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Event Notification Report for February 20, 2013

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Event Reports For
02/19/2013 - 02/20/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48742 48767 48769 48770

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 48742
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Licensee: CARL VINSON VA MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: DUBLIN State: GA
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS HUSTON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/11/2013
Notification Time: 18:01 [ET]
Event Date: 02/11/2013
Event Time: 14:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/18/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

PACKAGE RECEIVED AT VA MEDICAL CENTER WITH OUTSIDE CONTAMINATION EXCEEDING LIMITS

"[The Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Health Physics Programs] has a master materials license from Nuclear Regulatory Commission. License number is 03-23853-01VA.

"Per 10 CFR 20.1906(d), [the VHA] is reporting receipt of a package of radioactive material with removable surface contamination on the outside of the package greater than NRC reporting limits.

"The package was received today (February 11, 2013) at around 2:00 PM ET by Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Dublin, Georgia. This medical center holds permit number 10-09569-01 under the VHA master materials license.

"Wipe tests performed on the external surface of the package indicated a removable contamination level of 561 dpm/cm2 as compared to the regulatory limit of 220 dpm/cm2 for beta-gamma emitters.

"The package contained two radiopharmaceuticals dosages of Technetium-99m and two doses of Thallium-201 and was shipped from Cardinal Health in Augusta, Georgia. The inner packaging materials were not contaminated, and the four dosages were able to be used.

"The VA facility Nuclear Medicine Technologist immediately notified the vendor/shipper, who serves as the final delivery carrier, about the contaminated package at about 2:30 PM ET.

"As corrective actions: the packaging materials were set aside in a restricted area at the VA Medical Center for decay; staff with access to the area were notified about the contaminated packaging materials; and surveys were performed to ensure that contamination did not spread beyond the immediate area where the package was received and checked in.

"[The VHA has also] notified NRC Region III (P. Pelke) of this event."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48767
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BOB MURRELL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/19/2013
Notification Time: 13:31 [ET]
Event Date: 12/20/2012
Event Time: 03:54 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)

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

60-DAY OPTIONAL TELEPHONIC NOTIFICATION OF INVALID PRIMARY CONTAINMENT ISOLATION SYSTEM ACTUATION

"This 60-day telephone notification is being made under reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to describe an invalid actuation of a containment isolation signal affecting more than one system.

"At 0354 CST on December 20, 2012, with the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) operating at 100% power, an invalid Group 3 isolation on the 'A' side of the Primary Containment Isolation System occurred. Group 3 isolation signals were generated for Primary Containment Isolation Valves for Drywell and Torus Ventilation, and Purge, Containment Nitrogen Compressor Suction and Discharge, Recirculation Pump Seals, and Post Accident Sample System.

"This event was caused by spurious upscale spike on the 'A' Refuel Floor Exhaust Radiation Monitor.

"All equipment responded in accordance with the plant design. Specifically, all actuations were complete and successful.

"There were no safety consequences or impacts on the health and safety of the public. The event was entered into DAEC's corrective action program for resolution.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48769
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: THOMAS MORSE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/19/2013
Notification Time: 16:39 [ET]
Event Date: 02/19/2013
Event Time: 13:03 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(xii) - OFFSITE MEDICAL
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 96 Power Operation 96 Power Operation

Event Text

TRANSPORT OF POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED WORKER AND SUBSEQUENT FATALITY

"On February 19, 2013, at approximately 1303 EST, the control room was notified that a supplemental worker (i.e., a contract individual) had fallen and was injured. The worker was in a contaminated area.

"Due to the individual's condition, the individual was not surveyed by a Health Physics technician prior to being transported in their anti-contamination clothing. The individual was transported by ambulance accompanied by Health Physics personnel to the local hospital for medical treatment (i.e., TriPoint Medical Center). Subsequently, the worker was declared deceased at the hospital.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xii) and 50.72(b)(2)(xi). Additionally, OSHA was notified pursuant to the requirements of 29 CFR 1904.39. The Lake County Coroner was also notified.

"Subsequent surveys found no contamination on the worker, hospital, medical personnel, or ambulance.

"No press release is planned. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48770
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: BOB MEIXELL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/19/2013
Notification Time: 17:45 [ET]
Event Date: 02/19/2013
Event Time: 10:54 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OCONEE ALERT AND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM SIRENS OUT OF SERVICE

"Event: At 1400 EST on 2/19/2013, Oconee Nuclear Station (ONS) Emergency Preparedness (EP) was notified that the 65 Oconee Alert and Notification System sirens (65 is the total number of sirens within the ONS 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone) were found to be non-functional at 1054 EST during weekly testing on 2/19/2013. Oconee and Pickens County Emergency Management have been notified and will conduct 'Route Alerting' should ONS experience an emergency event that would normally require siren activation for notifying the public. Route Alerting, a method of backup alerting, is an approved FEMA process and is documented in the Emergency-Plan of both counties.

"Initial Safety Significance: None. A pre-planned alternate process for notifying the public was put in place immediately and will remain in place until siren repair and testing are completed.

"Corrective Action(s): An investigation is in progress to determine the cause of the siren system failure. Appropriate repairs will be made and testing conducted once the cause is determined. ONS will notify the NRC when the sirens are returned to service.

"The ONS NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this issue."

The licensee has also notified state authorities and the appropriate county authorities as indicated in the event description.

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