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Event Notification Report for July 13, 2011

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07/12/2011 - 07/13/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46969 47028 47034 47045

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46969
Facility: COOPER
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BENJAMIN KEHOE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 06/19/2011
Notification Time: 05:27 [ET]
Event Date: 06/19/2011
Event Time: 04:02 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/12/2011
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)
ELMO COLLINS (R4)
JANE MARSHALL (IRD)
JEFFREY JOSEY (SRI)
ROD BRADSHAW (DHS)
PETE VITALE (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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING

At 0402 CDT on 6/19/2011 a Notification of Unusual Event was declared due to the elevation of the Missouri River reaching 899.1 feet above mean sea level. This is above the Emergency Action Level HU1.5 elevation of 899 feet. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 899.5 feet within the next couple of days. It is expected that the elevation of the Missouri River will remain above 899 feet for most of the summer.

Actions are in progress in accordance with the site flooding procedure, including strategic placement of sand bags at building entrances and important facilities. There is no major plant equipment out of service at this time. Personnel access to the site is not presently impeded. Emergency evacuation routes remain available.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee notified the State of Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, the State of Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, the Nemaha County Emergency Operations Center, the Richardson County Emergency Operations Center and the Atchison County Emergency Operations Center.


* * * UPDATED FROM BRIAN STANDER TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 0743 EDT ON 6/19/2011 * * *

"On 6/19/2011 at 0447 CDT, Nebraska Public Power District issued a press release concerning the declaration of a Notification of Unusual Event declared today at 0402 for the Missouri River elevation above 899 feet above sea level.

"This is a four hour report per 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) for any event or situation for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been or will be made which is related to heightened public or government concern. State and local agencies were notified of the expected news release during the NOUE notification.

"At 0402 CDT, Missouri River elevation was at 899.1 feet. No updated river projections are available at this time. Level is expected to remain at least below plant grade elevation. No deficiencies with the nearby protective levees have been identified surrounding the plant. Actions are in progress in accordance with the site flooding procedure, including strategic placement of sandbags at building entrances and important facilities. Personnel access to the site is not presently impeded, and required emergency evacuation routes remain available."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R4DO (Werner).

* * * UPDATE AT 1121 EDT ON 7/12/2011 FROM MAURICE PALMER TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

Cooper Nuclear Station exited the Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE) at 0947 CDT on 7/12/11. River level is currently at 895.8 feet MSL which is below the NOUE threshold of 899 feet MSL. River level is forecast to continue going down. The licensee is expecting to issue a press release today.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, State of Missouri, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Nemaha County Sheriff, Richardson County Sheriff, Missouri FEMA, and the Atchison County 911 center.

Notified the R4DO (Cain), IRD (Morris), NRR (Thorpe), DHS (Strangfeld), and FEMA (Hollis).

* * * UPDATE AT 1426 EDT ON 7/12/11 FROM JEREMY SIMS TO VINCE KLCO* * *

"A press release has been issued to inform the public of Cooper Nuclear Station's exit from the Notification of Unusual Event, regarding high Missouri River level. The initial entry into the Notification of Unusual Event occurred on 06/19/2011 and was exited on 07/12/2011. The highest river level observed at [Cooper] was 900'-8". Plant grade is at 903'-6". The press release reports the current Missouri river level as 895.8' and forecasted to continue to lower."

Notified the R4DO(Cain).

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Agreement State Event Number: 47028
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UW-MADISON
Region: 3
City: MADISON State: WI
County:
License #: 025-1323-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROYSTON NGWAYAH
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 07/06/2011
Notification Time: 16:47 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2011
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/06/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PATIENT RECEIVED LESS THAN PRESCRIBED DOSE

The following information was received from the State of Wisconsin via fax:

"Wisconsin Department of Health Service (DHS) received notification by voicemail from the licensee on July 5, 2011 about an incident that occurred on June 30, 2011. A patient was to receive 25.6 mCi of Samarium-153 (Sm-153) for bone pain; but the patient received 14.8 mCi (58%) of the planned dose. During administration of the Sm-153 to the patient, the staff used a three-way stopcock connected to the IV line. The syringe containing the radioactive material was connected to the stopcock. During the procedure the syringe was mistakenly removed from the stopcock and a few drops of the radioactive materials dripped on the absorbent pad before a member of the staff reconnected the syringe. The event was reported to the RSO within minutes, and a voicemail was left with DHS the following day (July 1, 2011). The patient was notified the same day.

"On July 6, 2011, DHS inspectors conducted a reactive inspection. The licensee is instituting corrective actions. The corrective actions are as follows: 1) Conduct a dry run before administration of doses. 2) Use syringe shields previously used by the hospital, which fits syringes better. 3) Inform the nuclear pharmacy to add saline to the radioactive materials, which serves two purposes; first, decrease the radioactive material per volume of total material in the syringe so that administrations to the patient contain small amounts of radioactive materials, and second, if there is a spill, there will be only a small quantity of radioactive material in the spill. The licensee will send DHS an official report of the incident within 15 working days."

WI Event #: WI110008

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Agreement State Event Number: 47034
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: GA COVEY ENGINEERING
Region: 1
City: LE RAYSVILLE State: PA
County: BRADFORD
License #: PA-1426
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID ALLARD
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 07/08/2011
Notification Time: 12:03 [ET]
Event Date: 07/07/2011
Event Time: 15:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/08/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- DAMAGED SOIL MOISTURE NUCLEAR DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from the State by facsimile:

"Notifications: Licensee called the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), who then contacted Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) via phone on July 7, 2011 @ 1540. This event is 24 hour reportable under 10CFR 30.50(b) (2).

"Event Description: A CPN Model MC3 soil moisture Nuclear Density Gauge with cesium-137 and americium-241 sources was damaged while in use. Specifically, the rod with the Cs-137 source was damaged during a field measurement. However, the licensee was able to pull the rod back enough to get the nuclear gauge in the DOT ship container. Per CPN specs, the source is an industrial type 10 millicurie Cs-137 source with double encapsulation.

"Cause of the Event: A truck owned and operated by GA Covey Engineering drifted back over a CPN moisture density gauge bending one of the probe rods, leaving the Cs-137 source extended.

"Actions: The gauge was inspected by the company's regional RSO. It was determined that the source was still contained within the probe rod and managed to fit it back into the shipping container and secure it in the company truck. The licensee secured the area around the truck until a confirmatory survey was performed by PA DEP Emergency Response staff. The gauge was then brought to a secure site in PA for storage. The licensee will work with CPN to have the nuclear gauge repaired."

PA Event: PA110015

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47045
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MATT LEENERTS
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 07/13/2011
Notification Time: 01:08 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2011
Event Time: 00:23 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/13/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
SCOTT FREEMAN (R2DO)

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

Event Text

OVERFLOW OF CONDENSER CIRCULATING WATER

"At 0023 on 07/13/2011, a notification to an outside state agency, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), was made due to an overflow of Condenser Circulating Water from the northwest corner of the diffuser pond through a heavily vegetated area into a slough adjacent to the Sequoyah Training Center. Condenser Circulating Water is also discharging to the river via storm water outfall 14 near the cooling towers as well as the normal diffuser pond discharge at outfall 101.

"At approximately 1545 on 07/12/2011, one of the two diffuser gates at Sequoyah failed and shut off the west diffuser pipe. The other diffuser remained open throughout the event. Plant personnel made several attempts to raise the diffuser gate utilizing divers and cranes. When it was determined the crane could not lift the diffuser gate, both units reduced power to 85% and one (1) Condenser Circulating Water pump for each unit, two (2) pumps total, were removed from service. Diffuser pond level is currently lowering."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

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