALTIMORE State: MD
County:
License #: MD-05-039-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY MANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/05/2010
Notification Time: 08:53 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ITAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

A representative from the State of Maryland Radiological Health Program reported the theft of a Troxler moisture density gauge. The Troxler gauge (Model 3440, Serial Number 21688, with 40 mCi of Am-241/Be and 8 mCi Cs-137) was stolen on 8/3/10 from a truck parked overnight at the home of a Penniman and Browne employee. Both company and State representatives have searched for the gauge in areas nearby the location of the theft without success. The theft has been reported to the Howard County Sheriff and the State plans to issue a press release on the incident. The State noted that the storage of the Troxler in a truck at the employee's home was not authorized.

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 46150
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES, INC.
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 0022-17
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/05/2010
Notification Time: 11:35 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2010
Event Time: 07:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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 information was received from the State of Florida via fax:

"A soil moisture density gauge (Troxler) was discovered stolen at approximately 0730 [EDT] on 5 Aug 2010, this office notified at 1015 [EDT]. Gauge stored in a locked conex box, case chained to the conex box, case was locked and gauge itself was locked; owner still has control of gauge's key. Conex box lock found broken and chain lock broken also. Licensee will offer a reward. Orlando Inspection Office will investigate. This office will take no further action on this incident.

"The incident location was a jobsite on Dunn Avenue 3/4 mile west of Williamson Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach PD case number 2010016305."

The stolen gauge is a Troxler Model 3430, S/N 26007, containing two (2) sources; 40 mCi Am-241/Be and 8 mCi Cs-137.

Florida Incident Number: FL10-088

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 46151
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: WILBUR SMITH ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 3986-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/05/2010
Notification Time: 11:36 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2010
Event Time: 07:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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 information was received from the State of Florida via fax:

"A soil moisture density gauge (Troxler) was discovered stolen at approximately 0730 [EDT] on 5 Aug 2010, this office notified at 1015 [EDT]. Gauge stored in a locked conex box, case chained to the conex box, case was locked and gauge itself was locked; owner still has control of gauge's key. Conex box lock found broken and chain lock broken also. Licensee will offer a reward. Orlando Inspection Office will investigate. This office will take no further action on this incident.

"The incident location was a jobsite on Dunn Avenue 3/4 mile west of Williamson Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach PD case number 2010016305."

The stolen gauge is a Troxler Model 3430, S/N 60176, containing two (2) sources; 40 mCi Am-241/Be and 8 mCi Cs-137.

Florida Incident Number - FL10-089

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

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46164
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARTIN LICHNTER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/10/2010
Notification Time: 10:02 [ET]
Event Date: 08/10/2010
Event Time: 09:11 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/11/2010
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
MARC DAPAS (R1RA)
BRUCE BOGER (NRR)
JOHN THORP (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

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

ALERT DECLARED DUE TO FREON-12 LEAK IN REACTOR BUILDING CHILLER

"At 0911 EDT, the Susquehanna LLC Shift Manager was notified that a member of the SSES [Susquehanna Steam Electric Station] work force was feeling ill effects from a Freon-12 leak located in a plant vital area. This met the declaration criteria for an Alert under [EAL] OA-7 of the emergency plan which was declared at 0922 EDT.

"The affected area has been evacuated and recovery actions are in progress to isolate the leak. No personnel were injured or medical attention was required."

The leak is in the 1A Reactor Building chiller unit. At the time of notification, the leak was still active. The licensee is preparing a team to enter the area to investigate. No outside assistance is required.

Notified DHS (Hill), FEMA (Heyman), DOE (Smith), USDA (Mitchell) and HHS (Rolle).


* * * UPDATE FROM DARVIN DUTTRY TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 0044 EDT ON 8/11/2010 * * *

"At 2335 EDT on 8/10/10, the Alert was terminated. The Chiller has been evacuated of Freon-12. Freon detectors show no presence of Freon-12 on U1 Reactor Building Elevation 749 [feet], except in the immediate vicinity from the leak site with temporary ventilation in service.

"All state and local agencies have been advised, the NRC Resident Inspector has been notified and a press release will be made."

Agencies that the licensee notified included the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency, the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Notified R1DO (Ferdas), NRR EO (Nelson), IRD Manager (Gott), DHS (Doyle), FEMA (O'Connell), DOE (Morrone), HHS (White), and USDA (Timmons).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46165
Facility: COOPER
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVID NELSON MADSEN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/10/2010
Notification Time: 13:43 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2010
Event Time: 12:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
PART 21 GROUP ()

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

4160 VAC CONTROL AND TRANSFER BREAKER SWITCH DEFECT

"On August 9, 2010 at 12:30 CDT, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) completed a reportability determination which concluded that certain General Electric - Hitachi (GEH) Type SB-1 Control and Transfer Switches, contained a defect that would have prevented the remote and/or automatic opening and closing of safety related 4160 VAC breakers at Cooper Nuclear Station (CNS), had the switches been installed as received. NPPD has concluded this condition is reportable per 10 CFR Part 21.

"Specifically, GEH supplied 23 Type SB-1 Control and Transfer Switches under GEH part number Q16SB1EB4G75SSS1C142 to CNS. 14 of the 23 switches exhibited a failure to maintain the established contact logic when implementing the logic feature of these switches. This condition was discovered during pre-installation testing in support of a station modification of 4160 VAC breaker control. The defect would have prevented the remote and/or automatic opening and closing of the essential affected 4160 VAC breakers. This would have prevented the transfer of the essential 4160 VAC switchgear from the normal station service transformer to either source of offsite power or the emergency diesel generators and the sequential loading of emergency core cooling system pumps in response to a design basis accident LOCA.

"All of the switches have been returned to GEH, and none were installed in the station. Therefore, the condition is not reportable under 10 CFR 50.72 or 50.73. These switches were designed and supplied by GEH as a safety related part, specifically for CNS. NPPD is unaware as to if this specific switch design has been supplied to any other licensee. The condition is being reported under 10 CFR 21.21(d)(3)(i). The Responsible [NPPD] Corporate Officer has been notified of this condition per 10 CFR 21.21(d)(3)(i) on August 9, 2010 at 15:45 CDT- Pursuant to 10 CFR 21.21(d)(3)(ii) written notification is due to the NRC within 30 days of this notification."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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