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Event Notification Report for November 25, 2015

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Event Reports For
11/24/2015 - 11/25/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51539 51540 51541 51542 51544 51563 51564 51566

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Agreement State Event Number: 51539
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: TUV RHEINLAND INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS
Region: 1
City: CHARLESTON State: TN
County:
License #: R-A 1026-A25
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW HOLCOMB
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/16/2015
Notification Time: 12:59 [ET]
Event Date: 10/22/2015
Event Time: 11:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA FAILED TO FUNCTION PROPERLY

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

"On October 22, 2015, a radiography device belonging to TUV Rheinland Industrial Solutions failed to function properly due to a jammed selector ring; this occurred when the operator attempted to rotate from the connect to the lock position. The source was fully retracted at the time of the incident. The device was a Sentinel 880D (SN# D2620) with 29.4 Ci of Se-75 (Source #SE4627). The licensee placed the device 'out of service'. On October 26, 2015, the device was shipped back to QSA Global for repair. A follow-up report will be submitted upon receipt of further information."

Tennessee State Event Report ID No: TN-15-166

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Agreement State Event Number: 51540
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: MANUFACTURING SCIENCES CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County:
License #: S-01046
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW HOLCOMB
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/16/2015
Notification Time: 15:53 [ET]
Event Date: 11/16/2015
Event Time: 09:20 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
PAMELA HENDERSON (NMSS)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIRE IN AN OFF GAS DUST COLLECTOR

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

"A fire occurred in an off gas dust collector and particulate filtration system used for ventilation from a process providing oxidation of metal depleted uranium chips. Alarm engaged and fire suppression system engaged. The local fire department responded and reinforced suppression. The fire department departed by 11:20 AM. Initial indications indicate no releases to the environment based on visual indications and stack monitoring systems not alarming. Negative pressure to the building was maintained. Smears taken outside of the building and radiologically controlled area does not indicate any elevated activity outside of the building. Air samples are being pulled and analyzed for workplace and air effluent stacks. Bioassays were being conducted to assess worker and firemen. A follow-up report will be submitted upon receipt of further information."

Tennessee State Event Report ID No: TN-15-167

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Agreement State Event Number: 51541
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: TERRACON CONSULTANTS, INC.
Region: 1
City: CHATTANOOGA State: TN
County:
License #: R-33105-L09
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW HOLCOMB
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/16/2015
Notification Time: 15:53 [ET]
Event Date: 11/16/2015
Event Time: 11:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED DENSITY MOISTURE GAUGE

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

"On November 16, 2015, a neutron soil density and moisture gauge belonging to Terracon Consultants, Inc. was run over by a dump truck. The source was fully retracted at the time of the incident. Initial surveys have indicated that the source remained in the shielded position after the incident. A leak test has been taken and sent off for evaluation. The device was a CPN MCIDR (SN# MD40407363) with 50 mCi of Am-241 Be (Source #7363) and 10 mCi of Cs-137 (Source #7363). The licensee placed the device 'out of service'. On November 16, 2015, the device will remain in shielded storage until Terracon Consultants, Inc. decides what they are going to do with it. A follow-up report will be submitted upon receipt of further information."

Tennessee State Event Report ID No: TN-15-168

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Agreement State Event Number: 51542
Rep Org: NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TANEY ENGINEERING, INC.
Region: 4
City: MINOT State: ND
County:
License #: 33-53306-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN DEIBERT
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/16/2015
Notification Time: 16:56 [ET]
Event Date: 11/15/2015
Event Time: 23:54 [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WARNICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
CNSC (CANADA) (FAX)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST DENSITY MOISTURE GAUGE

The following was received from the State of North Dakota via email:

"Taney Engineering, Inc. (Taney) reported the loss of a moisture/density gauge (Troxler Model No. 3430, Serial No. 30530) that contained a 1.48GBq (40mCi) Am-241:Be source (Serial No. 47-27626) and a 0.3 GBq (8 mCi) Cs-137 source (Serial No. 77-13400) currently licensed under North Dakota Department of Health License No. 33-53306-01. This event was initially reported to the Minot, North Dakota Police Department at 11:54 P.M. on Sunday, 11/15/2015. At that time, the field inspector noticed the Troxler nuclear density gauge designated above to be missing from the bed of his truck at the end of the day. The field inspector stated the nuclear density gauge was in the yellow transport box secured in the bed of his truck with chains and locks to both side handles and locks on the transport case when he stopped at Wal-Mart located at 3900 S Broadway St., Minot, ND 58701. When he returned from the store, the equipment was still secure in the bed of his truck. He drove to Buffalo Wild Wings in the adjoining parking lot located at 3820 S Broadway St., Minot, ND 58701 at approximately 11:35 P.M. He placed an order for take-out and waited for food inside. He arrived home in Minot, ND 58701 before 11:50 P.M. to drop off groceries before checking in the nuclear gauge and discovered company equipment, including the gauge, missing from the back of his truck. He immediately notified the Minot Police Department, filed incident report No. 2015-00036173. He then notified Troxler Electronic Laboratories at 877-876-9537. He than notified Taney."


