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Event Notification Report for February 9, 2006

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42214 42306 42307 42322

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42214
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CBC ENGINEERS AND ASSOCIATES, LTD.
Region: 3
City: CENTERVILLE State: OH
County:
License #: 31210580000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 12/21/2005
Notification Time: 12:06 [ET]
Event Date: 12/19/2005
Event Time: 12:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/08/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

OHIO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT: DAMAGED TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE


"ODH was notified on 12/19/05 by the licensee that a Troxler moisture density gauge received extensive damage when it was run over by a construction vehicle at a job site. The gauge was a Troxler Model 3430, serial number 31068, containing 8 mCi (millicuries) of Cs-137 and 40 mCi (millicuries) of Am-241. Preliminary notification by the licensee is that the gauge was left unattended but is still in sight of the operator, who had gone back to their truck to verify information for the next analysis. While the operator was away from the gauge, the construction vehicle approached the location and ran over the gauge. The gauge user was unable to get back to the gauge and wave away the truck driver before the gauge was run over. The gauge casing was destroyed but initial surveys performed on site indicate that the sources remained intact. The gauge was packed into the transport case and transported to a gauge service provider for leak testing and packaging for return to the manufacturer. An investigation is being conducted by ODH."

ITEM NUMBER: OH050010

* * * UPDATE FROM S. JAMES TO W. GOTT AT 1633 ON 02/08/06 * * *

The State provided the following information via email:

"Device was found to not be leaking and was returned to the manufacturer."

Notified R3DO (Lanksbury) and NMSS (Camper).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42306
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Region: 1
City: CHARLESTON State: SC
County:
License #: 081
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MELINDA BRADSHAW
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/03/2006
Notification Time: 16:25 [ET]
Event Date: 01/16/2006
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/03/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)
GLENN MEYER (R1)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL MISADMINISTRATION

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified (telephone) on February 3, 2006, by the licensee, that a medical misadministration had occurred. A patient who was scheduled for an Iodine-131 whole body scan (~4 millicuries) was administered an Iodine-131 therapy dose of 200 millicuries instead. This event took place on January 16, 2006, but was not discovered by the Nuclear Medicine Department until February 2, 2006. The Nuc. Med. Dept. notified the Radiation Safety Office on February 3, 2006. The Radiation Safety Office then notified the Department as well on February 3, 2006 at 3:15 p.m. The referring physician has been notified and was in the process of notifying the patient. The licensee knew no additional details at this point. Additional information will be provided by the licensee in a written report within 15 days. Updates to this event will be made through the NMED system as further information is received."

Event Report ID #SC060002

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42307
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee:
Region: 4
City: BREA State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/03/2006
Notification Time: 19:58 [ET]
Event Date: 01/30/2006
Event Time: 12:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 02/03/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MIKE RUNYAN (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EIGHT SMOKE DETECTORS FOUND IN A LANDFILL

"At 1230 on Monday, January 30, 2006, RHB received a call from the Brea Landfill that a transfer truck from the South Gate Transfer Station, 9530 Garfield Avenue, South Gate, CA 90280 (562-927-0146) set off their radiation alarm (500 kcpm with a background of 7 kcpm). Using an Inovision, CHP 450, at 1145, survey of the truck found the highest reading on the driver's side of the transfer truck 11'6" from the rear and 1'9" from the bottom. A DOT exemption was issued (CA-CA-06-08) and the truck was returned to the South Gate Transfer Station, which is in the LA County Radiation Management area (LA County will also open their own RH5010 on this incident).

"Later that day, LA County went to South Gate and identified the radionuclides in the load as Ra-226 and Am-241. On January 31, 2006, LA County separated out eight old Ra-226 and Am-241 smoke detectors from the waste. Two of the detectors had identifying information on them. One was a Pyrotonics, Bridgedale Ave, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, 07927, made in Switzerland, Model F-3 s/n 66078 with 20 microcuries of Ra-226 and the other was a Pyr-Alarm Cerberus F-3/5A, s/n 24B1965, with 80 microcuries of Am-241, distributed by Pyrotronics, manufactured in Switzerland. All of the Am-241 devices appear to have an activity of approximately 80 microcuries and the Ra-226 devices appear to have approximately 20 microcuries each. LA County took possession of all eight devices and they were placed in RHB's radioactive materials storage area."

CA NMED #: XCA-854-013006

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 42322
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JON PIERCE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 02/08/2006
Notification Time: 18:21 [ET]
Event Date: 02/08/2006
Event Time: 16:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/08/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

"Notification is being made that the South Texas Project is notifying the State of Texas Department of State Health Services not to use the Delta Temperature method (primary method) [used to determine atmosphere stability input to offsite dose assessment calculations] for dose assessment. South Texas Project will be using the Backup method until the Delta Temperature problems are resolved."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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