United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for August 23, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
08/22/2012 - 08/23/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48191 48193 48220 48221

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Agreement State Event Number: 48191
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: EAGLE X-RAY
Region: 4
City: MONT BELVIEU State: TX
County:
License #: L03246
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/15/2012
Notification Time: 10:37 [ET]
Event Date: 08/15/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/15/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
JIM WHITNEY (ILTA)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following information was received by email:

"On August 15, 2012, the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] that sometime during the evening, a QSA Global 880D radiography camera was stolen out of the dark room of one of their trucks. The camera contained Iridium-192. The truck was parked at the licensee's office, however the Radiographer left the camera in the truck instead of transferring the camera to the vault. The thieves broke into five radiography trucks taking various items including generators and the one camera. A police report was filed with the Chamber County Sheriff's Department. The thieves did not take the crank outs or source tube."

"The State of Texas event number for this event is I- 8979. Additional information will be provided in accordance with SA 300."

Notified DHS, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC and EPA EOC.

* * * UPDATE ON 8/15/12 AT 1330 EDT FROM CHRIS MOORE TO DONG PARK * * *

"On August 15, 2012, around 1130 [CDT], the licensee and Local Law Enforcement recovered the stolen QSA Global 880D Radiography Camera. The camera is stored in the vault at the licensee facility and is in normal working condition. [A person of interest has been identified]. The truck used by the thief was identified on video surveillance tape. The camera was in the back of truck at the residence of the thief. Investigation will continue for the company and radiographers [concerning] Increased Controls (IC) security violations."

Notified R4DO (Hagar), FSME (McIntosh), ILTAB (Whitney), IRD (Gott), Mexico via fax, DHS, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, DHS NICC and EPA EOC.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 48193
Rep Org: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
Licensee: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
Region: 1
City: EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP State: NJ
County:
License #: 42-23539-01AF
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RYAN DANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/15/2012
Notification Time: 14:31 [ET]
Event Date: 08/15/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/16/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()

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

Event Text

POTENTIALLY LOST AMERICIUM-241 SOURCE

"The potentially lost source is a M43A1 Chemical Agent Detector Cell (Americium-241, 0.25 mCi). The source exceeds 1000 times the quantity listed in Appendix C to Part 20.

"The source was made ready for shipment to our recycling and disposal office and given to the local traffic management office. Currently, we have no record of the shipment and cannot locate the shipping package. A comprehensive physical and document search is under way.

"Device Serial # Z03-C-30470
"Source Serial # Z03-C-31725"

The licensee notified R4 (Cook).

* * * UPDATE FROM DANLEY TO KLCO ON 8/16/2012 AT 0956 EDT * * *

The following information was received by email from the licensee:

The licensee received a call from the permit RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] that the Am-241 source has been recovered. It was located in the traffic management office.

Notified the R1DO(Powell), R4DO(Hagar) and FSME via email.

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: 48220
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM PRICE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/22/2012
Notification Time: 03:53 [ET]
Event Date: 08/22/2012
Event Time: 02:28 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (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

Event Text

TECH SPEC REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAK

"On August 22, 2012, it was determined, based on a remote video camera inspection inside the secondary shield wall, that a primary system leak at a Pressurizer Heater bundle exists and is not isolable. Technical Specification (TS) Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) 3.1.6.4 does not allow any leakage through a nonisolable RCS strength boundary. The discovery of leakage from the Pressurizer Heater bundle is considered a degradation of a principal safety barrier. This condition does not represent a reduction in the public health and safety.

"This is reportable as a 4-hour ENS notification under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(i) due to the initiation of a nuclear plant shutdown required by the plant's Technical Specifications.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee expects to also notify state and local government agencies of the shutdown. The current leak rate, as calculated by the plant process computer, is approximately .2 gallons per minute.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48221
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: KEVIN COUGHLIN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/22/2012
Notification Time: 11:32 [ET]
Event Date: 08/22/2012
Event Time: 08:01 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 30 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO HIGH REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM PRESSURE

"On August 22, 2012, during a planned load reduction, Three Mile Island Unit 1 Reactor automatically tripped at 0801 EDT due to high reactor coolant system pressure as a result of a main feedwater transient. The cause of the main feedwater transient is still under investigation. The Emergency Feedwater System (EFW) actuated at 0801 EDT.

"The electrical grid is stable and Unit 1 is being supplied by offsite power. All control rods fully inserted. Decay heat is being removed via the Emergency Feedwater System (EFW) flow to both Steam Generators that are exhausting via the normal main condenser cooling loop under manual control. Preliminary evaluation indicates all plant systems functioned normally following the reactor trip and EFW actuation except for manual operation of Turbine Bypass Valve control due to failure of the automatic control function. Three Mile Island Unit 1 remains stable in Hot Shutdown mode while conducting the post trip review. No radioactive releases were experienced as a result of this event.

"This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), Reactor Protection System (RPS) actuation, and under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi), due to an information release to local officials, both are four (4) hour reports. This event is also reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(B), due to a valid actuation of the Emergency Feedwater System.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector." Licensee notified the State, local and other Government agencies.

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