United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for August 14, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
08/13/2012 - 08/14/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48155 48161 48162 48185

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Agreement State Event Number: 48155
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: DEL-TIN FIBER
Region: 4
City: El DORADO State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0874-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT PEMBERTON
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 08/03/2012
Notification Time: 12:03 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER ON PROCESS GAUGE

The following was received from the State of Arkansas via email:

"On August 3, 2012, a licensee notified the Department (Arkansas Department of Health, Radioactive Materials) that the shutter mechanism on a RONAN Model# SA1-F37 gauge (SN# 6481GQ), mounted at the apex of a mixing bin, was stuck in the open position. This was discovered during routine maintenance. Since the shutter is in the open position and does not pose an immediate safety risk, the plant continues to operate. The Department was told that even though the gauge is only accessible via man-lift, the gauge has been tagged with a caution sign. The facility has sent email notifications to all personnel as well as posting notices in the plant. The gauge contains 100 mCi of Cs-137. The facility has contacted the manufacturer and the Department will make an onsite visit to coincide with the repair. Further information will be provided as it is obtained.

"Arkansas Incident # AR-2012-005"

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Agreement State Event Number: 48161
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: VIRGINIA TECH
Region: 1
City: BLACKSBURG State: VA
County:
License #: 121-225-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/06/2012
Notification Time: 16:29 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING ELECTRON CAPTURE DETECTOR

The Commonwealth of Virginia submitted the following information via facsimile:

"Virginia Tech reported a missing radioactive source to VRMP [Virginia Radioactive Materials Program] by telephone. The lost material is an electron capture detector (ECD) containing a foil source of 15 mCi of Ni-63 (serial number F2162), dated 4/1/91, installed in a Hewlett Packard model 5890 Gas Chromatograph (GC). The source was missed during the December 2011 leak testing period but actually had not been seen since its December 2010 leak test. For the June 2011 leak test some GCs with ECDs were packed up in preparation for a move to a different facility and it was assumed that all four ECD containing GCs were crated but only three were apparently included. All Chemistry laboratories at Virginia Tech have been checked, but it has not been found. It appears that a contractor may have removed the source containing equipment along with other materials as scrap during the demolition of Davidson Hall where the source had last been seen. Attempts are being made to determine where the 'scrap' material has been taken and efforts will continue to investigate further.

"Media attention: none."

VA Event Report ID No.: VA-12-03

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: 48162
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL
Region: 1
City: FAIRFAX State: VA
County:
License #: 610-116-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/06/2012
Notification Time: 16:29 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE IODINE SEED DETECTED IN REFUSE

The Commonwealth of Virginia submitted the following information via facsimile:

"On Monday July 30th, the VRPM [Virginia Radioactive Materials Program] was notified by the Maryland Radiation Program that SteriCycle's monitor detected radiation from a Bio box picked up at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. RSO, Inc. of Maryland performed a radiation survey with the highest reading of 0.7 mrem/hr on contact. They also performed radioisotope identification with a Bicron Fieldspec which indicated I-125. The Bio box was returned to INOVA Fairfax Hospital on August 1st where it was examined by Radiation Safety staff. A red bag of infectious waste containing one I-125 seed was discovered. The seed was assayed using a well-counter which indicated it to be 0.22 mCi. INOVA Fairfax decay corrected this activity to the normal seed activity of 0.28 mCi, which indicated it was implanted on July 10th. A review of patient implants for July 10th is being performed and staff involved are being interviewed.

"Media attention: none."

VA Event Report ID No.: VA-12-04

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 48185
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: TONY COOK
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 08/13/2012
Notification Time: 19:10 [ET]
Event Date: 08/13/2012
Event Time: 16:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/13/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DANIEL RICH (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

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OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO THE NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION

"Duke Energy notified the NC Wildlife Resource Commission of dead catfish in the vicinity of the McGuire low level intake. Notification was made on 8/13/12 at 1630 EDT. In addition, the NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources will be notified.

"The dead fish are suspected to have been caused by increasing lake temperature and decreased oxygen levels, which is common during the late summer."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

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