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Event Notification Report for March 15, 2005

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41474 41478 41481 41488 41489 41492

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41474
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee:
Region: 4
City: SEQUIN State: TX
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN VERSER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 03/09/2005
Notification Time: 11:18 [ET]
Event Date: 11/30/2004
Event Time: 10:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE - RECOVERED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services [DSHS]:

At approximately 10:00 am, November 30, 2004 a tractor-trailer alarmed radiation monitors with a load of scrap steel at Commercial Metals Austin [CMC - Austin] scrap yard. Earth Tech, Inc. in San Antonio was notified by ThermoMeasuretech for help with a possible source. Commercial Metals confirmed the load triggered a scale-mounted radiation detector at SMI- Texas, Sequin, TX and the [CMC - Austin] driver had returned the load to Commercial Metals-Austin.

Earth Tech contacted [CMC - Austin] warehouse manager and noted that he had indeed isolated the source from the load and that he had roped off a 2 mR/hr barrier around the affected area. He stated that he needed additional instrumentation as his Ludlum model 19 was reading off-scale.

Personnel from the Earth Tech office in San Antonio were deployed with a SAMS unit and a Ludlum model 9. They arrived at [CMC - Austin] at 1:30 pm. Searching through a small amount of soil, an actual source was revealed. The source was found to be a metallic foil disk approximately 1.5 cm. in diameter. The source emissions were found to be nonisotropic, reading high levels on one side and low levels on the other. Once the source was identified and separated from the soil, the SAMS was utilized to identify the radioisotope. The SAMS identified two low-energy photo peaks and identified the source as cadmium-109. However, the spectrum showed an unusually large amount of high-end tailing with a continuum shape similar to that found from sources of high-energy x-rays. The source was shielded and transported to ThermoMeasuretech for further investigation. It was initially presumed the source was possibly an activated foil.

DSHS records for this incident showed the source was 120 microCuries of Cd-109. When CMC was called on 3/8/05 to follow up on the incident, they stated that the source had been later identified as 1 milliCurie of Sr-90. This amount of Sr-90 required immediate notification.

Texas Incident No. I-8187

Due to personnel changes at the Texas Department of State Health Services and Commercial Metals in late 2004, the initial report to the NRC was delayed.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41478
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: TULANE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: NEW ORLEANS State: LA
County:
License #: LA-004-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 03/10/2005
Notification Time: 10:18 [ET]
Event Date: 01/26/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
LAWRENCE KOKAJKO (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL EVENT

The following information was provided by the licensee to the State of Louisiana (licensee text in quotes):

"The following incident took place on 1/26/05 in the Tulane Hospital/Clinic Nuclear Medicine area.

" A patient was to be administered 5[milliCuries] of I-131 for a total body scan in order to look for thyroid metastases. Due to an error in transcription of the order, a student technologist injected a 27 [millicuries] Tc-99m MDP bone scan. The resulting Effective Dose Equivalents were 0.675 rad to the bone and 0.189 rad to the total body.

"The patient was notified of the error and the correct radiopharmaceutical later administered. The senior technologist was reprimanded by the Radiology Department Head for not properly supervising the procedure."

The physician was notified.

The State of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be conducting their own investigation.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41481
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: F.R. ALEMAN & ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: MIAMI State: FL
County:
License #: 2637-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID FERGUSON
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 03/10/2005
Notification Time: 19:06 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2005
Event Time: 16:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MOHAMED SHANBAKY (R1)
LAWRENCE KOKAJKO (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER GUAGE

The licensee had a Troxler gauge model 3400 serial # 31101 with 8 millicuries Cs - 137 and 40 millicuries Am - 241:Be stolen from their storage building on their parking lot in Miami. The theft was considered a general burglary and was given a Miami Dade police report number of 7088G-D. No reward notice has yet been made.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41488
Rep Org: DC DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Licensee: DC DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 1
City: WASHINGTON State: DC
County:
License #: 082355701L
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LAWRENCE CHUNG
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 03/14/2005
Notification Time: 13:13 [ET]
Event Date: 03/01/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)
TAS ()

Event Text

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REPORTED A TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE WAS FOUND MISSING DURING INVENTORY

The licensee reported that during inventory an old (20 years old) Troxler gauge model 3411-B serial # 7520 was found missing from its case which was stored in the storage area at their office. This gauge had not been used for a number of years since it was broken. It contains 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241-Be. The last inventory was 12/06/04 and at that time it is believed the device was in the case, but they are not sure the case was opened to verify. They are continuing the search and have reported it to the DC Police Dept (report # 029650).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41489
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JEFF ERDMANN
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 03/14/2005
Notification Time: 13:38 [ET]
Event Date: 03/14/2005
Event Time: 10:17 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE SPILL

The following information was obtained from the licensee via facsimile (licensee text in quotes):

"This is a 4-hour notification to report a sodium hypochlorite spill from a pipe flange elbow on the permanent sodium hypochlorite tank to the ground at Salem generating station. The spill was over an excavation trench that was filled with rain water. The trench was being pumped to the nearest manhole. Maintenance personnel noticed a 2 drops per second sodium hypochlorite leak from the elbow. The operations shift manager made a 15-minute report to the State of New Jersey to report the spill. The sodium hypochlorite tank was out of service at the time undergoing corrective maintenance. The spill has been contained. Chemistry samples are being taken to determine if any reportable quantities were pumped to the nearest manhole. There was no effect on plant operation since the tank was out of service. Actions include follow up samples and if necessary remediation of the ground soil. There was no one injured during the event."

The licensee notified State and local authorities and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41492
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: CLAY WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 03/14/2005
Notification Time: 19:37 [ET]
Event Date: 03/14/2005
Event Time: 11:25 [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
TOM FARNHOLTZ (R4)

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

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT

A non-licensed employee was determined to be under the influence of illegal drugs during a random test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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