United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for November 7, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
11/06/2012 - 11/07/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48458 48459 48481

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Agreement State Event Number: 48458
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GOOLSBY TESTING LABORATORIES INC.
Region: 4
City: HUMBLE State: TX
County:
License #: 03115
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/30/2012
Notification Time: 13:24 [ET]
Event Date: 10/18/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/30/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY DEVICE SOURCE DISCONNECTED

The following information was received by email:

"On October 18, 2012, the Agency [State of Texas Radiation Branch] received a request from an exposure device manufacturer for reciprocity to retrieve a . . . cobalt 60 source into a Spec 300 radiography device. The Agency contacted the Texas licensee and was told that the source had been retracted and that no reportable event had occurred. The licensee stated it needed assistance in disconnecting the drive cable from the source pig tail. On October 23, 2012, the Agency was informed by the manufacturer that the dose rates measured at the front of the exposure device indicated that the source may not be in the fully shielded position. On October 30, 2012, the Agency was informed by the manufacturer that the source was stuck inside the device approximately three inches from the locked and fully shielded position. The licensee has not reported this event to the Agency. The Agency will conduct an on-site investigation at the licensee's facility on November 1, 2012. There does not appear to have been any exposures to members of the general public. There were no overexposures to employees of the manufacturer. Exposures to the licensee's employees have not been determined. The investigation into this event is ongoing. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA 300."

Texas Incident: I-9000

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Agreement State Event Number: 48459
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: JONES & DEMILLES ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City:  State: UT
County:
License #: UT-2100140
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PHILIP GRIFFIN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/30/2012
Notification Time: 18:59 [ET]
Event Date: 10/15/2012
Event Time: 14:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 11/01/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER

A Troxler model 3440 portable gauging device (serial number 66163, containing approximately 8 milliCuries of cesium-137, and approximately 40 milliCuries of americium-241/beryllium) was hit by a bull dozer at a temporary jobsite. The source rod containing the Cs-137 source was not extended and remained in the shielded position. The case was cracked but the americium source was not damaged. The RSO arrived at the site and the survey results did not show evidence of contamination. The damaged gauge was placed in the transport case and removed from the jobsite.

Utah Event Number: UT-120004

* * * UPDATE FROM PHILIP GRIFFIN TO JOHN KNOKE AT 1926 EDT ON 11/01/12 * * *

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

"The licensee's RSO reported to the Division that one of the licensee's gauge operators was at a temporary job site to perform soil moisture density measurements on October 15, 2012. As the gauge operator was preparing to make the first measurement, he looked behind him and saw a bulldozer coming towards him. The gauge operator was able to avoid being run over by the bulldozer, but the portable gauge was run over and damaged. The operator informed the licensee's RSO of the incident, and the RSO went to the temporary job site to investigate the incident. According to the RSO, there were other drivers in other vehicles at the job site when the incident occurred. They had honked their horns to get the attention of the bulldozer driver, but they could not.

"After clearing everyone out of the area, the RSO verified that the 8 mCi Cs-137 source was in the safe, shielded position, and that the 40 mCi Am-241:Be source was intact. The top cover of the gauge was cracked, and the source rod and depth gauge were bent approximately 15 - 20 degrees off vertical. The RSO was able to get the damaged gauge into the transportation package, and the RSO performed a survey of the area of the accident to verify that no contamination was present. Finding none, the RSO took the damaged gauge back to the licensee's facility in Richfield, Utah.

"Gauge information: Troxler 3440, s/n 66163

"The portable gauge was recently purchased from Troxler in June 2012, and the sources in the gauge had been leak tested by Troxler and no leakage was found.

"The incident occurred on 10/15/12 at approximately 2:00 PM. The manager got the message late in the day on 10/18/12."

Notified the R4DO (Rick Deese) and FSME Event Resource

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48481
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: DON SHEEHAN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/06/2012
Notification Time: 03:56 [ET]
Event Date: 11/06/2012
Event Time: 00:06 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/06/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)

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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION ACTUATION SIGNAL

"On Tuesday, November 06, 2012, at 00:06 EST, during the application of a tag-out associated with feedwater level control, the 12 feedwater flow control valve (FCV-29-137) unexpectedly partially opened. As a result, reactor vessel water level rose to the high level turbine trip set point causing the main turbine to trip. The turbine trip signal then resulted in the initiation of High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) channels 11 and 12 logic. No actual system component starts or actuations occurred as a result of the logic initiation and no actual HPCI injection occurred due to the system configuration, nor was injection required.

"Actions were taken to manually isolate the 12 feedwater flow control valve and reactor vessel water level was restored to normal.

"This meets NRC 8-Hour reporting criteria per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) due to a valid actuation of the High Pressure Coolant Injection System."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012