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Event Notification Report for October 27, 2003

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Event Reports For
10/24/2003 - 10/27/2003

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40264 40267 40269 40274 40276 40277 40278

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40264
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: FLORIDA MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: LAUDERDALE LAKES State: FL
County:
License #: 2816-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 10/21/2003
Notification Time: 08:20 [ET]
Event Date: 10/20/2003
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/21/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING INTRAVASCULAR BRACHYTHERAPY SEEDS

"Noveste Beta-Cath System [Model A1767 30mm S/N 86853] was used in a procedure on September 18, 2003. It has not been seen since. This office was notified October 20. This model contains 12 Sr-90 seeds, total activity up to 60 mCi [milliCuries]. Florida is investigating."

Florida Incident # FL03-192

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40267
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: RAVEN INSPECTION & TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: HUMBLE State: TX
County: HARRIS
License #: L05219
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HELEN WATKINS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/21/2003
Notification Time: 12:22 [ET]
Event Date: 10/21/2003
Event Time: 08:10 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/21/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
MATTHEW KORMANN (TAS)
LINDA HOWELL (IAT)
RICHARD WESSMAN (IRO)
FEMA, DOE, HHS, EPA (FAX)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

"Texas Incident No.: I-8065

"Event date and time: 10/21/03, discovered approx. 8:10 cst

"Event location: Humble, TX storage shed

"Event type: Stolen radiography camera

"Notifications: The licensee notified the local police, BRC, and other radiography companies in the area.

"Event description: SPEC Model 150 exposure device, sn #0336, 32 Ci [Curies], Ir-192 source, model G-20, sn #KF1204

"The licensee arrived at work this morning, found the security gate wide open, the lock cut on the storage shed, the lock cut on the vault and the camera missing. The only thing taken was the camera, all other equipment was still in place and the darkroom was still locked. The licensee had only one camera. The camera was used on a job yesterday and secured after use.

"There are about 60 other storage sheds located within the fence. The only one broken into was the licensee's storage shed. Other radiography companies in the area were contacted by the licensee, also the local police were notified.

"The incident has not received any media attention. The Agency [BRC] is investigating the incident.

"Transport vehicle description: None reported

"Media attention: None reported."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40269
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Region: 4
City: AUSTIN State: TX
County:
License #: L00485-000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES H. OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/22/2003
Notification Time: 17:07 [ET]
Event Date: 10/22/2003
Event Time: 14:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/22/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID LOVELESS (R4)
DANIEL GILLEN (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A LOST SOURCE

"Event location: RLM Building Vault Room 2.306, J.J. Pickel Research Campus, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

"Event description: While performing an exhaustive inventory of sources for possible recovery in the DOE Source Recovery Program it was determined by visual survey a 5 millicurie, Am-241, sealed-source was missing. The source was probably procured in the 1960's and has been indicated as in storage since the late 1980's. The last leak test that was currently available was dated 04/19/88. The source is suspected of being manufactured by the Monsanto Company and is listed as Serial No. M-376. No information on Model is available. The source is indicated as being sealed in 1-inch pipe. The RSO reports that the source has evidently been confused for years with another source that is indicated on storage records as CNS-1. However, he feels relatively sure that it is not the same source. Records indicated that the source was transferred to storage 11/27/84 and may have last been seen on 04/19/88. A visual and instrument survey of the last known storage facility did not locate the source. The RSO believes that the source may have been disposed of with Radium sources but there is no indication on shipment manifests. The previous RSO has been contacted and reportedly cannot recall details about the specific source.

"Transport vehicle description: Not applicable

"Media attention: None

"Texas Incident No.: I-8066"

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40274
Rep Org: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: OKLAHOMA CITY State: OK
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DARRYL LILES
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/24/2003
Notification Time: 12:32 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2003
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/24/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
ROBERTO TORRES (NMSS)
DAVID LOVELESS (R4)

Event Text

RADIOACTIVE SOURCE DISCOVERED IN SURPLUS VEHICLE

On 10/01/03, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) office in Oklahoma City, OK obtained a van from government surplus. When they received the vehicle, they discovered a Shimadzu series GC-14A gas chromatograph in the back of the van. The chromatograph contains a 10 milliCurie nickel-63 source. USGS contacted the van's previous owner but was not able to return the chromatograph.

The chromatograph is presently secured in locked storage. USGS will leak test the source and return the chromatograph to the manufacturer for proper disposal.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40276
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: GERRY PAGE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 10/24/2003
Notification Time: 19:34 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2003
Event Time: 17:55 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/24/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
73.71(b)(1) - SAFEGUARDS REPORTS
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
LANCE ENGLISH (TAS)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

DEGRADED SAFEGUARDS ACCESS

Discovered vulnerability in a safeguard system that could allow access to a controlled access area for which compensatory measures were secured prematurely. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the CT State Police and local law enforcement. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40277
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: Oscar Pipkins
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/25/2003
Notification Time: 07:53 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2003
Event Time: 23:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
DAVID LOVELESS (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

DEGRADATION OF THE REACTOR COOLANT SYSTEM (RCS) PRESSURE BOUNDARY

"During inspection of the hot leg nozzles on RCP loop #2 in accordance with the Alloy 600 Program Plan during Refuel 12, evidence of leakage was identified on nozzle RC-IPT-0106B. This constitutes degradation of the RCS pressure boundary. Corrective action is being evaluated."

RC-IPT-0106B is a pressure transmitter that taps off of reactor coolant system hot leg (loop) # 2 . The location of the Pressure transmitter is found in Waterford Unit 3, FSAR Chapter 5.1, Flow Diagram Reactor Coolant System, Figure 5.1-3. The license said that the picture indicates a small amount of boric acid crystals in the area of the leakage. Licensee did not know if the leakage is from a weld, pin hole leak, etc.

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40278
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: ROBERT MURILLO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/27/2003
Notification Time: 00:21 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2003
Event Time: 19:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2003
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
DAVID LOVELESS (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

INDICATION OF LEAKAGE

"Inspection of the pressurizer bottom nozzles in accordance with the Alloy 600 Program during Refuel 12 identified a wet stain on heater sleeve C1, and a nozzle with a white substance extruding from a portion of the penetration on heater sleeve C3. The substance could not be verified at the time, and further investigation is required to determine if the substance is boron on heater sleeve C3. This condition constitutes a degradation of the RCS Pressure Boundary and is reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A)."

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

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