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Event Notification Report for June 21, 2006

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Event Reports For
06/20/2006 - 06/21/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42645 42646 42648 42649 42654 42656 42657

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42645
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: EARTH SYSTEMS PACIFIC
Region: 4
City: SAN LUIS OBISPO State: CA
County:
License #: 6723-40
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 06/15/2006
Notification Time: 16:29 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/15/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AND SUBSEQUENTLY FOUND NUCLEAR GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"On 6/15/06, the RSO at Earth Systems Pacific contacted the RHB-Richmond office to report a nuclear gauge incident that occurred in the evening of 6/14/06. On 6/14/06 one of their moisture density nuclear gauges (CPN, Model MC1DR, S/N M10906353 containing 10 millicuries of Cs-137 and 50 millicuries of Am-241) fell off from a back of a truck onto the highway during transportation. A member of the public picked up the Type A container (with the gauge inside) and transported it into the jobsite. The jobsite personnel immediately contacted the Fire Department. The gauge was then handed over to the Fire Department. The Fire Department inspected the gauge and contacted the licensee. On the same day, the Alternate RSO picked up the gauge from the Fire Department and brought it back to the licensed facility. According to the RSO, the gauge was inside the Type A container during the whole incident and there was no visible damage to the gauge. They have performed a leak test and sent it for analysis. The RSO is expecting a report from the Fire Department. The RHB South RM office is awaiting additional information on the incident, including additional information concerning the Fire Department involved, and will investigate the reason the gauge was apparently unsecured in the licensee's vehicle."

California Report # 061506

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42646
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Region: 1
City:  State: MS
County: LAMAR
License #: MS-463-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: B. J. SMITH
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 06/15/2006
Notification Time: 16:39 [ET]
Event Date: 06/05/2006
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/15/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID SILK (R1)
ELMO COLLINS (NMSS)

Event Text

MISSISSIPPI AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK WELL LOGGING SOURCE

The State provided the following information via email:

"[The State] received notification on 6-5-06 from Schlumberger that they had logging tool stuck in the Patterson #2 exploration well located at Midway Dome, Lamar County, Mississippi. Logging tool containing a 1.7 curie Cesium -137 source and a 16 curie Americium- 241:Be source was stuck below 12,000 feet. Operating company was fishing for logging tool string. Schlumberger discussed initial procedure of abandoning sources with DRH. During fishing operations logging tool containing sources was pushed to a depth of 14,854 feet. The fishing operation was successful in retrieving the tool string containing the Americium-241:Be source but they did not get the density tool skid containing the Cesium-137 source back. Licensee stated that tool would be cemented in hole with 200 feet of cement and whip stock deflection device. Plan was later modified to drill into cement plug and set casing 160 feet above the abandoned source prior to re-drilling the well to the side of the abandoned source.

"Schlumberger took survey readings of the recovered source and tool string and did not observe any readings out of the normal readings. Leak tests were also taken of the Americium-241:Be source, with no evidence of leaking.

"30 [-day] written report required from licensee. Licensee must also place a plaque on the well bore signifying that abandoned source is in well bore."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42648
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: QC LAB INC
Region: 4
City: BROOKSHIRE State: TX
County:
License #: L04750-003
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/16/2006
Notification Time: 11:19 [ET]
Event Date: 06/16/2006
Event Time: 09:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/16/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
TIM HARRIS (NMSS)
MEXICO (VIA E-MAIL) ()
ILTAB (VIA EMAIL) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN NUCLEAR GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"Radiation Control received a call at 9:15 am from [name deleted] the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for QC Testing Laboratories, Inc., 10810 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX, 77092, License # L04750-003, reporting that a technician was at a jobsite in the Houston suburb of Brookshire, when the technician noticed that the chain and lock bracing a moisture density gauge was cut, and the gauge and its case were subsequently stolen around 9:00 am, 6/16/06.

"The Gauge Information is as follows: Manufacturer - Troxler; Model 3430; Serial # 367007.
Source information: Cs-137, 8 millicuries, Serial # 751-796; Am-241Be, 40 millicuries, Serial # 78-1538.
The last leak test was performed April 26, 2006.

"Local police were immediately notified, who in turn have contacted local FBI. The licensee will fax a copy of the police report to Radiation Control as soon as available. Radiation Control was contacted at 10:00 am by the Chief of Police, Brookshire, to confirm the licensee had contacted the agency and to received additional information on the stolen equipment. An email with the device information and a copy of this report was sent to the police chief [email address deleted].

