United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for May 18, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
05/17/2012 - 05/18/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47851 47912 47914 47928 47930

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 47851
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
                   LEU FABRICATION
                   LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: SCOTT MURRAY
HQ OPS Officer: ERIC SIMPSON
Notification Date: 04/19/2012
Notification Time: 13:30 [ET]
Event Date: 04/18/2012
Event Time: 13:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2DO)
DENNIS DAMON (NMSS)

Event Text

LOCAL ALARM HORN WAS FOUND TO BE INAUDIBLE DURING ROUTINE TESTING

"At approximately 1345 EDT on 4/18/12, during routine testing on an outdoor Criticality Accident Alarm System (CAAS) Data Acquisition Module (DAM #22), the local alarm horn in the Wilmington Field Services Center (WFSC) building #3 inspection records area was found to be inaudible. The cause and extent of the condition is under investigation.

"Personnel were removed from the inspection records area until compensatory measures were established. There are no active fissile material operations impacted by this discovery, thus no unsafe condition existed.

"This event is being reported pursuant to the requirements of 10CFR70.50 (b)(2)."

The licensee notified the NC Division of Radiation Protection and the New Hanover County Emergency Response Center.

* * * RETRACTION FROM SCOTT MURRAY TO JOHN SHOEMAKER ON 05/17/2012 AT 1641 EDT * * *

"Upon further review, GNF-A has determined that the reported condition (EN 47851) was not required to be reported by the plain letter of the regulation (10 CFR 70.50(b)(2)) and the filing of the report was inconsistent with industry practice. As such, this report is being retracted. GNF-A has entered the condition identified in the course of the monthly tests (i.e., areas where audibility of the CAAS should be enhanced) into its corrective action program and is addressing them accordingly."

The licensee will notify NRC Region II (Thomas). Notified R2DO (Shaeffer) and NMSS (Stablein).

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Agreement State Event Number: 47912
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: CALLANAN INDUSTRIES
Region: 1
City: RAVENA State: NY
County:
License #: G14553
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT SNYDER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/10/2012
Notification Time: 10:25 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()
CANADA VIA FAX ()

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN RADIOACTIVE GAUGE

The following information was received from the State of New York via fax:

"As required by 10NYCRR16.15(a)(1)(ii), Callanan Industries in Ravena, NY called to report a stolen gauge. The gauge is a BSI Instruments model NW-201 gamma gauge. It contains 0.3 mCi of Cesium 137 in sealed form. The gauge was removed from its location above a conveyor line and stored in a container in a warehouse in 2011. At some point in October of 2011 several items of copper were stolen from that warehouse. It is now believed that the gauge was also stolen at that time. Callanan Industries will submit a written report as required under 16.15(a)(2). NYS BERP [Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection] will review recent reports of scrap metal yard monitor trips. Local police have been notified. A press release has not been issued. A reward has not been offered. NYS BERP internal tracking number for this incident is #970."

NY Event Report ID No. NY-12-01

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 47914
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: AVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM/SUNBELT INC (FLORIDA HOSPITAL)
Region: 1
City: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS State: FL
County:
License #: 2897-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVE PIESKI
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 05/10/2012
Notification Time: 15:48 [ET]
Event Date: 11/01/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1DO)
JACK FOSTER (FSME)

Event Text

FLORIDA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE TO PATIENT

"Patient presents in May, 2012 with a 1 cm x 3 cm oval necrotic tissue [on the] inner thigh consistent with radiological overexposure. Patient received radiation treatment in November, 2011 at the incident hospital. Hospital physicist and the RSO [are] investigating the incident and calculating whole body/skin dose based on assumption of released source scenario."

Incident Number: FL12-043

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47928
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN KONOVALCHICK
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/17/2012
Notification Time: 01:05 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2012
Event Time: 22:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GORDON HUNEGS (R1DO)

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

Event Text

STATE NOTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL CHLORINE DISCHARGE TO THE DELAWARE RIVER

"At 2210 [EDT] it was reported to the State of New Jersey that a permitted discharge exceeded Total Residual Chlorine permit level of 0.3 ppm. Actual Total Residual Chlorine discharged was 3.0 ppm. Currently the amount of the discharge is unknown and the event is under investigation. The discharge has been terminated and no personnel injury resulted form this event. The discharge originated from a tank overflow from the Chemical Treatment Building that entered the storm drain system that discharges to the Delaware River via a permitted outfall.

"No safety related equipment was impacted by this event.

"The report to the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was made in accordance with the Salem Station Spill/Discharge Reporting Plan."

The licensee estimates that the discharge occurred between 2010 and 2135 EDT on 5/16/2012 and that less than 1000 gallons overflowed the clarifier.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector and has notified the State and Lower Alloways Creek Township.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47930
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BRANDON LONG
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 05/17/2012
Notification Time: 12:11 [ET]
Event Date: 05/17/2012
Event Time: 04:38 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4DO)

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

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FACILITY NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO FAILED RETURN FAN

"At 0438 [CDT] on Thursday, May 17, the Callaway Plant Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) was declared non-functional when the building's return fan was found not running. Loss of the EOF return fan, results in an inability to maintain a positive pressure on the facility. Efforts are underway to return this fan to service.

"If an emergency is declared requiring EOF activation while the EOF is non-functional, EOF emergency response personnel will report to their backup locations in accordance with Callaway Plant emergency planning procedures.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the unavailability of an emergency response facility.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM BRANDON LONG TO JOHN SHOEMAKER ON 05/17/12 AT 1704 EDT * * *

At 1330 (CDT) on 05/17/12, the Callaway Plant EOF was been returned to service.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Powers).

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