United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for March 8, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
03/07/2012 - 03/08/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47714 47723

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Agreement State Event Number: 47714
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: INTERNATIONAL TESTING AND INSPECTION SERVICES
Region: 4
City: MABELVALE State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0773-0332
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/02/2012
Notification Time: 11:41 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2012
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE ASSEMBLY SLIDE CONNECTOR INOPERABLE

The following information was provided by the State of Arkansas via E-mail.

"During a telephone call on February 29, 2012 with International Testing and Inspection Services, Inc., the company president stated that they had returned a sealed source (QSA Global, Inc., Model Number 87703, Serial Number 70162B) contained in a radiography camera (Industrial Nuclear Company, Inc., Model Number IR-100, Serial Number 4311) after the slide connector on the source assembly would not move.

"On March 1, 2012, two health physicists from the Arkansas Department of Health, Radiation Control Program went to the licensee's facility to determine if this met the reporting requirements of 10CFR 30.50(b)(2). The Arkansas equivalent regulation is RH-1502.f.2.

"The Radiation Safety Officer was not available at the time; however, the health physicists were able to interview the radiography crew using the camera during the failure. The radiography crew indicated that upon arrival at a job site on February 20, 2012, while attempting to connect the control assembly cable, they were unable to move the slide connector on the source assembly. They contacted the company president and returned to the office. The company president informed the Radiation Safety Officer.

"After returning to the office the camera and source were removed from service and returned to Industrial Nuclear Company, Inc. (manufacturer of the camera) on February 24, 2012. Leak tests performed on the camera and sealed source upon arrival at INC, Inc. indicated no contamination.

"Since the source assembly was manufactured by QSA Global, Inc.; Industrial Nuclear Company, Inc. indicated to the licensee that a cause was not identified but that the source assembly needs to be replaced.

"The Arkansas Radiation Control Program has determined that this is reportable under 10CFR 30.50(b)(2) and is making this report to the [NRC] Operations Center. The Program [Arkansas Department of Health, Radiation Control Program] continues to investigate to identify the problem with the source assembly.

"No overexposures to the public or to the radiography crew resulted from this event."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47723
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-AP1000,[4] W-AP1000
NRC Notified By: HOWARD MAHAN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 03/07/2012
Notification Time: 16:00 [ET]
Event Date: 03/01/2012
Event Time: 19:06 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/07/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Under Construction 0 Under Construction
4 N N 0 Under Construction 0 Under Construction

Event Text

FAILURE TO FOLLOW SITE FITNESS FOR DUTY PROCEDURES

"On March 01, 2012, it was discovered that a [Contractor] program manager intentionally failed to implement a procedure change as instructed by management. An initial investigation has determined that interim compensatory actions were in place prior to this pending procedural change. The involved manager's access authorization has been revoked. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. (SNC) was notified by [the Contractor] of this discovery on March 06, 2012 at 19:00 EST.

"SNC is providing this notification under the provisions of 10 CFR 26.719(b)(3) as an intentional act that casts doubt on the integrity of the FFD program.

"At the time of this report, no regulatory barriers for individuals assigned to perform duties that require them to be subject to the FFD program have been breached regarding this event."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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