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Event Notification Report for October 16, 2014

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Event Reports For
10/15/2014 - 10/16/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50514 50515 50516 50521 50533 50539 50540

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Agreement State Event Number: 50514
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: PLASTIFORM PACKAGING
Region: 1
City: ROCKAWAY State: NJ
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CATHY BIEL
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING STATIC ELIMINATOR

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

"A static eliminator (NRD P-2021-8101, S/N A2PH963/048648) was likely stolen. It contained 0.37 GBq Po-210 source (assayed on 4/18/11).

"New Jersey Incident Number: 9/23/2011"

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: 50515
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: MANSON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Region: 1
City: LONG BRANCH State: NJ
County:
License #: 622447
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES MCCULLOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER

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

"One gauge (Berthold LB-7444-D-CR) containing 3.7 GBq Co-60 source was stuck in the closed position. One gauge (Berthold LB-7444-CR) containing 18.5 GBq Co-60 source was stuck in the open position. These malfunctions were discovered during the routine NJDEP [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection] inspection and survey."

New Jersey Incident Number: 512693

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Agreement State Event Number: 50516
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY
Region: 1
City: EWING State: NJ
County:
License #: 507375
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES MCCULLOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 04/22/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

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

"TCNJ [The College of New Jersey] reported the loss of up to 63 radioluminescent exit signs. The signs had been removed from a building slated for demolition and were stored until proper disposal could be arranged. Each Safety Light corporation sign contained between 278 and 851 GBq of H-3. TCNJ was not sure of the actual total of signs possessed by them. They believe that a box containing up to 51 signs was accidentally picked up on 1/8/14 by a contractor removing electronic waste."

New Jersey Incident Number: 04-22-14


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: 50521
Rep Org: SHAW PIPELINE SERVICES, INC.
Licensee: SHAW PIPELINE SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: BROKEN ARROW State: OK
County:
License #: 35-23193-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHANE OWENS
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/08/2014
Notification Time: 18:53 [ET]
Event Date: 10/08/2014
Event Time: 16:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
37.81(b) - LOST/MISSING CAT 2 RAD MATL IN TRANSIT
Person (Organization):
DON ALLEN (R4DO)
LAURA DUDES (NMSS)
ROBERT BUNCH (ILTA)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

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LOST RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA DURING SHIPMENT

The licensee had two SPEC-150 radiography cameras shipped from their job site in Morgan Hill, California on 9/30/2014 to their office in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. One of the radiography cameras arrived at the destination, but as of 10/1/14, the last known location of the second camera was in Memphis, Tennessee. The licensee contacted the common carrier's customer service and the dangerous goods department to locate the shipment. According to the dangerous goods department supervisor, the common carrier is investigating a radiation alarm at one of their dumpsters which may contain the radiography camera. The licensee will follow up with the common carrier on the morning of 10/9/14 to receive a status of their search.

The lost SPEC-150 radiography camera contains less than 57 curies of Ir-192. The licensee has notified the State of Oklahoma.

Notified DHS SWO, DOE Ops Center, FEMA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, NICC Watch Officer, USDA OPS Center, EPA EOC, FDA EOC, Nuclear SSA, FEMA National Watch Center, and DNDO-JAC.


* * * UPDATE FROM SHANE OWENS TO HOWIE CROUCH (VIA EMAIL) ON 10/9/14 AT 0902 EDT * * *

The licensee provided the shipper's declaration for dangerous goods, the shipping label, and tracking information from the shipper. They will continue communications with the common carrier and provide updates as necessary.

The State of Oklahoma has notified the Tennessee State Radiation Protection Program.

Notified R4DO (Allen), NMSS (Dudes), ILTAB (Bunch), IRD (Stapleton) and FSME Events Resource email.


* * * UPDATE FROM SHANE OWENS TO DONALD NORWOOD ON 10/9/2014 AT 1214 EDT * * *

The licensee was informed by the common carrier that the search of their dumpster revealed that the radiography camera was not in the dumpster. The common carrier told the licensee that they had enlisted more personnel and had stepped up their search for the package containing the radiography camera.