"Radiation Control is continuing to investigate & will transmit any updated information as soon as it is received. Texas Incident # I -8347."

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: 42649
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: KLEINFELDER, INC
Region: 4
City: BELLEVUE State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I0475-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 06/16/2006
Notification Time: 12:44 [ET]
Event Date: 06/15/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/16/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
TIM HARRIS (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"A Troxler 3440 portable gauge serial number 37319 (8 millicuries Cs-137, 40 millicuries Am-241:Be) was damaged when a large earth moving piece of equipment backed over it. The operator was taking density readings about 20 feet behind the equipment when the equipment backed up. The operator ran to safety as the gauge was struck. The operator roped off a 50 foot radius around the gauge and called the RSO. When the RSO arrived at the site, the RSO and the operator took the buried gauge out of the soil and inspected it. The fire department was called and took readings in the area with a Geiger count-rate meter. Radiation levels were determined to be in the normal range. The top outer portion of the gauge was damaged and the source rod bent slightly, but the source areas were intact. The source rod was put back into the gauge by pounding the handle up with a mallet. The gauge was transported back to the licensed storage location and will be sent back to the manufacture for repair or disposal."

Location of Event: SeaTac Airport, Port of Seattle, City of SeaTac.

Washington State report number: WA-06-044

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42654
Rep Org: QUAKER SALES CORPORATION
Licensee: QUAKER SALES CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: JOHNSTOWN State: PA
County:
License #: 37-23351-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CALVIN OVERDORFF
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 06/20/2006
Notification Time: 15:05 [ET]
Event Date: 06/20/2006
Event Time: 14:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/20/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (R1)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

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

Event Text

DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

Licensee was performing work on pavement at State Route 22, Indiana County, PA when a Moisture Density Gauge was damaged by compacting equipment. The damage to the gauge was restricted to the casing and the licensee has confirmed that the sources are in their retracted safe positions. The damaged gauge was moved off the pavement and a perimeter was established around it. Contact readings were recorded as 60 millirem/hr. The licensee has contacted Northeast Technical who is the service provider. The gauge will be temporarily transferred to office storage and will be subsequently transported to the service provider for repairs. The density gauge is a Troxler model 3450, serial number 00397 containing 8 millicuries Cs-137, 40 millicuries Am-241/Be (source numbers 750-6096 and 47-28081 respectively).

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: 42656
Facility: PERRY
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: DOUGLAS D. FARREN
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 06/20/2006
Notification Time: 16:54 [ET]
Event Date: 06/20/2006
Event Time: 16:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/20/2006
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)
IAN JUNG (NRR)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
INZER (DHS)
SWEESER (FEMA)

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

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A SEISMIC EVENT

"Emergency plan unusual event entered due to a seismic event (LU-1). No equipment damage has been identified."

The seismic event occurred at 1611hrs and tremors were felt in the Control Room. Unit 1 remained at full power and initial plant walkdown identified no safety equipment damage. Plant instrumentation indicated an acceleration of 0.005 Gs. Per U.S. Geological Survey website the quake was a 3.4 on the Richter scale and occurred NNW of the site. There is a small likelihood of after shocks. No radioactive releases have occurred.

* * * UPDATE ON 06/20/06 AT 2019 EDT FROM JEFFREY D. ANDERSON TO M. RIPLEY * * *

"Perry Plant has completed walkdowns from the Seismic Event that occurred at 1611. No Plant problems identified from walkdowns. Unusual Event has been terminated at 2000 on 6/20/06."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, State and local officials.

Notified NRR (M. Case), IRD (Wilson), R3DO (O'Brien), DHS (Fite) and FEMA (Casto).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42657
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ED BURKETT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 06/21/2006
Notification Time: 02:36 [ET]
Event Date: 06/21/2006
Event Time: 00:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/21/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (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

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION (HPCI) DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE EXCESSVIE AUX OIL PUMP MOTOR CURRENT

"During routine weekly operation of High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) Auxiliary Oil Pump (AOP), 2E41C002-3, the pump displayed indications of excessive motor current after the pump had been inservice for approximately 45 minutes. The pump was secured and, following review of electrical diagrams and consultation with Electrical Maintenance, the operating current of the AOP was checked and determined to be excessive. The AOP was declared inoperable, with the AOP inoperable, the HPCI system cannot be considered operable. The HPCI System is a single train ECCS system. Investigation into the cause of the high motor current is ongoing."

All other Emergency Core Cooling Systems are fully operable including Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC).

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of this event by the licensee.

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