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Event Notification Report for July 14, 2011

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Event Reports For
07/13/2011 - 07/14/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46939 47034 47038 47045 47046 47047

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Part 21 Event Number: 46939
Rep Org: APPLIED TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC
Licensee: SHAW AREVA MOX SERVICES, LLC
Region: 1
City: MARIETTA State: GA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CATHY MANSFELD
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 06/09/2011
Notification Time: 09:42 [ET]
Event Date: 04/13/2011
Event Time: 07:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/13/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
STEVEN RUDISAIL (R2DO)
JULIO LARA (R3DO)
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
PART 21 GRP ()

Event Text

PART 21 NONCOMPLIANCE TO PERCENT ELONGATION REQUIREMENTS PER ASTM CODE

Material used to fabricate standards used in ultrasonic testing failed to meet percent elongation standards per the code. Applied Technical Services has notified Areva. It is believed these standards were shipped to France from Areva in Aiken, S.C.

NCR No. 2011-001; Corrective Action #2011-285

* * * UPDATE FROM JIM HILLS TO JOE O'HARA VIA FAX AT 1853 EDT ON 7/13/11 * * *

Applied Technical Services determined that the questionable values did not affect the functionality of the standard.

Notified R1DO(Dwyer), R2DO(Freeman), R3DO(Bloomer), R4DO(Cain), and the part 21 Group via e-mail.

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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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Agreement State Event Number: 47038
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL
Region: 1
City: BOSTON State: MA
County:
License #: 44-0004
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRUCE PACKARD
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 07/08/2011
Notification Time: 15:45 [ET]
Event Date: 05/01/2011
Event Time: [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- UNDEREXPOSURE

The following information was received from the Commonwealth by facsimile:

"The RSO reported that a patient was 60% underexposed by an Ir-192 remote after-loader. The prescribed dose is not known. The error occurred because the physicist did not calculate the effect of the tube used to deliver the after-loader source. The target organ was the skin."

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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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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 47046
Rep Org: PARADISE FOSSIL PLANT
Licensee: TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
Region: 1
City: DRAKESBORO State: KY
County:
License #: 16-25243-01
Agreement: Y
Docket: 030-3312
NRC Notified By: KEVIN CASEY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/13/2011
Notification Time: 14:25 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2011
Event Time: 13:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/13/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
SCOTT FREEMAN (R2DO)
ROBERT LEWIS (FSME)

Event Text

MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK IN THE CLOSED POSITION

Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant uses an Ohmart Model SR1-A density gauge with a sealed source containing up to 1,562 milliCuries of Cesium 137. The gauge is used to monitor the density of the limestone slurry at the Unit 2 scrubber. On July 12, 2011 at 1330 (CDT) the shutter on the density gauge was determined to be not operable. It was determined that the shutter failed in the closed position when the operator received a slurry density high alarm.

The shutter failure is in the closed and safe position. The gauge has been entered into the corrective action program and will be repaired by the manufacturer at a later time. There were no personnel exposures, no damages to other equipment, and no additional compensatory actions necessary since the shutter is failed closed/safe position.

The licensee notified the R2DO (Freeman).

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 47047
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: PHILLIP OLLIS
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 07/13/2011
Notification Time: 17:12 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2011
Event Time: 17:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/13/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
SCOTT FREEMAN (R2DO)
MERAJ RAHIMI (NMSS)

Event Text

INAUDIBLE CRITICALITY WARNING SIREN

"At approximately 1730 on 7/12/2011, a regularly scheduled test of the inside Criticality Warning System (CWS) covering the Fuel Manufacturing Operation (FMO) was conducted. It was discovered that a CWS warning horn in the ChemMet lab was determined to be inaudible. Compensatory measures were immediately implemented. All other horns of the inside CWS in all other areas were functional and clearly audible. The affected area will remain shut down pending an investigation and implementation of additional corrective actions. The event is being reported within 24hours pursuant to 10CFR70.50(b)(2) as a safety equipment failure. A CWS warning horn in the ChemMet lab was determined to be inaudible. All other CWS warning horns operating correctly. Investigation results pending. Affected area access was restricted. The faulty CWS horn has been replaced and tested."

The licensee notified Region 2(Coovert) and will notify the state radiation protection agency and New Hanover Emergency Management.

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