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Event Notification Report for November 4, 2005

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Event Reports For
11/03/2005 - 11/04/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42103 42106 42107 42108 42113 42114 42116

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42103
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: IRIS NDT
Region: 4
City: TULSA State: OK
County:
License #: OK30246-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE BRODERICK
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 10/31/2005
Notification Time: 17:34 [ET]
Event Date: 10/31/2005
Event Time: 01:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/02/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
DANIEL GILLEN (NMSS)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)
LANCE ENGLISH (TAS)
ROBERTA WARREN (TAS)
MELVYN LEACH (IRD)
MIKE INZER (DHS)
THREATT (NRC)
BAGWELL (FEMA)
EDWARDS (HHS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

At 0100 on 10/31/05 the licensee discovered that a SPEC 150 Radiography Camera (camera s/n 204) with a 64 Curie Ir-192 (s/n 217221B) source was stolen from the company's office. The camera was in a locked space. The camera was last used on 10/28/05, and was logged in at 0100 on 10/29/05. A dispatcher saw the camera at 1500 on 10/28/05. At 0100 on 10/31/05, a radiographer went to the space to get the gauge and discovered that it was gone. The Tulsa Police Department was notified.

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy.

*** UPDATE FROM M. BRODERICK TO J. KNOKE AT 10:20 EDT ON 11/2/05 ***

The Department of Environmental Quality in Oklahoma provided information that the missing radiography camera was recovered at 07:30 CST. Due to local media coverage in the area, a private citizen called the number published by the TV media and volunteered information. The citizen indicated he saw the camera near the freeway entrance of 33 West Avenue and I-44 in West Tulsa, OK. The camera, which was found in a grassy area (weeds) near a privacy fence (wall), was intact with the source in the shielded position. The licensee (IRIS-NDT) has surveyed the site and said the readings were consistent with a source inside a camera. The Tulsa police department is still pursuing the investigation. The licensee offered a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the recovery of the camera.

Notified R4DO (Farnholtz), NMSS (Burgess), TAS (English), IRD (Wilson, Blount, and Leach) DHS (Holtz), NRC (Doherty), FEMA (Liggett), and HHS (Turner).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42106
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: AEA TECHNOLOGY QSA
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 12-8361
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL P. WHALEN
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/01/2005
Notification Time: 15:27 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/02/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLIFFORD ANDERSON (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
SHERI MINNICK (R1)
TAS (email) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL MISSING IN SHIPMENT

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

A single package originally containing two pigs arrived on 10/29/05 at the FedEx hub at the Memphis Airport damaged, with one of the two pigs missing. The missing pig contains 10 special form capsules of Am-241/Be with a total activity of 500 milliCuries. The pig is small (described as the size of a shotgun shell). The package was being sent by AEA Technology QSA of Burlington, MA to CPN Corp in California. FedEx stated that the package arrived in Memphis on Saturday morning 10/29, however, it was not determined that one of the pigs was missing until the morning of 10/30.

On 11/1/05, the Tennessee Radiation Control Program was at Fed Ex hub to assist in the search for the pig, and AEA Technology QSA (now known as QSA Global, Inc.) confirmed that the container did contain 2 pigs.

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.

* * * UPDATE FROM STATES TO M. RIPLEY 1615 EST 11/02/05 * * *

The following information was provided from the States of Tennessee and Massachusetts via email:

"The following is an summary/update from [the Tennessee State inspector's ] visit: The container/sources have not been found. FedEx said they have thoroughly searched and continue to search all possible areas where the source could have been lost. They are tracking all the details of the package from the time it arrived through their system until it was last seen. They are attempting to determine the root cause of the damage to the package and loss of part of it's contents. Interviews are being conducted of individuals who played a role in the handling/processing of the package. The damage to the package was such that it looks like a mechanical device (closing metal grate/gate?) was involved in tearing the package. Radiation surveys have been and are being performed by Fed-Ex in any areas that they think the source could have been lost. There is a suspicion that the container and the sources have been swept up and disposed of at the landfill.

AEA Technology (now QSA Global) provided the following information via the State of Massachusetts: "The W1 lead pot (i.e., pig) is 2.5 in tall X 1 in diam, it is painted white and has tape securing the cap. AEA performed measurements on the W1 lead pot and found the surface measurements were: 36 mr/hr gamma and 70 mr/hr neutron. They performed measurements on a pig with the same amount of Am-241/Be lost in TN - 500 mCi of Am241/Be"

Notified R1DO (C. Anderson), NMSS EO (J. Gitter), TAS (L. English).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42107
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: H AND H CHEVROLET
Region: 4
City: OMAHA State: NE
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 11/01/2005
Notification Time: 15:34 [ET]
Event Date: 11/01/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/01/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
LANCE ENGLISH email (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

Hardi Lighting shipped one exit sign model NEXT-1-10WR with serial number C018515 to H and H Chevrolet on April 27, 2005. The sign contained 7.09 Curies of H-3, Tritium. The facility did receive the sign and paid for it. Upon receiving two letters from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services concerning the sign, the facility replied on October 10, 2005 indicating that they did not have the sign. H and H Chevrolet personnel have made three searches of the facility and cannot locate the sign. They believe that the sign was disposed in a trash container and sent to the landfill.