Notified R4DO (Allen), NMSS (McCartin), ILTAB (Hahn), IRD (Stapleton) and FSME Events Resource email.


* * * UPDATE FROM KEVIN SAMPSON TO DONALD NORWOOD ON 10/9/2014 AT 1402 EDT * * *

The following information was received via E-mail from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality:

"On September 30, 2014, a package containing 57 Ci of Ir-192 was shipped from California to Shaw Pipeline Services, OK license OK-23193-02. The package was scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma on October 3, 2014. On October 6, 2014, it was discovered that the package still had not arrived. On October 6, 2014, Shane Owens [licensee RSO] contacted [the common carrier] to start looking for the package. On October 7, 2014 [the common carrier] began a search. [The common carrier] identified that the package entered Memphis [common carrier's] Hub on October 1, 2014, but did not leave. [The common carrier] identified a dumpster that caused radiation alarms to alert. At that time, [the common carrier] did not have the proper tools or personnel to handle the package, but they will contact Shaw Pipeline on October 9, by 0900 CDT to announce their findings.

"Object in the dumpster has been identified and is not the missing radiographic device."

Notified R4DO (Allen), NMSS (McCartin), ILTAB (Hahn), IRD (Stapleton) and FSME Events Resource email.


* * * UPDATE FROM SHANE OWENS TO DONALD NORWOOD ON 10/11/2014 AT 1653 EDT * * *

The radiography camera has been found at the common carrier's facility in San Jose, California where it had been originally dropped off for shipment. As of 1300 PDT on 10/11/2014, Shaw Pipeline Services has retaken possession of the radiography camera and verified that the radioactive source is in a safe condition.

Notified R4DO (Allen), NMSS (Dudes), NMSS (McCartin), ILTAB (Hahn), IRD (Stapleton) and FSME Events Resource email.

Notified DHS SWO, DOE Ops Center, FEMA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, NICC Watch Officer, USDA OPS Center, EPA EOC, Notified the following via E-mail only: FDA EOC, Nuclear SSA, FEMA National Watch Center, and DNDO-JAC.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50533
Facility: FARLEY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: RICK LULLING
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 07:37 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2014
Event Time: 03:41 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2014
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):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)
SAMSON LEE (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 83 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

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MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOSS OF A START-UP TRANSFORMER

"This notification is being made as required by 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) due to a Farley Nuclear Plant Unit 2 manual reactor trip. The trip was initiated when the in service train of CCW cooling to the Reactor Coolant Pumps was lost due to a loss of the 2B Start Up Transformer (SUT). The control room team manually tripped the reactor then tripped all three reactor coolant pumps as required by station procedure. There was a line of severe thunderstorms with lightning passing through the plant site at the time of loss of the 2B Start Up Transformer. The 2B emergency diesel generator was out of service for maintenance therefore there was a loss of the 'B' train emergency power 4160V electrical bus ('B' train LOSP [Loss of Offsite Power]). 'A' train emergency power remained energized from offsite sources. The plant is stable at normal operating pressure and temperature. At 0433 [CDT], 2B Reactor Coolant Pump was re-started when support conditions were re-established. Heat sink is adequate using the 2A Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump.

"Unit 2 'B' train power was restored by starting the 2C emergency diesel generator at 0523 [CDT]. This restored power to the Digital Rod Position Indication system, and control rod K-8 in control bank 'C' indicated full out, and all other control rods fully inserted. An emergency boration is in progress to compensate for the stuck rod.

"Additionally, the reactor trip resulted in a valid actuation of the Aux Feedwater system which is an eight hour non-emergency report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)."

