United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for October 2, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
10/01/2012 - 10/02/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48244 48283 48329 48330 48331 48335 48337 48362 48363 48364

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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: 10/01/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCE EMAIL ()

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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

* * * UPDATE FROM JAYSON MOAK TO HOWIE CROUCH VIA EMAIL ON 10/01/12 AT 1547 EDT * * *

"Licensee's leak test reported to DRH was less than 0.005 microCuries."

Notified R4DO (Powers) and FSME Events Resources via email.

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 48283
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: ROBERT KRISTOPHEL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 09/06/2012
Notification Time: 19:20 [ET]
Event Date: 09/06/2012
Event Time: 14:16 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (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

BOTH OFFSITE POWER SOURCES INOPERABLE

"At 1416 EDT, after consultation with the Unit 1 control room, the #1 138 KV bus in the Beaver Valley switchyard was deenergized by the grid system operator in response to a degraded switchyard breaker. The bus loss caused the Unit 1 A train offsite power supply to be inoperable. The Unit 1 B train offsite power supply was previously inoperable due to planned maintenance on its transformer cooling fan control circuit. The Unit 1 B train offsite power supply remained energized and available during this event. Both Emergency Diesel Generators remained operable and both emergency buses remained energized from the onsite source and operable during this event.

"At 1425 EDT the #1 138 KV bus was re-energized. The planned maintenance was completed on the B train offsite power supply transformer. Following testing, at 1452 EDT both offsite power supplies were declared operable.

"This notification is provided in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) since both offsite power supplies were inoperable from 1416 EDT to 1452 EDT on 9/6/12."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION FROM DAN SCHWER TO JOHN KNOKE AT 1242 EDT ON 10/01/12 * * *

"Beaver Valley Unit 1 is retracting EN # 48283 based on completion of an engineering evaluation. The evaluation determined that the Unit 1 'B' train offsite power supply was operable and capable of performing its safety function with its transformer cooling fan control circuit out of service for planned maintenance. Since one train of offsite power was determined to be operable, this condition is not reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified." Notified R1DO (Wayne Schmidt).

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Agreement State Event Number: 48329
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BURLINGTON HOUSE MILL
Region: 4
City: MONTICELLO State: AR
County:
License #: GENERAL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JARED THOMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 09/21/2012
Notification Time: 16:09 [ET]
Event Date: 09/20/2012
Event Time: 18:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)
DARYL JOHNSON (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING OHMART BETA GAUGE

The following information was provided by the State of Arkansas via email:

"While conducting an investigation of a citizen's allegation on September 20, 2012, the Department [Arkansas Department of Health] recovered a generally licensed device in a scrap yard in Dermott, Arkansas. The device is:

"Ohmart Beta Gauge: Model BAL
Gauge Serial Number: 3780BC
Isotope: SR-90
Activity: 25 millicuries

"This device was retrieved and transported to the Department's [Arkansas Department of Health] storage location in Little Rock at approximately 1800 CDT on September 20, 2012.

"Ohmart provided information concerning the shipment date (12/1994) and the location. The device was shipped to Burlington House Mill in Monticello, Arkansas. Ohmart also informed the Department [Arkansas Department of Health] that a second device had also been shipped with this source. The source holder serial number for this device is 3779BC.

"Health Physicists visited the old Burlington site after finding the device in the scrap yard in Dermott, Arkansas.

"Health Physicists returned on September 21, 2012 to the Monticello and Dermott areas to search in locations where the second device may have been disposed. At the time of this notification, the Department [Arkansas Department of Health] considers the second device to be missing.

"The Department [Arkansas Department of Health] has notified the Mississippi Department of Health.

"The Department [Arkansas Department of Health] is still investigating and searching for the missing device. An investigation is on-going to identify the possible owner of the devices.

"The Department [Arkansas Department of Health] considers this event open at this time pending the completion of the investigation."

Arkansas Incident Number AR-2012-009.

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: 48330
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: CLEARWATER PAPER CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: MCGEHEE State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0530-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 09/21/2012
Notification Time: 16:46 [ET]
Event Date: 09/19/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER ON DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided by the State of Arkansas via email:

"During an on-site inspection on September 19, 2012, the licensee stated that a Berthold Model 7440, density gauge was in storage and that the shutter was not operating (stuck open). The gauge is serial number 2718 and contains 50 millicuries of Cesium-137.

