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Event Notification Report for August 3, 2015

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Event Reports For
07/31/2015 - 08/03/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51254 51255 51258 51261 51279 51280 51282 51283

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Agreement State Event Number: 51254
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: PHILLIPS 66 BAYWAY REFINERY
Region: 1
City: LINDEN State: NJ
County:
License #: 50897-RAD1500
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JACK TWAY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/23/2015
Notification Time: 14:53 [ET]
Event Date: 07/22/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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NEW JERSEY AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE WITH STUCK OPEN SHUTTER

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

"On 7/22/2015, an inspection was conducted of an Ohio fixed gauge service provider working in NJ under reciprocity for a NJ specific licensee. The inspector was made aware that a fixed gauge had failed to shutter when attempted by the licensee. At this time, it is not known when the shutter failed. The gauge was in otherwise normal condition and no members of the public had access to the gauge due to engineering controls. The service provider replaced the air actuator and rotor during the inspection and the shutter was then functioning normally. The licensee was contacted by NJ and committed to providing the report required by 10 CFR 30.50(c).

"Location: Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, Linden, NJ
"License No.: 506897-RAD150001
"Device: Vega SH-F1A (with air actuator) serial number 0317 CG, containing 50 mCi (Assay date 1/2001) [Cs-137 contained in gauge]

"Follow-up information will be provided when it is known."

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Agreement State Event Number: 51255
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: OK DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 4
City: OKLAHOMA CITY State: OK
County:
License #: OK-15794-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEVIN SAMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/23/2015
Notification Time: 14:55 [ET]
Event Date: 07/23/2015
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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OKLAHOMA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TROXLER GAUGE DAMAGED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

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

"A Troxler Model 4640 gauge has been struck by a vehicle at a road construction site about 5 miles south of Guymon, OK. We will provide more information as it becomes available."

The status of the source or damage to the gauge was unknown at the time of the report. A Troxler 4640 gauge typically contains 8 milliCi of Cs-137.

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Agreement State Event Number: 51258
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: TEXAS QA SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: GRAND PRAIRIE State: TX
County:
License #: L04601
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/24/2015
Notification Time: 11:50 [ET]
Event Date: 07/24/2015
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/24/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the State of Texas via email:

"On July 24, 2015, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that one of his crews was unable to retract a 39 curie Iridium-192 source into QSA 880 D camera. The RSO stated the radiographers had completed their first shot of the day in a shooting bay and noted the lock on the camera did not trip when the source was retracted. The RSO stated the radiographers noted the dose rate where they were standing was 30 millirem per hour after they attempted to retract the source. The radiographers notified the RSO of the event. The RSO responded to their location. The RSO is authorized to recover disconnected sources.

"The RSO stated he recovered the source by disconnecting the source guide tube and shaking the source out of the guide tube and into a shield they have designed for this purpose. The RSO was able to connect the source pig tail to the drive cable and retract the source into the camera. The RSO stated he received 15 millirem during the source retrieval. No member of the general public received a dose as a result of this event. The RSO stated they cycled the source in and out of the camera several times without incident. The RSO stated he remained at the work site and monitored the radiographers for several shots and did not note any issues. The RSO is not sure at this time if a source disconnect or misconnect occurred. The RSO is continuing to investigate the event.

"Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

The event location was Wedge Measurements Systems located in Joshua, TX.

Texas Incident #: 1-9327

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Agreement State Event Number: 51261
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: TLS SYSTEMS, LLC
Region: 4
City: TUSCON State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 10-086
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY V. GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/24/2015
Notification Time: 17:24 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2015
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 07/24/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

ARIZONA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TRITIUM LIGHT SOURCE

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

"On July 22, 2015, the licensee reported that they lost one gaseous tritium light source on approximately July 12, 2015. The licensee was removing each source from its subsequent device in order to make disposal more efficient. The lost source was part of a TLS Model 42000 drogue light. The model 42000 drogue light consists of two 450 millicuries (November 1988 assay date) mb-Microtec Model T4376-1 gaseous tritium light sources mounted in a stainless steel assembly. The sources are held in place with silicone. To remove the sources from the drogue light, the silicone (containing two sources) is removed from the stainless steel housing. The silicone is then placed in solvent to soften it. Once the silicone is soft, the sources are removed with little effort and with little or no silicone adhering to the source.

