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Event Notification Report for October 30, 2007

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Event Reports For
10/29/2007 - 10/30/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


42789 43743 43745 43753 43755 43756 43757

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42789
Rep Org: SUPERIOR WELL SERVICES, INC.
Licensee: SUPERIOR WELL SERVICES, INC.
Region: 1
City: INDIANA State: PA
County:
License #: GL704677-7
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SROCK
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/20/2006
Notification Time: 18:30 [ET]
Event Date: 08/18/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/30/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
RAYMOND LORSON (R1)
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)
ILTAB (via email) ()

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

Event Text

GENERAL LICENSE DENSITY GAUGE DISCOVERED MISSING

On 8/18/06 the Superior Well Services crew at a temporary worksite approximately 2 hours drive from Vernal, UT discovered that their Thermo MeasureTech Density Gauge was missing. The device, a Model #5192 - S/N B7000 containing a 200 mCi Cs-137 source, is normally stored in the back of their vehicle and was last used the day before on 8/17/06. The licensee is continuing their investigation to determine whether the device was stolen or fell off the back of the vehicle. The device itself weighs 150 pounds and is in a metal housing 36 inches in length (Sealed Source Registry No. TX0634D105B).

The licensee contacted the Utah Highway Patrol, the Vernal County Sheriff's Office and will contact the Utah Radiation Control Office. Also, a press release offering a $10,000.00 reward for return of the device will be issued.

* * * UPDATE FROM CRAIG JONES TO J. KNOKE AT 12:06 ON 10/30/07 * * *

Craig Jones from the state of Utah called to say that on 10/19/07 a member of the public located the Thermo MeasureTech Density Gauge South of Duchesne, UT along State Road 191. The licensee's RSO was notified and responded to the site. A leak test and survey was performed on the equipment and area, and the results were negative. The licensee indicated the person who found the gauge will be given the reward. Licensee now has the Thermo MeasureTech Density Gauge in their possession. The state of Utah will be conducting a follow-up meeting with the licensee in the near future.
Notified R1DO (Dentel), R4DO (Powers), FSME (M. Burgess), ILTAB (email)


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: 43743
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: WINGERTER LABS, INC.
Region: 1
City: MIAMI State: FL
County:
License #: 0673-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNANCE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/24/2007
Notification Time: 16:48 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2007
Event Time: 15:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1)
LAWRENCE KOKAJKO (FSME)
ILTAB (EMAILED) ()

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

Event Text

FLORIDA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN/LOST TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"Licensee called 10/24/07 at 1640 hours and reported that a Troxler gauge is missing. It was last seen on 10/24/07. Troxler gauge was sitting on tailgate while operator was writing paperwork in vehicle cab. Operator drove off with gauge on tailgate. Wingerter employees searching area for gauge. It was reported missing to the North Miami PD. The Radioactive Materials Office is investigating. No further action will be taken by this office."

Incident Location: Intersection of Curtiss Drive and Pervis Avenue Opalocka, FL

Isotope(s) Cs-137; Be:Am-241 Activity(s): 8mCi; 40mCi

Material Form: Chemical Form; Physical Form: By-product; Special Form

Probable Disposition of Material: Material stolen and not recovered.

Emergency Groups at Scene: North Miami PD

Incident Number: FL07-163

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY STEVE FURNACE TO JASON KOZAL ON 10/25/07 AT 1308 * * *

The lost Troxler was recovered by the licensee at the intersection of NW 103rd St and NW 27th Ave Opalocka, FL. The device appears to have fallen off the vehicle tailgate at this location. The case was damaged but the source remained unharmed and locked in the shielded position. Surveys taken revealed no external contamination or indication of leakage. The device will be returned to the manufacturer for repair.

Notified R1DO (Caruso), ILTAB (Via E-mail) and NMSS EO (Morell).

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: 43745
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: KLEINFELDER CENTRAL, INC
Region: 4
City: TULSA State: OK
County:
License #: OK-27597-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEVIN SAMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/25/2007
Notification Time: 11:20 [ET]
Event Date: 10/25/2007
Event Time: 10:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
GREG MORELL (FSME)
ILTAB EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN SOIL DENSITY GAUGE

State called indicating licensee reported a Humboldt soil density gauge, Model 5001B (s/n 2978) was stolen from the back of an employee's pickup truck sometime during the night of 10/24/07. The gauge was chained down (but was cut) while parked at the employee's personal residence. The source activity is 44 mCi of Am-241/Be and 11 mCi of Cs-137. A police report was filed with the Tulsa police department, Report # 2007-074-103.

