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Event Notification Report for May 17, 2006

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Event Reports For
05/16/2006 - 05/17/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42568 42570 42577 42578 42579 42580

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42568
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TRACER TECH SERVICES
Region: 4
City: ODESSA State: TX
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/11/2006
Notification Time: 10:42 [ET]
Event Date: 05/11/2006
Event Time: 05:11 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCES FOUND AT ROADSIDE

A work crew found an ammo-box on the side of a county road 1788 in the Midland - Odessa area. It contained what are believed to be two (2) sources used for process flow measurement. One source is a Ir-192 source and another as yet unidentified believed at this time to be a Scandium source. The state is following up and will provide additional information on the types and quantities of the sources and licensee data when they receive it.

* * * UPDATE FROM STATE (A. TUCKER) TO M. RIPLEY 1824 EDT 05/11/06 * * *

The ammo box was found on the side of the road between 6:00 and 6:30 am CDT by a driver for Baker Atlas. The box contained ten empty pigs and two sealed pigs with one labeled Ir-192 (88 mCi) and the other labeled Sc-46 (12 mCi). Initially reported radiation survey results were 5 mrem at 3 feet. The box has Yellow II labeling (radioisotopes) and the sources were thought to be used for tracer studies. The State contacted Protechnics (Core Laboratories) to inquire if they had lost the ammo box, but were subsequently notified that it was not theirs. Later, the licensee, Tracer Tech Services of Midland, TX, was identified as the owner and at 1:10 pm CDT the licensee was on the way to the Baker Atlas facility to pick up the box. The licensee stated that their driver was on his way to New Mexico, got there and then discovered his tailgate was down and the was sources were gone. Baker Atlas and the licensee were instructed by the State not to remove the ammo box until cleared by their inspector. The inspector reached the Baker Atlas facility around 3 pm CDT. Subsequent survey results by the State were 3 mrem/hr at 1 meter and 80 mrem/hr on top. There was no apparent spread of radioactive material. The State will continue to investigate the incident.

Texas Incident # I-8335

Notified R4 DO (D. Powers) and NMSS EO (T. Essig)

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42570
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: CENTURY CITY DOCTORS HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: LOS ANGELES State: CA
County:
License #: 2361-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHLEEN KAUFMAN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/11/2006
Notification Time: 19:54 [ET]
Event Date: 05/05/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
THOMAS ESSIG (NMSS)
MATT HAHN (E-MAIL) (TAS)
MEXICO CNSNS E-MAIL ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM CALIFORNIA - MISSING SOURCE

The following is a summary of information provided by the State via facsimile:

The RSO and medical physicist for Century City Doctors Hospital (CCDH) called to report a lost Sr-90 eye applicator, sn 1244, approx 28 mCi (was 63.3 mCi in 1972.) Century City Hospital closed in June 2005. It was reopened under a new entity as CCDH in November 2005. In December 2004 CCDH had sent its old Cs-137 brachytherapy sources to Barnwell. CCDH kept its dose calibrator sources & the Sr-90 eye applicator locked in their hot lab. CCDH is reopening its nuclear medicine department and asked the RSO to determine the status of the dose calibrator sources. When the RSO went to the hot lab on May 5, he noticed the Sr-90 source was missing. The old dose calibrator sources, which had decayed, were still there, and the RSO said it appeared no one had been in the hot lab- it was dusty and dirty.

CCDH had a company, Dan York, perform wipe tests in March 2005. The hospital claims to have paperwork that indicates the Sr-90 source was wipe tested, but York says it wasn't. (The RSO will be reviewing that paperwork tomorrow.) Regardless, when York did the next wipe tests in Sept 2005, the eye applicator wasn't there at that time. So it's been missing since at least Sept 2005.

The company who brokered the disposal of the Cs-137 sources, New World Technology, has been contacted, and they say they did not remove the eye applicator. The RSO will interview the physician who had used the applicator and everyone who had access to the hot lab. The hospital CEO will send a memo to hospital staff, asking if anyone has seen it.

