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Event Notification Report for July 5, 2007

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07/03/2007 - 07/05/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43459 43460 43461 43464 43468 43471 43472 43473

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43459
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL
Region: 4
City: HOUMA State: LA
County:
License #: LA-7396-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PENROD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 06/29/2007
Notification Time: 12:28 [ET]
Event Date: 05/30/2007
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4)
CINDY FLANNERY (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

The licensee provided the following information via facsimile:

"Oceaneering reported an over exposure to one of the industrial radiographers. The RSO received a notification from Landauer of an over exposure to the licensee's employee. This employee received a dosage on his May 2007 badge of 5549 mrem (deep) and a year to date dosage of 5788 mrem. The RSO is going to discuss this issue with the employee and send the LDEQ additional information. Once the additional information is received, it will be forwarded to the NRC.

"Louisiana Event Number - LA070016"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43460
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: STARMET NMI
Region: 1
City: CONCORD State: MA
County:
License #: SM-0179
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRUCE PACKARD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 06/29/2007
Notification Time: 13:38 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2007
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)
CINDY FLANNERY (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CONTAMINATED AREA

The agreement state provided the following information via facsimile:

"During response to a fire on-site response personnel monitored area dose rates of 4 mrem/hour beta dose at waste level in an area about 20 meters east of building. On 06/29/07 Agency representatives and licensee confirmed area dose rates. Area was on pavement inside a fenced area. Caution tape was used to isolate the area. The licensee dose not have regularly scheduled work hour on Friday, so the contract RSO said he will respond on Monday. This event dose not appear to be related to the fire on-site [EN# 43447] because there is visible metallic contamination in the proximity of tracks in the pavement. Suspected contaminate is DU."

Discovery date and time was 06/27/07 at 02:00 EDT.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43461
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: NOT APPLICABLE
Region: 1
City: NORTH ANDOVER State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/29/2007
Notification Time: 14:23 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2007
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)
EDWIN HACKETT (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - MASSACHUSETTS - DEUTERIUM CONTAMINATED WITH TRITIUM RECEIVED BY NON-LICENSED BUSINESS

The agreement state provided the following information via facsimile:

"The Agency was informed by a non-licensed business, Cambridge Isotopes Laboratory of 50 Frontage Road, North Andover, MA, that a shipment of deuterium water received from a foreign vendor, Ontario Power Generation, was contaminated with Hydrogen-3. Upon a customer complaint, the business hired a consultant to analyze an aliquot from the original batch shipment and the aliquot has been determined to contain 20 millicuries per liter of tritium. The business has also notified their employees, the vendor from which the shipment originated, and three of the company's customers in the United States that received finished, and contaminated , product from the company. Bioassay procedures are being implemented and surveys are commencing to determine if personnel became contaminated or if the facility became contaminated."

This report has been assigned MA DPH / RCP docket # 06-7156.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43464
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: ATL, INC
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 7-116
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/02/2007
Notification Time: 11:49 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2007
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 07/02/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB (via email) ()
MEXICO (via fax) ()

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

Event Text

ARIZONA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"At approximately 4:00 PM June 29, 2007, the Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] was informed that the Licensee had a pickup truck stolen with a Troxler Model 3440 gauge, SN 35574. The theft occurred at approximately 2:40 PM when someone jumped into the truck, which was running while the employee loaded tools. The truck is a white 2006 Chevrolet. The Troxler gauge was locked in a 16 gauge steel tool box with a hardened and anti-theft designed lock and hasp. The steel box is bolted to the frame of the truck. The gauge contains 8 mCi of Cesium-137 and 40 mCi Am:Be-241.

"Phoenix PD is investigating and has issued report number 2007-71277015

"The Agency continues to investigate this event.

"The states of CA, NV, CO, UT, and NM, FBI, and Mexico are being notified of this event."

