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Event Notification Report for January 23, 2019

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1/22/2019 - 1/23/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53826 53840 53841 53842

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Agreement State Event Number: 53826
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: IDAHOAN FOOD, LLC (IDAHO)
Region: 4
City: OGDEN   State: UT
County:
License #: G/L
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PHILLIP GOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/14/2019
Notification Time: 18:12 [ET]
Event Date: 09/21/2006
Event Time: 00:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

UTAH AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RECOVERY OF A LOST RADIOACTIVE SOURCE

The following information was received from the state of Utah via email:

"The NMED Item Number: 140349 describes that a fixed gauge source (Serial Number: 207822A) from Idahoan Food, LLC was lost/stolen/missing [last seen in 2006; entered in NMED on 3/31/14]. The source was found in Utah on November 28, 2018. On January 10, 2019 it was recovered and properly disposed of by Qal-Tek.

"For details on the identification, retrieval, and disposal of the source please see the following below:

"On November 28, 2018 the Utah Division of Waste Management was notified by the Ogden, Utah Police Department that an unknown radioactive source had been found at the Swift Building located at 390 West Exchange Road in Ogden, Utah. It was found during the EPA cleanup of the site.

"On December 2, 2018 [an Ogden Police Officer] visited the Swift Building and determined the following about the source:

Ronan Engineering Company RLL1 (Radiation Low Level Source)
Serial Number: 207822A
Date: 08/06
Activity level: 0.81 mCi Cs-137

"Doing a search of the serial number in the NRC ADAMS system it was determined that the source was a lost/stolen/missing source from Idahoan Food, LLC, a NRC General Licensee in the State of Idaho (See ML4170B170 for details).

"On December 6, 2018 the State of Utah notified Idahoan Foods, LLC that the source had been found and gave them the contact information for the Ogden Police Department. On December 11, 2018 the State of Utah notified the NRC by e-mail that the source (207822A) had been found in Utah. On January 14, 2019 the State of Utah let the NRC know that the source had been properly disposed of on January 10, 2019 by Qal-Tek."

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: 53840
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2     State: TN
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVID ALLEN
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 01/22/2019
Notification Time: 09:41 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2018
Event Time: 00:28 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
NICOLE COOVERT (R2DO)
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

INVALID CONTAINMENT VENTILATION ISOLATION ACTUATION

"This 60-day telephone notification is being submitted in accordance with paragraphs 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) and 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to report an invalid Containment Ventilation Isolation (CVI) actuation at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Unit 1.

"On December 2, 2018 at 0028 Eastern Standard Time (EST), the Train A CVI actuated due to an invalid High Radiation signal from 1-RM-90-130, Containment Purge Exhaust Radiation Monitor. In addition to the Train A CVI, instrument malfunction alarms were received for 1-RM-90-106, Lower Containment Radiation Monitor and 1-RM-90-112, Upper Containment Radiation Monitor as the associated valves isolated for the CVI. A common instrument malfunction alarm was also received for 1-RM-90-130 and 1-RM-90-131, Containment Purge Exhaust Radiation Monitors. Prior to and following the invalid High Radiation alarm, all radiation monitors except 1-RM-90-130 were stable at their normal values. All required automatic actuations occurred as designed. Upon investigation, the cause of the invalid High Radiation alarm was due to a failed ratemeter for 1-RM-90-130.

"Control room operators performed appropriate checks and confirmed that the subject indication was an invalid high radiation signal. The ratemeter for 1-RM-90-130 was replaced and the monitor returned to service. At the time of the event, plant conditions for a High Radiation alarm did not exist; therefore, the CVI was invalid.

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

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Non-Power Reactor Event Number: 53841
Facility: UNIV OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA
RX Type: 10000 KW TANK
Comments:
Region: 0
City: COLUMBIA   State: MO
County: BOONE
License #: R-103
Agreement: N
Docket: 05000186
NRC Notified By: BRUCE MEFFERT
HQ OPS Officer: BRIAN P. SMITH
Notification Date: 01/22/2019
Notification Time: 12:15 [ET]
Event Date: 01/21/2019
Event Time: 12:35 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
NON-POWER REACTOR EVENT
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY WERTZ (NRR)
ELIZABETH REED (NRR)

Event Text

DEVIATION OF TS 3.3.a(1) for ANTI-SIPHON DEVICE FOUND INOPERABLE

"On January 21, 2019 at approximately 1235 CST, with all four (4) shim control rods fully inserted into the reactor core during performance of a pre-startup checklist, the University of Missouri-Columbia Research Reactor (MURR) deviated from Technical Specification (TS) 3.3.a(1) due to test jumpers being installed while electrical power was available to the shim rod drive mechanism electromagnets. Prior to this event, the reactor was shut down for a regularly-scheduled maintenance period. A required notification per TS 6.6.c(1) to report to the NRC Operations Center that an Abnormal Occurrence, as defined by MURR TS 1.1, had occurred. Specifically, MURR was not in compliance with all TS Limiting Conditions for Operations, specifically TS 3.3.a(1).

"For about ten (10) seconds at approximately 1235 CST, power was available to the shim rod drive mechanism electromagnets while electrical test jumpers, which hold anti-siphon system isolation valves V543A and V543B closed, were inserted. In effect, the anti-siphon system was not operable while the reactor was technically operating for ten (10) seconds per the following definitions:

1. TS 1.23 Reactor in Operation - The reactor shall be considered in operation unless it is either shutdown or secured.
2. TS 1.27 Reactor Shutdown - The reactor is shutdown when: All four (4) of the shim blades (rods) are fully inserted and power is unavailable to the shim rod drive mechanism electromagnets.
3. TS 1.26 Reactor Secured - MURR did not meet the definition of Reactor Secured during the event.

"Though all four shim rods were fully inserted and a reactor startup had not commenced, electrical power being available to the shim rod drive mechanism electromagnets caused the reactor to technically be in Operation for a very brief period. Though this event happened at approximately 1235 CST, it was not fully identified as an abnormal occurrence per TS 1.1.b until approximately 1625 CST, after a reactor startup was performed to 10 MW operation. Once the abnormal occurrence was realized, the Reactor Facility Director was immediately notified at 1715 CST, and he gave permission to continue reactor operation. A detailed event report will follow within 14 days as required by MURR TS 6.6.c(3)."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53842
Facility: WOLF CREEK
Region: 4     State: KS
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JON WEBER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFFREY WHITED
Notification Date: 01/22/2019
Notification Time: 14:40 [ET]
Event Date: 01/22/2019
Event Time: 07:23 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAIL)
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

FITNESS FOR DUTY POLICY VIOLATIONS - PRESENCE OF ALCOHOL IN THE PROTECTED AREA

"On January 22, 2019, 0723 CST, the Contracts group called and reported to FFD [fitness for duty], that a box of candy was received from a supplier vendor that may contain alcohol. Upon investigation of the candy with the manufacturer, pieces of the candy contain 20-30mg of Alcohol after the chocolate is cooked. The Contract offices are located in the Protected Area and this incident is being reported under 10 CFR 26.719."

No for-cause testing was performed based on the consumption of the candy.

No safety related work was performed by the individuals who may have consumed the candy.

The box of candy was removed from the site.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


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