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Event Notification Report for September 23, 2004

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Event Reports For
09/22/2004 - 09/23/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41057 41058 41061 41062 41064

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41057
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CORZO CASTELLA CARBALLO THOMPSON SALMA P.A.
Region: 1
City: FT. LAUDERDALE State: FL
County:
License #: # 2620-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/20/2004
Notification Time: 09:45 [ET]
Event Date: 09/20/2004
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/20/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1)
PSYK-GERSEY (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN SOIL MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via e-mail.

The theft occurred at a temporary job site. The shipping container for the moisture density gauge was found to have the hasp pried off and the case and gauge stolen. The gauge was last seen at close of business on September 17, 2004, and discovered stolen on September 20, 2004. The keys were not taken. The police have been notified. The owner is considering offering a reward. The State of Florida is investigating.

The moisture density gauge was a Troxler Model 3440 (serial #25279).
Source activity is listed at 8 millicuries Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries Americium-241.

The Florida Bureau of Radiation Control and the State Warning Point were notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41058
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: CONSTRUCTION TESTING AND ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: ESCONDIDO - SIMI VALLEY State: CA
County:
License #: CA 5309
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Robert Greger
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/20/2004
Notification Time: 14:42 [ET]
Event Date: 09/20/2004
Event Time: 08:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/20/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)
MEXICO VIA FAX (CNSN)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF THEFT OF FOUR MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGES

The following information was provided by the State of California Department of Health Services via e-mail:

"Four nuclear moisture density gauges were stolen from a locked construction trailer near Simi Valley (Ventura County, CA) over the weekend of 9/18-19/04. In addition to the gauges, the thieves stole other equipment in the trailer belonging to the licensee (Construction Testing and Engineering) as well as construction equipment from a number of other contractor trailers at the construction site. Two of the nuclear gauges were Campbell Pacific Nuclear model MC3 (serial numbers # M390104780 and # M300105431), one was a Troxler model 3440 (serial # T34417651), and the fourth was a Troxler model 3411B (serial # T3414200). Each gauge contained small quantities of the radioactive materials cesium-137 and americium-241. While it is possible to utilize radioactive materials from a large number of such gauges to make a terrorist radioactive dispersion device (RDD), this theft does not appear to have targeted the nuclear gauges, but rather to have included the nuclear gauges in a theft motivated by the resale potential of the general construction materials that were taken. The thefts are being investigated by the Simi Valley police, who reported that there have been a number of such thefts of construction equipment that have occurred in the area, and it is possible that the equipment is resold in Mexico.

"DHS/RHB [Department of Health Services Radiological Health Branch] inspected this facility within the last few weeks, and did not identify any significant security issues related to the storage of the nuclear gauges at this site. The theft was reported to the federal government (Nuclear Regulatory Commission), who reviews such reports for possible national trends. Because of the possibility that the stolen materials may be resold in Mexico, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was requested to notify Mexican radiological authorities of the theft."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41061
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: ERICK MATZKE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/22/2004
Notification Time: 13:01 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2004
Event Time: 10:01 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JOHNSON (R4)

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

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT

A licensed employee was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41062
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: DOUG SMITH
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/22/2004
Notification Time: 13:09 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2004
Event Time: 09:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ANNE MARIE STONE (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

EMERGENCY SIRENS INADVERTENTLY ACTIVATED

The following information was obtained from the licensee via facsimile:

"At approximately 0900 CDT on September 22, 2004, the Goodhue County sheriff's office inadvertently activated the Goodhue County sirens during the conduct of their weekly silent siren test. As a result of the inadvertent siren actuation, Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant communicated with the Goodhue County Administrator and the City of Red Wing Mayor's office, as well as a Prairie Island Indian Community representative. No press release is planned. The NRC senior resident inspector was notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41064
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM SPEICHER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/22/2004
Notification Time: 17:14 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2004
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MARK LESSER (R2)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

The following information was obtained by the licensee via facsimile:

"Off-site notification to Miami-Dade County Environmental Resource Management was made at 1600 EDT 9/22/2004 for an oil spill and fire at the adjacent fossil Unit 2. The fire was extinguished by fossil plant personnel."

The ignition source for the fire is unknown. The oil spill was in the fossil feed pump area.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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