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Event Notification Report for April 20, 2005

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Event Reports For
04/19/2005 - 04/20/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41597 41598 41603 41611 41612 41616 41617

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41597
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: GENERALLY LICENSED DEVICE
Region: 3
City: MONROE State: WI
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PAUL CALEB
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 04/14/2005
Notification Time: 13:48 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 04/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN MADERA (R3)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

WISCONSIN AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS OF CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The following information was provided by the State via facsimile:

"Event description: On April 12, 2005, an employee of the St. Vincent de Paul Store in Monroe, Wisconsin dismantled a tritium exit sign thinking it was electrical and requiring repair. Unknown persons had dropped off the exit sign at the store. After dismantling the sign, the individual noticed the 'Caution Radioactive Material' label on the device. The individual wrapped the tubes containing the tritium in aluminum foil, and placed them in a cardboard box inside the facility. The device housing was placed in a scrap recycling bin. The individual initially contacted the NRC Operations Center for assistance. The information was subsequently relayed to the Wisconsin Radiation Protection Section by NRC Region III on April 13, 2005.

"The device was identified as an Everglow Safety Sign, Model. 713A, Serial No. 53886 containing 25 curies of tritium in 1987. The device may have been manufactured in New York.

"The state investigated on April. 13, 2005. The exit sign tubes were found to be intact. The manufacturer name on the tubes was Self-Powered Lighting, Inc. A local scrap dealer had picked up the device housing with other scrap from St. Vincent de Paul. Staff was unable to locate the device housing but discovered an additional, intact exit sign at a local scrap yard that receives scrap from the dealer. The second exit sign was manufactured by Self-Powered Lighting, Model # 710-A containing 25 curies of tritium. The WI Radiation Protection Section is attempting to locate the owner(s) of these exit signs. The exit sign and tubes have been removed from the public domain. Media attention: None"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41598
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ZIPPER ZEMAN ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: TACOMA State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I0507-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 04/14/2005
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 04/13/2005
Event Time: 10:45 [PST]
Last Update Date: 04/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)
CANADA (FAX) ()
TAS ()

Event Text

WASHINGTON AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GUAGE

The following information was provided by the State via email:

"As reported by the licensee's RSO, the event occurred on 4/13/05, between 9:00am and 10:45am. A CPN Model MC-3, portable moisture/density gauge, serial number M36127293, was stolen from an employee's personal vehicle, parked in the lot of the licensee's office. The car was locked and the gauge was hidden from view beneath the interior hatch cover. However, the gauge was not secured within the car by use of a second, independent security method. The passenger side window was broken; the gauge and a tool box were the only items stolen. The car was apparently parked beside bushes in the parking lot, screening the passenger side of the car from view. The Police (Case Number 051030408), a CPN Representative, and our office were notified soon after the break-in was noticed.

"No on-site investigation is planned. No media attention was noted. Isotope and Activity involved: 370 MBq (10 mCi) Cs-137 & 1850 MBq (50 mCi) Am-241/Be"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41603
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: ALBUS-KEEFE & ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: LAKE ELSINORE State: CA
County:
License #: 6756-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DELL AQUINO
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 04/15/2005
Notification Time: 12:11 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2005
Event Time: 08:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 04/15/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
MEXICO CNSNS ()
TAS ()

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided by the State via facsimile:

"On 4/12/05 at about 8:30 am, the RSO [Name Deleted] of Albus-Keefe & Associates, Inc., reported that a Campbell nuclear gauge (Model MC3, S/N M340907583) was stolen from a pickup truck parked at Circle K Store in Lake Elsinore, CA at about 7:00 am. The gauge was in its transportation case, which was chained to the floor of the truck. The chain was cut and the gauge and its transportation case were stolen. According to [the RSO], the local Sheriffs Department was notified. A newspaper ad will be placed as soon as possible offering a reward for the return of the gauge."

* * * UPDATE FROM STATE (D. AQUINO) TO M. RIPLEY 1840 EDT 04/15/05 * * *

The State received a call from the gauge manufacturer (Campbell-Pacific Nuclear of California) that a citizen brought in the gauge to them and was claiming the reward for its return. The manufacturer stated that the gauge appeared intact and will be performing leak testing and other tests prior to returning the gauge to the licensee. The licensee RSO also contacted the State, confirming that the gauge was in fact the one stolen.

