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Event Notification Report for August 27, 2003

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
08/26/2003 - 08/27/2003

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40093 40103 40104 40105

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40093
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: OKLAHOMA TESTING LABS
Region: 4
City: OKLAHOMA CITY State: OK
County:
License #: OK-10577-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE BRODERICK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/21/2003
Notification Time: 11:11 [EST]
Event Date: 08/09/2003
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was reported to the Operations Center by Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality:

"On August 19, 2003, the licensee RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] conducted a biweekly inventory of his gauges and discovered that one of them was missing. Upon investigation he discovered that the gauge, a Troxler 3411B, S/N 6322, was last used on August 8, 2003. The next day, the technician who used the gauge took the gauge out to his truck and, preparing to go to a jobsite, loaded the gauge into the toolbox bolted to [the] bed of the truck. He left the tool box unlocked while he helped another worker unload, then discovered the gauge was missing when he returned. He had since decided not to work that day. He did not report this to anyone because he assumed that the other worker had taken the gauge out on the job with him. The licensee has contacted the police and has prepared a press release offering a reward for return of the gauge. According to the licensee, the gauge contained 281.2 Mega Becquerels of activity [7.6 milliCuries] as of 5/15/83. The gauge was not in its transport case and the gauge plunger was apparently unlocked when stolen."

The Troxler contained an Am: Be source, S/N CAA-2493 and a CS-137 source, S/N CC-3452. Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is considering issuing a press release to its border states. The licensee will be offering a reward for the return of the gauge.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has notified NRC Region 4 (Linda McLean).

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40103
Rep Org: STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
Licensee: CAMDEN CLARK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Region: 2
City: PARKERSBURG State: WV
County:
License #: 47-09772-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAN HILL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/26/2003
Notification Time: 12:27 [EST]
Event Date: 08/25/2003
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/26/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)
DOUG BROADDUS (NMSS)

Event Text

XENON-133 RELEASED TO COLD TRASH

THE EVENT BELOW WAS REPORTED TO NRC REGION 2 BY DILL HILL OF THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA.

Initial notification to NRC Region II by State of West Virginia. Source was recovered by the licensee and State of West Virginia on 08/25/03. Activity measured in the licensee's dose calibrator was 10.49 mCi at approximately 3 PM on 08/25/03. Outer pig still had radioactive marking and listed 100 mCi of activity. Pig originally contained 5 vials, 20 mCi each (nominal). Only one vial remained in the improperly disposed pig. Trash was normal waste, not biomedical. Discovered when a landfill Alarm was set off.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40104
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVE FOSS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/26/2003
Notification Time: 13:36 [EST]
Event Date: 07/27/2003
Event Time: 18:39 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/26/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 77 Power Operation 77 Power Operation

Event Text

60 DAY OPTIONAL REPORT

"This 60-day optional report, as allowed by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1), is being made under the reporting requirement in 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to describe an unplanned, invalid actuation of a specified system, specifically Primary Containment Isolation Valve (PCIV) Group II and III outboard valves. The inboard valves were unaffected by this event.

"On July 27, 2003, at 1839 hours, a spurious operation of Primary Containment Isolation System (PCIS) logic relay occurred. This normally energized relay momentarily changed state resulting in an isolation of the outboard Secondary Containment Isolation Valves (SCIVs) and outboard Group 2 and 3 PCIV's. Additionally, the "B" Standby Gas Treatment (SBGT) subsystem started due to the isolation.

"The affected systems responded as expected for the given conditions. The Group II/III PCIS isolation was reset by 1842 hours. The affected systems were promptly returned to a normal configuration. No other deficiencies or abnormalities were noted during the event.

"This event has been entered into the site-specific corrective action program for resolution (CR 169219)

"The NRC resident has been informed."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40105
Rep Org: PUBLIC HEALTH LAB, SAN JUAN
Licensee: PUBLIC HEALTH LAB, SAN JUAN
Region: 2
City: SAN JUAN State: PR
County:
License #: 52-719560-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Dr. MOLINARIS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/26/2003
Notification Time: 16:25 [EST]
Event Date: 08/19/2003
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/26/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
CAROLYN EVANS (R2)
MELVYN LEACH (NMSS)

Event Text

TWO GAS CHROMATOGRAPHS ACCIDENTALLY DISPOSED OF TO A LANDFILL


On 08/19/03 The Public Health Lab in San Juan, Puerto Rico accidentally disposed of 2 Gas Chromatographs, Model 8500 manufactured by Perkin-Elmer. The Gas Chromatographs ended up in a San Juan landfill. The trash company said that it would nearly be impossible to find the 2 Gas Chromatographs because they were now under tons of dirt. This incident was reported to Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, San Juan Radiation Safety Officer on 08/25/03. The caller did not know what type of radioisotope or the strength of the radioisotope in each Gas Chromatographs.

Search of former events revealed that Perkin-Elmer Gas Chromatographs normally contain a 15 millicurie Ni-63 source.

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