United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Current Event Notification Report for March 31, 2015

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
03/30/2015 - 03/31/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50904 50910 50913 50939

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Agreement State Event Number: 50904
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: VITAL INSPECTION PROFESSIONALS
Region: 1
City: ALABASTER State: AL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MYRON RILEY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/19/2015
Notification Time: 13:17 [ET]
Event Date: 03/17/2015
Event Time: 21:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/30/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHER POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE

The following information was received via fax:

"On March 18, 2015, the Radiation Safety Officer for Vital Inspection Professionals, Alabaster, Alabama notified the Office of Radiation Control [for the State of Alabama] in regards to a potential overexposure which may have occurred while conducting radiography at the Alabama Power, Miller Steam Plant.

"On March 17, 2015 at approximately 2130 CDT, a crew was conducting radiography. The crew consisted of one radiographer and three assistants. They were completing two exposures lasting 35 seconds, and with a set-up time of approximately 15 to 18 minutes. After completing the two exposures, the radiographer noticed that his pocket dosimeter (200 mR) was off-scale. The first assistant's pocket dosimeter was reading 50 mR, the second assistant's pocket dosimeter was off scale and the third assistant was not wearing any dosimetry. The radiographer and first assistant acknowledged that their alarming rate meters were functioning correctly, the second assistant and third assistant were not wearing an alarming rate meter.

"The crew notified their Radiation Safety Officer at 2130 CDT, but did not contact him until around midnight. The crew immediately stopped work and was told to meet the Radiation Safety Officer the next morning to discuss the events. All available dosimetry was sent off for emergency processing and [dose information] should be received by noon, March 19, 2015. From the discussion it was determined that the survey meter had an apparent electrical short and was not measuring properly. The camera was checked and determined to be functioning properly. Based on the licensee's preliminary dose estimates it was determined that one crew member may have received up to 45 Rem whole body.

* * * UPDATE AT 1205 EDT ON 3/30/2015 FROM MYRON RILEY TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

The following update was received from the Alabama Department of Public Health via fax:

"On March 25, 2015, Agency representatives visited Alabama Power Miller Steam Plant and met with representatives of the plant and reviewed the area where the incident took place. Also during this time the Radiation Safety Officer, the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer and the Radiographer, for Vital Inspection Professionals, were interviewed while at the plant.

"Starting the afternoon of March 25, 2015 and concluding the afternoon of March 26, 2015 visit, Agency representatives [Alabama Department of Public Health] met with personnel for Vital Inspection Professionals at their office and interviewed one shift foreman and the four individuals involved in the incident. The preliminary findings from interviews and a re-creation of the events is that the source was outside of its fully shielded position, but not in the guide tube.

"Since the incident, all four individuals involved have been seen by an Occupational Physician and have had blood samples sent to REAC/TS for review. Results should be received by April 3, 2015. Further review of all associated paperwork and training will be accomplished by April 1, 2015."

Alabama Incident 15-16

Notified R1DO(Kennedy), NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION via email

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Agreement State Event Number: 50910
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ATI MIDLAND
Region: 1
City: MIDLAND State: PA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID ALLARD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/20/2015
Notification Time: 12:29 [ET]
Event Date: 03/17/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ORPHAN SOURCE FOUND IN SCRAP METAL

The following report was received via fax:

"The Department [Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection] received notification on March 18, 2015 regarding a source that set off an alarm at a steel mill facility.

"A truck load of scrap set off a radiation monitor alarm at the ATI Midland steel mill. ATI rejected the load and sent it back to the scrap yard which contacted an approved service provider. Applied Health Physics isolated and identified the source as Americium-241 (Am-241). Contact reading of the source was 30 mR/hr and 1 mR/hr at 1 meter.

"Source: Am-241
Manufacturer: Unknown
Manufacturer Date: 4-13-88
SN: # 7435LV"

Pennsylvania Report: PA150007

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50913
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY/TACOM LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT COMMAND
Region: 3
City: WARREN State: MI
County:
License #: 21-32838-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS DOUGHERTY
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/20/2015
Notification Time: 19:35 [ET]
Event Date: 03/20/2015
Event Time: 13:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
GREGORY ROACH (R3DO)
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST GENERAL LICENSED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The following occurred at Joint Base Lewis-McChord which is located in the State of Washington. At 1330 PDT on 3/20/2015, it was confirmed that items containing general licensed radioactive material had been converted into scrap material and then sent offsite to an as yet undetermined smelter. It is believed that the disposition of this material occurred on 4/30/2014.

The lost general licensed radioactive material was contained in the following equipment with activities as listed:

Smiths Detection, Sabre 4000, Serial #: 43105, 15 mCi Ni-63
Smiths Detection, Sabre 4000, Serial #: 43135, 15 mCi Ni-63
GE, VaporTracer2, Serial #: K190014411, 10 mCi Ni-63
GE, VaporTracer2, Serial #: K190014412, 10 mCi Ni-63
Safran, Itemiser 3, Serial #: 050449010283, 10 mCi Ni-63

The Department of the Army is continuing to try to ascertain where this material ended up. There are no known exposures, injuries or contaminations due to this event.

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: 50939
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: GARY DUNCAN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 03/30/2015
Notification Time: 12:23 [ET]
Event Date: 03/30/2015
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/30/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N Y 92 Power Operation 92 Power Operation

Event Text

REPORT TO NEW YORK PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION REGARDING MAIN GENERATOR VOLTAGE REGULATOR

The licensee reported that there was an unscheduled removal of service of the Unit 3 Main Generator automatic voltage regulator. This is required to be reported per IP-SNM-LI-108, "Event Notification and Reporting". This does not significantly affect the unit operation. The investigation into the loss of automatic voltage regulation is under investigation.

The licensee notified the New York Public Service Commission and the New York Independent System Operator. The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015