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Event Notification Report for October 7, 2005

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Event Reports For
10/06/2005 - 10/07/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42032 42033 42035 42036 42042 42043

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42032
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CHRIS VAUGHN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/01/2005
Notification Time: 15:03 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2005
Event Time: 10:59 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION CONCERNING AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

"On 10/01/2005 at approximately 1059 hours CDT, an industrial safety accident occurred at Browns Ferry that involved the serious injury of a contract employee working on the Unit 1 Recovery Project. During transportation of a Small Article Monitor (SAM) into the Reactor Building access area, the equipment fell injuring two contract personnel, one seriously. Both personnel have been transported to an offsite medical facility. Neither were contaminated.

"An accident investigation has been initiated by TVA. The BFN NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. No other government agencies have been notified as of the time of this report. No plant systems were affected as a result of this event. BFN Units 2 and 3 remain at 100% power at this time. [Unit 1 is defueled].

"TVA has received media inquiries concerning this event. As a result, this event is considered reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), 'Any event or situation, related to the health and safety of the public or on-site personnel, or protection of the environment, for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been or will be made. Such an event may include on-site fatality or inadvertent release of radioactively contaminated materials.' "

* * * UPDATE FROM VAUGHN TO HUFFMAN AT 1435 EDT ON 10/02/05 * * *

"The accident investigation is being conducted by L.E. Myers Company, the contract company that employs the two injured workers. TVA is providing oversight for the accident investigation. OSHA and the State of Alabama have been notified of the event."

The licensee will notify the Resident Inspector of this update. R2DO (Payne) notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM VAUGHN TO SNYDER AT 1239 EDT ON 10/06/05 * * *

"The L.E. Myers Co. employee who was seriously injured on 10/01/05 while moving a Small Article Monitor (SAM) unit passed away early Thursday, 10/06/05. TVA has informed the NRC Senior Resident Inspector at Browns Ferry, and the accident investigation conducted by L.E. Myers Co. is ongoing with TVA oversight."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Bonser).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42033
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 1
City: Raleigh State: NC
County:
License #: 092-0104-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHARN JEFFRIES
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/03/2005
Notification Time: 08:08 [ET]
Event Date: 10/03/2005
Event Time: 07:51 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/03/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
E-MAIL (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GUAGES

"Two Troxler Gauges stolen from storage container at temporary jobsite. NCDOT Gauge Manager called NC Radioactive Materials Branch at 7:45 AM to alert AGENCY. Only two gauges were stolen, and a torch was used to cut the security lock from the container.

"Location of job site: NC Highway 98 Bypass in Wake Forest, NC.

"Troxler Model 3450, Serial #298 - 8 mCi (milliCuries) CS-137, 40 mCi Am-241.

"Troxler Model 4640B, Serial #952 - 8 mCi Cs-137."

The Agreement State notified: NC PIO, FBI, SBI, Troxler, and the NCHP.

NC Incident # 05-34.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/3/2005 @ 11:25 FROM JEFFRIES TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Troxler 3450 S/N 298 Cs-137 8 mCi S/N 750-5221 and Am-241:Be 40 mCi S/N 472355

"Troxler 4640B S/N 952 Cs-137 8 mCi S/N 50-9198

"Chain link fence was cut with bolt cutters. Gauges were stored in rear of tractor trailer storage unit. Torch and bolt cutters used to remove lock on trailer. Gauges with cases no longer on site. Both gauges had trigger locks and were locked in respective cases."

Contacted the R1DO (Rogge), the NMSSEO (Morell), and E-mailed TAS.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42035
Rep Org: OK DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Licensee: SANDS SPRINGS METAL PROCESSING
Region: 4
City: SANDS SPRINGS State: OK
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEVIN SAMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/03/2005
Notification Time: 18:43 [ET]
Event Date: 10/03/2005
Event Time: 11:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/05/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
C.W. (BILL) REAMER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT ON A SOURCE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN FOUND AT METAL PROCESSOR

The State representative reported that scrap metal received by a metal processor in Sand Springs, OK, set off the facility's gate radiation monitor. Investigation into the alarm determined that the radiation was coming from a foil source of unknown origin. The source dimensions are 3 inches by 1/2 inch with a contact reading (using a Ludlum Model 3) of 200 mR/hr. The scrap metal processor notified the State which dispatched inspectors to the site.

The State found that the source also had loose surface contamination. Investigation has determined that four individuals had handled the source. The State was able to contact one of those individuals and a survey of the individual revealed no indication of contamination. The State has not yet been able to contact the other three people involve in handling the source. The source has been wrapped in lead shielding material and secured in a safe location. The State plans to perform a Gamma Spec analysis of the source to determine the isotope. The investigation into the origin of the source has been unproductive so far. It appears that the scrap metal came from a intermediary scrap metal dealer.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/5/05 @ 15:20 FROM SAMPSON TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The source (foil) was determined to be Radium-226. The Curie content was not determined but was estimated to be in the micro Curie range. The loose contamination was not found on any other surfaces, only on the test swipe. The four individuals who contacted this source were contacted and an estimate of their dose is in progress.

Notified R4DO D. Graves.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42036
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: SOUTHERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: RIVERDALE State: GA
County:
License #: GA 1039-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LAUREN PALMER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/04/2005
Notification Time: 07:30 [ET]
Event Date: 09/20/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL UNDEREXPOSURE

On Thursday morning, 9/20/05, a technologist gave a cancer patient receiving Iodine-131 therapy only one capsule of a prescribed 2-capsule dose. Consequently, only 93 milliCuries of an ordered 150 milliCuries was delivered to the patient. The referring endocrinologist was notified and determined that his patient had received adequate amount for the patient's therapy.

On Thursday afternoon, the licensee's Manager of Nuclear Medicine telephoned the Department and reported that the technologist involved in the event had been also responsible for a previous misadministration and had been fired. The capsule that was not administered was found in the lead container while preparing for a subsequent procedure on another patient.

Georgia report number: GA-2005-29

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42042
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMIE MCCONNELL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/06/2005
Notification Time: 13:57 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2005
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION - OIL SPILL TO NAVIGABLE WATERS

There was an "oil spill to navigable waters (Lake Wylie), requiring DHEC [Department of Health and Environmental Control] SC [South Carolina] notification."

The oil was in an onsite yard drain. The site staff was not aware of the oil in the drain. Before the yard drain was emptied, rains caused the yard drain to overflow resulting in oil entry into the lake.

"Site hazmat response [was] initiated. An offsite agency will be called in to assist in the clean up. At this time the source of the spill is unknown. [The] oil spill does not appear to be ongoing."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42043
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: RANDY TODD
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/06/2005
Notification Time: 15:53 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2005
Event Time: 09:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2)

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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT INVOLVING A LICENSED EMPLOYEE

A licensed employee had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been suspended. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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