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Event Notification Report for November 6, 2007

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11/05/2007 - 11/06/2007

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43761 43762 43765 43770 43771 43772

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43761
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: CONAM INSPECTION & ENG
Region: 4
City: COMMERCE CITY State: CO
County:
License #: 963-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES GRICE
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 10/31/2007
Notification Time: 10:55 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2007
Event Time: 23:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
M BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE UNATTENDED FOR SIX HOURS

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"This is the initial notification for an incident that was reported to this Department on this date. Conam Inspection & Engineering Services, Inc., 6900 East 47th Ave. Unit 200 Denver, CO 80216, a Radiography Licensee (Colorado License # 963-01) provided the Department with the attached Preliminary Incident Investigation report (two pages). Initial details indicate that a radiography source was left unattended and improperly secured on a jobsite for approximately six hours. A member of the job site staff identified the problem and notified the licensee. It appears that this was a result of an ill employee leaving the job site without properly securing the source. An investigation has been initiated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. No other details are available at this time."

The Conam Preliminary Incident Investigation Report follows:

"Date and time of incident: October 29, 2007 at 11:00 p.m.
Location of the incident: Suncor USA in Commerce City, CO.
Date and time investigation began: October 30, 2007 at approximately 4:30 a.m.

"Description of the Incident/Chronology of Verifiable Events: Conam I&ES performed radiography services at Suncor Refinery in Commerce City, CO on October 29, 2007. These services were being performed on a 24 hour basis. An exposure device was maintained on site and transferred from day shift personnel to night shift personnel. On October 29, 2007 the exposure device was not stored properly in the transport vehicle by the day shift radiographer. The day shift radiographer neglected to lock the outer door to the darkroom and the tailgate on the transport vehicle prior to leaving visual surveillance of the transport vehicle. The vehicle was parked on Suncor property approximately 40 feet from the Conam office. The day shift radiographer departed the job site at approximately 6:45 p.m. The night shift radiographer was on site prior to the departure of the day shift radiographer. The night shift radiographer became ill, and left the lob site at approximately 11:30 p.m. The night shift radiographer left the exposure device on site unattended by any approved Conam I&ES personnel. The night shift radiographer did not access the darkroom at any time on site prior to his departure since the radiography assistant was not present that evening. A Suncor representative noticed the darkroom on site without any Conam representation at approximately 4:30 a.m. The Suncor representative locked the darkroom and removed the keys to the vehicle then notified Conam management. Conam management responded at approximately 5:15 a.m. and representation was on site to properly secure the exposure device at 6:15 a.m. There were no exposures to the Public during this time period.

"List of Contributing Factors: Radiographers failed to follow proper security procedures for securing radioactive materials with IC orders.

"Proposed Corrective Actions: Conam management had a safety stand down for all radiographic personnel at Suncor. All additional radiographic personnel will have a safety stand down this week. The staff will be reinstructed as to the proper protocol for securing radioactive materials with the IC order. The two radiographers have been suspended from radiographic services at this time.

"Corrective Action Plan Complete? No

"If Not, Reason: Corrective action will be completed upon the final outcome of the investigation and the completion of reinstruction to radiographic personnel."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43762
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CORPADINO INC
Region: 1
City: MIAMI State: FL
County: DADE
License #: 2770-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/31/2007
Notification Time: 13:33 [ET]
Event Date: 10/31/2007
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB (EMAIL) (NSIR)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"Received initial notification from [the RSO] that a Troxler gauge was stolen. Gauge was in a conex box at job site. Miami office will investigate. No further action will be taken on this incident."

Location of job site: 13th Ave & Martin L King Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL
Troxler Model number: 3430
Serial Number: 37992
Sources: Cs-137 (8 milliCuries), Am-241:Be (40 milliCuries)

This incident was reported to the Broward County Police.

Florida Incident Number: FL07-170

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: 43765
Rep Org: ENGINEERING CONSULTING SERVICES
Licensee: ENGINEERING CONSULTING SERVICES
Region: 1
City: CHANTILLY State: VA
County:
License #: 45-24974-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: OMAR DUZYOL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 11/02/2007
Notification Time: 10:53 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2007
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/05/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1)
GREG MORELL (FSME)

Event Text

MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE RUN OVER BY PAVER

At a construction site in Park Plaza (133 - 143 Park Street in Vienna, Virginia 22180) a paver ran over a CPN model MC1DR moisture density gauge. The paver dragged the device 6 to 8 feet before stopping. The device was found to be in the shielded position. The Radiation Safety Officer verified this with a meter that read 0.4 millirem per hour at 1 meter which was expected for a shielded device.

The licensee plans to return the gauge to the manufacturer for a damage assessment .

* * * UPDATE FROM O. DUZYOL TO P. SNYDER AT 0949 ON 11/5/07 * * *

The serial number of the gauge in the original notification is MD50702756.

Notified R1DO (Miller) and FSME EO (Morell).

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43770
Rep Org: ENGINEERING & TESTING SERVICES
Licensee: ENGINEERING & TESTING SERVICES
Region: 1
City: VIRGINIA BEACH State: VA
County:
License #: 45-25600-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLIE NABHAN
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 11/05/2007
Notification Time: 11:38 [ET]
Event Date: 11/04/2007
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/05/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
MARIE MILLER (R1)
GREG MORELL (FSME)

Event Text

TROXLER GAUGE DAMAGE BY BACKHOE

On 11/4/07 at around 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. a Troxler (Model 3430, S/N 33496) moisture density gauge was being used at a construction site when a backhoe suddenly reversed direction and backed over it. The sealed source in the gauge is in the stored and shielded position. The licensee plans to return the gauge to the manufacturer to determine the extent of the damage and for repair.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43771
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN MAZURKIEWICZ
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/05/2007
Notification Time: 14:11 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2007
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 11/05/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
GREG MORELL (FSME)

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

Event Text

TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WITHOUT PROPER LABELING

"Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi), Energy Northwest hereby informs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of an intent to report a undeclared shipment of hazardous material to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

"Energy Northwest recently discovered that on January 23, 2007 an NCS Model LMP-10 Freon monitor, containing a 300 mCi Tritium source, was transferred to NCS Corporation for calibration without designating the shipment as Radioactive Material, Excepted Package, Limited Quantity of Material, 7, UN2910 as required by 49 CFR 173.421(a). The monitor was shipped from Richland, WA on January 23, 2007 via UPS and received in Columbus, OH on January 24, 2007. The return shipment of the instrument to Energy Northwest was received on February 12, 2007 and was designated as containing radioactive material.

"There were no consequences associated with this incident and the potential for radioactive exposure of any individual as a result of this shipment was negligible."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43772
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES PAULES
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 11/05/2007
Notification Time: 21:22 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2007
Event Time: 16:49 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/06/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MARIE MILLER (R1)

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

Event Text

SPDS OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"At 16:49 hours, on 11/05 the Unit 1 SPDS and ERDS systems were removed from service to support restoration activities from a planned maintenance outage on the power supply. The duration of work is expected to be approximately 10 hours. (Scheduled for completion at 03:00 on 11/06/2007). During this time, Control Room indications and alternate methods will be available.

"Since the SPDS computer system will be unavailable for greater than 8 hours, this is considered a Loss of Emergency Assessment Capability and reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"A follow-up notification will be made to the NRC after the SPDS and ERDS system are returned to service."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 0315 ON 11/6/07 FROM J. PAULES TO P. SNYDER * * *

At 0314 on 11/6/07 the SPDS and ERDS systems were returned to service.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (M. Miller).

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