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Event Notification Report for September 18, 2015

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09/17/2015 - 09/18/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51380 51381 51384 51402 51403 51405 51406

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Agreement State Event Number: 51380
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: LGC GEOTECHNICAL, INC
Region: 4
City: SAN CLEMENTE State: CA
County:
License #: 6934-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONALD OESTERLE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/08/2015
Notification Time: 16:02 [ET]
Event Date: 07/08/2015
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

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CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided by the State of California on 07/08/2015 via email:

"On July 8, 2015, RHB [CA Radiation Health Branch] was notified that a SUV containing a CPN MC-1 DR # MD60608339 portable soil gauge containing 50 mCi of Am-241/Be and 10 mCi of Cs-137 was stolen in San Clemente. An authorized gauge user parked his SUV, with the gauge secured in the rear of the vehicle, in the driveway of his house. The vehicle containing the gauge was stolen during the night. The vehicle and its contents were reported stolen to the police (Orange County Sheriff / San Clemente Station). RHB will continue to work with the licensee regarding this ongoing investigation."

CA 5010 Number - 070815

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: 51381
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: ALPHA-OMEGA (A&O) SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: VINTON State: LA
County:
License #: LA-10025-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/09/2015
Notification Time: 15:50 [ET]
Event Date: 09/02/2015
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 3 " level of radioactive material.

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LOUISIANA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DELIVERY OF CATEGORY 3 SOURCE TO WRONG ADDRESS

The following information was provided State of Louisiana via email:

"On 09/02/2015, the RSO for A&O [Alpha-Omega Services, Inc.] called in a mis-delivery/wrong delivery of 11.6 Ci Ir-192 source intended for the Radiation Oncology Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Washington, DC. SMH is a client/customer of A&O in association with ELEKTA. SMH purchased and attempted to possess the radioactive source under a license NRC 08-07398-03. A&O packaged the Ir-192 source and addressed it to SMH, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, 5255 Loughboro Road NW, Washington, DC 20016. The source was shipped from the [A&O] Vinton, LA address to SMH on August 31, 2015. However, [common carrier] delivered the source to Howard University Hospital, Cancer Center, 2041 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20060 [on September 2, 2015]."

Common carrier was notified of the delivery error and took possession of the source on September 3, 2015 and delivered to the proper address [SMH] that day. The source shielding and shipping container was intact during the incident. It was not damaged nor was the container opened until it reached the final destination.

Source information: Elekta Model 105.002 source: 11.6 Ci Ir-192, Serial Number - D36F5755

LA Event Report ID No.: LA-150015; T165946


THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 3 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 some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example: level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

Note: This device is assigned an IAEA Category 3 value based on the actual radioactivity of the source, not on the device type. (Reference IAEA RG-G-1.9)

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Agreement State Event Number: 51384
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: ASHLAND State: KY
County:
License #: UNKNOWN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC PERRY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/10/2015
Notification Time: 10:40 [ET]
Event Date: 09/08/2015
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/10/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ORPHAN Ra-226 SOURCE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"KY RHB [Kentucky Radiation Health Branch] was notified on 9/8/2015 via the request and issuance of DOT Special Permit No. 10656 KY-KY-15-018 of a rail car emitting ionizing radiation above normal background levels. Personnel at the facility performed exposure rate surveys on the exterior of the rail car. Highest reading was reported as 20 mR/hr with a background reading of 0.005mR/hr. The rail car was returned to the point of origin on 9/8/2015. On 9/9/2015 RHB dispatched a team of inspectors to the origin facility in order to better determine the source of the ionizing radiation. The team discovered 1 Ra-226 static eliminator bar most likely registered under SS&D certificate number NR-654-D-829-U. The team further discovered additional pieces of what appear to be at least one more static eliminator bar in the vicinity of the facility's metal shredding equipment. At this time no removable contamination has been found and there are no indications of personnel overexposures. A decommissioning, decontamination contractor has been contacted by the facility. RHB continues to monitor the situation with onsite inspectors. RHB will update the Commission as more information becomes available. RHB is tracking this event as KY-15-0006."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51402
Facility: SURRY
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: GEOFFREY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/17/2015
Notification Time: 00:36 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2015
Event Time: 20:14 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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AUTOMATIC START AND LOADING OF THE #2 EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR

