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Event Notification Report for November 12, 2004

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


41182 41190 41191

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41182
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Region: 4
City: SEATTLE State: WA
County:
License #: WN-C001-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN C. SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 11/09/2004
Notification Time: 11:10 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2004
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT LOSS OF IODINE-125 CALIBRATION SEEDS

"On Monday morning, 8 November 2004, the licensee reported a loss of 16 Iodine-125 calibration seeds, Amersham Model 6711, total of 193 mega Becquerel (5.216 mCi), packaged in 2 vials. The vials contained 6 and 10 seeds respectively. Each vial was inside a lead shield.

"The missing calibration seeds had been received on 5 November. They arrived in the same package as medical therapy seeds. The licensee's medical physicist removed the therapy seeds and placed them into secured storage assuming that the calibration and therapy seeds were all contained in the vials the physicist was removing. However, the calibration seeds were reported by the vendor to have been in additional vials associated with the foam packing material. The cardboard package and packing foam is routinely sent to the licensee's recycle center once the licensed material has been removed. This probably happened (including the calibration seeds) some time shortly after the physicist opened the package on 5 November.

"On 8 November, the medical physicist realized the calibration seeds were not with the therapy seeds. The physicist reported their loss to the licensee's Radiation Safety Officer. Licensee staff surveyed the receipt area, the recycle center as well as the corridors connecting the areas and other likely spots. The lost material has not been located. The waste material had apparently been removed from the facility on 7 November. It is likely the lost material went to the landfill on 7 November. The licensee is still investigating. The licensee will send the department a formal report when their investigation is complete.

"Contributing factor: The licensee failed to perform an acceptable package receipt survey.
"Corrective actions: Will be addressed during the department's investigation.

"No media contact: None yet. "

WA Event Report # WA-04-066

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41190
Rep Org: GREEN BAY PACKAGING COMPANY
Licensee: GREEN BAY PACKAGING COMPANY
Region: 1
City: WINCHESTER State: VA
County:
License #: 48-24598-01
Agreement: N
Docket: 30-29010
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL DICKEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/11/2004
Notification Time: 09:26 [ET]
Event Date: 11/11/2004
Event Time: 06:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/11/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (NMSS)

Event Text

STUCK OPEN SHUTTER ON PAPER THICKNESS RADIATION GAUGE

The licensee's RSO reported an OHMART OD-120 paper thickness measuring gauge malfunction that resulted in the gauge shutter remaining open. The gauge contains a 300 millicurie Krypton-85 source. The RSO has cordoned off the area around the gauge and contacted a repair contractor. The measured radiation level was 1.6 millirem per hour at a distance of 1 foot from the gauge. The RSO stated the gauge is routinely serviced and maintained. The last time the gauge experienced a problem with the shutter was May 13, 1999 (due to a screw jam).

The RSO was uncertain as to the specific CFR reporting criteria but during discussions with the RSO he concluded that that 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2) is likely to be the applicable CFR reporting requirement.

The RSO also planned to notify the Virginia Department of Health Radiological Health Program.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41191
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KEITH DUNCAN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 11/11/2004
Notification Time: 09:36 [ET]
Event Date: 11/11/2004
Event Time: 04:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/11/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (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

EMERGENCY OFFSITE FACILITY DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE TO VENTILATION FAILURE

"On 11/11/04 at 04:10 [CST] the Callaway Plant declared the Emergency Offsite Facility (EOF) Inoperable due to the ventilation system would not operate in the Filtration Mode. This was discovered during a normally scheduled preventive maintenance (PM) performed every two months. The Ventilation system was being placed in the Filtration Mode and a required damper (D-3) did not open.

"The Backup Emergency Offsite Facility (EOF) is still available to support the Emergency Plan."

The licensee in completing repairs on Damper D-3 prior to completing the ventilation system test.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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