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Event Notification Report for September 12, 2006

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09/11/2006 - 09/12/2006

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42833 42836

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42833
Rep Org: OR DEPT OF HEALTH RAD PROTECTION
Licensee: ASTARIS, LLC
Region: 4
City: McMINNVILLE State: OR
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEVIN SIEBERT
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/07/2006
Notification Time: 17:45 [ET]
Event Date: 09/07/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/07/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
WILLIAM RULAND (NMSS)
ILTAB (via email) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A TEXAS NUCLEAR GAUGE FOUND IN A SHIPMENT OF SCRAP STEEL

Cascade Steel located in McMinnville, OR received a rail shipment of scrap steel which triggered a portal alarm. During the investigation, a Texas Nuclear Gauge Model 5193, S/N B1207, containing 500 mCuries Cs-137, dated October 1978, was recovered. Thermomeasure Electronics, formerly Texas Nuclear, was contacted and confirmed that the last owner on record was Astaris of Pocatello, ID which may be out-of-business. Thermomeasure Electronics collected and disposed of sources at this location in 2002. Thermomeasure Electronic records identify the source S/N is MA5033 and that a total of eight (8) devices and one (1) gauge associated with Astaris are unaccounted for.

The State of Oregon is enroute to the Cascade Steel facility to recover the source.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 42836
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: JOHN RILEY
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 09/11/2006
Notification Time: 14:39 [ET]
Event Date: 09/10/2006
Event Time: 15:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (R2)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)
FUELS OUO GROUP ()

Event Text

LOSS OF MOTOR CONTROL CENTER DUE TO ELECTRICAL SHORT

"An electrical short to the wiring of a Nash vacuum pump caused failure of required operating equipment by shorting out the motor control center and blowing a fuse that supplies power to the Nash vacuum pump, health physics vacuum pumps which provide flow for building air samplers, floor high airborne radioactivity warning lights, and other support equipment and instrumentation. The UF6 processes were shut down and announcements were made to require any personnel who entered any floor in the feed materials building to wear a respirator. There was no release of radioactivity to the environment and power was restored in approximately thirty minutes and process operations were resumed. Air samples were counted on all floors in the Feed Materials Building and no high airborne radioactivity was detected. The floor air samples were counted again in approximately four hours and no airborne radioactivity was detected. An investigation is being conducted and the results will be included in the 30 day written report."

The licensee informed NRC Region II John Pelchat of the event.

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