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Event Notification Report for August 9, 2004

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08/06/2004 - 08/09/2004

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40900 40917 40923 40927 40928 40932

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40900
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: NORTHWEST INSPECTION
Region: 4
City: SPOKANE State: WA
County:
License #: WN-IR065-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN C. SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/27/2004
Notification Time: 14:55 [ET]
Event Date: 06/25/2004
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN/RECOVERED RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following information was provided by the State of Washington to the NRC via email:

"This is notification of an event in Washington State as reported to or investigated by the WA Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection.

"STATUS: new

"Licensee: Northwest Inspection
"City and State: Richland, Washington
"License Number: WN-IR065-1
"Type of License: Industrial Radiography

"Date of Event: 25 June 2004 (reported July 26)

"Location of Event: Spokane, Washington
"ABSTRACT: (where, when, how, why; cause, contributing factors, corrective actions, consequences, Dept. of Health (DOH) on-site investigation; media attention):

"The licensee's radiation safety officer reported that they had had a radiography vehicle stolen, with a radiography exposure device secured inside (device and source information not yet known). The Radiographer, at the end of the day, had left the radiography vehicle unattended while that Radiographer entered a work-site office to complete paperwork. The Assistant Radiographer had left the work-site earlier when actual radiography had concluded.

"During the brief time the vehicle was unattended, reported to be about 2 minutes, the vehicle was taken. The Radiographer called the police and the radiation safety officer when the vehicle was noticed missing.

"A short time later, reported to be about 30 minutes, a Spokane area resident noticed the truck, stuck by the side of the road. The resident used licensee identification, from the outside of the vehicle, to contact the licensee. The licensee had the resident call local police. The police secured the vehicle. Later, the licensee recovered the vehicle. The locked camera storage/transportation container had not been disturbed.

"No Media attention noted.

"Notification Reporting Criteria: 10 CFR, Part 20.2201(a)(1)(ii)

"Isotope and Activity involved: Not yet known

"Overexposures? (number of workers/members of the public; dose estimate; body part receiving dose; consequence): None, N/A

"Lost, Stolen or Damaged? (mfg., model, serial number): Stolen (briefly), camera and source information is not yet known.

"Disposition/recovery: Recovered without additional incident.

"Leak test? Not yet known

"Vehicle: (description; placards; Shipper; package type; Pkg. ID number)
"The vehicle is a combination of pick-up truck with industrial trailer. The trailer serves as the darkroom and camera storage. No placards since package was a Yellow II. Type B package inside a convenience over-pack.

"Release of activity? None, N/A

"Event Report # WA-04-043"

* * * UPDATE VIA EMAIL 8/6/04, 1743 EDT SCROGGS TO GOTT * * *

"Status: Close (reported as new July 27, 2004)

"The licensee has provided the following additional information:

The camera, INC Model IR-100 device, Serial Number 4694, DU leak test on 26 January 2004, test was negative.

The source, Ir-192 (68 curies on 25 June 04), INC Model 32, Serial Number F959, sealed source leak test 11 May 2004, test was negative."

Notified R4DO (Runyan) and NMSS (Holonich).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40917
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PRIVATE RESIDENT
Region: 4
City: BROOMFIELD State: CO
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PHIL EGIDI
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 08/03/2004
Notification Time: 14:19 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2004
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

COLORADO AGREEMENT STATE NOTIFICATION OF URANIUM OXIDE FOUND IN PRIVATE RESIDENCE

"The Colorado Agreement State program was notified by a private resident who was cleaning out his late father's basement of the existence of an unknown yellow solid material that he believed was yellowcake. Staff members of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have confirmed that the material is 19 lbs of uranium oxide (yellowcake) in a private residence. The deceased owner of the home worked in the uranium industry many years ago. The material is containerized and the State is assisting the widow to make arrangements for sending it to a uranium mill."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40923
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PAVETEX ENGINEERING AND TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: DRIPPING SPRINGS State: TX
County:
License #: L05533-000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JIM OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 08/04/2004
Notification Time: 16:48 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2004
Event Time: 12:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (TAS)
CNSNS (MEXICO) ()

