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Event Notification Report for December 9, 2015

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Event Reports For
12/08/2015 - 12/09/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51536 51573 51575 51592 51593

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 51536
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JEFFREY HESTAND
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 11/13/2015
Notification Time: 08:21 [ET]
Event Date: 11/13/2015
Event Time: 06:39 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/08/2015
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)
MARC DAPAS (RA)
MICHELE EVANS (NRR)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
SCOTT MORRIS (NRR)

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

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO UNIDENTIFIED RCS LEAKAGE GREATER THAN 10 GPM

While in Mode 3, South Texas Project Unit 1 declared an Unusual Event at 0639 CST on 11/13/15, due to SU7 of EAL1- Unidentified RCS or Pressure Boundary leakage greater than 10 gpm.

The excessive leakage to the WHT (waste holding tank) occurred when a letdown system demineralizer was placed in service. Operators bypassed the demineralizer and the RCS leakage was stopped. The excess leakage lasted for approximately 8 minutes and the maximum leakage was estimated to be 12-15 gpm.

There was no impact on South Texas Unit 2 which continues to operate at 100% power.

South Texas Project Unit 1 exited the Unusual Event at 0802 CST on 11/13/15, after verifying Unidentified RCS leakage less than 1 gpm. The demineralizer drain valve was partially open and was the cause of the excess leakage. The drain valve has been closed.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspectors.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, FEMA NWC, NICC Watch Officer, and NuclearSSA via email

* * * UPDATE AT 1414 EST ON 11/13/2015 FROM JASON BERRIO TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Due to entering the STP [South Texas Project] Emergency Plan (Unusual Event), STP has officially determined to make a planned press release. Per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi), STP is making a notification to the NRC via the emergency notification system (ENS).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of the press release.

"The planned press release shares the following information:

"On November 13, 2015, STP Nuclear Operating Station, Unit 1, declared an Unusual Event at 0639 CST. Plant operators identified increasing reactor coolant system leakage in Unit 1. Plant Operators took immediate actions to verify the source and safely isolate and stop the leakage. Upon identifying the source of the leakage, the Unusual Event was exited at 0802 CST on November 13, 2015.

"The leakage was captured and maintained within an on-site storage tank and there was no radioactive release to the environment. STP Unit 1 is preparing for restart following a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage."

Notified the R4DO (Gaddy).

* * * RETRACTION AT 1221 EST ON 12/08/15 FROM MARC HILL TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

"The purpose of this report is to retract the ENS report made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (a)(1)(i) on November 13, 2015, at 08:21 EST (ENS # 51536). STP Nuclear Operating Company declared an Unusual Event at 0639 CDT on November 13, 2015, based on Initiating Condition for Reactor Coolant System (RCS) Leakage Emergency Action Level (EAL) SU7. The event was reported to the NRC under EN # 51536 and the event was subsequently terminated on November 13, 2015 at 0802 CST. After further review, the emergency declaration is being retracted because the source of the leakage was from the Chemical and Volume Control System (CVCS) and not from the RCS."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

Notified the R4DO (Hagar).

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Agreement State Event Number: 51573
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BY DESIGN HOMES
Region: 4
City: FORT COLLINS State: CO
County:
License #: G/L
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/01/2015
Notification Time: 10:17 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2015
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/01/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA ()
ILTAB (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:

"Event Date and Time: 11/17/15. Time is unknown as the current owner took possession of the property after a business had remodeled the interior of the structure. This report is for an exit sign that was disposed of between 2007 to 2012.

"Event Type: Lost Exit Sign

"Event Description: An exit sign was purchased during the renovation of a church to an office. By Design Homes purchased the property in 2007 and used the property for their offices until the renovation was completed and resold as private residence in 2012. The disposition of the exit [sign] is unknown. By Design Homes was unaware of the exit sign containing Tritium.

"Detail: During an audit of the records, a contact was made with one of the investors who worked with By Design Homes. During the discussion, we [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)] discovered the transition [of] the property from a church to By Design Homes. They renovated the property [into] a private residence. It is unknown what happened with the exit sign. Speculation is the sign was taken down and disposed of in a dumpster during the renovation from the business to a residence.

"The current owner does not have any record of an exit sign being in the home when purchased in 2012.

"Our [CDPHE] office made contact with By Design Homes, leaving emails with the investor to relay the incident and to obtain a corrective action report. No further communication has been received at this date."

Colorado Event Report ID No.: CO15-I15-34


* * * UPDATE FROM LINDA BARTISH TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1211 EST ON 12/1/2015 * * *

The following information was received via E-mail:

"Additional information regarding the exit sign: Model Number is 1091, Serial Number is U1796, Activity is 7.5 Ci of H-3, Manufacturer is Safety Light, Shipped on 7/25/2007."

