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Event Notification Report for April 11, 2007

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Event Reports For
04/10/2007 - 04/11/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43284 43292 43295

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43284
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: PINNACLE FOOD GROUP
Region: 3
City: ST. ELMO State: IL
County:
License #: 9223630
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 04/06/2007
Notification Time: 11:20 [ET]
Event Date: 04/05/2007
Event Time: 12:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/06/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAURA KOZAK (R3)
GREG MORELL (FSME)

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

Event Text

ILLINOIS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT

Pinnacle Food Group located in St. Elmo, IL reported that between March 13 through 20, 2007 they were performing general maintenance for the up coming canning season. After the cleanup they discovered that a Industrial Dynamics Model FT50 fixed gauge containing 100 millicuries of Am-241 used for fill level measurements was taken as scrap metal to either Grossman Iron & Steel or PSE Metals which are both located in St. Louis, MO. These scrap metal yards were both notified on 04/05/07 by Pinnacle Food Group that their scrap yard may have the missing gauge in their yard. Pinnacle Food Group has hired a consultant and he arrived at the scrap yards on 04/06/07 and he is looking for the missing gauge. So far no contamination has been detected in either scrap yard.

IL. Incident # IL-070020.

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: 43292
Facility: DAVIS BESSE
Region: 3 State: OH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-R-LP
NRC Notified By: THOMAS PHILLIPS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 04/09/2007
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 04/09/2007
Event Time: 07:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/10/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)

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

SEISMIC MONITORING SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE

"On April 9, 2007, at approximately 0730 hours, the keyswitch for the Seismic Monitoring System was discovered in the off position, rendering the Seismic Monitoring System unavailable. The system has apparently been in this configuration since March 29, 2007, when deficiencies were found during routine calibration checks. The ability to declare an Unusual Event per Emergency Action Level 8.A.1 would not be significantly hampered by this event, because this declaration would be based on either personnel feeling an earthquake, or detection via the Seismic Monitoring System. However, the unavailability of the Seismic Monitoring System could potentially hamper the operators in determining the magnitude of an earthquake in order to determine if it reached Operating Basis Earthquake levels or Safe Shutdown Earthquake levels. Therefore, this could potentially hamper the declaration of an Alert or Site Area Emergency, respectively, per Emergency Action Levels 8.A.2 or 8.A.3. Therefore, this event is being considered reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), as it results in a loss of emergency assessment capability. Compensatory measures are being established to obtain an off-site source of this information in a timeframe that can support timely declaration of an emergency."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 04/10/07 AT 0936 EDT FROM THOMAS PHILLIPS TO MACKINNON * * *

"At time 0639 on 4/10/2007 the Seismic Monitoring System Instrumentation was reset. The Seismic Monitoring System is now FUNCTIONAL.

"With the SMA-3 Key Switch in the OPERATE position and the system RESET, the Seismic signal processing system and output devices are functioning to provide a STA SEISMIC INSTR ON alarm and to indicate if an OBE or SSE threshold has been exceeded. Therefore, the emergency assessment capability to declare an ALERT for EAL 8.A.2 or a Site Area Emergency for EAL 8.A.3 is restored. The Seismic Monitoring System remains INOPERABLE pending completion of DB-MI-04222, Seismic Instrumentation Calibration." R3DO (S. Burgess) notified.

NRC Resident Inspector will be notified of this update by the licensee.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43295
Rep Org: VICTOR RIVERA ASSOCIATES
Licensee: VICTOR RIVERA ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: DONCE State: PR
County:
License #: 52-19885-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID RHOE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 04/10/2007
Notification Time: 12:14 [ET]
Event Date: 04/10/2007
Event Time: 08:14 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/10/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)
GREG MORELL (FSME)

Event Text

DAMAGED CPN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

Soil compaction equipment ran over a CPN moisture density gauge. The sources were fully contained. A portable radiac verified no abnormal radiation and wipe test swipes will be read later to verify the sources are not leaking. The gauge will be shipped back to CPN International for repair and/or disposition.

Gauge Model: MC-1
Serial Number: M15096422

Sources:
Cs-137 10 milliCuries
Am-241 50 milliCuries

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