United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for September 12, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
09/11/2012 - 09/12/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48271 48272 48273 48275 48296 48297

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Agreement State Event Number: 48271
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: REYNOLDS, SMITH, AND HILLS C.S.
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 2732-2
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE L. FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/04/2012
Notification Time: 09:49 [ET]
Event Date: 09/01/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from the State of Florida via email:

The State of Florida was notified by the licensee that one of their Troxler moisture density gauges has been stolen. The theft is believed to have occurred on the night of September 1st, 2012. The gauge was properly stored in a secure storage shed when the theft occurred. The licensee has notified the manufacturer and local law enforcement and will be offering a reward for its recovery. The State of Florida will investigate.

Gauge Information: Troxler Model 3440, Serial # 14471
Sources: Americium-241/Beryllium, 40 millicuries
Cesium-137, 8 millicuries

Florida Incident #: FL12-065

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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 48272
Rep Org: PPG INDUSTRIES INC.
Licensee: PPG INDUSTRIES INC.
Region: 1
City: NEW MARTINSVILLE State: WV
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIKA BALDAUFF
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/04/2012
Notification Time: 14:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/01/2012
Event Time: 18:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/05/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(4) - FIRE/EXPLOSION
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

TWO TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS DESTROYED IN WAREHOUSE FIRE

"At approximately 6:45 pm on 9-1-12, there was a fire in two warehouses at the PPG Industries, Inc. Natrium Plant located in New Martinsville, WV. The warehouses are storage areas for product, where personnel are usually not stationed. The facility does have a specific license from the NRC. However, the mentioned signs are not covered under the license. They are generally licensed.

"Two tritium exit signs, one in each warehouse, were destroyed in the fire. The signs were:

- manufactured by Self-Powered Lighting, LTD.
- Model No. CPI-700
- Activity on the manufacture date of 2-1983 was 12.5 Curies
- Decay corrected activity on 9-1-2012 was calculated to be 2.4 Curies

The area around the former location of the signs is barricaded off. This afternoon an outside contractor performed testing to determine if there is tritium contamination. The area will remain barricaded off until results are received.

"A follow-up report will be submitted within 30 days."

* * * UPDATE AT 1210 EDT ON 9/5/12 FROM BALDAUFF TO HUFFMAN * * *

Sampling has been completed and analyzed to determine if any contamination was present from the destroyed tritium exit signs. The results verify that there is no contamination present.

R1DO (Conte) notified. FSME Events Resource e-mailed.

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Agreement State Event Number: 48273
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ACUREN INSPECTION, INC
Region: 3
City: DAYTON State: OH
County:
License #: 03320990006
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/04/2012
Notification Time: 15:01 [ET]
Event Date: 07/24/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE DISCONNECT

The following information was provided by the Ohio Bureau of Radiation Protection via e-mail:

"Licensee experienced a source disconnect with an industrial radiography camera. The radiographers were working at a temporary job site and attempted to retrieve source after completing the first exposure of the workday. Source would not retrieve and a source disconnect was suspected, with the source remaining at the exposure end of the guide tube. The source position was verified by on-site radiation surveys. The guide tube (containing the source at the far end) was disconnected from the camera and moved to an isolated location at the client site. The radiographers established appropriate barriers and entry controls for the temporary area and maintained constant surveillance until licensee's source retrieval personnel arrived. Retrieval personnel were able to reconnect the source using a special tool and the source was able to be retracted back into the camera. The camera and all associated equipment were sent to the manufacturer for evaluation. Cause of the problem was determined to be a worn connecting collar around the plug assembly and failure to follow a source connect procedure recommended by the manufacturer. Ohio Bureau of Radiation Protection will visit site and conduct an investigation.

"The licensee's report was received at Ohio Bureau of Radiation Protection today, 9/4/12, at approximately 1240 EDT.

"Based on manufacturer's evaluation of the equipment used, Ohio Bureau of Radiation Protection will conduct an investigation of licensee's maintenance program and to determine reasons for failure by licensee to make initial notification and follow-up written report in a timely manner."

No significant personnel exposure was received during retrieval procedures.

Ohio Report OH 120003

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Agreement State Event Number: 48275
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WEATHERFORD ARTIFICIAL LIFT SYSTEM
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: G02201
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/04/2012
Notification Time: 17:55 [ET]
Event Date: 09/01/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOUCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED PROCESS GAUGE SHUTTER

The Texas Department of State Health Services Radiation Branch provided the following report via e-mail:

"On September 4, 2012, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that the shutter on an Ohmart / Vega nuclear gauge model SHLD-1 containing a 20 millicurie cesium - 137 source had been damaged and no longer functioned as designed. The licensee stated that the gauge is mounted on the side of a truck trailer. The licensee stated that the gauge operator had tried to close the gauge shutter and could not get the shutter to move. The operator obtained a hammer and struck the shutter mechanism. The four bolts holding the shutter mechanism in place snapped and the shutter fell off the gauge. The operator placed the shutter back on the gauge to provide shielding, but the shutter is not attached to the gauge housing. The gauge is at the licensee's facility isolated inside of a locked fence. A barrier has been placed around the gauge to prevent inadvertent entry to the area around the gauge. The licensee has contacted the manufacturer to repair the gauge. The licensee stated that the gauge does not present an exposure hazard to any individual. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA 300: 'Reporting Material Events'."

Texas Incident # I-8984

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48296
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: HANS OLSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 09/11/2012
Notification Time: 04:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2012
Event Time: 03:08 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JOHN GIESSNER (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 94 Power Operation 94 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A planned maintenance evolution at the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) will remove the TSC [Technical Support Center] ventilation system from service. The TSC would be rendered non-functional with the loss of ventilation. The repair to the TSC ventilation is expected to last 3 days.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures. Maintenance will be expedited to restore ventilation to the TSC.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10CR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of an Emergency Response Facility (ERF). An update will be provided once the TSC ventilation system has been restored to normal operation."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48297
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MIKE WEAVER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/11/2012
Notification Time: 11:11 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2012
Event Time: 07:33 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT (R1DO)
MARK KING (NRR)
JANE MARSHALL (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

VOLUNTARY OFFSITE NOTIFICATION WITH POTENTIAL MEDIA INTEREST

"This ENS [report] is being voluntarily issued to notify the NRC that voluntary communications were made to offsite agencies this morning between 0700 and 0830 [EDT] due to an event of potential public interest.

"At approximately 1 a.m. on September 1, 2012, Peach Bottom outage workers on the Unit 2 refuel floor were disassembling the reactor head vent when steam discharged from the flange, causing a small but detectable amount of airborne contamination that was contained in the building. All workers were wearing the proper protective equipment and no significant personal [personnel] exposure has been reported. As a precaution, employees were asked to temporarily leave the area for onsite evaluation while radiation protection technicians investigated. Approximately 50 workers were impacted by the radiological airborne event at Peach Bottom and had to stay over shift for radiological monitoring. In accordance with station Radiological procedures, affected personnel are being monitored and as required bioassay is being conducted. Radiation monitors in the reactor building initially detected the airborne contamination, but all have returned to normal levels. This event resulted in no significant impact to the health and safety of our workers or the public. The station made voluntary notifications to the NRC Senior Resident, the State Bureau of Radiation Protection and state and local stakeholders.

"This issue has been entered into the site Corrective Action Program for evaluation and implementation of further corrective actions."

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012