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Event Notification Report for September 23, 2003

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Event Reports For
09/22/2003 - 09/23/2003

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40125 40169 40186 40189 40191

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40125
Rep Org: FROEHING AND ROBERTSON
Licensee: FROEHING AND ROBERTSON
Region: 2
City: RICHMOND State: VA
County:
License #: 45-08890-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BILL BRIODY
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 09/02/2003
Notification Time: 09:59 [ET]
Event Date: 08/30/2003
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
PAUL FREDRICKSON (R2)
FRED BROWN (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler moisture density gauge Model # 3411, Serial # 14338 containing 5.5 millicuries of Cs-137 (serial #50-2959) and 39 millicuries Am-241:Be (serial # 478830) was stolen from the back of a technician's pickup truck while parked at his residence in Roanoke, VA. The Technician called the vendor (Troxler) 24 hour number and local City of Roanoke authorities. Upon notification of the theft on 9/1/03, the licensee called the Vendor (Troxler) and was told that the gauge had been recovered. The licensee was later informed by the vendor that only the case had been recovered in a lake (Smith Mountain Lake) east of Roanoke and south of Bedford, Va. The licensee plans to contact the vendor for possible detection methods to locate the gauge if in the lake. No press release has been issued at this time. The licensee has been in contact with NRC Region 2 (Jeff Griffis).


* * * UPDATE ON 09/22/03 @ 1030 BY BRIODY TO GOULD * * *

The gauge was found intact in the Roanoke river on 09/21/03 @ 13:00. They are making a complete check of the device.

Notified Reg 2 (Boland) and NMSS(Brown) were notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40169
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: CHICAGO PROSTATE CANCER CENTER
Region: 3
City: WESTMONT State: IL
County:
License #: IL-02015-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE KLINGER
HQ OPS Officer: NATHAN SANFILIPPO
Notification Date: 09/18/2003
Notification Time: 12:33 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2003
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT -- MISSING IODINE-125 SEEDS

The following was received via email from the State of Illinois:

"On 9/16/2003, the agency was contacted by [DELETED] RSO at the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center in Westmont, IL (IL-02015-01). He indicated that on 9/11/2003, a package of unused radioactive seeds was being prepared to be returned to Amersham Health/Medi Physics in Arlington Heights, IL. At that time they noted that the package contained only 6 'strands' of sources whereas the paperwork for receipt on 9/4/2003 indicated 7 'strands' of sources to be present.

"The I-125 seeds are contained in a special rigid plastic carrier. This carrier has a marketing name of 'rapid strand'. Each 'strand' contains ten I-125 seeds in a rigid plastic holder which is then placed in a stainless steel holder with an opening at one end. When the seeds are in the holder, radiation readings are at or very near background levels of radiation. This holder has been sterilized at Medi Physics and as a result it is placed in a sealed pouch until it is ready to be used in the operating room. A full description with some diagrams can be found at http://www.hsrd.ornl.gov/sources/pdf/01360338.pdf.

"The package containing the six strands of seeds was picked up by Federal Express and returned to Medi Physics on 9/17/2003. [DELETED], RSO of Medi Physics participated in the inspection of the package to be sure that the problem was not just an administrative error. His inspection did not turn up the missing 7th strand. An inspection of previously used shipping containers from this site that had been returned to Medi Physics did not result in the recovery of the missing strand either. [DELETED] also had production perform an accounting check as well to see if perhaps only 6 strands had been originally shipped as a mistake. The check showed no outstanding seeds or strands from that lot that could not be accounted for, or shipped to another client as a result of a substitution.

"An agency inspector also visited the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center in Westmont on 9/17/2003 and attempted to locate the strand through radiation monitoring. He was not successful in recovering the strand. As a result, one strand containing a total activity of 5.94 [milliCuries] mCi (10 seeds with 594 micro Curie each) is missing. The licensee will continue its attempts to locate the missing seeds and will keep the agency updated with its efforts. The licensee was also advised that a written report is due to the Agency in 30 days."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40186
Rep Org: GEOTEST
Licensee: GEOTEST
Region: 3
City: ST LOUIS State: MO
County:
License #: 24-26550-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICH EVANS
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 09/20/2003
Notification Time: 08:16 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2003
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)

Event Text

MISSING TROXLER GAUGE

The licensee has not been able to locate their technician who has had a Troxler gauge in his possession since the evening of 09/18/03. The missing gauge is a Troxler 3440 serial #24340 containing 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241/Be. The licensee has been unsuccessful in contacting the technician at his various addresses. A police report was made with the Brentwood, MO Police Dept.

* * * UPDATE ON 09/22/03 @ 06:57 BY EVANS TO GOULD * * *

The gauge was found at one of the technician's residences on 09/20/03. It was intact and not damaged. The technician is still missing.

Notified Reg 3 RDO(Lanksbury) and NMSS(Reamer)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40189
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: ANDY NEWTON
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 09/22/2003
Notification Time: 15:07 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2003
Event Time: 00:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
ANNE BOLAND (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
4 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TURKET POINT UNITS 3 & 4 FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT

A licensed employee was determined to be under the influence of alcohol upon entry into the plant access control point. Access to the facility was denied and the employee's access to the facility has been suspended. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40191
Facility: RIVER BEND
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: DALE DAWSON
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 09/23/2003
Notification Time: 02:44 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2003
Event Time: 22:43 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 78 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM RECEIVED DURING MAIN TURBINE CONTROL VALVE TESTING

"At 2243 on 9/22/2003 a Reactor scram occurred while performing Main Turbine control valve testing. Preliminary investigations indicate that high Reactor pressure was the signal that caused the scram. As a result of the scram, a Reactor low level 3 (9.7 inch) signal was received as expected from a high power scram due to the rapid coolant shrinkage. All expected actions for the low reactor level 3 (9.7 inch) signal occurred as expected. The plant is stable in Mode 3 (hot shutdown) with level being controlled with the Feedwater System and Reactor pressure being controlled with the Main Turbine Bypass valves."

All control rods fully inserted, no ECCS actuations were received, and the electrical grid is stable. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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