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Event Notification Report for January 4, 2007

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42759 43068 43071 43072

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42759
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: AITEC USA INC / WELDSONIX
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: LOI718
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CRAIG LAWRENCE
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/09/2006
Notification Time: 15:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2006
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 01/03/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
LANCE ENGLISH (TAS)
PETER WILSON (IRD)
HASELTON (DHS)
TOMAS YATES (DOE)
PO THOMPSON (EPA)
CANADA VIA E-MAIL ()
NATHAN PYLES (HHS)
ERWIN CASTO (FEMA)

This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The State provided the following information via email:

"This is notification of an event in Washington State as reported to and being investigated by the WA Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection.

Date of Event: Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Location of Event: Everett Washington

ABSTRACT: (where, when, how, why; cause, contributing factors, corrective actions, consequences, Dept. of Health (DOH) on-site investigation; media attention): At some time between 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 8 and 6:00 a.m. Wednesday August 9, 2006, a radiography truck was stolen from the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel on 8410 Broadway in Everett, Washington. The truck was discovered missing at 6:00 am as the radiographer was about to leave for work. The truck contained an AEA (QSA Global) model 880 radiography device, Serial Number D2720. The device contained an Iridium-192 75 curie source, serial number 28772B. The device was reported to be locked and secured in the truck. The truck was reported to be equipped with an alarm and truck disabling device but was not used. The keys to the vehicle were reported to have been left in the door of the truck. The truck is a white 2006 Chevrolet 2500HD extended cab with a dark room shell in the bed. It has a Texas license plate number [DELETED]. A report was made by the radiography company to the Everett police department upon discovery of the missing truck.

Notification Reporting Criteria: WAC 246-221-240.

Isotope and Activity involved: Iridium 192, 75 curies.

Overexposures? (number of workers/members of the public; dose estimate; body part receiving dose; consequence): None.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged? (mfg., model, serial number): Stolen model AEA (QSA Global) model 880 radiography device, s/n D2720. It contained a 75 curie source, s/n 28772B.

Disposition/recovery: None.

Leak test? May 25, 2006.

Vehicle: (description; placards; Shipper; package type; Pkg. ID number)
The truck is a white 2006 Chevrolet 2500HD extended cab with a dark room shell in the bed. It has a Texas license plate number [DELETED].

Release of activity? None.

Activity and pharmaceutical compound intended: N/A
Misadministered activity and/or compound received: N/A
Device (HDR, etc.) Mfg., Model; computer program: N/A
Exposure (intended/actual); consequences: N/A
Was patient or responsible relative notified? N/A
Was written report provided? N/A
Was referring physician notified? N/A

Consultant used? N/A"

Washington Event Number : WA-06-051

Other agencies notified: USDA - Krisher-Clive


* * *UPDATE PROVIDED BY SCROGGS TO KOZAL VIA E-MAIL ON 8/10/06 AT 1712 EDT* * *

"The truck was found by police at 4 pm [PDT], August 9. It had been abandoned in a strip-mall parking lot near Everett. DOH staff were at the scene, making measurements and assured radiation safety for police and fire personnel during the recovery effort. It appears the dark room had not been entered. The radiography device was still in its stowed position. After the police had finished conducting their criminal investigation at the scene, the truck and device were returned to WeldSonix IR personnel.

DOH staff are continuing to investigate the incident. Corrective actions are to be determined."

Notified R4DO (Bywater), NMSS(Holahan), ILTAB(Hahn), IRD(Wilson), DHS(Craig), DOE(Watt), EPA Region X(Sibley), Canada via e-mail, HHS(Dalziel), FEMA (Bagwell), USDA(Parks)

* * * UPDATE AT 18:54 ON 1/3/2007 FROM ARDEN SCROGGS TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"At approximately 3:40 P.M. Wednesday August 9, 2006 Snohomish County Sheriff's officers found the missing radiography truck in the parking lot of an apartment complex south of the City of Everett, Washington. A DOH Health Physicist had been dispatched to Everett that day to begin an investigation and was at the Everett police department when the vehicle was reported found. The Health Physicist went to the site of the recovered truck and performed surveys of the area. The Snohomish County Sheriff's officer was able to gain access to the truck darkroom by opening the lock and allowing the HP to perform surveys inside the vehicle's storage area. The radiography device appears to have remained in the truck and was undisturbed.

"The inspection of the stolen truck and the radiography device prompted a broader investigation resulting in the inspections of all the licensee's trucks, equipment and area operations. These inspections found several items of noncompliance that were ultimately addressed by the license.

