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Event Notification Report for July 2, 2014

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Event Reports For
07/01/2014 - 07/02/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50196 50204 50218 50233 50242 50246 50247

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Agreement State Event Number: 50196
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County:
License #: R-73008
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUBEN CROSSLIN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 06/12/2014
Notification Time: 15:35 [ET]
Event Date: 06/12/2014
Event Time: 11:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIATION LEVELS ON TRANSPORTATION TRAILER EXCEEDED 200 MR/HR

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

"The Tennessee Division of Radiological Health was notified on June 12, 2014 by a representative of Energy Solutions that an 'exclusive use' truck shipment was received from Philotechnics of Oak Ridge, TN. The truck was identified to have radiation levels on the bottom surface of the truck of approximately 350 mR/hr.

"The State of Tennessee dispatched an inspector to Energy Solutions."

State of Tennessee notified NRC Region 1 (Janda).

TN Report No.: TN-14-120

* * * UPDATE FROM RUBEN CROSSLIN TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1229 EDT ON 7/1/14 * * *

The following update was received from the State of Tennessee via email:

"The suspect package of waste was identified as a one cubic yard 'film box' containing Ge-68 waste generated by Siemens Medical Solutions. The maximum contact radiation measurement was 900 mR/hr on the bottom of the box. The box was classified as LSA 1 [low specific activity], however no markings were on the box identifying it as LSA 1. The State Division of Radiological Health (DRH) issued a letter to Philotechnics (the shipper) detailing items of non-compliance with DRH regulations. This incident is not closed."

Notified R1DO (Noggle) and FSME Events Resource via email.

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Agreement State Event Number: 50204
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ANSUL INC/TYCO FIRE PROTECTION PRODUCTS
Region: 3
City: MARINETTE State: WI
County:
License #: 704087
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KYLE WALTON
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 06/16/2014
Notification Time: 16:40 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK VALOS (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

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

"During an inventory on June 13, 2014, the licensee determined a total of 6 tritium exit signs were not accounted for at the facility. One 20 Ci SRB Technologies sign and five 11.5 Ci Safety Light Corporation signs were missing. Three of the signs are known to have been removed during a previous remodeling and are presumed to have been disposed of with the waste. The three other signs are missing from their normal locations. Maintenance staff have been alerted to the missing items and told to look for them in the storage areas. Additional training is being developed that will require any person who removes an exit sign, regardless of type, to return it to the Environmental, Health, and Safety Department for review prior to disposing. A plan is also in place to remove all tritium exit signs from the facility and replace with electrically wired signs. The Wisconsin Radiation Protection Section is continuing to monitor the situation."

Event Report ID: WI 140007

* * * UPDATE FROM KYLE WALTON TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1630 EDT ON 7/1/14 * * *

The State of Wisconsin reported that one of the missing signs has been found and only two signs remain missing. The licensee will continue searching for the missing signs.

Notified the R3DO (McCraw) and FSME Events Resource via email.

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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Agreement State Event Number: 50218
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: RABA-KISTNER CONSULTANTS
Region: 4
City: AUSTIN State: TX
County:
License #: 01571
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/20/2014
Notification Time: 11:11 [ET]
Event Date: 06/19/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()
MEXICO (E-MA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On June 20, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee of the loss of a Humboldt model 5001EZ moisture density gauge, serial #4772, containing a 1.48 GBq (40 mCi) Am-Be source and a 0.3 GBq (8 mCi) Cs-137 source. The licensee stated a technician was working at a job site on June 19, 2014, when he rushed home for a family emergency. He failed to secure the gauge in the back of the truck and he left the tailgate down. The gauge fell off the truck between the job site and his home. The licensee stated they searched the job site and the route taken by the technician."

Texas event: I-9205

* * * UPDATE AT 1040 EDT ON 7/1/2014 FROM IRENE CASARES TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On Saturday June 28, 2014, the gauge was reported, via email from the licensee, as found and the gauge was sent off for any damage identification and leak check. It was reported that the gauge was not damaged and passed the leak check. Two violations were cited."

Notified the R4DO (Hagar), FSME Events Resource (via e-mail) and Mexico (via e-mail)..

