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Event Notification Report for September 23, 2010

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09/22/2010 - 09/23/2010

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46256 46257 46266 46268 46269 46270

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46256
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 12-83-61
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEN TRAEGDE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/17/2010
Notification Time: 10:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/02/2010
Event Time: 15:59 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCE RECEIVED WITH EXTERNAL CONTAMINATION

The State reported that QSA Global received a radioactive source shipment that had external contamination on the source (but internal to the shipping container) and evidence of leakage. The source originated from Westex Company of Oxnard, California. The source was an old Amersham source Model T-2-T, S/N C778 containing an estimated 7.1 curies of Cobalt-60. The source was sent to QSA for disposal. It had been in long-term storage at the Westex facility.

When the shipment arrived at QSA, it was receipt inspected and found to be clean on the outside of the Type B shipping package. When the package was opened and interior swipes taken, surface contamination was discovered on the source exterior. The highest swiped reading obtained was about 1.17 microCuries of Co-60.

QSA does not believe that any contamination ever existed exterior to the package during transport or preparation of shipment at the originator's site. The source has been stored in the container at Westex without use or removal from the container for decades. QSA Global has been in contact with Westex about the contamination and Westex confirmed no contamination at their facility.

QSA plans on disposing of the source.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46257
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: GRANITE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.
Region: 4
City: PATRICK State: NV
County:
License #: 00-11-0198-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC MATUS
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 09/17/2010
Notification Time: 18:23 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2010
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEFF CLARK (R4DO)
GREG SUBER (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - NUCLEAR DENSITY GAUGE DAMAGED WHEN STRUCK BY VEHICLE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"A nuclear gauge, Troxler Laboratories 4640 Thin Lift density gauge, Serial No. 1997, Nuclide CS-137, GBq 0.296, mCi 8, was damaged in a construction zone hit-and-run accident. The RSO for a construction company was carrying the thin lift gauge to his truck when he was struck by a female driver in a grey sedan. The RSO, who was approximately 10 feet inside the coned area of the construction control zone, was able to move his body at the last minute and did not sustain major injuries. The gauge was destroyed but the source remained intact in the damaged housing. The RSO and the Nevada Highway Patrol [NHP] conducted radiation surveys.

"NHP contacted Radiation Control Program 30 minutes after notified. The licensee reported to RCP within 3 hours.

"The damaged gauge has been leak tested and is stored at the licensee's facility pending instruction from Troxler on shipping for disposal."

The State of Nevada has not yet assigned a state event number.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46266
Facility: FARLEY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: KEY WARREN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/22/2010
Notification Time: 10:36 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2010
Event Time: 08:26 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 97 Power Operation 97 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER HVAC UNIT OUT OF SERVICE FOR MAINTENANCE

"Technical Support Center (TSC) HVAC unit [was] taken out of service for maintenance on [the] unit. The maintenance to be performed includes replacing the evaporator coil, the fan and the expansion valve. This work will be performed with high priority around the clock until the work is completed. Equipment unavailability hours will be reported to and tracked by the TSC HVAC System Engineer. Compensatory measures for performing essential TSC functions during this maintenance period have been established. These measures include the relocation of the TSC staff in the event of a declared emergency if the Emergency Director deems the TSC uninhabitable. The maintenance period is scheduled to last 13 to 16 hours, at which point the TSC HVAC [unit] will be restored to operable status."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46268
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVE BORGER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/22/2010
Notification Time: 15:09 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2010
Event Time: 08:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 94 Power Operation 94 Power Operation

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION SYSTEM INOPERABLE DUE TO A MINOR LUBE OIL LEAK

"At 0830 [EDT] on 09/22/2010, the Unit 2 High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system was determined to be inoperable due to a minor lube oil leak on the 'A' supply filter. LCO 3.5.1 for the HPCI system was entered at 0830 [EDT] on 09/22/2010.

"The leak on the 'A' filter could not be immediately corrected. The 'B' filter was placed in service and leak checked satisfactorily. The LCO 3.5.1 action statements were closed at 1454 [EDT] on 09/22/2010.

"This incident is being reported as an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function required to mitigate the consequences of an accident in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46269
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: PHILIP PAUTLER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/22/2010
Notification Time: 20:23 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2010
Event Time: 17:53 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

SIRENS UNAVAILABLE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

"During a thunder storm that extended across southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, 21 emergency sirens lost power in York County Pennsylvania and 8 emergency sirens lost power in Harford County Maryland. Exelon is communicating to the appropriate utilities to make emergent repairs to restore these sirens."

In accordance with Peach Bottom plant specific procedures because greater than 25% of sirens were unavailable, the licensee contacted the following: Pennsylvania and Maryland Emergency Management; Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland and Lancaster, Chester and York counties in Pennsylvania.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46270
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DEBBIE TRAVIS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/22/2010
Notification Time: 22:24 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2010
Event Time: 21:54 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2010
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2DO)
JANE MARSHALL (IRD)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)
LUIS REYES (R1)
SAMSON LEE (NRR)
PAM VESTAL (DHS)
DWIGHT FULLER (FEMA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 85 Power Operation 85 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO A TRANSFORMER FIRE

"At 2132 [EDT] on 9/22/2010, [the licensee] received a breaker tripout associated with the intertie transformer. Switching was ongoing in the switchyard at the time. At 2135 [EDT], the MCR [Main Control Room] was notified that flames were present on the A intertie transformer. NOUE was declared at 2154 [EDT]. The state of Tennessee was notified at 2200 [EDT]. There have been no observable effects on other plant equipment or structures at this time. This occurrence does not affect safety related equipment.

"Flames were extinguished at 2154" [EDT].

The intertie transformer converts power between the 500 kV and 161 kV power lines. The transformer spilled an unknown quantity of oil into the gravel sump surrounding the transformer. The fire was extinguished by the onsite fire brigade and no offsite assistance was required.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM TRAVIS TO KLCO ON 9/22/10 AT 2327 * * *

The licensee terminated the Unusual Event based on the fire being extinguished and no further action is needed. The licensee is in the process of tagging out the failed transformer. Notified the R2DO (Hopper), NRR EO (Lee), IRD (Marshall), DHS (Kettleson) and FEMA (O'Connell).

* * * UPDATE FROM TRAVIS TO HUFFMAN ON 9/23/10 AT 0035 EDT * * *

The licensee plans to issue a media / press release concerning this event. Notified the R2DO (Hopper).

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