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Event Notification Report for April 14, 2004

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40663 40671 40672

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40663
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PSI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Region: 4
City: SAN ANTONIO State: TX
County:
License #: TX L04946
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JIM OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: DICK JOLLIFFE
Notification Date: 04/09/2004
Notification Time: 21:49 [ET]
Event Date: 04/09/2004
Event Time: 16:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/09/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)
MATTHEW HAHN (TAS)
VICTOR GONZALEZ (MEX)

Event Text

TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE EVENT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

At 2149 EDT on 04/09/04, the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control reported that between 1645 CDT and 1910 CDT on 04/09/04, a Troxler Moisture Density Gauge, Model #3430, Serial #24711, belonging to PSI Construction Company, San Antonio, TX was stolen from a 2003 Ford Ranger company pickup truck in San Antonio, TX. The stolen gauge contained an 8 millicurie Cs-137 source and a 40 millicurie Am-241:Be source. The gauge case was locked to the back of the truck but the gauge was not locked in its case. The company truck driver was suspended pending investigation. The theft was reported to the San Antonio Police Department. An announcement about the theft will be made on the local AM radio and the local TV Station tonight at 2200 CDT offering a $500 reward for the return of the gauge.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40671
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: EDWARD BURNS
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 04/13/2004
Notification Time: 00:46 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2004
Event Time: 18:10 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/13/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
CHRIS MILLER (R3)

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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION SYSTEM (HPCI) DECLARED INOPERABLE

"High Pressure Coolant Injection System Incapable of Performing its intended Safety Function.

"This report is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) due the High Pressure Coolant Injection System being incapable of performing its intended safety function.

"At 1810 hours (CDT) during performance of the functional test of the level instrumentation for the automatic realignment of the High Pressure Coolant Injection system (HPCI) suction sources, plant maintenance person identified that logic circuitry leads had been lifted. The leads not being connected would prevent the automatic realignment of the HPCI suction from its non-safety related source, the Condensate Storage Tank (CST), to its safety related source, the Suppression Pool.

"Based on preliminary information, the leads were lifted during scheduled maintenance activities on the HPCI system in March.

"The applicable Technical Specification specified that HPCI be declared inoperable within an hour. Actions were immediately taken to restore the automatic function. The leads were re-landed and the TS condition exited at 1853 hours.

"The inability of the system to automatically realign due to a CST low level or a Suppression Pool high level is considered to be a condition that would prevent the fulfillment of the safety function of the HPCI system."

The licensee is still investigating the cause.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40672
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Region: 3
City: ANN ARBOR State: MI
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH WISSING
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 04/13/2004
Notification Time: 17:03 [ET]
Event Date: 03/15/2004
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/13/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (R1)
ROBERT PIERSON (NMSS)
MONTE PHILLIPS (R3)

Event Text

LOSS OF LICENSED MATERIAL

"The Department of Veterans Affairs is reporting a loss of licensed material. The loss occurred at a medical broad-scope permittee authorized under the master materials license issued to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The permittee is VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts.

"The loss was discovered by the permittee Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) on March 15, 2004. The RSO discovered a container of solid animal waste containing approximately 350 micro-Curies of I-125 solid was disposed by transfer to a biological waste vendor and incinerated by the vendor as non-radioactive animal waste.

"The permittee does not anticipate any exposure to individuals based on the loss. The permittee has taken measures to prevent a recurrence of the loss.

"The basis for reporting the loss is under 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(ii) in that the permittee disposed of licensed material in a quantity greater than 10 times the quantity specified in 10 CFR 20, Appendix C, and is still missing at this time. The licensed material cannot be recovered.

"Per 10 CFR 20.2201(b), the Department of Veterans Affairs will evaluate the circumstances related to the loss and submit a written report to NRC, Region 3, within 30 days of this notification."

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