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Event Notification Report for May 4, 2006

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
05/03/2006 - 05/04/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42535 42538 42539 42540 42541 42547 42548

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42535
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ARCO ENGINEERING & TESTING CONSULTANTS, INC.
Region: 1
City: HIALEAH State: FL
County:
License #: 3093-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES E. ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 04/28/2006
Notification Time: 15:05 [ET]
Event Date: 04/28/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/28/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD BARKLEY (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (E-MAILED) (NSIR)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

Event was received at the NRC Operation Center via e-mail.

"This office was notified of the theft of a soil moisture density gauge at a temporary job site. While the tech was inside a building, which is under construction, drilling holes, the locked transportation box was forced open and the gauge was stolen. They did not get the keys to the gauge. The licensee is considering offering a reward for the return the gauge. Florida is investigating." Incident occurred at 3251 NW 103rd Street, Miami, FL.

Troxler Model Number 3430, Serial Number 26593. Contains 8 milliCuries of Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of Am-241/Be.

Florida Incident Number: FL06-055

* * * UPDATE VIA E-MAIL FROM CHARLES E. ADAMS TO MACKINNON ON 04/28/06 AT 1610 EDT * * *

"Florida Investigator has determined that the transportation case was not locked and was not in view of the tech when the gauge was taken." R1DO (Barkley) & NMSS (Morell) notified and NSIR (ILTAB) e-mailed.


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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General Information or Other Event Number: 42538
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WEAVER BOOS CONSULTANTS, LLC
Region: 3
City: PORT CLINTON State: OH
County: OTTAWA
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE HELMER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/01/2006
Notification Time: 08:31 [ET]
Event Date: 04/29/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/01/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A representative of the State of Ohio Bureau of Radiation Protection reported an incident resulting in a damaged moisture density gauge. A moisture density gauge was run over by a truck at the Port Clinton, Ohio landfill when the State licensee was setting up to use the gauge. The top of the gauge was smashed and the fire department and a consultant for the licensee responded to the scene. There was no indication of contamination or damage to the sources. The gauge was placed back into its container and locked up at the landfill at a secure location. The State is sending inspectors out today to assess the incident and licensee actions. The licensee plans to ship the gauge to a repair facility.

The State did not have the make or model of the gauge or source serial numbers at the time this event was reported. The licensee number of the licensee was given as Ohio license 31210-2500-5000.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42539
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CAROLINA ENVIRONMENTAL, INC.
Region: 1
City: Cary State: NC
County:
License #: NC-06-15
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GRANT MILLS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/01/2006
Notification Time: 13:27 [ET]
Event Date: 04/26/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (E-Mail) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN SPECTRUM ANALYZER

"N.C. Radiation Protection Section was notified on 01 May 2006 by the RSO for Carolina Environmental, Inc. of the theft of a Niton Model XLP 303-A portable Spectrum Analyzer (Serial No. 7225). The gauge contained one sealed source: (1) Cd-109, 40 millicuries, source. The device was stolen from vehicle between 04-26-06 and 04-29-06 (exact date and time unknown). The device was stored in a grey plastic pelican style medium sized suitcase Exterior labeling and security on the case is unknown at this time. The vehicle had been in the Boston, [Massachusetts] area during this time frame.

"The NC Radiation Protection Section is investigating compliance issues related to the NC licensee.

"N.C. Radiation Protection Section is notifying the regional FBI, the N.C Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation, Nuclear Regulatory Operations Center, Massachusetts Radiation Control Program, local Massachusetts law enforcement are being informed by the victim of theft."

* * * UPDATE FROM L. COX TO P. SNYDER AT 1315 ON 5/2/06 * * *

The spectrum analyzer reported as stolen yesterday in Boston, Massachusetts as part of a reciprocity agreement was reported found today. The licensee said that the source was removed from the vehicle by a family member and stored without the custodian's knowledge. The licensee identified this on 5/2/06 and will contact local law enforcement and the state of Massachusetts about the recovery of the anayzer as well. The state of North Carolina will continue to follow this event and report additional information as it becomes available.

Notified R1DO (R. Bellamy) and NMSS (G. Morell).

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 42540
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: WANG ENGINEERING
Region: 3
City: LOMBARD State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01575-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/01/2006
Notification Time: 14:40 [ET]
Event Date: 05/01/2006
Event Time: 11:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/01/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (E-Mail) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"The licensee's radiation safety officer, [deleted] called the [Illinois Emergency Management Agency Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA-DNS)] to report that a vehicle used to transport a portable moisture density gauge had been stolen. [The licensee] indicated that a 2004 White Chevy Astro Van with license plate IL 43701F had been stolen from a jobsite at 820 South Damon Street, Chicago, IL at 11:00 hours this morning.

"Chicago Police have been called to the scene to investigate and to alert them as to the situation." The Chicago Police has issued a 'be on the lookout' notice for the stolen vehicle. IEMA-DNS indicated that the licensee reported that the gauge was secured to the vehicle.

