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Event Notification Report for February 2, 2006

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Event Reports For
02/01/2006 - 02/02/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42141 42289 42291 42295 42299 42300 42301

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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: 02/01/2006
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)


**** UPDATE ON 02/01/06 AT 1500 VIA E-MAIL FROM S. SIMMONS TO MACKINNON *****

"On Monday, January 30, 2006, I received a call from the RSO for Terra-Mar US Labs, informing the agency that an employee of the company had found the stolen gauge. The gauge was recovered at "First Cash Pawn" located at Wisdom Camp Rd., Duncanville, TX. The agency immediately responded by dispatching an inspector to verify that the gauge was in fact the property of the licensee. Once accomplished, the licensee was notified to recover the property. The gauge is now in possession of the licensee. Law enforcement officials are investigating the possibility of criminal prosecution. Case Close. "

R4DO (Runyan), NMSS EO (Greg Morell), TAS (e-mail) & MEXICO (e-mail) notified.

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: 42289
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNC CHAPEL HILL
Region: 1
City: CHAPEL HILL State: NC
County:
License #: 068-0214-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHARN JEFFRIES
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 01/27/2006
Notification Time: 09:59 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/27/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)
TIM HARRIS (NMSS)
TAS (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING RADIUM SOURCE

"Licensee representative reported a lost Liquid Scintillation Counter with associated Radium 226 source (removed from the location approx late December 2005). Authorized user [Deleted] surplused the LSC, LKS Model 1214, Liquid Scintillation Counter- SN 115, UNC Property Number 175899, Radium 226 source of 10 microcuries.

"The licensee representative searched for the LSC/source at UNC Chapel Hill Surplus Property, NC Surplus Property, and has interviewed individuals that may have purchased or acquired LSC, to no avail.

"Incident Assessment by IAT:

"There is no significant radiation exposure hazard, there is no significant radiation contamination hazard, and the event has been classified as LOW - Minimal or Low Risk in regards to persons, environment, and facilities/equipment at the facility."

NC Incident number: 06-05

This event was reported by the State of North Carolina voluntarily to the NRC, however, the NRC does not regulate Radium 226 at this time.

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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42291
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: STORK SOUTHWESTERN LABS
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L00299
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT FREE
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/27/2006
Notification Time: 14:02 [ET]
Event Date: 01/27/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/27/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported an "overexposure, ( 5.581 Rem) that was discovered during badge processing. The radiographer was unavailable for an interview." The event occurred "4th quarter 05" at the "Mach Industrial Group." The Texas Incident Number is I-8293.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42295
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: CHALMETTE REFINERY
Region: 4
City: CHALMETTE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2247-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/30/2006
Notification Time: 16:00 [ET]
Event Date: 01/30/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/30/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- MISSING SOURCES FOLLOWING HURRICANE KATRINA

A representative from the State of Louisiana reported that an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Unit used by the Chalmette Refinery is missing following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The building housing the XRF Unit was under 20 feet of water from storm related flooding. The building was gutted in post Katrina restoration without first locating the XRF Unit. The licensee has searched for the unit and declared it missing on 1/30/06. It is believed that the Unit was sent to a landfill with other building wastes.

The XRF Unit was a model TN-927 with a 45 mCi Fe-55 source and a 5 mCi Cd-109 source.

State Report Number: Pending

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: 42299
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM CLARK
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/01/2006
Notification Time: 21:33 [ET]
Event Date: 02/01/2006
Event Time: 18:55 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2006
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3)
MARK SATORIUS (R3)
MEL LEACH (IRD)
TOM MARTIN (NRR)
GOMEZ-RIOS (DHS)
AUSTIN (FEMA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 96 Power Operation 96 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF SITE EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

At approximately 18:55 CST, the site lost external communications. At 1937 CST, Duane Arnold declared an Unusual Event due to loss of communications to most offsite agencies. Communications with the county were operating via microwave however, other external communications were not working. The site believed that the loss was due to a "single microwave tower malfunction." The county was contacted directly and other offsite communications (including this event) were being made using a cell phone. The Headquarters Operation Officer was able to contact the Control Room using a commercial phone number. The plant is currently in day 2 of a 14 day RCIC LCO.

At 22:35 EST, the site verified that they now have intermittent communications using commercial phone lines. The licensee will not exit the Unusual Event until they have restored communications and know the reason for losing communications.

The NRC Resident Inspector is at the site.

* * * UPDATE FROM GORDON TO KNOKE AT 02:23 EST ON 02/02/06 * * *

Duane Arnold terminated the Unusual Event at 01:00 CST. The licensee restored site communications by correcting the microwave tower malfunction. The ENS line became operable at 03:32 EST.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Riemer), NRR EO (Martin), IRD MOC (Leach), FEMA (Dunker), DHS (Christenson).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42300
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: DENNIS FRANCIS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 02/02/2006
Notification Time: 01:43 [ET]
Event Date: 02/01/2006
Event Time: 19:43 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

INOPERABLE ISOLATION CONDENSER

"While performing DIS 1300-02, Unit 2 ISO COND Steam/Condensate Line High Flow Calibration, workers attempted to valve in DPIS 2-1349-8, U2 Isolation Condenser Return Line Hi Flow. While opening the low isolation valve the technician noticed a vibration in the sensing line. He proceeded to close the equalizer and open the high isolation. As he opened the high side isolation the DPIS indication started to ramp high. As the indication ramped above about 9 inches the technician closed the high side isolation valve.

"The Isolation Condenser has been isolated to comply with Technical Specification ENTERED TS 3.3.6.1 C.1 and F.1, Primary Containment Isolation Instrumentation and TS 3.5.3. A.1 & A.2, Isolation Condenser. A prompt investigation has been initiated to determine the cause. A troubleshooting plan is being developed.

"Per Tech Spec Bases Section 3.5.3, Applicable Safety Analysis, credit is taken for the Isolation Condenser in the loss of Feedwater Transient Analysis. Therefore the event is reportable under 10CFR 50.72.(b)(3)(v)(D)."


The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42301
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RANDY SANDS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 02/02/2006
Notification Time: 04:51 [ET]
Event Date: 02/01/2006
Event Time: 23:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (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

EMERGENCY FILTRATION TRAIN FAN DECLARED INOPERABLE

Train "A" of the Emergency Filtration Train (EFT) Unit, which services the control room ventilation system, tripped off line due to a low flow condition. The cause was determined to be a rip in the rubber boot at the suction of the fan, thus causing an automatic trip of the EFT system from a low flow condition through the filter where flow is sensed. Both the "A" and "B" trains were declared inoperable due to the amount of leakage the "B" EFT was having through the ripped boot in the "A" EFT, and the condition found on "B" EFT rubber boot. Upon further evaluation of the "B" EFT boot condition, the "B" train was declared operable at 03:02 CST on 02/02/06. The "A" EFT will remain in a 7 day LCO until the rubber boot is replaced. The 8 hour notification was issued due to both EFT Units being declared inoperable.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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