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Event Notification Report for November 10, 2005

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Event Reports For
11/09/2005 - 11/10/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42095 42118 42121 42132

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42095
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ATLANTIC GEO TECH ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Region: 1
City: JACKSONVILLE State: FL
County:
License #: FL-2725-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID FERGUSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 10/29/2005
Notification Time: 13:54 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2005
Event Time: 09:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)
DANIEL GILLEN (NMSS)
LANCE ENGLISH email (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

On 10/29/05, a Troxler Moisture Density Gauge (model 3440, s/n 032146, 8 millicuries Cs-137, 40 millicuries Am-241: Be) was stolen from the back of the operators truck at the job site on Four Acre Road in Jacksonville, FL. The gauge was chained and locked to the operator's truck. The operator left the truck at the job site while she reviewed the job site. She returned to the truck and drove back to the office. At the office she noted that the gauge was gone. The Jacksonville Police Department was notified. The company intends on placing an ad in the local newspaper.

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 AT 15:20 EST ON 11/09/05 FROM FURNACE TO KNOKE ***

"The Troxler gauge was recovered intact and undamaged on 11-8-2005 by Jacksonville Police Department and returned to the licensee. Information on the location of the gauge was supplied by an individual asking the manufacturer (Troxler) about the possibility of a reward. The Troxler representative called this office with information. The individual was arrested for a prior warrant in Tennessee."

Notified the R1DO (Miller), NMSS (Greg Morell), and TAS Email (Perez)

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42118
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PROTECHNICS
Region: 4
City: KILGORE State: TX
County:
License #: L03835
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: D. RAY JISHA
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/04/2005
Notification Time: 12:33 [ET]
Event Date: 11/04/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
JIM WHITNEY (TAS)
DONNA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)
LINDA HOWELL (R4) (IAT)
MEXICO (E-MAIL) ()
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST/MISSING SHIPMENT

"On Monday, October 31, 2005 a shipment of RAM was packaged in Albuquerque, NM by Spectrotech, Svcs. And offered for ground shipment to Kilgore, TX. There were 7 packages, 4 fiberboard boxes and 3 twenty gallon drums, the latter being yellow III, TI=5.0. When the shipment arrived at Kilgore, TX subsite #004 on the RAML03835, Thursday afternoon November 3, 2005, two vials of liquid (Antimony) Sb-124 with 40mCi/each were missing along with the inner shipping container, an ammo box. A tamper seal on the 20 gallon drum was still intact, but this type did not contain a unique serial number. The inventory at Spectrotech has been verified as correct and video surveillance indicates that the materials were packaged and offered for shipment to Conway shipping for ground service. The corporate RSO reported the missing material to the answering service at 1830 hrs, Thursday, 11/03/05. Sb-124 is used for sub-surface field studies in the oil and gas industry. All parties are continuing the investigation."

Texas Incident Number: I-8275
Texas Report Number: TX-05-42118

*** UPDATE ON 11/09/05 TO KNOKE ***

On 11/09/05 the State of New Mexico also notified NRC. See EN-42130.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42121
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
Region: 4
City: SALT LAKE CITY State: UT
County:
License #: UT1800001
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GWYN GALLOWAY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/05/2005
Notification Time: 16:18 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2005
Event Time: 12:50 [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
JOSEPH GIITTER (NMSS)
DONNA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - MISSING Am-241 SOURCE

The University of Utah moved its Radiation Health Department between buildings. An Am-241 source on a disk in a glass vial was last inventoried and leak checked on May 12, 2005 i.e. prior to the move. The inventory on November 3, 2005 (Thursday) found one source missing. The sources are kept in a locked room and stored in a locked pig. The university is performing an inventory on November 5, 2005 (Saturday) and may perform additional inventories. This information will be placed in NMED on Monday, November 7, 2005.

Source: Am-241, 477 milliCuries

* * * UPDATE AT 19:37 ON 11/5/2005 FROM GALLOWAY TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The Source is model # SWA-259, purchased January 1977 and is the size of a nickel.

* * * UPDATE AT 13:18 ON 11/7/2005 FROM GALLOWAY TO KNOKE * * *

Received notification from the licensee that a Radiation Safety Analyst found the missing Am-241 source at 11:07 MST on 11/07/05. An updated description was given as 1.5 inches long and wrapped in a sheet of lead. The RSO was present when the source was found.

Notified R4DO (Shaffer), NMSS (Morell), and TAS email (Perez).

* * * UPDATE FROM GALLOWAY TO HUFFMAN AT 19:17 EST ON 11/9/2005 * * *

The State of Utah has determined that the update on 11/7/05 reporting that the missing source had been located was incorrect. Further investigation by the University of Utah authorities has determined that the original source description was correct. The source is a nickel-sized slug in a glass vial and not the 1.5 inch source discussed in the 11/7/05 update. Recollection by individuals that had used the source confirmed the source appearance and the discolored "darkened" vial that held the source. The source number was also corrected to SNA-259 The licensee has informed both campus police and the FBI of the missing material.

Notified R4DO (Whitten), NMSS (Collins), and TAS email (Perez).

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: 42132
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: CALVIN WARD
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/09/2005
Notification Time: 21:43 [ET]
Event Date: 11/09/2005
Event Time: 18:35 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2)

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

Event Text

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM TEMPORARILY INOPERABLE

"On 11/09/2005 at 18:35 hours, it was identified that St Lucie Units 1 & 2 had lost both of the computer trains associated with Emergency Response Data Acquisition and Display System (ERDADS). This is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as a major loss of emergency assessment capability. Other means to monitor critical data and communicate this data to government agencies exist in each unit. The system was returned to an operable status at 19:45 hrs."

The cause of the computer problem was software related. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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