"These items were: control licensed material at all times, assure proper key control, physically secure exposure devices inside the vehicle to prevent unauthorized removal, and block and brace the transported package to prevent movement. These items were corrected and verified by DOH follow-up, field-site inspections."

Notified the R4DO (Pruett), NMSS (Giitter), IRD (Wilson), ILTAB (English, via E-mail) and Canada (via E-mail).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43068
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: NINYO AND MOORE
Region: 4
City: SAN JACINTO State: CA
County:
License #: 5073-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 12/29/2006
Notification Time: 16:13 [ET]
Event Date: 12/28/2006
Event Time: 18:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
KEITH McCONNELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (via e-mail) ()
MEXICO CNSNS ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - THEFT OF A TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"On December 29, 2006, at 11:10 am, the licensee contacted the California [Radiologic Health Branch] RHB to report the theft of a Troxler, Model 3430 moisture/density gauge (S/N 38217) containing a nominal 10 millicuries Cs-137 and nominal 40 millicuries Am-241. When the licensee initially reported, they had been informed by their technician that the gauge (secured by two locking cables in the truck bed) had been stolen at 11:00 am on December 29, 2006, while the technician was having lunch at a restaurant in Fontana, CA. Subsequently, during the police investigation, the technician acknowledged that the gauge had actually been stolen out of his truck, sometime the night previously (i.e., between about 6:30 pm December 28, 2006 and 8:00 am December 29, 2006), while the truck was parked in front of his home in San Jacinto, CA.

"The licensee prohibits their technicians from taking the gauges home overnight, and intends to take disciplinary action against the technician in this regard. The San Jacinto police have also been contacted, and the licensee intends to place a reward notification in the local press in the San Jacinto area. RHB will continue to follow up on this matter."

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: 43071
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BOB MORELL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/03/2007
Notification Time: 10:14 [ET]
Event Date: 12/28/2006
Event Time: 12:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/03/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)
OMID TABATABAI (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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POTENTIAL DEGRADATION OF HYDRAULIC SNUBBER FLUID

"FPL Energy Duane Arnold makes the following notification under 10 CFR 21.21(d)(3)(i) of a defect found during snubber rebuild activities. The specific defect is foreign materials identified in the GE SF 1154 snubber fluid, which was supplied by Shaw A/DE, Inc (now known as Fronek Anchor Darling Enterprises, Inc.) as a basic component in 2003. The fluid has been identified as a part of GE batch number AD965 and was manufactured June 2001.

"The foreign material had the appearance and texture of paraffin wax. FPL Energy has postulated that the foreign material could restrict fluid flow through the orifice in the snubber and cause the snubber to remain locked following activation. The resulting locked snubber would prevent the function of allowing for some piping movement associated with normal system movement.

"The fluid has been removed from use at the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) and a portion was sent for analysis. The analysis indicates that the solid contaminate is silicone. Silicone based oils are generally very stable and the analysis does not indicate how, or why, they came out of solution. FPL Energy engineering personnel inquired about the analysis findings to ascertain the likely causes for the silicone separation from solution. The conclusion is that it could have been a bad batch, a contaminant could have been introduced during processing or repackaging or it could have resulted from some form of reaction with the plastic container.

"The supplier, Fronek Anchor Darling Enterprises, Inc, was contacted on 12/22/06 to discuss FPL Energy Duane Arnold's findings.

"FPL Energy has verified that none of the suspect batch has been installed in snubbers installed at the DAEC. All the suspect fluid has been accounted for."

It is unknown if any fluid from this same lot was distributed to any other power reactor sites.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43072
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM KROSSMAN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 01/03/2007
Notification Time: 19:32 [ET]
Event Date: 01/03/2007
Event Time: 18:03 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/03/2007
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):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

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AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO A CARD FAILURE

"A Unit-1 reactor trip was initiated by a Process Rock card failure that caused the 'B' main feed regulation valve to fail closed. The closure of the 'B' main feed regulation valve caused a reactor trip due to a steam flow - feed flow mismatch with a low steam generator water level. The auxiliary feed water system actuated as expected due to the reactor trip. The plant was stabilized with no other issues using the appropriate emergency procedures."

All control rods fully inserted on the trip and no relief or safety valves lifted in either the primary or secondary systems. Auxiliary feed water pumps automatically started and injected into the steam generators on a low water level signal. The operators restored normal feedwater flow to the steam generators. Decay heat is via the condenser steam dumps. The plant is aligned to the normal shut down electrical alignment. Card replacement is expected tonight and reactor startup is expected tomorrow.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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