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Event Notification Report for November 30, 2015

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Event Reports For
11/27/2015 - 11/30/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51550 51553 51555 51556 51568 51570 51571

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Agreement State Event Number: 51550
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: HITTMAN TRANSPORT SERVICES
Region: 1
City:  State: MD
County: WASHINGTON
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY MANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/18/2015
Notification Time: 18:40 [ET]
Event Date: 11/18/2015
Event Time: 18:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
PAM HENDERSON (NMSS)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

TRUCK CONTAINING LOW LEVEL WASTE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL OVERTURNED

At approximately 1800 EST on 11/18/2015, the Maryland State Police responded to an overturned truck on route I-81 in Washington County, MD. The truck departed Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station en route to Oak Ridge, TN. Maryland Department of Environment responded to the site with radiation detectors and the hazmat team. The radioactive material was classified as low level waste and contained within the vehicle. The radiation levels on contact were very low, and at 1 meter, radiation levels were at background levels. The State Police closed the road for accident reconstruction.

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Agreement State Event Number: 51553
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: PETROCHEM INSPECTION SERVICES
Region: 4
City: PASADENA State: TX
County:
License #: L04460
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/19/2015
Notification Time: 18:05 [ET]
Event Date: 11/19/2015
Event Time: 05:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WARNICK (R4DO)
JOSEPHINE PICCONE (NMSS)
ROBERT BUNCH (ILTA)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA MISSING

A radiographer for the licensee was in contact with other PetroChem personnel at approximately 0530 CST on 11/19/2015. As of the time of this report, the radiographer has not been heard from and is unaccounted for. The radiographer is considered a Trustworthy and Reliable employee by the licensee. Searches have been and continue to be conducted of routes that the radiographer could have taken to travel to his work location in Corpus Christi, Texas. The licensee has also contacted family members, interviewed co-workers, and checked the job site, all with negative results.

The radiographer was traveling in a 2015 Ford F250 diesel 4x4 truck, white in color, with Texas license number GDY-6331. A QSA 880 Delta source projector (serial number 5187) containing a 74 curie IR-192 source was in the truck and is now considered unaccounted for.

The Corpus Christi police department has been contacted by the licensee for assistance.

Texas Report Number: I-9359.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC Watch Officer and EPA. Notified via E-mail only FDA, Nuclear SSA, FEMA National Watch Center, and DNDO-JAC. Notified Mexico via facsimile.

* * * UPDATE FROM ART TUCKER TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 0701 EST ON 11/20/15 * * *

"The Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] contacted the [licensee's] radiation safety officer [RSO] at 0655 [CST] and [the RSO] stated they recovered the camera and the truck at 0000 [CST on 11/20/15]. The investigation into this event is on going. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA 300."

Notified R4DO (Warnick), NMSS (McIntosh), ILTAB (Bunch), IRD (Stapleton), NMSS Event Notification via email, DHS SWO, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC Watch Officer and EPA. Notified via E-mail only FDA, Nuclear SSA, FEMA National Watch Center, and DNDO-JAC. Notified Mexico via facsimile.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 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 a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 51555
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: FORT COLLINS SOUTH SANITATION DISTRICT
Region: 4
City: FORT COLLINS State: CO
County:
License #: G/L
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA D. BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 11/20/2015
Notification Time: 11:19 [ET]
Event Date: 02/17/2014
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WARNICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

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

"Detail: After no response from initial mailing to Fort Collins South Sanitation District [from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)] , a call was made to verify information from SRB Technologies quarterly report on 10-21-2015. The superintendent of the facility was unaware of the order for the exit signs and had not received the annual mailing from our office. He was emailed a copy of the manufactures report and annual forms to be completed and asked to verify if the exit signs had been installed at the location reported. The superintendent stated a project was being constructed during the time the signs were ordered however, he would have to contact the companies involved with the project. He contacted the local distributor, CED, 2405 W 15th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204. CED stated they delivered the signs to the electrical contractor on 2-7-14. The superintendent then contacted the electrical contractor Master Electrical Contractors Inc. [MECI] for further information. The superintendent emailed our [CDPHE] office on 11-18-15 regarding the tracking events for the exit signs and provided a report from MECI. The lost exit sign is model number BX-20-WH, serial number is C107403, with activity of 20 Ci of Tritium H-3 shipped from SRB Technologies on 1-24-14 for installation at 2560 East County Road 32, Fort Collins, CO 80528.

"Event description: During construction of the dewatering and headworks improvement project, one of the five tritium exit signs was lost. The signs were in the possession of Master Electrical Contractors at the site. It is not certain at what point during the project or what caused the one sign to be lost or where it ended up. Therefore, the General Contractors of the project, Filanc Construction and Master Electrical Contractors, shall be responsible for the lost sign."

