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Event Notification Report for February 7, 2006

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42240 42290 42298 42302 42303 42311 42313 42316

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42240
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: IRISNDT, INC
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L04769 Site 3
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/04/2006
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 01/04/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/06/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - TEXAS LICENSEE EMPLOYEE OCCUPATIONAL OVEREXPOSURE

The State provided the following information via email:

"The [Texas] Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Radiation Control received written notification from [Name Deleted], Texas Regional RSO for IRISNDT, Inc. that one of its previous employee's received exposure in excess of 5 Rem annual dose. The RSO reports that while doing an update of radiation dose reports for all licensees' Texas employees, the Texas Regional RSO noted that a past employer exposure history was not recorded for a former employee (the radiographer) of the licensee. The RSO reviewed the personnel files for the individual and could not find a past exposure history from the record from the radiographer's previous employer. The Texas RSO contacted the Corporate RSO to see if he had a record for the individual. The Corporate RSO found an exposure history record and faxed it to the Texas RSO. The previous employer's record, H&G Inspection, [address deleted] reflected a dose of 3.918 Rem in the first 6.5 months of employment. The doses were compiled with IRISNDT's records and it was immediately noted that the radiographer had an accumulated dose in excess of 5 Rem. The Texas RSO called the former employee to notify him of the overexposure that same day of record discovery. The former employee stated that he thought the dose he had been assigned was not correct and that's why he did not inform the Texas RSO. It was determined through discussions with the radiographer that the radiographer has not worked since November 2005 and was informed that he cannot work in the industry until he talks to the DSHS. IRISNDT, Inc. stated they failed to check previous records and the radiographer failed to report [previous dose] to [IRISNDT]. In the future IRISNDT, Inc. will provide a form for potential employees to complete pre-hire for dose records to be reviewed and the safety program administrator has been assigned the responsibility to call 2 times per week to follow-up on previous employer dose histories for new hires."

Texas Incident No: I-8287

* * * UPDATE FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS (E-MAIL) TO HUFFMAN AT 1200 ON 2/6/06 * * *

The final Texas Department of State Health Services Radiation Branch report on this incident noted that the total annual expose received by the individual involved was 5.713 Rem. The exposure breakdown was 3.918 Rem for individual's previous employer and 1.795 Rem while the individual worked at IRISNDT. The R4DO (Nease) and NMSS (Morell) were notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42290
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: RICH KLINEFELTER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 01/27/2006
Notification Time: 14:15 [ET]
Event Date: 01/27/2006
Event Time: 08:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/06/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)

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

UNIT 2 EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM (ERDS) MODEM FAILED


"`AT 0800 ON 01/27/2006 the Unit 2 ERDS modem failed its testing criteria. The modem will not transmit any of the Unit 2 ERDS data. At 1234, the determination was made that repairs will exceed 8 hours. The data points transmitted by ERDS are operable. Only the transmission of the Unit 2 data to the NRC is inoperable. Unit 1 ERDS remains operable.

"A review of the ability of the Emergency organization to function without ERDS was performed. The NEP (Nuclear Emergency Planning) Duty Planner has established another data line. In response to a Unit 2 event, the affected NERO (Nuclear Emergency Response Organization) positions will verbally transmit the Unit 2 data to the NRC. All affected NERO positions have been notified.

"Since the Unit 2 ERDS computer system will be unavailable for greater than 8 hours, this is considered a Loss of Offsite Communications Capability and reportable under 10 CFR 50/72(b)(3)(xiii)."

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

* * * UPDATE RECEIVED BY JOE O'HARA FROM RON FRY AT 1316 ON 2/6/06 * * *

"This is a followup to EN# 42290, which documented a loss of emergency response capability. The Susquehanna computer group replaced the Unit 2 ERDS modem power supply with an identical component then completed the quarterly functional check as of 10:37 on 02/06/2006. As of 10:37 on 02/06/2006, the Unit 2 ERDS modem is operable and will transmit Unit 2 data to the NRC. All affected NERO positions have been notified."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R1DO(Gray) has been notified.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42298
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS
Region: 4
City: EUNICE State: NM
County: LEA
License #: WL-241-33
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WALTER MEDINA
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/01/2006
Notification Time: 19:45 [ET]
Event Date: 01/31/2006
Event Time: 09:50 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/01/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - MATERIAL LOSS OF CONTROL

The State provided the following information via email:

"[The] RSO for Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc. (NM license number WL 241-33), reported at 9:50 a.m. on January 31, 2006 that Baker Hughes temporarily lost control of a 2 Ci Cs-137 sealed source after completion of a job two to three miles south of Eunice, NM in Lea County. Upon completion of the job, the crew from the Midland, TX facility secured the 18 Ci Am/Be source in its shipping container and departed the job site, leaving the unshielded Cesium source on the ground.

On returning to Midland, the crew discovered the Cesium source was not in the vehicle and they immediately notified Baker Hughes personnel in Hobbs, NM. Hobbs personnel located, recovered, and secured the source approximately 2 hours after the Midland crew left the site. Preliminary information indicated there was no drilling going on at the job site when Hobbs personnel recovered the source and it was not known if any individuals received a dose.

