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Event Notification Report for November 8, 2016

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11/07/2016 - 11/08/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52326 52330 52333 52352

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Agreement State Event Number: 52326
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
Region: 4
City: QUEEN CITY State: TX
County:
License #: 01686
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 10/28/2016
Notification Time: 10:55 [ET]
Event Date: 10/27/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2016
Emergency Class:
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER ON GAUGE WOULD NOT CLOSE

The following report was received from the Texas Department of State Health Services via email:

"On October 27, 2016, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that the shutter on a Berthold model LB7440-D-CR gauge containing a 10 millicurie (original activity) cesium - 137 source would not close. The RSO stated they verified the shutter not closing by performing dose rate surveys around the gauge as they can not see the shutter. The shutter is in the open position which is the normal operating position for the gauge. The RSO stated the gauge does not create an exposure risk to their employees or any member of the general public. The RSO stated a service provider has been contacted to repair the gauge. Additional information will be provided in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I - 9435

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Agreement State Event Number: 52330
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: FT. COLLINS State: CO
County:
License #: CO 002-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAMON LI
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/28/2016
Notification Time: 17:42 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2016
Event Time: 12:17 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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COLORADO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PANORAMIC IRRADIATOR DISABLED DUE TO STUCK SAMPLE DRAWER

"The Department [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] was notified via phone on 10/28/16 at 1309 MDT by the Radiation Safety Officer [RSO] of Colorado State University (license # CO 002-19) that an irradiator room with a panoramic irradiator (J.L. Shepherd and Associates Model 81-14A irradiator, Cs-137 sealed source, 6000 Ci at 11/01/1976) has been disabled. The reason to disable the irradiator is because the sample drawer is stuck. The licensee reports the source is [apparently] fully in the shielded position because: the incident occurred before operating the irradiator, Primalert monitors are not alarming, and surveys do not suggest the source is exposed.

"At approximately 1217 MDT, the licensee was to perform a monthly check of the safety system. It was a normal entry into the irradiator room. The irradiator source was not exposed. The licensee checked the operation of the sample drawer and it was found to be stuck, and cannot be opened. The sample drawer is to be used to place a sample into the housing closer to the source for irradiation. The irradiator source was not moved at any point. The RSO was then notified.

"The keys to the irradiator room are currently secured in a locked box where no authorized operators to the irradiator can access. An e-mail was sent out to authorized operators that the irradiator is out of service. The RSO will be contacting J.L. Shepard & Associates on Monday 10/31/16 for service options. The Department will be notified on Monday 10/31/16 after J.L. Shepard & Associates communication."

Colorado Event Report ID No.: CO16-I16-27

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Agreement State Event Number: 52333
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: DUPONT
Region: 4
City: LA PORTE State: TX
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENTRY HEARN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/31/2016
Notification Time: 09:09 [ET]
Event Date: 04/18/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On October 26, 2016, the Agency was notified that two exit signs had been found missing during inventory. The licensee was contacted and asked to provide additional information including when the discovery was made and activity contained. The licensee's subsequent email revealed that the signs contained 0.426 TBq each of tritium. The signs had been discovered missing in April of 2016. The disposition of these signs is unknown. Additional information will be provided in accordance with SA-300."

Texas event : I-9436

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: 52352
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: MIKE HETTWER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 11/07/2016
Notification Time: 20:44 [ET]
Event Date: 11/07/2016
Event Time: 16:09 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/07/2016
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
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

HPCI DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE TO FAILURE OF IST SURVEILLANCE TEST

"On November 7, 2016, at 1609 [EST], with the reactor at 100 percent core thermal power and steady state conditions, the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system was declared inoperable. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) was performing planned quarterly testing per Technical Specifications 4.13.A.1. During a review of the HPCI pump data taken during the test, it was determined that the recorded vibration reading on the Main Pump Outboard horizontal point (P4H) was 0.8335 in./sec which exceeds the IST required action range high limit of less than or equal to 0.830 in./sec. Accordingly, the HPCI pump was declared inoperable.

"The Limiting Condition for Operation Action Statement 3.5.C.2 has been entered and planned troubleshooting Into the cause of the high vibration is in progress. In accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), PNPS is providing an 8-hour non-emergency notification that the HPCI System is inoperable.

"This event had no impact on the health and/or safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The licensee will be notifying the State of Massachusetts regarding the event.

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