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Event Notification Report for November 29, 2005

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Event Reports For
11/28/2005 - 11/29/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42166 42167 42173

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42166
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: S&ME, INC
Region: 1
City: BIRMINGHAM State: AL
County:
License #: 1273
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID TURBERVILLE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/23/2005
Notification Time: 13:13 [ET]
Event Date: 11/23/2005
Event Time: 11:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/23/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)
BENJAMIN SANDLER (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"On the morning of November 23, 2005 at 11:10 am, [the] Radiation Safety Officer for S&ME, Inc. of Pelham, Alabama notified the [State] that their 2003 Ford F-150 truck with a CPN model MC-3 moisture density gauge was stolen in the Lakeshore Drive area of Birmingham, Alabama. S&ME, Inc. is authorized to possess and use radioactive material under their Alabama Radioactive Material License No.1273. The event had occurred less than one hour from [the licensee's notification] call and the Birmingham Police Department had been notified and were in route. The stolen gauge was identified as a CPN model MC-3, serial number M300405612, with 10 millicuries of Cs-137 (sealed source serial number 1148GC), and 50 millicuries of Am-241:Be (sealed source serial number 7139NE). [The licensee] indicated that the gauge transport case was chained to the bed of the pickup. [The licensee] indicated that the truck contained other valuable equipment including a cement mixer. [The licensee] is presently in route to the site of the event. This is all the information that [the State] has at this time."

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: 42167
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: KOONEY X-RAY, INC
Region: 4
City: Houston State: TX
County:
License #: L01074
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/23/2005
Notification Time: 14:39 [ET]
Event Date: 11/23/2005
Event Time: 12:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/23/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA SMITH (R4)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION ON RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The State reported that a licensee, Kooney X-Ray Inc., shipped a radiography camera (Model #150; S/N 197) to QSA Global in Baton Rouge, LA, for replacement of the iridium-192 camera source. When the camera arrived and was inspected at QSA Global, low-level radioactive contamination was found on the camera. A wipe test (swipe area not specified) revealed a contamination level of 0.0059 microcuries. The acceptance limit for QSA Global is 0.0050 microcuries. QSA Global believes that the contamination is from depleted uranium shielding in the camera S-tube and not from the currently installed iridium-192 source. Kooney X-ray has requested that QSA Global return the camera. Kooney plans to have the camera S-tube repaired as necessary. The State reported that the contamination was confined to the camera and this event did not result in any personnel or uncontrolled contamination on any other items.

Texas Report Number 8278

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42173
Facility: KEWAUNEE
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: ETHAN TREPTOW
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 11/29/2005
Notification Time: 01:24 [ET]
Event Date: 11/28/2005
Event Time: 22:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/29/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
PATRICK LOUDEN (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP FOLLOWING MAIN FEED PUMP TRIP

"At 22:19 CST, Main Feedwater Pump B tripped on over current. A secondary plant runback from 100% power was automatically initiated. During the secondary plant runback, the reactor automatically tripped on Steam Generator B low-low level at 22:20 CST.

"All three Auxiliary Feedwater pumps automatically started due to low-low Steam Generator level. The plant has been stabilized at Hot Shutdown (RCS temperature approximately 547 degrees F, RCS pressure approximately 2235 psig). Investigation into the cause of the trip is on-going.

"This event is being reported under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) for actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical and 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) for valid actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater System."

All control rods fully inserted on the automatic trip. Steam generator water levels have recovered to indicate in the narrow range. The current decay heat removal path is auxiliary feedwater to the steam generators steaming through the power operated relief valves. There are no known primary to secondary leaks. All safety related buses are powered from offsite power. Emergency diesel generators are available and in standby.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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