United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for May 11, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
05/10/2012 - 05/11/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47886 47890 47891 47913

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Agreement State Event Number: 47886
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: FORMOSA PLASTICS CORP
Region: 4
City: POINT COMFORT State: TX
County:
License #: 03893
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/02/2012
Notification Time: 11:00 [ET]
Event Date: 04/19/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PROCESS GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK IN OPEN POSITION

The following report was received from the State of Texas Department of Health Radiation Branch (via e-mail):

"On May 1, 2012, the Agency (Texas Radiation Branch) was notified by a licensee that the shutter on a Ronan SA-1 nuclear gauge containing 50 millicuries of cesium-137 was stuck in the open position. This is the normal position for the gauge shutter.

"The licensee contacted the gauge manufacture and the gauge shutter was repaired by the manufacturer on May 1, 2012. The shutter failure did not create an exposure risk to any individual. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA - 300."

Texas Report I-8950

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Agreement State Event Number: 47890
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: SUPERIOR WELL SERVICES, INC
Region: 1
City: NORTH EASTERN State: PA
County:
License #: PA-1168A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/02/2012
Notification Time: 15:08 [ET]
Event Date: 04/30/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DENSITOMETER DISLODGED

The following report was received via fax:

"On April 30, 2012, while on location in North Eastern, PA, an incident occurred which indirectly involved a nuclear density device. While pumping at a well site at 7200 psi, a large section of 4 inch pipe became dislodged at a joint, sending the pipe in the direction of the gauge. This caused a piece of iron to collide with the densitometer which in turn, knocked the in-line densitometer off of the 4 foot, 4 inch piece of iron it was attached to.

Gauge Information:
Material: Cs-137
Manufacturer: Thermo MeasureTech
Sealed Source Model: 57157C
Activity: 250mCi

"The density gauge showed no signs of damage. The device was immediately secured and a trained employee was dispatched to retrieve and properly package and transport the device back to the Blacklick, PA facility. The device was leak tested in the field and surveyed with a Ludlum Model 3. The densitometer is currently in secure storage at the Blacklick facility and is awaiting repair from a licensed service provider. The Department [PA Bureau of Radiation Protection] plans to conduct a reactive inspection on Tuesday, May 8, 2012."

PA Event: PA-120014

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Agreement State Event Number: 47891
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: McLEOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: FLORENCE State: SC
County:
License #: 139
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK WINDHAM
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/02/2012
Notification Time: 14:15 [ET]
Event Date: 05/01/2012
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE SPILL DURING MEDICAL TREATMENT

"The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 1400 hrs, that a nurse's aide was attempting to empty a Foley bag containing I-131 at 1500 hrs on May 1, 2012, when she inadvertently spilled 200-300 cc of the contents of the bag on the floor, her shoe and sock. The patient had received 203 mCi of I-131 for in-patient treatment. The Supervisor, Nuclear Med, was notified and the nurse's aide's foot was decontaminated. Surveys after the decontamination did not indicate the presence of any radioactive material on her skin. The nurse's aide had a bioassay on May 2, 2012, and no uptake was indicated. Absorbent paper had been placed on the floor prior to the in-patient procedure and most of the spill was contained on the absorbent paper. A 12 x 100 inch area of the floor under the patient bed may have contamination and the area will be cleaned and surveyed once the patient has been released.

"[The Nuclear Med Supervisor] was advised by [South Carolina] to submit a written report detailing this event to the [South Carolina] Department within 30 days. The event is open and pending the licensee's investigation and report to the [South Carolina] Department. Updates will be made through the national NMED system."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47913
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: THOMAS MORSE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/10/2012
Notification Time: 10:29 [ET]
Event Date: 05/10/2012
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JOHN GIESSNER (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

SAFETY PARAMETER DISPLAY SYSTEM AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE

"Beginning at approximately 1100 hours EDT on May 10, 2012, plant personnel will be taking the plant integrated computer system (ICS) out-of-service for planned maintenance. During the time ICS is out-of-service, the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS), the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS), and the automatic mode calculation of the Computer Aided Dose Assessment Program (CADAP) will be unavailable. The computer outage is scheduled for two hours.

"In the event of an emergency, plant parameter data will be orally transmitted to the facilities through the Status Board Ring Down circuit with back-up by the Private Branch Exchange, Off Premise Exchange, and various redundant intrafacility circuits throughout the emergency facilities. The dose assessment function will be maintained during the out-of-service time period by manual input of data into CADAP and, if required, by manual
calculation. The ability to open and maintain an 'open line' using the Emergency Notification System will not be affected and will be the primary means of transferring plant data to the NRC as a contingency until the ERDS can be returned to service.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). A follow-up notification will be made when the maintenance activities are completed and the equipment is restored. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE AT 1245 EDT ON 5/10/12 FROM MORSE TO HUFFMAN * * *

The maintenance activities were completed as scheduled and the integrated computer system and associated systems SPDS, ERDS and CADAP has been returned to service as of 1238 EDT.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. R3DO (Giessner) notified.

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