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Event Notification Report for April 4, 2014

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Event Reports For
04/03/2014 - 04/04/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49878 49961 49964 49965 49991 49992 49993 49994 49995

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 49878
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
                   LEU FABRICATION
                   LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: PHILLIP OLLIS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 03/06/2014
Notification Time: 11:22 [ET]
Event Date: 03/06/2014
Event Time: 10:26 [EST]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (a)(5) - ONLY ONE SAFETY ITEM AVAILABLE
Person (Organization):
STEVE ROSE (R2DO)
ROBERT JOHNSON (NMSS)

Event Text

FEED TUBE LEVEL SENSOR FAILED AS AN ITEM RELIED ON FOR SAFETY

"Feed tube level sensor was found to be in a state such that it has failed as an IROFS [Item Relied On For Safety] for a fire accident sequence leading to the loss of a criticality control. Another IROFS is in place and the accident sequence continues to meet performance requirements. Less than a safe mass was always maintained. This event is being reported because only one item relied on for safety, as documented in the Integrated Safety Analysis summary, remains available and reliable to prevent a nuclear criticality accident, and has been in this state for greater than eight hours.

"Portion of the plant affected: FMO [Fuel Manufacturing Operation] Press."

The licensee notified the North Carolina State Radiation Protection Branch, New Hanover County Emergency Management, and NRC Region II.

* * * UPDATE ON 4/3/14 AT 1457 EDT FROM SCOTT MURRAY TO DONG PARK * * *

"On 3/6/14, GNF-A [Global Nuclear Fuels - America] conservatively made a 1 hour event notification (EN 49878) due to a discovery that a feed tube level sensor had failed. After further review, it has been determined that a second control remained available, reliable, and the remaining IROFS was sufficient to meet performance requirements. As a result, the event notification is retracted."

Notified R2DO (Vias) and NMSS EO (Lombard).

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Agreement State Event Number: 49961
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS
Region: 4
City: BROUSSARD State: LA
County:
License #: LA-6025-L01A,
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/26/2014
Notification Time: 11:06 [ET]
Event Date: 03/14/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/26/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

LOUISIANA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO ABANDONED WELL LOGGING SOURCES

The following information was obtained from the State of Louisiana via facsimile:

"Event Location: The source became stuck down hole at Deer Island CL&F 005, Terrebonne Parish, LA

"Event type: Two sources were in a device used to log down hole wells. The two sources became lodged down hole and Baker Hughes, after 'fishing', decided to cap the location and go around the sources. Cement and a whip-stock were used as deflection devices.

"Notifications: LDEQ [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality] was notified of the lodged sources on March 17, 2014 @ 15:00 hrs. [CDT]. At that time, Baker Hughes requested to plug the lodged location and place a deflection device to continue their work. The request was granted.

"Event description: On March 17, 2014, Baker Hughes contacted LDEQ reporting that two well-logging sources became stuck down hole; a QSA Global 2.5 Ci Cs-137 source, SR# 90652B and a QSA Global 5 Ci Am/Be neutron source, SR# 77860B. A request to continue work was granted after a cement plug and a whip stock deflection device was placed at the location of the lodged sources. This incident was reported and will be abandoned and maintained by the requirements of LAC 33:XV.2051 and 2099 Appendix B.

"The Department [LDEQ] considers this event closed."

Louisiana Event Report ID No.: LA-140003

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Agreement State Event Number: 49964
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: UNKNOWN State: FL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PAUL NORMAN
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 03/27/2014
Notification Time: 10:16 [ET]
Event Date: 03/26/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - Y-90 SIR-SPHERES TREATMENT DOSE LESS THAN PRESCRIBED

The following was received from the State of Florida via email:

"Y-90 Sir-Sphere injection delivered 62% of prescribed dose. Licensee or Owner is currently unknown. Radiation Services, Inc. (RSI) is a Medical Physics Consulting firm. This event was reported to RSI by a client as a request for consult. RSI did not perform the procedure. No other information is know at this time."

Florida Incident Number: FL14-026

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Agreement State Event Number: 49965
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC, LLC, CROSSETT PAPER OPERATIONS, DP33
Region: 4
City: CROSSETT State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0321-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANGIE D. HILL
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/27/2014
Notification Time: 17:37 [ET]
Event Date: 03/27/2014
Event Time: 14:20 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/31/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME_EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER ON FIXED GAUGE

The following information was received from the State of Arkansas via email:

"The licensee notified the Arkansas Department of Health via postal mail on Thursday, 03/27/2014 at 1420 hours, of the stuck shutter event. The State's event number is ARK-2014-003.

"The Omhart source holder model number is HM-8 and the source contains 0.523 Curies of Cs-137. The problem was discovered during shutter checks and inventory. The licensee states that the gauge operations remain to be 24/7. The licensee stated that the area has been roped off and has proper posting. The licensee stated that they have notified applicable facility personnel of the radiological hazard and that there have been no known radiation exposures to personnel and/or members of the public.

"The shutter will be fixed by Omhart (date unknown at this time), whom will also diagnose the root cause of this event. The State of Arkansas is awaiting a 30 day written report post repairs."