"On or about March 30, 2009 the licensee was preparing to replace this gauge. While preparing to remove the gauge from service, it was determined that the shutter would not close. The gauge was removed from service, under the direction of the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), and placed in a secure storage location by the RSO. The gauge is contained a metal storage locker, facing down toward a concrete slab.

"In accordance with RH-1502.f.2 (10 CFR 30.50(b)(2)) the stuck shutter should have been reported to the State of Arkansas within 24 hours.

"With the manufacturer no longer being in business, the RSO contacted another gauge service company for assistance. The service company indicated they could supply a shielded container to ship the gauge to their facility. At this time, the gauge is still in storage at the licensee's facility.

"The State of Arkansas is awaiting a written report from the licensee and final disposition information for the gauge. The State's event number is AR-2012-010. "

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Agreement State Event Number: 48331
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: NON-LICENSEE: NITARDY FUNERAL HOME
Region: 3
City: WHITEWATER State: WI
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KRISTA KUHLMAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 09/21/2012
Notification Time: 16:37 [ET]
Event Date: 09/20/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARK RING (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

CREMATORY CONTAMINATED DUE TO MEDICAL IMPLANT

The following information was provided via facsimile transmission:

"The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) received a phone call from the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison informing them that the university had received a phone call from a funeral home, that had just cremated remains of a person who had received an I-125 lung mesh implant. The implant was put in the patient on September 13, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hospital. The patient was implanted with a lung mesh with 40 seeds totaling 23 mCi. The funeral home received a phone call during the cremation, from a family member notifying them that the person had received a radiation treatment a few weeks prior to the cremation. The cremation took place on September 20, 2012. After the cremation was completed, the crematory remained closed until DHS inspectors arrived. DHS conducted an investigation on September 21, 2012. Radiation readings inside the crematorium were 0.75 mR/hr with a Victoreen, Model 451 (#199588, calibrated on 1/20/2012). The cremains read 3.8 mR/hr on contact with a plastic bag. They have placed the cremains in a concrete container and radiation levels were at background on the outside of the container. No other areas of the facility were contaminated. The facility has agreed to suspend the operations until clean-up."

Wisconsin Event Report ID No.: WI120013

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 48335
Rep Org: DOW CORNING
Licensee: DOW CORNING, MIDLAND PLANT
Region: 3
City: MIDLAND State: MI
County:
License #: 21-08362-12
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID DILLON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 09/21/2012
Notification Time: 22:51 [ET]
Event Date: 09/21/2012
Event Time: 22:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/21/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
MARK RING (R3DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

DENSITY GAUGE SHUTTER FAILURE

A density gauge with a 4 milliCurie Cs-137 source was identified to have a stuck shutter. The gauge is an Ohmart Vega Model SHF1A-0, S/N 0964CO, and is permanently installed on a process line in an isolated tower area. This event did not result in exposure to any personnel. The licensee barricaded the area, which read less than 1mR/hr. The licensee plans on having the gauge repaired by the manufacturer.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 48337
Rep Org: AIR FORCE MASTER MATERIAL LICENSE
Licensee: AIR FORCE MASTER MATERIAL LICENSE
Region: 1
City: ROSSLYN State: VA
County:
License #: 42-23539-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MAJOR DAN SHAW
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/24/2012
Notification Time: 09:10 [ET]
Event Date: 08/25/2012
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/24/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (E-MA)
ILTAB (E-MA)

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

Event Text

GENERALLY LICENSED NICKEL- 63 SOURCE MISSING

The following information was provided by the Air Force Medical Support Agency via email:

"Per 10 CFR 20.2201(b)(2)(ii), we are providing a written report for the loss of radioactive material. The loss of material was reported on 24 Sep 2012; 1) telephonically to NRC Operations Center, Event No. 48337 and 2) via E-Mail to NRC, Region IV (Ms. Cook). The following information addresses the reporting requirements:

"Description of the licensed material: The subject device contained nickel 63 (Ni-63), one source, at 15 milliCuries. The source is encapsulated in a hollow brass cylinder which in turn is sealed in a ceramic shield as referenced in Sealed Source & Device Registry (SS&DR) NR-0163-D-102-E, dated 19 Oct 2010. This generally licensed device (GLD) was used by USAF Security Forces Personnel (802nd SFS) of Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX.

