United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for January 25, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
01/24/2012 - 01/25/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47610 47620

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Agreement State Event Number: 47610
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: SUNBURY GENERATION
Region: 1
City: SHAMOKIN DAM State: PA
County:
License #: PA-G0283
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/20/2012
Notification Time: 13:59 [ET]
Event Date: 01/19/2012
Event Time: 13:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/20/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FOUR NUCLEAR GAUGES FAILED SEMIANNUAL SHUTTER CHECK

The following information was provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via email:

"The Department's [PA Bureau of Radiation Protection] central office received an email on January 19, 2012. This event is reportable within 24-hours under 10CFR 30.50(b)(2).

"EVENT DESCRIPTION: It was determined on January 19, 2012 during the six month shutter check that the remote actuator cables and one handle on four devices are inoperable.

"The devices are identified as:
Manufacturer Model Serial Isotope Activity
Texas Nuclear 5197 81624 Cs-137 100 mCi
Texas Nuclear 5197 81631 Cs-137 100 mCi
Texas Nuclear 5197 81634 Cs-137 100 mCi
Texas Nuclear 5197 81635 Cs-137 100 mCi

"CAUSE OF THE EVENT: Normal wear and tear (30+ year old gauges)

"ACTIONS: The shutters are in the locked and closed position and shall remain so until qualified repairs can be made. The gauges are planned to be removed and returned to the manufacturer. No employees were exposed to excess levels of radiation as a result of these failures. The Department plans to conduct a reactive inspection."

Event Report ID No: PA120003

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 47620
Facility: NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU CONVERSION & SCRAP RECOVERY
                   NAVAL REACTOR FUEL CYCLE
                   LEU SCRAP RECOVERY
Region: 2
City: ERWIN State: TN
County: UNICOI
License #: SNM-124
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000143
NRC Notified By: RANDY SHACKELFORD
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/24/2012
Notification Time: 10:06 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2012
Event Time: 10:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/24/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
Person (Organization):
DEBORAH SEYMOUR (R2DO)
TIM MCCARTIN (NMSS)
FUELS GROUP - Email ()

Event Text

MEDICAL TREATMENT OF A POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED INDIVIDUAL AT ONSITE FACILITY

"10 CFR 70.50 (b)(3) requires a twenty-four hour report of an event that requires unplanned medical treatment at a medical facility of an individual with spreadable radioactive contamination on the individual's clothing or body.

"An individual's fingers were potentially exposed to HF [hydrogen fluoride]. The potential HF exposure was believed to be caused by a pin hole in a glove-box glove. The glove was replaced and other glove-box gloves were inspected. The individual's fingers were rinsed and calcium gluconate cream was applied in the Radiological Control Area (RCA). As a precautionary measure, the individual was sent to the on-site medical area (within the Owner Controlled Area) for review/observation. Minor radioactive contamination, below minimum detectable activity (MDA) for the equipment, was removed from the individual's fingers at the medical area. The radioactive contamination was below radioactive release limits. In addition, at the medical area, the individual's finger was irrigated with water and additional calcium gluconate cream was applied. The individual was monitored and then released by medical personnel. No evidence of HF exposure was observed.

"The licensee is making this report on a voluntary basis due to the ambiguous nature of the regulation [10 CFR 70.50 (b)(3)]. It should be noted that Part 50 guidance as well as internal licensee guidance refers to medical treatment at off-site medical facilities.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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