CA report number 051106

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: 42577
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4 State: MO
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVEN KOCHERT
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/16/2006
Notification Time: 10:48 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2006
Event Time: 06:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
VICTOR DRICKS (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 90 Power Operation 90 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO EMPLOYEE DEATH

"This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), 4-hour Non-Emergency Report due to potential media interest and the offsite notification of the Callaway County Sheriff's Office of the apparent suicide death of a plant employee on AmerenUE property approximately a half mile outside the Callaway Plant Owner Controlled Area.

"At approximately 0630 on 5/16/06 a contractor employee arriving to work at Callaway Plant reported having seen an automobile parked near the plant. The Callaway County Sheriff's Department was notified and verified the automobile was registered in the name of a plant employee. A Sheriff's Deputy arrived on location and requested a Security Supervisor meet him at the location of the vehicle. At this time it was confirmed that the employee was deceased.

"Callaway Plant Security conducted an initial investigation reviewing a note left by the employee, work areas, and plant access records. The results of the investigation did not indicate anything suspicious or malevolent.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42578
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: STEVE BRUNSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/16/2006
Notification Time: 11:37 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2006
Event Time: 09:38 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES MOORMAN (R2)

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

HPCI INOPERABLE DUE TO HPCI DISCHARGE CHECK VALVE BODY LEAK

"The Unit 2 High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system was declared inoperable due to a leak occurring in the pump discharge check valve (2E41-F005). Specifically, the HPCI system was started as part of a planned surveillance. Personnel observing the HPCI surveillance locally saw water discharging from underneath the insulation on the check valve. The individual, being in constant communication with the Main Control Room personnel, immediately notified the Reactor Operator of the leak. The operator subsequently secured HPCI and isolated the leak.

"The leak was later estimated to be approximately 20 gpm. The water is supplied from the Condensate Storage Tank. All water was contained in the HPCI room and processed by the room sump system.

"Investigations are continuing into the nature and cause of the leak."

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42579
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ROBERT SCARBOROUGH
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 05/16/2006
Notification Time: 15:41 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2006
Event Time: 09:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (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
2 N Y 95 Power Operation 95 Power Operation

Event Text

DISRUPTION OF INCOMING AND OUTGOING TELEPHONE COMMUNCIATION CAPABILITY

"On 05/16/2006 at 0945 CDT, the control room was notified that problems with Bell South and Verizon phone services had occurred which disrupted incoming and outgoing telephone communications capability for both Unit 1 and Unit 2. Subsequent attempts from the control room confirmed that the State and County ringdown line was dead as well as the Emergency Notification System line. It was also determined that although outgoing calls from the control room and Emergency Operations Facility via land line were possible, incoming calls could not be received. The NRC Operations Center was contacted via land line at 09:50 CDT to inform the NRC of the issue. Alternate communication via cell phone and satellite phone was established to allow incoming calls from the NRC, State and County. The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified of the issue.

"Telephone service was restored at 13:50 CDT which re-established all normal and emergency telephone communications capability."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42580
Rep Org: CHEMTURA CORPORATION
Licensee: CHEMTURA CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: MIDDLEBURY State: CT
County:
License #: 06-00221-08
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBIN CHARLTON
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 05/16/2006
Notification Time: 16:18 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2005
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (EMAIL) ()

Event Text

LOST ELECTRON CAPTURE DETECTOR CONTAINING NI-63 SOURCE

The licensee reported that a electron capture detector (Perkin Elmer model # 0330-0119, serial # 2161) is declared lost as of 05/16/06. The detector contains a sealed 10 milliCi Ni-63 source (Ni-63 plated foil). The detector was being stored in a lab area used by the previous RSO and was thought at one time to have been returned to the manufacturer due to obsolescence of the detector. The detector was discovered missing in December 2005 and is believed to have been discarded in general waste in Spring 2005 during a reorganization of the facility.


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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