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Event Notification Report for April 5, 2016

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04/04/2016 - 04/05/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51712 51823 51825 51846 51847

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 51712
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES SCHWER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 02/05/2016
Notification Time: 03:49 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2016
Event Time: 01:09 [EST]
Last Update Date: 04/04/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)

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 N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

EXCESSIVE CONTROL ROOM IN-LEAKAGE IDENTIFIED

"On February 5, 2015 at 0109 EST, the Control Room Emergency Ventilation System (CREVS) was declared inoperable due to a higher than allowed identified in-leakage rate for the Control Room Envelope (CRE) when in the Normal Operating Mode. Unit 1 remains at 100 percent power and Unit 2 remains in Mode 3 for an unrelated planned maintenance outage. Unit 1 and Unit 2 share a common CRE.

"This in-leakage was detected during additional testing following the event documented in EN #51584.

"At the time of discovery, there is a reasonable expectation this condition could prevent the fulfillment of the safety function of a system that is required to mitigate the consequences of an accident, thus satisfying the reporting criteria for 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

"Actions to implement mitigating actions were immediately initiated in accordance with Technical Specification 3.7.10. CREVS has been placed in Recirculation Ventilation Mode, isolating the control room from outside air.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified of the condition."

* * * RETRACTION FROM DAVID HELD TO VINCENT KLCO AT 1411 EDT ON 4/4/16 * * *

"Following the 8-hour 10 CFR 50.72 notification made on 02/05/2016 (EN 51712) regarding the Control Room Emergency Ventilation System (CREVS) inoperability, further engineering evaluation has determined the identified in-leakage does not result in exceeding the design criteria for dose to the control room personnel. Therefore the degraded Control Room Emergency Ventilation System remained operable with the identified air in-leakage as determined by the Control Room Envelope Habitability Program. As such, the safety function was never lost and the event notification is being retracted as it is not reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

"The NRC Resident has been notified."

Notified the R1DO (Jackson).

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Agreement State Event Number: 51823
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER
Region: 1
City: EASTOVER State: SC
County:
License #: 341
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PETERSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/25/2016
Notification Time: 13:15 [ET]
Event Date: 03/23/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/25/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED NUCLEAR GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK IN CLOSED POSITION

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

"The licensee [International Paper] provided notification [to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control] of a stuck shutter on a Berthold Model LB7440 fixed gauging device. The shutter is stuck in the closed position. The gauging device contains 15 mCi of Cs-137. A licensed contractor has been contacted and will proceed with corrective maintenance on the shutter mechanism within the next 30 days. Updates to this event will be made through the NMED system."

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Agreement State Event Number: 51825
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL, INC.
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 12-8361
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSHUA E. DAEHLER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/28/2016
Notification Time: 15:58 [ET]
Event Date: 03/26/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
DAN COLLINS (NMSS)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)
NADER MAMISH (OIP)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING SHIPMENT OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS

The following information was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"The licensee (QSA Global, Inc.) made telephone notification at 1156 EDT on March 28, 2016 to the Agency (Massachusetts Radiation Control Program) that the licensee was notified by the carrier (Lufthansa Cargo Airlines) on the same day at 1050 EDT that a shipment of one package for export containing 73.1712 TBq (1,977.6 curies) of iridium-192 shipped from QSA Global, Inc. (Burlington, Massachusetts) on March 23, 2016 to a QSA Division in Prague, Czech Republic was missing and that the licensee was working with carrier to find the package containing the missing materials. The licensee additionally reports that its QSA Division in Prague is closed for business today, March 28, 2016.

"After initial telephone notification made by the licensee to the Agency, the licensee forwarded to the Agency tracking information from the carrier indicating that the missing package was tracked by the carrier to have been shipped from New York's JFK Airport (airport station JFK) through Frankfort, Germany airport (airport station FRA) and had arrived at the Prague, Czech Republic airport (airport station PRG) on March 26, 2016. According to carrier tracking, the package was not recorded as actually being received from the flight arriving to PRG on March 26, 2016 and then declared missing by the carrier on same day. Additional information received by the licensee indicated that upon arrival to FRA, the pallet that licensee's shipment was built on was offloaded from the aircraft at FRA and taken to a break down area and the shipment was re-built on a different pallet for movement on the flight from FRA to PRG.

