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Event Notification Report for December 28, 2005

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Event Reports For
12/27/2005 - 12/28/2005

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42223 42225 42231 42232 42233

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42223
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH
Region: 4
City: LAWRENCE State: KS
County:
License #: 20-B-708-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KIM STEVES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/22/2005
Notification Time: 17:38 [ET]
Event Date: 12/22/2005
Event Time: 06:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARK SHAFFER (R4)
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)
LARRY CAMPER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

A truck carrying 600 millicuries of Technetium-99m (150 ml in two containers) was involved in a traffic accident in Lawrence, Kansas. The containers were undamaged by the accident and a survey of the containers and truck determined that there was no leakage or radioactive contamination. The Technetium has been secured and taken into possession by representatives of Cardinal Health.

Kansas Report # 7831227

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42225
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WE ENERGIES
Region: 3
City: PORT WASHINGTON State: WI
County:
License #: GL 707237
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 12/23/2005
Notification Time: 10:31 [ET]
Event Date: 12/23/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)
SANDY WASTLER (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (E-MAIL) (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOSS OF TRITIUM SIGNS

"In 2004 the Port Washington Power Plant (PWPP) was demolished in preparation for the construction of a new gas-fired plant. Before demolishing began, 56 exit signs containing Tritium (H-3) were taken down, boxed up and planned for return to Isolite through a contractor. The signs were accounted for in December of 2004 but during the 4th quarter of 2005 WE Energies identified that there was no accounting for the signs disposal. An investigation began and WE Energies spoke with their contractors and sub-contractors. No paperwork was found for the disposal and it appears they were sent to a landfill with the general trash.

"Due to the length of time since disposal, the signs are assumed to be in the landfill buried under general trash. No search of the landfill will be conducted.

"WE Energies has taken four steps to identify and properly manage their exit signs. They are:
1. Conduct a full inventory for exit signs at all WE Energies sites.
2. Develop a procedure for the use, control, handling and disposal or their exit signs.
3. Begin replacing their exist signs containing H-3 with signs not containing H-3.
4. Implement a training program for management on the proper use and control of their exit signs.

"WI DHFS is meeting with WE Energies in January to discuss this incident."

Additional information on the signs is not available at this time. This information will be discussed at the January 2006 meeting. The State of Wisconsin estimates that the signs contained 20-30 Curies each. This equates to a total activity of (56x30) 1680 Curies of tritium.

Wisconsin Event Report ID: 32

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: 42231
Rep Org: AMERICAN TECHNICAL SERVICES
Licensee: AMERICAN TECHNICAL SERVICES
Region: 4
City: SIOUX FALLS State: SD
County:
License #: 40-27465-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE HUDSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 12/27/2005
Notification Time: 13:13 [ET]
Event Date: 12/08/2005
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/27/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
JEFFREY CLARK (R4)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (EMAIL) (TAS)

Event Text

LOST TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GUAGE

American Technical Services (Sioux Falls, SD) sent a Troxler Moisture Density Gauge to QALTEK (Idaho Falls, ID) for repairs. The gauge was picked up by DHL Express at 14:15 CST on 12/08/2005 and has not arrived at its destination. DHL is searching for the gauge.

Troxler Model 3400
Serial Number 25721
Cs-137 source #47-22091, 0.3 GBq [8 millicuries]
Am-241:Be source 1.48 GBq [40 millicuries]

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: 42232
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM J. BLESSIE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 12/27/2005
Notification Time: 14:59 [ET]
Event Date: 12/27/2005
Event Time: 07:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/27/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JEFFREY CLARK (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

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION INOPERABLE

"During an equipment operator rounds of the onsite Emergency Response Technical Support Center the access cover for the suction plenum of VA-107, Technical Support Center Air Handling Unit, was found removed and resting on the floor under the opening exposing a 2 ft X 2 ft opening. The as-found condition would have made the Technical Support Center ventilation System inoperable with respect to maintaining Technical Support Center personnel dose limits in a design basis accident. The air handling unit is located in a mechanical room outside the Technical Support Center envelope. With the access cover removed, air from the mechanical room would be drawn into the air handling unit and discharged into the Technical Support Center, in a design basis accident, the as-found condition would allow an undesirable amount of unfiltered air into the Technical Support Center envelope. This condition does not adversely affect the charcoal filtering unit, VA-119, from drawing outside air required to maintain the Technical Support Center in a positive pressure envelope. The cause of the access cover being removed could not be determined, the access cover was re-installed at 08:15 CST and a maintenance work document generated to verify proper operation of latches. This report is being made under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) since the as-found condition impaired the licensee's ability to staff the Technical Support Center during an accident. Contingency actions are in place in the Emergency Plan to deal with the evacuation of the Technical Support Center."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42233
Rep Org: ROSEMOUNT NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS
Licensee: ROSEMOUNT NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS
Region: 3
City: CHANHASSEN State: MN
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID ROBERTS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 12/27/2005
Notification Time: 18:14 [ET]
Event Date: 12/27/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/27/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (R1)
MARK LESSER (R2)
DAVID HILLS (R3)
JEFFREY CLARK (R4)
CORNELIUS HOLDEN (NRR)
OMID TABATABAI (fax) (NRR)

Event Text

PART 21 NOTIFICATION FOR ROSEMOUNT TRANSMITTERS

The Supplier provided this notification via facsimile and is summarized below:

A multi-meter used in the calibration of certain pressure instruments went out of calibration between 10/10/2005 and 11/18/2005. These instruments may not conform to the published accuracy specification of +/- 0.25% of calibrated span. Rosemont Nuclear Instruments, Inc (RNII) successfully recalibrated all affected transmitters that had not yet shipped from its facility. The instruments affected by this failure are:

"(a) certain Model 1152 gage and differential pressure transmitters with model codes beginning with 1152GP, 1152DP, or 1152HP, inclusive of pressure measuring range codes 3, 4, 5, and 6 (the range code is the 7th position in the model string); and

"(b) certain Model 1153 Series B and 1153 Series D gage and differential pressure transmitters with model codes beginning with 1153GB, 1153DB, 1153HB, 1153GD, 1153DD, or 1153HD inclusive of pressure measuring range codes 3, 4, 5, and 6 (the range code is the 7th position in the model string); and

"(c) certain Model 1154 and 1154 Series H gage and differential pressure transmitters with model codes beginning with 1154GP, 1154DP, 1154HP, 1154DH, or 1154HH inclusive of pressure measuring range codes 4, 5, and 6 (the range code is the 7th position in the model string).

"The end user must determine the impact of this potential non-conformance on its plant operations and safety and take action as deemed necessary. If an affected pressure transmitter has been successfully calibrated after receipt from RNII or will be calibrated prior to installation, no further action should be required."

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