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Event Notification Report for July 8, 2004

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40851 40852 40855

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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 their investigation of this incident.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40852
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS, INC
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L00446-060
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 07/05/2004
Notification Time: 09:34 [ET]
Event Date: 07/04/2004
Event Time: 14:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/05/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT REGARDING WELL LOGGING SOURCE ABANDONMENT BY STATE LICENSEE

Texas Incident #: I-8136

Event Location: Hidalgo County, Texas(TDH, Public Health Region 11) at the Guerra #25 operated by Edge Petroleum

API #: 42-215-33214

On July 4, 2004, the Licensee notified this Agency of the loss of three radioactive sources on a well logging tool-string in Hidalgo County, Texas, at the Guerra #25 well (API # 42-215-33214) operated by the Edge Petroleum Company. The string contained three sources, manufacturer and Serial Nos. are not available at this time. The sources are: 0.8 microcurie Cs-137; 2.5 curie Cs-137; and an 18 curie Am-241/Be. The sources are abandoned in a well with a total depth of 9,034 feet. The top of the tool-string is located at 5,697 feet and fishing attempts have not allowed recovery. A minimum of 200 feet of red tagged cement has been poured to secure the string in place. Negotiations with the Texas Railroad Commission continue for the placement of a deflection device in the well. The Licensee will be ordering a plaque for emplacement on the wellhead.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 40855
Facility: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 to UO2)
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: COLUMBIA State: SC
County: RICHLAND
License #: SNM-1107
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001151
NRC Notified By: C. SNYDER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 07/07/2004
Notification Time: 19:07 [ET]
Event Date: 07/07/2004
Event Time: 17:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/07/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
RESPONSE-BULLETIN
Person (Organization):
KERRY LANDIS (R2)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)

Event Text

NRC BULLETIN 91-01 - 4 HOUR REPORT

The following was submitted via email:

"Reason for Notification
A canvas lined cart was found in the UF6 [Uranium Hexafluoride] bay. The cart dimensions met the criteria for a non favorable geometry [NFG] container however slits had been cut into the bottom of the cart. The presence of the slits makes it questionable as to whether or not this is a true NFG. Taking a conservative approach and assuming that the cart is an NFG, its presence in the Chemical area is prohibited by SNM-1107, Section 6.1.4 without a nuclear criticality safety analysis.

"In accordance with Westinghouse Operating License (SNM-1107), paragraph 3.7.3 (b.2), this event satisfies the criteria for a 4-hour notification. Specifically, any determination that a criticality safety analysis or evaluation was deficient, or that a particular system was not previously analyzed; and that less than two unlikely, independent, and concurrent changes in process conditions would be required before a criticality accident would be possible.

"As Found Condition
An NCS [Nuclear Criticality Safety] Engineer was notified by a member of the EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety] Department that a canvas cart was in the UF6 bay. The canvas cart had several slits approximately five inches in length cut in the bottom that would preclude the build-up of liquid materials. There was no process equipment in the general area where the cart was located. There was no SNM [Special Nuclear Material] in the cart and the cart was not a part of any existing process.

"Summary of Activity
-The cart was dismantled immediately.
-NCS notified NRC Region II of the cart.

"Conclusions
-This particular system was not previously analyzed for criticality safety.
-There was no SNM involved.
-At no time was the health or safety to any employee or member of the public in jeopardy. No exposure to hazardous material was involved.
-The Incident Review Committee (IRC) has determined that this is a safety significant incident in accordance with governing procedures.
-A causal analysis will be performed."

The Licensee notified Region 2 (Ayres, Crespo).

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