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Event Notification Report for December 6, 2005

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Event Reports For
12/05/2005 - 12/06/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42112 42177 42181 42188

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42112
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CASCADE TESTING LABORATORY, INC
Region: 4
City: EDMONDS State: WA
County:
License #: WN-L057-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/02/2005
Notification Time: 14:30 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2005
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
JOSEPH GIITTER (NMSS)
CANADA (CNSC) ()
TAS ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN NUCLEAR GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"A portable gauge licensee reported a Troxler Electronics Model 3411 portable moisture/density gauge, serial number 16176 was stolen when the transport vehicle was stolen. The transport vehicle is a 1989 Honda CRX and was parked at the gauge user's residence at the time of the theft. The Licensee reported the gauge was stolen between the hours of 10:00 PM Monday, November 1, 2005 and 7:00 AM Tuesday, November 2, 2005. A police report has been filed by the licensee with the Edmonds police department.

"No media attention to date.

"Isotope and Activity involved: 1.48 GBq (40 mCi) Am-241:Be and a 0.296 GBq (8 mCi) Cs-137 source. Source serial numbers: Cs-137 (50-5267), Am-241Be (47-11584).

"Disposition/recovery: The police have been notified of the theft, the gauge has not yet been recovered.

"Gauge was last leak tested on October 5, 2005. Analysis was done by Troxler and found to be acceptable.

"The licensee reported that all the proper levels of security were being used at the time the vehicle was stolen with two locked cables or chains."

Washington Event report # WA-05-061

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED FROM STATE (SCROGGS) VIA EMAIL TO ROTTON AT 1854 EST ON 12/05/05 * * *

"The Licensee reported that the vehicle stolen on November 2, 2005 was recovered at 7:30 PM that day. The gauge in the vehicle was not damaged and the security cables securing the gauge to the vehicle were intact. The licensee also reported that an attempt was made to remove the security cables.

"The licensee must perform a new leak test on the gauge to verify that the gauge is in proper condition prior to being used in the field."

Notified R4DO (Kennedy), NMSS EO (Pierson), Canada (CNSC), TAS (Hahn via email).

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: 42177
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: MEDI-PHYSICS
Region: 3
City: CHICAGO State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01052-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 11/30/2005
Notification Time: 16:03 [ET]
Event Date: 11/28/2005
Event Time: 15:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/30/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PATRICK LOUDEN (R3)
LYDIA CHANG (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING RADIOACTIVE I-131 SPILL

"On November 29, 2005 the corporate radiation safety officer contacted the Division by telephone concerning an event that occurred at a nuclear pharmacy operated by Medi-Physics, Inc, dba GE Healthcare (license number IL-01052-01) located at 1053 W. Grand, Chicago, IL. During the call, the Division was advised that, 100 mCi of Na I-131 was spilled at 15:10 on November 28, 2005, when a vial was dropped to the floor and broke outside a fume hood in the iodine room located within the restricted area of the facility. Contamination was detected on the operator's pants and shoes and on various surfaces in the room. However, no personal contamination was detected following removal of the individual's lab coat, shoes, and other clothing. Bioassay results taken shortly after the incident and the next day indicated thyroid uptake was minimal.

"A response team from the licensee's main offices performed remediation that evening to contain and shield much of the activity and employ other measures to prevent the spread of contamination. As a result of these efforts, contamination was confined within the iodine room of the restricted area of the pharmacy. Air monitoring results show that there was no elevation of airborne radioactivity in the restricted area or in the effluent air at the release point from the facility that was above regulatory limits. A recovery drum was used to collect and hold waste and materials generated as a result of the clean up. The dose rate on the surface of the container was approximately 350 Sv/h (35 mR/h) and the dose rate at the nearest outside wall in an unrestricted area was 4 Sv/h (0.4 mR/h).

"The area will be monitored on an ongoing basis until routine conditions are restored. Although measured dose rates are only slightly elevated at the workstations within the room, access to the room has been limited to monitoring activities, in the interest of ALARA. Prescriptions for radioiodine are temporarily being referred to the company's alternate radiopharmacy."

IL Report Number: IL050070

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42181
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: P.E.T. NET PHARMACEUTICALS, INC
Region: 1
City: DURHAM State: NC
County:
License #: 032-1229-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES ALBRIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 12/01/2005
Notification Time: 18:46 [ET]
Event Date: 12/01/2005
Event Time: 10:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/01/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
ROBERT PIERSON (NMSS)
JANET SCHLUETLER (STP)
GREG MORELL (EMAIL) (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

"Brief Description of Incident:
Licensee's October Landauer [dosimetry processor] report reported a whole body exposure of 11,016 milliRem (Deep) and 10,465 milliRem (Shallow) to an individual who is a cyclotron operator. Landauer reported that this appears to have been a single exposure event, not a continuous exposure over the course of the month. Landauer is assessing the badge at this time to determine if it is a static or a dynamic exposure. The licensee reported a single contamination event that occurred 10/5/05 and resulted in skin and clothes contamination. The licensee is evaluating their documentation of this contamination event at this time. The licensee also reported that ring badges are exchanged weekly but that the badges in use during this contamination event are missing or have not been reported yet. The licensee reported that the individual in question was wearing an electronic dosimeter during the contamination event and recovery time span and had a recorded dose of 19 milliRem on 10/5/05. More information will follow as it becomes available.

"Additional Notes:
Licensee reported a contamination event (details to be reported later) that occurred 10/5/05 resulting in contamination of the cyclotron operator's skin, clothes and lab coat. The individual left his/her badge on the lab coat overnight so the RAM on the lab coat could decay (110 min half life). Landauer reported the dose today (12/1/05) and has not evaluated if it is a static or dynamic exposure yet, but did report to the licensee that the reported dose appears to be from a single event. The individual who purportedly received this dose has been placed in non-RAM worker status."

North Carolina Incident No. 05-40

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42188
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM MATHER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 12/05/2005
Notification Time: 10:45 [ET]
Event Date: 12/05/2005
Event Time: 09:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (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

PLANT PROCESS COMPUTER SYSTEM (PPCS) WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE FOR APPROXIMATLEY 2 WEEKS.



"The Plant Process Computer (PPCS) will be taken out of service for an approximately 2 week period to implement a planned modification. The current PPCS is being replaced and the computer outage is required to allow cutover to the new PPCS. During this time period ERDS and SPDS will not be available. ERDS and SPDS parameters will be monitored by control board indications. Compensatory actions have been developed.

"This is an 8-hour reportable event per 10 CFR50.72(B)(3)(XIII) Major Loss of Assessment Capability. The operation of plant systems will not be affected due to this planned action.

"The PPCS outage is expected to commence around 0600 CST on 12/5/05. The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspectors of the modification and schedule. The NRC was previously notified of this planned outage via letter dated November 7, 2005."

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

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