United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for September 6, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
09/05/2012 - 09/06/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48242 48243 48244 48248 48249 48276 48277 48278 48279

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Agreement State Event Number: 48242
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: ANDERSON ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: Little Rock State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0519-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/28/2012
Notification Time: 17:27 [ET]
Event Date: 08/28/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE

The following report was obtained from the Arkansas Radioactive Materials Program via e-mail:

"On August 27, 2012, the Radiation Control Program of Arkansas received notification from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management that a tractor trailer had run over a nuclear gauge at the 192 mile marker on Interstate 40 near Hazen, Arkansas.

"The driver of a Motorists Assist Truck familiar with moisture density gauges identified the gauge parts on the side of the highway. The gauge had been struck by a vehicle and broken up. The driver reported the presence of the gauge parts to his construction company Project Manager who in turn notified Highway Police. At 1914 the west bound lane of Interstate 40 was closed and remained closed until 2155. The Highway Police asked for assistance from the Radiation Safety Officer of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) who drove to the scene.

"The 44 millicurie, Americium-241:Beryllium source was still contained within the original threaded cavity with the Caution-Radioactive Material label covering it. The base of the gauge was broken to the point that only the threaded cavity and surrounding lead remained.

"The 9 millicurie, Cesium-137 source remained attached to the source rod and inside the original shielding. The shielding was sheared off just above the tungsten sliding block (shutter).

"The AHTD Radiation Safety Officer, upon arrival, secured the Americium-241:Beryllium source in a polyethylene box brought to the scene. The Cesium-137 source was removed from the gauge shielding by the AHTD RSO and this source was placed in a lead shield brought to the scene.

"Two Health Physicists from the Arkansas Radiation Control Program were also dispatched and upon arrival took wipes of both sources. These smears were field counted utilizing a Ludlum-2241 and Ludlum 44-9 pancake probe. No loose contamination was found.

"All potential serial numbers were recorded and the sources were transferred to the Radiation Control Program by the AHTD RSO. The Health Physicists transported the sources to a secure storage area at the State Health Department.

"On Tuesday morning, Troxler identified the owner of the gauge by the serial number. The gauge is a Model 3430, Serial Number 21024. The gauge is owned by Anderson Engineering of Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas Radioactive Material License Number ARK-0519-03121.

"It appears that an Anderson Engineering technician had been working at a construction job site in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas. On Monday evening, he left this job site and returned to the Anderson Engineering Little Rock Office. The gauge was left unsecured in the back of the pickup. On Interstate 40 West at mile marker 192, the gauge fell out of the pickup bed, where it was struck by at least one vehicle. Upon arrival at the Anderson Engineering offices, the technician removed the Troxler Gauge Storage Box from the pickup bed and noted that it was empty. The technician believed that he had left the gauge at the job site. On the morning of August 28, 2012, he returned to the jobsite to search for the gauge.

"On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, the Radiation Safety Officer was contacted and retrieved the two sources from the Arkansas Department of Health and secured these in the Anderson Engineering permanent storage area.

"The Arkansas Radiation Control Program has assigned Incident Number AR-2012-006 and is continuing to investigate."

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Agreement State Event Number: 48243
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: WORLD TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: MOSCOW State: MS
County:
License #: MS-1035-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAYSON MOAK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/28/2012
Notification Time: 17:37 [ET]
Event Date: 08/24/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCE EMAIL ()

Event Text

MISSISSIPPI AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA STUCK SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the state of Mississippi via email:

"DRH [Mississippi Department of Radiation Health] was notified on 8/27/2012 by Licensee's RSO regarding a stuck source incident that occurred on 8/24/2012 while performing industrial radiography at a temporary job site in Mississippi.

"The RSO claims the camera (880D) fell onto the guide tube during one of the shots and crimped the guide tube preventing the source from retracting back into the camera. The RSO suspects the technician may have pulled on the cranks while trying to crank back in the source after the shot. This could have then caused the camera to fall onto the guide tube and crimp it.

