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Event Notification Report for December 13, 2005

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12/12/2005 - 12/13/2005

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42141 42194 42197

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42141
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TERRA-MAR INC.
Region: 4
City: IRVING State: TX
County:
License #: L03157
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/15/2005
Notification Time: 12:00 [ET]
Event Date: 11/14/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/12/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEFFREY CLARK (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)
MEXICO (VIA E-MAIL) ()
JIM WHITNEY (E-MAIL) (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

The State of Texas received a call from the Radiation Safety Officer for Terra-Mar Inc. on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, reporting the theft of a moisture/density gauge, Troxler Model # 3430, Serial # 32220, with a 40 milliCurie AmBe source, Serial # 47-28552 and an 8 milliCurie Cs-137, Serial # 750-7360. The licensee went to the gauge storage area of the site on Monday, November 14, 2005, and discovered that the gauge was missing. The licensee checked with personnel to see if any one had removed it from the storage area. When no one acknowledged removing the gauge, the licensee contacted Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Dallas-Ft Worth Department of Public Safety, and the Irving Police Department that the gauge was possibly stolen. The licensee will send in the police report and a written statement to DSHS. The last leak test performed on the missing gauge was performed on July 9, 2005.

Texas Report Number: I-8277

* * * UPDATE FROM S. SIMMONS TO J. KNOKE AT 13:28 EST ON 12/12/05.

The licensee provided more detail surrounding the missing Troxler gauges and added security measures for the storage area of other gauges. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for further information.

"The incident report No. from DFW Airport DPS is 050-5143. The DFW DPS is investigating the apparent theft and has assigned a detective to the case. A copy of the police report was sent to DSHS.

"On November 17, 2005, licensee installed an additional keyed padlock on the nuclear storage doors and placed a heavy duty chain and lock through the case handles of the remaining gauges. The licensee has also changed the combination code to the entry door of the building. Only the site RSO and one authorized user have access to the building and gauge storage area."

Notified R4DO (Johnson) and NMSS (Morell)

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: 42194
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE PHILLIPS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 12/09/2005
Notification Time: 18:11 [ET]
Event Date: 12/09/2005
Event Time: 15:44 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/12/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
Person (Organization):
JAY HENSON (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

RCS PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAKAGE IDENTIFIED

"At 1450 hours on 12/5/05, Unit 2 entered abnormal operating procedure 18004-C 'RCS Leakage' due to increasing containment atmospheric radiation levels as identified on 2RE2562A. Per procedure, an RCS leak rate determination was commenced and completed as of 1629 hours, 12/8/05 (identified = 0.032gpm, unidentified = 0.254gpm, total = 0.286gpm). While making preparations for a containment entry for leakage inspection, a second leak rate [determination] was completed at 2020 hours, 12/8/05 (identified = 0.070gpm, unidentified = 0.267gpm, total = 0.337gpm). At 2240 hours, 12/8/05, the team performing the containment leak inspection reported no leakage identified outside the bioshield. Another leak rate [determination] was completed at 0245 hours, 12/9/05, the team performing the containment leak inspection reported that by using a robotic camera, water was observed coming down the inside wall of the bioshield in the area of loop 2. At 0433 hours, 12/9/05, a shutdown of Unit 2 was initiated to allow further investigation / repair of the RCS leak inside containment. Unit 2 was placed in Mode 3 at 1313 hours, 12/9/05. At 1544 hours, 12/9/05, the containment leak inspection team reported pressure boundary leakage at a welded connection where a 3/4 inch bypass line is welded to the RCS loop upstream of the RHR loop suction valve 2HV8701B. [Plant Vogtle personnel are] presently preparing to commence shutdown to Mode 5 for repair of the leak."

Technical specification 3.4.14 applies and requires no pressure boundary leakage. The plant is currently removing decay heat by steaming from the steam generators through the steam dump valves to the condenser. All safety related electrical buses are available. Emergency diesel generators are available and in standby.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE RECEIVED BY PHONE ON 12/12/2005 AT 13:50 FROM JIM POLICKOSKI TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

Two corrections were communicated. The date of the initial event was "at 1450 hours on 12/8/05." The technical specification quoted is changed to 3.4.13.

Notified the R2DO (Henson).

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42197
Rep Org: FROEHLING & ROBERTSON
Licensee: FROEHLING & ROBERTSON
Region: 1
City: Roanoke State: VA
County:
License #: 4508890-2
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BILL BRIODY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 12/12/2005
Notification Time: 09:30 [ET]
Event Date: 12/12/2005
Event Time: 07:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/12/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
DONNA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GUAGE

A Troxler moisture density gauge (Model 3430, Serial number 36310) was stolen in front of a residence in Roanoke, VA. The technician wanted to get an early start on his Monday morning tasks, went into work at 14:00 Sunday, and took the truck home. The gauge was properly attached to the truck with two chains and two locks. The gauge was stolen sometime between 14:00 Sunday (12/11/2005) and 07:15 Monday (12/12/2005). The technician called 911 and made police report #143498.

Sources: 9 milliCurie Cs and 40 milli Curie Am-241/Be

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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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