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Event Notification Report for August 31, 2004

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Event Reports For
08/30/2004 - 08/31/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40398 40986 40987 40988 40996 40997 40998 40999

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40398
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: NINYO & MOORE
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: 07-460
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM WRIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: ERIC THOMAS
Notification Date: 12/17/2003
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 12/17/2003
Event Time: 12:30 [MST]
Last Update Date: 08/30/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PHIL HARRELL (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
VICTOR GONZALEZ (MEX)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

On 12/16/03 at approximately 1230 MST, a soil moisture density gauge was stolen from the rear of a technician's pickup truck while he was stopped for lunch at 23rd Street and Indian School. The gauge was contained in a yellow transport case and is a Troxler Model 3430, Serial Number 33308. The gauge contains approximately 10 millicuries of Cesium-137, and 40 millicuries of Americium-241. The theft of the gauge was reported to the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency at approximately 1325 MST.

The licensee issued a press release offering a $500.00 reward for the recovery of the gauge.

The Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency and the licensee will continue to investigate this occurrence and report further.

The FBI, States of CA, NV, NM, CO, and the country of Mexico are being notified of this event.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED VIA FAX BY A. GODWIN TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1405 EDT ON 08/30/04 * * *

"After working hours on 08/27/04, the [Arizona Radiation Regulatory] Agency was notified by the licensee, that a non-employee had contacted them and returned the missing Troxler Model 3430 gauge.

"The FBI, States of CA, NV, NM, CO and the country of Mexico are being notified of the recovery.

Notified R4DO (Jones), NMSS (Brach), and Mexico (V. Gonzalez).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40986
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: AEA TECHNOLOGY QSA INC
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 12-8361
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSH DAEHLER
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 08/26/2004
Notification Time: 11:21 [ET]
Event Date: 08/20/2004
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/26/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
ERIC DUNCAN (R3)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

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AEA TECHNOLOGY REPORTED RECEIVING A LEAKING SOURCE FROM ONE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS

AEA reports that an AEA Model PDM.1002.Hn Series static eliminator device, containing approximately 3 millicuries of polonium-210 was returned from a customer and found to be leaking. A wipe survey of the NRD, Inc. Model P-001 foil sealed source contained in the device measured 0.008 microcuries of polonium-210. Wipe survey of the outside package detected no contamination. The device was received from AEA's customer, Hank Graff Chevrolet in Davidson, MI. on August 19, 2004. AEA contacted the sealed source manufacturer, NRD, Inc.

AEA Technology QSA, Inc. (AEA) sealed the source in a plastic bag and the immediate area was checked for further contamination. No contamination other than what was on the source was found. AEA contacted the source manufacturer, NRD, Inc. An investigation is pending. The Agency will notify the U.S. NRC and the State of New York as applicable to the device customer site and source manufacturer site jurisdiction.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40987
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: TULANE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: NEW ORLEANS State: LA
County:
License #: LA-0004-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BLACKWELL
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 08/26/2004
Notification Time: 15:20 [ET]
Event Date: 04/20/2004
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/26/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - INCORRECT MEDICAL TREATMENT SITE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"The incident occurred on April 20, 2004 at the Tulane Cancer Center. The patient was being treated for cervical cancer. The Nucletron Source Position Simulator had previously been repaired by the service technician by providing a replacement screw. During measurement of correct catheter position with the device, the simulator cable became stuck resulting in underestimation of the required distance. This erroneous number was entered into the Nucletron HDR unit. The 9050 milliCurie source of Ir-192 did not extend to the desired location but remained outside the patient for approximately 2 minutes at 2.6 centimeters from the skin. The dose estimate for this was 270 R. The patient was notified and the treatment plan modified. As of July 21, 2004 there is no effect on the patient. To prevent reoccurrence the procedure was modified to test for looseness in the Source Position Simulator prior to use."

Louisiana Report # LA040007

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40988
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SHIP SYSTEMS
Region: 4
City: AVONDALE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-0711-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BLACKWELL
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 08/26/2004
Notification Time: 15:28 [ET]
Event Date: 07/21/2004
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/26/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST OR STOLEN GAUGE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"On July 21, 2004 a Niton Analyzer with serial number 6067 with 40 milliCuries of Fe-55 and 30 milliCuries of Am-241 came up missing. The security department was notified immediately. Every effort was made to locate the analyzer but it could not be found. Signs were posted at all clock stations and exit gates. Security also checked the employees when they were leaving the yard."

