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Event Notification Report for May 18, 2005

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Event Reports For
05/17/2005 - 05/18/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41694 41695 41696 41699 41702 41703 41705

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41694
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICE INDUSTRIES, INC.
Region: 1
City: SPARTANBURG State: SC
County:
License #: 090
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JIM PETERSON
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/12/2005
Notification Time: 14:54 [ET]
Event Date: 05/12/2005
Event Time: 07:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/12/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN KINNEMAN (R1)
RICHARD CORREIA (NMSS)
TAS ()

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AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified on May 12, 2005, by the Corporate RSO of PSI [Professional Service Industries, Inc.] that a portable gauging device had been stolen from the back of a pick-up truck at the Residence Inn Marriot in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The gauge was located in its transportation case chained to the bed of the truck. The chain had been cut and the gauge and transportation case had been removed. The technician discovered the gauge missing at 7:45 am on May 12, 2005 and notified the police. The gauge is a Troxler Model 3430 containing 9 mCi of Cesium-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241:Be. The local media has also been notified. Updates to this event will be made through the national NMED system."

South Carolina State Event Report ID No.: SC050005

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41695
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MIDWEST INSPECTIONS
Region: 4
City: BRIGHTON State: CO
County:
License #: 902-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ED STROUD
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/12/2005
Notification Time: 17:23 [ET]
Event Date: 05/11/2005
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/12/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
THOMAS ESSIG (NMSS)

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AGREEMENT STATE - RADIOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT MALFUNCTION

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received notification on 5/12/05 of a radiography equipment malfunction resulting in a stuck radiography source.

"The radiography company, Midwest Inspections, located at 325 Walnut Street, Brighton, Colorado, with the Colorado license number 902-01, reported that a radiography crew was unable to retract a radiography source back into the shielded position while working at a temporary job site near Byers, Colorado on 5/11/05. Per the company's RSO, the crew secured the area and contacted him for assistance when they were unable to fully retract the source. He traveled to the site with shielding equipment and was able to free the source and return it to the shielded position. The cause of the problem is reported to be a dent in the guide tube under the 'bend restrictor' where it was not easily visible to the crew. The RSO reported no excessive exposures to the crew, the public or himself (he estimated an exposure of 50 millirem to himself). Initial corrective action was to remove the defective guide tube from service."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41696
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ENBRIDGE PIPELINE LLC
Region: 3
City: SUPERIOR State: WI
County:
License #: 031-2006-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: WESLEY HELD
Notification Date: 05/13/2005
Notification Time: 10:29 [ET]
Event Date: 05/12/2005
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/13/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE MARIE STONE (R3)
CHARLES COX (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - NUCLEAR GAUGE FAILS TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"The RSO contacted the DHFS, Radiation Protection Section on May 12, 2005 to report a damaged shutter on a fixed gauge at their facility. The gauge is a Berthold Model LB7400D containing 350 mCi of Cs-137, SN DW954A.

"The licensee discovered the problem when they were preparing to do some maintenance work on the gauge. The detector was giving erroneous readings. The licensee observed higher radiation levels (12 mR/hr on contact with the source holder) with the shutter in the "closed" position than the "open" position, (6 mR/hr on contact with the source holder.) The licensee assumed that the shutter had failed.

"Berthold has been contacted and will provide a service visit on May 17 or 18. The gauge is in the same configuration as in operations. Access is restricted by a fence around the area, including a lock with keypad entry. The inspector who recently visited the licensee confirms that access is restricted. The gauge is on Line 5 at the Superior Terminal, Enbridge Pipeline.

