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Event Notification Report for June 26, 2014

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Event Reports For
06/25/2014 - 06/26/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49843 50208 50220 50225 50226 50227

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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: 06/25/2014
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

* * * UPDATE FROM KAYLA AVERY TO DANIEL MILLS VIA EMAIL ON 6/25/14 AT 1107 EDT * * *

"On March 7, 2014, Chase Environmental Group arrived at the Saline County Landfill, owned by Republic Services, Inc. that is located in Bauxite, Arkansas. The vacuum cleaner bag was opened and the Radioactive Waste Specialists attempted to analyze the material. However, the Exploranium meter could not identify the radionuclide. The material was packaged and transported by Chase Environmental Group to Teledyne Brown Engineering in Knoxville, Tennessee for sampling and disposal. A report from Chase Environmental Group was received on June 20, 2014, which stated that the material contained Cobalt-56, but the activity could not be determined. The Department [ADH] was also not able to determine where this radioactive material came from or how the material got into the public domain.

"The Arkansas Department of Health considers this incident to be closed."

Notified R4DO (Allen) and FSME Events Resource email.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 50208
Facility: NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU CONVERSION & SCRAP RECOVERY
                   NAVAL REACTOR FUEL CYCLE
                   LEU SCRAP RECOVERY
Region: 2
City: ERWIN State: TN
County: UNICOI
License #: SNM-124
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000143
NRC Notified By: RANDY SHACKELFORD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/18/2014
Notification Time: 09:58 [ET]
Event Date: 06/17/2014
Event Time: 19:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/18/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (a)(4) - ALL SAFETY ITEMS UNAVAILABLE
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2DO)
TIM MCCARTIN (NMSS)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
FUELS GROUP (OUO) (EMAI)

Event Text

ITEMS RELIED ON FOR SAFETY (IROFS) BYPASSED

"At approximately 1900 hours (EDT) on June 17, 2014, an employee was observed improperly operating two (2) spring return valves identified as Items Relied On For Safety (IROFS) and Safety Related Equipment (SRE). The spring return valves were observed to be 'propped' open. These spring return valves were intended to be manually operated to prevent [a chemical solution] from overfilling a column, spilling to the floor, and causing an acute chemical exposure. No actual overflow occurred. Although the operator was observing and monitoring the filling of the column, the operation of the spring return valves was improper. Operations in the area have been placed in a safe condition and an investigation is underway. This condition was determined to be reportable at 0910 (Eastern Time) on June 18, 2014.

"There were no actual or potential safety consequences to the public or the environment. There were no actual safety consequences to the workers. The potential safety consequences to the workers include exposure to [a hazardous chemical] solution.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and NRC Region 2."

NFS Event (PIRCS) No. - P44298

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50220
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: JOHN DEVENNEY
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 06/23/2014
Notification Time: 09:20 [ET]
Event Date: 06/23/2014
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/25/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRICE BICKETT (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

LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A planned maintenance evolution at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station has removed the dedicated phone line between Emergency Response Facilities and the NARS [Nuclear Accident Reporting System] line from service and will be rendered non-functional during the course of the work activities. Expected out of service time is approximately 82 hours from 0900 [EDT] 6/23/14 to 1900 [EDT] 6/26/14.

"If an emergency is declared requiring the use of emergency communication phone circuits a proceduralized alternative method will be used.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) for planned maintenance that impacts the emergency communications capability. An update will be provided when the dedicated phone line between Emergency Response Facilities and the NARS line has been restored to normal operation."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY JOHN DEVENNEY TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1738 EDT ON 06/25/2014 * * *

"At 1700 EDT on 6/25/14 planned maintenance is complete and the dedicated phone line between Emergency Response Facilities and the NARS line has been restored to normal operation."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (Bickett)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50225
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: JEREMY TANNER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 06/24/2014
Notification Time: 15:06 [ET]
Event Date: 06/25/2014
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/25/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 88 Power Operation 88 Power Operation

Event Text

VARIOUS TELECOMMUNICATION LINES AND ERDS OUTAGE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"Planned preventive maintenance will render parts of telephone system and Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) nonfunctional. As a result, this represents a loss of emergency communications capability and is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). The maintenance is scheduled to begin on 6/25/2014 at 00:00 [CDT], and is expected to last approximately 5 hours. During this maintenance window, various communication connections will be intermittently interrupted for short periods of time. Affected communication connections include some local telephone company lines, Federal Telephone System, ERDS, the Monticello's NRC office, and automatic ring down lines to the state of Minnesota's Emergency Operations Center.

"During the planned maintenance window, communications to offsite will be available via radios, cell phones, and satellite communications. This ensures that the plant can adequately communicate with the NRC, state, and local agencies to ensure protection of the health and safety of the general public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of the planned telecommunications maintenance."

Licensee also notified the Minnesota State Duty Officer and the Wright and Sherburne County Sheriff dispatchers.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY DAMON HESSIG TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1823 EDT ON 06/25/2014 * * *

"At 0500 [CDT] on 6/25/2014, planned maintenance on the Monticello telecommunications system was completed. At 1630 [CDT] on 6/25/2014, testing of all telecommunications was completed. All systems are functioning properly.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified that the telecommunications system is functional. The Minnesota State Duty Officer and the Wright and Sherburne County Sheriff dispatchers have been notified that the telecommunications system is functional."

Notified R3DO (Lara).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50226
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-AP1000,[4] W-AP1000
NRC Notified By: MICHEAL YOX
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 06/25/2014
Notification Time: 11:48 [ET]
Event Date: 06/24/2014
Event Time: 20:32 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/25/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
DANIEL RICH (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Under Construction 0 Under Construction
4 N N 0 Under Construction 0 Under Construction

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - CONFIRMED POSITIVE FOR A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

A non-licensed contract employee had a confirmed positive for a controlled substance during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's plant access has been terminated.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50227
Facility: BRAIDWOOD
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOE CONQUEST
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 06/25/2014
Notification Time: 22:59 [ET]
Event Date: 06/25/2014
Event Time: 15:55 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/25/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (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

POTENTIAL LOSS OF ULTIMATE HEAT SINK CAPACITY DUE TO LOW LEVEL

"At approximately 1555 CDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, during a review of several station abnormal operating procedures for actions related to low ultimate heat sink (UHS) level, it was discovered that the procedures do not incorporate design assumptions for shutting down the non-essential service water (WS) pumps following a loss of cooling lake dike. The pumps that take suction from the UHS include the WS, circulating water (CW) and fire protection (FP) pumps. Based on current procedural guidance, the only pumps that are secured due to a low ultimate heat sink level are the circulating water (CW) pumps based on low net positive suction (NPSH)

"Failing to secure the non-essential pumps on a loss of cooling lake dike failure significantly reduces the 30 day design basis UHS volume to approximately 4 days.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) for 'any event or condition that results in the nuclear power plant being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety.'

"Immediate actions taken included issuance of an operations standing order providing direction to secure non-essential pumps on the failure of the cooling lake dike. Proposed corrective actions include procedure revisions.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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