Louisiana Report # LA040008

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40996
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ART BREADY
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 08/30/2004
Notification Time: 02:54 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2004
Event Time: 19:28 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/30/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

ALARM INDICATION OF INOPERABLE REACTOR WATER CLEANUP SUPPLY ISOLATION VALVE

"On 08/29/04 at 1928 hours [EDT], an alarm was received in the control room indicating the reactor water cleanup (RWCU) high differential flow isolation channel for the outboard RWCU supply isolation valve was inoperable. At the time, the channel functional test for the inboard RWCU high differential flow isolation channel was being performed. During the channel functional test, power to the inboard isolation valve is removed to permit continued RWCU system operation while the isolation function is tested. With the outboard isolation actuation instrumentation channel inoperable and the inboard isolation valve deenergized, in the event of a break in the RWCU system, the required isolation function may not be completed.

"This event is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) as a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function.

"In accordance with Technical Specification requirements, the RWCU system was removed from service and the inboard and outboard supply Isolation valves were closed."

There is no immediate impact on water chemistry and the licensee is investigating the cause of the original failure as well as possible long term degradation of the reactor water chemistry.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the local township authorities of this incident.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40997
Rep Org: ATLANTIC GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES
Licensee: ATLANTIC GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES
Region: 1
City: ASHLAND State: VA
County:
License #: 45-25191-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: EDITH POPP
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 08/30/2004
Notification Time: 07:35 [ET]
Event Date: 08/30/2004
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/30/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (TAS)

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

Licensee technician reported to Richland, VA police that his vehicle (SUV) was stolen from his home possibly early this morning and that a Troxler gauge model 3430 (S/N 30179) was stored in the vehicle. The gauge was double locked in its casing and contains a Cesium 137 source (S/N 750-1869, current activity 7.4 millicuries) and a Americium 241:Beryllium source (S/N 47-271-56, current activity 39.7 millicuries). The licensee is contacting the Richland police once again to raise their awareness that this gauge contains radioactive materials.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 40998
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: DON SHEEHAN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/30/2004
Notification Time: 11:42 [ET]
Event Date: 08/30/2004
Event Time: 08:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/31/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

UNIT 1 MANUALLY SCRAMMED DUE TO OSCILLATING REACTOR VESSEL WATER LEVEL

"Nine Mile Point, Unit One is initiating a 10 CFR 50.72 (b) (2) (iv) (B) 4-Hour Non-Emergency notification based upon insertion of a 'MANUAL' scram that occurred at 08:35 on Monday, August 30, 2004.

"At time of transient, plant was operating in Mode 1, Power Operating Condition, at 99.7% of rated power.

"At 08:25 on Monday, August 30, 2004, Operators noted oscillations on 13 Feedwater flow control valve (FCV) while in 'AUTOMATIC' mode of operation (normal mode of operation for this equipment). Operators took "MANUAL" control of 13 FCV per Plant Operating Procedures. 13 FCV oscillations continued while in the 'MANUAL' mode, and a decision was made to insert a 'MANUAL' scram at 08:35. All control rods fully inserted and the plant responded as designed to the scram.

"At 08:44, the scram signal was reset per procedure.

"Currently, plant is in Mode 2, Hot Shutdown Condition with cooldown in progress. Plant is transitioning to Mode 3, Cold Shutdown Condition, per Plant Operating Procedures."

At the time the manual scram was inserted, Reactor Vessel Water Level (RVWL) was 67 inches and decreasing (automatic scram setpoint is 53 inches). The 13 FCV is on the discharge of the turbine-driven feedwater pump. Decay heat is currently being removed by the main condenser via the steam bypass valves. All ECCS and safety-related equipment is available, if needed. At the time of the transient there was no plant maintenance on-going which could have been a contributing factor.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 8/30/04 AT 2358 EDT FROM M. MINNICK TO J. ROTTON * * *

"The notification sent to the NRC on 8/30/04 at 11:42 was found to be incomplete. As a normal and expected response to a manual scram at high power, the High Pressure Coolant Injection System (feedwater) automatically initiated during the transient following the manual scram. This should have been reported as an 8 hour Non-Emergency 10CFR50. 72 (b) (3) (iv) (A) notification."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (Henderson).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40999
Rep Org: US ENGINEERING LAB
Licensee: US ENGINEERING LAB
Region: 1
City: ELIZABETH State: NJ
County:
License #: 29-30107-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD HANVEY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 08/30/2004
Notification Time: 12:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/29/2004
Event Time: 07:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/30/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (TAS)

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler moisture density gauge Model # 3411, Serial # 7142 containing 10 millicuries Cs-137 and 50 millicuries Am-241:Be was stolen when the automobile that is was stored in was stolen. The gauge was locked inside its case in the trunk of the automobile at the time of the theft. The licensee has notified the local police department.

* * * UPDATE 1830 EDT ON 8/30/04 FROM BILL CSASZAR (NJ DEP) TO S. SANDIN * * *

The stolen vehicle was recovered in Irvington, NJ. HAZMAT and the bomb squad on on-scene with plans to x-ray the transport container that has the Troxler gauge inside as a precautionary measure. Notified R1DO(Henderson), NMSS(Brach) and TAS(Whitney).

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