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Event Notification Report for February 6, 2014

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49301 49772 49775 49794 49795 49796

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Part 21 Event Number: 49301
Rep Org: MIRION TECHNOLOGIES CONAX NUCLEAR
Licensee: MIRION TECHNOLOGIES CONAX NUCLEAR
Region: 1
City: BUFFALO State: NY
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN MacDONALD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/23/2013
Notification Time: 12:54 [ET]
Event Date: 08/23/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
WAYNE SCHMIDT (R1DO)
ROBERT HAAG (R2DO)
LAURA KOZAK (R3DO)
PART 21 GROUP (NRR)

Event Text

PART-21 NOTIFICATION - UNQUALIFIED MATERIAL USED IN ELECTRICAL PENETRATION ASSEMBLIES

The following information was received via fax:

"Material supplied to MTCN [Mirion Technologies (Conax Nuclear)] by approved sub-suppliers audited to NCA-3800 by MTCN was considered to be ASME [American Society of Mechanical Engineers] qualified source material for Section II and Section III requirements. During triennial survey of MTCN by the ASME for renewal of our N Type Certificates of Authorization, it was identified by the ASME survey team that material supplied by two (2) MTCN approved sub-suppliers should be considered unqualified source material. At that time, MTCN's Quality Program did not include the use of unqualified source material.

"Testing of the coupons for materials used with the basic components supplied to the operating plants is expected to be completed within the next 30 days."

The potentially defective components are electrical penetration headerplates, mounting weldment rings and weld neck flanges for mounting the electrical penetration assemblies.

The affected facilities are: Oconee, Ginna, Crystal River, Point Beach, Monticello, Cook, and Turkey Point.

Point of contact: John MacDonald 716-681-1973

* * * UPDATE FROM JOHN MACDONALD TO HOWIE CROUCH ON 9/23/13 AT 1747 EDT * * *

MTCN has determined the material supplied to U.S. plants does not impact the material safety or performance of the EPAs (Electrical Penetration Assemblies) delivered. Chemical and mechanical re-verification test results to date indicate there have been no test failures compared to the ASME SA-240 material requirements.

Notified R1DO (Welling), R2DO (Seymour), R3DO (Riemer), and NRR Part 21 Group (email only).

* * * UPDATE FROM JOHN MACDONALD TO HOWIE CROUCH (VIA EMAIL) ON 2/5/14 AT 1627 EDT * * *

MTCN has determined that chemical and mechanical tests indicate that the materials used in the EPAs delivered met ASME requirements and does not impact safety or performance of the delivered devices.

Due to the evaluation results, the vendor submitted this update to provide final closure of this Part 21 issue.

Notified R1DO (Lilliendahl), R2DO (Masters), R3DO (Orlikowski) and the Part 21 group (via email).

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Agreement State Event Number: 49772
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: MEDI-PHYSICS INC
Region: 1
City: PLAINFIELD State: NJ
County:
License #: 456011
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BILL CSASZAR
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 01/28/2014
Notification Time: 15:09 [ET]
Event Date: 01/28/2014
Event Time: 10:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/28/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EXTERNAL RADIATION LEVELS ON PACKAGE EXCEEDED LIMITS

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

"Event Type:

"External radiation levels on packages containing Type A quantity material received exceeded the limits of 10 CFR 71.47 (200 millirem/h) on the external surface of the package. The maximum reading on one of the packages was 360 millirem/h.

"Event Description:

"A total of 4 packages (Sr-82/Sr-85) were received from Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton, NY.

"As per the licensee's incoming procedures, the TI [Transportation Index], surface and contamination readings were taken. The packages exceeded the regulatory surface limit of 200 mR/hr. No other issues were found on the packages.

