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Event Notification Report for January 24, 2007

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
01/23/2007 - 01/24/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43105 43110 43114 43115 43116

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43105
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: BRISTOL MEYERS SQUIBB MEDICAL IMAGING
Region: 1
City: NORTH BILLERICA State: MA
County:
License #: 60-0088
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/16/2007
Notification Time: 11:15 [ET]
Event Date: 01/14/2007
Event Time: 10:46 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
JANET SCHLUETER (NMSS)
THOMAS KOZAK (R3)
ILTAB (DANIS) E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MASSACHUSETTS - STOLEN Mo-99 GENERATOR

The National Response Center notified the NRC Operations Center that a 6 curie Molybdenum-99 generator was reported stolen in the State of Wisconsin. A representative of the shipment carrier along with the State of Wisconsin Radiation Protection Section provided additional details. The generator had originated at Bristol Myers Squibb in Massachusetts and was stolen from a pickup truck at the Milwaukee, WI Airport en route to Froedtert Hospital in Wisconsin. The theft was reported to the Milwaukee Sheriff's Department.

Massachusetts has assigned docket number 01-6787 to track this incident.

* * * UPDATE FROM SCHMIDT (WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION) TO KNOKE AT 1330 ON 1/18/07 * * *

A representative of the State of Wisconsin Radiation Protection Section called reporting that the material package was not stolen from the truck, but had fallen off the truck while enroute Froedtert Hospital. On 1/14/07 a private citizen had observed this event and took the material package home with him and contacted the carrier company identified on the shipping label. Because this was over the weekend no one was at the company to take the call. On 1/17/07 the citizen turned in the missing package to local police. The police subsequently brought the package to Froedtert Hospital in Wisconsin. On 1/18 the hospital evaluated the container and determined there was no damage and no contamination.

The NRC Operations Center conveyed this information to the State of Massachusetts Radiation Control Program (Sumares). Contacted R1DO (Cobey), R3DO (Peterson), NMSS (Wastler), 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: 43110
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: MIDWEST INSPECTIONS INDUSTRIAL RADIOGRAPHY COMPANY
Region: 4
City: MCALESTER State: OK
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE BRODERICK
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/21/2007
Notification Time: 19:43 [ET]
Event Date: 01/21/2007
Event Time: 14:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VIVIAN CAMPBELL (R4)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)
BENJAMIN SANDLER (TAS)
JEFFREY CRUZ (IRD)
BOMER (DHS)
BARDEN (FEMA)
YATES (DOE)
PAULES (EPA)
JIMINEZ (USDA)
MILLER (HHS)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

On 1/20/07 at approximately 1400 CST, a licensee radiographer was transiting down a lease road in his vehicle (white 2001 or 2002 Dodge diesel pickup truck with a fiberglass radiographer dark room on the back) with a radiography camera secured in a yellow box in the back. The radiographer attempted to cross moving water. When the radiographer attempted to cross the water the engine was stalled by the flow of water. The water started to flow into the truck over the doors. The radiographer evacuated the truck. The truck was subsequently swept away. Oklahoma Emergency Management, Local Law Enforcement and the Oklahoma State Police were notified and initiated a search for the lost camera. The search was conducted on the ground and in the air via a helicopter. The licensee RSO was notified and is en route to the area.

At this time the camera has been not located, but a log jam was discovered down stream of where the truck was swept away and it is not believed that the truck could have passed this log jam. The search has been called off due to darkness. The area that the camera is suspected to be is very remote and lightly populated. It is between the towns of McAlester, OK and Calvin, OK. It is unlikely that the camera could relocate to a populated area. The search will resume on 1/22/07 at 0700 CST.

The camera is a new Industrial Nuclear Corporation model Ir-192 camera. The source strength is 100 Ci.

Notified NORTHCOM (via e-mail)

* * * UPDATE FROM STATE OF OKLAHOMA (BRODERICK) TO HUFFMAN AT 0940 EST ON 1/22/07 * * *

The State of Oklahoma representative reports that the pickup truck is believed to have been located downstream of where it was swept into the water. The location is known as "Coal Creek." Only the shell of the truck can be seen but it is the judgment of those at the scene that the shell is still attached to the truck. Local law enforcement is at the site and has secured it from unauthorized entry. The camera was reported to be in an ammo box that was locked and welded to the bed of the pickup truck so it is likely also still attached to the truck. Because of the unsafe conditions in the creek at this time, the site will remain secured and attempts to retrieve the truck will be made when the water flow is reduced and the levels receded. The State estimates that retrieval will not be until sometime in the morning of Tuesday, January 23. The State indicated that there is media interest in this event and that a press release is being prepared.

