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Event Notification Report for December 14, 2005

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Event Reports For
12/13/2005 - 12/14/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42192 42195 42197 42199 42201 42202 42203 42204

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42192
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: MFG, INC.
Region: 4
City: IRVINE State: CA
County:
License #: 7326-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/09/2005
Notification Time: 10:55 [ET]
Event Date: 12/08/2005
Event Time: 15:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/09/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KRISS KENNEDY (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)
MEXICO via fax ()
TAS via email ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via email:

"On December 8, 2005, the California Radiologic Health Branch received notification from the Office of Emergency Services that one moisture density gauge (Troxler Model 3440, SN 31824, containing up to 9 mCi Cs-137 and up to 44 mCi Am-241) had been stolen from MFG, Inc. The gauge, along with a few other items, was stolen from the licensee's storage unit in Santa Ana, CA. The transport case was still in the storage unit, but the gauge was missing. The California Radiologic Health Branch is following up with the licensee to obtain more information."

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.

* * * UPDATE FROM D. KRAJEWSKI TO P. SNYDER AT 1835 ON 12/8/05 * * *

The State of California representative called to correct the earlier report due to additional information they received. The transport case housing the gauge was also stolen with the gauge. The State provided the following information via e-mail: "The door to the facility had been pried open. The lock to the wooden storage box (which housed the gauge / gauge transport case) was still fastened, but the side of the wooden storage box had been pried open and the transport case and the gauge were gone. The California Radiologic Health Branch is following up with the licensee to obtain more information and to get a copy of the latest leak test."

Notified R4DO K. Kennedy and NMSS EO M. Wayne Hodges.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42195
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: KLIENFELDER, INC
Region: 4
City: RENO State: NV
County:
License #: 00-11-0086-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MORGAN TYLER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 12/09/2005
Notification Time: 19:48 [ET]
Event Date: 12/09/2005
Event Time: 14:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/12/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KRISS KENNEDY (R4)
M. WAYNE HODGES (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The licensee provided the following information via facsimile:

"On December 9, 2005 approximately between 11:50 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. [the gauge operator] lost a Nuclear Gauge (Troxler Moisture Density Gauge, Model 3430, s/n 35182, 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241:Be).

"[The gauge operator] was out at Del Webb Somersett, Village 8 to perform compaction tests with the Nuclear Gauge. [The gauge operator] arrived on the job-site and parked his truck at the intersection of Hidden River Way and Del Webb Parkway. He got his equipment ready to so he could begin to test the soil compaction. He took the gauge out of the safety box, and left it in the bed of his truck with the tailgate down.

"The contractor, ran into rock while excavating, and it was taking longer than normal to lay the pipe backfill. On and off for the next two hours [the gauge operator] watched from his truck. Lunchtime rolled around and the gauge operator left the jobsite for lunch. He did not put the gauge back in the safety box, or put his tailgate back up.

"This is the route that [the gauge operator] took to go to lunch. He took Del Webb Parkway East to Somersett Parkway. He took Somersett Parkway all the way to Mae Anne. After turning left onto Mae Anne he drove to KFC located in the Wal-Mart complex near McCarran Blvd. He went through the drive-thru at KFC, got his lunch and drove back to the job-site by the exact same route. When back on Del Webb Parkway he ran over a piece of steel and got out of his truck to see what he ran over. When he got out, he saw that the tailgate was down on his truck and that the gauge was gone. This was approximately 12:15 p.m. When [the gauge operator] saw the gauge was gone he got in his truck and retraced all of his steps looking for the gauge. He did not find it. The workers on the job site were asked if they had seen the gauge and no one had."

The licensee notified the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Department.

Event Report ID NV-05-006.

* * * UPDATE TO ABRAMOVITZ RECEIVED VIA FAX AT 10:04 ON 12/12/05 * * *

"The gauge has been found and is now in the possession of the licensee. Some gauge electronics appeared to be missing, but the source appears to be intact. The gauge has been leak tested." Nevada has updated the Event Report ID Number from NV-05-006 to NV-05-009.

Notified NMSS (Morell), R4DO (Johnson), and TAS (via E-mail).

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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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: 12/13/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
TAS email (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-137 and 40 milliCurie Am-241/Be

* * * UPDATE AT 16:20 ON 12/13/2005 FROM BRIODY TO ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The licensee found the stolen Troxler gauge on a river bank approximately two miles from the scene of the theft. The gauge was still in the case and no apparent damage was observed.

Notified NMSS (Morell), R1DO (Dimitriadis), and TAS (via E-mail).

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 42199
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM WILSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/13/2005
Notification Time: 06:42 [ET]
Event Date: 12/13/2005
Event Time: 03:39 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)

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

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOSS OF CONDENSER VACUUM


"Point Beach Unit 1 was manually tripped at 0339 CST on 12/13/05 due to a loss of condenser vacuum caused by a mechanical failure of the running circulating water pump. All plant systems responded normally, including an auxiliary feedwater actuation."

