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Event Notification Report for June 8, 2006

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42616 42618 42625

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42616
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: S.T.A.T.E. TESTING, LLC
Region: 3
City: EAST DUNDEE State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01015-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/02/2006
Notification Time: 14:17 [ET]
Event Date: 06/02/2006
Event Time: 10:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/02/2006
Emergency Class:
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAURA KOZAK (R3)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (NMSS)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ILLINOIS - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"On June 2, 2006, [the] Radiation Safety Officer [for] STATE Testing, LLC, (Radioactive Material License No. IL-1015-01), called to report that a CPN moisture density gauge, Model MC-1, serial no. MD 10900497, was stolen from one of their marked construction vehicles sometime after midnight before six in the morning. The theft occurred while the device was at the operator's home [redacted]. The operator discovered the Ford Ranger truck had been broken into this morning when he was preparing to go to the jobsite. The gauge was reportedly secured in the back of the truck under a locked truck cap by means of a padlock and chain. The operator indicated that the gauge had been further padlocked in the 'off' position. Additional construction equipment that had been locked in the truck was also stolen during the break in. Chicago Police have been contacted and are investigating.

"An inspector was sent to the company's 570 Rock Road, East Dundee offices this morning to conduct interviews and gather additional information."

Illinois Report Number IL-060029

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: 42618
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS
Region: 1
City: CHARLOTTESVILLE State: VA
County:
License #: 45-30957-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CURT PENDERGRASS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/05/2006
Notification Time: 12:32 [ET]
Event Date: 04/04/2006
Event Time: 08:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/05/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

This material event contains a "Category 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - UNPLANNED EXPOSURE DURING TRAINING

The State provided the following information via email:

"The Kentucky Radiation Health Branch was notified on April 4, 2006, by [the licensee], Radiation Safety Officer for Varian Medical Systems, 700 Harris Street, Suite 109, Charlottesville, VA, NRC license no. 45-30957-01, of an incident involving an HDR unit at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. A 10.5 Ci [Curie] Ir-192 brachytherapy HDR source assembly (SS&D registry no. CA-1080-S-102-S) on a VariSource Brachytherapy HDR Remote Afterloader (SS&D Registry no. CA-0661-D-103-S) had been extended beyond the shielded source housing by manually turning the over ride handle on the emergency retraction system. The incident occurred during a training exercise simulating an emergency HDR source retraction involving a medical physicist and four (4) medical students. The unit was in the 'Idle' mode which disabled the internal GM and emergency retract system on the HDR unit. The source was recovered by the RSO and two Varian service representatives on April 7, 2006."

The state is awaiting official notification of the actual doses received but reported that the highest dose was around 20-30 milliRem.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42625
Facility: HADDAM NECK
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ROSEMARY PEKAROVIC
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 06/07/2006
Notification Time: 09:34 [ET]
Event Date: 06/07/2006
Event Time: 08:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/07/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)

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

Event Text

INADVERTENT RELEASE OF TOOLS WITH FIXED DETECTABLE CONTAMINATION

An Earth Probe sampling machine had been free released from Connecticut Yankee and shipped to the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Plant site in April. [ Prior to the scheduled return of the machine to Haddam Neck], two items (shackle and pin) were found to have fixed detectable contamination [by Yankee Rowe personnel] in a tool box attached to the Earth Probe sampling machine. This is being conservatively reported and under investigation that [the contaminated tools] could have been placed in there at Yankee Rowe. Fixed contamination level is approximately 6000 dpm/100 square centimeters.

The licensee has notified the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

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