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Event Notification Report for March 3, 2004

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Event Reports For
03/02/2004 - 03/03/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40551 40552 40553 40560 40561 40562

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40551
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: DEL MONTE FOODS
Region: 4
City: TERMINAL ISLAND State: CA
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/26/2004
Notification Time: 21:02 [ET]
Event Date: 02/26/2004
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 02/26/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GARY SANBORN (R4)
E. WILLIAM BRACH (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF A LOST GAUGE

"Del Monte Foods, a general licensee has been unable to locate a fixed gauge containing 100 milliCuries of Americium-241. The unit was one of 4 generally licensed gauges used as fill/level detectors at the Del Monte facility at Terminal Island. Del Monte had the 4 lines removed by contractors and after the completion of the project Del Monte realized one gauge remains unaccounted for. They have searched their facility and checked with all contractors and no information was obtained regarding the whereabouts of the gauge. The licensee has been requested to provide [the California Radiation Control Program Office] additional information regarding the dates/times involved, the names of the contractors who removed the lines, and the names of individuals who may have purchased the equipment."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40552
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: GLOBAL X-RAY AND TESTING CORP
Region: 4
City: AMELIA State: LA
County:
License #: LA-0577-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BLACKWELL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/27/2004
Notification Time: 15:13 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2004
Event Time: 01:15 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/27/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GARY SANBORN (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT REGARDING A DAMAGED RADIOGRAPHY DEVICE

The following facsimile was received from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality:

"At 1:15 AM [CST] on January 23, 2004, a 90.1 Curie Iridium-192 AEA Model 969 sealed source with serial number 12449B could not be returned to the shielded position. The radiography camera was a SPEC Model 150 with serial number 82. The radiographers secured the area and contacted William Johnston, Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The source was returned to the shielded position at approximately 1:55 AM on January 23. Apparently the drive cable connector pulled off of the worm. The connector appeared to be old. However, the cable itself is still very flexible/pliable. No overexposures were identified. The dosimeters for the radiographers read 125 millirem, 150 millirem, and 130 millirem. The TLD badges were sent off for emergency processing with readings of 0.715 R, 0.426 R, and 0.688 R."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40553
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH
Region: 4
City: OKLAHOMA CITY State: OK
County:
License #: OK 23359-02MD
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE BRODERICK
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/27/2004
Notification Time: 17:59 [ET]
Event Date: 02/26/2004
Event Time: 15:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/27/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GARY SANBORN (R4)
E. WILLIAM BRACH (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORTS SPILL AT NUCLEAR PHARMACY

A syringe with 28 millicuries of Iodine-131 was stored inside a pig inside a hooded glove box. At 1500 CST on 2/26/04, the pig was knocked over, and the syringe broke. The contents of the syringe spilled into the hooded glove box. The spill was cleaned up. The glove box was ventilated and the ventilation system had a charcoal filter. It is estimated that 3 microcuries escaped to the atmosphere. Bioassays were performed on the 3 people involved in the spill and cleanup. No absorption was found. The charcoal filter and papers used in the glove box were placed in storage to allow the Iodine to decay.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40560
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: CHARLES BOTTEMILLER
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 03/02/2004
Notification Time: 09:48 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2004
Event Time: 08:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4)
FRED BROWN (NMSS)

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

Event Text

PLANT RECEIVED A PACKAGE THAT EXCEEDED EXTERNAL SURFACE CONTAMINATION LIMITS

The license received a 20 box shipment of fuel sipping equipment from Framatone ANP, Inc out of Richland, WA. One of the 20 boxes was determined to have an external surface contact reading >200 millirem (actual reading 202 millirem). The box was opened and contents surveyed resulting in a reading of 400 millirem/hr coming from a support stand that was in the package. A hot particle was captured from the stand and properly disposed of with their rad waste. After the particle had been removed, the stand, readings went from 400 millirem/hr to 20 millirem/hr. The licensee notified Framatone ANP about the incident.


The Resident Inspector was notified

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40561
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DAN MARKS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/02/2004
Notification Time: 12:50 [ET]
Event Date: 03/01/2004
Event Time: 16:49 [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (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

PRESS RELEASE REGARDING BORON RESIDUE

The license provided the following via facsimile:

"This ENS notification is to inform the agency of a news release that was issued 03/01/04 at 1649 Mountain Standard Time (MST) regarding the shutdown of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Unit 3 and discovery of boron residue on a pressurizer heater sleeve which was reported to the Headquarters Operations Center in ENS ID 40556.

"The unit has been cooled down to Mode 5 in preparation of maintenance to repair the pressurizer heater sleeve. Current plant conditions are approximately 125 degrees F and 35 psia.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this ENS call."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40562
Facility: YANKEE ROWE
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: NEIL OLESON
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 03/02/2004
Notification Time: 15:55 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2004
Event Time: 12:25 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Decommissioned 0 Decommissioned

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO OTHER AGENCIES OF CONCRETE RUBBLE CONTAINER SPILL

A container of concrete rubble was being transported from the Plant to Palmer, MA where it would eventually be transported via railroad to a waste repository. The intermodal container connection to the trailer broke off allowing the container to fall off spilling contents on the road. The location of the incident is approximately two miles from the Plant at Ford Hill Road, in Rowe, MA. The net weight of the container is 38,860 lbs and it contains low level radioactive concrete.

Site Radiation Protection was sent by the licensee to the location of the incident. The spilled concrete rubble will be placed in a new container which will be taken back to the site. Clean up of the area is in progress, and area release is pending a post clean up survey. No one was injured during this incident.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the local Fire Department, State and Local government agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Press Release is being planned to be issued by the licensee.

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