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Current Event Notification Report for July 22, 2016

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52087 52088 52089 52107 52116

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52087
Rep Org: U.S. ARMY
Licensee: U.S. ARMY
Region: 3
City: WARREN State: MI
County:
License #: 21-32838-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN MCGUIRE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/14/2016
Notification Time: 15:47 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2016
Event Time: 15:50 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)
DANIEL RICH (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST/STOLEN U.S. ARMY RADIOACTIVE CHEMICAL ALARMS

On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Army TACOM Radiation Safety Program Manager in Warren, MI was notified of a misplaced U.S. Army chemical alarm containing 250 microcuries of Am-241 from a U.S. National Guard Unit in North Carolina. The chemical alarm was misplaced on April 21. Since the material has not been recovered, the U.S. Army considers the material lost/stolen.

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: 52088
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: UNKNOWN State: VA
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/14/2016
Notification Time: 17:20 [ET]
Event Date: 07/11/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE FOUND AT METAL RECYCLING FACULTY

The following report was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via facsimile:

"On July 11, 2016, Sims Metal Recycling, Petersburg, Virginia, reported to the Virginia Radioactive Material Program (VRMP) that a radioactive source had been found in a shipment of metal. VRMP Radiation Safety Specialists performed an onsite review. Labels indicated that the source was a general license device from EG&G Berthold, model not identified, serial number 001098 with a 100 millicurie (September 1990) cesium-137 source, serial number 3027. The shutter was locked partially open with the opening behind part of the gauge mounting. Maximum radiation levels at contact at the mounting near the shutter were 5 mR; at three feet, maximum levels were less than 0.1 mR/hr. The gauge was placed in a drum using a mechanical hoist and the drum was placed in a secured area. Dose estimates by VRMP personnel indicated no individual was likely to have received more than 1 mrem whole body or 5 mrem extremity dose. On-site tests for leakage indicated no removable contamination. The recycling facility contacted RSO, Inc., a commercial firm, to arrange for disposal. The gauge owner was not identified from review of the VRMP general license database. Berthold Technologies USA is reviewing records to identify the owner of the gauge."

Virginia Event Report ID No.: VA-16-008

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: 52089
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: UNKNOWN State: VA
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/14/2016
Notification Time: 17:24 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE FOUND AT METAL RECYCLING FACULTY

The following report was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via facsimile:

"On July 12, 2016, Sims Metal Recycling, Richmond Virginia, reported to the Virginia Radioactive Material Program (VRMP) that a radioactive source had been found in a shipment of metal. They said the source was a gauge like the one found the previous day in their Petersburg Virginia Facility [see EN #52088]. Refer to VA-16-008. VRMP Radiation Safety Specialists performed an onsite review. Labels indicated that the source was a general license device from EG&G Berthold, model not identified, serial number 001095, with a 100 millicurie (September 1990) cesium-137 source, serial number 3023. Maximum radiation levels at contact at the mounting near the shutter were 2 mR/hr, at three feet, maximum levels were less than 0.1 mR/hr. The gauge was placed in a drum in a secured area. Dose estimates by VRMP health physicists indicated no individual was likely to have received more than 1 mrem whole body or 5 mrem extremity dose. On-site tests for leakage indicated no removable contamination. The recycling facility will contact a waste broker to arrange for disposal. The gauge owner was not identified from review of the VRMP general license database. Berthold Technologies USA is reviewing records to identify the owner of the gauge.

Virginia Event Report ID No: VA-16-009

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: 52107
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BRILEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 12:02 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2016
Event Time: 11:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/21/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ANN MARIE STONE (R3DO)

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

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION OUT-OF-SERVICE FOR PLANNED PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

"At 1130 CDT on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Dresden Nuclear Power Station (DNPS) Technical Support Center (TSC) emergency ventilation system will be removed from service for planned maintenance activities. During the maintenance, the TSC ventilation will be shut down. The TSC air filtration fan and dampers will be non-functional, rendering the TSC HVAC accident mode non-functional. This maintenance is scheduled to minimize out-of-service time. The planned TSC ventilation outage is scheduled to be completed in approximately 14 hours.

"Contingency plans are in place so that if an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing Emergency Planning (EP) procedures and checklists. If radiological or environmental conditions require TSC facility evacuation during ventilation system restoration, the Station Emergency Director will relocate the TSC staff in accordance with station procedures."

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM RYAN CHAMBERLAIN TO DANIEL MILLS ON 07/21/2016 AT 1757 EDT * * *

"At 1619 CST on July 21, 2016, Dresden TSC ventilation has been restored and is now functional."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector

Notified R3DO (Stone).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52116
Facility: FARLEY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: BLAKE MITCHELL
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 07/21/2016
Notification Time: 18:28 [ET]
Event Date: 07/21/2016
Event Time: 09:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/21/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAI)

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

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NON-LICENSED SUPERVISORY CONTRACTOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL

Southern Nuclear Operating Company had a non-licensed supervisory contractor employee confirmed positive result for alcohol during a follow-up fitness-for-duty test. The contractor employee's unescorted access to the plant has been revoked.

The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been informed.

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