United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for May 5, 2006

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REGION III

Airborne Radioactivity Released Into Containment Building During Outage Work

Licensee/Facility:

NUCLEAR MANAGEMENT CO.
Prairie Island 1
WELCH, Minnesota
Dockets: 05000282
[1] W-2-LP
License No:
Notification:

MR Number: 3-2006-0006
Date: 05/03/2006

Resident Inspector Notified

Discussion:

The licensee inadvertently released airborne radioactive contaminants into the Containment Building in preparation for planned work in the Unit-1 steam generators during its refueling outage. Steam generators were not properly vented during removal of the generator man-ways in preparation for nozzle dam installation. Consequently, gaseous contaminants within the steam generators were exhausted directly into the Containment Building atmosphere. The Containment Building was evacuated until radiological conditions were restored approximately 12-hours later through the containment building atmosphere cleanup system. There was no radiological release to the environment. Approximately 100 workers present in the Containment Building were externally contaminated and had small intakes of radioactive material composed principally of radioiodines. Preliminary results show that radiation doses from the intakes were less than one percent of applicable regulatory limits. Workers were decontaminated to remove external contamination prior to being released from the plant.

Regional Action: Two Region III Radiation Specialists will review the circumstances and the radiological consequences of the incident during an onsite inspection the week of May 8, 2006.

Accession Numbers:

Accession No Accession Date
ML061250255 05/02/2006

Contacts:

Name Office Abbrev Phone No E-Mail
SLAWINSKI, WAYNE J R3 (630) 829-9820 WJS2@nrc.gov
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