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 50233
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: MICHAEL TESTER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 06/27/2014
Notification Time: 15:22 [ET]
Event Date: 06/25/2014
Event Time: 23:48 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
DANIEL RICH (R2DO)
ANTHONY HSIA (NMSS)
FUELS GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT

"Event Text: At approximately 2348 hours (ET) on June 25, 2014, an employee dropped a container of radioactive material solution after removal from a glove box enclosure. The 2-liter poly container split, releasing contents to the floor and surrounding equipment. Operations in the area were placed in a safe condition at the time of the event, radiological controls implemented for personnel protection, and decontamination initiated. Extensive surface contamination surveys were performed to facilitate decontamination and the area was released to normal access by 1615 hours (ET) on June 26, 2014. At this time, the additional radiological controls implemented at the time of the event were removed. At 0245 hours (ET) on June 27, 2014, contamination was discovered to be weeping out of some facility and equipment surfaces in the area of the earlier spill. Radiological controls were reestablished, decontamination efforts resumed, and enhanced monitoring implemented. Since the cumulative time for access restrictions exceeded 24 hours, this is being reported to the [NRC] Operations Center under 10 CFR 70.50 (b)(1).

"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 uranyl nitrate solution.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The radioactive material solution was Uranyl Nitrate containing 540 grams of Uranium-235.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50242
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW ROBERTSON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/30/2014
Notification Time: 17:00 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2014
Event Time: 07:48 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2014
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
2 N N 0 Under Construction 0 Under Construction

Event Text

NON-LICENSED CONTRACT SUPERVISOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL ON A RANDOM FITNESS-FOR-DUTY TEST

A non-licensed contract supervisor tested positive for alcohol on a random fitness for duty test. The supervisor's access to the facility has been terminated. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspectors.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50246
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DOUG PETERSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/30/2014
Notification Time: 23:54 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2014
Event Time: 19:13 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
AARON MCCRAW (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

AUTO-START OF STANDBY DIESEL GENERATORS DUE TO A GRID DISTURBANCE

"This report is being made under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), 'Any event or condition that results in valid actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph (b)(3)(iv)(B) of this section' due to an auto start of 'A' and 'B' Standby Diesel Generators. At 1913 CDT, a grid disturbance during a local thunderstorm caused a valid bus undervoltage condition that resulted in the auto start of both the 'A' and 'B' Standby Diesel Generators. The 'A' and 'B' Standby Diesel Generator supply breakers did not close onto their respective buses as they remained powered by their normal power supply, the 1X003 Startup Transformer, during and after the event. NextEra Duane Arnold personnel inspections revealed no issues with breakers in the switchyard. ITC (Iowa Transmission Company) reported a fault on a 161 Kv line in the NextEra Duane Arnold vicinity. Offsite power remained operable during and following the event.

"As designed the 'A' and 'B' Emergency Service Water systems auto started when the diesel generators auto started. The Emergency Service Water systems and both Standby Diesel Generators have been returned to standby/readiness condition. All ECCS [Emergency Core Cooling System] systems were available before the event and have remained available following the event."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50247
Facility: BRAIDWOOD
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KEVIN MORES
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/01/2014
Notification Time: 12:14 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2014
Event Time: 07:15 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
AARON MCCRAW (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

OFFSITE ALERT AND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM FAILURE

"At approximately 0715 (CDT) on 7/1/2014, during the daily morning test, Braidwood Generating Station experienced Offsite Alert and Notification System (ANS) failure of sirens BD10 and BD13 due to a loss of power to the sirens. Loss of power to the sirens was due to the adverse weather conditions experienced on the evening of 6/30/2014. Siren BD10 provides coverage for 20% of Braidwood's Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) population and siren BD13 provides coverage for 14.1% of the Braidwood EPZ population.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(viii) for 'any event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability, or offsite communications capability (e.g., significant portion of control room indication, Emergency Notification System, or offsite notification system).' The failure of the sirens resulted in the loss of the capability to alert a large segment of the population in the EPZ (~34%) for more than 1 hour. Per NEI 13-01, Rev 0, a large segment of the population in the EPZ should be taken to mean
approximately 25% of the total EPZ population.

"Immediate actions taken included placing a portable generator online to restore siren BD10 at 1015 CDT on 7/1/2014. ComEd is currently in the area attempting to restore normal power. Proposed long term corrective actions including an upgrade to the sirens to contain a battery backup are being evaluated.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The county emergency managers (for Will County - [for siren] BD10 and Grundy County - [for siren] BD13) are aware of the siren outage and the requirements to initiate mobile route alerting (FEMA approved backup) if required."

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