Notified R4 DO (R. Nease), NMSS EO (S. Flanders), TAS and Mexico CNSNS (via fax)

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41611
Rep Org: NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY DIAGNOSTICS
Licensee: NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY DIAGNOSTICS
Region: 1
City: EDISON State: NJ
County:
License #: 293101701
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BOB TOKARZ
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 04/19/2005
Notification Time: 12:52 [ET]
Event Date: 04/13/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 04/19/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)
J. LAPODI - NJ STATE ()
TAS (EMAIL) ()

Event Text

RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL INADVERTANTLY PUT INTO NORMAL TRASH

On 4/15/05, the licensee discovered that two vial sources were missing. Upon investigation, it was determined that the vials were inadvertently put into the normal trash dumpster on 04/13/05. One vial contains 134 microCuries Cs-137 and the other contains 74 microCuries Ba-133 (both activities as of 04/15/05). The vials were described as approximately 2-inches in height and 1-inch in diameter. The licensee believes that the vials were not labeled.

The licensee notified the trash pickup company (Midco) and is currently waiting for a return call.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41612
Rep Org: DIANON SYSTEMS
Licensee: DIANON SYSTEMS
Region: 1
City: STRATFORD State: CT
County:
License #: 06-23655-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SCOTT GARBATI
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/19/2005
Notification Time: 13:45 [ET]
Event Date: 04/13/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 04/19/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)

Event Text

RECEIPT OF TWO UNIDENTIFIED RADIOACTIVE SOURCES WITHOUT DOCUMENTATION

Dianon Systems is a diagnostic laboratory licensed by the NRC to handle P-32 and I-125. On April 13, 2005, Dianon received a shipment of two radioactive sources without any information as to what the sources were, their strength (i.e., radioactivity), or what diagnostics where to be performed. Dianon immediately contacted the originator of the shipment, a doctor out of Brooklyn, NY. The doctor was not willing to provide any information on the sources other than to say that the sources were "6 months old, safe, and no threat." Dianon surveyed the sources and found that they were still radioactive, however, the caller was unable to provide a meaningful millirem/distance reading.

Dianon has safely secured the sources in lead shielding and is uncertain on how to proceed in resolving disposition of the sources.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41616
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE SAUER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/19/2005
Notification Time: 21:59 [ET]
Event Date: 04/19/2005
Event Time: 20:52 [EST]
Last Update Date: 04/19/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 78 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICIATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN RELATED TO PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAKAGE

The licensee "entered technical specification limiting condition for operation 3.0.3 due to pressure boundary leakage on a 3/4 inch pipe on the piping for the boron injection tank. As a result of this, both trains of high head injection [have been declared] inoperable. Unit shutdown began at 2105 [EDT]. All other safety systems are operable. Current plans are to take the plant to mode 4 and isolate and replace the affected piping. The current leakage is 780 cc/hr."

The licensee discovered the leakage during operator rounds at approximately 0500 EDT. Technical Specification 3.0.3 was entered at 2052 EDT. Power reduction is currently in progress. The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector and Lower Alloways Creek Township.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41617
Facility: WATERFORD
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] CE
NRC Notified By: RONALD L. WILLIAMS
HQ OPS Officer: WESLEY HELD
Notification Date: 04/19/2005
Notification Time: 22:15 [ET]
Event Date: 04/19/2005
Event Time: 16:51 [CST]
Last Update Date: 04/19/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

DEGRADED CONDITION FOUND AT WATERFORD UNIT 3

"Waterford Unit 3 shutdown on 4/17/2005 at approximately 0047 hrs to begin refueling outage 13. During performance of the Alloy 600 Program pressurizer "bare metal" inspection, a small amount of boric acid was discovered in the annulus around Pressurizer heater sleeves C4 and D2. Entergy had already planned to weld repair/replace the Alloy 600 pressurizer sleeves and remaining Alloy 600 small bore instrument penetrations using Alloy 690 materials during this refueling outage.

"This condition constitutes a degradation of the RCS Pressure Boundary and is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) with a required followup written Licensee Event Report in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(ii)(A)."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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