United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
Home > NRC Library > Document Collections > Reports Associated with Events > Event Notification Reports > 2004 > October 8

Event Notification Report for October 8, 2004

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
10/07/2004 - 10/08/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41087 41088 41091 41098 41100 41101 41102

To top of page
General Information or Other Event Number: 41087
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: MOUNTAIN VIEW HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: Payson State: UT
County:
License #: UT 2500098
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JULIE R. FELICE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/04/2004
Notification Time: 14:25 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2004
Event Time: 07:30 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM THE STATE OF UTAH

"The licensee's technologist accidentally administered a 400 mCi bulk dose of Tc-99m (sodium pertecthnetate) instead of 4 mCi of Cardiolite. The licensee took a number of steps to protect the patient. They administered a thyroid blocker, and they administered IV fluids and oral fluids to the patient to help flush the Tc-99m. According to the licensee's consultant, the patient received an 80 rad dose to the GI tract.

"The Utah Division of Radiation Control was notified by the licensee on Friday, October 1, 2004, at approximately 10:18 a.m. MST.

"The licensee notified the following: The patient, the referring physician, the Radiation Safety Officer, the Authorized User on site, the nuclear pharmacy, and a consultant."

Utah Report ID No: UT-04-003

To top of page
General Information or Other Event Number: 41088
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GEOSCIENCE ENG. & TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L05180-000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES H. OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/04/2004
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 09/29/2004
Event Time: 12:15 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS: STOLEN AND RECOVERED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE.


"Shortly after noon on September 29, 2004, the Agency was notified by the Harris County Hazmat Team of a contaminated 55-gallon drum/Pig that had been 'spilled' on the side of the road by a Bank building several blocks from the city police station. (Deleted) and (deleted) noted the radiation markings and loaded the device into their Ford F150 truck, Texas License Plate # (Deleted). They transported the device to the Humble Police Department for assistance. Upon arrival, the Humble Police requested assistance from the Harris County Hazmat Team. Due to radiation markings on the container the Hazmat Team took readings on the container. The container was examined by two technicians dressed out in protective clothing and SCBA. When reported to this Agency there was some confusion in the initial readings obtained by the Hazmat Team. The reported level initially reported was 70 R/hr. Two Department of State Health Service's Radioactive material inspectors were dispatched to assist in the identification of the device. The bright yellow box with embossed lettering 'TROXLER' immediately identified the device as a Troxler moisture density gauge. The shipping container appeared to have a broken hinge. Initial confirmatory readings on the case indicated 1.5 millirem on the sides of the case and 9 millirem on the top of the package. Upon opening the case the gauge appeared to be intact. A brief search of the case located a calibration sheet from Texas Licensee (L02243-000) Component Sales and Services. The gauge was transported to the Regional Headquarters. After determining that the gauge was a Troxler 3430, Serial Number 23700, with two seal sources - Cs-137, Serial No 75-5786 and Am-241/Be, Serial No 47 19622.

The gauge was initially reported by Troxler as belonging to the New Hampshire Department of Health. However, a later check with Component Sales and Services indicated that the gauge belonged to Texas Licensee - L05180-000, GeoScience Engineering and Testing, Inc. The Licensee was contacted and arrangements were made to pickup the gauge on September 30, 2004. During return of the gauge, the Licensee verbally reported that the gauge had been stolen while the gauge operator stopped at a Subway sandwich shop near Houston Intercontinental Airport."


Texas Incident No. I-8170

To top of page
General Information or Other Event Number: 41091
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: TEICHERT CONSTRUCTION
Region: 4
City: TRACEY State: CA
County:
License #: 4030
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ED GLOOR
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/04/2004
Notification Time: 18:16 [ET]
Event Date: 10/02/2004
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
M. WAYNE HODGES (NMSS)
MEXICO (via fax) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The State of CA was notified at 0830 hrs [PDT] on 10/04/04 of a reported stolen Troxler 3241C 100 microCuries Am 241/Be gauge, SN # 1537. The theft occurred from a construction jobsite over the weekend. Bolt cutters were used in the theft. Local police have been notified and a cash reward is being offered.

NMED # XCA598.