A follow-up telephone call to [the RSO] today indicates non-badged individuals were working in the area of the unshielded source. Initial calculations show the highest dose to any of these individuals to be less than 70 mRem.

The New Mexico Radiation Control Bureau is continuing the investigation of the incident and will provide updated information as it becomes available. A visit to the licensee's Hobbs, NM office is planned."

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.

Although IAEA categorization of this event is typically based on device type, the staff has been made aware of the actual activity of the source, and after calculation determines that it is a Less than Cat 3 event.

Note: the value assigned by device type "Category 3" is different than the calculated value "Less than Cat 3"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42302
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: PRECISION ENERGY SERVICES
Region: 4
City: PORT BARRE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-4413-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE HENRY
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 02/02/2006
Notification Time: 11:21 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGGREEMENT STATE - ABANDONED WELL LOGGING SOURCE

The following information was received from the State of Louisiana, Department of Environmental Quality, via facsimile:

"Precision Energy Services abandoned two sources in Well Logging operations. The logging tool was initially stuck on December 2, 2005 and abandoned on December 7, 2005. A 20 Ci source of Americium-241 (Beryllium) and a 2 Ci source of Cs-137 were abandoned at a depth of 6197 Feet. All abandonment procedures were followed. Deflection devises and cement were filled to a depth of 5902 Feet."

Louisiana Event Report ID Number: LA 050010.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy.

Although IAEA categorization of this event is typically based on device type, the staff has been made aware of the actual activity of the source, and after calculation determines that it is a Category 2 event.

Note: the value assigned by device type "Category 3" is different than the calculated value "Category 2"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42303
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: OWENSBY & KRITIKOS
Region: 4
City: GRETNA State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2234-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE HENRY
HQ OPS Officer: GERRY WAIG
Notification Date: 02/02/2006
Notification Time: 12:19 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

The following was received from the State of Louisiana, Department of Environmental Quality, via facsimile:

"Event description: Owensby & Kritikos reported on January 19, 2006 that [deleted] exceeded the 5000 mrem exposure for the year 2005. [Deleted] received a yearly dose of 5117 mrem for the year 2005. [Deleted] is an industrial radiographer. As corrective action, the Radiation Safety Officer discussed the importance of ALARA concepts and the use of survey meters, dosimeters, and film badges."

Louisiana Event Report ID Number: LA060001.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42311
Facility: CLINTON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: KEN LEFFEL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/05/2006
Notification Time: 14:56 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2006
Event Time: 10:25 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/06/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3)

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

Event Text

LOSS OF SPDS FOR GREATER THAN 8 HOURS

"On February 5, 2006 at 0225 hours, the Clinton Power Station shutdown the Plant Process Computer in preparation for transferring Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) 1A to its alternate source to make preps for the upcoming DC MCC 1E outage. This caused the loss of the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS). The computer would not restart following the power supply transfer.

"This event is reportable due to the major loss of emergency assessment capability per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) (when the SPDS has been unavailable for 8 hours or greater). The cause of the failure of the computer is not known at this time.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM LEFFEL TO HUFFMAN AT 1318 ON 2/6/06 * * *

"Repairs to the plant process computer were completed at 0810 hours on 2/6/06. The SPDS has been fully restored."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. R3DO (Lanksbury) notified.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42313
Rep Org: MAXIM TECHNOLOGIES
Licensee: MAXIM TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 3
City: NOVI State: MI
County:
License #: 48-32185-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PAUL MICHLIG
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 02/06/2006
Notification Time: 10:03 [ET]
Event Date: 02/06/2006
Event Time: 07:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/06/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
CANADA NSC ()
TAS (EMAIL) ()

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The licensee (Wisconsin company doing work in Michigan) reported that a Troxler moisture density gauge (Model 3440, S/N 36172, 40 milliCuries Am-241/Be, 8 milliCuries Cs-137) was discovered stolen from a construction site in Novi, MI early Monday 02/06/06. The gauge was stored in a contractor trailer and was stolen sometime over the weekend. The lock on the trailer and the chain locking the gauge case to the trailer were both cut. The general contractor reported the theft to the local police.



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: 42316
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SE
Licensee: SAINT-GOBAIN CERAMICS & PLASTICS
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L04895
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 02/06/2006
Notification Time: 15:34 [ET]
Event Date: 02/06/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/06/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)
MEXICO(E-MAIL) ()
TAS(E-MAIL) (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"On December 26, 2005 morning, the licensee discovered that their facility was burglarized sometime between 12/24 & 12/25/05. The licensee immediately contacted the Houston Police Department (HPD) to process a report. After conducting a quick tour of the facility with the police, the licensee noticed that some test equipment and a combination safe were taken from the test room. The safe contained (2) Cs-137 calibration/check sources @ 200 microcuries each. The safe was locked and was posted with a 'Caution Radioactive Material' sign. The Houston police were given all required information to conduct an investigation. The licensee also contacted their consultant, Bruce Bristow of Radiation Consultants, Inc. regarding the incident and were advised to purchase (2) replacement sources from the same manufacturer with the same source strength."

The Texas Incident Number is I-8296.

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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