Notified R4DO (Gepford). E-mailed ILTAB (Johnson) and NMSS Events Notification group.


* * * UPDATE FROM LINDA BARTISH TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1438 EST ON 12/1/2015 * * *

The following information was received via E-mail:

"Correction, the Model Number is 101."

Notified R4DO (Gepford). E-mailed ILTAB (Johnson) and NMSS Events Notification group.

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: 51575
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: FEDEX FREIGHT
Region: 4
City: HENDERSON State: CO
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 12/01/2015
Notification Time: 15:35 [ET]
Event Date: 12/01/2015
Event Time: 12:15 [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/01/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA ()
ILTAB (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 provided by the State of Colorado via email:

"Event date and time: 12-1-2015, 12:15 MST. The exit sign is considered to be lost material and it is unknown what date the sign was removed or abandoned.

"Event location: 9351 Willow Court, Henderson, CO

"Event type: Lost Exit Sign Model # SLX 60, Serial Number 11-13624, 6.2 Ci, H-3, Shipped from Isolite Corporation on 4/26/2011.

"Event description: The onsite manager completed an inspection of the property. No Tritium exit sign was discovered. The exit sign is considered to be lost. The company representative will provide a written policy and procedure to resolve this from happening in the future."

Event Report ID No.: CO15-I15-35

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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Part 21 Event Number: 51592
Rep Org: HOWDEN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Licensee: HOWDEN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Region: 1
City: COLUMBIA State: SC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: J TODD GUNVALSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/08/2015
Notification Time: 14:31 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2015
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/08/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACT (EMAI)

Event Text

PART 21 REPORT - 2 MOTORS WERE NOT PROPERLY PREPARED BEFORE SMALL STEEL SHOT BLASTING

The following information is an excerpt from an Howden North America email:

"It was discovered that two motors being prepared for steel shot blasting prior to application of the coating system may not have been properly sealed allowing a small amount of small steel shot blast to enter into the motor."

The two motors have been repaired and returned to FPL (Florida Power and Light Company), no further action is required.

Customer: Florida Power and Light Company
Location/Site: Turkey Point
Motor Serial Numbers: GG153620115 and GG153620116

For questions and additional information, contact:

J. Todd Gunvalson
Director, Quality
Howden North America
7909 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone 803-741-2716

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 51593
Facility: LOUISIANA ENERGY SERVICES
RX Type:
Comments: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
                   GAS CENTRIFUGE FACILITY
Region: 2
City: EUNICE State: NM
County: LEA
License #: SNM-2010
Agreement: Y
Docket: 70-3103
NRC Notified By: DAVID HURD
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 12/08/2015
Notification Time: 15:08 [ET]
Event Date: 12/07/2015
Event Time: 16:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/08/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
MARISSA BAILEY (NMSS)

Event Text

CRANE ITEM RELIED UPON FOR SAFETY NEVER INSTALLED

"During unrelated maintenance, it was discovered that the UUSA UBC crane was missing components that are within the IROFS27e, QL1 boundary. These components have been missing since the crane went into operation in early 2015. The IROFS [Item relied upon for safety] has been declared degraded and is currently inoperable, and in a location where it cannot impact licensed material.

"This IROFS is designed to mitigate the consequences of UF6 release, to meet 10 CFR 70.61 performance requirements. No accident occurred, no release occurred.

"During the period in which the crane was operating in a degraded state, no design basis accidents occurred, thus there are no actual consequences. The crane had been moved to a safe position in order to perform other repairs (away from licensed material), and it locked in a place, thereby removing applicability of the IROFS. Thus, there is currently no potential for consequences.

"During unrelated repair activities, it was discovered that the URENCO USA UBC Crane has been in operations since March of 2015 while in a degraded condition. A component within the IROFS QL1 boundary was never installed.

"This is a sole IROFS to mitigate consequences. There are no other IROFS in place to support this function. Currently there is no analysis available to support the ability of the degraded IROFS to perform its safety function.

"There were no design basis external events during operation of the crane, nor do any currently exist.

"The UBC Crane was already locked out for ongoing corrective maintenance, The lockout remains active, and the IROFS is now declared inoperable. The condition was entered into the USA's Correcting Action Program for Evaluation and Corrective Actions.

"The degraded IROFS has been declared inoperable. No accident sequences occurred.

"The plant did not enter an emergency classification, nor is one planned.

"There are no planned notifications other that this event notification to the NRC Operations Center."

The NRC Regional Inspector (Munson) was notified.

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