"The licensee will send the required report following the service visit."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41699
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ASHER ENGINEERING INC.
Region: 1
City: LOUISVILLE State: KY
County:
License #: 5634-07
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICK HORKY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/14/2005
Notification Time: 19:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/13/2005
Event Time: 10:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/14/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN KINNEMAN (R1)
THOMAS ESSIG (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (e-mail) (TAS)

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AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A CPN moisture density gauge fell off the back of the company pickup truck. The case was not secured to the truck, the case was not locked, and the gauge handle was not locked. The truck drove 40 miles to the next job site and the truck tailgate was found down and the gauge was discovered missing. Upon return to the original job site (Notting Hill development in Edgewood, KY), the case was found but the gauge was missing. The licensee contacted local law enforcement, the fire department and ambulances to help recover the gauge. A reward has been offered.

CPN Moisture Density Gauge model MC1DR, Serial #MD50402557
Sources: CS-137 10 milliCuries, Am-241:Be 50 milliCuries

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41702
Facility: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR
Region: 4 State: AR
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: RICHARD SCHEIDE
HQ OPS Officer: CHAUNCEY GOULD
Notification Date: 05/17/2005
Notification Time: 11:24 [ET]
Event Date: 03/19/2005
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
OMID TABATABAI (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

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PART 21 FOR A FLEX - WEDGE DISC FABRICATED BY CRANE - ALOYCO

"On March 19, 2005, during refueling Outage 2R17, it was identified that a Flex-wedge disc intended for installation in a Containment Sump isolation valve, did not have a machined slot around the disc edge, as required by the purchase specifications. A feature of the flex-wedge design is to allow the disc faces to flex, thereby reducing the potential for thermal binding. The discrepancy was identified during pre-installation inspection; therefore, the disc was not installed in the plant. Considering that extensive machining and handling of the disc is necessary during installation, it is extremely unlikely that the discrepancy could have gone undetected. The outboard containment sump isolation valve is normally closed and receives a Recirculation Actuation Signal (RAS) to open when the Refueling Water Tank volume is depleted (post-LOCA) in order to shift the Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) suction to the sump. Had the subject disc been installed in this valve, the discrepancy could have resulted in thermal binding of the disc, thereby rendering a complete train of ECCS inoperable upon initiation of a RAS. The subject disc was manufactured by Crane - Aloyco, and was delivered to Arkansas Nuclear One in 1991."

"This condition was determined to be reportable pursuant to 10CFR21 on 5/17/2005."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41703
Rep Org: ALLIED INSPECTION
Licensee: ALLIED INSPECTION
Region: 3
City: ST CLAIR State: MI
County:
License #: 21-184-28-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS GRASHAW
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 05/17/2005
Notification Time: 11:37 [ET]
Event Date: 05/17/2005
Event Time: 05:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2202(b)(1) - PERS OVEREXPOSURE/TEDE >= 5 REM
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

OVEREXPOSURE DURING RADIOGRAPHY

A radiographer and his assistant were conducting a radiography exposure of a pipe weld. As the radiographer was picking up the crank handle to retract the source to the "safe shielded/locked" position, the radiographer was distracted when he heard someone yell "hey." The radiographer and his assistant investigated the sound on either side of the roped boundary. The radiographer left the survey meter back at the crank handle. Thinking the source was stowed, both approached the weld they were radiographing. They removed the source tube and collimator from the weld, and removed the film. The assistant walked back to the crank to place the film with the other exposed films and noticed the survey meter was pegged high. He immediately retracted the source to the "safe shielded/locked" position. Both men checked their pocket dosimeters and found them to be off scale.

Dose estimate calculations indicate that the RSO may have received up to 5.5 Rem and the assistant may have received up to 2.5 Rem. The film badges have been shipped via overnight express shipping for immediate processing and report.

Exposure Device: Amersham/Sentinel Model 660B S/N B-2790.
Source: AEA Technology Iridium-192, model 424-9, S/N 21852, 37.5 Curies.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 41705
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: DEAN RAASCH
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 05/17/2005
Notification Time: 17:08 [ET]
Event Date: 05/17/2005
Event Time: 09:05 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3)

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

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY

A non-licensed contract employee found a can of beer in his lunch box. The licensee's investigation determined that the introduction of alcohol into the Protected Area was not an intentional act. The contract employee's access was restored. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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