The trip was uncomplicated. All rods fully inserted. MSIVs were isolated due to the loss of condenser vacuum so decay heat is being removed by the atmospheric dump valves. The licensee indicated that there are no known steam generator tube leak issues. All systems functioned as required. The licensee was not in any significant LCO at the time of the trip. The trip had no impact on the electrical lineup or on Unit 2 operations. The cause of the circ water pump failure is still under investigation but there is evidence of sheared bolts on the pump coupling.

The licensee noted the turbine condenser rupture disks blew due to high pressure.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42201
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: PAUL SALGADO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 12/13/2005
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 11/06/2005
Event Time: 01:19 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)

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

Event Text

INVALID CONTAINMENT ISOLATION SIGNAL GENERATED

"This telephone notification is provided in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1), to report an invalid actuation reportable under 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A), 'Any event or condition that resulted in manual or automatic actuation of any system listed in paragraph (a)(2)(iv)(B).' General containment isolation signals affecting containment isolation valves in more than one system is identified in paragraph (a)(2)(iv)(B).

"On November 6, 2005, at 0119 hours, with Unit 2 in Mode 5 'Refueling,' an invalid containment isolation signal was generated when maintenance personnel disconnected an electrical lead. The event occurred due to an error in a work package and resulted in the initiation of Group 2 and 3 isolation signals. The containment isolation signals affected containment isolation valves in more than one system. All affected containment isolation valves operated as designed."


The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Hospital Event Number: 42202
Rep Org: LEWIS-GALE MEDICAL CENTER
Licensee: LEWIS-GALE MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: SALEM State: VA
County:
License #: 45-09207-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LEE ANTHONY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 12/13/2005
Notification Time: 16:50 [ET]
Event Date: 12/13/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(1) - DOSE <> PRESCRIBED DOSAGE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1)
THOMAS ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

MEDICAL EVENT

On 12/09/05 a patient was to receive 220 millicuries of I-131 (three capsules). The three capsules were transported in two small pigs. On Tuesday,12/13/05, one of the capsules was discovered in one of the two pigs indicating the patient only received two of the capsules. The patient will be notified.

The licensee notified Tara Weidner at NRC Region 1.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42203
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ROBIN BELL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 12/13/2005
Notification Time: 18:06 [ET]
Event Date: 12/12/2005
Event Time: 18:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
THOMAS DECKER (R2)

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

Event Text

VIOLATION OF SPENT FUEL HANDLING CONDITIONS

"This report is being made pursuant to a reporting requirement specified in Certificate of Compliance Number 1015, Appendix B2.1, which states that if any fuel specification or loading conditions of this section are violated that the affected fuel assemblies be placed in a safe condition; that the NRC Operations Center be notified within 24 hours and that a special report be submitted within 30 days.

"On 12/12/2005, fuel handlers were loading a NAC-UMS canister with spent fuel assemblies from the McGuire Unit Two fuel pool. As the fuel handlers were attempting to retrieve a fuel assembly from pool location PP-34, they inadvertently picked assembly Z50 from pool location RR-34. Once retrieved, the assembly was transferred to the canister where it was lowered into the canister. As the assembly was being lowered into the canister, a camera operator noticed that the fuel ID did not match the one specified in the loading procedures. The assembly was never disengaged from the grappling tool used to move it to the canister. From a fuel specification perspective, the initial enrichment was 3.636 weight percent U-235, the final burnup was 40,254 MWD, and the discharge date was 2/22/2002. At this time, the decay heat for this assembly has been conservatively determined to be greater than the decay heat allowed per assembly. The fuel specifications not being met for this condition were minimal cooling time of five years (Table B2-4) and the allowable decay heat per assembly (Table B2-1).

"Immediate corrective actions included returning the fuel assembly to its original storage location in the fuel pool."


The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42204
Facility: COMANCHE PEAK
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CRAIG PALMER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 12/13/2005
Notification Time: 18:10 [ET]
Event Date: 12/13/2005
Event Time: 13:45 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/13/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

"The following event description is based on information currently available. If through subsequent reviews of this event, additional information is identified that is pertinent to this event or alters the information being provided at this time, a follow-up notification will be made via the ENS.

"At 1345 CST as part of post maintenance testing of the Comanche Peak Alert and Notification (siren) System, a polling of the system was initiated from the onsite microwave building. In response to this polling, only 5 of the system's 72 sirens initially responded. Troubleshooting determined that the 450 MHz radio system repeater used by both the siren system and the site emergency response teams was malfunctioning. Malfunction of this radio repeater made functionality of the systems intermittent and full function of neither was assured.

"The siren system and emergency response radio system have been returned to service by switching to the backup radio repeater at 1522 CST.

"There are no events in progress that required siren operation or dispatch of the site's emergency response teams.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of the siren and emergency response radio system failures."

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