Arizona Event Number: 07-009

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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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43468
Rep Org: US ARMY
Licensee: US ARMY
Region: 3
City: WARREN State: MI
County:
License #: 21-01222-05
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN MCGUIRE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/02/2007
Notification Time: 17:03 [ET]
Event Date: 06/26/2007
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/03/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

DAMAGED CAMPBELL PACIFIC MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

On June 26, 2007, the 62nd Engineering Unit, located in Ft. Hood, Texas and recently returned from deployment, sent an email to the US Army TACOM LCMC, located in Warren , MI regarding a damaged Campbell Pacific (CPN) MC-1 moisture density gauge, serial number: M7112095. The device contains a 10 millicurie Cs-137 source and a 50 millicurie Am-241:Be source (1977 activity strength). The email requested guidance on the failure of the device handled assembly to lock in 'safe' or any other position. The lead trap door is disconnected from pushrod and fails to allow source rod to extend. The unit is on recuperative leave and the US Army will follow up with the unit personnel later this week. The US Army will continue to investigate to determine the status of the device, where and when it was damaged, and the status of the sources and the device's storage location.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY KAREN MCGUIRE TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1329 ON 07/03/07 * * *

"The tester was used in Iraq and was shipped back to the unit in Texas in Dec 06. In Iraq, the tester had some difficulty with the lead trap door not easily sliding out of the way, when the rod was pushed down, but it did function. The rod locking mechanism worked in Iraq.

"On 18 Jun, the Local Radiation Safety Officer (LRSO) with the 62nd Engr Bn was notified verbally of a display problem involving the tester. A trained operator made the notification. On 26 June, the LRSO and Alternate LRSO both trained operators then decided to check out the tester. They cranked down on the display screw and the tester display functioned. They then decided to check the tester out further and discovered that the handle wouldn't lock in the safe and other positions. They compared this to another tester and then determined that the tester had a problem needing maintenance. The LRSO then sent an e-mail on 26 June asking for maintenance or turn-in instructions.

"The maintenance check (which includes ensuring proper function of the tester, the rod moving freely through the ranges and cleaning the tester of any dust and dirt) at the unit was the first, since its arrival from IRAQ. The unit planned to use the tester, but after discovering the problem with it, they then used another tester. The testers at the unit have maintenance done every six months depending on the use of the equipment.

"The rod with the source is inside of the tester housing. The tester is stored like normal in its transport case. The shutter is in place and closed. The lead trap door is in place. The lead trap door just doesn't slide out of the way when the source rod is lowered, thus it is preventing the source from being exposed or from coming out of the tester. The rod when operated will move through different positions, but will not lock at those positions (i.e. safe, 6 inch, 8 inch and 12 inch). This is due to a pin engaging defect. The rod will fully retract. If the tester probe is locked, then the rod will not move through the positions. There are no known personnel exposures.

"The tester is in a double locked room and the tester is in a locked DOT 7A container inside of a locked greenlee box. The only personnel having access to the keys and the testers are the LRSO and Alternate LRSO. This ensures that the tester is not used."

Licensee is awaiting the results of a radiation survey of the storage area to be performed today (the last one performed was in April) and results from a leak test, which was performed on 27 June 07. The radiation survey was requested as a result of the tester failure and the leak test was performed, because it is the annual leak test period for the testers. The leak test was sent to our Army lab in Redstone, AL. Licensee has placed a call to expedite the analysis of the leak test and to check if they have received it. It is planned to transport the tester back to the manufacturer for disposition.

Notified R3DO ( R. Lanksbury) and FSME EO (M. Burgess)

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43471
Rep Org: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA
Region: 3
City: COLUMBIA State: MO
County:
License #: 24-00513-32
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARY ALDRICH
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/03/2007
Notification Time: 17:26 [ET]
Event Date: 07/03/2007
Event Time: 14:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/03/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
EDWIN HACKETT (FSME)

Event Text

SURFACE CONTAMINATION EXCEEDING LIMITS ON PACKAGE

At 1400 CDT on 07/03/07, the University of Missouri, Columbia campus received a scheduled delivery of a radioactive material shipment containing 11 millicuries of I-131. During the receipt inspection, radioactive contamination was discovered on one spot on the top corner of the ammo can lid used for transport. Using two different measuring techniques, the contamination was between 470-700 dpm/sq cm. A second swipe survey of the same spot had no contamination. A radiation survey conducted of the container showed a 30 mRem/hr hot spot in the same area where the contamination was removed. The ammo can has been bagged and will be stored in the secure hot lab in the veterinary facility until the carrier can return to pickup the transport can on 07/05/07 or 07/06/07.

