United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for March 2, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         MARCH 02, 1999

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - HEADQUARTERS MARCH  2, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

                                       MR Number: H-99-0020
Proposed Generic Communication         Date: 03/02/99


Subject: Proposed Information Notice - Unanticipated Reactor Water Drain
         Down at Arkansas Nuclear, Unit 2 and Quad Cities, Unit 2


Discussion:

On February 2, 1999, with the unit in the 25th day of the refueling
outage, Arkansas Nuclear, Unit 2 (PWR/CE) experienced an unanticipated
reactor vessel drain down and entry into reduced inventory while
preparing to replace the reactor vessel head.  On February 24, 1999, with
the unit in cold shutdown, Quad Cities, Unit 2 (BWR/GE-3) experienced an
inadvertent drain down of approximately 6,000 gallons of reactor water to
the torus.  The staff will issue an information notice to discuss two
inadvertent reductions of reactor water level inventory.

Contact:    Chuck Petrone, NRR/PECB
            (301) 415-1027
            Email:  cdp@nrc.gov

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Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

                                       MR Number: 2-99-0003
Bluefield Iron                         Date: 03/02/99
Bluefield,Virginia

Subject: GENERAL LICENSE MATERIAL FOUND IN SCRAPYARD

Discussion:

On March 1, 1999, the Virginia Department of Health notified the NRC that
a static charge neutralizer, containing 10 millicuries of Krypton-85 gas,
was detected by radiation monitors at the Roanoke Electric Steel smelter
plant in Roanoke, VA. A representative from the Virginia Department of
Health responded to the site, and had the device returned to Bluefield
Iron scrapyard in Bluefield, VA. Contact radiation levels were measured
at Bluefield Iron and reported to be 5 millirem per hour. The exterior of
the device was missing end-caps and slightly deformed. The device was
placed in a 55 gallon drum. The generally licensed device was originally
manufactured by TSI of St. Paul, MN, however the licensee is currently
unknown. The manufacturer is making arrangements to have the device
shipped to its facility.

Regional Action:

No Regional Action.

Contact:  W. Loo                     (404)562-4727
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