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Event Notification Report for January 29, 2013

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Event Reports For
01/28/2013 - 01/29/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48648 48682 48683 48703

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48648
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DOUGLAS PETERSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/03/2013
Notification Time: 15:03 [ET]
Event Date: 01/03/2013
Event Time: 09:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/28/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (R3DO)
ERDS GROUP (EMAI)
CAT GROUP (EMAI)

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

LOSS OF ERDS CAPABILITY

"At 0930 [CST] on January 03, 2013 NextEra Energy Duane Arnold discovered that the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) was no longer capable of transmitting plant data to the NRC. The loss of ERDS is reportable per 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"At 1151 [CST] on January 03, 2013 Information Management personnel restored ERDS to working status.

"The NRC Resident [Inspector] has been notified."

The licensee has the cause under investigation.

* * * UPDATE AT 2136 EST ON 01/03/13 FROM STEPHEN SPEIRS TO S. SANDIN * * *

"At 1725 [CST] on January 03, 2013 NextEra Energy Duane Arnold experienced a four minute interruption of the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS). During this time, ERDS was not capable of transmitting plant data to the NRC. The loss of ERDS is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The interruption of ERDS is related to a previous problem with the system reported under EN #48648. Troubleshooting of ERDS continues to ensure long-term reliability. Additional interruptions of ERDS are possible during this troubleshooting, and a follow-up notification will be made when ERDS reliability is assured."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Skokowski), ERDS Group and CAT Group via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM ROB SPADING TO CHARLES TEAL ON 1/28/13 AT 1436 EST * * *

Maintenance is complete on the ERDS system. It was tested satisfactorily on 01/15/13 at 1130 CST and returned to fully functional status.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed. Notified R3DO (Stone), ERDS Group and CAT Group via email.

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Agreement State Event Number: 48682
Rep Org: NORTH CAROLINA RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: VIDANT MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: GREENVILLE State: NC
County:
License #: 074-1457-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES ALBRIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 01/18/2013
Notification Time: 15:34 [ET]
Event Date: 03/05/2012
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO AN EMBRYO/FETUS

The following was received from the State of North Carolina via email:

"Vidant Medical Center, NC Radioactive Materials License 1457-1, has reported a possible dose to an embryo/fetus in excess of 5 rem (15A NCAC 11.0365(a)) and has made notification to the NC Radiation Protection Section within 24 hours of discovery of the event as required by 15A NCAC 11.0365(c)."

"The possible event is under investigation at this time and more information will be provided as it is discovered. The RSO, made the telephone notification at approximately 14:30 EST today, of the event discovered this morning.

"PRELIMINARY/TENTATIVE DETAILS (to be fully investigated): A female with a child reported for renal scan at Vidant Medical Center recently and complained that she thought that radiation she received from hypothyroid treatment in the Spring of last year (2012) had adversely affected her child. Attending Nuclear Medicine Tech notified the Nuclear Medicine supervisor, and the female patient's chart was reviewed and indicated that she had had approximately 19 mCi radioiodine administered in March 2012. Pregnancy test was reported as negative at time of administration and the woman answered that she had not had sex within ten (10) days prior to therapy. However, based upon the reported age of the child, it is possible that the female may have been newly pregnant at the time of administration."

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Agreement State Event Number: 48683
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH
Licensee: VALERO REFINING COMPANY
Region: 4
City: TEXAS CITY State: TX
County:
License #: 02578
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 01/19/2013
Notification Time: 10:11 [ET]
Event Date: 01/19/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/22/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - NUCLEAR GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK IN OPEN POSITION

The following report was received from the State of Texas via email.

"On January 17, 2013, the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] that while performing preparations for maintenance the shutter on a Ronan model SH1 nuclear gauge was found stuck in the open position. The gauge contains 1,000 millicuries of cesium-137. The licensee stated that open is the normal operating position for the shutter and the gauge does not pose an exposure risk to any individual. The licensee stated that a service provider will remove the gauge and the manufacturer will be contacted to repair the gauge. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with [Reporting Materials Events] SA-300."

Texas incident # I-9033.

* * * UPDATE FROM TUCKER TO KLCO ON 1/22/13 AT 1615 EST * * *

The following information was received by email:

"On January 22, 2013, the Agency was informed by the service provider that on January 14, 2013, they were able to get the shutter to close. The shutter is operating normally. The licensee has contacted the manufacturer to perform preventive maintenance on the gauge. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Notified the R4DO (OKeefe) and FSME Events via email.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48703
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MARVIN GOLD
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 01/28/2013
Notification Time: 17:38 [ET]
Event Date: 01/28/2013
Event Time: 16:20 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/28/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2DO)

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

FIRE IN STORAGE BUILDING IN OWNER CONTROLLED AREA

"A fire was reported within the Owner Controlled Area but outside the Protected Area. The fire was located in an air conditioning unit for a small building. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes by the offsite fire department. The plant did not sustain any damage."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

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