R4DO (Hay), NMSS EO (Burgess), IRD (Cruz), and ILTAB (Sandler) notified.


* * * UPDATE FROM STATE OF OKLAHOMA (BRODERICK) TO KOZAL AT 1459 EST ON 1/22/07 * * *

The State provided the following information via email:

"The search was resumed on the morning of the 22nd, and searchers quickly located the truck. The top of the camper was visible from the bank. This area was impacted by the snow and ice storms of recent weeks, and the creek is high because of runoff of snow melt. The water is fast moving and cold. Searchers felt there was substantial risk in accessing the truck in these conditions. Local sources estimate the creek will return to a more normal level enabling safe access to the source sometime Tuesday. The licensee plans to maintain security on the truck and source, but let it stay where it is until then. DEQ concurred with this decision.

"At about 1 PM on the 22nd, the licensee reported that the water level had dropped and about half the camper shell is above water. It looks intact, and the door of the camper appears to still be locked. They still expect to be able to access the truck on the 23rd.

"The camper appears intact, and it is assumed that the source is inside the camera inside the locked ammo box in the camper. The ammo box is bolted to the bed of the truck [not welded, as was previously erroneously reported to NRC], and it is assumed that the source is still present. This incident was reported on television and print media. DEQ has prepared a press release in case one is needed, but does not plan to issue it at this time. DEQ staff are en route to the area and will be present tomorrow during recovery. They will also interview the radiographer and assistant involved in the accident."

R4DO (Hay), NMSS EO (Burgess), IRD (Cruz), and ILTAB (Sandler) notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM STATE OF OKLAHOMA (BRODERICK) TO KOZAL AT 1031 EST ON 1/23/07 * * *

The State provided the following information via email:

"The water has not gone down enough to allow safe access to the truck this morning, and is not expected to drop enough today to allow it. The licensee is now hoping for access to the truck tomorrow."

The licensee will continue to provide security for the truck.

R4DO (Hay), NMSS EO (Morell), IRD (Blount), and ILTAB (Sandler) notified.


THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43114
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: DWAYNE SCHMIT
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/23/2007
Notification Time: 14:27 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2007
Event Time: 13:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3)

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

Event Text

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED

"The purpose of this notification is to inform the NRC that Nuclear Management Company (NMC) will be issuing a press release approximately two hours (CST) after this notification to the NRC on January 23, 2007, concerning an event previously reported to the NRC on January 10, 2007, via EN# 43088. The event in question involved an automatic reactor scram at 3:26 PM on January 10, 2007. As reported in that notification, all safety systems operated correctly. The scram occurred following the unexpected opening of the main turbine control valves. There was no release of radioactivity during the event. The purpose of the press release is to provide information to the media and the public regarding the results of NMC's investigation as to the cause of the January 10 event and the status of remedial actions."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee will notify State and Local authorities.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43115
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: LARRY PRUETT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 01/23/2007
Notification Time: 14:44 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2007
Event Time: 12:44 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2007
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):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)

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

Event Text

REACTOR TRIP DUE TO FEEDWATER REGULATING VALVE FAILURE

"An automatic reactor scram occurred resulting from loop #2 steam generator low level. The main feedwater regulating valve 2-FCV-3-48 failed closed when the air supply line to the valve severed. A significant leak had been identified and efforts to repair had been initiated. All systems responded as designed. The plant is stable on Auxiliary Feed Water (AFW) and steam generator cooling [to the condenser via steam dump valve] while repairs to the failed air line are planned."

All control rods fully inserted into the core. No steam generator or pressurizer relief valves lifted during the transient. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43116
Facility: CRYSTAL RIVER
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: DAVID MCAGY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 01/23/2007
Notification Time: 16:27 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2007
Event Time: 15:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2)

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

Event Text

UNANALYZED CONDITION

"Crystal River 3 has determined that an existing condition in the Decay Heat (DH) System is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B), an Unanalyzed Condition. Two valves in question are in series in the DH System drop leg from the Reactor Coolant System (RCS). They are Appendix R High-Low pressure interface valves, where 3 phase hot shorts from another power cable must be considered. A review of cable routing concluded that one of the valve's power cables and one of the valve's control power cables do not meet required separation criteria. There is a low probability that both could open due to hot shorts under normal operating RCS pressure and temperature conditions, therefore a rupture of the downstream piping in the Reactor Building or Auxiliary Building is possible. The postulated event is a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) in the Auxiliary Building, which is an unanalyzed condition. This condition is similar to the one reported in EN# 43098 on 01/12/2007. Cables in question are for the same valves, however, they are in a different area of the plant."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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