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Event Notification Report for December 14, 2016

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12/13/2016 - 12/14/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52345 52394 52408 52426 52427

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Agreement State Event Number: 52345
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: INTERTEK ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT INC
Region: 4
City: LONGVIEW State: TX
County:
License #: 06801
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE CASARES
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 11/03/2016
Notification Time: 12:36 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE DID NOT RETRACT CAUSING DOSIMETER ALARM

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

"On November 3, 2016, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was contacted by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO). The RSO was reporting that two radiographers had experienced a radiation dose causing pocket dosimeters to go off scale. The crew were working at a temp job site on a power plant. The camera had a 36 curie Ir-192 source. The crew could not hear the alarming rate meters due to excessive noise. The radiographers noticed the source had not retracted completely into the camera while trying to disconnect the guide tube to move the camera to another location. The radiographer reported to the RSO that the source was retracted immediately after finding the source extended. The time reported to the RSO with the source exposing the radiographer was less than 3 minutes. The pocket dosimeters were checked outside the area and found off scale. The RSO stopped all work, requested radiographers return to the shop and he checked the camera to find no defects. The RSO has sent the monitoring badges in for processing and is in the process of completing an investigation to determine exposure dose. A complete report will be provided by the RSO. Updates will be provided in accordance with SA 300 guidelines."

Texas Incident #: I 9437

* * * UPDATE FROM IRENE CASARES TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1613 EST ON 12/13/16 * * *

"On November 3, 2016, the Agency received a call stating that a radiography crew had experienced an incident on November 2, 2016. The crew had been working at a Power Plant near Franklin, Texas when they experienced an incident involving a possible overexposure. The radiographers were working in a noisy area with all monitoring devices on their person. They had performed several exposure shots and were completing the last shot on a pipe before moving the camera to the next weld area. The radiographer had cranked in the source and both walked to the weld to discuss the next shot position. They were about five feet from the camera and behind the camera which was partially shielded by conduit and piping. Then one radiographer walked to the camera and using the quick disconnect, disconnected the guide tube. When he did this he noticed he source protruding from the camera about six inches and yelled at the other radiographer to get back away from the area. Both ran to the crank, one grabbed the survey meter and the other then cranked in the source, about a turn and half on the crank to secure the source in the camera. The source was in the camera. Both checked their alarming rate meters which were alarming and the pocket dosimeters were off scale. They called the RSO and then packed up their equipment for the day. An incident report was completed at the power plant before leaving the site. Once back at the radiography headquarters the badges were collected and mailed for processing. Both radiographers were interviewed by the RSO and then suspended until monitoring results were received. The RSO calculated the dose to be 1593 mrem for the one radiographer's hand dose.

"Monitoring badge results were reported to the Agency on November 10, 2016, with a whole body dose of 309 mrem and a whole body dose of 317 mrem. The annual dose for both radiographers was provided with results of 2053 mrem and 2761 mrem. The November badges had been worn for two days when the incident occurred.

"A re-enactment investigation was conducted on November 29, 2016, due to limited details on the report provided by the RSO and the calculations appeared to be short in dose. The investigation and interviews with the radiographers on November 29, 2016, revealed the dose to the hand, foot, gonads, knee, and whole body were slightly higher dose but still under the limits for an overexposure. We had calculated the dose to the hand to be approximately 29 rem instead of 15.9 rem reported by the RSO. The distance of the hand dose was provide by the RSO at 4 inches, during the re- enactment, a smaller distance of one half inch during the time the radiographer removed the guide tube was more accurate. His hand passed directly over the source when he pulled the guide tube over the source when it was extended from the camera. The shorter distance increased the dose, however was still under the 50 rem limit for an overexposure. The radiographer has not experienced any redness, blisters or soreness to his hand. He has been viewing his hands daily and has not notice any radiation burn or injury. During the investigation his hands were viewed and no noticeable damage was seen (26 days after the incident).

"The cause of the incident was not retracting the source completely into the shielded position and not using a survey meter to ensure the source was shielded. The two radiographers had changed positions during this job. One usually worked the crank and the other collected the film. Neither radiographer heard the alarms on the rate meters due to the noise. Both radiographers commented during the investigation, that they weren't using the meter like they should and it was their fault for not doing the required survey. Violations were cited to company and radiographers."

Notified R4DO (Kellar) and NMSS Events Notification via email.

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Part 21 Event Number: 52394
Rep Org: ENERCON
Licensee: ENERCON
Region: 1
City: KENNESAW State: GA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NICK EGGEMEYER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/23/2016
Notification Time: 11:56 [ET]
Event Date: 09/28/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
AARON McCRAW (R3DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACT (EMAI)

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PART-21 NOTIFICATION - DESIGN BASIS ERRORS USING FLO-2D SOFTWARE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"This letter serves as an Interim Report in accordance with 10 CFR 21.21 pertaining to a potential defect associated with a design basis calculation delivered to First Energy Nuclear Operating Company's Perry Nuclear Power Plant. Subsequent to delivering this calculation, FLO-2D software errors were identified which resulted in erroneous outputs that affect the local intense precipitation calculation. These errors were discovered on September 28, 2016, at which time, ENERCON generated a Corrective Action Report (CAR) to address the issue. ENERCON has initiated a reevaluation of the calculation using the latest version of the software that will correct the errors in the calculation.

"An evaluation of the reportability of this issue in accordance with 10 CFR Part 21 is not able to be completed within the 60-day evaluation period due the need to verify and validate the latest version of the software and then complete all the analysis required for updating the calculation. This evaluation is being tracked by CAR 2016-0335 and will be completed no later than February 10, 2017.

