United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for May 7, 2013

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
05/06/2013 - 05/07/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48330 48971 48975 49004 49008

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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: 05/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

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 in 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. "


* * * UPDATE FROM STEVE MACK TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1216 EDT ON 5/6/13 VIA EMAIL ***

"The following updates and closes Event 48330.

"The licensee provided a letter dated May 6, 2013 stating that the cause of the shutter malfunction was determined to be the harsh environmental conditions the gauge had been subjected to. This letter also documented the receipt/disposal of the gauge [by Thermo MeasureTech]. The Department [Arkansas Department of Health] considers this event to be closed."

Notified R4DO (Vasquez) and FSME Events Resource.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 48971
Rep Org: PREFIX CORPORATION
Licensee: NRD LLC
Region: 3
City: ROCHESTER HILLS State: MI
County:
License #: GENERAL
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN STEMPOWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/26/2013
Notification Time: 12:00 [ET]
Event Date: 04/18/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/26/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTA)

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

Event Text

LOST POLONIUM-210 STATIC ELIMINATOR SOURCE

Prefix Corporation uses static control ionizers for applying coatings in some of its product processes. These static control ionizers are leased from NRD LLC and contain less than 0.1 millicuries of Polonium-210. In early April, 2013, Prefix was preparing to return one of its leased Nuclecel Ionizers to NRD and discovered it was missing. The source was last used in November of 2012. A search was conducted for the source without success and Prefix considers the source to be lost. The source is small and cylindrical and could have rolled off its storage location onto the floor and been swept-up as trash. Prefix sent a written notification to NRC Region 3 on April 18, 2013, but had not previously reported the event to the NRC Operations Center.

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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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Non-Agreement State Event Number: 48975
Rep Org: BEAUMONT HEALTH SYSTEMS
Licensee: BEAUMONT HEALTH SYSTEMS
Region: 3
City: ROYAL OAK State: MI
County:
License #: 21-01333-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHERYL SCHULTZ
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/26/2013
Notification Time: 13:45 [ET]
Event Date: 02/21/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/29/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

SURFACE CONTAMINATION OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL SHIPMENT EXCEEDED LIMITS

During an audit of a satellite facility associated with Beaumont Health Systems, the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) determined that a package of radioactive material with removable surface contamination on the outside of the package greater than NRC reporting limits had been received but not reported to the NRC as required per 10 CFR 20.1906(d)(1).

The package was received on February 21, 2013 and wipe tests performed on the external surface of the package. Removable contamination levels were found on the package of 19,070 dpm/300 cm2. This level exceeds the reportable limits specified in 10 CFR 71.87(i).

The package contained Technetium-99m that had been shipped and delivered by Beaumont's Troy Hospital facility. The receiving facility did not find any damage or contamination on the Tech-99m vial or inside the ammo case used to transport the vial. The audited receipt inspection report revealed the external package contamination event was documented but not reported to the company's RSO. Troy Hospital was notified at the time of the event and contamination surveys were performed at the packaging location, on the transport vehicle, and on the driver. The only contamination found was a wipe used to wipe the area where the package had been stored in the truck (wipe-down of radioactive material lay-down area is routine protocol for the licensee).

The RSO stated that corrective actions are being taken related to improving contamination controls while packaging these shipments. In addition, improvements in the process related to reporting events to the RSO and the NRC are being explored.

* * * RETRACTION AT 1415 EDT ON 4/29/2013 FROM CHERYL SCHULTZ TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The removable contamination of 19070 dpm/300cm2 equates to 63 dpm/cm2 which is below the reportable limit of 220 dpm/cm2. Therefore, this event is retracted.

Notified the R3DO (Duncan) and FSME Resources (via e-mail).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49004
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: RAYMOND MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/06/2013
Notification Time: 13:34 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2013
Event Time: 10:16 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (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

Event Text

ONE OF TWO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TONE ALERT RADIOS OUT OF SERVICE

"At 10:16 AM EDT on May 6, 2013, the National Weather Service (NWS-NOAA) reported a loss of the [NWS-NOAA] Tone Alert Radio Transmitter, WXL-58 located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which serves the Northeast Piedmont on 162.550 MHZ. The NWS-NOAA does not have an expected return to service time. The NWS-NOAA Tone Alert Radio Transmitters are in place to provide a redundant means to alert residents within five miles to an emergency at the plant. Eighty-three Alert and Notification System (ANS) sirens are located throughout the ten mile radius of the plant. The ANS sirens have the same function as the Tone Alert Radios, but extend out to ten miles.

"All ANS sirens are currently in service and fully functional. Therefore, there is a means to alert the public within the 10 mile radius of the plant if an actual emergency were to occur. There is no impact to public health and safety due to this condition.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

This report was also made per a requirement of licensee procedure PLP-201.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49008
Facility: WOLF CREEK
Region: 4 State: KS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PIERCE MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/06/2013
Notification Time: 20:16 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2013
Event Time: 17:33 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 70 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SHUTDOWN REQUIRED DUE TO NON-FUNCTIONAL CLASS 1E AIR CONDITIONING UNIT

"Class 1E Air Conditioning Unit SGK05A cools safety related electrical Train 'A' and was declared non-functional at 1733 hours. As a result, the following safety related electrical equipment was declared inoperable: 4.16 KV Bus NB01; 480 volt buses NG01 and NG03; 120 volt Instrument AC inverters and buses NN11, NN13, NN01 and NN03; 125 VDC chargers and buses NK11, NK13, NK01 and NK03. T/S 3.0.3 was entered at 1733 from T/S 3.8.7 due to two out of four 120 volt AC inverters (NN11 and NN13) being inoperable. Plant shutdown to Mode 5 commenced at 1801 hours.

"All electrical systems listed above remain functional but are declared inoperable due to inadequate room cooling capability."

The licensee plans on performing a controlled plant shutdown using normal rod insertion following approved plant procedures. Per the licensee, Mode 3 conditions must be met by 0033 CDT 5/7/2013 and Mode 5 conditions must be met by 0033 CDT 5/8/2013.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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