United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Current Event Notification Report for May 27, 2016

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
05/26/2016 - 05/27/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51932 51942 51943 51945

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51932
Facility: SEABROOK
Region: 1 State: NH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW LARRABEE
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 05/16/2016
Notification Time: 02:02 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2016
Event Time: 03:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/26/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (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

SEISMIC MONITORING SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED UPGRADE

"At 0300 EDT on May 16, 2016, Seabrook Station's seismic monitoring instrumentation will be removed from service for a planned upgrade to the Seismic Monitoring Control Panel and its accelerometers. Modifications are expected to be complete on May 27, 2016. Proceduralized compensatory measures are in place and have been communicated to applicable emergency response decision makers. This preplanned action is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(xiii)."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

* * * UPDATE ON 5/26/16 AT 2049 EDT FROM MIKE TAYLOR TO HOWIE CROUCH * * *

At 2045 EDT on 5/26/16, the seismic monitoring system was returned to service. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (Lilliendahl).

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Agreement State Event Number: 51942
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: PETNET SOULTIONS INC.
Region: 1
City: NORTH WALES State: PA
County:
License #: PA-0830
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH M. MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 05/19/2016
Notification Time: 14:47 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/24/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE NOTIFICATION - TRANSPORTED PACKAGE EXCEEDS LIMITS

The following was received via FAX:

"The licensee notified the Department [Pennsylvania Bureau of Radiation Protection] by telephone on May 18, 2016, of an event that required reporting based on 10 CFR 20.1906(d)(2).

"Event Description: On May 18, 2016, a PETNET courier mistakenly picked up a white [shielded container] from a PA licensee which he assumed was empty because it was near other PET cases he was returning to the PETNET North Wales Pharmacy. As he was loading the cases into his trunk, the lid of the white [shielded container] opened and two rods fell out on the ground. He did not realize they were radioactive material. He placed them in his trunk using his hands, leaving the rods unshielded, and proceeded to return to the pharmacy. He placed the [shielded container] and 2 rods on top of the empty cases in PETNET's loading area. The PETNET Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) found the rods and surveyed them, noting the dose rate > [greater than] 200 mRem/hour on the surface. She immediately placed the sources in a shielded [container], and began her investigation. Survey/wipes were taken of the rods, the courier vehicle, the area in which the rods were discovered, and the courier's hands. No removable contamination was found. Dose modeling by the RSO determined there was enough interposed shielding with the large number of other [shielded containers] in his vehicle to reduce his exposure to below regulatory limits. Rods are going to be properly packaged and shipped back to the PA licensee.

"Cause of the Event: Human Error.

"Actions: A reactive inspection is planned by the Department [PA Bureau of Radiation Protection]. More information will be provided upon receipt.

"Media Attention: None at this time.

"Event Report ID No: PA160015"

* * * UPDATE FROM JOSEPH MELNIC TO VINCE KLCO ON 5/24/16 AT 1217 EDT * * *

The following information was received from the State of Pennsylvania via facsimile:

"EVENT DESCRIPTION: On May 18, 2016, a PETNET courier mistakenly picked up a white pig from a PA licensee which he assumed was empty because it was near other PET cases he was returning to the PETNET North Wales Pharmacy. As he was loading the cases into his trunk, the lid of the white pig opened and two rods fell out on the ground. He did not realize they were radioactive material. The rods were two Ge/Ga-68 calibration sources containing 2.16 mCi each. He placed them in his trunk using his hands, leaving the rods unshielded, and proceeded to return to the pharmacy. He placed the pig and 2 rods on top of the empty cases in PETNET's loading area. The PETNET Radiation Safety Officer found the rods and surveyed them, noting the dose rate >200 mr/hr on the surface, 1.4 mR/hr at one meter. She immediately placed the sources in a shielded pig, and began her investigation. Surveys/wipes were taken of the rods, the courier vehicle, the area in which rods were discovered and the courier's hands. results of the wipes were 0 dpm, all surveys were background. No removable contamination was found. A survey by the RSO has shown no overexposure to the courier's hands as a result of picking up the rods and the RSO determined there was enough interposed shielding with the large number of other pigs in his vehicle to reduce his exposure to below regulatory limits. The rods are going to be properly packaged and shipped back to the PA licensee. The courier's whole body badge was sent for analysis. No finger extremity badge was worn.

"ACTIONS: A reactive inspection has been performed by the Department [State of Pennsylvania]. Dose modeling of the courier's hands will be requested to determine dose to the hands More information will be provided upon receipt."

Notified R1DO (Lilliendahl) and NMSS Events via email.

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Agreement State Event Number: 51943
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: TAYLOR REGIONAL HOSPTIAL
Region: 1
City: CAMPBELLSVILLE State: KY
County:
License #: 202-099-27
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARISSA VEGA VELEZ
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 05/19/2016
Notification Time: 19:10 [ET]
Event Date: 05/19/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/19/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(1) - DOSE <> PRESCRIBED DOSAGE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL EVENTS - MISS-ADMINISTRATION

The following was reported to the NRC via phone notification and email:

"As a result of a routine health and safety inspection, Taylor Regional Hospital has reported 13 medical events which occurred [from] 2006 [to] 2011. These medical events are the result of permanent prostate brachytherapy where post implant dosimetry for each of the 13 patients revealed the total dose delivered to the target organ differed from the prescribed dose by 50 REM and 20% or more. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is continuing to communicate with the licensee to ascertain all relevant information related to these events.

"Event report ID No: KY160004"


A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Agreement State Event Number: 51945
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
Region: 4
City: SEADRIFT State: TX
County: CALHOUN
License #: 00051
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARTHUR TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 05/19/2016
Notification Time: 22:08 [ET]
Event Date: 05/19/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/19/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - NUCLEAR GAUGE STUCK SHUTTER

The following information was received via E-mail:

"Event Type: 30.50(b)(2), Events in which equipment is disabled or fails to function as designed.

"Event Narrative: On May 19, 2016 the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that while performing routine shutter checks, the shutter on an Ohmart model SHLM-BR4 could not be closed. The gauge contains a 5.0 curie cesium-137 source. Open is the normal operating position of the gauge. The source does not create any additional risk of exposure to the workers or members of the general public. The RSO stated they will call their service company to repair the gauge. The RSO stated the gauge is scheduled to be replaced during their next outage this fall. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9405.

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