United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for June 25, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
06/22/2012 - 06/25/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48025 48035 48044 48045

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Agreement State Event Number: 48025
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
Region: 4
City: BENICIA State: CA
County:
License #: 6720-48
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 06/14/2012
Notification Time: 13:04 [ET]
Event Date: 05/22/2012
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CAMERA SOURCE FAILS TO RETRACT

The agreement State of California reported the following via email:

"On 06/13/12, the RSO at Team Industrial contacted RHB to report a radiography camera incident that occurred on 05/22/12 at the Evergreen refinery in Newalk, CA. The radiographers were using a QSA 880 camera on the second deck of the unit 1 at this refinery. The radiographer cranked the 59 Ci source out into the collimator and after the exposure, he couldn't retrieve the source back into the shielded position. He immediately contacted the RSO. Per RSO's instructions, the radiographer unscrewed the crank assembly and pulled the cable back to retrieve the source into shielded position. There were no exposures to the radiographers, two assistants, and any member of the public. The licensee's Instadose dosimetry indicated 8 mR for the radiographer for the period of 5/18 - 5/22 and 7 mR and 0 mR for the two assistants for the same period. Their pocket dosimeters indicated zero exposure for all three individuals.

"The crank assembly was sent to QSA and they have indicted that the worn out teeth and bearings of the crank assembly inhibited the normal retrieval of the source.

"RSO will be providing a detailed report to RHB ASAP."

CA 5010 Number: 061312



Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 48035
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: THERMO EGS GAUGING, INC
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 20-6751
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENATH TRAEGDE
HQ OPS Officer: ERIC SIMPSON
Notification Date: 06/19/2012
Notification Time: 15:19 [ET]
Event Date: 01/18/2012
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/19/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

HISTORICAL DISCOVERY OF LEAKING SOURCES

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"The licensee is a manufacturer of beta gauges used to measure the thickness and weight of materials. This event was discovered when a hired decommissioning consultant found evidence of contamination in the source storage room of the facility. Their intention was to decontaminate the storage room and release it as part of an office relocation project within the same building.

"The leaking sources in this event were apparently caused by the licensee by the improper application of PVC tape to the source window upon packaging. The licensee claims that this is not a current practice, but is the likely cause of source leakage prior to November of 2009. One or more historical sources could have been involved. The licensee claims that they were sent to Thermo Fisher Scientific in Germany in 2009. The sealed sources installed in the licensee's devices contain Strontium-90, Krypton-85, and Americium-241 (1.85E-10 TBq each).

"Wipe tests were conducted on all available sources on January 19, 2012 by the licensee. None were found to be leaking.

"The Massachusetts Radiation Control Program has initiated an investigation of this incident and will subsequently provide a report of the findings."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48044
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: STANLEY STONE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 06/22/2012
Notification Time: 17:05 [ET]
Event Date: 06/22/2012
Event Time: 13:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ALAN BLAMEY (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

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY

"Planned maintenance activities are being performed today (June 22, 2012) on the Hatch Nuclear Plant's Technical Support Center's (TSC) 480V AC distribution panel (1R25-S102). This work activity is planned to be performed and completed expeditiously within about 4 hours. This maintenance activity is to provide temporary power to the 480V AC distribution panel (1R25-S102). The temporary power is needed to support implementation of DCP 1060789901 which replaces two existing Allis Chalmers LA-600 circuit breakers installed in Motor Control Center 1B (1R24-S026) the normal power for the TSC 480V AC distribution panel. The installation of the temporary power will eliminate the need to have the TSC out of service for an extended period of time. During the time in which the normal power supply is isolated until the temporary power is restored the TSC ventilation system will be out of service which will rendered the TSC non-functional under TRM T 3.10.1.

"If an emergency condition occurs that requires activation of the Technical Support Center during this work activity, it will take about one hour to return the equipment back to functional status dependent on the stage of the work activity at the time the emergency occurs. Plans are to utilize the TSC for any declared emergency during the time the work activity is being performed as long as radiological conditions allow. Procedure 73EP-EIP-063-0, Technical Support Center Activation, provides instructions to direct TSC management to the Control Room and TSC support personnel to the Simulator Building to continue TSC activities if it is necessary to relocate from the primary TSC.

"This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) as described in NUREG-1022, Rev. 1 since this work activity affects an emergency response facility for the duration of the evolution."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 0245 EDT ON 06/23/12 FROM STEVE BURTON TO S. SANDIN * * *

The TSC was returned to service at 0215 EDT on 6/23/12.

The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO(Blamey).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48045
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: RODNEY BLANCHE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 06/22/2012
Notification Time: 18:38 [ET]
Event Date: 06/22/2012
Event Time: 13:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/22/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)

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

Event Text

NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER NOTIFIED OF ION EXCHANGE RESIN SHIPMENT LEAKAGE

"This report is submitted pursuant 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to a notification that was made to the National Response Center. At 1345 CDT on June 22, 2012, Waterford 3 was informed by NRC Region IV that there was a government report concerning a Waterford 3 radioactive waste shipment. A follow-up review determined that the receiver of the shipment (Energy Solutions) had notified the National Response Center of a condition stating that a shipment received at their facility in Tennessee on June 21, 2012 was spilling water. The notification was identified as Incident Report number 1015375. The container held UN 2910, Limited Quantity, low specific activity, ion exchange resin and did not exceed any reportable quantities. Waterford 3 is sending shipping personnel to Energy Solutions to validate the state of the shipment."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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