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Event Notification Report for July 6, 2007

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07/05/2007 - 07/06/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43460 43464 43470 43471 43474

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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: 07/05/2007
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, an on-site response personnel monitored area dose rates of 4 mrem/hour beta dose at waist 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 does not have regularly scheduled work hour on Friday, so the contract RSO said he will respond on Monday. This event does not appear to be related to the fire on-site [EN# 43447] because there is visible metallic contamination in the proximity of scrape-like tracks in the pavement. Suspected contaminate is DU."

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

* * * UPDATE AT 1008 EDT ON 7/5/07 FROM BRUCE PACKARD TO S. SANDIN VIA FAX * * *

The following information was provided as an update:

"On 7/2/07 contract RSO performed survey of the area. Licensee sealed the most active area with roof coating (thin non-fibrous roofing cement). Dose rates were reported to drop by a factor of 2. When the coat cures the licensee will add another coat.

"Rough calculation confirmed this spill is greater than 5 X 105 CMR 296 B values.

"Because Starmet was required to provide multiple agency access to this area as part of CERCLA cleanup, it is unlikely that the cause of the event or the responsible party will be identified."

Notified R1DO (Rogge) and FSME (Moore).

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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: 07/05/2007
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

* * * UPDATE FROM AUBREY GODWIN TO JOE O'HARA VIA E-MAIL AT 1230 ON 7/5/07 * * *

"As of 4:00 PM July 3, 2007, the vehicle and device have been recovered. There is evidence the device was removed from the shipping container and the source possibly exposed. The Agency continues to investigate this event and the possible exposure of individuals.

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

"Supplemental Notice: 07-009S."

Notified R4DO(Powers), FSME(Moore), Mexico (via e-mail) and ILTAB (via e-mail)

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: 43470
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: ROTELLA'S ITALIAN BAKERY, INC
Region: 4
City: OMAHA State: NE
County:
License #: GL0409
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/03/2007
Notification Time: 14:29 [ET]
Event Date: 04/02/2007
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/03/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB (via email) ()

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

Event Text

NEBRASKA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The State provided the following information via email:

"The licensee purchased the facility in December of 2006 from Hartland Warehouse. Upon receiving the State of Nebraska's annual inventory of Generally Licensed Devices in April of 2007, they did an inventory and found the following sign missing: Isolite Exit Sign model 2040-01-02 containing 10 curies of H-3 in January of 1992 and serial #1135.

"The current licensee believes that the missing sign was located on the second floor of the office at one time. A door that led to a landing on the second floor and stair steps that led down to the first floor at sometime previously were torn down and the door blocked off. The licensee believes that the sign was removed and disposed of in the landfill."

Nebraska Event Number: NE070003

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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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: 07/05/2007
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.

* * * UPDATE AT 12:30 ON 7/5/2007 FROM MARY ALDRICH TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"The inner container was intact, not leaking, and was used as intended."

Notified the R3DO (Lanksbury) and FSME (Moore).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43474
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CHARLES B. ROKES
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 07/05/2007
Notification Time: 13:51 [ET]
Event Date: 07/05/2007
Event Time: 10:01 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/05/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
JOHN LUBINSKI (NRR)
JEFFREY CRUZ (IRD)
MJ ROSS-LEE (NRR)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO INADVERTENT ACTIVATION OF PUTNAM COUNTY SIREN SYSTEM

"This is a voluntary report for information only applicable to reporting under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) for notification to other government agencies. At approximately 1001 hours ET the new siren system in Putnam County was actuated inadvertently during testing. At approximately 1005 hours, Putnam County notified Entergy that the sirens had sounded. At approximately 1006 hours, a siren cancel signal was initiated. There has not been an event related to the health and safety of the public or onsite personnel, or protection of the environment. The current siren system which is used for meeting offsite emergency notification requirements did not sound and remains operational. The Counties (Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam) were notified. The New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) was notified. Local television, radio and print media were also notified. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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