"The restricted area boundary was readjusted to one (1) mR/hr, maintained, and the RSO was called by the radiographers at the job site. An ARSO and technician from the company who are trained in source retrieval arrived at the job site and retrieved the source. The camera was wiped and leak tests were submitted for analysis.

"The Licensee's ARSO received 82 mR and the technician received 8 mR/hr from actions taken during the source retrieval."

MS Report Number: MS 120003

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Agreement State Event Number: 48244
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: WORLD TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: MACON State: MS
County:
License #: MS-1035-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAYSON MOAK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/28/2012
Notification Time: 18:11 [ET]
Event Date: 08/26/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/28/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCE EMAIL ()

Event Text

MISSISSIPPI AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY TRUCK INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT

The following information was obtained from the state of Mississippi via email:

"DRH [Mississippi Division of Radiation Health] was notified 8/26/2012 by MEMA, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, regarding an overturned radiography truck that occurred on Hwy 45 south of Macon, Mississippi. Two Licensee personnel were involved in the wreck with minimal injuries. The camera remained secured in the overpack but separated from the destroyed dark room. Surveys were performed of the overpack and camera by the driver after the wreck. The driver and MS Highway State Patrol Officer waited with the overpack and camera until DRH and the Licensee's ARSO arrived on site to take possession of the camera."

MS Report Number: MS 120004

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Agreement State Event Number: 48248
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY
Region: 4
City: LOS ALAMOS State: NM
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/29/2012
Notification Time: 13:04 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2012
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCE EMAIL ()
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

ARIZONA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ARIZONA WORKER CONTAMINATED WHILE WORKING AT LOS ALAMOS IN NEW MEXICO
The following information was obtained from the state of Arizona via email:

"On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency was informed by Tempe Fire Department that they responded to a 911 call for assistance from a private citizen who indicated that he may have received a possible radiation exposure/contamination while working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The Tempe Fire Department conducted a radiation survey and found that the shoes were the source of the radioactive contamination.

"At 2315 hours MDT, on August 25, 2012, DOE Region 4 sent a radiological response team to Tempe, AZ to investigate and perform a radiological survey of the item/s reported with the radiation contamination. A radiation survey, using a Ludlum survey meter with a beta detector, provided a positive result for contamination on a few articles, bottom of both shoes (350 cpm above background) and a pair of underwear (measured 850 cpm above background).

"On Tuesday August 28, 2012, the following occurred:

-The source of the contamination as reported by DOE RAP Teams Region 4 is Technetium-99. (Half-Life is 211,000 years and is a Beta emitter)
-It is reported that 13 to 16 individuals may be contaminated with the Tc99.
-It is reported that several automobiles and other personal articles have been located in New Mexico and were moved to an isolated area.
-ARRA laboratory is now in possession/control of the clothing and will conduct a laboratory analysis to determine and confirm the source of the radioactive material.
-ARRA reported levels of Beta Radiation several times above background on both the shoes and underwear.
-DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory Waste Management team has recovered the contaminated items from ARRA with a chain of custody for the record.

"The Los Alamos National Laboratory has released the following information regarding this event:

" 'Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the inadvertent spread of some Technetium-99 by employees and contractors at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE [Los Alamos Neutron Science Center]. It's been determined that about a dozen people were exposed, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium 99 off-site. The contamination poses no danger to the public.

" 'The Laboratory and Department of Energy RAP teams (Radiological Assistance Program) have been working to survey, assess, and where needed, decontaminate all affected people and property. The teams will continue to address all possible escape paths to be certain that all off-site contamination has been appropriately characterized and remediated. So far, based on multiple direct measurements, no exposures to Lab workers or the public pose a health risk.'"

"The Agency [ Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] continues to investigate.

"The Governor's Office, state of New Mexico and the U.S. NRC are being notified of this event."

