United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for December 12, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

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

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48546 48550 48553 48557 48579

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Agreement State Event Number: 48546
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: HOUSTON REFINING LP
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 00187
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/29/2012
Notification Time: 14:08 [ET]
Event Date: 11/29/2012
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/11/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
MEXICO (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYZER

The following was submitted by the State of Texas via email:

"On November 19, 2012, the Agency [State of Texas] was notified by the licensee that they could not locate a Thermo Niton model number XL-II x-ray fluorescence analyzer. The device contains a 10 millicurie cadmium - 109 source and a 20 millicurie iron - 59 source. The radiation safety officer thought the device had been shipped to the manufacturer, but after he was unable to find any shipping papers for the device, he determined the device was missing. The licensee does not believe the lost device poses an exposure hazard to members of the general public. The investigation into this event is on going. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I - 9019

* * * UPDATE AT 1513 EST ON 12/4/12 FROM ART TUCKER TO S. SANDIN * * *

The following update was received from the State of Texas via email:

"The Agency [State of Texas] contacted the device manufacturer and was informed that the device requires a password to operate. The Agency [State of Texas] contacted the licensee who stated the password feature was active and that the password would not have been included in the container with the device.

"The device contains a 20 millicurie iron - 55 source and not a iron - 59 source as previously reported. The date of the event was November 29, 2012, not November 19, 2012 as stated in the Event Narrative."

Notified R4DO (Deese) and FSME Events Resource, ILTAB and MEXICO via email/fax.

* * * UPDATE FROM ART TUCKER TO CHARLES TEAL ON 12/11/12 AT 1607 EST * * *

"On December 11, 2012, the Agency [State of Texas] was notified by the licensee that the source had been located at the manufacturer facility. The manufacturer provided a letter to the licensee dated March 13, 2012, stating that they had removed the two sources from the device and placed them in storage until they could be disposed of."

Notified R4DO (Haire) and FSME Events Resource, ILTAB and MEXICO via email/fax.

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: 48550
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ADAM EASTRIDGE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/02/2012
Notification Time: 14:06 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2012
Event Time: 11:42 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/12/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 15 Power Operation 15 Power Operation

Event Text

60-DAY REPORT - INVALID AUXILIARY FEEDWATER AND NUCLEAR SERVICE WATER PUMP ACTUATION

"The Unit-2 AMSAC (Anticipated Transient Without Scram Mitigation Actuation Circuitry) actuation generated a Unit-2 turbine trip signal. The Unit-2 turbine was already tripped, but the 2A and 2B Auxiliary Feedwater and 2B Nuclear Service Water pump started. AMSAC actuation occurred during calibration of AMSAC actuation pressure switches."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM TIM JOHNSON TO VINCE KLCO ON 12/11/12 AT 1550 EST * * *

"This notification retracts an eight (8) hour notification per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) which was made December 2, 2012 and documented as NRC Event Notification (EN) # 48550. The December 2, 2012 actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater System was initially reported under 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), valid actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater system as listed in paragraph 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(B)(6). McGuire Nuclear Station (MNS) has subsequently determined that the actuation signal, which was caused by a test signal during calibration of the AMSAC (Anticipated Transient Without Scram Mitigation Actuation Circuitry) actuation pressure switches, constitutes an invalid actuation as described in Revision 2 of NUREG-1022 (Event Reporting Guidelines 10CFR50.72 and 50.73). Specifically, valid actuations result from signals initiated in response to actual plant conditions or parameters satisfying the requirements for initiation of the safety function of the system. A test signal is not representative of an actual plant condition and was therefore an invalid actuation signal and does not meet the NRC 8-hour reporting criteria under paragraph 10 CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(B)(6).

"In addition to retracting the 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(B)(6) notification, MNS is notifying the NRC Operations Center that the December 2, 2012 event met the reporting criteria specified in 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A). Specifically, an invalid actuation of the auxiliary feed water system occurred while the systems was in service. The event did not involve an actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor was critical; therefore, MNS is opting to notify the NRC Operations Center within 60 days in lieu of a 60 day written licensee Event Report (LER), as allowed by 10CFR 50.73(a)(1) and 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A).

