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Event Notification Report for August 20, 2003

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Event Reports For
08/19/2003 - 08/20/2003

** EVENT NUMBERS **


39631 40062 40079

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Power Reactor Event Number: 39631
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: CHARLES PIKE
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 03/02/2003
Notification Time: 16:00 [EST]
Event Date: 03/02/2003
Event Time: 14:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 08/19/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
WALTER RODGERS (R2)
DAVID AYRES (R2)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO STATE AGENCY OF EXPIRED GREEN SEA TURTLE FOUND AT BARRIER NET

"NRC notification [is] being made due to state notification to [the] Florida Wildlife Commission regarding a Green Sea Turtle found dead at barrier net pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi)."

The turtle was found on the surface at the barrier net with no injuries or abnormalities except for fresh cuts common for turtles coming through pipes. The cause of death is unknown at this time. A necropsy is planned.

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified by the licensee.

* * * UPDATE ON 3/15/03 @ 1033 EST FROM TEREZAKIS TO CROUCH * * *

"On 3-15-03, a green sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injuries to the turtle are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 0920 EST. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified by the licensee.

* * * UPDATE ON 3/19/03 AT 1222 EST FROM E. SUMNER TO RIPLEY * * *

"On 03/19/03 @ 1105 hrs., one loggerhead turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injury to the turtle is not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 1115 EST."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

* * * UPDATED ON 3/31/03 AT 1159 EST FROM W.L. PARK TO A. COSTA * * *

"On 3-31-03 [1105 EST], a loggerhead sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injuries to the turtle are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 1105 EST. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

* * * UPDATE 1235EST ON 4/9/03 FROM ANDY TEREZAKIS TO S.SANDIN * * *

"On 4-9-03, a loggerhead sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's Intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injuries to the turtle are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 1100 EST. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC."

The licensee informed the NRC resident inspector. Notified R2DO(Landis).

*** UPDATE ON 5/2/03 AT 1826 FROM S. OEHRLE TO A. COSTA ***

"On 5/2/03, a green sea turtle was retrieved from the intake canal. The turtle required rehabilitation. The injuries were not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified at 1445 EDT. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(xi) due to offsite notification."

The Licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Munday).

**** update on 05/24/03 at 1417 EDT FROM JOE HESSLING TO JOHN MACKINNON ****

"On 5-24-03, a loggerhead sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The turtle was very underweight and lethargic, no injuries or anomalies noted. Turtle's condition is not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 1345 EDT. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC. NRC R2DO (TOM DECKER) notified.

The NRC Resident Inspector was by notified of this event by the licensee.

****UPDATE ON 5/27/03 AT 10:49 FROM HESSLING TO LAURA****

"On 5-27-03, a loggerhead sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The turtle was underweight, and missing lower posterior marginals on left side. Turtle's injuries are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 0850 EDT. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC."

Notified R2DO (T. Decker)

* * * UPDATE ON 06/17/03 AT 12:45 EDT FROM CALVIN WARD TO ARLON COSTA * * *

"At approximately 12:45 p.m. on 6/17/03 a loggerhead turtle was rescued from the St. Lucie Plant intake canal. The turtle was injured and will be transported to the State authorized sea turtle rehabilitation facility. The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (FDEP) was notified at 1:09 p.m. as required by the St. Lucie Plant Sea Turtle Permit - see the attached sea turtle stranding report (1 page).

"Notification to the state government agency requires a four (4) Hr. Non-Emergency Notification to the NRC per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi). There were no unusual plant evolutions in progress which may have contributed to this event."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (L. Wert).

* * * UPDATE 0605 EDT ON 6/26/03 FROM STEVE MERRILL TO S. SANDIN * * *

The licensee was informed by the FWCC that the green sea turtle requiring rehabilitation which was retrieved from the plant's intake canal on 3/15/03 had expired within 10 days of removal. Consequently, the licensee is updating their 3/15/03 report to include this additional information. The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO(C. Ogle).

* * * UPDATE 1506 EDT ON 07/01/03 FROM CALVIN WARD TO GOTT * * *

On 04/02/03, a green sea turtle was retrieved from the intake canal. The turtle required rehabilitation. The injuries were not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(xi) due to offsite notification. On 07/01/03 licensee QA discovered that the injury had occurred and that the NRC had not been notified within the 4 hours. The failure to report the event within the regulatory time is being investigated and has been entered into the stations corrective action program.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Munday)

* * * UPDATE 1750 EDT ON 07/07/03 FROM JOE HESSLING TO MACKINNON * * *

On 07/07/03, a Loggerhead sea turtle was retrieved from the plants' intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injuries to the turtle are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's Turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission (FWCC) was notified at 1715 EDT. This non-emergency is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Munday).


* * * UPDATE ON 07/25/03 @ 1510 BY CALVIN WORD TO STEVE SANDIN * * *

On 7/25/03, a sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injuries to the turtle are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and other Government Agencies

Reg 2 RDO(Anne Boland) was informed

* * * UPDATE ON 08/06/03 AT 1611 BY ALAN HALL TO ARLON COSTA * * *

"On 08/06/03 [at 1410], a sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injuries to the turtle are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's turtle permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified. This non-emergency notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of FWCC. Stranding Report copy attached."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Stephen Cahill).

