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Event Notification Report for August 25, 2006

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08/24/2006 - 08/25/2006

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42791 42792 42793 42800

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42791
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: SCHLUMBERGER TECH. CORP.
Region: 4
City:  State: MS
County: JONES COUNTY
License #: MS-463-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: B. J. SMITH
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/21/2006
Notification Time: 16:13 [ET]
Event Date: 08/13/2006
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)

Event Text

MISSISSIPPI AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SCHLUMBERGER ADANDONS WELL LOGGING TOOL

The State provided the following information via e-mail:


"Received notification on 8-13-06 from Schlumberger that they had logging tool stuck in the G. B. Boots Smith #1 exploration well located Jones County, Mississippi. Logging tool containing 1.7 curie Cesium-137 source (Serial # GSR-J-5031) and a 16 curie American-241: Be source (Serial # NSR-F-2316) was stuck below 17660 feet. Operating company was fishing for logging tool string. Schlumberger discussed initial procedure of abandoning sources with DRH. Fishing operations for logging tool containing sources was unsuccessful and decision was made to abandon tool string in hole. Licensee stated that tool would be cemented in hole with cement plug set at 17100 feet. Operator set approximately 300 feet of cement used on top of 10 bars of 0.75 inch/ 10 foot joints of solid steel rods with the top at 16782 feet. Well was to be completed at a shallower depth.

"Isotope(s) : Cesium-137 & American-241:Be

"Activity: 1.7 Ci Abandoned, 16 Ci Abandoned.

"Date of Incident: 8-8-06

"Date Reported to DRH: 8-13-06

"Were any other licensees involved, if so identify below: None others involved.

"Describe clean-up actions taken by DRH: None taken

"List radiation measurements taken by DRH: No survey reading taken by DRH. Schlumberger surveyed drilling mud during fishing operations and did not observe any reading out of the normal readings.

"List any other actions required of DRH: 30 written report required from licensee. Licensee must also place plaque on well bore signifying that abandoned source is in well bore. DRH will inspect plaque on well head after it is installed.

"List any actions taken to notify NRC, other Agreement States: Notify NRC by e-mail 8-21-06. Notified NMED on 8-21-06 by e-mail.

"Case Closed: No

"Record of incident in RAM files: Yes

"Enforcement action taken: None taken. Abandonment of sources not licensee's fault. No corrective actions required."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42792
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: A. S. HORNER, INC.
Region: 4
City: ALBUQUERQUE State: NM
County:
License #: DM375-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WALTER MEDINA
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/21/2006
Notification Time: 20:02 [ET]
Event Date: 08/18/2006
Event Time: 17:30 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/21/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)
ILTAB (E-MAILED) ()
MEXICO (E-MAILED) ()

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

Event Text

NEW MEXICO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE.

This State provided the following information via e-mail:


"This is to notify you that the Density/Moisture Gauge, Seaman C-300 with serial number 21049, was stolen from the back of a pickup, parked at 10216 Andalusian, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121 sometime between August 18, 5:30 PM and August 20, 3:30PM. The assigned employee, [deleted], the field monitor for A. S. Horner, worked late last Friday, August 18th and instead of taking the gauge to either a project office or the main office and storing it in a locked closet, decided to park the truck backed against the garage door at his residence noted above. The gauge handle was locked, stored in the approved container, that was also locked and the container itself was secured to the bed of the pickup with a chain and a lock. Mr. [deleted] was out of town for the weekend and upon his return at about 3:30 PM on Sunday, he noticed the entire box was gone. Two cut locks were found on the bed of the pickup. There must have been more than one person committing this crime to pickup the heavy box from the rear of the vehicle.

"Mr. [deleted] immediately notified the police and the fire department, who cordoned off the area first, then interviewed. Mr. [deleted] and took pictures of the vehicle and the area. Mr. [deleted] searched the nearby dumps and did not find any trace of the gauge. The police report will be available shortly. The fire department, as we understand, has notified the hospitals in the area.

"Mr. [deleted] acted in violation of the company policy and we are dealing with this issue. The company has had two moisture/density gauges for more than five years and this is the first incident of this nature. The employees have been instructed to store the gauges in locked closets in the locked buildings inside a fenced area with a locked gate.

"I called the 24 hour emergency number and Mr. [deleted] yesterday at about 5 PM and left messages describing the incident. The exact time of the theft is unknown, however, according to the neighbor of Mr. [deleted], it must have happened on Saturday, August 19, between 2 AM and 7 AM, when he noticed that the tool box was open but nothing was missing from the tool box. The neighbor did not notice the box in the back of the vehicle was missing.

"Please let me know if there is anything else I need to do other than keep in close contact with the police and fire departments on the status of the recovery of this gauge."

Seaman C-300 Moisture Density Gauge contains approximately 10 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of Americium-241.


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: 42793
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: THERMO NITON ANALYZERS
Region: 1
City: BILLERICA State: MA
County:
License #: 55-0238
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSH DAEHLER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 08/22/2006
Notification Time: 12:09 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2006
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/22/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
ILTAB (E-MAILED) (NSIR)

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

Event Text

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST/MISSING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The State provided the following information via facsimile:


"As a result of re-labeling effort by Thermo Niton Analyzers LLC (Thermo Niton) to add Am-241 check source information to the device label, the Radiation Safety Officer of Thermo Niton discovered that the device is lost or missing and provided the following information:

"With regard to Unit 5213 (Model XLi 848, serial number 5213), we [Thermo Niton] have visited Morris Iron and Steel in person to re-label Unit 5213 and they did not have it in their inventory of devices. An exhaustive review of our [Thermo Niton] records indicate that the last time we [Thermo Niton] were in possession of this device was when we [Thermo Niton] sent it to Morris Iron and Steel at 7345 Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA 19136 under General License on 9/17/04. The device had 40 mCi (millicuries) Cd-109 source (reference date 4/23/02), a 20 mCi Fe-55 source (reference date 4/20/02), and a 1 microCurie Am-241 Check Shutter source. Morris claims to have sent it back to us but has not been able to produce a tracking number or any other evidence of their shipment. We [Thermo Niton] have contacted Federal Express who is our primary carrier and they have reportedly not maintained records of shipments going back that far. We [Thermo Niton] have also contacted Valley Safety Services who performs leak tests for us and many of our customers and they have not leak tested this device for anyone since prior to 9/14/04. We [Thermo Niton] have put a flag in our database system that will automatically flag us if the device is received here at any time in the future.

"As of 8/22/06, the approximate calculated activities of the sources are 3.8 milliCuries for the Cd-109 source; 6.6 millicuries for the Fe-55 source and 1 microCurie for the Am-241 check source."


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.

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: 42800
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE PRUSSMAN
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/24/2006
Notification Time: 15:08 [ET]
Event Date: 08/24/2006
Event Time: 11:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/24/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 1 Startup 1 Startup

Event Text

MAIN FEEDWATER PUMP TRIP DURING STARTUP

"On August 24, 2006, at approximately 1135 hours, during startup from a reactor trip on August 23, 2006, a trip of Main Boiler Feedwater Pump (MBFP) 21 sent an actuation signal to automatically start both motor driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pumps (AFPs) as well as isolate steam generator blowdown, and close MBFP discharge valve BFD-2-21. At the time, the plant was at about 1% power and both motor driven AFPs were in operation. All plant responses were as expected. The cause of the MBFP trip is under evaluation.

"Offsite power is normal and emergency diesel generators are operable." The plant is currently at 8% power.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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