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Agreement State Event Number: 48249
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: HURT & PROFFITT
Region: 1
City: RUSTBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: 680-346-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/29/2012
Notification Time: 14:30 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2012
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST THEN RECOVERED TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Virginia via facsimile:

"On August 29, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., the licensee reported that a Troxler Model 3440 portable density gauge was missing. The gauge, in its transport case, apparently fell from the licensee's truck during transport. The licensee notified the local law enforcement and initiated a search for the gauge. At 11:45 a.m., the licensee reported that the gauge had been found by a local resident who called the licensee. The RSO verified that neither the gauge nor the transport case was damaged. The Virginia Radioactive Material Program is investigating the cause of the incident."

Virginia Event Number: VA-12-05

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48276
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL RICHARDSON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/05/2012
Notification Time: 10:54 [ET]
Event Date: 09/05/2012
Event Time: 10:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MARK LESSER (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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TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE ON HVAC SYSTEM

"This [report] is being issued in advance of a planned activity. Today, 9/5/2012, the (TSC) Technical Support Center Emergency Ventilation System will be removed from service to support preventative maintenance activities. The Emergency Ventilation System will not be available and cannot be restored within the time period (75 minutes) required to staff and activate the Emergency Response Organization (ERO). This work is scheduled to complete today.

"If an emergency is declared and the TSC ERO activation is required, the TSC will be staffed and activated unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological conditions, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC staff becomes necessary, the Station Emergency Director will relocate the staff to an alternate TSC location.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48277
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ROBERT BRINKLEY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 09/05/2012
Notification Time: 16:35 [ET]
Event Date: 08/22/2012
Event Time: 12:36 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)

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

Event Text

MISSING FLOOD SEAL

"During flooding walkdowns being performed on August 22, 2012, with the unit at 100 percent power, South Texas Project Unit 2 discovered the potential for water intrusion into the 10' Elevation Electrical Auxiliary Building (EAB) via a 2-inch underground conduit that was found to be missing its flood seal. It has been determined that the missing flood seal compromised the external flood design controls for the EAB. If flooding of the 10 [foot] EAB were to occur as a result of the missing flood seal, the operability of the Train A Engineered Safety Features (ESF) switchgear and the ESF Sequencers for all three Standby Diesel Generators could have been affected. Additionally, the Qualified Display Parameter System process cabinets (which control Auxiliary Feedwater flow and Steam Generator PORVs) and the Auxiliary Shutdown Panel are also located on the 10' Elevation.

"Repairs have been made and the 2-inch conduit is sealed.

"The event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) for Unit 2 being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degraded plant safety, and under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) as an event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48278
Facility: BYRON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MIKE LINDEMANN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/05/2012
Notification Time: 16:32 [ET]
Event Date: 09/05/2012
Event Time: 12:25 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 91 Power Operation 91 Power Operation
2 N Y 95 Power Operation 95 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE SPILL

"At 1225 on 9/5/12, the Main Control Room received a report of a Sodium Hypochlorite spill estimated at 100 gallons at the Byron Circulating Water Pump House. The spill was caused by a leak from the hose of the Chemical Delivery truck.

"A spill of greater than 80 gallons of Sodium Hypochlorite is considered a reportable quantity.

"The spill was reported to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) in accordance with 29 IAC 430.30 and 35 IAC 750.304, and the National Response Center in accordance with 40 CFR 302.6.

"Notification to IEMA was performed at 1235 on 9/5/12, and notification to the National Response Center was performed at 1245 on 9/5/12.

"The notifications to other government agencies is reportable to the NRC in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi)."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48279
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVE BURLEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/05/2012
Notification Time: 17:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/05/2012
Event Time: 13:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1DO)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF SMALL OIL SPILL

A small amount of oil spilled from a forklift hydraulic oil connection. The amount was estimated at about 1 quart. The release has been terminated. However, the oil was washed into the navigable waterway at the site by heavy rains and as indicated by an oil sheen that was observed. Oil booms have been distributed around the sheen to contain the oil and prevent its spread to the environment.

The licensee reported this spill to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Waterford Dispatch.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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