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: 51544
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (CJCLDS)
Region: 1
City: SUFFOLK State: VA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/17/2015
Notification Time: 16:18 [ET]
Event Date: 10/27/2015
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/17/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (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 was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via email:

"On October 27th, the VRMP [Virginia Radioactive Materials Program] received a letter from CJCLDS [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] stating that 25 exit signs each containing approximately 3 curies of H-3 were lost. The letter stated that a contractor was hired in July to replace the H-3 signs with new electric signs and place the H-3 signs in a closet so that CJCLDS staff could properly dispose of them by packaging and returning them. The letter stated the signs were not in the designated location.

"The contractor was contacted by the VRMP who stated that an electrical sub-contractor was hired to perform this work. That company was contacted and VRMP was able to speak to the electrician and his supervisor. The electrician stated verbally and in writing that he removed the H-3 exit signs and placed them in the designated location.

"A search was performed by CJCLDS staff and church members were contacted to see if they had seen the signs. It has been concluded that the signs were discarded by accident and can't be found or recovered at this time.

"This location and the serial numbers of the H-3 signs could not be found in our GL database. The NRC was contacted to search their GL database for the serial numbers to no avail."

Virginia Event Report ID No: VA-15-9

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: 51563
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN OSBORNE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/23/2015
Notification Time: 22:41 [ET]
Event Date: 11/23/2015
Event Time: 21:48 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/24/2015
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
DAN DORMAN (R1RA)
WILLIAM DEAN (NRR)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

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UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM LEAKAGE

"At 2148 EST on November 23, 2015, Salem Unit 2 declared an Unusual Event due to reactor coolant system leakage greater than 10 gallons per minute. While performing troubleshooting to determine the source of leakage from the Emergency Core Cooling System high head safety injection piping, a motor operated valve was opened and the high head piping relief valve lifted. Indications in the control room calculated the leak rate at 16 gallons per minute based on the change in Pressurizer level. The leak was terminated when the motor operated valve was closed and the relief valve reseated. The time [duration] of the leak was about one minute."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, and NICC Watch Officer. E-mailed FEMA NWC and Nuclear SSA.

* * * UPDATE AT 0105 EST ON 11/24/15 FROM BILLY MOWER TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

The licensee terminated the Unusual Event at 0100 EST on 11/24/15. The licensee will be cooling down and depressurizing to mode 5 in order to replace the affected valve.

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector as well as the New Jersey State police, Delaware State Police and local emergency dispatch.

Notified the R1DO (Dwyer), NRR EO (Morris), IRD MOC (Stapleton), DHS SWO, FEMA Ops enter, and NICC Watch Officer. E-mailed FEMA NWC and Nuclear SSA.

* * * UPDATE FROM JOHN OSBORNE TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 0341 EST ON 11/24/15 * * *

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). 'Any event of condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident,' due to inoperability of both trains of the Emergency Core Cooling System high head safety injection systems.

"The unusual event was exited at 0100 [EST] on November 24th, 2015, when the Emergency Core Cooling System high head safety injection piping inlet valves were closed, ensuring isolation of the relief valve. The criteria for exit was leakage rate was below the 10 GPM rate. The plant is in mode 3 cooling down to mode 5.

"The licensee notified the states of New Jersey and Delaware, Lower Alloways Township, and the NRC Resident Inspector."

Notified the R1DO (Dwyer).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51564
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RON BLENKER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/24/2015
Notification Time: 14:19 [ET]
Event Date: 11/24/2015
Event Time: 05:34 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/24/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
Person (Organization):
AARON McCRAW (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown

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RESIDUAL HEAT REMOVAL PUMP TRIPPED DURING INITIATION OF SHUTDOWN COOLING

"On 11/24/2015 at 0534 hours [CST] the plant was in MODE 3 [hot standby] for a forced outage. While initially placing Shutdown Cooling (SDC) in service, the 12 Residual Heat Removal (RHR) pump tripped approximately 8-10 seconds after start due to the closure of the RHR SDC suction isolation valves. This was determined to be from an invalid signal on the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) suction interlock. This is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(v)(B) as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to remove residual heat. This event did not challenge the ability to maintain safe shutdown conditions, remove residual heat, control the release of radioactive material, or mitigate the consequences of an accident as other methods of decay heat removal were being utilized successfully to establish plant conditions.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

This incident places the RHR system in a 24-hour technical specification limiting condition for operations.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51566
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW QUICK
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/24/2015
Notification Time: 17:02 [ET]
Event Date: 11/24/2015
Event Time: 12:53 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/24/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
AARON McCRAW (R3DO)
ENDANGERED SPECIES (EMAI)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown

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OFFSITE NOTIFICATION FOR A DISCHARGE CANAL TEMPERATURE CHANGE CAUSING A FISH KILL

"At 1253 CST on 11/24/2015, XCEL Energy Environmental Services made a report to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) due to the recorded total fish loss (59) as a result of the Monticello Plant's discharge canal temperature change following the reactor scram on 11/23/2015. This notification is being made under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) based on a notification to another government agency.

"This issue has no safety significance and no impact on the health and safety of the general public.

"NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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