United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Current Event Notification Report for October 22, 2014

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
10/21/2014 - 10/22/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50534 50535

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Agreement State Event Number: 50534
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CARMEUSE LIME & STONE
Region: 1
City: MAYSVILLE State: KY
County:
License #: 201-179-56
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC PERRY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 09/08/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK OPEN

The following report was received via fax:

"On 9/8/12 while conducting a 6 month physical inventory, the licensee, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, discovered the shutter was unable to close on a Berthold Systems, Inc. fixed gauging device model LB 300 L, serial# 190-02-08, containing 16 mCi Cs-137. The licensee contacted Berthold Systems, Inc. on 9/10/2012 to repair the shutter. The gauging device was repaired by the manufacturer on 1/31/2013. The delay in repair was due to an unavailability of repair parts. The repair parts had to be shipped from Germany. A leak test was conducted following repairs and indicated less than 185 Bq (0.005 micro-curies). The root cause of the failure of the on/off mechanism was due to corrosion and dust due to the gauging device's environment. This licensee produces industrial grade lime and the gauging device is operated in a dusty environment. This event was not reported to the KY RHB as required by regulation and was discovered during a routine health and safety inspection conducted on 6/3/2014."

Kentucky Event: KY140004

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Agreement State Event Number: 50535
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: BARNHILL CONTRACTING
Region: 1
City: LUMBERTON State: NC
County:
License #: 0958-13
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS FIDALGO
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 15:43 [ET]
Event Date: 10/13/2014
Event Time: 07:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOISTURE GAUGE STOLEN AND LATER RECOVERED

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Yesterday, we [North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services] had a stolen gauge incident here in NC. The gauge was recovered the same day. The gauge in question is a Troxler portable nuclear gauge, model 4640B. This gauge has a sealed source with 9 milliCuries of Cesium 137. We have uploaded a record of this incident to NMED. Our local incident number for this event is NC140039.

"What follows is a brief narrative supplied by one of our inspectors:

"At 0745 [EDT] this morning [a North Carolina inspector] received a phone call from the assistant to the RSO at Barnhill Contracting:

"At approximately 2300 [EDT] October 13, 2014 on exit 22 off I-95 in Lumberton, NC, one of their trucks with a PNG [portable nuclear gauge] was stolen. The employee had stepped away from the truck to speak with the project foreman when an individual jumped into the truck and drove off. The Lumberton police and the RSO were contacted. The RSO contacted the Division of Emergency Management at 919-825-2500. The RSO travelled to the site. The truck, with the gauge still locked and secured, was located by the Lumberton Police within about an hour and a half. The individual ran from the scene when the police located the truck. It appears the only thing stolen was the light from the top of the truck. The gauge was still securely locked in the metal box on the back of the truck. There were no injuries reported. The RSO again notified the Division of Emergency Management that the gauge had been found. [The assistant RSO] will forward a copy of the police report (#14-42002) to [the State] when she receives it."

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