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Event Notification Report for July 16, 2013

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Event Reports For
07/15/2013 - 07/16/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48239 49180 49189 49190 49191

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 48239
Facility: SURRY
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: TIM KEATING
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/28/2012
Notification Time: 10:11 [ET]
Event Date: 08/27/2012
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2DO)
MARK KING (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
VICTOR McCREE (RA)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)

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

Event Text

DISCOVERY OF AFTER-THE-FACT EMERGENCY CONDITION - ALERT - HIGH CO2 CONCENTRATION IN A SAFE SHUTDOWN AREA

"At 0927 EDT on 08/28/2012, it was identified that access to a table H-1 Safe Shutdown Area had been prohibited and that an ALERT had not been declared as required by Surry EPIP-1.01, EAL HA 3.1. At 0900 EDT on 08/27/2012, Electrical Maintenance was performing a surveillance on the Unit 2 Cable Vault and Cable Tunnel Low Pressure CO2 System. A high CO2 level was observed using portable gas detection equipment and access to the space was prohibited for a period of approximately 20 minutes. This report is being made in compliance of VPAP-2802, section 6.3.3(h), which states that a one hour report is required if an Emergency Action Level (EAL) is exceeded, the basis for the emergency class no longer exists at the time of discovery, and no other reasons exist for an emergency declaration."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector and Virginia Emergency Management Agency.

* * * RETRACTION ON 7/15/13 AT 1342 EDT FROM BARRY GERBER TO DONG PARK * * *

"Based upon initial air monitor readings, EN #48239 reported that an oxygen deficient condition existed in a Table H-1 area for approximately 20 minutes. When the initial information was presented to the Shift Manager on 08/28/2012, it was determined that a one-hour report should have been declared in accordance with EPIP-1.01, Emergency Action Level HA 3.1, which states that an ALERT condition exists if 'access to a Table H-1 area is prohibited due to toxic, corrosive, asphyxiant or flammable gases which jeopardize operation of systems required to maintain safe operations or safely shutdown the reactor.' Since the ALERT condition was not recognized on 08/27/2012, a one-hour report was deemed necessary.

"A root cause evaluation reviewed the oxygen monitor data and determined that the maximum time of oxygen deficiency was approximately 8 minutes. Operator Time Critical Actions were reviewed to determine whether prohibition of access to the Cable Vault and Cable Tunnel for approximately 8 minutes would jeopardize operation of systems required to maintain safe operations or safely shutdown the reactor. No specific references to activities within this area were identified. Therefore, this event was determined not to be an Alert.

"The root cause evaluation also noted that Operations was notified of the test, administrative control was established for the CO2 Tank shutoff valve, an Electrician was posted in the control room to notify Operations of alarms associated with the test, a fire watch posted, and the test areas were posted and evacuated. The brief period of time the condition existed did not result in a threat to safe plant operation or the health of plant personnel. Therefore, this event was determined not to be an Unusual Event in accordance with EPIP-1.01, Emergency Action Level HU 3.1, which states, 'report or detection of toxic, corrosive, asphyxiant or flammable gases that have or could enter the Owner Controlled Area in amounts that can affect normal plant operations.'

"This notification is being made to retract the report made on 08/28/12 based on the above discussion. The NRC Resident [Inspector] has been notified."

Notified R2DO (Nease).

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Agreement State Event Number: 49180
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: HOPEWELL RADIOLOGY GROUP
Region: 1
City: MONROE State: NJ
County:
License #: 453815
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PEROS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/08/2013
Notification Time: 14:37 [ET]
Event Date: 07/08/2013
Event Time: 13:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the State of New Jersey via email:

"At approximately 1:30 p.m. [EDT] on Monday, July 8, 2013, the consulting health physicist for Hopewell Radiology Group called to inform the NJDEP's RMP [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radioactive Materials Program] that a sealed vial source originally containing approximately 209 uCi of Cesium-137 on June 1, 2001, was found to be leaking. The source was manufactured by Eckert & Zeigler and has a serial number of 747-33-46.

"A routine semi-annual leak test of the source revealed the presence of 0.067 uCi of removable contamination, which exceeds the limit of 0.005 uCi.

"The source has been removed from service and is secured at the licensee's location. The licensee is arranging for appropriate disposal."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49189
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: KEVIN O'ROURKE
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 07/15/2013
Notification Time: 00:58 [ET]
Event Date: 07/15/2013
Event Time: 00:29 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/15/2013
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
MICHELE EVANS (NRR)
ERIC LEEDS (NRR)
DAVID LEW (R1)
SCOTT MORRIS (IRD)

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 LOSS OF CONTROL ROOM ANNUNCIATORS

The licensee declared a Notice of Unusual Event resulting from a loss of control room annunciators for greater than 15 minutes. The EAL Condition is SU 4.1. Compensatory measures have been established per Abnormal Operating Procedures. The plant continues to operate at 100 percent power.

The licensee has called for support staff to troubleshoot the issue. No other major components are out of service.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA, DHS NICC and the Nuclear SSA via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM KEVIN O'ROURKE TO PETE SNYDER AT 0205 EDT ON 7/15/13 * * *

Annunciator indication has returned for some time and appears to be working. Engineering and electrical instrumentation and control staff are onsite to troubleshoot but have not established any cause. The licensee remains in the Unusual Event until additional confidence can be established in annunciator indication.

Notified R1DO (Cook).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49190
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL FORTNER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 07/15/2013
Notification Time: 10:44 [ET]
Event Date: 07/15/2013
Event Time: 09:29 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF ASSESSMENT CAPABILITY DUE TO PREPLANNED MAINTENANCE

"Loss of assessment capability due to preplanned maintenance affecting radiation monitors. Terry Turbine Radiation Monitor MSS-RE79 and Supplementary Leak Collection Release System Radiation Monitor HVR-RE19B will be out for preplanned maintenance. This is a reportable condition in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49191
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES SHAW
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/15/2013
Notification Time: 16:10 [ET]
Event Date: 07/15/2013
Event Time: 09:34 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

UNPLANNED LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS DUE TO OFFSITE FIBER OPTIC CABLE DAMAGE

"At approximately 0934 EDT on Monday, July 15, 2013, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) experienced a loss of capability to transmit Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) information to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Emergency Plan Implementing Procedures provide direction to manually record ERDS data for transmission to the NRC via telephone or fax. Concurrent with the loss of ERDS was a loss of the NRC 'Red Phone' (FTS-2000).

"The suspected cause of the loss was a damaged fiber optic cable located offsite in Bridgman, Michigan unrelated to CNP. This caused the failure of the internet service provider to CNP. Communications via alternate phone lines and corporate service number remain available and have been tested. CNP has contacted offsite service providers for restoration of service. The estimated time for return to service is 2000 EDT on Monday, July 15, 2013.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of communications capability which includes events that would significantly impair the ability of the licensee to implement the functions of its emergency plans if an emergency were to occur."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 7/15/13 AT 2114 EDT FROM KELLY BAKER TO DONG PARK * * *

"At 2050 EDT on Monday, July 15, 2013, DC Cook Operations Department was notified by Information Technology (IT) that the offsite fiber optic cable that was damaged had been repaired. Affected equipment was verified to be working properly, specifically, Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) data is transmitting and the NRC 'Red Phone' is functional. Communication capability has been restored.

"The licensee has notified the Senior NRC Resident Inspector."

Notified R3DO (Hills).

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