"This notification satisfies 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) reporting requirements in lieu of a written LER. The 2A and 2B trains of the auxiliary feed water were actuated by an invalid signal. Each train's actuation was complete and systems operated as designed."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R2DO (Sykes).

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Agreement State Event Number: 48553
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ATC ASSOCIATES
Region: 3
City: CINCINNATI State: OH
County:
License #: 31210310000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/03/2012
Notification Time: 14:57 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2012
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/03/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)
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 AND RECOVERED TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was received from the State of Ohio:

"[The Ohio] BRP [Bureau of Radiation Protection] received call at approx. 3:30 PM on 11/5/12, with follow-up e-mail, that a licensee's technician had his truck stolen from a job site earlier in the day. The truck had a locked Troxler Model 3411B gauge in its locked case in the truck bed. A report was filed with the Cincinnati Police. The gauge serial # is 14560. Gauge contains 8 mCi Cs-137 and 40 mCi Am-241 sources.

"At approximately 6:00 PM on 11/5/12 the licensee informed BRP that the Cincinnati Police had apprehended person driving the stolen truck. The locked nuclear density gauge was still in the vehicle and appeared undisturbed. The truck with the gauge will be stored overnight in the secure police impound lot and licensee would be able to obtain them the next morning.

"At approximately 10:20 AM on 11/6/12 the licensee reported to BRP they had recovered the truck and gauge from Cincinnati Police impound lot. Gauge case and device still locked and there was no damage evident. Leak test showed no contamination. No further action required."

Ohio Item Number: OH120007

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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Agreement State Event Number: 48557
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: WINFIELD ALLOY, INC.
Region: 1
City: LAWRENCE State: MA
County:
License #: NONE
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRUCE PACKARD
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/04/2012
Notification Time: 15:59 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2012
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/06/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIUM DIAL COMPASS REJECTED AT RECYCLING FACILITY

The following information was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via fax:

"Abstract:

"10/24/12 - Metal load rejected at recycling facility. Reported to CRCPD. [Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors]

"11/7/12 - Compass with suspected Ra dial was recovered from trash load.

"12/4/12 - Compass was identified as 13.8 microCuries Ra-226. Compass was worn on wrist and was labeled Sperio Magneto Company."


* * * UPDATE VIA FAX FROM JOSH DAEHLER TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1534 EST ON 12/6/12 * * *

"The compass source is now stored in Rockland, MA, pending disposal, in accordance with Atlantic Nuclear's specific radioactive materials license No. 56-0477. The compass source is reported by Atlantic Nuclear to have passed a leak test; be of excellent condition; and to exhibit a dose rate of approximately 8 to 10 microrem/hr at one meter from the source, as measured by a calibrated ion chamber. The compass source appears to be of type that was designed to have been worn on a wrist or attached by hook to a belt or lanyard."

Notified R1DO (Jackson). Notified FSME Events Resource via E-mail.

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: 48579
Facility: BRAIDWOOD
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ZACHARY MONTPETIT
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 12/11/2012
Notification Time: 12:10 [ET]
Event Date: 10/19/2012
Event Time: 23:24 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/11/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)

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

Event Text

60-DAY OPTIONAL TELEPHONIC NOTIFICATION OF INVALID SPECIFIED SYSTEM ACTUATION

"In accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A), this telephone notification reports an invalid actuation of the Unit 2 train B (2B) Emergency Diesel Generator (DG) undervoltage auxiliary relay on October 19, 2012 at 2324 hours. At the time of he event, Unit 2 was in Mode 6, Refueling. The 2B DG was undergoing the completion of a monthly surveillance and was operating in parallel with the offsite power, when the 2B DG changed from the test mode to the emergency mode. The offsite feed to the bus (ACB 2422) tripped, and the 2B DG load increased to carry the bus. Proper operation of the 2B DG was verified, and expected train equipment loaded and functioned successfully. The potential cause is attributed to a spurious actuation of the undervoltage auxiliary relay. This condition was entered into the corrective action program.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Resident Inspector."

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