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Event Notification Report for August 11, 2014

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Event Reports For
08/08/2014 - 08/11/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50287 50328 50330 50332 50335 50341

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50287
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: ROBERT PELL
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 07/20/2014
Notification Time: 20:02 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2014
Event Time: 14:54 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/08/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (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 95 Power Operation

Event Text

ULTIMATE HEAT SINK TEMPERATURE EXCEEDED TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION LIMIT

"At 1454 EDT on 20 July 2014, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 entered the Action for Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink (UHS). The action was entered because UHS temperature exceeded the limit of 100 degrees F due to a natural event. This report is in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) because UHS capability to remove residual heat is impacted. At 1800 EDT the NRC verbally approved a natural event Notice of Enforcement Discretion (NOED) which allows the ultimate heat sink temperature to exceed 100 degrees F up to 103 degrees F. Unit power levels have been maintained at Unit 3 100% and Unit 4 95%.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM CHRIS TRENT TO DANIEL MILLS AT 2058 EDT ON 7/26/2014 * * *

"At 2046 on 7/20/14, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 exited the Action for Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink, when the ultimate heat sink (UHS) temperature decreased below the TS limit of 100 degrees F.

"At 1604 on 7/26/14, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 entered the Action for TS 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink. The action was entered because UHS temperature exceeded the limit of 100 degrees F. This report is in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) because UHS capability to remove residual heat is impacted. Turkey Point is currently complying with NOED No. 14-2-001, which allows a temporary maximum UHS temperature of 103 degrees F.

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

At 2058 on 7/26/14 the UHS average temperature was 100.3 degrees F and the peak temperature was 100.5 degrees F. Unit 4 is currently operating at 75% power in anticipation of elevated intake temperature in the next several days.

Notified R2DO (Musser)

* * * UPDATE FROM JOSE VASQUEZ TO DANIEL MILLS AT 1913 EDT ON 7/27/2014 * * *

"At 2102 on 7/26/14, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 exited the Action for Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink, when the ultimate heat sink (UHS) temperature decreased below the TS limit of 100 degrees F.

"At 1602 on 7/27/14, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 entered the Action for TS 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink. The action was entered because UHS temperature exceeded the limit of 100 degrees F. This report is in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) because UHS capability to remove residual heat is impacted. Turkey Point is currently complying with NOED No. 14-2-001, which allows a temporary maximum UHS temperature of 103 degrees F.

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

At 1913 on 7/27/14 the UHS average temperature was 101.1 degrees F and the peak temperature was 101.3 degrees F. Units 3 and 4 are currently operating at 75% power in anticipation of elevated intake temperature in the next several days.

Notified R2DO (Musser)

* * *UPDATE PROVIDED BY CHRISTOPHER TRENT TO JEFF ROTTON AT 2103 EDT ON 07/28/2014 * * *

"At 2212 on 7/27/14, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 exited the Action for Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink, which was entered at 1602 on 7/27/14, when the ultimate heat sink (UHS) temperature decreased below the TS limit of 100 degrees F.

"At 1445 on 7/28/14, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 entered the Action for TS 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink. The action was entered because UHS temperature exceeded the limit of 100 degrees F. This report is in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) because UHS capability to remove residual heat is impacted. Turkey Point is currently complying with NOED No. 14-2-001, which allows a temporary maximum UHS temperature of 103 degrees F.

"At 1946 on 7/28/14, UHS temperature decreased below the TS limit of 100 degrees F and Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 exited the Action for Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink.

'The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

Peak UHS temperature reached on 7/28/2014 was 101.1 degrees F. Units 3 and 4 are currently operating at 75 percent power in anticipation of continued elevated intake temperatures.

Notified R2DO (Musser)

* * * UPDATE FROM ADRIAN GONZALEZ TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 2113 EDT ON 8/7/14 * * *

"At 1455 on 08/07/14, Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 entered the Action for TS 3/4.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink. The action was entered because UHS temperature exceeded the limit of 100 degrees F. This report is in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) because UHS capability to remove residual heat is impacted. Turkey Point is currently complying with NOED No. 14-2-001, which allows a temporary maximum UHS temperature of 103 degrees F.

"The NRC Resident lnspector was notified."

UHS temperature was at 100.4 F at the time of the notification.

Notified R2DO (Nease).

* * * UPDATE FROM ADRIAN GONZALEZ TO S. SANDIN AT 1900 EDT ON 8/8/14 * * *

"At 1445 EDT on 08/08/14 Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 entered Action for TS 3/4.7.4, Ultimate Heat Sink. The action was entered because UHS temperature exceeded the limit of 100 degrees F. On 8/08/14 at 1556 EDT Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 received Amendment No. 261 to Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR-31 and Amendment No. 256 to Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR-41 for the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 3 and 4 and exited the Action for TS 3/4.7 .4, Ultimate Heat Sink."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

UHS temperature was at 101.24 F at the time of the notification.

