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Event Notification Report for November 23, 2006

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11/22/2006 - 11/23/2006

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42999 43001 43004 43005 43007

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42999
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH
Region: 4
City: JACKSON State: MS
County:
License #: MS-493-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: B.J. SMITH
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 11/20/2006
Notification Time: 12:24 [ET]
Event Date: 11/16/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VIVIAN CAMPBELL (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN TRUCK CONTAINING RADIOPHARMICEUTICALS

The State provided the following information via email:

"DRH [Department of Radiation Health] received notification on 11-17-06 from Cardinal Health about a delivery vehicle that was car-jacked at a gas station located in Jackson, MS. The driver was driving a Ford Ranger delivery truck that was carrying approximately 540 millicuries of Technetium-99m. The vehicle was delivering radiopharmaceuticals to area hospitals and clinics. At the time of the report to DRH, the doses had already gone through 3 half-lives of decay. As of Monday 11-20-06, the vehicle has not been recovered."

The State notified Flowood, MS and Jackson, MS police departments, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the FBI.

Mississippi State report number: MS 06014

* * * UPDATE FROM MISSISSIPPI (B.J. SMITH) TO HUFFMAN VIA E-MAIL AT 1629 EST ON 11/20/06 * * *

"Vehicle recovered by Jackson Police Department 11-20-06 at about 2:00 PM CST. Ammo boxes [shipping containers] were not tampered with and all material recovered. Security seals were still attached."

R4DO (Campbell), NMSS EO (Camper) and ILTAB (via e-mail) have been notified.

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: 43001
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: RIO GRANDE RADIOLOGICAL PHYSICS GROUP, LLC
Region: 4
City: ALBUQUERQUE State: NM
County:
License #: RS433-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WALTER MEDINA
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/20/2006
Notification Time: 16:20 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2006
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VIVIAN CAMPBELL (R4)
LARRY CAMPER (NMSS)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

LOSS OF CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The State provided the following information via email:

"The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)/owner of Rio Grande Radiological Physics Group, LLC (NM license number RS433-01) reported at 7:51 a.m. on November 20, 2006 that he had lost control of a 108 microCurie Cs-137 sealed source and a Co-57 sealed source (decayed down to background levels of radiation). The RSO/owner is a medical physicist and had returned home late Friday night, November 17, 2006, from a trip in which he had provided radiological services to a contracted facility. As he unloaded his equipment at his residence, he placed the two sealed sources that were in lead containers, on a gate or tailgate and proceeded to move his equipment into his residence.

"He apparently left the two sources behind. The sources landed up in the possession of one of his neighbors. On Saturday, November 18, 2006, the neighbor participated in an activity at the state fair grounds in Albuquerque, NM and had the sources in his vehicle. The sources ended up being placed on the ground in a parking lot where they were found. An emergency response was initiated with NM State Police, NM National Guard, and a DOE RAP Team from Sandia National Laboratory responding. DOE Sandia took possession of the sources and safeguarded them.

"The RSO contacted the FBI on Sunday, November 19, 2006 and reported the incident. He is meeting with an FBI agent and a Radiation Control Bureau inspector today. New Mexico Radiation Control Bureau personnel are currently investigating the incident and the two sources are in the process of being returned to the licensee by Bureau personnel. Details will be provided as they develop and are made available."

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: 43004
Facility: SUMMER
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: A. CRIBB
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 11/22/2006
Notification Time: 08:22 [ET]
Event Date: 11/22/2006
Event Time: 04:26 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/22/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
JAY HENSON (R2)

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

Event Text

MAIN TURBINE TRIP DUE TO HIGH- HIGH STEAM GENERATOR "B" WATER LEVEL DURING FEEDWATER SWAP OVER.

"At 0426 hours on 11/22/06, with the reactor critical and attempting to bring the Main Turbine on-line and shifting from Emergency Feedwater to Main Feedwater, 'B' Steam Generator level increased to the Hi-Hi level (P14) trip set point, resulting in tripping all 3 Main Feed Water Pumps. The reactor did not trip.

"All systems functioned as designed and the plant was stabilized."

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43005
Facility: SUMMER
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: A. CRIBB
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/22/2006
Notification Time: 11:48 [ET]
Event Date: 11/21/2006
Event Time: 14:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/22/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
JAY HENSON (R2)

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

Event Text

OUTSIDE OF LICENSE CONDITION FOR INSPECTION OF SERVICE WATER INTAKE STRUCTURE

"At 1400 on 11/21/06, V.C. Summer Nuclear Station (VCSNS) determined there was a failure to perform required monitoring of the Service Water intake structure and embankments within the required 5 year frequency.

"This is not a requirement of Technical Specifications, but is required by the VCSNS Operating License NPF-12, Section 2.C(5). This license condition requires that the monitoring interval not exceed 5 years.

"Monitoring was last performed 12/04/00 with no adverse consequences noted in the evaluation.

"Efforts are underway to schedule the required monitoring as soon as practicable.

"An extent-of-condition review will be performed to ensure compliance with all aspects of license condition 2.C(5)."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. State and local agencies will also be notified.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43007
Rep Org: SCHLUMBERGER PTC - NJ
Licensee: SCHLUMBERGER PTC - NJ
Region: 1
City: PRINCETON JUNCTION State: NJ
County:
License #: 29-08636-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TOM BRACKE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/22/2006
Notification Time: 14:38 [ET]
Event Date: 11/22/2006
Event Time: 09:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/22/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)

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

Event Text

TRITIUM LOST FROM STORAGE VIAL

The licensee reports that while attempting to extract tritium used in manufacturing minatron well-logging tools, it was determined that the tritium supply vial was empty. Four vials of tritium were shipped to the licensee's facility on 9/20/06 and placed in a storage vault until used. The tritium was receipt inspected with no abnormal observation and swiped with no finding of radiological contamination. The vials were also double sealed in plastic bags. The vials are shipped from Ontario Hydro (Canada) and each vial contains approximately 100 curies of tritium. When one of these vials was loaded into the manufacturing process line and the vial opened, no tritium gas was detected.

The licensee notes that the vials are shipped at a vacuum relative to atmospheric pressure and the vacuum was still intact in the vial making leakage an unlikely scenario. In addition, the inside of the plastic sealing bags had no evidence of tritium. The licensee is currently trying to contact Ontario Hydro to further its investigation into what happened to the tritium.

The licensee has also been in contact with NRC Region 1 (Jackson) concerning this event.

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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