United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Current Event Notification Report for November 21, 2014

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
11/20/2014 - 11/21/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50496 50605 50608 50609 50611 50630 50631

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50496
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: KIRK DUEA
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 09/26/2014
Notification Time: 02:53 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2014
Event Time: 22:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
NICK VALOS (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 69 Power Operation 69 Power Operation

Event Text

CONTAINMENT ISOLATION DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE TO RELAY AGE

"At 2200 CDT on September 25, 2014, the Duty Shift Manager was notified that Agastat relays associated with Primary Containment Isolation valves on the Hydrogen-Oxygen Analyzing System are beyond the analyzed shelf life for relays that are in the normally energized state and are considered INOPERABLE. This affected both primary containment isolation valves for a containment penetration on multiple flow paths. This issue was determined to be reportable under [10 CFR] 50.72 (b)(3)(v)(C) & (D) for an event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to control the release of radioactive material and mitigate the consequences of an accident.

"Additionally, the required actions involved isolating six flow paths via manual isolation valves. This action rendered the Hydrogen-Oxygen Analyzers non-functional for both trains and constitutes a loss of Emergency Preparedness and Accident Assessment Capability. This is reportable under [10 CFR] 50. 72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The Primary Containment Isolation Valves have been, and remain, in their closed position to satisfy their Primary Containment Function and protect the health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."

The licensee will notify the State of Minnesota.

The relays of concern were manufactured 19 years ago and have been in operation for 11 years, versus a manufacturer assumption of a 10 year operational lifespan.


* * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT CHRISTOS TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1430 EST ON 11/20/2014 * * *

"Partial retraction for EN 50496. This is an update of Emergency Notification System (ENS) report 50496 that was submitted at 0253 EDT on Friday, September 26, 2014.

"ENS notification was made due to four relays associated with the sampling valves on the Hydrogen-Oxygen Analyzing (HOA) system that perform Primary Containment Isolation Valve (PCIV) functions. These relays were discovered installed beyond their manufacturer qualified service life, which called operability into question.

"The portions 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(v)(C) & (D) are being retracted after subsequent bench testing and investigation of system operability. Based on the past operability evaluation, all four relays associated with PCIV functions on the HOA system would have performed their specific safety function of primary containment isolation, as required by the facility's technical specifications. Therefore, this event does not meet the threshold of an event or condition that would prevent fulfilment of a safety function.

"The loss of emergency preparedness and accident assessment capability previously reported under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) remains unchanged.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified R3DO (Peterson).

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Agreement State Event Number: 50605
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: SPECTRATEK SERVICES
Region: 4
City: ALBUQUERQUE State: NM
County:
License #: TA 172-25
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CARL SULLIVAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/12/2014
Notification Time: 13:02 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2014
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/12/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
NMSS EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
OIP (EMAI)

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

Event Text

MISPLACED RADIOACTIVE SHIPMENT

A shipment consisting of eight boxes of radioactive material was shipped from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Port Harcourt, Nigeria on 9/29/2014. The shipment was confirmed to have arrived at Lagos Airport in Nigeria on 10/14/2014, but it didn't clear customs and it was not transported to its final destination in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The radioactive material consisted of:

"2 boxes 18"x18"x15" Iridium-192, 320 mCi Total (160mCi each box)
"3 boxes 18"x18"x15" Scandium-46, 120 mCi Total (40mCi each box)
"3 boxes 18"x18"x15" Antimony-124, 120 mCi Total (40mCi each box)"

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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Agreement State Event Number: 50608
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: INTERMOUNTAIN TESTING COMPANY
Region: 4
City: DENVER State: CO
County:
License #: CO 060-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNIFER OPILA
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 11/13/2014
Notification Time: 10:54 [ET]
Event Date: 11/09/2014
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/13/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE GUIDE TUBE CRUSHED PREVENTING SOURCE FROM RETRACTING

The following report was received from the State of Colorado via email:

"Event description: On 11/9/14, the licensee was working at Denver International Airport when an object fell onto the guide tube damaging it in such a way that the source could not be retracted. The radiography crew contacted the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] who arrived at the scene, cut the guide tube open, removed the drive cable and retracted the source. At all times during the incident, the public dose line was maintained therefore the RSO believes that there were no exposures to the public above dose limits. Additionally doses to radiation workers were minimal.

"The RSO notified the [Colorado Department of Health] Department on 11/9/14, however they used the wrong phone number and left a message for someone in a different division than the Radiation Program. The licensee contacted the [Colorado State] Radiation Program at approximately 8 am on 11/10/14 to describe the incident.