Notified R2DO (Nease).

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50328
Rep Org: FROEHLING & ROBERTSON, INC.
Licensee: FROEHLING & ROBERTSON, INC.
Region: 1
City: RICHMOND State: VA
County:
License #: 45-08890-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHUCK STARNES
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/31/2014
Notification Time: 10:26 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2014
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

DAMAGED MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE

A moisture/density gauge was damaged by Lullr construction equipment at the Civil Affairs Battalion Complex on Fort Bragg Military Base. The source rod was not damaged and the damage was mostly to the electronics portion. The RSO performed surveys of the gauge and no abnormal dose rates were observed.

The gauge is a Troxler Model 3430 moisture/density gauge and typically contains 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241/Be.

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Agreement State Event Number: 50330
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CA IRVINE
Region: 4
City: ORANGE State: CA
County:
License #: 0278-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONALD OESTERLE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/31/2014
Notification Time: 13:07 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2014
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PATIENT RECEIVED LESS THAN PRESCRIBED DOSE

The following report was received from the California Department of Public Health via email:

"[The licensee reported to the State of California that a] patient [was] receiving Y-90 treatment to the right lobe of liver with Theraspheres. (10CFR35.1000). The prescribed dose was 100-150 Gray, actual dose received was 63.4 Gray. The targeting vessel was 'flowing slowly' causing Theraspheres to 'settle out' prior to reaching target. Preliminary findings suggest that the underdose was due to the physical condition of patient, not through any fault of the medical physicist or licensee.

"No adverse outcomes are expected for the patient. Medical physicist and physicians [are] evaluating whether or not retreatment is necessary."

California Report Number: 073014.

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: 50332
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: GEOTECHNICAL TESTING SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: YUMA State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ-14-030
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRIAN GORETZKI
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/31/2014
Notification Time: 16:22 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2014
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK IN OPEN POSITION

The following report was received from the State of Arizona via email:

"This first notice constitutes early notice of events of possible safety or public interest significance. The information is as initially received without verification or evaluation, and is basically all that is known by the [State of Arizona] Agency Staff at this time.

"On July 29, 2014, during an inspection, the inspectors noted that a moisture density gauge had a shutter mechanism that was stuck open with the handle in the closed position. The gauge is a Troxler Model 3440, Serial Number 29505, containing 10 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 50 millicuries of Am-241. The licensee is scheduling to have a service company come out to service the gauge.

"The investigation into this event is ongoing pending the licensee servicing the gauge."

Arizona State Report Number: 14-018.

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Agreement State Event Number: 50335
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: ECO RECYCLING
Region: 1
City: BROCKTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANTHONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/01/2014
Notification Time: 11:22 [ET]
Event Date: 09/12/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ALPHATRON IONIZATION VACUUM GAUGE FOUND IN LOAD OF SCRAP METAL

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

"On 9/12/12, a scrap metal load shipped by ECO Recycling of Brockton, MA, was rejected by Metal Recycling of Providence, RI, for triggering the site's radiation detectors. The highest vehicle radiation reading was < 0.2 mR/hr. The vehicle returned to Brockton where, on 9/13/12, one device (described as an Alphatron ionization vacuum gauge containing approximately 500 microcuries Radium-226 manufactured by National Resources of Newton, MA approximately 40 years ago) was located and removed from the load by an independent consultant and isolated in secure storage on-site in Brockton for future disposition. The consultant indicated < 0.5 mR/hr readings in accessible areas near the storage container. The original owner not determined. The device continues to be secured at Brockton site as of 8/1/14.

"The Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] considers this event to still be OPEN."

Event Docket #: 19-1408

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50341
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: DUANE SALSBURY
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 08/05/2014
Notification Time: 00:57 [ET]
Event Date: 08/04/2014
Event Time: 17:01 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/08/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)

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

RADWASTE BUILDING RADIATION MONITORING SAMPLE RACK DECLARED NONFUNCTIONAL

"At 1701 hours PDT on August 4, 2014, the Rad Waste Building process radiation monitoring sample rack was declared nonfunctional. The cause of the equipment malfunction is under investigation. Field team assessment function is unaffected and remains available if required.

"This event is being reported as a major loss of assessment capability in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM NICHOLAS RULLMAN TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1501 EDT ON 8/8/14 * * *

"At 1501 PDT on 8/7/14, the Rad Waste Building process radiation monitor sample rack was declared functional.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified R4DO (Werner).

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