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Event Notification Report for May 24, 2006

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Event Reports For
05/23/2006 - 05/24/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42584 42586 42593 42598 42599 42600

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42584
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: YEH AND ASSOCIATES INC.
Region: 4
City: DENVER State: CO
County:
License #: 984-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PHILLIP EGIBI
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 05/18/2006
Notification Time: 08:57 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2006
Event Time: 02:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/18/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

COLORADO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE

The licensee left a paving job site and while driving to another job site noticed that the truck's tailgate was down. The driver stopped and noticed that the gauge was missing and the licensee contacted the State Colorado Department of Health and Environment who responded to incident site. It appears that the gauge was not secured in its casing and most likely was run over on the highway as it fell from the truck bed. Pieces of the gauge (handle and push rod) were found in the proximity of the intersection of Interstate 25 with Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The moisture density gauge was a Troxler Model 3401 serial number 30-1031 containing two sources: 8 millicuries of Cs-137 and 40 millicuries of Am/Be. The sources have not yet been found. The State and Highway Patrol are at the incident area and will continue to investigate this occurrence.

At 1155 on 05/18/06, Tim Bonzer from the Colorado Department of Health reported that both sources had been recovered and packed in a sand filled cooler and will be transported to the state office where the sources will be leak checked prior to shipping to Troxler.

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: 42586
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ASC GEOSCIENCES, INC
Region: 1
City: FT MEYERS State: FL
County:
License #: 1690-2
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/18/2006
Notification Time: 15:36 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2006
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/18/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

FLORIDA AGREEMENT STATE - DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE

"Truck belonging to licensee flipped over on interstate, driver is unhurt. Gauge container crushed, gauge handle broken. Licensee performed leak test at scene and transported gauge back to licensed storage facility. Further action is referred to [Florida] Radioactive Materials."

Gauge was a Troxler model number - 3430, serial number 26308. Isotopes - Cs-137, 8 millicuries and Am-241/Be, 40 millicuries. Accident occurred on Interstate 75 at North Bonita Beach Road, Lee County, Florida.

Florida Incident Number: FL06-072

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42593
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: ISORX
Region: 4
City: SAN FRANCISCO State: CA
County:
License #: CA-6264
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/21/2006
Notification Time: 18:38 [ET]
Event Date: 05/21/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/22/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
PATRICIA HOLAHAN (NMSS)
ILTAB - EMAIL (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN I-131 CAPSULE

The licensee (IsoRx) reported to the State of California that their vehicle was broken into at Modesto, CA and a 2 milliCurie capsule of I-131 was taken. IsoRx is a Nuclear Pharmaceutical company operating in San Francisco, CA. The owner and RSO is on his way to Modesto to investigate this matter. The State of CA told licensee to contact the Modesto police and fill out a report.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED FROM KENT PRENDERGAST TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1616 EDT ON 05/22/06 * * *

The initial report from the State of California claimed that the vehicle was broken into in Modesto, CA. That was reported incorrectly and is being revised by the update provided below.

The State provided the following information via email:

"On 5/21/06, the RSO at IsoRx called Kent Prendergast [State of California] to report a theft of about 2 mCi of I-131 capsule from a trunk of a IsoRX vehicle that was parked at Myrtle Street between Park and Larkin in San Francisco. Immediately after the incident, the RSO and [Deleted] (CHP) surveyed a four block area around the theft site with a Ludlum Model 3, (S/N 197096, PR 207476) micro R meter. A thorough survey of the vehicle was also performed. None of the surveys indicated any elevated readings above background. The RSO also conducted a ground search of the area with the pharmacy personnel and spoke with local 'street people' to uncover any information. A reward was also offered for the capsule. RSO filed reports with OES and SFPD. The RSO will be sending a formal report to the RHB regarding the incident."

Notified R4DO(Shaffer) and NMSS EO (Burgess) and ILTAB(via email).


