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Event Notification Report for January 23, 2018

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01/22/2018 - 01/23/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53166 53178 53180

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Agreement State Event Number: 53166
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: CITGO PETROLEUM CORP.
Region: 4
City: SULPHUR State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2312-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 01/12/2018
Notification Time: 14:28 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2018
Event Time: 16:05 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/12/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SOURCE/UNRECOVERABLE

The following was received via email:

"The RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] called in a preliminary notification at 4:05 PM [CST] on 01/09/2018. The notification was, Citgo Petroleum Corp (CPC) had lost a XRF unit overboard while working in the Calcasieu River (CR) in Lake Charles, LA. [The RSO] stated the Citgo had a Dive team working in the CR to recover the XRF unit. On 01/10/2018 recovery efforts continued. On 01/11/2018 the update indicated the Dive Team effort was unsuccessful and the individuals from CPC would continue the recovery effort. The NRC notification of the 'LOST SOURCE/ UNRECOVERABLE' is being made by LDEQ with this report.

"The XRF device, a Niton, Model XLP-703A, loaded with a Cd-109 source with the decayed activity of 12.34 mCi. The Cd-109 source S/N is 10722 and was last leak tested on 10/27/2017. The unit was being used for analysis when it slipped from the operator's control into the CR. A Dive Team Contractor was contacted and an effort made efforts to recover the device on 01/10/18 and 01/11/2018. The sonar and diving search effort was unsuccessful. The source was not recovered, the Dive Team abandoned the effort, and CPC will continue attempts to recover the device.

"On 01/11/2018 CPC notified they had lost a XRF Device, Niton Model XLP-703A in the CR that has not been recovered. The battery pack remained with the operator and the shielded device with the Cd-109 source sank into the CR. Scaled back recovery efforts for the device will continue. It is unlikely that the XRF device will be recovered.

"This lost Cd-109 source is in a shielded device with river water shielding. This lost source does not pose a health and safety threat to the General Public or the Employees of CPC.

"LA Event number: LA-180002"

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: 53178
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: PAUL ANGOVE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 01/22/2018
Notification Time: 15:09 [ET]
Event Date: 01/22/2018
Event Time: 11:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/22/2018
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 DUE TO OIL SPILL

"At 1115 EST, on 1/22/18, Fermi 2 determined that the site was in violation of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit due to an oil sheen being observed in a overflow canal that had breached the installed oil booms and entered navigable waterways.

"Approximately 5-10 gallons of oil has reached navigable water, which resulted in exceeding State limits. The oil is currently contained with no additional leakage to navigable waters and cleanup is in progress. The cause of the oil entering the overflow canal is under investigation.

"Reports will be made to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and other local agencies. 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 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The Licensee has notified the National Response Center.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53180
Facility: BRAIDWOOD
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RYAN CRAGG
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 01/23/2018
Notification Time: 05:02 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2018
Event Time: 04:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)

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

LOSS OF ASSESSMENT CAPABILITY DUE TO TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"At 0400 [CST] on 1/23/2018 the Braidwood Technical Support Center (TSC) HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning] Emergency Makeup Air Filter train was taken out of service to perform a planned Makeup Air Filter charcoal replacement. The TSC HVAC Makeup Air Filter train will be rendered nonfunctional during the charcoal replacement. Subsequent charcoal and HEPA filter testing will restore functionality of the TSC HVAC Makeup Air Filter train. The expected duration of the charcoal replacement and subsequent testing is 30 hours.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during the time TSC HVAC is non-functional, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedure unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Emergency Director will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to a major loss of emergency preparedness capability. An update will be provided once the TSC HVAC Emergency Makeup Air Filter train functionality has been restored.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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