Event Text

TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT ON STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GUAGE

"The Radiation Safety Officer (R.S.O.), was returning to his office in a company pick-up truck Ford F250, without company markings, when he stopped at a McCoy's hardware store for a can of spray paint. He had a nuclear gauge, Troxler Model 3411B, Serial No. 10000, with two sealed radioactive sources: Cs137, Serial No. 40-7475, 8 millicuries; and Am-241/Be, Serial No. 46-1383, 40 millicuries, chained in the rear of the truck. When he returned to the truck he noticed that the gauge and case were missing from the truck bed. He states that the gauge, case and chain and lock are all missing. He reported the incident to the Hays County Sheriff's Department. A police report has been filed. A report was submitted to this Agency [Texas Department of Health] after normal duty hours by facsimile. A call to the Agency on August 4, 2004, confirmed receipt of the facsimile and reported the serial numbers of the radioactive sources.

"Event Location: Hardware store between Dripping Springs and Oak Hill (Austin) TX."

Texas Incident No. I-8147

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 40927
Facility: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
RX Type: ADVANCED FUEL R&D AND PILOT PLANTS
Comments: HOT CELL R&D
Region: 3
City: WEST JEFFERSON State: OH
County: MADISON
License #: SNM-7
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000008
NRC Notified By: JOE JACOBSEN
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 08/05/2004
Notification Time: 16:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/04/2004
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (NMSS)

Event Text

THE LICENSEE VIOLATED LICENSE CONDITION 10 CFR 20.1703(a)

On 08/04/04 @ 0900 CDT workers were assigned to perform activities in the High Energy Radiation Cell (HEC) were observed using their new style of powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) in a configuration that is not approved by the manufacturer. The assigned crew, two laborers and a HP Tech, were instructed to pull out of the HEC. The crew spent approximately 15 minutes in the HEC. During the initial fact finding assessment it became evident that the incorrect configuration PAPR was not only restricted to the observed use in the HEC, but had been used periodically for work previously at the facility over the last few months. Individuals were questioned on the performance of prerequisite inspections and checks of the PAPR unit. Individuals stated that they had performed the required face piece fit check (negative pressure method) and flow test of the unit prior to each use.

In this improper configuration, the individuals were using uncertified equipment, however, no over exposure is expected to the individuals.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40928
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE SCHMIDT
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/06/2004
Notification Time: 11:08 [ET]
Event Date: 08/06/2004
Event Time: 08:17 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONCERNING EMERGENCY RESPONSE MESSAGE NOT MARKED DRILL

"This is a notification made under 10CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) as a media sensitive event. At 0817 an inadvertent telephone communication to site ERO responders was made. The telephone notification erroneously reported that a security event had occurred at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant, that the ERO was being activated, and that responders were to report to the back up EOF. No security event has occurred at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant. Local media has been notified regarding the inadvertent notification and that no security event has occurred at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant. No news release is planned."

This erroneous notification occurred during a training exercise for Security Emergency Communicators. The notification that went out to ERO responders did not identify the message as a drill message.

Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, State and Local Emergency Response organizations and local governments.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40932
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KEVIN DAHM
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 08/08/2004
Notification Time: 22:15 [ET]
Event Date: 08/08/2004
Event Time: 22:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/08/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 99 Power Operation

Event Text

TECH SPEC SHUT DOWN DUE TO EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR FAILURE

"On August 2, 2004, at 0200, Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) 12 was removed from service for scheduled maintenance. During surveillance testing, the EDG scavenging air blower failed on this Fairbanks Morse diesel. Repairs will not be completed within the 7 day LCO, which expires at 0200 on August 9, 2004. A plant shutdown commenced at 2200 hours on August 8, 2004, per TS 3.8.1, Condition C.1."

The Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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