United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for October 20, 2003

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TRANSPORTATION INCIDENT INVOLVING SHIPMENT OF UF6 CYLINDERS

Licensee/Facility:


GENERAL LICENSEE

Dockets:

License No:
Notification:

MR Number: 4-2003-0010
Date: 10/17/2003

Call from DOT

Discussion:

On October 17, 2003, the Department of Transportation notified the NRC that at about 12:20 p.m. (EDT) a truck carrying 4 cylinders (UX-30 design) of 5% enriched uranium in the form of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) swerved and left Highway 212 west of Broadus, Montana. The truck rolled over and came to rest on its side. Powder River County officials responded. Initial observations showed that the UF6 overpacks and trailer did not sustain any damage. No evidence of release of material has been observed.

The shipper is Transport Logistics International (TLI) and the carrier is R&R Trucking. The material was imported through the Port of Seattle and was en route to Wilmington, North Carolina for processing. TLI is aware of the accident and is tracking the recovery.

The driver was injured but his injuries were not life threatening. He was transported to a local hospital. The truck was righted and towed to a location in Wyoming for inspection. The truck and the cylinders will be stored in Wyoming until it is verified that the cylinders did not sustain any damage and the shipment can be resumed.

TLI is sending a representative to verify the integrity of the cylinders and to oversee the preparations for completing the shipment.

There are no reports of media interest.

REGIONAL ACTION: The NRC staff will continue to monitor the shipper's follow up activities.

Contacts:

Name Office Abbrev Phone No E-Mail
ELMO E. COLLINS   (817) 860-8106 EEC@NRC.gov


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REGION IV

OFF DUTY SECURITY OFFICER INFORMATIONAL PICKET AT DIABLO CANYON POWER PLANT

Licensee/Facility:

PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO.
Diablo Canyon 1, Diablo Canyon 2
SAN FRANCISCO, California
Dockets: 05000275, 05000323
[1] W-4-LP, [2] W-4-LP
License No:
Notification:

MR Number: 4-2003-0011
Date: 10/18/2003

Discussion:

Starting October 14, 2003, off duty Pacific Gas and Electric security officers began holding informational pickets at the Avila Beach entrance to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Pacific Gas and Electric management have been in contract negotiations with the security officers' union, Service Employees International. The informational pickets have not interfered with access to the site, which is approximately 7 miles (by coastal road) from the Avila Beach gated entrance. There has been local media interest.

The current contract between Pacific Gas and Electric and the union expires in 2008. The licensee and the union are negotiating a wage component of the contract.

REGIONAL ACTION:

This morning report is for information only.

Accession Numbers:

Accession No Accession Date
ML032930438 10/20/2003

Contacts:

Name Office Abbrev Phone No E-Mail
JONES, WILLIAM B R4 (817) 860-8147 WBJ@nrc.gov
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