"The sources were placed in the solvent on July 12, 2015 and the nonradioactive components of the assemblies, including the silicone, were discarded as regular trash on that date. The source removal and consolidation was completed for all legacy sources on July 22, 2015, at which time, a complete inventory was performed and one source was discovered to be missing. The missing tritium source has a current activity of 100 millicuries.

"The Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency is continuing to investigate the event."

Arizona First Notice: 15-017

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: 51279
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: PHILLIP BEABOUT
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 07/31/2015
Notification Time: 14:11 [ET]
Event Date: 07/31/2015
Event Time: 10:42 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (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

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT INVOLVING A SUPERVISOR

"A supervisory employee failed a pre-access Fitness-for-Duty (FFD) test required for reinstatement of site access. The employee did not have unescorted access to the site at the time of the test. The employee has been assigned a mandated EAP referral, and his site access has been revoked pending review by the medical review officer.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

"Reportable per 10 CFR 26.719 and Entergy Procedure EN-NS-102, Fitness for Duty Program."

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Part 21 Event Number: 51280
Rep Org: NAMCO CONTROLS
Licensee: NAMCO CONTROLS
Region: 1
City: ELIZABETHTOWN State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEVIN SUTHERBY
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/31/2015
Notification Time: 14:27 [ET]
Event Date: 05/19/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/31/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
GEORGE HOPPER (R2DO)
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3DO)
GREG WARNICK (R4DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACT (EMAI)

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PART 21 REPORT INVOLVING LIMIT SWITCHES EA180 AND EA170 MANUFACTURED IN A SPECIFIC DATE RANGE

The following information is an excerpt from a Namco Controls fax:

"Subject: Notification of Product Anomaly Namco Controls Division of Dynapar Corp EA180 & EA170 Limit Switches Manufactured March 25th 2014 through December 30th 2014.

"Dear Sir(s) / Madam(s),

"The purpose of this letter is to notify you of our resolution for the subject anomaly that was brought to our attention by the Nebraska Public Power District, Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville, NE via our rep network (Mr. Curt Duphill) on May 19th 2015. On May 30th our senior engineer, Mr. Troy Kloss, visited the plant site during a plant shutdown to investigate the issue and determined that a Part 21 investigation was warranted. Dynapar's Namco Controls business sent out an early indication notice to customers as part of the investigation on 6/3/15 which included switches of date codes 1214 and 1314 (week-year). As a result of this initial notice, a second reported potential anomaly was identified by Salem Nuclear Power in Hancocks Bridge, NJ. However these switches at Salem were replaced previously and no root cause analysis was performed prior to the switches being discarded.

"Because of this anomaly the nuclear limit switch may not reliably state the condition of the device (in this case a main steam isolation valve) that the switch is measuring and could be a potential safety hazard depending on the nuclear power plant control logic.

"As a result of our internal investigation, we isolated the switch performance degradation to a compression spring in the limit switch assembly. We have validated lot control traceability of the compression spring in question, which contained 1100 suspect springs, to shipments within the subject date range and have determined 417 Namco limit switches were shipped to US customers with this potential anomaly. We are notifying the affected customers- see included list. In addition, Namco Controls has changed our inspection criteria as of 07/31/2015 for this item in order to prevent future occurrences.

"At this time, we have generated a Technical Bulletin (TB1501) summarizing the conclusions and recommendations. We will notify all customers, both domestic and foreign, by August 7th 2015.

"If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Quincy Hill, Quality Manager at qhill@dancon.com.

"Thank you.

"Kevin Sutherby
"Vice President & General Manager
"Namco Controls Division of Dynapar Corporation
"ksutherby@dancon.com
"910.862.5411 (office)
"2100 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337"

The part numbers impacted are:

EA170-11302,-12302,-21302,-31302,-32302,-41302,-42302-,51302, and
EA180-11302,-11307,-11309,-11402,-12302,-12307,-12309,-12402,-21302,-21309,-21402,-22302,-22309,-31302,-31309,-31402,-32302,-32309,-32402

at the following facilities:

