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Event Notification Report for January 4, 2016

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Event Reports For
12/31/2015 - 01/04/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51622 51623 51630 51631 51632 51633

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Agreement State Event Number: 51622
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - COLLEGE PARK
Region: 1
City: COLLEGE PARK State: MD
County:
License #: MD 33-004-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY MANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/23/2015
Notification Time: 15:08 [ET]
Event Date: 12/23/2015
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES NOGGLE (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PANORAMIC RESEARCH IRRADIATOR EMERGENCY RETURN CABLE BROKEN

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

"This afternoon [12/23/15] the emergency return cable for the source rack became crimped and the normal movement of the cable was stopped resulting in most of the emergency cable bunching up in the bottom of the source pool. The source rack was not raised during this occurrence and remains fully shielded at the bottom of the pool. College Park does not intend to use the irradiator until they fix/replace the emergency return cable.

"The plan is to wait until after the holidays and put the sources in the storage rack currently located at the bottom of the pool. Once the main rack is empty they will use their established procedures to raise the rack and repair/replace the emergency return cable. It was confirmed that there was no potential for damage to the sources from the emergency return cable hang-up. It was stated that the failure of the emergency return cable could not have resulted in a hung up source rack. It was stated that the repair of the system would not have any potential for additional occupational exposure to employees or would put the sources in any kind of jeopardy.

"The licensee will prepare, by next week, a report that will be sent by email to [the State] defining the incident, the methodology of repair ,and ultimately what caused the failure/crimping of the emergency return cable. Note: Due to the previous incident 1.5 years ago, when source rack hung up, the emergency return cable was replaced at that time."

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Agreement State Event Number: 51623
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: FREEPORT-MCMORAN, INC.
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: 13-005
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUDREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/24/2015
Notification Time: 10:37 [ET]
Event Date: 12/21/2015
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/24/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL IDENTIFIED AT WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY

The following report was received from the State of Arizona via email:

"On December 21, 2015, the Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulator Agency] received a telephone call from SA Recycling that they had identified a waste load that contained low levels of radioactive material. The Agency responded on December 22, 2015, and was positively able to identify a pig containing a Cesium 137 waste from the licensee. The average reading on the pig was 5 mR/hr on contact using a Thermo Interceptor. No other sources were identified. The source appears to be an Amdel Model AM213, SN Z-591 contained in an Amdel Model CSA device. The source contains 3.47 mCi of Cesium-137, as of April 1, 1994.

"Several issues are under investigation regarding how and when the radioactive material got into the scrap.

"The Agency continues to investigate the event."

Arizona State First Notice: 15-026

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: 51630
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CJ CAMPBELL
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/31/2015
Notification Time: 13:15 [ET]
Event Date: 12/31/2015
Event Time: 06:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/31/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)

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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION INOPERABLE

"On 12/31/15, at approximately 0630 hours [EST], during shift turnover panel walk-downs, a licensed Unit 3 reactor operator identified that the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) flow controller output indicated a downscale condition. The controller was in automatic with the set point at 5000 gpm, which would typically indicate a controller output value of 100%. HPCI was not in operation and is a standby system. Operations promptly declared the HPCI system inoperable and entered Technical Specification Condition C for HPCI being inoperable. Other standby systems (Reactor Core Isolation Cooling and low pressure emergency core cooling systems) are OPERABLE.

"HPCI is a single train system. Therefore, per NUREG-1022, this condition is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of a system required to mitigate the consequences of a design event.

"This condition has been entered into the Corrective Action program (IR 2606215). Maintenance troubleshooting of the flow controller loop has identified a failed component and repair activities are in progress.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed of this notification."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51631
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVEN WOOLSEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/01/2016
Notification Time: 17:19 [ET]
Event Date: 01/01/2016
Event Time: 16:34 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/01/2016
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
WILLIAM DEAN (NRR)
DAVID LEW (DRA)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
SCOTT MORRIS (NRR)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO UNVERIFIED FIRE ALARM IN CONTAINMENT

"Unusual Event declared at BVPS [Beaver Valley Power Station] Unit 1 at 1634 EST due to a fire alarm in Containment [which was] unable to be verified extinguished within 15 minutes. Current Containment parameters do not indicate an actual fire."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and State and local government agencies.

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


* * * UPDATE FROM SAMANTHA BALDWIN TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 2057 EST ON 1/1/2015 * * *

"At 1655 the fire alarm was reset.

"The Unusual Event has been terminated at 2035 EST after a containment entry and visual inspection determined no fire or indications of fire exist."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and State and local government agencies.

Notified R1DO (McKinley), NRR EO (Morris), and IRD MOC (Gott).

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51632
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEPHAN LAMBERT
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 01/02/2016
Notification Time: 23:56 [ET]
Event Date: 01/02/2016
Event Time: 23:05 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/03/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF FISH KILL

Millstone Unit 3 reported a non spill related environmental fish kill event with greater than 300 fish found in the trash basket.

The cause of the fish kill is unknown at this time. The type of fish reported was Atlantic Menhaden.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51633
Facility: BYRON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMIE GETCHIUS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 01/03/2016
Notification Time: 02:31 [ET]
Event Date: 01/02/2016
Event Time: 23:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/03/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)

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

Event Text

INADVERTANT SIREN ACTUATION

"On 01/02/2016 at 2340 [CST], personnel at the Ogle County 9-1-1 call center inadvertently actuated the emergency response sirens associated with Byron Generating Station multiple times. The emergency response sirens were secured at approximately 2350.

"This event is being reported under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) for, 'any event or situation, related to the health and safety of the public or on site personnel, or protection of the environment, for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been or will be made.'

"The licensee has notified the State of Illinois and the NRC Resident Inspector."

All sirens are operable and available if needed.

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