To top of page
!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41098
Rep Org: US AIR FORCE
Licensee: US AIR FORCE
Region: 1
City: WASHINGTON State: DC
County:
License #: 42-23539-01AF
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MAJOR REFOSCO
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 10/06/2004
Notification Time: 16:18 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2004
Event Time: 15:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
RICHARD BARKLEY (R1)
PATRICK LOUDEN (R3)
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

MISSING POLONIUM SOURCE

At 1520 ET on 10/06/04, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC was notified that a 0.5 milliCurie Po-210 source was missing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. No other details were available at this time.

* * * RETRACTION FROM MAJOR REFOSCO TO W. GOTT AT 0922 ON 10/07/04 * * *

"Upon clarification of reporting requirements with NRC Region IV, this event is subject to 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(1)(ii) and must be reported within 30-days if the source is not found." The original report was based on the original activity of 0.5 milliCuries, whereas the current activity is 2.8 microCuries and is less than the immediately reportable activity.

Notified NMSS (J Hickey), R4DO (R Bywater), and R3DO (Louden)


To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 41100
Facility: WOLF CREEK
Region: 4 State: KS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CHARLES SIBLEY
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 10/07/2004
Notification Time: 15:03 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2004
Event Time: 11:48 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO MAIN TURBINE TRIP

"At 1148 CDT on 10-7-2004, Wolf Creek Generating Station experienced on automatic reactor trip as a result of a turbine trip. Initial indications are that the trip was associated with a lightning strike in the switchyard.

"All control rods fully inserted. The 'A' train of the Residual Heat Removal system and the 'A' train Class IE Safety Related Switchgear Air Conditioning Unit were out of service for scheduled maintenance at the time of this event. All other safety related equipment operated as expected. The Auxiliary Feedwater system actuated as designed.

"The plant is currently stable in Mode 3 at Normal Operating Temperature and Pressure while plant personnel investigate the cause of the reactor trip and formulate the repair and restart plan.

"The NRC Senior Resident inspector has been informed. A news statement relative to this event is planned."

Secondary atmospheric relief valves lifted and reseated as a result of the trip, however there was no release to the environment. Decay heat is being removed via the steam dumps. The electrical grid is stable.

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 41101
Facility: MAINE YANKEE
Region: 1 State: ME
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: DOUG KINNEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/07/2004
Notification Time: 15:29 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2004
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RICHARD BARKLEY (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Decommissioned 0 Decommissioned

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO AN UNSCHEDULED RELEASE

The licensee provided the following information via facsimile:

"[The] Maine Emergency Management Agency [was notified] of an unscheduled release that occurred during the 24 hour period ending at midnight on Thursday, 10/07/04. Maine Yankee identified a minor release of 3.18 E-6 Curies of liquid from the site. This release exceeded the value projected for this period and is therefore classified as unscheduled. The total liquid release resulted in a minor exposure value of 2.21 E-5 millirem.

"The cause of the release resulted from groundwater intrusion of the outfall piping during soil remediation and failure of the clay barrier that was installed. [The] release occurred from 9/30/04 until 10/6/04. The outfall piping is being removed and the area backfilled to eliminate liquid releases via this pathway."

The licensee stated that the radionuclides involved were Cesium-137, Bismuth-214, and Lead-214.

The licensee has notified the NRC Region 1 (Roberts).

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 41102
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [ ] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: CHUCK MASON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/07/2004
Notification Time: 20:24 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2004
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
CHARLES R. OGLE (R2)

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

Event Text

SINGLE POINT VULNERABILITY IN EMERGENCY CONTAINMENT FILTER DOUSING SYSTEM

"A single point vulnerability has been identified in the dousing system for the Emergency Containment Filter (ECF) System that could have resulted in dousing all filter units with borated water during an accident. Inadvertent dousing of the filters could adversely impact the methyl-iodide removal efficiency of the ECFs assumed in the plant safety analyses.

"This condition applies to both Turkey Point units. However, it is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72 only with respect to Unit 4 since Unit 4 is currently in operation while Unit 3 is in a refueling outage.

"The design deficiency has been evaluated in accordance with NRC Generic Letter 91-18. The ECFs have been determined to be operable but nonconforming and reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C)and (D).

"A design change is being prepared to correct the vulnerability on both units."

The licensee has notified the NRC resident inspector.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, March 30, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012