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Event Notification Report for June 15, 2011

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Event Reports For
06/14/2011 - 06/15/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46938 46944 46945 46946 46948 46957

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Agreement State Event Number: 46938
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: BIG RIVERS ELECTRIC CO-OP
Region: 1
City: SEBREE State: KY
County:
License #: KY 201-208-56
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MELVIN GOODFRIEND
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 06/09/2011
Notification Time: 09:10 [ET]
Event Date: 06/08/2011
Event Time: 12:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - SHUTTER SEPARATED FROM GAUGE

The following was received via fax:

While removing the gauge the shutter became partially separated from the body. The source did not leave the gauge. The operator placed the gauge face down on the shutter assembly in a lead lined transport box. The gauge was surveyed and the max radiation field was 0.026 mR/hr. There was no exposure to personnel. The area was cordoned off and the manufacturer was notified to package and transport the device.

The gauge was a Texas Nuclear Model 5193 S/N Bi449.

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Agreement State Event Number: 46944
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: HSA ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS
Region: 1
City: VARNVILLE State: SC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LELAND CAVE
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 06/10/2011
Notification Time: 11:29 [ET]
Event Date: 06/10/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTA)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

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 was received via fax:

"The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) was notified on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 0955 hrs., that a Troxler 3411-B gauge, s/n 4793, containing 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241:Be had been stolen during the armed theft of a company vehicle at approximately 0530 hrs. on June 10, 2011. The RSO called to report the theft of the material. He stated that the Varnville police had been notified and were handling the incident. The SCDHEC inspector took the initial report and proceeded to call the South Carolina Fusion Center to report the incident.

"The RSO was advised by the SCDHEC inspector to submit a written report detailing this event to the SCDHEC within 30 days. The event is open and pending the licensee's investigation and report to the SCDHEC, updates will be made through the national NMED system."

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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Agreement State Event Number: 46945
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: SUFFOLK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY
Region: 1
City:  State: NY
County: SUFFOLK
License #: #1801
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT SNYDER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/10/2011
Notification Time: 12:01 [ET]
Event Date: 06/07/2011
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAS CHROMATOGRAPH NICKEL-63 SOURCE FAILED LEAK TEST

The following information was provided by the State via facsimile:

"The RSO called to report a leaking Ni-63 sealed source in a gas chromatograph. The leak test result was 0.04 microCuries of removable contamination at ECD [Electron Capture Device] inlet. The RSO contacted the manufacturer, Agilent, about this event and they will be making a site visit to investigate. The system was shut down and isolated. The defective detector will be sent back to the manufacturer. There is no apparent cause. The system is only a year old and is used carefully. All other areas surveyed & swiped were negative for contamination."

Event #: NY-11-10

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46946
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RICHARD ALEXANDER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 06/10/2011
Notification Time: 15:19 [ET]
Event Date: 06/10/2011
Event Time: 11:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)

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 NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO MALFUNCTIONING VENTILATION SYSTEM

"The Technical Support Center (TSC) has been rendered non-functional due to a malfunctioning ventilation system. Investigation into elevated TSC temperature led to the discovery of a malfunctioning compressor. Repairs to TSC ventilation have commenced.

"Per Emergency Plan Procedure IP-EP-220, an alternate location for the TSC staff has been identified and communicated to the TSC staff if the Emergency Director determines that the TSC is uninhabitable during an event."

The licensee notified the State of New York Public Service Commission. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * UPDATE FROM CHARLES BRIAN ROAKES TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1209 EDT ON 6/14/2011 * * *

"On June 11, 2011, at 1300 hours, repairs to the TSC Ventilation / AC were completed and the TSC ventilation system returned to service and declared functional. The TSC is now functional as a result of returning the TSC ventilation system to service."

The licensee notified the State of New York Public Service Commission and the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (Joustra).

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Agreement State Event Number: 46948
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET
Region: 1
City:  State: KY
County:
License #: 201-086-51
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MELVIN GOODFRIEND
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 06/10/2011
Notification Time: 14:43 [ET]
Event Date: 06/08/2011
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
ANDREW PERSINKO (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via facsimile:

This event occurred at a construction job site in Northern Kentucky on the Westbound I-275 to Southbound KY-17 ramp, 30 feet up the ramp and approximately six feet from the outside edge of the roadway.

A pickup truck backed over a Humboldt moisture density gauge (model 5001, S/N 3182, 11 mCi Cs-137, 44 mCi Am-241:Be) while the gauge was in "backscatter mode." The operator had stepped away as instructed during the backscatter reading. The operator could not stop the pickup driver. The insertion handle on the gauge broke. The gauge shutter could not be closed. There was no apparent contamination of the site per a survey. Readings around the gauge were near background except the beam from the non-closable shutter. The licensee placed the gauge on the ground in a storage building with the beam pointed into the earth. A survey was conducted around the broken gauge and the site was secured. A check was made for contamination at the job site, on the transport truck, and in the storage area. The gauge was transported on June 9, 2011 to the normal secure storage site at the DOT secure storage shed in Frankfort, KY.

On June 10, 2011 the Kentucky Radiation Health Branch (KRHB) surveyed the gauge and inspected the site. KRHB advised the licensee that the device should not be disturbed until trained and licensed persons could package and ship the gauge. KRHP advised the licensee to secure the dosimetry of persons involved. KRHB will review, inspect and consider enforcement actions after the damaged device is secure.

Dosimetry was not available at the time of this report, but it will be obtained for affected individuals.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46957
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVID PLESSAS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/13/2011
Notification Time: 23:29 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2011
Event Time: 19:24 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
LAURA KOZAK (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R N 0 Startup 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DURING STARTUP PHYSICS TESTING

"On June 13, 2011 at 1924 CDT, an automatic reactor trip was actuated during Shutdown Bank Insertion for Beginning of Life Physics Testing. Neutron flux lowered from the intermediate range to the point of automatic energization of the Source Range Nuclear Instruments. Energization of the Source Range Nuclear Instruments during this step is anticipated and permissible per the test procedure. When it energized, the N-31 Source Range Nuclear Instrument (Red Channel) failed high which initiated an automatic reactor trip.

"All plant systems functioned as required, including the Reactor Protection System. All control rods fully inserted into the core. There was no Emergency Core Cooling System or Auxiliary Feedwater System actuation. No Emergency Diesel Generators were started and power continues to be supplied from off site. The reactor coolant system has forced circulation and the atmospheric steam dumps are currently being used for decay heat removal from the steam generators.

"There was no radiological release and emergency plan implementation was not required.

"An investigation of the failure of the N-31 Source Range Nuclear Instrument is in progress"

There is no known primary to secondary leakage. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * UPDATE FROM RUSS PARKER TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 2155 EDT ON 6/14/22 * * *

"At the time of the trip, the reactor was subcritical. This notification is updated to reflect reporting in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A).

"An investigation of the failure of the N-31 source range nuclear instrument continues."

This event was initially reported by the licensee as a four-hour report in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B).

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO (Kozak).

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