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Event Notification Report for July 7, 2004

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07/06/2004 - 07/07/2004

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40850 40851 40853

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40850
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: A.M. ENGINEERING AND TESTING, INC.
Region: 1
City: JUPITER State: FL
County:
License #: 2394-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES E. ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 07/01/2004
Notification Time: 11:09 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2004
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLIFFORD ANDERSON (R1)
DONA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)
LINDA PSYK-GERSEY (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was received via e-mail:

"Tech was working late and took the gauge home chained to the bed of the pickup. It was last seen at 10:30 p.m. on June 30 and was not there at 5 a.m. July 1. The chain had been cut and the box with the gauge was gone. The keys were not taken. Licensee has been advised to offer a reward for the return of the gauge. Florida is investigating."

Additional Information:

Florida Incident No: FL04-097

Incident location:
581 Oleander Road
Lake Worth, Fl 33462

A.A. Engineering and Testing, Inc.
860 Jupiter Park Drive
Jupiter, Fl 33458

Soil Moisture Density Gauge:
Troxler Model 3430, S/N 26474
Isotope: Cs-137 (8 millicuries) ; Am-241:Be (40 millicuries).

**UPDATE on 07/01/04 at 1530 EDT from Charles Adams (emailed) entered by MacKinnon ***


The gauge was found by a citizen who claimed that he had found the gauge last night at a Home Depot. The citizen met a licensee representative at a gas station and traded the gauge for $100. The lock to the case had been cut, but the trigger lock was intact and the gauge was undamaged. Florida continues it's investigation.

NRC Region 1( Cliff Anderson), NMSS (Linda Gersey) & TAS (Danis) notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40851
Rep Org: NEW YORK CITY BUREAU OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: NEW YORK State: NY
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD BORRI
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 07/02/2004
Notification Time: 15:24 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2004
Event Time: 18:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/02/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLIFFORD ANDERSON (R1)
ROBERTO TORRES (NMSS)
DUNCAN WHITE (R1)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM THE NEW YORK CITY BUREAU OF RAD HEALTH

On 06/30/04 a portal monitor at JFK airport alarmed. US Customs opened a box from China and found 15 dice and a small cylindrical object (about 24 mm in diameter by 5 mm in height). Three of the 15 dice were found to have a contact radiation reading of 15 millirem per hour. The small cylindrical object outside radiation reading was in the microcurie range. The cylindrical object was found to contain a substance that had strontium-90 mixed in it. The State of New York Health Department after talking with Department of Energy Radiation Assistance Program (RAP) believe that this substance is used to mark dice. The New York City Bureau of Rad Health is continuing there investigation of this incident.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40853
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RICHARD BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 07/06/2004
Notification Time: 17:16 [ET]
Event Date: 07/06/2004
Event Time: 10:08 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/06/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KERRY LANDIS (R2)

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

Event Text

GREATER THAN 25% OF THE EMERGENCY SIRENS FOUND TO BE INOPERABLE

26 of 89 of Catawba's sirens failed a low growl activation test at 1008 EDT 07/06/04. Upon activation of the quarterly full cycle test at 1152 EDT 07/06/04, only 3 of the 26 failed to operate properly. Greater than 25% of the sirens were inoperable for more than one hour (one hour and 44 minutes). Investigation is in progress as to determine why the low growl test was unsuccessful.

The licensee notified the States of South Carolina and North Carolina of this event.

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

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