"The licensee is preparing a detailed report to submit to the [Colorado Department of Health] Department."

Colorado Event Report ID No.: CO14-I14-26

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Agreement State Event Number: 50609
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: PHOENIX NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING INC.
Region: 4
City: CHANNELVIEW State: TX
County:
License #: L04454
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 11/13/2014
Notification Time: 11:58 [ET]
Event Date: 11/12/2014
Event Time: 12:45 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/13/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
DAVEY TOTTERER (ILTA)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- LOST AND THEN FOUND RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

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

"On November 13, 2014, the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiation Branch] that on November 12, 2014, at approximately [1500 CST] it was notified by local law enforcement that one of its industrial radiography cameras had been found on the side of a road approximately 3 miles from the licensee's facility. The licensee determined that the SPEC 150 camera containing a 38 Curie Iridium-192 source had fallen from one of its trucks at approximately [1245 CST] while in route to a temporary job site. The camera had not been secured inside the truck before it left the licensee's facility but had been left on the tailgate. The licensee retrieved the camera and there was no apparent damage to the device. There are no known exposures resulting from this event. Further information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA- 300."

Notified DHS SWO, DOE, FEMA, HHS, NICC, USDA and EPA. Notified FDA, NuclearSSA and DNDO-JAC via email.

Texas Incident: I-9251

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 50611
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: HEIDER ENGINEERING SERVICES, INC
Region: 4
City: UPLAND State: CA
County:
License #: 6463-36
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONALD OESTERLE
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 11/13/2014
Notification Time: 15:47 [ET]
Event Date: 11/13/2014
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/13/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of California via email:

"On November 13, 2014, at approximately 0648 [PST], the RSO of Heider Engineering Services, Inc., RML #6463-36, contacted Cal OES [California Office of Emergency Services] concerning the moisture/density gauge, Troxler, Model 3430, serial number 63801 (Cs-137, 0.3 GBq, Am-241, 1.50 GBq) that had been stolen from a transport vehicle in front of a private residence at 140 North Shasta Way, Upland, CA 91786, between the evening of November 12, 2014 and approximately 0600 [PST] November 13, 2014 when the Authorized User left his home to go to the worksite. The Authorized User has contacted Local Law Enforcement officials in Upland, CA to request an investigation of the private residence where the Troxler radioactive gauge was taken and to take the report of the authorized user that was in possession of the gauge prior to the theft. A copy of the theft report will be sent to RHB Brea [California Radiological Health Branch -Brea] as part of this report. The RSO will utilize local papers to attempt to retrieve the stolen gauge as well as notifying local servicing vendors of radioactive gauges to be alert of the serial number of the stolen gauge in case it turns up for any of their services.

"The investigation will continue to determine if the radioactive gauge can be recovered in a reasonable time frame. This is being reported to the NRC Operations Center as a 24-hour report under 10CFR30.50(b)(2) since the radioactive gauge has been stolen and it cannot be determined what condition the sources are currently in."

CA 5010 NUMBER 111314

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: 50630
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: NATHAN BIBUS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/20/2014
Notification Time: 16:29 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2014
Event Time: 10:22 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

CONTAINMENT DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE TO CONTAINMENT FAN COIL LEAK

"At 1022 CST on November 20, 2014, a cooling water leak of approximately 20 to 30 drops per minute was identified on the 14 Containment Fan Coil Unit NW side lower face gasket. Unit 1 Containment was declared inoperable, which required entry into Technical Specifications (TS) LCO 3.6.1 Condition A, containment inoperable, applicable in MODES 1, 2, 3, and 4. Immediate actions were taken to isolate the Fan Coil Unit within 1 hour from the initial identification of the leak. 14 Containment Fan Coil Unit was isolated and Containment was declared operable and TS 3.6.1 Condition A was exited at 1109 CST. A Work Request (WR) was initiated and 14 Containment Fan Coil Unit has been restored to an operable condition.

"This condition is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) as an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to control the release of radioactive material.

"The plant remains in a safe condition and there was no effect to the health and safety of the public.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee verified the other Unit 1 Containment Fan Coil Units did not have the same problem.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50631
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ERIC WILKINSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/20/2014
Notification Time: 17:29 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2014
Event Time: 14:52 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
FRANK EHRHARDT (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT INVOLVING A SUPERVISORY LICENSED EMPLOYEE

A supervisory licensed employee had a confirmed positive test for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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