The Mid America Isotopes company located in Ashland, MO delivered the package to the facility. The carrier was notified at 1600 CDT of the contamination. This shipment was one of several that were prepared and delivered today, but it is not known if there was any contamination of the other packages or the vehicle.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43472
Rep Org: EMERSON PROCESSING MANAGEMENT
Licensee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
Region: 3
City: MARSHALLTOWN State: IA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BILL FITZGERALD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 07/03/2007
Notification Time: 17:58 [ET]
Event Date: 06/27/2007
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/03/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
VERN HODGE 21.21 (NRR)
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
JAY HENSON (R2)
DALE POWERS (R4)

Event Text

PART 21 NOTIFICATION - FISHER TYPE 67C SERIES REGULATOR SCREW FRACTURE

The manufacturer provided the following information via facsimile:

This is a summary of a communication that was sent to inform all Fisher customers of record.

"Fisher Controls has determined that a faulty batch of screws (Fisher Part Number T13526T0012) was used in the applicable constructions listed below. In some cases, a fracture occurred in the threaded shank, while in other cases the screw head fractured. Multiple screw fractures were also found on the same regulator. The screw fractures were found in four different product orders.

"The function of the screw depends on the type of construction:
* On all models, the screw retains the diaphragm between the body and the spring case (six screws per regulator).
* On the Types 67C and 67CR, the screws retain the bottom plate (four screws per regulator)
* On the Types 67CF and 67CFR, the screws retain the drip well (four screws per regulator).

"If the screw is compromised, the ability of the regulator to retain pressure or function correctly may be impaired. Any abnormal function of an instrument supply regulator might, in turn, cause unexpected behavior of the instrument itself due to supply pressure changes. These changes could result in a range of performance problems, up to a loss of process control.

"Fisher has stopped shipment of these products and is currently purging their inventory.

"This notice applies only to the subject equipment supplied by Fisher Controls International LLC that meets all of the following criteria:
* Can be any of the following constructions: Fisher Types 67C, 67CR, 67CF and 67CFR Instrument Supply Regulators or Type R130 Series Manifold Regulators.
* Must be manufactured in China between March 1 and June 15, 2007, with date of manufacture 3-07, 4-07, 5-07 or 6-07 stamped on the product.

"Action Required:
* No action is required for plants that do not have the subject equipment.
* Do not install any of the equipment specifically identified in this notice.
* If your plant has any of the equipment specifically identified by this notice or experienced problems regarding expected performance from these regulators, contact your local Fisher Representative Sales Office regarding appropriate corrective action.

"10CFR21 Implications:
* The recipient of this notice is requested to review the information contained in this notice to determine its applicability to his/her facility.
* If no equipment meeting the applicability requirements listed above have been provided by Fisher Controls International LLC, then no further action is required.
* If equipment meeting the applicability requirements listed above have been supplied and used in a safety-related application, Fisher Controls requests that the recipient of this notice review it and take appropriate action in accordance with 10CFR21."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43473
Facility: GINNA
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: KEVIN McLAUGHLIN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/04/2007
Notification Time: 02:42 [ET]
Event Date: 07/04/2007
Event Time: 02:14 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/04/2007
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
JOHN LUBINSKI (NRR)
JEFFREY CRUZ (IRD)
SAM COLLINS (RA)
JIM DYER (ET)
JOHNSON (DHS)
CANUPP (FEMA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A LOSS OF CONTROL ROOM ANNUNCIATORS

"Failure of main control board annunciator panels A, B, C, and D occurred at 0158 hours. At that time the control room had just commenced a load reduction to repair the turbine control valve #3. The load reduction was terminated at the time of the annunciator panel failure. Reactor power is 98.5%.

"Unusual Event EAL is 7.3.1

"RCS Pressure is 2235 psig
"RCS Temperature is 573 degrees"

The plant is currently stable and holding power. The Plant Process Computer remains operable monitoring at power parameters. The licensee has commenced an investigation to determine the cause of failure related to the power supply for the affected annunciator panels.

The licensee informed both State and local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY SHIFT MANAGER (GARNISH) TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1553 ON 07/04/07 * * *

The licensee exited the Unusual Event at 1542 EDT on 07/04/07. All repairs have been completed, successful post maintenance test is complete, and all annunciator panels have been restored to operable condition. A blown fuse was discovered on the AA panel flasher card. The flasher cards for the AA panel and the A panel have been replaced. Two separate annunciator cards in the D panel have also been replaced.

The licensee informed both State and local agencies and the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R1DO (Rogge), NRREO (Lubinski), IRD (Cruz), R1 RA (Collins), NRR ET (Dyer), DHS (Frost), and FEMA (Dwight).

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