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Event Notification Report for October 7, 2015

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10/06/2015 - 10/07/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51427 51431 51433 51455 51457 51458

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Agreement State Event Number: 51427
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: INVISTA CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING CO.
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County:
License #: 065-2518-0G-I
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID CROWLEY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/28/2015
Notification Time: 17:29 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/28/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EIGHT MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following is a summary of information received from the State of North Carolina via email:

Eight new Tritium exit signs were reported missing to the State of North Carolina by the licensee. The new signs were placed in a temporary storage location during building renovations. They were discovered missing when the licensee was preparing to return old signs back to the manufacturer for disposal. The licensee believes the new signs were inadvertently discarded as trash.

All eight signs were manufactured by Isolite Corporation and each contained approximately 6.22 Curies of Tritium. The serial numbers of the missing signs are: 1203962, 1203964, 1203966, 1203961, 1203900, 1203963, 1203902, and 1203897.

North Carolina will be citing the licensee for loss of radioactive material.

NC Item Number: NC 150025

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: 51431
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: LEHIGH NORTHEAST CEMENT COMPANY
Region: 1
City: GENS FALLS State: NY
County:
License #: C3003
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL J. SAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/29/2015
Notification Time: 14:42 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/29/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSC (CANADA) (FAX)

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

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NEW YORK AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST STRONTIUM-90 CALIBRATOR SOURCE

The following information was received from the state of New York via facsimile:

"A routine inspection by the NYS Department of Health resulted in a finding that a Thermo Fisher Scientific Model 885326 Ser. No. B7131 point level gauge calibrator source had not been used since 2011. Licensee efforts to locate the device following the inspection were not successful. The source was officially deemed missing July 30, 2015. The device contained a 2 microCurie Strontium 90 source. The licensee states that at some time between the original installation in 2001 and 2003, the board on which the Sr-90 source was installed, failed and was replaced by a new electronic test board that did not require a radioactive source. Thermo Fisher did the installation. Neither the facility nor Thermo Fisher have any documentation showing the disposition of the Sr-90 source."

NYS Event Report ID No.: NYDOH-15-09

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: 51433
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 4
City: ALBUQUERQUE State: NM
County:
License #: BM 233-94
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CARL SULLIVAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/29/2015
Notification Time: 16:49 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2015
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 09/29/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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NEW MEXICO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL EVENT INVOLVING Y-90 SIRSPHERES

On 9/23/15, a patient underwent Y-90 SirSphere treatment on their liver. Post-treatment scans indicated the patient had SirSpheres present in their stomach and liver. The calculated dose to the patient's stomach was 54 Rem.

The state of New Mexico will be sending an inspector to investigate the cause of the event.

New Mexico Report No.: NM150004

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 51455
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: ALBERTO SANCHEZ
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 10/05/2015
Notification Time: 21:47 [ET]
Event Date: 10/05/2015
Event Time: 21:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2015
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
BRICE BICKETT (R1DO)
DAN DORMAN (RA)
ALLEN HOWE (NRR)
BILL DEAN (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

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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ALERT DECLARATION DUE TO FIRE IN THE AUXILIARY BUILDING

"At 2115 [EDT] on 10/05/15, an Alert was declared due to a fire in the Auxiliary building affecting DC-P-1A [Decay closed cooling pump 1A] and A-Train safety equipment. The fire is out."

The licensee reported the fire was extinguished at approximately 2201 EDT. The fire did not hamper operations personnel responding to the fire. Offsite fire assistance was requested.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

The licensee notified the York Haven Power Station, PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency), and the counties of Cumberland, Lebanon, Lancaster, York, and Dauphin.

Notified DHS, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC, EPA EOC, FEMA NWC (via email), FDA EOC (via email) and Nuclear SSA (via email).