"While performing degraded voltage/under voltage Instrumentation & Control testing with both Units at 100%, the Unit 2 'H' Emergency Bus was lost when an inadvertent under voltage matrix was satisfied. The #2 Emergency Diesel Generator auto-started and assumed the 2H Emergency Bus as designed. The cause of the under voltage matrix coincidence is currently being investigated by station personnel. All testing activities have been terminated and recovery efforts are in progress in accordance with station procedures. Current status is both Units stable at 100% with the #2 Emergency Diesel Generator carrying the 2H Emergency Bus."

The loss of the bus places the Unit in a 7-day action statement for the loss of offsite power to the 2H bus and a 14-day action statement for the auxiliary feed cross tie to Unit 1.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51403
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: ROBERT PIERCE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 09/17/2015
Notification Time: 02:53 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2015
Event Time: 23:01 [MST]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2015
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
MARC DAPAS (RA)
SCOTT MORRIS (NRR)
WILLIAM DEAN (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO RAPID COMBUSTION OF A LOAD CENTER BREAKER

"The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event, additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event, or alters the information being provided at this time a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS or under the reporting requirements of 10CFR50.73.

"Non Class Load Center Breaker, 2ENGN-L04 failed, resulting an a visible observation of rapid combustion and resultant charring (burned area) of the breaker enclosure and housing. No physical deformation to the breaker housing or surrounding area has been identified. The rapid combustion self-extinguished immediately following the audible and visible combustion event. As a result, an Emergency Classification of HU2.2, EXPLOSION was declared due to the Load Center breaker failure and noise and visible indication observed in the field.

"The plant was, and continues to operate at 100% full power operations on normal power alignment. The 2ENGN-L04 Non-Class Load Center breaker supplies power to non-essential service loads and has no immediate impact to plant operation or safety mitigating systems. The plant remains stable and the event did not adversely affect the safe operation of the plant or health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified DHS SWO, DHS NICC, FEMA, and Nuclear SSA via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM ROBERT PIERCE TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 0702 EDT ON 9/17/15 * * *

"PVNGS Unit 2 terminated the Unusual Event HU2.2 on 9/17/15 at 04:04 MST. Non-Class load center 2ENGN-L04 has been isolated and de-energized. There was no reflash or fire at the breaker and no hazard to plant personnel exists. Damage appears to be limited to the NGN-L04D3 breaker cubicle and a spare breaker cubicle below NGN-L04D3. There was no damage to any safety related equipment."

The licensee will be notifying the state of Arizona, Maricopa County authorities and the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Farnholtz), NRR EO (Morris), IRD MOC (Gott), DHS SWO, FEMA Ops, DHS NICC and NuclearSSA (email).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51405
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JOHN WALKOWIAK
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/17/2015
Notification Time: 16:24 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2015
Event Time: 12:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (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

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BRIEF LOSS OF SECONDARY CONTAINMENT DUE TO BOTH AIRLOCK DOORS OPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY

"At 1220 (EDT) on 9/17/2015, both doors of a Secondary Containment airlock were reported to be simultaneously open for approximately five seconds during the normal passage of personnel. The brief time that the doors were simultaneously open constitutes an inoperable condition of Secondary Containment. Secondary Containment differential pressure was maintained throughout the time period that the doors were open.

"This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) and per the guidance of NUREG-1022, Rev. 3, 'Any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to control the release of radioactive material.'

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51406
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RYAN WHISNANT
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/17/2015
Notification Time: 21:32 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2015
Event Time: 16:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (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 N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

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MINIATURE ALCOHOL BOTTLE DISCOVERED INSIDE THE PROTECTED AREA

"A miniature alcohol bottle, containing trace amounts of liquid, was discovered inside the protected area. Site security took possession of the bottle and removed it from the protected area."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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