* * * UPDATE ON 08/19/03 AT 1328 EDT BY JOHN BRADY TO JOHN MACKINNON * * *

On 08/19/03 at 1218 EDT, a Loggerhead sea turtle was retrieved from the plant's intake canal. The turtle was determined to be in need of rehabilitation. The injuries to the turtle are not causal to plant operation. Per the plant's permit, the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) was notified. NRC Resident Inspector was notified. R2DO (Ernstes) notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40062
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: KEWELL, LLC
Region: 2
City: Atlanta State: GA
County:
License #: GA 1488-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS E. HILL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/14/2003
Notification Time: 14:32 [EST]
Event Date: 08/12/2003
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID AYRES (R2)
LINDA PSYK (NMSS)
MATTHEW HAHN (TAS)

Event Text

STOLEN NITON ANALYZER


"Overnight, August 12, 2003, unknown persons entered the licensee's facility and stole various office equipment including copiers, computers and a Niton analyzer containing radioactive material."

The Niton Analyzer is a model XLi or XLp series device which contains 30 millicuries of Am-241.

The Licensee, Kewell, LLC, reported the theft to the local law enforcement.

Media attention: None

Georgia Event Report No: GA-2003-241

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40079
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WA DOT
Region: 4
City: YAKIMA State: WA
County:
License #: WN-L065-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/15/2003
Notification Time: 18:09 [EST]
Event Date: 06/30/2003
Event Time: 09:45 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/15/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PHIL HARRELL (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)

Event Text

TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE RUN OVER

"Licensee: WA State Dept. of Transportation (WA DOT), South Central Region
"City and state: Yakima, Washington
"License number: WN-L065-1
"Type of license: Portable Gauge

"Date of event: 30 June 2003
"Location of Event: near Walla Walla, Washington

"ABSTRACT: (where, when, how, why; cause, contributing factors, corrective actions, consequences, DOH on-site investigation; media attention) On 30 June 2003, at about 9:45 AM, an errant motorist entered a coned-off lane and ran over a Troxler, Model 3430, moisture/density gauge, Serial Number 24671. The gauge contained two sealed sources, one of about 8 millicuries of Cesium 137 and the second of about 40 millicuries of Americium 241/Beryllium. The accident happened just north of Myra Road on State Route 125 near Walla Walla, Washington.

"An errant motorist drove past a WA DOT road flagger holding a stop sign. The motorist entered a lane that had been coned-off. The motorist proceeded to drive down the restricted lane and ran over the gauge while it was being used to test for compaction. The gauge operator saw the approaching vehicle and attempted to stop it by waving his hands and yelling as the vehicle approached. The motorist, a senior, was apparently oblivious to the lane restriction. After the gauge was hit, it wedged under the vehicle and was dragged for approximately 90 feet down the road until the motorist finally became aware of the problem and stopped. The cause was inattention or inability to understand that the road conditions had changed. It appears that age of the driver contributed to the cause of the event.

"The need to make any corrective action was deemed to be unnecessary. The gauge operator was operating per procedure and was only feet away from the gauge as it performed the test. The lane was restricted from travel by flagger and cone.

"The incident destroyed the gauge. Impact with the vehicle caused the Cesium 137 source to be drawn back into its shielded position. Although pieces of the gauge housing, electronics and mechanisms were scattered along the 90-foot section of road that the vehicle traveled after impact the gauge, the sources were still attached to their respective parts of the gauge. Subsequent leak tests were negative.

"DOH was not able to do an on site investigation due to the excessive distance to the event site and excessive time it would have taken to get staff to the site and clear the incident. The licensed RSO, a person trained to respond to events of this nature and having experience with similar events, went to the scene to give direction. The RSO performed surveys and an evaluation that allowed trained WA DOT personnel to release the area. The gauge parts were placed into the Troxler transportation box, a gravel/dirt mix was used to lower dose-rate readings to below a usual reading for an intact gauge, and the box was transported by trained WA DOT personnel to the WA DOT Headquarters facility for further evaluation, leak testing and disposition.

"WA DOH personnel performed an investigation of events and the gauge at WA DOT Headquarters after the gauge arrived. WA DOH staff inspected the gauge parts including the sources, evaluated the circumstances of the event, reviewed the report information, and consulted with WA DOT staff regarding procedure, equipment and their plan to return the gauge to Troxler. Once WA DOH staff determined that sources were not leaking and the material was safe to be returned to Troxler, it was sent to Troxler via normal method.

"There was no media attention.

"What is the notification or reporting criteria involved? 10 CFR 30.50(B)(2) and 20.2201 - After reviewing the incident file and the Handbook on Nuclear Material Event Reporting in the Agreement States , we determined that a 24 hour notification should have been sent to NRC. This did not occur; consequently we are now submitting this completed report, although late.

"Activity and Isotope(s) involved: 8 millicuries of Cesium 137 and 40 millicuries of Americium 241/Beryllium

"Overexposures? (number of workers/members of the public; dose estimate; body part receiving dose; consequence) No members of the public received exposure in any amount. Calculation, survey readings and previous experience with similar gauge events indicate that WA DOT radiation worker staff only received exposure that is associated with usual gauge operations. Dosimetry reports will be evaluated upon receipt from the dosimetry processor.

"Lost, Stolen or Damaged? (mfg., model, serial number) Troxler, Model 3430, Serial Number 24671 was destroyed (damaged).

"Disposition/recovery: The gauge was returned to Troxler for disposal.

"Leak test? A leak test was performed on each source. They were found to be negative.

"Vehicle: (description; placards; Shipper; package type; Pkg. ID number) The gauge transportation vehicle was not involved in the event.

"Release of activity? There was no release of activity.

"Activity and pharmaceutical compound intended: N/A
"Misadministered activity and/or compound received: N/A
"Device (HDR, etc.) Mfg., Model; computer program: N/A
"Exposure (intended/actual); consequences: N/A
"Was patient or responsible relative notified? N/A
"Was written report provided? The licensee provided a written report, dated 7 July 2003.
"Was referring physician notified? N/A

"Consultant used? No"

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