Nebraska Incident Number: NE050008

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 42108
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TURNER INDUSTRIES GROUP LLC
Region: 4
City: PARIS State: TX
County:
License #: L05237-001
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/01/2005
Notification Time: 19:09 [ET]
Event Date: 08/10/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/01/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
JOSEPH GIITTER (NMSS)
M. BURGESS (email) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE

The State provided the following information via email:

"[Licensee employee] called RSO to let him know that [a radiographer trainer] had 12.5 rem deep dose equivalent for Quarter 3 - July 1-31, 2005.

"On Wednesday, 8/10/05, [name deleted], RSO for Turner Industries called DSHS Radiation Control (RC) to report that [licensee employee] has informed him that [name deleted] radiographer trainer for his company, had a 12.5 rem deep dose equivalent reading for Quarter 3-July 1-31, 2005 monitoring period.

"[The radiographer trainer] wrote a statement to RC stating that he has worked as an x-ray radiographer for the last 6 years with Turner Industries, is very conscientious & checks his dosimeter often throughout the work day. He stated that he was closely supervised by the RSO for the monitoring period in question & did training for a new trainee.

"An on-site investigation was conducted by [name deleted], a RAM inspector for RC. [The RAM inspector] interviewed [the radiographer trainer] & [another employee] regarding this investigation. Both [the radiographer trainer and the other employee] felt that this was a result of an altercation [the radiographer trainer] had with a contract radiographer & felt that this was the result of a retaliation against [the radiographer trainer] for not allowing the contract radiographer to enter [the radiographer trainer's] shooting bay. [The radiographer trainer] went on vacation & from 6/27-07/5/05.The RSO & [the radiographer trainer] felt that the contract radiographer had access to [the radiographer trainer's] film badge & a radiography camera & could have easily carried out this retaliation without being noticed.

"The RC inspector reviewed past monitoring records for [the radiographer trainer] & found that his results were consistent with someone receiving 50-60 mrem /month & 500-650 mrem/year in this line of work. The inspector concluded that the overexposure appeared to be very suspicious & agreed that the overexposure be readjusted to reflect the normal monthly results for [the radiographer trainer].

"Additional Documents Supplied:

"Personnel monitoring records for the past year for [the radiographer trainer] were obtained & sent in to RC by the RAM inspector. The investigation determined that the dose appeared to be to the dosimeter only. No violation recommended. RC has issued a letter concurring with the licensee's investigation results & has sent a copy of this letter to DSHS RC."

Texas Incident # I-8250

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42113
Facility: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR
Region: 4 State: AR
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: R. H. SCHEIDE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 11/03/2005
Notification Time: 11:35 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2005
Event Time: 21:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/03/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.73 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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CONTRACT SUPERVISOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE PRESENCE OF ALCOHOL DURING A RANDOM DRUG TEST

A contract supervisor tested positive for the presence of alcohol during administration of the Random Drug Testing Program. The individual's unescorted access authorization was terminated, his badge was confiscated, and appropriate management notifications were made.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee

Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for details

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42114
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MIKE STRAUBMULLER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/03/2005
Notification Time: 15:05 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2005
Event Time: 10:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/03/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
CLIFFORD ANDERSON (R1)

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

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ECCS LEAKAGE OUTSIDE CONTAINMENT

"A 0.02 GPM leak was identified on the inlet valve (1CV89) to the 11 seal injection filter. This leak equates to 4500 cc/hour. The leakage is outside containment and quantified IAW Leakage Monitoring and reduction program procedure SC.RA-AP.ZZ-0051. This leakage exceeds the 3800cc/hour limit as stated in UFSAR section 6.3.2.11 and GDC-19 to ensure control room habitability. Therefore ECG section 11 section 11.2 specifically 11.2.2.b applies for being in a degraded or unanalyzed condition. The 1CV89 valve was recently replaced as a scheduled activity during the current 1R17 refueling outage. The 1CV89 packing has been adjusted and the leakage has stopped. The leakage was to the floor to the liquid waste system. There was no personnel contamination or injuries due to the leakage.

"Current Plant Conditions: RCS temperature is 340 degrees, RCS pressure is at 1400 PSIG and stable, plant heat-up and pressurization is in progress IAW integrated operating procedures."

The leakage occurred from 10:30 to 12:30 EST. The valve has been tested and declared operable. Primary coolant activity is 0.828 microCuries per cc. There is no known steam generator tube leakage.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42116
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: ROBERT KIDDER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 11/04/2005
Notification Time: 03:32 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2005
Event Time: 16:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
MONTE PHILLIPS (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

Event Text

TS REQUIRED COMPONENTS INADVERTENTLY RENDERED INOPERABLE DUE TO INADEQUATE REVIEW OF WORK CLEARANCE

"At 0200 on 11/03/05 a clearance was authorized that defeated the DW [Drywell] pressure high and Rx [Reactor] vessel low isolation features to valves in the Nuclear Closed Cooling System and Instrument Air Systems. The required T.S. [Technical Specification] actions after this discovery are that the plant should have been in Mode 3 at 1600 on 11/3/05. The clearance was removed and the circuit restored to operability at 0142 on 11/4/05. The time of discovery for the loss of safety function was 2345 on 11/3/05."

The clearance was to perform pre-planned maintenance activities. The licensee plans on entering this incident into their corrective action program and will issue a Condition Report.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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