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Event Notification Report for December 27, 2007

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12/26/2007 - 12/27/2007

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43861 43867

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43861
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/21/2007
Notification Time: 14:49 [ET]
Event Date: 12/11/2007
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1)
ABY MOHSENI (FSME)
GEORGE PANGBURN (FSME)
JEFFREY CRUZ (IRD)
JOHN FROST (DHS)
THOMAS YATES (DOE)
CHRIS LIGGETT (FEMA)
ANDY WATTS (USDA)
LEE MILLER (HHS)
MR. CREWS (EPA)

This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

MASSACHUSETTS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SHIPMENT OF IRIDIUM-192 SOURCES

"The RSO for QSA Global called to report a missing shipment. The shipment was dispatched from QSA on 12/5/07 via Roadway. Roadway has a signed receipt (dated 12/11/07) from LAN Cargo in Miami, FL. LAN Cargo cannot locate the shipment in Miami. The initial notification was made to QSA on Tuesday morning, 12/18/07, and there was some initial confusion as Roadway said that it was delivered [LAN Cargo], and LAN Cargo said they did not know where it was. Official notification of the missing shipment was not made to QSA until yesterday, 12/20/07. As of today, the shipment is still missing and QSA notified MA RCP.

"The shipment contains 4 sources containing a total of just under 800 curies of Ir-192. The investigation is on-going and more details will follow as they are received."

The following additional information was obtained from QSA Global's RSO:

Date Shipped: Dispatched from QSA on 12/5/07 via Roadway, PRO #100-971702-4, for LAN Cargo in Miami. Roadway has a signed receipt for the shipment from LAN Cargo, but LAN Cargo cannot locate the shipment in Miami.

Customer: Caefe NDT, Rioja 4855, 2000 Rosairo (SF) Argentina

RAM: Seven (7) IR-192 sources in four containers on a skid: 4066.3 GBq, 8572.9 GBq, 8025.3 GBq, and 8162.3 GBq.

Status:

The initial notification was made to QSA Tuesday morning and there was some initial confusion as Roadway said that it was delivered, and LAN said they didn't know where it was. It is a skid that weighs over 400 lbs, so it is not something that can be easily moved. Because of the initial confusion over the actual status, official notification of the missing shipment wasn't made to QSA until yesterday morning. As of today, it is still missing and therefore, QSA is making the formal notification to MRCP per 105 CMR 120.281. A second shipment bound for Lima, Peru was consigned to LAN Cargo on the same day and we are investigating whether the missing shipment went to Lima instead of Argentina.


The licensee has also contacted the State of Florida. ILTAB (Sandler) and R2DO (Shaeffer) notified.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS (BOB WALKER) TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1542 ON 12/23/07 * * *

The shipment has been located at the Miami Roadway Express Terminal Dock.

Notified R1DO (Henderson), FSME (Mohseni, Pangburn), IRD (Cruz), R2DO (Shaeffer), ILTAB (Sandler).
Notified DHS (Steve York), DOE(Sal Morrone), FEMA (Erwin Casto), USDA (Amanda Jimenez), HHS (Jamie Whitt).

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43867
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DANN DAILEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 12/26/2007
Notification Time: 21:10 [ET]
Event Date: 12/26/2007
Event Time: 15:22 [MST]
Last Update Date: 12/26/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

MINOR FIRE ON COOLING TOWER FAN SHROUD

"On Wednesday, December 26, 2007, at approximately 15:22 MST, a fire occurred in a fan shroud for Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station Unit 3 cooling tower number 3. The fire was knocked down by the on site fire department using the fire truck water cannon. Smoldering continued between fan shroud segments.

"Offsite assistance was requested in the event a pumper truck was needed due to the elevation of the cooling tower fan area. While the pumper truck was not needed, offsite personnel did assist in getting a fire hose to the top of the cooling tower.

"No press release is planned, but media attention has already been observed in response to media monitoring communications on local police/fire scanners.

"Palo Verde Unit 3 is shutdown and in Mode 5 in its thirteenth refueling outage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Maintenance activities were in progress on the cooling tower at the time of the fire. The fire was completely extinguished at 16:45 hours and no emergency plan classification was declared or required as a result of the fire. The cooling towers are located on the owner control area outside of the protected area.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of the event and this ENS informational notification."

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