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Event Notification Report for January 7, 2015

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50623 50706 50709 50710 50717 50718 50719

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Part 21 Event Number: 50623
Rep Org: TECHNOLOGY FOR ENERGY CORP.
Licensee: TECHNOLOGY FOR ENERGY CORP.
Region: 1
City: KNOXVILLE State: TN
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONNA MULLALY
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 11/18/2014
Notification Time: 15:09 [ET]
Event Date: 11/18/2014
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1DO)
FRANK EHRHARDT (R2DO)
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
PART 21 GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

PART 21 - LACK OF PROPER POWER SUPPLY INDICATION

The following information was summarized from the report obtained from the vendor via facsimile:

Technology for Energy Corporation [TEC] has determined that the Model 1414 Valve Flow Monitoring Systems power supply may not provide proper output voltage contrary to power supply status indicators on the rack. This may result in the power supply not providing necessary power to its associated input sensor. A subsequent loss of the sensor output would result in the inability of the system to indicate any valve flow. Depending on the specific configuration, signals from more than one sensor could be lost on a single failure.

This Model 1414 system design dates back to 1979. TEC has not been made aware of any instances of the described failure mode in the 35 year history of the product design, suggesting that the robustness of power supply design and the users periodic maintenance of the system has provided for acceptable continued operation.

The potentially affected plants include Clinton Unit 1; Comanche Peak Units 1 & 2; Nine Mile Point Unit 2; Palo Verde Units 1, 2, & 3; River Bend Unit 1; Susquehanna Units 1 & 2; Watts Bar Units 1 & 2.

* * * UPDATED FROM DONNA MULLALY TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1329 EST ON 11/24/2014 * * *

After submitting the original Part 21 notification, TEC discovered that Columbia Generating Station had been omitted from the list of affected plants.

"The following correction should be applied: The potentially affected plants include Clinton Unit 1; Columbia Generating Station, Comanche Peak Units 1 & 2; Nine Mile Point Unit 2; Palo Verde Units 1, 2, & 3; River Bend Unit 1; Susquehanna Units 1 & 2; and Watts Bar Units 1 & 2."

Notified R4DO (Campbell). Notified via E-mail R1DO (Noggle), R2DO (Ehrhardt), R3DO (Duncan) and Part 21 Group.

* * * UPDATE FROM DONNA MULLALY TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 0820 EST ON 01/06/2015 * * *

The following information was received via fax on 12/19/2014:

TEC considers this event closed.

Notified R1DO (Jackson), R2DO (Hopper), R3DO (Kunowski), R4DO (Pick), and Part 21 Group via email.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50706
Rep Org: HEMLOCK SEMICONDUCTOR
Licensee: HEMLOCK SEMICONDUCTOR
Region: 3
City: HEMLOCK State: MI
County:
License #: 21-32682-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRISTOPHER VAN HAMPLER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/29/2014
Notification Time: 17:33 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2014
Event Time: 15:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA ()

Event Text

FIXED GAUGE SHUTTER STICKING WHEN MOVED

At approximately 1500 EST on December 29, 2014, an operator attempted to open the shutter on a fixed gauge Vega America source holder and determined that the shutter was sticking. The shutter was locked in the closed position and tagged out. The licensee performed a radiation survey and confirmed that the shutter was in the closed position. The licensee previously reported a stuck shutter on a nearby device (EN 50667). The licensee will contact the vendor to repair both devices.

Fixed gauge: Vega America Source Holder Model SHF 2-B with Cs-137 800 millicurie source.

