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Event Notification Report for February 28, 2014

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Event Reports For
02/27/2014 - 02/28/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49678 49843 49850 49859 49860 49861

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 49678
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL SOCHA
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/29/2013
Notification Time: 15:25 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2013
Event Time: 07:44 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (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

SWITCHGEAR ROOM DOOR DISCOVERED UNLATCHED

"A condition was discovered on December 29, 2013 that could have prevented the fulfillment of safety functions to shutdown the reactor and maintain it in a safe shutdown condition and mitigate the consequences of an accident.

"On December 29, 2013, a water tight door between the East Switchgear and Service Building was discovered not dogged (unlatched). Upon discovery, the safety function was immediately restored by properly dogging (latching) the subject door.

"The subject door between the East Switchgear and Service Building protects both trains' of safety related switchgears. The access Key Log indicates the door was in the condition for approximately 60 minutes. If the door is inoperable, then T.S. 3.0.3 applies.

"This condition is being reported pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) and 10CFR50.72(b)(3))(v)(D).

"The NRC Resident lnspector has been notified [by the licensee]."

The licensee has notified state and local authorities.

The door is required to be properly secured to protect the East Switchgear from a potential High Energy Line Break and was left improperly dogged by a security officer while making rounds. Millstone Unit 3 did not enter T.S.3.0.3 and continues to operate at 100%.

* * * RETRACTION FROM GARY CLOSIUS TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1402 EST ON 2/27/14 * * *

"Upon further review the fact that the switchgear room door was closed but not latched did not render the switchgear within the room inoperable, and therefore, there was no loss of safety function. The engineering evaluation determined the switchgear would have been protected for high energy line break, flooding, and tornado pressure drop events. Additionally, the carbon dioxide fire suppression capability would have also been maintained. The details of the engineering review will be provided to the NRC Senior Resident Inspector. "

Notified R1DO (DeFrancisco).

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Agreement State Event Number: 49843
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: BAUXITE State: AR
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TAMMY KRIESEL
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 02/19/2014
Notification Time: 17:41 [ET]
Event Date: 02/07/2014
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/19/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DON ALLEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNKNOWN RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL DISCOVERED IN GARBAGE TRUCK AT LANDFILL

The following is a summary of information provided via email from the State of Arkansas:

On February 7, 2014, the Environmental Manager of Republic Services, Inc. contacted the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to inform the State that a gate radiation monitor at a landfill near Bauxite, AR had alarmed for an incoming garbage truck. ADH sent three health physicists to inspect the truck. Initial surveys indicated the highest reading on contact on the bottom of the truck of 3.7 mR/hr. ADH was unable to identify the specific isotope. The truck was isolated and ADH returned on February 10, 2014 to survey and evaluate the material on the truck. ADH observed removal of the trash from the truck and identified a vacuum cleaner bag inside a bag of trash that contained the radioactive material. The vacuum cleaner bag was removed and placed in a five gallon plastic bucket which was posted and securely stored in a storage room at the landfill. The survey readings on the side of the bucket were 20 mR/hr.

ADH returned on February 12, 2014 to survey the vacuum cleaner bag and evaluate for radioactive decay. The plastic bucket continued to read 20 mR/hr on contact. Further radiation surveys showed highest reading on contact with the plastic bucket were 42 mR/hr and 200 mR/hr localized near the bottom of the vacuum cleaner bag. ADH notified Republic Services, Inc. of the necessity to hire a consultant for identification and disposal of the radioactive material. ADH plans to be present when the consultant is onsite.

Arkansas Report Number: AR-2014-002

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 49850
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: GEORGE VOISHNIS
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 02/22/2014
Notification Time: 19:32 [ET]
Event Date: 02/22/2014
Event Time: 16:37 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION CONCERNING A SMALL HYDRAULIC FLUID SPILL

"[The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection] and Ocean County Health [Department were] notified of a spill of approximately 1 cup of hydraulic fluid (oil) that leaked from a vehicle and entered a storm drain at approximately 1615 [EST]."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION FROM JEREMY SHARKEY TO CHARLES TEAL AT 1954 EST ON 2/27/14 * * *

"Upon subsequent review of the Material Safety Data Sheet associated with the fluid that leaked from the vehicle, it was determined that the fluid was not a hazardous substance as defined by the State of New Jersey (Appendix A of N.J.A.C. 7:1E). Additionally, it was determined that the fluid did not reach surface water. Based on this information, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) was notified that the fluid that leaked from the vehicle did not reach surface water and was not a hazardous substance. The NJDEP notification was updated for the record.

