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Event Notification Report for September 13, 2002


                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           09/12/2002 - 09/13/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

39176  39177  39183  39184  39185  39186  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39176       |
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| REP ORG:  LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/09/2002|
|LICENSEE:  AMERICIAN RADIATION SERVICES, INC    |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:15[EDT]|
|    CITY:  HOUMA                    REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        09/05/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  LA |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:  LA-7153-L01           AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/09/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JACK WHITTEN         R4      |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  LA DEPT OF RAD PROTECTION    |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| TWO RADIOACTIVE SOURCES FOUND                                                |
|                                                                              |
| "American Radiation Services discovered two 1.5 curie sources of Cs-137 at   |
| Shield Coat, Inc. while performing a survey for naturally occurring          |
| radioactive material. The sources were identified as pipe wall thickness     |
| caliper sources, The source with serial number 5171 was manufactured on      |
| November 4,1982 by Ludlum, Inc. The source with serial number 3344 was       |
| manufactured on January 25, 1983. Upon discovery the area was roped off and  |
| the sources surveyed. Readings of 4.5 mr/hr and 5 mr/hr were found at one    |
| foot from the sources. A smear of the source housings detected no alpha or   |
| beta activity. The sources will be secured in a locked building until the    |
| can be returned to Ludlum. The building will be posted with 'Caution:        |
| Radiation Area', The last known possessor of the sources with the above      |
| mentioned serial numbers was Randolph Clay in Houma, LA. An investigation is |
| ongoing at this time."                                                       |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39177       |
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| REP ORG:  LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV   |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/09/2002|
|LICENSEE:  OCHSNER FOUNDATION                   |NOTIFICATION TIME: 15:15[EDT]|
|    CITY:                           REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        05/05/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  LA |EVENT TIME:             [CDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/09/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |JACK WHITTEN         R4      |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  SCOTT BLACKWELL              |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  RICH LAURA                   |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE                             |
|                                                                              |
| "Two employees received an excessive exposure at this facility. Landauer     |
| read the badges again with the same results. One employee had a dose of 34.6 |
| rem and the other had a dose of 19.3 rem. A cause for the over exposure      |
| could not be identified. On August 29 and 30, 2002, a representative of LDEQ |
| investigated the over exposure.  After the investigation, it was concluded   |
| that the two employees did not actually receive the dose."                   |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   39183       |
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| REP ORG:  BRANSCOME, INC.                      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/12/2002|
|LICENSEE:  BRANSCOME, INC.                      |NOTIFICATION TIME: 07:07[EDT]|
|    CITY:  HAMPTON                  REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        09/12/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  VA |EVENT TIME:        05:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  45-23669-01           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/12/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MIKE ERNSTES         R2      |
|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAVID TURNER                 |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| POTENTIAL DAMAGE TO TROXLER GAUGE DURING FIRE                                |
|                                                                              |
| A structure fire at the Branscome, Inc. facility located at 1922 W. Pembroke |
| Ave., Hampton, VA 23166 may have damaged their Troxler Model 4640-B gauge,   |
| S/N 855.  This gauge which is used to measure asphalt thickness contains a 9 |
| millicurie Cs-137 source.  The licensee has visually confirmed that the case |
| is melted, however, no rad surveys have been performed in that the Hampton   |
| FD is restricting access to the facility.                                    |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39184       |
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| FACILITY: VERMONT YANKEE           REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/12/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  VT |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:46[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-4                             |EVENT DATE:        09/12/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        08:05[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  MAY                          |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/12/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |DAVID LEW            R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ACOM 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)   LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE|                             |
|                                                |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       99.6     Power Operation  |99.6     Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
|                                                   |                          |
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| THE PLANT LOST EMERGENCY THE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM TO THE STATE OF VERMONT     |
|                                                                              |
| The plant lost the primary and alternate Nuclear Alert System telephone      |
| links to the State of Vermont at 0740.  They verified communication with     |
| alternate state police barracks.  The system was returned to service at      |
| 0920.                                                                        |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.                                     |
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|Hospital                                         |Event Number:   39185       |
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| REP ORG:  FAIRMOUNT GENERAL HOSPITAL           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/12/2002|
|LICENSEE:  FAIRMOUNT GENERAL HOSPITAL           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:39[EDT]|
|    CITY:  FAIRMOUNT                REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        09/12/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WV |EVENT TIME:        12:30[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  47-17929-01           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/12/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |MIKE ERNSTES         R2      |
|                                                |JANET SCHLUETER      NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  SANDY WELLS                  |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NONR                     OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT    |                             |
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| RADIOACTIVE MEDICAL WASTE PACKAGE                                            |
|                                                                              |
| A patients radioactive waste was inadvertently sent from Fairmount General   |
| Hospital on 08/28/02 to Stericycle, Medical Waste Facility  located in       |
| Warren, Ohio.  When the package arrived at the Stericycle Medical Waste      |
| Facility it triggered their radiation monitor.  On 09/06/02 Stericycle       |
| informed Fairmount General Hospital that they had received a radioactive     |
| waste package from them and that they were not licensed to hold radioactive  |
| materials at their facility. Fairmount General Hospital picked the package   |
| up today from Stericycle and it is has been placed in a radioactive decay    |
| room at the  Hospital.  The source of the radioactivity at this time is      |
| unknown.  The package has only internal fixed contamination and the internal |
| radioactive level of the package is 0.2 millirems per hour.                  |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39186       |
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| FACILITY: PILGRIM                  REGION:  1  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 09/12/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  MA |NOTIFICATION TIME: 20:18[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-3                             |EVENT DATE:        09/12/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        18:41[EDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  K. GRACIA                    |LAST UPDATE DATE:  09/12/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JOHN MacKINNON               +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |DAVID LEW            R1      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AIND 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)   ACCIDENT MITIGATION    |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          Y       50       Power Operation  |74       Power Operation  |
|                                                   |                          |
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| BOTH TRAINS OF CONTROL ROOM HIGH EFFICIENCY AIR FILTRATION WERE INOPERABLE   |
| AT THE SAME TIME.                                                            |
|                                                                              |
| "PNPS I&C Design Engineering determined that modifications of CRHEAF-B       |
| humidistat after removal of temporary modification bypassing the switch      |
| caused the switch to not perform per design.  This would inop the system if  |
| high humidity was present because the wiring configuration would turn off    |
| the heater if high humidity was present.  The system would not perform its   |
| design function for the mission length required due to this.  Due to this    |
| both trains of CRHEAF have been determined to have been inop at the same     |
| time while the CRHEAF-A was tagged out for planned maintenance.  CRHEAF-A    |
| has been returned to operable status while repairs to CRHEAF-B are           |
| in-progress.  Both trains were inoperable for approximately 4 and 1/2 hours. |
| An ACTIVE LCO for 36 hours was entered."                                     |
|                                                                              |
| The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.       |
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