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Event Notification Report for March 11, 2016

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03/10/2016 - 03/11/2016

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51663 51763 51766 51785

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 51663
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: THOMAS MULHOLLAND
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 01/19/2016
Notification Time: 17:42 [ET]
Event Date: 01/19/2016
Event Time: 16:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)

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

Event Text

UNANALYZED CONDITION DISCOVERED DURING REVIEW OF OUTAGE DATA

"On January 19, 2016, while reviewing outage data, plant staff recognized that anomalous data collected in October, 2015, for the 21 Auxiliary Feed Pump time response loop resulted in an unanalyzed condition. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the condition most likely existed since April 20, 2015, when maintenance activities were performed on the auxiliary feedwater pump discharge pressure transmitter. Consequently, there were multiple instances when one of the other auxiliary feedwater pumps was removed from service, thus creating a condition which did not meet the accident analysis assumptions for auxiliary feedwater flow initial response.

"This event is being reported under the requirements of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) as 'the nuclear power plant being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety.' This condition was corrected on November 20, 2015."

The auxiliary feedwater pump discharge pressure transmitter instrument isolation valve was inadvertently left closed after the April 20, 2015 maintenance.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the State of New Jersey, State of Delaware, and the local township.

* * * RETRACTED ON 3/10/16 AT 1647 EST FROM JACK OSBORNE TO DONG PARK * * *

"This event is being retracted. An engineering review determined that while the auxiliary feedwater flow loop response time test results did not meet the procedural acceptance criteria, the accident analysis assumptions remained valid. The ATWS [Anticipated Transient Without Scram] was the limiting accident, and the loop response time results were still bounded by the existing analyses. The failed loop response time did result in a condition prohibited by TS which will be reported in a Licensee Event Report (LER). This condition has been documented in the licensee's Corrective Action Program."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Dimitriadis).

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Agreement State Event Number: 51763
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: NVI, NONDESTRUCTIVE & VISUAL INSPECTION, LLC
Region: 4
City: CUTOFF State: LA
County:
License #: LA-5601-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 03/02/2016
Notification Time: 17:06 [ET]
Event Date: 02/01/2016
Event Time: 16:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT SOURCE DUE TO CRIMPED TUBE

The following information was provided by the State of Louisiana via email:

"On February 1, 2016, a crew from NVI [Nondestructive & Visual Inspection, LLC] was performing radiography at a temporary jobsite located at the Loop Clovelly Facility on Highway 1 in Cutoff, LA. The crew was working in an area only accessible by boat. The crew made some exposures and did not notice the 'crank out' cable became wedged between the boat and the vessel support. The crew set [four] boundaries for the duration of the 'shots'/exposures. When the crew tried to retract the source into the shielded position, it would not [retract] because the 'crank out' tube was crimped, but was still connected to the exposure device. The source assembly remained out of the shielded position. When it was determined the source was not retractable, immediately the crew cleared the area and boundaries were established by distance and for unnecessary exposures.

"The lead radiographer contacted the RSO and received instructions on how to secure/shield the area from potential/unnecessary exposures. This was after the crew had submerged the source in the water to provide shielding for the source. This was the initial notice and was not received until the source was secured in the shielded position and the event was over. The RSO did the actual retrieval and securing of the source. His direct reading pocket dosimeter reading was 593 mR and the crew's readings were 230 mR and below.

"The exposure device and associated equipment ('crank out' control and source guide tube) were SPEC 150 exposure device S/N 1764 and a SPEC G-60, S/N WI1508 source. The source was 42 Ci of Ir-192. The equipment, the exposure device and source assembly were brought to SPEC [Source Production & Equipment Company] in St. Rose, LA and was evaluated and passed the quality assurance requirements.

"The radiography crew was suspended from radiography work until they can be reinstructed in the NVIs' Operation Emergency and Safety Manual. The crew was sent to an Occupational Medicine Facility for blood-work. The test results were within normal limits. This is the corrective action. THIS EVENT IS CONSIDERED CLOSED.

"NVI, Nondestructive & Visual Inspection, LLC is Departmentally [Louisiana Radiation Protection Division] approved and licensed to perform source retrievals. This is being reported as 10CFR Part 34.101(a)."

Louisiana Event Report ID # LA-160002

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51766
Rep Org: EUROFINS EATON ANALYTICS, INC.
Licensee: EUROFINS EATON ANALYTICS, INC.
Region: 3
City: SOUTH BEND State: IN
County:
License #: 13-32402-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DALE PIECHOCKI
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/03/2016
Notification Time: 14:39 [ET]
Event Date: 03/03/2016
Event Time: 14:38 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/03/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
NICK VALOS (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST ELECTRON CAPTURE DETECTOR SOURCES

"Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc., (EEA) is reporting two lost ECDs [Electron Capture Detector] serial# B794 and A10856 that were listed under the General License GL-65970 held by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

"A notice to the NRC was sent on November 25, 2015 stating that the devices under General License GL-65970 were transferred to EEA. On February 4, 2016 it was brought to our attention by NRC Region III's Material Safety Licensing Branch, that ECDs, Serial# B794 and A10856 should be in our possession. After a thorough search of the facility and records we could not locate these ECDs.

"(i) Lost device ECD, Serial# B794, Model# 03-917440-00, isotope Ni-63, activity 15 mCi, was manufactured by Varian Associates, Inc.
(ii) Lost device ECD, Serial# A10856, Model# 02-0001972-00, isotope Ni-63, activity 15 mCi, was manufactured by Varian Associates, Inc.
(iii) Both ECDs were not located in a recent inventory check.
(iv) Both ECDs were more than likely returned to Varian for disposal before 2008.
(v) No known exposures have been reported from this ECD at this time.
(vi) [EEA] performed a thorough search of the facility and in-house records. In addition, [EEA] attempted to contact Varian. In 2010 Varian was sold off to Agilent and Buker Corp. Buker Corp then sold off their portion of Varian Gas Chromatography equipment to Scion in 2014. All three companies were contacted in order to determine who currently holds the Varian ECD records. None of the companies contacted claimed to hold the records.
(vii) [EEA] now maintains a list of ECDs showing each ECD location. The list is maintained by the laboratory and monitored by the RSO."

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: 51785
Facility: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR
Region: 4 State: AR
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: KEITH LEDBETTER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/10/2016
Notification Time: 09:44 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2016
Event Time: 08:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

SEISMIC ALARM FUNCTION NOT AVAILABLE DURING SEMI-ANNUAL SEISMIC SYSTEM FUNCTIONAL TEST

"This notification is being made due to planned maintenance during the Semi-Annual Seismic System Functional Test. This test will result in a major loss of emergency assessment capability for emergency action levels (EAL) HA6 (Natural or destructive phenomena affecting VITAL AREAS), while the control room 0.1g acceleration alarm is non-functional. The emergency preparedness plan requires the 0.1g acceleration alarm indication to declare EAL HA6 during a seismic event > Operating Basis Earthquake (OBE). This condition requires an 8 hour nonemergency immediate reportability to the NRC in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), Major Loss of Assessment, Response, or Communication Capability.

"At approximately 0840 CST on March 10, 2016 the Semi-Annual Seismic System Functional Test commenced. While this test is in progress, seismic alarm capability is not available for EAL declaration purposes. ANO procedures provide compensatory measures of using offsite sources to obtain seismic data. It should be noted that seismic data will still remain capable of being recorded and only alarm capability is lost. The Semi-Annual Seismic System Functional Test is scheduled to be completed in less than 24 hours."

The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector.

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