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Event Notification Report for October 21, 2005

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10/20/2005 - 10/21/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42061 42065 42066

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42061
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: LAKESIDE INDUSTRIES
Region: 4
City: ISSAQUAH State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I0233-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN C. SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/18/2005
Notification Time: 14:51 [ET]
Event Date: 10/10/2005
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/18/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was received via email:

"This is notification of an event in Washington State as reported to or investigated by the WA Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection.

"STATUS: new

"Licensee: Lakeside Industries
"City and State: Issaquah, Washington
"License Number: WN-I0233-1
"Type of License: Portable Gauge

"Date of Event: October 10, 2004
"Location of Event: Port Angeles, Washington

"ABSTRACT: (where, when, how, why; cause, contributing factors, corrective actions, consequences, Dept. of Health (DOH) on-site investigation; media attention):

"In a written report dated October 14, 2005 the Licensee's RSO reported that a Troxler model 3440 moisture/density gauge had been damaged when a single drum of a roller struck and rolled over a portable gauge before the roller operator could stop.

"The gauge operator had stepped 15 feet away from the gauge prior to the incident. It was then the roller rounded a corner and the roller operator's view of the gauge was obstructed by some large concrete blocks. The gauge was in the back scatter mode when struck.

"The gauge housing was left intact with only some deep scratches in the base. The source rod was bent, the index rod broken, with slight damage to the plastic top shell and no apparent damage to the electronics. The Cesium source was in the shielded position and the Americium source intact. (Photographs submitted with the report substantiate this description).

"Based on this information, the RSO, trained in the service and repair of Troxler gauges, instructed the operator to remove the gauge from the site and return it to the licensed storage area. When the RSO arrived, he took readings of the gauge with a Troxler 3105 survey meter and the readings were the same as the replacement gauge he brought with him.

"The damaged gauge is now stored at Lakeside Industries' licensed storage facility in Centralia, Washington awaiting repair or disposal by a license service provider.

"To prevent reoccurrence, gauge operators have been instructed by the RSO to be no more than 5 feet from the gauge when it is in an exposed location.

"Notification Reporting Criteria: WAC 246-221-250 Notification of Incidents.

"Isotope and Activity involved: 8 mCi of Cesium 137, and 40 mCi of Americium 241 Beryllium.

"Overexposures? (number of workers/members of the public; dose estimate; body part receiving dose; consequence): None expected.

"Lost, Stolen or Damaged? (mfg., model, serial number): Troxler, model 3440, serial number 23475.

"Disposition/recovery: Stored at a licensed storage facility awaiting repair or disposal by a licensed service provider.

"Leak test? None reported post incident.

"Vehicle: (description; placards; Shipper; package type; Pkg. ID number) NA

"Release of activity? None reported.

"Activity and pharmaceutical compound intended: NA
"Misadministered activity and/or compound received: NA
"Device (HDR, etc.) Mfg., Model; computer program: NA
"Exposure (intended/actual); consequences: NA
"Was patient or responsible relative notified? NA
"Was written report provided? NA
"Was referring physician notified? NA

"Consultant used? No."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42065
Rep Org: INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: NEHI ROYAL CROWN BOTTLING
Region: 3
City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JANE SMITH
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 10/20/2005
Notification Time: 12:47 [ET]
Event Date: 10/19/2005
Event Time: 16:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 10/20/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
ERIC DUNCAN (R3)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)

Event Text

RADIOACTIVE SOURCE FOUND IN SCRAP YARD

A scrap yard operator contacted the Indiana State Department of Health to request investigative assistance after their radiation monitor alarm sounded while monitoring a batch of trash. A Health Physicist was dispatched to the scrap yard and discovered a Cesium-137 source in the trash. Upon further investigation it was determined that the source belonged to a general licensed company which was no longer in operation. The company owned two like sources, but only source CS4464 (S/N 4699931) containing 14 millicuries of Cesium-137 was found. The found source is not leaking and it has not caused any injury to personnel. The Indiana State Department of Health has contacted Region III and will continue looking for the other missing source.

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42066
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DARON ZAKARIAN
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 10/20/2005
Notification Time: 14:30 [ET]
Event Date: 10/20/2005
Event Time: 14:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/20/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JOHN KINNEMAN (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

PLANNED UPGRADE OF SAFETY PARAMETER DISPLAY SYSTEM

"On October 20, 2005, the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) is being removed from service to perform planned upgrades to the system. The removal of SPDS from service for Hope Creek also affects the transmission of data via the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS). Appropriate compensatory measures are in place while SPDS is out of service. The SPDS is expected to be returned to service in approximately 8 days. This is a voluntary/courtesy notification."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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