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Event Notification Report for October 28, 2002



                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           10/25/2002 - 10/28/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

39313  39314  39321  39322  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39313       |
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| REP ORG:  NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/23/2002|
|LICENSEE:  FORSYTH MEDICAL CENTER               |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:40[EDT]|
|    CITY:  WINSTON-SALEM            REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        10/23/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  NC |EVENT TIME:        15:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  NC 034-0878-3         AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/23/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |ROBERT HAAG          R2      |
|                                                |MELVYN LEACH         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES ALBRIGHT               |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SOURCE IN BRACHYTHERAPY DELIVERY SYSTEM       |
|                                                                              |
| North Carolina Incident Report #02-40.  While performing a QA/QC test of a   |
| Gamma Med Brachytherapy  system, the source (unknown strength at this time)  |
| stuck half way out.  Efforts to retrieve the source normally, with the       |
| emergency retrieval system, and the manual crank were not successful.  The   |
| manufacturer has been notified and the area secured.  One physicist entered  |
| the room during the recovery operation and may have received a dose, survey  |
| meter pegged at 2 Rem/hour on entry to room.                                 |
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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39314       |
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| REP ORG:  NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/23/2002|
|LICENSEE:  PRIZM LABS                           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 17:09[EDT]|
|    CITY:  CHARLOTTE                REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        10/14/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  NC |EVENT TIME:             [EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  NC 1203-0G            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/23/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |ROBERT HAAG          R2      |
|                                                |MELVYN LEACH         NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JAMES ALBRIGHT               |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  FANGIE JONES                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING SEALED SOURCE                               |
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| North Carolina Incident Report #02-41.  Reported to North Carolina Division  |
| of Radiation Protection on 10/23/02 that an electron capture device sealed   |
| source (20 millicuries of Ni-63, serial #5339) has been determined to be     |
| leaking.  Smear read 180,000 DPM (0.08 microcuries).  Prizm Labs is          |
| contacting the manufacturer for disposal.                                    |
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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39321       |
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| FACILITY: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR         REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/25/2002|
|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  AR |NOTIFICATION TIME: 04:43[EDT]|
|   RXTYPE: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] CE                  |EVENT DATE:        10/24/2002|
+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME:        20:52[CDT]|
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAVID THOMPSON               |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/25/2002|
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 +-----------------------------+
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |ANTHONY GODY         R4      |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|AMED 50.72(b)(3)(xii)    OFFSITE MEDICAL        |                             |
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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |
+-----+----------+-------+--------+-----------------+--------+-----------------+
|1     N          N       0        Refueling        |0        Refueling        |
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| CONTAMINATED WORKER TRANSPORTED OFFSITE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT                |
|                                                                              |
| "While working under the ANO-1 Reactor Vessel Head, an individual bumped his |
| head on a Control Rod Drive Lead Screw. The contact resulted in a 1-inch     |
| laceration on the side of the head. The Emergency Medical Response Team was  |
| activated and responded to the scene. The Individual was conscious but       |
| dazed.  An initial survey for contamination was performed and was            |
| inconclusive due to background levels at the scene and due to a head brace   |
| which was placed on the individual as a precaution to guard against neck     |
| injury.  An ambulance was called to the site and the individual was          |
| transported with a ANO Health Physicist to Saint Mary's Regional Medical     |
| Center.  Additional surveying of the individual revealed that the            |
| individuals head was slightly contaminated at approximately 100 counts per   |
| minute above background and the backboard used in transport had              |
| approximately 150 counts per minute. The individual was decontaminated by    |
| ANO Health Physics personnel dispatched to the hospital.  All of the         |
| radioactive material was retrieved and returned to the site. The individual  |
| is in satisfactory condition and the wound required 3 stitches to close."    |
|                                                                              |
| The licensee will inform the state and has informed the NRC resident         |
| inspector.                                                                   |
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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   39322       |
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| REP ORG:  US AIR FORCE                         |NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/25/2002|
|LICENSEE:  US AIR FORCE                         |NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:15[EDT]|
|    CITY:  WASHINGTON               REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        10/24/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  DC |EVENT TIME:        11:00[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:  42-23539-01           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  10/25/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |ANTHONY GODY         R4      |
|                                                |CHRISTINE LIPA       R3      |
+------------------------------------------------+FRED BROWN           NMSS    |
| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  PUGH                         |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  CHAUNCEY GOULD               |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|ICON 30.50(b)(1)         UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION|                             |
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| UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION OF AN INDIVIDUAL AFTER BREAKING A VIAL CONTAINING    |
| TRITIUM FROM AN EXIT SIGN.                                                   |
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| An individual at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base was working in a 40' x  |
| 40' rad storage facility when a glass vial from an exit sign(sealed source   |
| and device #NY-594-D-102-D) slipped out of its protective plastic cover and  |
| broke after hitting the floor.  The vial contained approximately 3.226       |
| curies of tritium(calculated activity) which is less than he original        |
| activity of 10 curies.   The highest reading measured in the room from       |
| surveys and swipes was 60,000 cpm.   After initial wipe downs with wet rags, |
| contamination was reduced in that area to 800 cpm.  They will continue to    |
| survey and when contamination is found will continue to decontaminate until  |
| acceptable release criteria is obtained.                                     |
|                                                                              |
| The gentleman that was in the room when the vial broke and release occurred  |
| is having a bioassay and an estimate his whole body exposure is between      |
| 11-12 mrem.  He and a second person are performing the surveys and           |
| decontamination of the room.  The second individual will also probably get a |
| bioassay upon completion of decon.                                           |
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