Farley Nuclear Plant, Callaway Energy Center, Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station, Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant, Millstone Nuclear Power Station, North Anna Power Station, Catawba Nuclear Station, McGuire Nuclear Station, Robinson Nuclear Plant, Harris Nuclear Plant, Columbia Generation Station , Arkansas Nuclear One, River Bend Nuclear Station, Waterford 3 Nuclear, Clinton Nuclear Station, LaSalle County Generating Station, Braidwood Generating Station, Limerick Generating Station, Byron Generating Station, Quad Cities Generating Station, Perry Nuclear Plant, Plant Hatch, Cook Nuclear Plant, Cooper Nuclear Station, Seabrook Station, Duane Arnold Energy Center, Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generation Station, South Texas Nuclear Project Electric Generating Station, Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, Prairie Island Nuclear.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51282
Facility: CLINTON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: KATE MATNEY
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 08/01/2015
Notification Time: 15:28 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2015
Event Time: 12:05 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/01/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation

Event Text

INVALID SEISMIC EVENT ALARM

"At 1205 CDT on August 01, 2015, the station's Seismic Instrumentation generated a seismic event alarm that was determined to be invalid, based upon no seismic activity being felt on site and no activity detected in the area by either the National Earthquake Information Center or nearby nuclear plants. The instrumentation that actuated, recorded a value of 0.07 g on a single axis of one instrument, which is greater than the 0.02 g threshold value in the Emergency Action Level in the station's emergency procedures; however, no other instrument channel or axis indicated a valid event exceeding the 0.02 g threshold. Since the event alarm was determined to be invalid as described above, no EAL thresholds were met.

"The seismic instrumentation was declared non-functional since it would not generate a seismic event alarm during an actual event until the invalid event was reset. The alarm was reset through the alarm reset process. The seismic instrumentation alarm capability was restored and returned to service at 1250 CDT.

"This resulted in a Loss of Emergency Assessment Capability while the Seismic Instrumentation was out of service. This is a reportable condition in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee performed a channel calibration in response to the previous Seismic Instrumentation malfunction (see EN # 51263) and plans to perform more extensive troubleshooting in response to the latest malfunction. The licensee will notify the State of Illinois plant inspector.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 51283
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: MARK WOLF
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/01/2015
Notification Time: 20:09 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2015
Event Time: 17:55 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2015
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
40.35(f) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
VICTOR McCREE (R2RA)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
GEORGE HOPPER (R2DO)

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ALERT DECLARED DUE TO AN URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE (UF6) RELEASE

At 1755 CDT on 08/01/15, Honeywell declared an ALERT and activated their Emergency Response Team (ERT) based on an on-going UF6 release. The source of the leak is from a tell-tale valve installed during maintenance activities for Condenser #4 in the Feed Materials Building (FMB) 6th floor. The licensee employed a mitigating strategy using CO2 inside the FMB and spray towers external to the FMB.

A Protective Action Recommendation (PAR) order was issued for local residents to shelter in-place although there was no indication of an offsite release.

At 2035 CDT the licensee reported that the leak was isolated by installing a pipe plug into the threaded tell-tale line. The PAR was lifted at 1948 CDT.

There are no worker injuries with all personnel accounted for. The licensee plans to issue a press release.

Notified other FEDS (DHS SWO, DOE Ops Center, FEMA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, NICC Watch Officer, USDA Ops Center, EPA EOC, and FDA EOC, FEMA NWC and NuclearSSA via email)

* * * UPDATE AT 2240 EDT ON 08/01/15 FROM MARK WOLF TO REGION 2 INCIDENT RESPONSE CENTER * * *

At 2032 CDT on 08/01/15, the ALERT was downgraded to a Plant Emergency based on mitigation status and visual observation of the affected area.

* * * UPDATE AT 0032 EDT ON 08/02/15 FROM MARK WOLF TO REGION 2 INCIDENT RESPONSE CENTER * * *

The licensee will be remaining in the plant emergency mode while monitoring the vessel under vacuum conditions. The decision to replace the flange will be made by the licensee in the morning following monitoring of the vacuum conditions.

Notified the R2DO (Hopper).

Notified other FEDS (DHS SWO, DOE Ops Center, FEMA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, NICC Watch Officer, USDA Ops Center, EPA EOC, and FDA EOC, FEMA NWC and NuclearSSA via email)

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