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Event Notification Report for December 15, 2016

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


52410 52411 52430 52432 52433 52434

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52410
Rep Org: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES
Licensee: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: DE
County:
License #: 07-28762-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/07/2016
Notification Time: 09:15 [ET]
Event Date: 11/07/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/07/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST SOURCES

Agilent Technologies is a manufacturer of a part containing an electron capture detector (ECD) that fits into a gas chromatograph. The ECD contains an embedded sealed source (Ni-63; 15 milliCuries) and is manufactured in Shanghai, China and is transferred into the United States through the JFK Airport Worldwide Flight Services Warehouse. When the licensee's Philadelphia truck shipping service attempted to retrieve the two ECD sources at the JFK warehouse, the sources were discovered missing. The warehouse was searched without success.

The ECD source serial numbers are U30355 and U30356. The model number is 62397AECD.

Agilent Technologies holds an NRC license and is located at 2850 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808.

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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52411
Rep Org: ACRUEN USA INSPECTIONS
Licensee: ACRUEN USA INSPECTIONS
Region: 4
City: ANCHORAGE State: AK
County:
License #: 50-32443-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS DIXON
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 12/07/2016
Notification Time: 11:27 [ET]
Event Date: 12/07/2016
Event Time: 06:30 [YST]
Last Update Date: 12/07/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (NMSS)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSC (CANADA) (FAX)

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

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA LOST WHEN BARGE SANK IN BERING SEA

At approximately 1030 EST, a QSA 880 industrial radiography camera containing an Ir-192 source of approximately 26.3 Ci (source serial number - 32186G) was lost when the barge named Exito sank in the Bering Sea outside Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The ship was in transit and the camera was stored in a pelican case and not in use, with the source in the protected position. There were no unintended exposures to individuals. The licensee has notified the local area Coast Guard command.

Notified the following Federal Agencies: DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, DHS NICC Watch Officer, EPA EOC. Notified the following Federal Agencies via email only: FDA EOC, Nuclear SSA, FEMA National Watch Center, and DNDO-JAC.

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 52430
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KELLEY BELENKY
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 12/14/2016
Notification Time: 11:20 [ET]
Event Date: 12/14/2016
Event Time: 09:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION MADE FOR A SEWAGE LEAK

"At 0945 EST on 12/14/16, Fermi 2 discovered a sanitary sewer system leaking through a covered manhole in the Owner Controlled Area. Approximately 100 gallons of the sewage has entered the storm drain system. The sewage leak was stopped at 1030. A local sanitary contractor is currently responding to the site to clean the affected areas. The cause and extent of the sewage teak is under investigation.

"Reports to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the local health department (Monroe County), and the local news media are in progress. Since these reports are in the process of being made, this is considered a News Release or Notification to Other Government Agencies, therefore this event is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52432
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KELLY BELENKY
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/14/2016
Notification Time: 15:10 [ET]
Event Date: 12/14/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)

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

SECONDARY CONTAINMENT PRESSURE BOUNDARY OUT OF SPECIFICATION

"On December 14, 2016, at 1314 EST, the startup of the Reactor Building HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning] system resulted in the Technical Specification (TS) for secondary containment pressure boundary not being met for approximately 1 second. The maximum secondary containment pressure observed during that time was approximately 0.07 inches of vacuum water gauge.

"Secondary containment pressure was returned to within the TS operability limit of 0.125 inches of vacuum water gauge (TS SR 3.6.4.1.1) by Reactor Building HVAC and Standby Gas Treatment System already in operation. There were no radiological releases associated with this event.

"Declaring secondary containment inoperable is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function needed to control the release of radioactive material.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 52433
Facility: AREVA NP INC RICHLAND
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION
                   FABRICATION & SCRAP
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County: PENTON
License #: SNM-1227
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001257
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM DOANE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/14/2016
Notification Time: 16:12 [ET]
Event Date: 12/13/2016
Event Time: 15:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(2) - LOSS OR DEGRADED SAFETY ITEMS
Person (Organization):
ERIC MICHEL (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

NON-PERFORMANCE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ITEM RELIED ON FOR SAFETY

"On 12/13/2016 at approximately 1500 [PST], the AREVA Nuclear Criticality Safety Staff was notified that an administrative IROFS [Item Relied On For Safety] control had not been performed in the ELO raffinate treatment process. The ELO raffinate treatment process requires the sampling of a favorable geometry process tank (IROFS 306) that is discharged to one of two sets of favorable geometry quarantine tanks. When one of the two sets of quarantine tanks is full, the input is diverted to the other set of tanks and the set that is full is recirculated and sampled for U [Uranium] concentration (IROFS 307). When both sample results have been confirmed to be acceptable the discharge valve on the transfer line may be unlocked and the raffinate solution transferred to a filter press. Sampling of the process tank was completed as required, however; the quarantine tank transfer line was unlocked and contents were pumped to the filter press without completing the required independent sampling of the quarantine tank. AREVA is conservatively reporting this plant condition under 10CFR70 Appendix A, because an accident sequence that could result in accidental nuclear criticality may not have remained highly unlikely in the absence of IROFS 307."

The licensee will notify NRC Region 2.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52434
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: GREG MILLER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 12/15/2016
Notification Time: 03:40 [ET]
Event Date: 12/14/2016
Event Time: 23:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/15/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)

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

SECONDARY CONTAINMENT MOMENTARY LOW PRESSURE DUE TO HIGH WINDS

"On December 14, 2016, starting at 2345 EST, high wind conditions encountered on site resulted in the Technical Specification (TS) for secondary containment pressure boundary not being met numerous times. The duration of time that the secondary containment Technical Specification was not met was approximately one second for each instance.

"All plant equipment responded as required to the changing environmental conditions and Reactor Building HVAC returned secondary containment pressure within TS limits. At 0300 EST on December 15, 2016, high wind conditions had subsided and secondary containment vacuum was greater than the TS operability limit of 0.125 inches of vacuum water gauge (TS SR 3.6.4.1.1) and steady, and the LCO was exited. There were no radiological releases associated with this event.

"Declaring secondary containment inoperable is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function needed to control the release of radioactive material.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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