During the transient, one primary PORV momentarily opened, then reseated. Decay heat is being directed to the atmospheric relief valves with no indicated primary to secondary leakage. There was no impact on Unit 1.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 2125 EDT ON 10/15/2014 FROM BLAKE MITCHELL TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Digital rod position indication troubleshooting was conducted on 10/14/2014 and confirmed all control rods, including control rod K-8, fully inserted following the reactor trip."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R2DO (Ayres), NRR EO (Davis) and IRD (Gott).

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Part 21 Event Number: 50539
Rep Org: WATERFORD STEAM ELECTRIC STATION
Licensee: ALLEN BRADLEY
Region: 4
City: KILLONA State: LA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CARL RICH
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 10/15/2014
Notification Time: 18:10 [ET]
Event Date: 08/12/2014
Event Time: 15:08 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
MARK HAIRE (R4DO)
PART 21 GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

PART 21 - DEFECTIVE ALLEN BRADLEY RELAY

"This is a non-emergency notification from Waterford 3 required under 10 CFR PART 21 concerning the deviation of a dedicated basic component from manufacturing specifications, which could have possibly caused a substantial safety hazard.

"On 04/23/2014, Control Room Emergency Filtration Unit A automatically started unexpectedly. It was determined that the equipment inadvertent actuation occurred due to an Allen Bradley Type 700RTC relay failure. The failure mode resulted in the associated equipment actuating as it would to perform its safety function, not adversely impacting steady state plant operations. The failed relay was replaced on 4/25/2014.

"Independent failure analysis performed by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) on an Allen Bradley model 700RTC000020U1 relay that failed in service at Waterford 3 Nuclear Station (WF3) identified that the relay's L22 coil was electrically open. Detailed destructive analysis of the L22 coil revealed corrosion of the winding in multiple locations. Corrosion products removed from various locations near the failure site on the L22 coil contained significant concentrations of chlorine. The independent failure analysis concluded the in-plant failure observed at Waterford 3 was caused by corrosion near the start end of the relay's L22 coil winding. The source of the corrosive material that damaged the winding was not apparent; however, based on review of storage practices at Waterford 3, it is likely that it was introduced during manufacture of the coil. On 8/12/2014, Waterford 3 engineering determined this relay condition was a PART 21 deviation. The qualifying vendor (Qual Tech NP) has been contacted and they have provided the completed failure analysis to the manufacturer (Allen Bradley).

"Entergy concluded that for the application of this relay where a malfunction occurred, it did not result in a substantial safety hazard. However, on 10/10/2014, at approximately 1233 CDT, Entergy completed an evaluation concluding that had this relay type been installed, with the same deviation, in other safety related normally energized applications, it could possibly have resulted in a substantial safety hazard, and thus is a PART 21 defect.

"The Waterford 3 Site VP was informed 10/14/2014."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50540
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAMON FEGLEY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/15/2014
Notification Time: 22:23 [ET]
Event Date: 10/15/2014
Event Time: 17:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
DAVID AYRES (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

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APPENDIX R UNANALYZED CONDITION AFFECTING THE TURBINE DRIVEN AUX FEEDWATER PUMP

"WBN U1 [Watts Bar Nuclear Unit-1] Appendix R (APP R) procedures do not include all the required operator manual actions to ensure manual control of the Unit 1 Turbine Driven Auxiliary Feed (TDAFW) Pump during a fire in room 713-A1A or 737-A1A. The current APP R procedure includes actions to transfer the Unit 1 TDAFW Pump to local control, but does not account for the potential loss of 125 VDC or 120 VAC to the Unit 1 TDAFW pump controls.

"Without procedural guidance to transfer the 120 VAC and 125 VDC supplies, the operation of the Unit 1 TDAFW pump may not be completed within the required time. Failure to take all the required actions to control the Unit 1 TDAFW Pump places WBN Unit 1 in an unanalyzed condition.

"WBN has instituted a fire impairment for the affected rooms and established an hourly roving fire watch.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this condition."

The affected components are the trip throttle valve and the local control panel. Procedures should be in place by 10/16/2014 to rectify this situation.

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