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Event Notification Report for February 23, 2007

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02/22/2007 - 02/23/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43170 43175 43181

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43170
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MATERIALS TESTING OF ARKANSAS
Region: 4
City: LITTLE ROCK State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-859
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BERNIE BEVILL
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 02/19/2007
Notification Time: 08:56 [ET]
Event Date: 02/19/2007
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/19/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY GODY (R4)
SCOTT MOORE (FSME)
R. WARREN ILTAB ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE MODEL 3440

The Arkansas Department of Health reported that one of their licensees, Materials Testing of Arkansas, had a Troxler moisture density gauge stolen from a pickup truck in front of a Wal-Mart in Little Rock, Arkansas between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. CST. When the licensee returned to the vehicle, he found that the chain securing the gauge had been cut, and the Troxler and some other personal equipment had been stolen from the back of the vehicle. The Troxler is a Model 3440 S/N 19914 and contains 9 milli Curies of Cs-137 and 44 milli Curies of Am-241. The Little Rock Police Department is investigating the theft under case number 07-18990.

The Arkansas Department of Health is preparing a press release on 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.

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 43175
Rep Org: NH DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Licensee: JOHN TURNER CONSULTING, INC
Region: 1
City: DOVER State: NH
County:
License #: 423R
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TWILA KENNA
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 02/20/2007
Notification Time: 15:06 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2007
Event Time: 12:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/20/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
GREG MORELL (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()
CANADA via fax ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services' Radiological Health Section was notified at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, by a representative from John Turner Consulting, Inc., of the theft of a portable soil moisture/density gauge from its vehicle on Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 2007, which was located at the licensee's facility in Dover, New Hampshire. The Licensee reported that a Troxler Model 3430 (Serial # 36724) portable gauge containing 9 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 44 millicuries of Americium-241: Beryllium was stolen from the licensee's vehicle parked at the licensee's facility located in [address deleted] Dover, New Hampshire. The locked gauge was padlocked in its original carrying case, which was attached to the bed of the vehicle with two chains with two separate locks. The State is following the incident. Local law enforcement has been notified by the licensee. Follow-up information will be provided to NRC."

NH Event Report ID No.: NH-07-001

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY STATE (DENNIS O'DOWD) VIA EMAIL TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1653 EST ON 02/20/2007 * * *

The following information was provided by the State via email:

"As of approximately 4:35 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2007, the portable nuclear gauging device reported by NH Licensee John Turner Consulting, Inc. (License No. 423R) has been recovered and was retrieved by the licensee. The licensee's representative has confirmed that the gauge had been left with the Madbury (NH) Police Department, located near the Dover, New Hampshire city line, and was locked inside of its locked case when recovered.

"The New Hampshire Radiological Health Section will be dispatching an inspector or inspectors to the licensee's facility on Wednesday, February 21, 2007, to conduct further investigation into this incident."

Notified R1DO (T. Jackson), FSME EO (Moore), ILTAB via email and Canada via fax.

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: 43181
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: FRANK GIANNONE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 02/22/2007
Notification Time: 08:36 [ET]
Event Date: 02/22/2007
Event Time: 06:57 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/22/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)

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

Event Text

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM INOPERABLE

The licensee reported the loss of the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) due to an Emergency Response Facility Computer System (ERFCS) failure at 0757 EST. The loss of the host computer was determined to be the cause of this unplanned outage.

An unrelated planned outage of ERDS is scheduled to commence today following the troubleshooting. The planned outage duration will be 10 hours. The licensee will make an update notification when ERDS is restored.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


*** UPDATE FROM F. GIANNONE TO KNOKE AT 1846 ON 02/22/07 ***

The licensee reported the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) has been restored to normal operation.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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