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Event Notification Report for August 22, 2018

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Event Reports For
8/21/2018 - 8/22/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53549 53554 53556 53557 53558

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Agreement State Event Number: 53549
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: DESERT NDT LLC
Region: 4
City: ABILENE   State: TX
County:
License #: L 06462
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/13/2018
Notification Time: 12:05 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2018
Event Time: 12:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/13/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT SOURCE

The following information was received from the State of Texas via email:

"On August 12, 2018 at approximately 1135 [CDT]., the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] that one of its radiography crews had experienced a source disconnect. The event occurred on August 11, 2018, at approximately 1200 [CDT] at a temporary job site near Whitsett, TX. The device involved was an INC IR-100 (SN: 6792) containing a 91 curie iridium-192 source (SN: ZH0109). The crew had set up the device and performed a procedure shot and everything functioned properly. They performed the first shot of the job and the source would not retract into the device--it felt as though it had stuck on something. After a second unsuccessful attempt, the source was cranked back out into the collimator, boundaries set, and an authorized person came to the site and performed the retrieval. The drive cable and source were both new. There was no observable cause for the failure. The device and associated equipment will be sent to the manufacturer for evaluation. Per readings from all three individuals' self-reading pocket dosimeters, there were no overexposures. The source retriever's dosimetry badge is being sent for processing. An investigation into this event is ongoing. More information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."

* * * UPDATE FROM KAREN BLANCHARD TO VINCE KLCO ON 8/13/18 AT 1559 EDT * * *

The following update information was received from the State of Texas via email:

"Clarification: The source assembly [never disconnected] from the drive cable. [The licensee was] unable to retract it back into the exposure device."

Notified R4DO (Deese) and NMSS Events Notification Group via email.

Texas Incident: I-9606

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53554
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3     State: MI
Unit: [2] [] []
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: PAUL ANGOVE
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 08/21/2018
Notification Time: 12:25 [ET]
Event Date: 08/20/2018
Event Time: 18:56 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAIL)
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

FAILED FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST

"At 08/20/2018 at 1856 [EDT], it was determined that a contract supervisor failed a test specified by the FFD [fitness for duty] testing program. The individual's authorization for site access has been terminated.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53556
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1     State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] []
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: RICHARD WAGNER
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 08/22/2018
Notification Time: 02:00 [ET]
Event Date: 08/21/2018
Event Time: 23:12 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DONNA JANDA (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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO HOLDING POND OVERFLOW

"At 2322 EDT, Limerick Generating Station notified the Pennsylvania DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] that our plant waste water pond (holding pond) overflowed due to heavy rainfall in the area. Plant alignment changes were made and the holding pond stopped overflowing at 0017 EDT. Limerick Generating Station has not determined this release to contain oil, grease, or pollutants hazardous to the public."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53557
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2     State: TN
Unit: [] [2] []
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DEAN BAKER
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 08/22/2018
Notification Time: 11:23 [ET]
Event Date: 08/22/2018
Event Time: 09:43 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP

"At 0943 EDT on August 22, 2018, the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor automatically tripped while operating at 100 percent power. All control and shutdown bank rods inserted properly in response to the automatic reactor trip. All safety systems including Auxiliary Feedwater actuated as designed. The plant is stable with decay heat removal through Auxiliary Feedwater and Steam Dump Systems.

"The reactor automatically tripped due to a main turbine trip signal. An investigation is in progress.

"The automatic actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) is being reported as a four-hour report under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(iv)(B).

"The expected actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater System (an engineered safety feature) is being reported as an eight-hour report under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(iv)(A).

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified for this event."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53558
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2     State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CHRIS BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 08/22/2018
Notification Time: 19:35 [ET]
Event Date: 08/22/2018
Event Time: 18:03 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2018
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)
CATHY HANEY (RII RA)
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (ET RX)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 79 Power Operation 79 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO FIRE

"On 08/22/2018 at 1803 hours CDT, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant declared an Unusual Event per EAL HU4, a fire potentially degrading the level of safety of the plant.

"At 1748 CDT Unit 1 received a call reporting smoke coming from the 480V Condensate Demineralizer Panel 3 in the Unit 3 turbine building elevation 557'. At approximately 1803 [CDT], the incident commander on the scene confirmed a fire inside the panel and all three units entered 0-AOI-26-1, Fire Response. The board was subsequently de-energized by operations personnel and the fire was extinguished at 1806 CDT. SM [Shift Manager] exited EAL HU4 and all three units exited 0-AOI-26-1 at 1840 CDT.

"Fire operations remain on scene to monitor. A team is being assembled for damage assessment and recovery.

"The fire did not affect any safety systems, no plant transients resulted, and no injuries were reported.

"This event is reportable within 1 hour IAW 10 CFR 50.72(a)(1)(i).

"The NRC Resident inspector has been notified."

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email) and NuclearSSA (email).


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