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Event Notification Report for July 26, 2006

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Event Reports For
07/25/2006 - 07/26/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42532 42719 42721 42724 42725 42728

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42532
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: ROBERTSON, INC
Region: 4
City: JONESBORO State: AR
County:
License #: AR-987BP0512
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JARED THOMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 04/27/2006
Notification Time: 10:45 [ET]
Event Date: 04/27/2006
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/25/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
ILTAB (EMAIL) (NSIR)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TROXLER GAUGE

The licensee provided the following information via email:

"Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that one radioactive gauge is missing from a job site in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The gauge may pose a health risk to persons if handled or carried for an extended period of time. The missing gauge is in a yellow plastic transport case and weighs approximately 90 pounds.

"The gauge is described as a Troxler Electronic Laboratory Model 3440 (Serial #36212) soil moisture/density gauge containing 9 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 44 millicuries of Americium-241/ Beryllium.

"State police, local government officials and law enforcement agencies, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management have also been notified."

The gauge appears to have been missing for at least a week.

* * * UPDATE AT 1638 ON 5/4/06 FROM JARED THOMPSON VIA EMAIL * * *

The following information was provided via email:

"The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) conducted an investigation in the Jonesboro, Arkansas area for the missing Troxler gauge (Serial Number 36212) on April 27, 2006. DHHS staff talked with licensee staff and the former Radiation Safety Officer. Based on these discussions, it appears that the gauge may have been inadvertently stolen when the portable storage building was stolen in mid-April. The gauge was last known to be inside a homemade, galvanized metal building.

"On May 5, 2006, the licensee offered a reward for the return of the gauge. DHHS has been in contact with the scrap metal broker in the Jonesboro area in the event the building is scrapped."

Notified R4DO (Bywater), NMSS (Reamer) and ILTAB (email).

* * * UPDATE FROM JARED THOMPSON VIA EMAIL AT 1046 EDT ON 7/25/06 * * *

The State provided the following information via email:

"The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received notification on July 17, 2006 that the missing Troxler gauge (Model 3440; Serial Number 36212) was anonymously returned to the licensee's jobsite in Jonesboro, Arkansas on July 14, 2006. The transportation case and source rod were locked and secured. The gauge appeared to be in normal working condition and a leak test was performed by the RSO. The gauge is being shipped to Troxler for routine calibration and maintenance. DHHS considered this event to be closed."

Notified R4DO (Farnholtz), NMSS (Morell) and ILTAB (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 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: 42719
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: GILCHRIST CONSTRUCTION
Region: 4
City: ALEXANDRIA State: LA
County:
License #: LA-7890-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 07/21/2006
Notification Time: 10:02 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2006
Event Time: 18:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/21/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VIVIAN CAMPBELL (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

A technician who works for the licensee left his vehicle at his residence and then went to have dinner about 30 minutes away. Upon returning to his home and vehicle, the technician found that all equipment had been stolen, including the Troxler moisture/density gauge, model 3430, s/n 32187. The gauge contained 40 milliCi of Am-241/Be and 8 milliCi Cs-137. The licensee had the Troxler chained and locked to the truck bed.

The licensee filed a police report with the Opelousas State Police, and will be offering a reward.

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: 42721
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM
Region: 1
City: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS State: FL
County:
License #: 2897-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN WILLIAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 07/21/2006
Notification Time: 18:31 [ET]
Event Date: 07/21/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/21/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN KINNEMAN (R1)
LAWRENCE KOKAJKO (NMSS)

Event Text

FLORIDA AGREEMENT STATE NOTIFICATION OF MEDICAL EVENT

The State provided the following information via email:

"The RSO [Deleted] of Florida Hospital called. Florida Hospital in Ormond Beach (873 Sterthaus Ave, Ormond Beach, FL 32174) had a medical misadministration.

"They were using a HDR (Nucleotron Microselectron Classic, 8 Ci Ir-192 activity) to deliver vaginal treatment of 500 cGy per fraction. A typical patient gets 3-5 fractions. The delivery tube was 18.5 cm too long resulting in the source being outside the patient. The RSO indicated that the dose to the prescribed area was zero. [Due to the patients position, it was determined that] the dose to the skin is probably not too high.

"The Medical Physicist [MP] [deleted] has not yet determined what the skin dose estimate would be.

"[The MP] discovered the mistake after observing a treatment. The mistake happened because two different types of applicators are used. One has a longer tube than the other. The tubes were mixed up, which resulted in the misadministration. At least one patient is affected by this and maybe as many as 4 others. The MP believes that using film recorded for each treatment, the hospital can determine how many and which patients are affected.

"The treating physician has been notified, the referring physician and the patient have not.

"The State of Florida Bureau of Radiation Control will investigate."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42724
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK SCHALL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 07/25/2006
Notification Time: 00:37 [ET]
Event Date: 07/24/2006
Event Time: 17:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/25/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JAY HENSON (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

LOSS AND RESTORATION OF SPDS SYSTEM

"On 7/24/06, Brunswick Unit 2 experienced a loss of Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) capability for 12 hours and 54 minutes. Operations was informed of the loss [and restoration] of SPDS at 1700 7/24/06.

"Unit 2 remained at 100 percent power, steady state operation, throughout the time that SPDS was inoperable.

"The cause of the SPDS failure is under investigation.

"Note that all other emergency assessment equipment was operable during the time Unit 2 was without SPDS."

SPDS was restored at 1330, 7/24/06.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42725
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JEFF YOUNG
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 07/25/2006
Notification Time: 11:41 [ET]
Event Date: 07/25/2006
Event Time: 09:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/25/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1)

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

REACTOR TRIP BREAKERS OPENED DURING MAINTENANCE ON STEAM GENERATOR WIDE LEVEL CHANNELS

The licensee was performing maintenance on "D" Steam Generator Low Level bistables when 4 (four) out of 8 (eight) trip control breakers opened possibly due to a 24 V DC power supply transient to 2 (two) of 4 (four) logic matrix relays. The reactor trip logic was verified to be functional and capable of processing valid reactor trip signals. The actuation was invalid as no plant transient occurred and no process variable was exceeded which would otherwise have required a reactor trip.

The licensee notified the State and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 42728
Facility: COOPER
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: SKIP LEE
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 07/25/2006
Notification Time: 16:56 [ET]
Event Date: 07/25/2006
Event Time: 15:41 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/25/2006
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
MICHAEL TSCHILTZ (NRR)
MELVYN LEACH (IRD)
JIM DYER (NRR)
LON BIASCO (DHS)
STAN KIMBRELL (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 FIRE ALARM

Cooper Nuclear Station control room received a fire alarm at 1529 CST indicating a fire in the service water pump room. The licensee responded by dispatching a fire brigade to the service water pump room to investigate. At 1541 CST, the licensee declared an unusual event in accordance with their emergency procedures due to their inability to confirm the validity of the fire alarm within a 10 minute period. The licensee exited the unusual event at 1559 CST after determining that the alarm was a false alarm caused by welding inside the service water pump room. The licensee issued a press release.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Richardson County Sheriff's Office, Nemaha County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Highway Patrol, and the Atchison County 911 Center.

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