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Event Notification Report for March 14, 2011

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Event Reports For
03/11/2011 - 03/14/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46667 46668 46669

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46667
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: DAN COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/11/2011
Notification Time: 02:32 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2011
Event Time: 20:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/11/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
SAM HANSELL (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 91 Power Operation 91 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF PRIMARY AND BACKUP METEROLOGICAL MONITORING EQUIPMENT ON BOTH TOWERS

"Loss of power to radiological monitoring equipment (primary and backup). This constitutes a major loss of emergency assessment capability per Nine Mile Point procedures. The cause of the loss of monitoring equipment is a downed 13.2 kV power line. Monitoring capability was restored at 0100."

The loss of power was caused by high winds, and the grid operator was able to restore power at 0100 EST.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46668
Facility: DIABLO CANYON
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: K.R.THOMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/11/2011
Notification Time: 04:40 [ET]
Event Date: 03/11/2011
Event Time: 01:23 [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/11/2011
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
JANE MARSHALL (IRD)
ELMO COLLINS (RA)
JACK GROBE (NRR)
JONES (DHS)
BISCOE (FEMA)

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

NOTICE OF UNUSUAL EVENT AS A RESULT OF A TSUNAMI WARNING IN THE AREA

The licensee declared a notice of unusual event as a result of a tsunami warning issued for the coastal areas of California. The tsunami warning is a result of a 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. The licensee is in EAL HU1.5, 'Tsunami Affecting the Protected Area.' The NRC remains in the normal response mode.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

* * * UPDATE AT 1134 EST ON 3/11/2011 FROM MIKE QUITTER TO JOE O'HARA * * *

"A classification of unusual event was declared at 0123 PST on March 11, 2011 due to a tsunami warning issued by the NOAA for the California West Coast. Diablo Canyon Power Plant [DCPP] has implemented the requirements of Casualty Procedure M-5, 'Response to Tsunami Warning.' Plant personnel were evacuated from the DCPP intake structure at 0742 PST. Evacuation of personnel from the intake structure constitutes a deviation from DCPP license condition '2.E' and authorized pursuant to 10CFR50.54(x).

"No damage or injuries has been observed as a result of this tsunami event and there is no impact on the health and safety of the general public."

Notified the R4DO (Farnholtz), R4RA (Collins), IRD (Marshall), and NRR (Grobe).

* * * UPDATE AT 1843 EST ON 3/11/2011 FROM JOHN BECERRA TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

Diablo Canyon has terminated their Unusual Event at 1528 PST because the tsunami warning has been reduced to a tsunami advisory. No damage occurred during this event.

Notified the R4DO (Farnholtz), IRD (Gott), NRR (Galloway), DHS (Gates), and FEMA (O'Connell)

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 46669
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
                   LEU FABRICATION
                   LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: JULIE OLIVIER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 03/11/2011
Notification Time: 08:15 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2011
Event Time: 09:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/11/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(2) - LOSS OR DEGRADED SAFETY ITEMS
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2DO)
BRIAN SMITH (NMSS)

Event Text

MALFUNCTIONING VALVE LEADS TO A LOSS OF DEFENSE IN DEPTH

"During a performance of temporary operating procedure on a laser optical device, it was identified that one of two valves used to isolate the device failed to operate. The valves are operated as a pair and the valves are redundant to provide defense in depth. One valve shut as expected. The second valve did not shut.

"The valves are identified as an Item Relied on For Safety (IROFS). The system was not operating and one of the valves operated as designed. No unsafe condition existed.

"Operability of both valves is required to meet the performance requirements of 10CFR70.61.

"This event is being reported pursuant to the requirements of 10CFR70 Appendix A(b)(2) within 24 hours. The affected device will remain shutdown pending further investigation and implementation of associated corrective actions.

"[This event is of] low safety significance - the discovery did not result in an unsafe condition."

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