Colorado Event Report ID No.: CO15-I15-32

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: 51556
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: PROTEX
Region: 4
City: TEMPE State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 07-588
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 11/20/2015
Notification Time: 14:56 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2015
Event Time: 11:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WARNICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ROBERT BUNCH (ILTA)
CNSNS (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 information was received from the State of Arizona by facsimile:

"At approximately [0800 MST], November 20, 2015, the Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] was informed that the Licensee had a Campbell-Pacific Model MC-3, Serial Number MC310700331, portable moisture- density gauge stolen from a truck at an apartment parking lot. The theft occurred before [0500 MST], November 20, 2015. The gauge was the only thing stolen from the truck which had expensive tools in it. The sources were Cs-137, 10 millicuries and Am-241:Be, 50 millicuries.

"The Agency continues to investigate the event.

"The AZ Governor's Office, U.S. NRC, the States of CA, CO, NV, and NM are being notified of this event [by the Agency]."

Arizona First Notice: 15-025

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: 51568
Facility: RIVER BEND
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: ROB MELTON
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/27/2015
Notification Time: 09:23 [ET]
Event Date: 11/27/2015
Event Time: 04:31 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/27/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MARK HAIRE (R4DO)
SCOTT MORRIS (NRR)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM FOLLOWING PARTIAL LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER

"At 0431 CST on November 27, 2015, an automatic reactor scram occurred following the trip of the main generator. The generator trip was apparently caused by a partial loss of offsite power, which resulted from a differential ground on the north bus of the local 230 kV switchyard. The ground signal caused the reserve station service line no. 1 to de-energize, which tripped the Division 1 offsite power source to station, as well as the main generator. The plant responded as designed as follows: The Division 1 emergency diesel generator started and tied to the bus restoring Division 1 emergency power. The Division 3 emergency diesel generator started and tied to the bus, restoring power on the Division 3 switchgear. The reactor protection system tripped as designed. Reactor water level was controlled normally with condensate and feed water. A level 3 reactor water level scram signal occurred as expected, and RPV [Reactor Pressure Vessel] water level was restored to normal level band. Reactor pressure was controlled by the bypass valve system, and a normal cool down was initiated. The reactor is being taken to cold shutdown pending an investigation of the event. The loss of power also resulted in a partial loss of normal service water cooling to the plant, and emergency service water cooling automatically initiated per design. At the time of event, the reactor protection system was aligned to the backup power supply, which was momentarily lost. This resulted in multiple system isolations including reactor water clean up, and outboard balance of plant isolations. These isolations were initiated due to loss of offsite power, and all responded as designed. The isolation resulted in a loss of the running decay heat removal pump for the spent fuel pool. The standby pump is available for service and being aligned for service. The plant is currently stable in hot shutdown. Transmission and distribution personnel are currently investigating the ground in the 230 kV switchyard."

All control rods inserted. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51570
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: ALEX RIVAS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 11/28/2015
Notification Time: 23:54 [ET]
Event Date: 11/28/2015
Event Time: 19:12 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/29/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO GENERATOR LOCKOUT AFTER VOLTAGE REGULATOR MALFUNCTION

"Unit 1 automatic reactor trip actuated due to an automatic voltage regulator (AVR) malfunction which caused a generator lockout and turbine trip. The cause of the AVR malfunction is unknown at this time.

"All control rods fully inserted. The RCS is being cooled by forced flow (reactor coolant pumps). Secondary heat sink is being provided by the condenser steam dumps utilizing the main feed water system. The auxiliary feed water system actuated based on low steam generator level, but since has been secured. Off-site power remains available. No release is occurring and emergency core cooling systems did not actuate. Emergency plan entry was not required."

The plant is in its normal shutdown electrical lineup at normal operating temperature and pressure. Unit 2 was not affected by the Unit 1 transient.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51571
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: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 11/29/2015
Notification Time: 20:40 [ET]
Event Date: 11/29/2015
Event Time: 16:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/29/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ERIC MICHEL (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 SMALL OIL SPILL

"On November 29, 2015 at approximately 1600 Central Standard Time, it was reported that the oil catch device in place around the Temporary Diesel Generators (TDG) had overflowed due to a combination of accumulated rainwater and failure of one wall of the catch device to float. There is a small oil leak from the TDG. Less than one gallon of oil is estimated to have been spilled. The oil spill has reached the BFN [Brown Ferry Nuclear] forebay (waters of the US) via the station's storm drainage as evidenced by an oil sheen on the water of the forebay. The source of leakage has been contained.

"This oil spill is reportable to the EPA (National Response Center) under 40CFR112. Notification to the National Response Center has been made.

"Additional notification has been made to Alabama Emergency Management."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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