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Event Notification Report for August 9, 2013

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


49229 49249 49252

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49229
Rep Org: VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Licensee: VA SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Region: 4
City: NORTH LAS VEGAS State: NV
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID BURKETT
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 07/31/2013
Notification Time: 16:03 [ET]
Event Date: 07/31/2013
Event Time: 08:15 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3DO)
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

PACKAGE RECEIVED EXCEEDING EXTERNAL RADIATION LIMITS

"Per 10 CFR 20.1906(d)(2), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) reported receipt of a package of radioactive material with external radiation levels exceeding NRC reporting limits (as referenced in 10 CFR 71.47).

"The package was received today (July 31, 2013) around 0815 PDT by the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, North Las Vegas, Nevada. This medical center holds permit number 27-00593-01 under the VHA master materials license.

"The package was surveyed by the VA facility nuclear medicine technologist with a pressurized ionization chamber. Readings were 160 mR/hr on the top surface of the shipping container and 32 mR/hr at 1 meter away from the top of the container (i.e., Transport Index = 32, which exceeded the NRC reporting limit of 10). Removable radioactivity tests of the external package surfaces were within regulatory limits.

"The shipping container lacked proper shielding on the top and bottom. The package contained 2 lead pigs each containing F-18 (half-life 110 minutes). One source was assayed at 0929 PDT on 7/31/2013 at 350 mCi. The other source was calibrated for 12 mCi at 1100 PDT.

"The VA facility Nuclear Medicine Technologist immediately notified, by telephone, Cardinal Health in Las Vegas, NV, who was the package shipper and final delivery carrier, regarding the high readings from the package. The vendor contact person acknowledged that the incorrect shipping box was used and the source should have been shipped later in the day.

"As corrective actions, the VA facility technologist isolated the package in the VA medical center hot lab, and additional lead shielding was placed on the top of the package.

"VHA has also notified NRC Region III (Null) by telephone of this event."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49249
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: MARIA POWERS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/08/2013
Notification Time: 03:15 [ET]
Event Date: 08/08/2013
Event Time: 03:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/08/2013
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2DO)
SCOTT MORRIS (IRD)
VICTOR McCREE (R2 R)
JENNIFER UHLE (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 92 Power Operation

Event Text

ALERT DECLARED DUE TO A SWITCHGEAR EXPLOSION THAT SUPPLIES SAFE SHUTDOWN EQUIPMENT

The licensee reported that there was an explosion in a non-safety related electrical bus (Bus 1E2). The bus is designated as a safe shut down bus. The licensee has classified this event as an Alert based on an EAL entry condition of "an explosion of sufficient force to damage permanent structures or equipment within the Protected Area." The licensee is still investigating what loads come off this bus but no safety-related loads have been identified at this time. The plant is currently stable at 92% power. Power was reduced due to the loss of moisture separator reheaters on the secondary side as a result of this event. There is no ongoing fire as a result of the bus explosion. No personnel were injured. No damage to other equipment has been identified at this time.

The licensee has notified state and local authorities and the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified DHS SWO, DOE, FEMA, HHS, DHS NICC, USDA, EPA, FDA and NuclearSSA via email. NRC PAO (Brenner) notified.

* * * UPDATE AT 0404 EDT ON 8/8/13 FROM TYLER HALYE TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Auxiliary bus 1E2 (safe shutdown equipment bus) is de-energized due to the explosion. The Alert was declared due to the explosion affecting safe shutdown equipment." The licensee also noted that the event was initially classified as an Unusual Event at 0234 EDT and then upgraded to an Alert classification at 0305 EDT when the bus was determined to supply safe shutdown equipment.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 0453 EDT ON 8/8/13 FROM TYLER HALYE TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

No offsite assistance was requested during this event. The licensee verified that there was no fire. It was noted that the licensee is in Technical Specification Action Statement 3.8.1.1 for the "B" Emergency Diesel Generator being out of service. The EDG is out of service due to loss of power to the "C" and "D" air compressors. The licensee was uncertain if the loss of these air compressors was related to the event.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R2DO (Shaeffer) and NRR EO (Hiland) notified.

* * * UPDATE AT 0546 EDT ON 8/8/13 FROM SHANNON JONES TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The licensee terminated the Alert declaration at 0533 EDT based upon no fire at Bus 1E2 and verification that Bus 1E2 is de-energized and disconnected from all electrical systems. The licensee remains at 92% power. The only noted safety related equipment that was impacted is the "1B" Emergency Diesel Generator which has been declared inoperable due to loss of power to associated air compressors "1C-SB" and "1D-SB."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

R2DO (Shaeffer), NRR EO (Hiland) and IRD MOC (Morris) notified. Notified DHS SWO, DOE, FEMA, HHS, DHS NICC, USDA, EPA, FDA and NuclearSSA via email. NRC PAO (Brenner) notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49252
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM HARDIN
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 08/08/2013
Notification Time: 19:52 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2013
Event Time: 14:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)

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

AN OFF-DUTY LICENSED OPERATOR WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A off-duty licensed operator was arrested while driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. This was determined to violate the Waterford Fitness for Duty program. The individual has been administratively removed from performing licensed duties pending investigation.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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