United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for May 21, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
05/18/2012 - 05/21/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47912 47914 47918 47934 47936

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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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Agreement State Event Number: 47918
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: ADAMS LAND AND CATTLE
Region: 4
City: BROKEN BOW State: NE
County:
License #: GL0698
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 05/11/2012
Notification Time: 12:34 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

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

Event Text

MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The following report was received via email from the State of Nebraska Division of Radioactive Materials:

"Adams Land and Cattle reported that they have a missing [tritium] exit sign. The sign was purchased in January of 2007 from SRB Technologies. We do not have the serial number at this time.

"They discovered that it was missing when doing the annual inventory. The sign may have been broken several months ago and was likely disposed of in the regular trash. The trash is taken to the Custer County landfill. The general licensee is checking with the employee who disposed the sign and trying to find out additional details.

"We will report additional information once the general licensee has additional information.

"Source/Radioactive Material: SEALED SOURCE LUMINOUS
"Manufacturer: SRB TECHNOLOGIES INC
"Model Number: BX-10-WH
"Radionuclide: H-3
"[Activity]: 9.21 Ci, 340.77 GBq"

Incident Number: NE120001

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

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47934
Facility: BRAIDWOOD
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVID KORTGE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/18/2012
Notification Time: 12:50 [ET]
Event Date: 04/23/2012
Event Time: 01:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/18/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
TAMARA BLOOMER (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Defueled 0 Defueled

Event Text

ULTRASONIC EXAMINATION RESULTS IN AN INDICATION ON THE REACTOR PRESSURE VESSEL HEAD PENETRATION

"On April 23, 2012, during the Braidwood Station Unit 1 refueling outage, it was determined that the results of planned ultrasonic (UT) examinations performed on one penetration (Penetration No. 69) did not meet the applicable acceptance criteria, requiring repair prior to returning the reactor pressure vessel head to service. A portion of the indication was conservatively assumed to be within the J-groove weld. At the time of the examination, the Braidwood Station Unit 1 reactor pressure vessel head was classified as a low susceptibility head. The cause of the recordable indication is attributed to Primary Water Stress Corrosion Cracking. The examinations were being performed to meet the requirements of 10 CFR 50.55a(g)(6)(ii)(D) and ASME Code Case N-729-1, to ensure the structural integrity of the reactor pressure vessel head pressure boundary. All of the remaining penetrations have been examined during the current refueling outage. Repairs to Penetration No. 69 were completed prior to commencing startup. No other repairs were required.

"This is reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) since the as found indication did not meet the applicable acceptance criteria referenced in ASME Code Case N-729-1 to remain in-service without repair.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

As a result of a follow-up review, at 0600 CDT on 05/18/12, the licensee determined this was an 8 hour reportable event while Unit 1 was in Mode 4. The licensee did not determine this was a reportable event immediately after the UT was conducted on April 23, 2012. The unit is currently in Mode 3.

Reactor Vessel Head Penetration No. 69 is a control rod penetration. Reactor Coolant Leakage test are satisfactory and there are no indications of boron buildup on the Reactor Vessel Head. Control rod testing has not yet been performed.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47936
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JOHN W. RIDINGER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/18/2012
Notification Time: 15:57 [ET]
Event Date: 05/17/2012
Event Time: 20:42 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/18/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2DO)

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
3 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY

A licensed operator employee had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's unescorted access has been suspended. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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