* * * UPDATE AT 0015 EDT ON 10/06/15 FROM JAMES CREIGHTON TO S. SANDIN * * *

The licensee is terminating the Alert at 0009 EDT on 10/06/15 based on the following:

"At 2115 [EDT] on 10/05/15, an Alert (HA3) was declared due to a fire in the Decay Closed Cooling Water Pump '1A' motor and breaker. The fire was extinguished at 2201 [EDT].

"Following inspection by electrical maintenance the 'P' 480V bus was re-energized at 2305 [EDT] and restoration of previously running loads is in progress.

"Station (TMI) is in a 72-hour LCO for repairs to the Decay Closed Cooling Water Pump '1A' (DC-P-1A).

"TMI (Three Mile Island) is terminating the event based upon the above information."

The licensee notified the York Haven Power Station, PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency), and the counties of Cumberland, Lebanon, Lancaster, York, and Dauphin. The licensee will issue a press release.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Bickett), NRR (Howe) and IRD (Gott).

Notified DHS, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC, EPA EOC, FEMA NWC (via email), FDA EOC (via email) and Nuclear SSA (via email).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51457
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: BRANDON STARNES
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 10/06/2015
Notification Time: 17:56 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2015
Event Time: 13:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)

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

INADVERTENT EMERGENCY SIREN ACTUATION

"At 1333 [CDT] on 10-6-2015, GGNS [Grand Gulf Nuclear Station] was notified by Claiborne County Civil Defense that the Public Notification System (ANS) Sirens in Claiborne County had been inadvertently initiated by Claiborne County at 1330 today.

"In response, GGNS informed Claiborne County, MS, State of Mississippi, Tensas Parish, LA, the State of Louisiana and other government agencies of a spurious actuation of the emergency response sirens in Claiborne County. The duration of the siren actuation was approximately 2 minutes. Upon cancellation of the siren activation command at 1332, the Claiborne County Emergency Director issued a 'NO EMERGENCY' message via CODE RED and Tone Alert Radio.

"At approximately 1342, Claiborne County Emergency Management Agency also faxed a 'NO EMERGENCY' Emergency Alert System message transmission request to the following television stations: WJMI, WLBT, and WJTV."

The licensee stated Claiborne County technicians believed this was caused by human error.

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Part 21 Event Number: 51458
Rep Org: DRESDEN
Licensee: GENERAL ELECTRIC HITACHI
Region: 3
City: MORRIS State: IL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AARON THOMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 10/06/2015
Notification Time: 22:06 [ET]
Event Date: 10/05/2015
Event Time: 12:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
ANN MARIE STONE (R3DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACT (EMAI)

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PART 21 REPORT - ELECTROMATIC RELIEF VALVE (EMRV) CUTOUT SWITCH

"Following the return of the actuator that failed bench testing to GEH, on 6/12/15 at 1804 [CDT], General Electric Hitachi (GEH) notified Dresden Station of a potential parts quality Potential Failure of the EMRV Cutout Switch. It has been determined the notification is applicable to DNPS [Dresden Nuclear Power Station], Units 2 and 3.

"The GEH investigation concluded that the EMRV actuator assemblies failed to change state because of the failure of the cutout switch to fully close and provide the appropriate current path. Multiple contributing factors were discovered which could have led to the presence of the gaps in the cutout switch. The most significant of these factors is a change in lever arm positioning causing increased forces in the tension spring which prevent proper closure of the cutout switch. Design changes to reduce wear caused by vibration on the actuators changed lever arm position and also allowed for additional dimensional tolerance which tended to increase force in the tension spring.

"Identification of Facility and Component: DNPS / EMRV Actuator, GEH Part Number 352B2632G001

"Safety Significance (e.g., substantial hazard that is or could be created): Identified condition is a Potential Substantial Safety Hazard since it could cause affected EMRVs to fail to operate as designed, which could result in a loss of safety function. Potential to affect the Minimum Critical Power Ratio (MCPR), Reactor Coolant System (RCS), Automatic Depressurization System (ADS), and Low Set Relief Function

"Plants with similar GEH cutout switches: Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station."

Part 21 Reference: EN #51386

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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