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Event Notification Report for March 05, 2019

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53664 53889 53890 53898

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Part 21 Event Number: 53664
Rep Org: ABB MOTORS AND MECHANICAL
Licensee: ABB MOTORS AND MECHANICAL
Region: 1
City: FLOWERY BRANCH   State: GA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHELDON THOMAS
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/12/2018
Notification Time: 15:04 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/04/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACTORS (EMAIL)

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EN Revision Imported Date : 3/5/2019

EN Revision Text: INTERIM PART 21 REPORT - EVALUATION OF MOTORS

The following information was received by from ABB Motors and Mechanical INC by facsimile:

"Pursuant to 10 CFR 21.21(a)(2) this letter provides an interim report concerning an evaluation being performed by ABB Motors and Mechanical Inc. (formerly Baldor Electric Company) on three 40 ft-lb, 56 frame, 2-pole AC electric motors. The issue being evaluated pertains to the abnormal appearance of cracked paint and minor deformation around the stator pin which is located in the motor housing shell.

"The three motors were supplied to Flowserve - Limitorque on a single purchase order in April 2013. The issue being evaluated was identified after MOV production set-up and testing at the valve manufacturing facility. The equipment had not been supplied to a nuclear power plant and thus had not been placed into service.

"The discovery date of the condition being evaluated is August 2, 2018. Evaluation of reportability cannot be completed within the initial evaluation period due to the need to perform additional inspections of motors manufactured in the same period. ABB is working with Flowserve - Limitorque to expedite the additional inspections and testing. It is anticipated that this will be completed by 01/11/2019.

"An initial review of ABB's records indicate that since 1998 ABB has supplied approximately 670, 56-frame AC electric motors of 40 and 60 ft-lb. to Flowserve - Limitorque. Flowserve - Limitorque communicated to ABB that there have been no previously reported occurrences of this issue nor any reported motor failures related to this issue.

"(i) Name and address of the individual or individuals informing the Commission.

"Sheldon Thomas
QA Manager
ABB Motors and Mechanical Inc.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(678) 947 7350

"(ii) Identification of the facility, the activity, or the basic component supplied for such facility which fails to comply or contains a defect.

"The basic components being evaluated are Class 1E 40 ft-lb, 56 frame, 2-pole motors supplied to Flowserve - Limitorque for installation on valve actuators to be supplied into nuclear plant applications, to date, no basic components have been determined to contain a defect.

"(iii) Identification of the firm constructing the facility or supplying the basic component which fails to comply or contains a defect.

"The basic components being evaluated were supplied by ABB Motors and Mechanical Inc. (formerly Baldor Electric Company) ("ABB"), No basic components have been determined to contain a defect. This is an interim report.

"(iv) Nature of the defect or failure to comply and the safety hazard which is created or could be created by such defect or failure to comply

"ABB was contacted by our customer Flowserve - Limitorque regarding three 40 ft-lb, 56 frame, 2-pole AC electric motors which were reported to have an abnormal visual appearance of cracked paint and minor deformation of the motor housing material around the stator pin. The motor stator pin is installed through the motor housing shell into the stator assembly. ABB's initial inspection of the three motors suggested that the deformation around the pin may have occurred when the motor was operated during actuator and/or MOV production testing. ABB is evaluating whether this abnormal condition of the stator pin interface with the motor frame constitutes a defect that could potentially affect the safety related function of the motor. To date, no basic components have been determined to contain a defect. This is an interim report.

"(v) The date on which the information of such defect or failure to comply was obtained.

"The discovery date of the condition being evaluated is August 2, 2018,

"(vi) In the case of a basic component which contains a defect or fails to comply, the number and location of these components in use at, supplied for, being supplied for, or may be supplied for, manufactured, or being manufactured for one or more facilities or activities subject to the regulations in this part.

"At this time, no basic components have been determined to contain a defect.

"(vii) The corrective action, which has been, is being, or will be taken; the name of the individual or organization responsible for the action; and the length of time that has been or will be taken to complete the action.

"None at this time,

"(viii) Any advice related to the defect or failure to comply about the facility, activity, or basic component that has been, is being, or will be given to purchasers or licensees.