"For the above reasons, the 4 hour non-emergency ENS notification made under EN # 49850 is hereby retracted"

The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

Notified R1DO (DeFrancisco).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49859
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: CARL CRAWFORD
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 02/27/2014
Notification Time: 03:37 [ET]
Event Date: 02/27/2014
Event Time: 03:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (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

HIGH PRESSURE CORE SPRAY (HPCS) SYSTEM DECLARED INOPERABLE

"On February 24th at 0400 [EST], the Division 3 diesel (HPCS diesel) was declared inoperable for planned maintenance. Technical Specification (TS) 3.8.1 condition B was entered with a required action to restore the diesel to operable status within 72 hours. Shortly after starting the diesel for post maintenance testing, operations observed erratic voltage regulator operation. The diesel was secured at 1621 on 2/24/14 before completing the required post maintenance operability test and troubleshooting is ongoing.

"At 0330 on 2/27/14, the High Pressure Core Spray System (HPCS) was declared inoperable and TS 3.5.1 condition B was entered. With the HPCS system declared inoperable, TS 3.8.1 condition B was exited in accordance with the following note modifying TS 3.8.1: 'Division 3 AC electrical power sources are not required to be OPERABLE when High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) System is inoperable.'

"The HPCS system is a single train system that is discussed in Chapters 6 and 15 of the Final Safety Analysis Report. The unplanned inoperability of the HPCS system is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as, 'Any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to: (D) Mitigate the consequences of an accident.'

"The condition has been entered into the NMP corrective action program as CR-2014-001623.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM RODGER ORZELL TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1210 EST ON 2/27/14 * * *

The NMP Unit 2 Division 3 diesel testing was completed satisfactorily. The licensee declared the Division 3 diesel and HPCS systems operable at 1013 EST on 2/27/14 and exited TS 3.8.1 and 3.5.1.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R1DO (DeFrancisco).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49860
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JASON ASHBURN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/27/2014
Notification Time: 09:06 [ET]
Event Date: 02/27/2014
Event Time: 08:09 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 74 Power Operation

Event Text

PLANT SHUTDOWN REQUIRED BY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

"SYSTEM AFFECTED: Battery 201B inoperable at 1040 EST on 2/26/14

"ACTUATIONS & THEIR INITIATION SIGNALS: None

"CAUSES (IF KNOWN): Low cell voltage on cell 27

"EFFECT OF EVENT ON PLANT: Inoperable DC Bus

"ACTIONS TAKEN OR PLANNED: Commence shutdown and cooldown to Mode 5

"ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: None"

Plant shutdown was initiated by failure to meet the action statement of Technical Specification (TS) 3.8.2.3; restore cell 27 to operable within 2 hours. The failure to meet the action statement placed the plant in a 36 hr. to cold shutdown time clock. At 0809 on 2/27/14, the licensee commenced down powering the unit to meet the TS requirement. If the cell is not recovered, the licensee expects to achieve cold shutdown by 2300 on 2/27/14. Their 36 hr. clock expires at 0040 on 2/28/14.

The plant is stable with all other safety busses available via onsite and offsite power.

The licensee notified the State of Connecticut, Waterford dispatch and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM THOMAS CLEARY TO CHARLES TEAL AT 1600 EST ON 2/27/14 * * *

"At 1347 [EST] on February 27, 2014, Millstone Power Station Unit 2 exited the shutdown action statement for Technical Specification (TS) 3.8.2.3 'D.C. Distribution-Operating'. The 125-volt DC bus train has been restored to operable status. Operators had reduced plant power to approximately 16%. The plant is increasing power and is presently at approximately 27% power.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified R1DO (DeFrancisco).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49861
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES HOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 02/27/2014
Notification Time: 18:56 [ET]
Event Date: 02/27/2014
Event Time: 12:22 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL RICH (R2DO)

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

Event Text

DEGRADATION OF THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM

"At approximately 1222 EST on February 27, 2014, the site discovered degradation of the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation air handling unit. Maintenance is in progress. The functionality of the TSC ventilation system is in question.

"The emergency assessment function could have been performed in the Control Room as addressed in emergency response procedures.

"This event is reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii)."

A TSC ventilation fan was vibrating because of a thrown fan blade.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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