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: 43753
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BERNIE LITKETT
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 10/29/2007
Notification Time: 02:12 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2007
Event Time: 22:03 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/29/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

REFUEL FLOOR EXHAUST HI-HI RADIATION ALARMS DURING REACTOR REASSEMBLY

"On 10/28/07 at 2203 in Operational Condition 5, two of three Refuel Floor Exhaust Radiation Monitors actuated on HI-HI Radiation during the Moisture Separator lift for Reactor Pressure Vessel Reassembly. Reactor Building Ventilation was procedurally secured at the time of the actuation to minimize the potential for airborne contamination. The cause of the elevated radiation levels at the Refuel Floor Exhaust Radiation Monitors is currently attributed to the lifting of the Moisture Separator closer to the surface of the water to obtain an unobstructed underwater path to the Reactor Pressure Vessel. The resulting ESF signal yielded an automatic start of the 'A' and 'D' Station Service Water Pumps, the Filtration Recirculation and Ventilation System, and load-shed of non-1E breaker loads. All systems responded as expected. Systems and components actuated by the condition have been restored to a normal stand-by alignment as required. No other systems were affected and the plant is stable in Operational Condition 5."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee notified the Lower Alloways Creek Township.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43755
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: JACK BREEN
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/29/2007
Notification Time: 12:03 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2007
Event Time: 09:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/29/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)

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 N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

PLANNED OUTAGE OF ERDADS

"This notification is being made due to a planned loss of [Emergency Response Data Acquisition Display System] (ERDADS). Maintenance will be replacing a bad disc drive for the 'B' Plant Environmental Data System (PEDS) and utilizing the 'A' PEDS for restoration of software. Estimated [time for] return to service is by the end of the business day (1700) [10/29/07]."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43756
Rep Org: NTH CONSULTANTS
Licensee: NTH CONSULTANTS
Region: 3
City: FARMINGTON HILLS State: MI
County:
License #: 21-14894-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PARSONS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/29/2007
Notification Time: 13:46 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2007
Event Time: 12:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/29/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
JOHN MADERA (R3)
GREG MORELL (FSME)
ILTAB EMAIL ()
CANADA (E-MAIL) ()

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

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

An authorized user (AU) of the licensee called the RSO at 12:45 on 10/29/07 indicating a 3401 Troxler gauge (s/n 12664) in his possession was stolen. "The gauge was last seen at the authorized user's (AU) residence in Livonia, MI between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. on 10/28/07. The gauge was secured to the truck bed with two cables that were threaded through the gauge case handle to prevent the gauge case from being opened. Each cable had its own lock. The gauge case lid was also locked. The source rod was locked in the shielded position.

On 10/29/07, the AU drove to a secured temporary job site in Detroit, MI and stayed in or near the open bed pickup truck containing the gauge at all times. The AU identified that the gauge as missing at about noon on 10/29/07. All other equipment in the truck bed remained. The cables were not cut. All of the locks were taken. The licensee suspects that the thief cut the cable locks to steal the gauge.

The licensee searched the area near the AU's residence and did not find the gauge. In addition, the licensee filed a report with its LLEA. The licensee is contemplating whether or not to notify the local media as a means of finding the gauge.

The licensee is in the process of deciding what actions to take to prevent a similar event, with a focus on enhancing security, including making the gauges less visible when they are in open bed trucks."

The activity of the sources are: Am-241/Be (40 millicuries) and Cs-137 (8 millicuries).

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: 43757
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JAMES PRIEST
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/30/2007
Notification Time: 01:44 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2007
Event Time: 19:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/30/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

LOSS OF POWER TO TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER (TSC)

"On 10/29/07 at 1930 hours, it was determined that the Hope Creek TSC has been unavailable for greater than 8 hours as a result of a scheduled electrical bus outage. Although SPDS, the radiation monitoring system, and communications capabilities remain unaffected, and adequate contingency measures are in place to utilize the Salem Generating Station TSC if required, the loss of normal lighting, computers, CRIDS [Control Room Integrated Display System] and dose assessment capabilities have impaired the effective and efficient use of the Hope Creek TSC. A causal investigation to determine why the impact of the electrical bus outage was not pre-identified has been directed. The plant is currently stable in Operational Condition 5. This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the Lower Alloways Creek Township government.

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