"The package is described as a Type B(U) package, RQ UN2916, containing 23 (twenty-three) total QSA Global, Inc. Model 87501 radiography sources, each source special form.

"The reporting requirement is immediate and is of 105 CMR 120.281(A)(1), missing licensed radioactive materials in aggregate quantity equal to or greater than 1,000 times quantity specified in 105 CMR 120.297, Appendix C.

"The Agency made notification to FBI.

"The Agency considers this event to be open."

Notified DHS (SWO) and Department of State Ops Center.

* * * UPDATE FROM CHARLES ELLARS WITH QSA GLOBAL TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 0715 EDT ON 3/29/16 * * *

"Notified by QSA Global, via email, at 0715 EDT 03/29/2016, of the following; Please be advised that QSA Global has been notified officially by Lufthansa that the shipment was located and is currently in Prague, Czech Rep. Arrangements are being made for final delivery.
Charles Ellars, RSO
QSA. Global, Inc."

Notified R1DO (Dwyer), NMSS (Collins and McIntosh), IRD (Gott), ILTAB (Hahn), OIP (Mamish), and DHS (SWO), Department of State OPS Center, and NMSS Events Notification via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM EDWARD SALOMON TO RICHARD SMITH AT 1027 EDT ON 3/29/2016 * * *

"The Agency (Massachusetts Radiation Control Program) received an update at 0715 EDT on Tuesday, 3/29/2016, from the licensee (QSA Global). The licensee stated that they were officially notified by Lufthansa Cargo Airlines that the Iridium-192 missing material (Shipment) had been located and is currently in Prague, Czech Republic with arrangements being made for final delivery.

"The Agency made this updated notification to the FBI. No further Agency action will be taken as a result of this event.

"The Agency considers this event CLOSED."

Notified R1DO (Dwyer), and NMSS Events Notification via email.

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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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 51846
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVID HURT
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 04/03/2016
Notification Time: 07:13 [ET]
Event Date: 04/02/2016
Event Time: 23:02 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/04/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)

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

Event Text

REACTOR PROTECTION SYSTEM ACTUATION WHILE REACTOR SHUTDOWN

"At 2302 [CDT] on April 2, 2016, with the plant shutdown, [with] all control rods inserted in the reactor and while attempting to reset the reactor trip breakers to support outage activities (reset of the main turbine), the reactor trip breakers reopened. This was identified to be due to having both trains of Solid State Protection System (SSPS) out of service while in Mode 5. With both trains of SSPS out of service, a condition was met that would cause a reactor trip signal due to having a general warning condition on both trains. Per procedure, the control rods were incapable of withdrawal and fully inserted. Reactor Coolant System boron was 2280 ppm. There were no actuations as a result of the reactor trip breakers opening due to SSPS being removed from service."

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION AT 1635 EDT ON 4/4/16 FROM TIM HOLLAND TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

"At 0713 EDT on April 3, 2016, EN #51846 provided notification of a Reactor Protection System actuation as revealed by the reactor trip breakers opening. Upon further investigation, it has been determined that the system actuated during maintenance activities due to a reactor trip signal caused by both trains of the Solid State Protection System (SSPS) being in test. This signal was not in response to actual plant conditions or parameters satisfying the requirements for initiation of the system and was therefore invalid. As such, the notification made by EN #51846 for a valid actuation of a specified system is hereby retracted.

"In addition, an editorial change to the first sentence of the original notification description is hereby made. The first sentence is revised to read as follows:

"At 2303 EDT on April 2, 2016, with the plant shut down and all control rods inserted into the reactor, while attempting to reset the reactor trip breakers to support outage activities (reset of the main turbine), the reactor trip breakers reopened."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

Notified the R4DO (Kellar).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51847
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAN WILLIAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 04/04/2016
Notification Time: 16:49 [ET]
Event Date: 04/04/2016
Event Time: 13:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/04/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO COOLING TOWER WATER RELEASED TO A NON-PERMITTED OUTFALL

"Notified the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that Limerick Cooling Tower water was released to a non-permitted outfall through the spray pond (Ultimate Heat Sink) due to system lineups associated with emergent maintenance activities. There was no radioactive material contained within the water released. Corrective actions are being taken to prevent further release via this outfall."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

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