"The licensee immediately contacted the Brookhaven Labs and informed them of the surface readings exceeding the regulatory limit of 200 mR/hr. The carrier's Dangerous Goods Division and the NJDEP were also notified. "

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Agreement State Event Number: 49775
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: HTS INC CONSULTANTS
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 02757
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENTRY HEARN
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 01/29/2014
Notification Time: 15:39 [ET]
Event Date: 01/29/2014
Event Time: 12:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)
ILTAB (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the state of Texas via email:

"On January 29, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received notice from the Licensee that a Troxler model 3430 moisture/density gauge had been stolen along with a truck. The serial number is 35379. It was not believed that the gauge was the target of the theft. The truck was stolen from the parking lot while the driver was running an errand. The gauge as manufactured contains an 8 millicurie cesium-137 source and a 40 millicurie americium/beryllium source. An investigation into this event is ongoing. It is unlikely that a member of the public will be exposed to hazardous radiation as the sources are still locked in the shielded position. Additional information will be supplied as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

The local police and the Texas Association of Pawnbrokers were notified.

Texas incident # I 9150


THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49794
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK HAWES
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 02/05/2014
Notification Time: 15:15 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2014
Event Time: 10:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)

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

TONE ALERT SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE

"At 1130 [EST] on February 5, 2014, with the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant (JAF) at 100% reactor power, Oswego County Emergency Management notified JAF that the tone alert radios had been out of service since 1000.

"This impacts the ability to readily notify a portion of the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) population for the Nine Mile Point and JAF nuclear power plants. This failure meets NRC 8-hour reporting criterion 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The county alert sirens, which also function as part of the public prompt notification system, remain operable.

"The loss of the tone alert radios constitutes a significant loss of emergency off-site communications ability. Compensatory measures have been verified to be available should the prompt notification system be needed. This consists of utilizing the hyper reach system which is a reverse 911 feature available from the county 911 center. Local law enforcement personnel are also available for route alerting of the affected areas of the EPZ.

"At 1328 on February 5, 2014, JAF was notified by Oswego County Emergency Management that the tone alert radios had been returned to service at 1325."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the State of New York and local authorities of the outage.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49795
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: DON CRISP
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 02/05/2014
Notification Time: 15:28 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2014
Event Time: 10:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)

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

TONE ALERT SYSTEMS OUT OF SERVICE

"On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 1130 EST, Oswego County notified Nine Mile Point [NMP] of a loss of the tone alert system at approximately 1000. The loss of the tone alert was identified by the National Weather Service - Binghamton forecast office when it was determined that the phone line to the site was out of service. Site Emergency Procedures define a loss of the tone alert system for greater than one hour as a significant loss of emergency communications.

"This impacts the ability to readily notify a portion of the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) population for the NMP and JAF [James A. FitzPatrick] nuclear power plants. This failure meets NRC 8-Hour reporting criteria 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"Compensatory measures were verified to be available should the Prompt Notification System be needed. This consists of utilizing the hyper-reach system, which is a reverse 911 feature available from the county 911 center.

"The county alert sirens, which also function as part of the public prompt notification system, remain operable.

"At 1328 on February 5, 2014, Nine Mile Point was notified by Oswego County that the tone alert system was returned to service, effective as of 1325."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector and the State of New York.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49796
Facility: PALISADES
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: BARB DOTSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 02/05/2014
Notification Time: 16:17 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2014
Event Time: 13:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT ORLIKOWSKI (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

DEGRADED CONDITION DISCOVERED ON PRESSURIZER NOZZLE WELD DURING TESTING

"On February 5, 2014, during planned inspections, an ultrasonic examination performed on weld PCS-6-PRS-1C1-1 (RV-1041) revealed two axial indications in the root area of the weld. The weld containing the indications is the nozzle to safe end dissimilar metal weld on the flange for pressurizer safety valve RV-1041. These two indications do not meet applicable acceptance criteria under ASME, Section XI, IWB-3600, 'Analytical Evaluation of Flaws,' or ASME Section Xl, Table IWB-3410, 'Acceptance Standards,' and will require a repair or replacement activity in order return the weld to an acceptable condition.

"The plant was in cold shutdown at 0% power for a planned refueling outage at the time of discovery. Replacement or repair actions will be completed prior to plant startup from the outage.

"This condition has no impact to the health and safety of the public.

"The licensee notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

"This report is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A), since indications were found that did not meet acceptance criteria referenced in ASME Code, Section XI."

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