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Event Notification Report for October 18, 2019

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
10/17/2019 - 10/18/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54319 54321 54323 54324 54337

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 54319
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
LEU FABRICATION
LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON   State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: PHILLIP OLLIS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/09/2019
Notification Time: 15:55 [ET]
Event Date: 10/09/2019
Event Time: 13:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/09/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

CONCURRENT NOTIFICATION DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE ON FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM

"At 1300 (EDT) on October 9th, 2019, the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified per State code requirements that the electric fire pump supporting the Fuel Manufacturing Operation (FMO) was being taken offline for maintenance. An electrical disconnect was being replaced. Compensatory measures were enacted. The pump was restored to operation at 1348 (EDT). Because the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified, a concurrent notification to the NRC Operations Center is being made per 10 CFR 70, Appendix A(c)."

The licensee will notify NRC Region 2 and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Radiation Protection Branch.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 54321
Rep Org: BARRETTS MINERALS
Licensee: BARRETTS MINERALS
Region: 4
City: DILLON   State: MT
County:
License #: GL-60060
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT REAP
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/10/2019
Notification Time: 11:27 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2019
Event Time: 08:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/10/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE - STUCK SHUTTER

On September 25, 2019, at approximately 0800 MDT, while preparing to perform electrical maintenance on a density gauge, the shutter on the gauge was found stuck in the open (normal) position. Upon contacting Berthold, the device manufacturer, the licensee was instructed to contact the NRC to make this notification.

The source is a Cs-137, 20 mCi source, S/N 846, manufactured in March of 1990. There is no additional exposure to plant personnel or the public due to the position of the shutter. Berthold is scheduled to replace the shield on October 29, 2019.

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Agreement State Event Number: 54323
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: AAR TESTING LABORATORIES, INC.
Region: 4
City: REDMOND   State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I0353-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES KILLINGBECK
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/10/2019
Notification Time: 15:22 [ET]
Event Date: 10/03/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/10/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via e-mail:

"A Troxler 3430 portable surface moisture-density gauge, S/N 19274, was damaged when it was hit by an excavator at a temporary job site in Shoreline, Washington. Damage included: the screws had been ripped out of the top shell of the gauge, and the metal base of the gauge was cracked on the side. The gauge operator verified that the source rod was intact and retracted into the safe position, and returned the gauge to the licensee's main office for storage, as directed by his radiation safety officer. A Washington Department of Health inspector surveyed the gauge and verified that the neutron and gamma readings were similar to the radiation profile shown in the sealed source and device registry certificate for the gauge. The inspector checked for removable radioactive material contamination on the outside of the gauge by wiping the crack in the side of the base of the gauge, the seam where the top shell joins with the metal base of the gauge, and the source rod opening and bottom plate. No removable contamination was found. The damaged gauge will be shipped for disposal in the near future.

"The gauge contained a 40 mCi Am-Be source, S/N 47-14734, and a 4 mCi Cs-137 source, S/N 50-8931."

Washington Reference Number: WA-19-028

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 54324
Facility: LOUISIANA ENERGY SERVICES
RX Type:
Comments: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
GAS CENTRIFUGE FACILITY
Region: 2
City: EUNICE   State: NM
County: LEA
License #: SNM-2010
Docket: 70-3103
NRC Notified By: JIM RICKMAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/10/2019
Notification Time: 17:35 [ET]
Event Date: 06/06/2018
Event Time: 10:30 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/10/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(2) - LOSS OR DEGRADED SAFETY ITEMS
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

PRESSURE INSTRUMENT ISOLATION VALVE FOUND IN INCORRECT OPEN POSITION

"On October 10, 2019, at approximately 1830 MDT, a responsible individual at Louisiana Energy Services LLC, dba URENCO USA, was informed that on June 5, 2018, at approximately 1600 MDT, pressure instrument isolation valve, 1001-471-1A12, was found open when it should have been shut to maintain the pressure boundary of autoclave 1LS1. The autoclave is used to homogenize UF6 and obtain samples. The autoclave pressure boundary forms IROFS10 [Item Relied on for Safety].

"Prior to the event, on May 31, 2018, annual maintenance was performed on the autoclave as required by the IROFS10 surveillance requirements. Subsequently, a homogenization and UF6 sampling was performed June 1st through June 5th on a 30B cylinder of UF6. During preparations for a subsequent homogenization cycle, valve 1001-471-1A12 was found open. The valve should have remained closed from the previous homogenization. There was not an initiating event (no release of UF6) and no initiation of an accident sequence. The valve has been shut and the IROFS boundary has been restored. The plant is in a safe configuration.

"This event has been identified in UUSA's corrective action program as EV 133619 and a causal investigation is planned."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 54337
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1     State: PA
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: SHAWN SNOOK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/18/2019
Notification Time: 02:28 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2019
Event Time: 19:51 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/18/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM PRESSURE BOUNDARY DEGRADED

"At 1951 [EDT] on October 17, 2019, fretting indications on the reactor coolant system pressure boundary piping (pressurizer spray line) were identified. This condition does not appear to meet original construction code, ANSI B31.1, 1967 Edition thru summer 1971 Addenda. The condition will be resolved prior to plant startup. This event is being reported as an eight-hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A).

"There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

This condition will be corrected prior to the plant entering Mode 4.


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