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Event Notification Report for February 14, 2013

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Event Reports For
02/13/2013 - 02/14/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48715 48719 48750 48751

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Agreement State Event Number: 48715
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: NONE
Region: 3
City: MUSKEGO State: WI
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS TIMMERMAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 10:20 [ET]
Event Date: 02/02/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

RECOVERY OF TWO TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

"On February 2, 2013 an individual called the Wisconsin Emergency Management duty officer to report found radioactive material. The duty officer notified the State Radiological Coordinator who responded to the member of the public. The individual reported that his mother had inadvertently brought home a radioactive source that had come from a donation drop-box. The source was reportedly labeled 'Radioactive Tritium', '4 mCi' and 'Self-Powered Lighting' and dated 8-19-1992. The State Radiological Coordinator ascertained the source was safely stored in the mother's garage in a cardboard box.

"State inspectors performed a site visit on February 4, 2013. The radioactive material was actually two 4 Curie tritium sources, Model CPI 300, Serial Numbers 1469 and 1470. Also, the sources were labeled NYS License Number 1406-1611 and parts P/N CAN/AC/4E.

"The Radiation Protection Section contacted Self-Powered Lighting and the individual stated that this was an aircraft device and that they would accept the source back. The state inspectors surveyed, wiped, and bagged the sources. Wipes will be analyzed by the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene. The sources were retrieved and are currently stored at the State's orphan source storage location. If the wipes confirm no contamination, the sources will be returned to Self-Powered Lighting or an authorized recipient."

Wisconsin Report No.: WI130003

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Agreement State Event Number: 48719
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICES INC
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: 07-493
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 17:51 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2013
Event Time: 15:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCES ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE STUCK OUTSIDE THE CAMERA

The following report was submitted via e-mail:

"At approximately 3:00 PM the licensee called the Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] to report an equipment failure of an industrial radiography exposure device, involving a QSA Model 880 Delta camera, serial # D3231. The source did not crank back into a closed and shielded position after use. After working with the crank system and not being able to return the source, the crank system was disengaged and the source was pulled manually into the closed and shielded position in the camera. The camera contained 48 Curies of Selenium-75. The licensee will perform a leak test on the camera and then send it out for repair.

"The Agency continues to investigate the actions of the licensee and timeliness of reporting the incident.

"The NRC and the Arizona Governor's office have been notified of this event.

"Press coverage is not anticipated."

Arizona Incident 13-006

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48750
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL MCCARTHY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/13/2013
Notification Time: 16:41 [ET]
Event Date: 02/13/2013
Event Time: 13:55 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/13/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP ON LOW STEAM GENERATOR WATER LEVEL

"At 1352 [hrs. EST], the Unit 2 CCR [Central Control Room] noted a trip of both heater drain tank pumps and entered Abnormal Operating Procedure 2-AOP-FW-1, 'Loss of Feedwater'. Prior to the event, Instrumentation and Controls personnel were performing testing on the heater drain tank level control system. Turbine load was reduced per plant procedures, however a manual reactor trip was initiated at 1355 due to an inability to maintain steam generator water levels. The team subsequently entered E-0, 'Reactor Trip or Safety Injection'. All control rods fully inserted. All safety systems responded as expected with the exception of source range detector N-31 and intermediate range detector N-35. N-31 and N-35 were declared inoperable. The auxiliary feedwater system actuated as expected and provided feedwater to maintain steam generator water level. Decay heat removal is via the steam generators to the main condensers. Offsite power and plant electrical lineups are normal. No primary or secondary code safety relief valves lifted. The reactor is in Mode 3 and stable. Unit 3 was unaffected and remains at 100% power. An investigation is in progress."

Unit 2 is currently at normal operating pressure and temperature. The licensee plans to issue a press release on this event.

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48751
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KENNY HUNTER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/13/2013
Notification Time: 17:42 [ET]
Event Date: 02/13/2013
Event Time: 15:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/13/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL F. KING (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO TRITIUM RELEASE ONSITE

"As part of routine rounds on 2/13/13, site personnel discovered an overflow condition at a collection tank containing water with low levels of tritium (approximately 6,000 pCi/L). The discharge pump for the tank was found to be nonfunctional which resulted in the overflow condition. Following discovery, a portable pump was utilized to pump the water to the normal monitored discharge path and terminate the overflow condition. The exact volume could not be determined but it is estimated that the volume of water that overflowed to the ground was greater than the 100 gallon threshold for voluntary reporting as indicated in Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) 07-07, 'Industry Ground Water Initiative-Final Guidance Document.' A rough estimate of the release is between 100 and 300 gallons. The tritium was contained to a small area on the plant site in the vicinity of the discharge structure, and there is no significant potential for off-site impact or impact to on-site personnel.

"Because the leak remained on site, there will be no offsite impact to drinking water sources. Furthermore, the release posed no threat to employees or the public. Southern Nuclear [SNC] will continue to monitor the affected area as required.

"In accordance with SNC's groundwater protection procedures and the NEI guidance, a voluntary notification of this discovery will be made to the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division and other agencies to inform them of this matter. The NRC Region II Resident Inspector was also notified.

"Reference: Condition Report 589402. Event occurred at 1111 EST, decision to make offsite notifications authorized at 1545 EST."

The tank was the outfall collection tank. Environmental Protection Agency limit for tritium in drinking water is 20,000 pCi/l.

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