"If you have any questions or need further clarifying information, please contact Nick Eggemeyer, Corporate Quality Assurance Manager, at (770) 590-2031."

* * * UPDATE AT 0910 EST ON 12/13/2016 FROM TIMOTHY CLEARY TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following update was received via e-mail:

"This letter serves as an amendment to the 10 CFR 21.21 Interim Report filed on November 23, 2016, pertaining to a potential defect associated with a design basis calculation delivered to First Energy Nuclear Operating Company's Perry Nuclear Power Plant. Subsequent to delivery of the calculation, a standard, periodic review of the FLO-2D Pro software supplier website indicated that a new build of this software (version 16.06.16) had been issued. It replaced the software build (version 14.08.09) that was used for the above referenced design calculation. As a result of the model revision associated with FLO-2D, it was determined that the outputs were impacted which could affect this design basis calculation. These output changes were discovered on September 28, 2016, at which time ENERCON generated a Corrective Action Report (CAR) to address the issue. ENERCON has initiated a reevaluation of the calculation using this new build of the FLO-2D Pro software.

"An evaluation of the reportability of this issue in accordance with 10 CFR Part 21 is not able to be completed within the 60-day evaluation period due the need to verify and validate the latest version of the software and then complete all the analysis required for updating the calculation. This evaluation is being tracked by CAR 2016-0335 and will be completed no later than February 10, 2017.

"If you have any questions or need further clarifying information, please contact Nick Eggemeyer, Corporate Quality Assurance Manager, at (770) 590-2031."

Notified the R1DO (Schroeder), R3DO (Cameron), and Part 21 Group (via e-mail).

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Agreement State Event Number: 52408
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: EAST TENNESSEE MATERIALS & ENERGY COOPORATION
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County:
License #: R-01088
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUBEN CROSSLIN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/05/2016
Notification Time: 15:11 [ET]
Event Date: 12/01/2016
Event Time: 12:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - NON CONTAMINATED WATER LEAK INTO A CONTAMINATED BERMED AREA

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

"On December 3, 2016, M & EC [East Tennessee Materials & Energy Corporation] staff notified DRH [Tennessee Division or Radiological Health] regarding an event in which a [Fire Protection] water line outside an M & EC building began leaking [on 12/1/16]. The water entered the building flooding a non-contaminated area (radiologically clean) and a bermed contaminated area. After the leak was stopped, water removal was performed Friday and over the weekend. M & EC staff were able to segregate removal of water from the clean area from removal of water from the bermed contaminated area. A total of [approximately 136,000 to 242,000] gallons was removed, a large percentage of which was in the contaminated area. M & EC is in process of completing the clean up, and is also in the process of performing radio-analysis of both the clean and the contaminated water. The contaminated bermed area had an average contamination of [approximately] 15,000 dpm/100 cm2."

No release to the public has occurred and a follow-up investigation by the Tennessee DRH is being conducted and additional information will be provided by DRH when available.

Report #: TN-16-173

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52426
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: THEODORE DOUKAS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/13/2016
Notification Time: 14:40 [ET]
Event Date: 12/13/2016
Event Time: 14:10 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ERIC MICHEL (R2DO)

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

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OFFSITE NOTIFICATION - WATER CONTAINING TRITIUM SPILLED INTO STORM DRAIN

"On 12/13/16 at 1410 [EST], the following voluntary communication was made to the State of Tennessee in accordance with Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) guidance for communicating inadvertent radiological spills/leaks that are below regulatory reporting requirements to outside agencies and in alignment with NEI 07-07, 'Industry Ground Water Protection Initiative'.

"On 12/12/16, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant determined that a spill of greater than 100 gallons (approximately 3000 gallons) of condensate storage tank water with tritium levels of 1560 pCi/L [picocuries per liter] was spilled to a yard drain. The spill occurred on 12/5/16, during the filling of the Unit 1 #4 steam generator when a hose connection on a temporary fill skid failed. No elevated tritium levels have been detected at the Sequoyah Yard Drainage Pond before or after the event.

"This is reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), the required reportable threshold for tritium is 20,000 pCi/L."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Part 21 Event Number: 52427
Rep Org: TE CONNECTIVITY
Licensee: TE CONNECTIVITY
Region: 1
City: FAIRVIEW State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: OSWALDO VARGAS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/13/2016
Notification Time: 16:08 [ET]
Event Date: 12/09/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
ERIC MICHEL (R2DO)
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACT (EMAI)

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PART 21 NOTIFICATION - DEFECTIVE SAFETY-RELATED RELAYS SUPPLIED BY TE CONNECTIVITY

The following information is a summary of a letter of nonconformance submitted by TE Connectivity:

Limerick Generating Station reported that four TE Connectivity supplied relays failed power labs analysis. The relays are TE part number 1-1431775, ETR14I3D004. The affected relays appear to be those in date code ranges 1604 and 1612.

The preliminary evaluation revealed an incorrect orientation of one capacitor installed on the printed circuit board.

The relays were purchased by Curtiss-Wright (8 relays), Limerick Generating Station (8 relays) and NextEra (2 relays).

An investigation is ongoing.

Point of Contact:

Oswaldo R Vargas, Quality Manager, TE Connectivity Aerospace, Defense and Marine Division
1396 Charlotte Highway
Fairview, NC 28730
E-mail: oswaldo.vargas@te.com
Telephone: 828-338-1093
Fax: 828-338-1101

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