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Event Notification Report for December 4, 2013

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Event Reports For
12/03/2013 - 12/04/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49577 49578 49599 49601 49603 49604 49605

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Agreement State Event Number: 49577
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: NORFOLK DREDGING
Region: 1
City: FIRE ISLAND State: NY
County:
License #: GL-1290
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 11/25/2013
Notification Time: 13:53 [ET]
Event Date: 11/25/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/25/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEMBER OF PUBLIC EXPOSURE EXCEEDING LIMITS

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via email:

"An individual (non-radiation worker) performing a pipe inspection on a Norfolk Dredging barge received a dose from a Vega America Model SR-2 fixed gauge source while crawling through the pipe. Initial dose estimates to the individual are that he received 146 mrem. Norfolk Dredging sent an e-mail to the Virginia Radioactive Materials Program on Saturday the 23rd and discussions were held on Monday the 25th. Norfolk Dredging is working on an event report to submit, and the RMP will perform an investigation with the licensee. Virginia is providing the event report as the barge is home based in Virginia and is registered as a General License. The barge was operating at a temporary jobsite in New York. The New York State Program and NRC Region 1 was notified of the event."

Virginia Report Number: VA-13-10

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Agreement State Event Number: 49578
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP INC
Region: 4
City: LA PORTE State: TX
County:
License #: 06369
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 11/25/2013
Notification Time: 14:48 [ET]
Event Date: 11/22/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/25/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY TRUCK INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT

"On November 22, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received information from the Odessa, Texas, Emergency Management that an accident involving an industrial radiography truck carrying two radiography cameras had occurred near Andrews, Texas. The Agency contacted the licensee and they reported that the driver had hit a patch of ice on the road, lost control, and the truck turned over. Both of the cameras remained secured inside the transportation box in the truck's darkroom. Another of the licensee's radiographers was following the truck and maintained control of the cameras until the licensee's staff came from Midland to pick them up. There were no exposures to any individual as a result of this event.

"On November 25, 2013, an Agency investigator learned from the licensee that the driver had been taken by ambulance to a local hospital's emergency department following the accident. The driver was examined and released after approximately 5 hours. More information will be provided as it obtained in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident Number: I-9138

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49599
Facility: BYRON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: LEO WREDE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/02/2013
Notification Time: 22:01 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2013
Event Time: 22:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/04/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ERIC DUNCAN (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER (TSC) NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"On December 2, 2013, activities are scheduled that will render the Technical Support Center (TSC) non-functional by removing the normal and emergency ventilation system from service. These activities are being performed in support of planned preventive maintenance. In preparation for these normal and emergency ventilation system outages, the TSC emergency responders were notified that if an emergency occurred during this outage the Emergency Coordinator and the TSC staff involved with classification, notification and PARS should report to the Work Execution Center. All other TSC personnel should report to the Operational Support Center. The duration of this TSC outage is expected to be less than 36 hours. The NRC Operations Center will be provided an update to this notification when the TSC normal and emergency ventilation is restored. This 8 hour notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE ON 12/4/13 AT 0440 FROM BRIAN LEWIN TO DONG PARK * * *

The TSC is fully functional.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO (Riemer).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49601
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DAVID KELSEY
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/03/2013
Notification Time: 04:05 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2013
Event Time: 23:24 [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/03/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N Y 78 Power Operation 48 Power Operation

Event Text

TECH SPEC REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO DROPPED CONTROL ELEMENT ASSEMBLY

"The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10 CFR 50.73.

"All times described are approximate Mountain Standard Time.

"At 2324 on December 2, 2013, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) Unit 3 commenced a reactor shutdown required by Technical Specification (TS) 3.1.5, Control Element Assembly (CEA) Alignment. TS Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.1.5, requires 'All full strength CEAs shall be OPERABLE, and all full strength and part strength CEAs shall be aligned to within 6.6 inches (indicated position) of all other CEAs in their respective groups.'

"Regulating CEA number 69 dropped to the fully inserted position at 1830 on December 2, 2013, when the circuit breaker for CEA 69 tripped open. The other 88 CEAs in the reactor were unaffected and remained fully withdrawn. Unit 3 entered LCO 3.1.5 Condition A for one misaligned CEA and reduced power to 78% within one hour in accordance with Required Action A.1.

"The CEA was unable to be restored to its required position within two hours in accordance with Required Action A.2 to restore CEA alignment.

"At 2030, Unit 3 entered Condition C of LCO 3.1.5 because of the inability to restore CEA alignment. Condition C requires the unit to be in Mode 3 in 6 hours.

"At 0033 on December 3, 2013 the Power Switch Assembly was replaced and tested satisfactorily. The shutdown was terminated at this time while at approximately 48% power. At 0039, Unit 3 began to withdraw CEA 69. CEA 69 was realigned with its group at 0143 and LCO 3.1.5 conditions A and C were exited.

"The event did not result in the unplanned release of radioactivity to the environment and did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant or health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49603
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: GREG KNUDSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/03/2013
Notification Time: 12:30 [ET]
Event Date: 12/03/2013
Event Time: 08:22 [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/03/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)

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

REACTOR BUILDING STACK RADIATION MONITOR NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

"During scheduled maintenance, at approximately 0822 PDT on December 3, 2013 the Reactor Building Stack Radiation Monitor - Intermediate Range detector was declared non-functional due to scheduled maintenance on supporting equipment.

"To compensate for the loss of assessment capability due to the non-functioning radiation monitoring equipment, an additional Health Physics (HP) Technician trained to acquire offsite dose assessment information on offsite releases is available. The additional personnel are pre-staged in support of the radiation monitoring system outage and will be mobilized in accordance with guidance in the compensatory measure instructions.

"This event is being reported as a loss of emergency assessment capability in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). A follow up notification will be made when the equipment has been returned to service.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The planned outage is scheduled for approximately 90 hours.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49604
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ED SEACOR
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/03/2013
Notification Time: 15:53 [ET]
Event Date: 12/03/2013
Event Time: 10:22 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/03/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)

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

STACK RADIATION MONITOR NON-FUNCTIONAL FOR PRE-PLANNED MAINTENANCE

The Millstone Station Stack Radiation Monitor, RM-8169, was removed from service at 1022 EST for pre-planned maintenance. At 1304 EST, the monitor was returned to service.

The licensee informed the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Waterford Dispatch and NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49605
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: PAUL GALLANT
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/03/2013
Notification Time: 20:04 [ET]
Event Date: 12/03/2013
Event Time: 13:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/03/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 82 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY- EP CONFERENCING LINES UNAVAILABLE

"At approximately 1330 [EST] on Tuesday, December 03, 2013, while performing a table top drill, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) discovered that EP [Emergency Preparedness] bridge conferencing lines were unavailable. The conference lines affected included the mitigation line, plant data phone, radiation data phone, emergency conferencing line, and the back up conference bridge line. Reviews to determine the cause of the event and efforts to restore the system are ongoing.

"The licensee has determined the Emergency Plan to be functional based on other communication methods that are available between onsite and offsite facilities. These include direct telephone lines, portable handheld radios, satellite phones and cell phones. Immediate actions to establish compensatory conferencing lines have been completed. On-going actions are in-progress to ensure procedure instruction is provided at each facility to enable use of the compensatory conference lines.

"At the time of this report, the plant is currently operating at 82% power due to a planned power maneuver unrelated to the reported communication event.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector [and will notify the Commonwealth of Massachusetts].

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of emergency response communication capability."

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013