The stolen gauge was a Troxler Moisture Density Gauge Model 3430, Serial Number 23187. The gauge has 2 sealed sources a 8 millicurie Cs-137 source (s/n 75-9797) and a 40 millicurie Am-241/Be source (s/n 47-19015).

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 42541
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: WACO State: TX
County:
License #: L00400
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/01/2006
Notification Time: 18:05 [ET]
Event Date: 05/01/2006
Event Time: 10:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
JOSEPH GIITTER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKY SEALED SOURCE

Baylor University identified a leaking Americium-241 sealed source. They were preparing the source for shipment to Los Alamos as part of the lost source recovery program when they identified leakage during a leak test. The state received conflicting information from the licensee who said that the activity of the source was either 1 millicurie or 191 millicuries. No further information was available at the time of the report. The state will follow up on this report with additional information after they gather it.

* * * UPDATE FROM A. TUCKER TO P. SNYDER AT 1301 ON 5/2/06 * * *

There were no personnel consequences as a result of this incident. No uptakes were reported. The source, ICN serial number 74101, was a one inch diameter check source that was being prepared for shipment to the Los Alamos National Laboratory off-site recovery program on 4/25/06. The source was in storage for some period of time immediately prior to being prepared for shipment. The activity of the source is 0.1909 microcuries of alpha and 0.0234 microcuries beta/gamma.

"The [licensee's] radiation safety staff isolated the source in a sealed container and surveyed all areas to ensure that the facility and other articles in contact with the source have not been contaminated. A contractor has been secured to encapsulate the source so that it can be disposed of."

This event is being tracked as Texas Incident Number I-8329.

Notified R4DO (Bywater) and NMSS (Morell).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42547
Facility: DIABLO CANYON
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN MACINTYRE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 05/03/2006
Notification Time: 12:28 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2006
Event Time: 02:14 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/03/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)

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

Event Text

DEGRADED CONDITION

"Greater than one percent of steam generator (SG) 2-4 tubes were determined to be defective and require plugging. Diablo Canyon performs 100% bobbin inspection of SG tubes, thus, no expanded bobbin inspection scope was required.

"On May 3, 2006, during the Unit 2 thirteenth refueling outage (2R13), final analysis of eddy current data of SG 2-4 indicated that greater than one percent of the total tubes inspected were defective placing them in Category C-3. Thirty four (34) detective tubes in SG 2-4 were detected and are being plugged. Most of the pluggable indications are due to axial outside diameter stress corrosion cracking at the hot leg tube support plates. Diablo Canyon TS 5.5.9, Table 5.5.9-2, requires 'Notification to NRC pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)' (replaced by 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii), an 8-hour non-emergency ENS report requirement).

"An NRC teleconference in accordance with TS 5.6.10.d to report the preliminary SG tube inspection results is scheduled for May 3, 2006, at 1000 PDT.

"A Special Report in accordance with TS 5.6.10.a to report the number of tubes plugged in each SG, and TS 5.6.10.c describing the cause of the tube degradation and corrective measures taken to prevent recurrence will be submitted prior to returning Diablo Canyon Unit 2 to power operation."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42548
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVID LANTZ
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 05/03/2006
Notification Time: 13:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2006
Event Time: 07:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/03/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (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

LOSS OF RESPONSE CAPABILITY - TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER (TSC)

"This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii), 8-hour Non-Emergency Report due to the loss of off-site response capability. As of 0700 Central Daylight Savings Time on 5/03/2006 the TSC was declared non-functional due to the discovery of non-conservative surveillance acceptance criteria for the TSC ventilation system flow balance. The acceptance criteria allow for a higher percentage of pressurization flow from filtered outside air and lower recirculation flow than is supported by the radiological consequences analysis for the TSC. This condition is complicated by the fact that the radiological consequences analysis has not been updated to incorporate changes to plant operation and radiological source term derived from the current license basis Loss of Coolant Accident analysis. Preliminary evaluations using current plant configuration, current TSC ventilation flow balance values, and current calculation methodology indicate that post-accident dose to TSC personnel is approximately 31.7 Rem to the thyroid, exceeding the acceptance criterion of 30 Rem.

"Activities to revise applicable surveillance acceptance criteria and restore TSC functionality by re-balancing TSC ventilation flows to establish acceptable dose consequences have been initiated and are expected to be complete by 2000 on 5/3/2006. Affected Emergency Response Organization members have been instructed on compensatory measures in place until the TSC is fully functional.

"Callaway Plant is currently operating in Mode 1 at 100% power. Normal plant operation is unaffected by the partial loss of TSC function.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE FROM F. BIERMANN TO P. SNYDER AT 2036 ON 5/3/06 * * *

"TSC ventilation flow balancing activities to restore TSC functionality have been completed. The TSC was declared functional and restored to service at 1930 CDT on 5/3/06."

The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R4DO (Bywater).

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