"None at this time."

* * * UPDATE AT 0815 EST ON 1/11/2019 FROM SHELDON THOMAS TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following information was received via fax:

"This letter is a follow-up to the initial Interim Notification dated October 12, 2018 (Ref. ML18302A229).
ABB continues to work with Flowserve-Limitorque to expedite the additional inspections of motors in the field and testing of motors pulled from inventory. The testing is necessary to assist in determination if the abnormal appearance and deformation constitutes a defect which would cause a substantial safety hazard.

"It is anticipated that this will be completed by February 28, 2019. At that time, motor testing should be complete and analysis of results conducted. ABB will then be able to determine if the nature of the condition is a substantial safety hazard and reportable. If further time is necessary for evaluation, a follow-up to this report will be filed.

"Since discovery of the condition, and to the date of this report, ABB and Flowserve-Limitorque are not aware of any confirmed field inspections by Flowserve-Limitorque's customer or the results of such inspections."

Notified the R1DO (Bower) and Part 21 Reactors Group (via e-mail).

* * * CLOSEOUT RECEIVED AT 1642 EST ON 3/4/20119 FROM SHELDON THOMAS TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following closeout was received by fax:

"ABB has completed the evaluation of the abnormal appearance of the three motors identified in this notification with the determination that this condition does not constitute a defect that would affect the safety related function of the motor."

Notified the R1DO (Werkheiser) and Part 21 Reactors Group (via e-mail).

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 53889
Rep Org: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Licensee: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Region: 4
City: WEST GLACIER   State: MT
County:
License #: GENERAL LICENSE
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RITA CAUSBY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFFREY WHITED
Notification Date: 02/22/2019
Notification Time: 10:17 [ET]
Event Date: 08/31/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

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TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS DESTROYED IN A FIRE

On August 31, 2018, an intense fire in Glacier National Park destroyed a building and with it six (6) exit signs containing Tritium (H-3). The intensity of the fire was such that the building has been reduced to ash. The remains of the building are still on site.

After a discussion with Region IV, the licensee determined that the loss of the exit signs was reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 31.5.

The licensee notified the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Intermountain Regional Office in Denver CO, of the event.

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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Agreement State Event Number: 53890
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: TECHCORR USA LCC
Region: 4
City: Carlsbad   State: NM
County:
License #: IR 478 11
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CARL SULLIVAN
HQ OPS Officer: BRIAN P. SMITH
Notification Date: 02/22/2019
Notification Time: 13:30 [ET]
Event Date: 02/21/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
ANDREA KOCK (NMSS)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
PATRICIA MILLIGAN (INES)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL RADIOGRAPHER OVEREXPOSURE

"The Chief RSO for TechCorr USA, LLC contacted the Radiation Control Bureau of the State of New Mexico after he received a report from Landauer IAC that showed an employee had received in excess of 1000 Rads.
"TechCorr is an industrial radiography company licensed in New Mexico. Based on the activity of the camera, the badge would have had to be exposed for 4 hours to get a dose reading of greater than 1000 Rads. After an interview with the employee, TechCorr has decided to send the employee to the hospital and have a blood sample drawn.
"The film badge of the crew member who worked with the individual with the high film badge reading only showed around 200 mrem dose on his badge. A more complete investigation will follow"

State Item Number: NM190001

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Agreement State Event Number: 53898
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: BRASKEM AMERICA, INC
Region: 4
City: FREEPORT   State: TX
County:
License #: Licen-RAM-L06443
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 02/25/2019
Notification Time: 15:43 [ET]
Event Date: 02/25/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/25/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE SHUTTER FAILURE

The following information was received via e-mail:

"On February 25, 2019, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received a report from the licensee's technical representative stating that the shutter on an Ohmart Vega model SH-F1 gauge, containing a 50 millicurie cesium-137 source, failed to shut during maintenance when the handle broke off. Open is the normal operation position of the gauge shutter. No licensee employee received any exposure as a result of this event. The gauge will be repaired in September 2019 during an outage. Additional information will be sent in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: 9659


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