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 injured 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: 42598
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: FRANK GORLEY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/23/2006
Notification Time: 09:47 [ET]
Event Date: 05/23/2006
Event Time: 08:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/23/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MALCOLM WIDMANN (R2)

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 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TSC VENTILATION TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE FOR MAINTENANCE

"Planned preventive and corrective maintenance activities are being performed today (May 23, 2006) on the Hatch Nuclear Plant's Technical Support Center (TSC). These work activities are planned to be completed today within the (12) hour day shift. These maintenance activities include the performance of preventive maintenance on the TSC air handling unit and the TSC condensing unit, replacement of the door seal on the TSC west entry door, replacement of the existing electro-mechanical timer for the TSC condensing unit with a digital timer and replacement of the contactors on the TSC condensing unit. During the time these activities are being performed, the TSC air handling unit, TSC condensing unit, TSC filter train and the fan unit for the TSC filter train will not be available for operation. As such, the TSC HVAC will be rendered non-functional during the performance of this work activity.

"If an emergency condition requiring activation of the TSC occurs during the time these work activities are being performed, then contingency plans call for, utilization of the TSC as long as radiological conditions allow. Procedure 73EP-EIP-063-0, Technical Support Center Activation, provides instructions to direct TSC management to the Control Room and TSC support personnel to the Simulator Building to continue TSC activities if it is necessary to relocate from the TSC so that TSC functions can be continued.

"This event is reportable per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as described in NUREG-1022, Rev. 1 since this work activity affects an emergency response facility for the duration of the evolution."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42599
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PROBASCO
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/23/2006
Notification Time: 10:25 [ET]
Event Date: 05/23/2006
Event Time: 10:08 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/23/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
74.11(a) - LOST/STOLEN SNM
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
BENJAMIN SANDLER (TAS)
THOMAS BLOUNT (IRD)
MARY JANE ROSS-LEE (NRR)

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

LOST SPECIAL NUCLEAR MATERIAL

"In Event Notification 42597 on May 22, 2006 Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station notified the NRC that during ongoing activities to remove non-fuel material from the Pilgrim Spent Fuel Pool it had been identified that an irradiated neutron detector containing a very small quantity (less than 0.003 grams) of special nuclear material is not in its expected location. Per the inventory sheets the neutron detector should have been enclosed in a 'dry tube' in the Spent Fuel Pool. Processing of the 'dry tube' for shipment identified that the neutron detector is not in its expected location.

"There were a total of twelve (12) 'dry tubes' that our records show enclosed neutron detectors. Four (4) of these 'dry tubes' have been processed and a second 'dry tube' in which no neutron detector was stored has been found. This irradiated neutron detector would have contained a very small quantity (less than 0.003 grams) of special nuclear material.

"This condition is being conservatively reported under 10CFR74.11. There is no evidence of theft or diversion.

"Investigation is continuing."


The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Hospital Event Number: 42600
Rep Org: MUNSON MEDICAL CENTER
Licensee: MUNSON MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 3
City: TRAVERSE CITY State: MI
County:
License #: 21-08317-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DENNIS SZMANIA
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/23/2006
Notification Time: 10:23 [ET]
Event Date: 05/22/2006
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/23/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3047(a) - EMBRYO/FETUS DOSE > 50 mSv
Person (Organization):
BRUCE BURGESS (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

HOSPITAL INFORMED OF PREGNANCY AFTER DOSE

On 5/3/06 Munson Medical Center administered a 150 mCi oblation dose of I-131 for thyroid cancer to a patient. Before the dose was administered the patient signed a form indicating that she was not pregnant. The dose was dispensed to the patient around 10 am.

On 5/22/06 the patient called Munson Medical Center indicating that she had discovered that she was pregnant at the time of the dose. The licensee determined a calculated dose to the unborn child of 40 Rem. The patient was not yet informed of the dose to the unborn child at the time of the report. Expected medical effects of the dose are either immediate abortion or no harm since at the time of the dose organ development was not expected to have occurred.

The licensee is reviewing their current policy to determine actions to prevent recurrence.

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