"Description of circumstances for loss: The missing Ionscan 400B was added to the Installation Radiation Safety Officers inventory of all GLDs on Lackland AFB in May 2010. The serial number of the missing source is 10859. It was surveyed semi-annually until November 2011. At that point, the Lackland AFB installation radiation safety officer was told that particular device had been sent in October 2011 to the manufacturer for maintenance along with four (4) other devices. In November 2011, three (3) of the repaired devices had been returned from maintenance and were checked. The remaining two (2) units were assumed to still be at the manufacturer. During the May 2012 leak test/ inventory of GLDs, the two (2) devices were assumed to still be at the repair facility. The Lackland AFB Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) again raised the question as to the location and was assured the two (2) devices would be returned soon. In August 2012, when the devices had not been returned, the unit initiated a concerted effort to find the devices. The Air Force Radioisotope Committee was contacted to report the missing devices.

"Statement of disposition: One (1) device has been located at the manufacturer's repair facility. According to Smith's Detection personnel, the serial number of the other missing device (10859) is not a valid serial number. The device in question with that serial number was inventoried and leak tested in May 2010, November 2010 and May 2011. The USAF believes that this is a valid serial number for the missing Ionscan.

"Exposures to individuals: Because the device contains Ni-63, which is sealed and incorporated into the Ion Mobility Spectrometer assembly, the radiation level surrounding the device would be indistinguishable from background and dose to radiation workers or the general public is and will be negligible.

"Actions taken: Numerous contact has been made with Smith's Detection to attempt to locate the missing device. Lackland personnel have used their chain of command to determine if the source was transferred to any other Air Force location. The storage area where the devices were stored have been searched. During the next 30 days, all Security Forces equipment will be moved to another location and special attention will be devoted in an attempt to locate the missing Ionscan. To date, the source has not been located.

"Procedures/measures to rectify future loss: The installation radiation safety officer will reinforce the policies outlined in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 40-201, Managing Radioactive Materials in the United States Air Force for procurement and shipping and receiving of radioactive material. The shipper will require receipt confirmation from the manufacturer when items are shipped for maintenance or repair."


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: 48362
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: STUART BYRD
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/01/2012
Notification Time: 08:50 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2012
Event Time: 08:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 96 Power Operation 96 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER (TSC) / EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FACILITY (EOF) OUT-OF-SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"On October 01, 2012, at approximately 09:00 hours Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the Brunswick TSC/EOF Emergency Ventilation System is scheduled to be removed from service to perform planned maintenance consisting of emergency filtration unit charcoal testing and replacement. The removal of the ventilation system can potentially affect the TSC and EOF habitability during a declared emergency requiring activation. If an emergency is declared requiring TSC/EOF activation during this period, the facilities will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. The Emergency Response Organization duty team has been notified of the maintenance and the possible need to activate the TSC and EOF at their alternate locations. This condition has no adverse impact to the health and safety of the public.

"The ventilation system is scheduled to be out of service for approximately 2 days."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48363
Facility: SEABROOK
Region: 1 State: NH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MIKE TAYLOR
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/01/2012
Notification Time: 12:06 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2012
Event Time: 04:24 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE SCHMIDT (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Defueled 0 Defueled

Event Text

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM IS UNAVAILABLE FOR SERVICE

"Seabrook personnel determined that the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) is unavailable due to a malfunction of its process computer. The condition occurred around 0430 EDT today after a plant electrical bus was de-energized and subsequently reenergized during a maintenance activity. The plant is presently in a refueling outage with the reactor vessel defueled. Following repair of the process computer, Seabrook expects to return ERDS to service later today.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii), loss of emergency preparedness capabilities, for loss of the ERDS function.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this event."

* * * UPDATE FROM MIKE TAYLOR TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1333 EDT ON 10/1/12 * * *

The ERDS system has been returned to service. The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (Schmidt).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48364
Facility: KEWAUNEE
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: JACK GADZALA
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/01/2012
Notification Time: 12:12 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2012
Event Time: 07:40 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3DO)

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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER OUT-OF-SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"On October 1, 2012, at approximately 0740 hours [CDT], the Kewaunee Power Station Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system was removed from service for planned TSC ventilation system maintenance. The removal of the ventilation system potentially affects the TSC habitability during a declared emergency requiring activation. The Emergency Response Organization (ERO) team has been notified of the maintenance and the possible need to relocate during an emergency. If an emergency is declared and TSC ERO activation is required, the TSC will be staffed and activated unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperatures, radiological, 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 ventilation system is expected to be out of service for approximately 7 hours.

"This condition is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as an event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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