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Event Notification Report for April 12, 2007

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
04/11/2007 - 04/12/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43284 43293 43298 43299

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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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General Information or Other Event Number: 43293
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: LELAND STANFORD Jr. UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: STANFORD State: CA
County:
License #: 0676-43
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: M. GOTTLIEB
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 04/09/2007
Notification Time: 17:39 [ET]
Event Date: 03/05/2007
Event Time: 15:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/09/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
DENNIS RATHBUN (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POSSIBLE RELEASE OF TRITIUM GAS

The licensee provided the following information via email:

"Sometime between 03-05-2007 and 03-09-2007, 12 Tritium Exit signs containing approximately 6.2 Ci of Tritium each were released from Stanford University to the Newby Island Landfill in Milpitas, CA. The exit signs were reported to have been crushed on a hard surface with a possible release of the Tritium gas contained in the glass beads in the exit signs, and then covered with 60 tons of dirt. The Tritium exit signs are manufactured by the Isolite Safety Light Corporation in Bloomberg, PA. Licensee RSO will contact the Isolite Safety Light Corporation for more information concerning the Tritium exit signs and determine if the Tritium therein was released as a gas, or if any remains after crushing the glass beads that may be water soluble. The General Manager of the Newby Island Landfill was contacted by licensee RSO."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43298
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JIMMY STILES
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 04/11/2007
Notification Time: 15:20 [ET]
Event Date: 04/11/2007
Event Time: 14:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
73.71(b)(1) - SAFEGUARDS REPORTS
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2)
73.71 Group (email) ()

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

Event Text

UNAUTHORIZED ESCORTED VISITOR ENTRY

Actual entry of an unauthorized person (escorted visitor) into the protected area. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

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Hospital Event Number: 43299
Rep Org: US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Licensee: US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Region: 4
City: AMARILLO State: TX
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: EDWIN LEIDHOLDT
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 04/11/2007
Notification Time: 20:03 [ET]
Event Date: 02/14/2007
Event Time: 11:10 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/11/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
SONIA BURGESS (R3)
ABY MOHSENI (FSME)
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)

Event Text

TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE SURFACE EXCEEDING SURFACE CONTAMINATION LIMITS

"Pursuant to 10 CFR 20.1906, a receipt wipe test of a package of radioactive material indicated that removable radioactive contamination of the package surface exceeded the limits in 10 CFR 71.87(i). The package was received at the VA Medical Center, 6010 Amarillo Boulevard West, Amarillo, TX, at about 1110 on February 14, 2007. This VA Medical Center is a site of use listed on Master Material License Permit No. 30-01747-02 held by the New Mexico VA Health Care System, 1501 San Pedro SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108. A wipe test sample of the exterior of the package was measured as containing 107,000 dpm shortly after package receipt.

"The package was received from Panhandle Nuclear Pharmacy, 6700 West 9th Street, Amarillo, TX 79106. The package contained 11 millicuries of Tc-99m for use by the nuclear medicine department.

"The commercial radiopharmacy, which was the final delivery carrier, was promptly notified. However, the staff of the nuclear medicine department did not notify the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The RSO discovered today [04/11/07] that the package contamination had exceeded an amount requiring notification of the NRC.

"The VA National Health Physics Program will follow up on this event and will also notify the NRC project manager for our master material license."

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