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY ANGIE HILL TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1412 EDT ON 03/31/2014 * * *

The State of Arkansas reported that the original discovery date of the stuck shutter was September 16, 2013. The manufacturer, Omhart, will be on site from May 5-9, 2014 to repair the shutter and perform a root cause evaluation.


Notified R4DO (Gepford) and FSME Resources via email

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49991
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: WESLEY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 04/03/2014
Notification Time: 02:44 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2014
Event Time: 01:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2DO)

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

Event Text

REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM SAFETY INJECTION LINE ULTRASONIC TEST INDICATION

"On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, while performing planned inspections of Reactor Coolant System piping welds, two flaw indications were identified on a 1.5 inch Safety Injection Line connection to the Reactor Coolant System piping. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after confirmatory inspections and evaluation, one of the two flaw indications was determined to not meet the acceptance criteria specified in ASME Code Section XI. As such, this indication is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii) as a degraded condition. A repair plan is being developed. There is no impact on current Unit 2 refueling operations. This condition and repair have no impact to the health and safety of the public or employees.

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

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Research Reactor Event Number: 49992
Facility: UNIV OF TEXAS
RX Type: 1100 KW TRIGA MARK II
Comments:
Region: 4
City: AUSTIN State: TX
County: TRAVIS
License #: R-129
Agreement: Y
Docket: 05000602
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL KRAUSE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 04/03/2014
Notification Time: 09:37 [ET]
Event Date: 04/02/2014
Event Time: 11:25 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
NON-POWER REACTOR EVENT
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
GREG SCHOENEBECK (NPR)
ALEXANDER ADAMS (NPR)

Event Text

CONSOLE KEY LEFT UNATTENDED

After performing routine maintenance and surveillance procedures, the reactor operator left the reactor control room for a rest break. During this break the reactor operator left the console key inserted and unattended in the console. Another operator came by and noticed that the key was in the console without the other reactor operator in the control room. The second reactor operator notified the reactor manager. The reactor manager immediately removed the key from the console. The reactor manager then suspended the first reactor operator's operating rights until corrective actions have been determined and implemented.

During the time the key was unattended, all control elements were fully inserted. Based upon video review, the length of time the key was unattended was 14 minutes.

The relevant Technical Specification to this situation is 6.1.3 (Staffing): the minimum staffing when the reactor is operating shall be one licensed reactor operator in the control room.

The licensee notified NRC NPR (Adams and Bassett).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49993
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CRAIG OLIVER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 04/03/2014
Notification Time: 11:43 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2014
Event Time: 10:06 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO OIL SPILL ON SITE

"At 0730 EDT on April 3, 2014, it was determined that approximately 40 gallons of turbine lube oil (MOBIL DTE 732) had been released to the ground from the Unit 1 Turbine Building . The release occurred during the process of depressurizing the Unit 1 main generator. The source of the leak was identified and secured. The area of the oil spill has been contained, [and] no oil reached storm sewers or surrounding waters.

"Notification of the lube oil spill was made to the Underground Storage Tank Section of the North Carolina Division of Waste Management at 1006 hours EDT on April 3, 2014. This report is made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) as an event related to protection of the environment for which notification to another government agency has been made.

"This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public.

"The safety significance of this event is minimal. There was no adverse impact to public health and safety. The area of the oil spill has been contained, no oil reached storm sewers or surrounding waters. Efforts are in progress to excavate the soil containing the lube oil.

"The source of the lube oil leak was identified and secured. Efforts are in progress to excavate the soil containing the lube oil."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49994
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: RICHARD HONEYCUTT
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 04/03/2014
Notification Time: 13:54 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2014
Event Time: 09:06 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2DO)

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

EMERGENCY SIRENS DECLARED NONFUNCTIONAL

"At approximately 0906 EDT, the Harris Nuclear Plant (HNP) offsite emergency sirens were identified to be nonfunctional. Troubleshooting was initiated and the offsite emergency sirens were restored and verified to be functional at 1127 EDT. This event requires an 8-hour non-emergency notification per 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of a significant portion of the offsite notification system. In the event that the sirens would have been needed, the State of North Carolina and all four counties within the 10-mile emergency planning zone would have implemented mobile route alerting, as detailed in the Emergency Plan.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was informed. There was no impact to public health and safety."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49995
Facility: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR
Region: 4 State: AR
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: ROBERT W. CLARK
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 04/03/2014
Notification Time: 17:08 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2014
Event Time: 13:01 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
TIM McGINTY (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP

"At approximately 1301 [CDT] on 4/3/2014, Unit 2 tripped from 100% power for unknown reason(s). All Control Element Assemblies [CEA] inserted into the core. (Note that CEA 03 Plant Monitoring System indication still indicates fully withdrawn. However, CEA 03 in-limit light and control panel indication validate that CEA 03 is fully inserted.) 4160v bus 2A1 and 6900v bus 2H1 transferred to Startup Transformer #2. 4160v bus 2A2 appeared to de-energize and re-energize on Startup Transformer #3. 6900v bus 2H2 is de-energized. 2K4B emergency diesel generator started but did not tie onto the 2A4 4160v bus. Emergency Feedwater actuated on low steam generator level."

Offsite power remains available and decay heat is being removed to the main condensers using the turbine bypass valves. Unit 1 was not affected.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the State.

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