United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Current Event Notification Report for September 18, 2014

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
09/17/2014 - 09/18/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50437 50438 50445 50464 50465

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Agreement State Event Number: 50437
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: EARTH ENGINEERING, INC.
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 05206
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/09/2014
Notification Time: 17:52 [ET]
Event Date: 09/09/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - HUMBOLDT MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE IN VEHICLE INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

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

"On September 9, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the Woodlands Fire Department that they were at the scene of a traffic accident [on roadway FM 2978 near Magnolia, TX] involving a vehicle transporting a gauge containing radioactive material. The gauge was a Humboldt 5001 EZ moisture/density gauge containing a 10 millicurie Cesium-137 source and a 40 millicurie Americium-241 source. The licensee contacted the Agency and stated one of their trucks was stopped behind a tractor trailer when it was struck from behind by a truck. Neither the gauge nor the transportation package was damaged in the event. No injuries to individuals involved in the event were reported. Traffic on the road the vehicles were traveling on was closed for more than 1.5 hours. The licensee stated the dose rate on contact with the transportation container was 0.5 millirem per hour, which is normal. The Transport Index for the container was 0.2. The licensee stated the gauge would be taken back to their facility and inspected. No individual received any significant exposure to radiation due to this event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident No.: I-9230

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Agreement State Event Number: 50438
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL COMPANY LP
Region: 4
City: PASADENA State: TX
County:
License #: 00230
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 09/09/2014
Notification Time: 18:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/09/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTERS ON TWO PROCESS GAUGES

The following information was received via E-mail:

"On September 9, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee that while taking a tank out of service for repairs, it was unable to close the shutters on two Ohmart Vega model SH-F2 level gauges, each containing 500 milliCuries of Cesium-137. The shutters are stuck in the open position, which is the normal operating position for the gauges. The licensee has contacted a service provider who will be on site on September 10, 2014 to make repairs to the gauges. The gauges do not create an exposure hazard to any individual. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9231

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Agreement State Event Number: 50445
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: SLADDEN ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: BEAUMONT State: CA
County:
License #: 6318-33
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONALD OESTERLE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 09/10/2014
Notification Time: 14:16 [ET]
Event Date: 09/10/2014
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/10/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"On September 8, 2014, at approximately 0845 PDT, the RSO of Sladden Engineering, RML #6318-33, was contacted by RHB Brea concerning a moisture/density gauge, CPN, model MC1DRP, serial number MD40807529 (Cs-137, 0.370 GBq, Am-241, 1.85 GBq) that had been damaged when run over by construction equipment at a building site located at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, on September 3, 2014, at approximately 1400 PDT. The authorized user at the construction telephoned the RSO. They then went through the radiation safety plan over the phone, and after an initial inspection of the radioactive gauge it was determined that the gauge was heavily damaged but since the source remained in the shielded position, the RSO authorized transport back to the office in the Type A transport container. A closer inspection of the radioactive gauge was conducted by the RSO on the following morning, September 4, 2014, at which time it was determined that the source rod was broken. The RSO contacted the RHB South Brea office and left voice mail messages, then contacted the emergency number and was transferred to a telephone number in Sacramento RHB and left another voice mail message. The RSO performed a leak test on the radioactive gauge and sent it to PNT Company for analysis on September 4, 2014, and received notification that the sources were negative for leakage on September 5, 2014. The RSO performed a follow-up investigation of the incident at the location of the accident and has contacted Maurer Technical Services for disposal of the radioactive gauge since it is beyond repair.

"This is being reported to the NRC Operations Center as a 24-hour report under 10CFR30.5(b)(2) since the radioactive gauge cannot be locked in the shielded position (due to the source rod being broken ) despite the fact that the Cs-137 source is in the shielded position as that was the configuration at the time of the accident."

California Report #: 5010-090314

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50464
Facility: LASALLE
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-5,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: JOHN VAN FLEET
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 09/17/2014
Notification Time: 09:21 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2014
Event Time: 08:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BILLY DICKSON (R3DO)

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

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM REMOVED FROM SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"This telephone notification is provided in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii), 'Major Loss of Emergency Preparedness Capabilities.'

"On September 17th, 2014, at 0800 [CDT], the Exelon LaSalle Station Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system was removed from service for planned TSC ventilation system maintenance.

"The removal of the ventilation system potentially affects the TSC habitability during a declared emergency requiring activation. The Emergency Response Organization (ERO) team has been notified of the maintenance and the possible need to relocate during an emergency. If an emergency is declared and the TSC ERO activation is required, the TSC will be staffed and activated unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperatures, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC staff becomes necessary, the Station Emergency Director will relocate the staff to an alternate TSC location in accordance with applicable site procedures.

"The ventilation system is expected to be out of service for approximately 4 hours.

"The licensee has notified the [NRC] Senior Resident Inspector of the issue."

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY WAYNE CLAYTON TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1741 EDT ON 09/17/2014 * * *

The scheduled TSC ventilation system maintenance is expected to be out of service for approximately an additional 7 hours.

The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector of the issue.

Notified R3DO (Dickson)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50465
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RICHARD HUGHEY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/17/2014
Notification Time: 13:59 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2014
Event Time: 09:13 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
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 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO OIL TANKER TRUCK SPILL

"At approximately 0913 CDT, the Callaway Plant Control Room was notified that an oil tanker truck overturned on plant property. The location of the incident was inside the owner controlled area but outside of the protected area. The truck was making a delivery to the plant. The Callaway County Emergency Operation Center was contacted at approximately 0930 to request an ambulance for the driver. The driver of the truck was transported offsite for medical treatment. The drivers injuries are not life threatening. The incident has resulted in a slow leak of diesel fuel that is being contained onsite.

"Missouri Department of Natural Resources was notified of the spill.

"The Missouri Highway Patrol is onsite assisting with the incident and restoration efforts.

"Both NRC Resident Inspectors were notified."

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