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Event Notification Report for January 24, 2003








                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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                              Event Reports For

                           01/23/2003 - 01/24/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



39527  39528  39529  39530  



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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39527       |

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| REP ORG:  CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM    |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/20/2003|

|LICENSEE:  CONSOLIDATED ENGINEERING             |NOTIFICATION TIME: 16:25[EST]|

|    CITY:  SAN FRANCISCO            REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        01/19/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  CA |EVENT TIME:        16:00[PST]|

|LICENSE#:  3250-01               AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/20/2003|

|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |GARY SANBORN         R4      |

|                                                |ROBERTA WARREN       IAT     |

+------------------------------------------------+FRED BROWN (email)   NMSS    |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  ROBERT GREGER                |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  RICH LAURA                   |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

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| CA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FOR STOLEN COMPACTION GAUGE                        |

|                                                                              |

| "California received a report on 1/19 at approximately 1600 PST of a stolen  |

| Campbell Pacific Nuclear (CPN) MC3 moisture density gauge (serial number     |

| N310800424) containing nominally 10 millicuries of Cs-137 and 40 millicuries |

| of Am-241. The gauge was reported stolen overnight 1/18-19/03 from a vehicle |

| parked at a private residence in San Francisco, CA. The gauge was inside a   |

| car, covered with a blanket. A car window was broken to gain entry, and the  |

| gauge and it's transportation case were stolen. The transportation case,     |

| minus the gauge, was found by police in the street approximately one mile    |

| away from the scene of the theft. The licensee involved is CA licensee       |

| Consolidated Engineering. CA staff are investigating. Local police have been |

| notified. A reward will be offered for return of the gauge."                 |

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39528       |

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| REP ORG:  TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH           |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/21/2003|

|LICENSEE:  FUGRO SOUTH                          |NOTIFICATION TIME: 12:10[EST]|

|    CITY:  HOLLYWOOD PARK           REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        01/20/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  TX |EVENT TIME:        16:30[CST]|

|LICENSE#:  L03875-002            AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/21/2003|

|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |

|                                                |TOM ESSIG            NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  JIM OGDEN                    |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  HOWIE CROUCH                 |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AND SUBSEQUENTLY  FOUND TROXLER MOISTURE       |

| DENSITY GAUGE                                                                |

|                                                                              |

| The following information was received from the Texas Department of Health,  |

| Bureau of Radiation Control, Incident Investigation Group via facsimile:     |

|                                                                              |

| "Driver/Operator was at construction site on north side of San Antonio.      |

| Reported that he placed the gauge, without transport case, on the tailgate   |

| of his company pickup and completed his paperwork in the cab.  When [he]     |

| completed [the paperwork], he forgot the gauge was still sitting on the      |

| tailgate and drove off from the site.   Approximately 300 feet down the      |

| access road to Loop 1604, he realized that he had not put his gauge away.    |

| To return to the site, he had to loop around several access roads to get     |

| back to the area.  When he arrived back at the construction site, he could   |

| not locate the gauge.  He called his company for assistance.  The company    |

| sent other employees to search the entire area without result and then       |

| reported the gauge missing to both the Hollywood Park and San Antonio Police |

| Departments.  In a call to the Agency [Texas Department of Health] at        |

| approximately 7:30 a.m. on January 21, 2003, it was reported that they       |

| believe the gauge was found by another contractor who was also departing the |

| site the night before.  It is believed that the gauge was put into the back  |

| of [the other contractor's] truck.  The gauge is a Troxler 3440, Serial      |

| Number 30433, with two sealed sources: Cs-137, 8 millicuries, Serial Number  |

| 750-4901: and Am-241/Be, 40 millicuries, Serial Number 47-27488.  The        |

| Radiation Safety Officer called at 10:53 a.m. on January 21, 2003, saying    |

| the gauge was recovered at the construction site at 7:30 a.m. this morning   |

| (01/21/2003) from another contractor who had found it onsite.  The           |

| construction superintendent, when notified at home on the evening on January |

| 20, 2003, had located the contractor who found the gauge, and arranged for   |

| the pickup this morning.  The RSO did not have full details but has the      |

| gauge back in his possession.  The gauge was visually inspected for damage   |

| and no apparent damage was noted.  Radiation levels were normal for the      |

| gauge. However, a leak test was performed on the gauge.  Results are         |

| pending.  Both Police Departments have been notified of the recovery.  It is |

| not known if the helicopter flight was performed during the hours of         |

| darkness. [Hollywood Park Police notified the FBI and arranged for a         |

| helicopter to search for the gauge with infrared equipment.]"                |

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| The vehicle was a company pick-up truck. (No description given or known by   |

| reporting official.)                                                         |

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|Other Nuclear Material                           |Event Number:   39529       |

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| REP ORG:  UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO                  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/22/2003|

|LICENSEE:  UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO                  |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:53[EST]|

|    CITY:                           REGION:  4  |EVENT DATE:        01/22/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  ID |EVENT TIME:             [MST]|

|LICENSE#:  11-27382-01           AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/23/2003|

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|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |GREG PICK            R4      |

|                                                |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  VICKY SCHUR                  |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  RICH LAURA                   |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|BLO1 20.2201(a)(1)(i)    LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X  |                             |

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| LOST EXIT SIGN CONTAINING TRITIUM                                            |

|                                                                              |

| The licensee reported that an exit sign containing upwards of 21 curies of   |

| tritium was missing.  The sign had been installed in the Administration      |

| Building auditorium in the back stage area.  The manufacturer of the sign    |

| was SRB.  The licensee did not have the model or serial number of the sign   |

| at the time of the report.  The licensee further indicated that no           |

| malevolent intent was suspected. The administration building had been        |

| undergoing renovation during the recent past.                                |

|                                                                              |

| * * * * UPDATE  FROM VICKY SCHUR TAKEN BY MIKE RIPLEY 1/23/03 AT 1632 EST *  |

| * * *                                                                        |

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| The exit sign was manufactured by SRB, Inc.   The sign is a model B100       |

| Luminexit sign, serial number: 597374.  The sign contained 9.75 curies of    |

| tritium as of 10/30/95 which was the shipment date from the manufacturer.    |

| The licensee stated that the manufacturer has confirmed that the sign has    |

| not been returned to them for disposal.  The licensee continues to           |

| investigate the loss of the sign.                                            |

|                                                                              |

| Notified R4 DO (G. Pick) and NMSS (J. Hickey)                                |

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|Power Reactor                                    |Event Number:   39530       |

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| FACILITY: GRAND GULF               REGION:  4  |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/23/2003|

|    UNIT:  [1] [] []                 STATE:  MS |NOTIFICATION TIME: 08:09[EST]|

|   RXTYPE: [1] GE-6                             |EVENT DATE:        01/23/2003|

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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  Brian Blanche                |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/23/2003|

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  JASON FLEMMING               +-----------------------------+

+------------------------------------------------+PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |GREG PICK            R4      |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|APRE 50.72(b)(2)(xi)     OFFSITE NOTIFICATION   |                             |

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|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR|   INIT RX MODE  |CURR PWR|  CURR RX MODE   |

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|1     N          Y       100      Power Operation  |100      Power Operation  |

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| INADVERTENT INITIATION OF ONE EMERGENCY SIREN                                |

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| "Inadvertent initiation of one emergency siren in Claiborne County.  The     |

| Claiborne County Civil Defense Director has issued a 'No Emergency Message'  |

| to four local radio stations.  This call-in is made to the NRC because of    |

| possible interest by the public.  No additional actions are anticipated."    |

|                                                                              |

| The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.                                |

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