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Agreement State Event Number: 50709
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: TSI LABS INC.
Region: 4
City: VICTORIA State: TX
County:
License #: 04767
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/30/2014
Notification Time: 18:14 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2014
Event Time: 18:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 12/31/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE:

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

"On December 30, 2014, at 1630 [CST] the agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee [TSI Labs, Inc.] that a Humboldt model 5001-c gauge containing a 40 millicurie source and a 10 millicurie source was stolen out of the back of a company pickup truck [in San Antonio, TX]. The licensee stated the technician had parked the truck at a movie theater and entered the theater to be with family. The licensee stated the gauge was unattended for one hour and forty five minutes. The licensee stated when the technician returned to the truck he found the chains securing the gauge to the truck were cut and the gauge and locks were missing. The licensee stated marks on the portion of the chain still in the truck showed it took several attempts to cut the chains. The technician notified a sheriff standing in the area of the theft. The technician searched for the gauge, but did not find it. The licensee will continue searching the area for the gauge. The licensee stated they are contemplating offering a reward for the gauges return. The licensee stated it believed the locks were still on the gauge hasps at the time of the theft, but the operating rod for the cesium source was probably not locked. The licensee stated the outside of the box was labeled with the radiation symbol. The licensee is continuing its investigation. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

The licensee reported the theft to local law enforcement.

Texas Incident # I - 9264

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY ARTHUR TUCKER TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1028 EST ON 12/31/2014 * * *

The following information was provided by the State of Texas via email:

"The licensee reported that they are offering a $400.00 reward for the return of the gauge. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Texas Association of Pawnbroker's have been notified of the theft."

Notified R4DO (Hay), NMSS Events Notification (email), and Mexico (fax).

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: 50710
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: BAY AREA GEOTECHNICAL GROUP
Region: 4
City: SUNNYVALE State: CA
County:
License #: 1625-43
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/30/2014
Notification Time: 16:04 [ET]
Event Date: 12/25/2014
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 12/30/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

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

"A CPN Portable gauge containing 10 mCi of Cesium 137 and 50 mCi of Americium 241 was stolen from the technician's residence [Campbell, CA] on December 25, 2014. According to the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer], a police report was filed on December 25th and RHB [California Radiologic Health Branch] was notified on December 26, 2014.

"RHB North was notified of this theft on December 30, 2014 at 1300 PST. The RSO was requested to provide a reward in the local paper and on Craigslist and to provide RHB North a copy of the Police Report and description of the circumstances as soon as possible, as the RSO was not in the office and did not have access to the pertinent information.

"Additional information will be forwarded when it is received"

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 50717
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: HARRY HOWLE
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 01/06/2015
Notification Time: 15:31 [ET]
Event Date: 01/06/2015
Event Time: 00:01 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL F. KING (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
2 N Y 86 Power Operation 86 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - ALCOHOL FOUND IN PROTECTED AREA

On January 6, 2015, at approximately 0001 EST, a partially empty can of beer was found by a security officer. Site Security took possession of the can and it was removed from the protected area. An investigation has been initiated by Site Security. This condition has been documented in TVA's corrective action program. This report is submitted pursuant to 10 CFR 26.719 (b)(1) based on the presence of alcohol within the protected area.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50718
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: JULIE SEVERINO
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 01/06/2015
Notification Time: 17:18 [ET]
Event Date: 01/06/2015
Event Time: 16:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (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

Event Text

NOTIFICATION MADE TO OFFSITE GOVERNMENT AGENCY

"In accordance with 29 CFR 1904.39(a)(2), notification was made to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the in-patient hospitalization of an individual while in the owner controlled area.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee notified the State of Ohio and local authorities

The individual employee is currently under medical treatment and is not contaminated.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50719
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK MOEBES
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 01/06/2015
Notification Time: 17:27 [ET]
Event Date: 01/06/2015
Event Time: 12:27 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL F. KING (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO OIL LEAK

"On January 6, 2015 at approximately 1227 CST, a visible oil sheen was reported from a TVA owned boat that sank next to the dock on the Tennessee River near Cooling Tower 1. This oil spill is reportable to the EPA (National Response Center) under 40CFR112. Notification to the National Response Center will be made.

"This oil sheen was determined to be more than minor to enter US waters. The source of the oil sheen has been contained using oil booms.

"Additional notifications will be made to Alabama Emergency Management.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee notified the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Response Center.

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