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Event Notification Report for April 15, 2014

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04/14/2014 - 04/15/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49909 49999 50000 50003 50032 50034

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 49909
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JOHN PANAGOTOPULOS
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 03/13/2014
Notification Time: 13:43 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2014
Event Time: 06:31 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (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

STANDBY LIQUID CONTROL SYSTEM SAMPLE CONCENTRATION OUTSIDE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION LIMITS

"On March 13, 2014 at 0631 EDT, sample analysis of the Standby Liquid Control (SLC) System tank yielded a sodium pentaborate concentration outside the technical specification [TS] limits, rendering both subsystems inoperable. The sodium pentaborate concentration was found to be 4 parts per million low, at 13.598% by weight, below the required concentration of 13.6% by weight. The Standby Liquid Control System tank concentration was diluted during restoration activities following planned maintenance of the B Standby Liquid Control System pump. This condition could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function required to mitigate the consequences of an accident. Chemical addition to the Standby Liquid Control System tank is in progress to restore the sodium pentaborate concentration to within Technical Specification limits."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the Lower Alloways Creek Township.

* * * RETRACTION FROM KEN BRESLIN TO VINCE KLCO ON 4/14/2014 AT 1329 EDT * * *

"A subsequent review of the analytical data has determined that the SLC tank sample met the Technical Specification requirement for operability (13.6 weight percent) and therefore, there was no reportable condition.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

Notified the R1DO (Burritt).

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Agreement State Event Number: 49999
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: DESERT NDT LLC
Region: 4
City: ABILENE State: TX
County:
License #: 06462
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 04/04/2014
Notification Time: 16:37 [ET]
Event Date: 04/04/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCES (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CAMERA SOURCE DISCONNECT

The following information was received by facsimile from the State of Texas:

"On April 14, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee's Corporate Radiation Safety Officer (CRSO) that one of their radiography crews had experienced source disconnect while using an INC IR 100 exposure device. The device contains a 70 curie iridium - 192 source. The CRSO stated the radiographers had completed a shot and noted the dose rates on the camera had not returned to normal after retracting the source. The radiographers increased the barriers around the exposure device and contacted their supervisor for assistance. The CRSO stated the source had been recovered by an individual listed on their license to retrieve sources. The CRSO stated he did not believe any individual received an exposure which exceeded any limits. The CRSO stated no member of the general public received any exposure. The CRSO stated he had just learned of the event and was beginning his investigation and would provide the Agency with additional information as it was obtained. This Agency will provide additional information as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident: I-9178

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Agreement State Event Number: 50000
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: HI-TECH TESTING SERVICES
Region: 4
City: BEEVILLE State: TX
County:
License #: L05021
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT FREE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 04/04/2014
Notification Time: 18:18 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the State of Texas via email:

"The licensee called to report that a radiography crew had damaged the source guide tube of their QSA 880D industrial radiography camera. The incident occurred at a temporary job site near Beeville, Texas. The crew was working in some elevated pipe racks and had used a rope to suspend the camera. The knot on the rope came loose, dropping the camera to the ground. The camera landed on the source guide tube crimping it and preventing the retraction of the radiography source which was extended into the collimator. A second radiography crew on the site secured their camera and placed it on the collimator to shield the source. The radiographers then called an RSO in Deer Park, Texas and another in Corpus Christi, Texas to get advice and instruction to secure the source. The crew then dragged the camera to a shielded location behind a concrete pillar. Two radiographer trainees were assigned to maintain a perimeter around the camera to prevent access by unmonitored individuals. The radiographers were able to use pliers to un-crimp the source guide tube and return the source to its shielded position."

No radiography personnel received overexposures due to this event.

Texas Incident # I-9177

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Agreement State Event Number: 50003
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: THERMO EGS GAUGING, INC.
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 20-6751
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 04/07/2014
Notification Time: 11:30 [ET]
Event Date: 04/05/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO SR-90 SEALED SOURCES FAILED PRE-SHIPMENT LEAK TEST

The following information was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"On Saturday, 4/5/14, licensee left voice mail notification for this Agency (Massachusetts Radiation Control Program) of the same day determination of two potential leaking or contaminated sealed sources that had been taken out of long-term storage and intended to be shipped for eventual disposal. Notification received by Agency on Monday, 4/7/14. Follow-up contact with licensee by Agency on 4/7/14. The source was returned to storage pending licensee contact with manufacturer. Licensee reported leak lest results are preliminary in nature and were determined by licensee to be above background. There was no evidence of contamination beyond the source itself. Five-day written report from licensee to follow.

"Additional Reference: NMED Item Number TRA

"Manufacturer: Eckert & Ziegler / IPL
"Model #: SIF.D1
"Manufacture date: 3/2004 (0.100 Ci)
"Serial #: MI318 / MC915
"Isotope: Sr-90
"Isotope activity (Ci): 0.078 (4/2014)
"Leak test result (microCi): 0.002 (preliminary) / 0.0007 (preliminary)"

* * * RETRACTION FROM CARPENITO TO KLCO VIA FAX ON 4/14/2014 AT 1515 EDT * * *

"The Licensee's written report was received by the Agency on 4/10/14. The Licensee confirmed that leak test results were unchanged from the earlier report. With this new information, the Agency determined that this is not a reportable event because results were below the reportable level of 0.005 microcuries. The Agency considers this matter to be closed."

Notified the R1DO (Burritt) and FSME Events Resource via email.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50032
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM MUFFLEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 04/13/2014
Notification Time: 23:49 [ET]
Event Date: 04/13/2014
Event Time: 21:13 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/14/2014
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):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)

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

Event Text

REACTOR TRIP DUE TO ACTUATION OF MAIN GENERATOR PROTECTION RELAY

"This 4 and 8 hour notification is being made to report that Salem Unit 1 experienced an unplanned automatic reactor trip and subsequent Auxiliary Feedwater system actuation. The automatic trip was initiated from a generator protection relay. A walkdown of the main generator and all protection circuitry has been completed with no visible problems identified. A troubleshooting team is being assembled to determine the exact cause for the generator protection actuation. 11, 12, and 13 Aux Feedwater Pumps automatically started as expected on low Steam Generator water level following the reactor trip. All control rods inserted on the reactor trip. All ECCS and ESF systems functioned as expected.

"Salem Unit 1 is currently in Mode 3. Reactor Coolant System pressure is at 2235 psig and temperature is 547 degrees F with decay heat removal via the main steam dumps and Auxiliary Feedwater Systems.

"There was no major primary or secondary equipment tagged for maintenance prior to this event. Condenser vacuum and Steam Generator Feed Pumps were available for the duration of the event. No personnel were injured during this event."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the Lower Alloways Creek Township.

Unit 1 is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup. Unit 2 is in a refueling outage and was unaffected by the Unit 1 trip.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50034
Facility: FARLEY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: CHARLES BAREFIELD
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 04/14/2014
Notification Time: 14:48 [ET]
Event Date: 04/14/2014
Event Time: 06:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MALCOLM WIDMANN (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

POST-ACCIDENT HYDROGEN SAMPLE ANALYZERS OUT-OF-SERVICE

"This notification is being made due to a loss of emergency assessment capability in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). At 0600 CDT on 4/14/14, it was determined that the ability to obtain a post-accident hydrogen sample from Unit 1 containment was lost. With both trains of Post-Accident Hydrogen Analyzers (PAHA) out of service, it was discovered that there was reduced sample flow indicated on the backup methodology through a containment sample port (R67). Repair efforts are underway. A follow-up notification will be sent when assessment capability is restored."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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