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Event Notification Report for January 29, 2008

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Event Reports For
01/28/2008 - 01/29/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43925 43926 43934 43940

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43925
Rep Org: OR DEPT OF HEALTH RAD PROTECTION
Licensee: TUALITY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: TUALATIN State: OR
County:
License #: ORE-90283
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TERRY LINDSEY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 14:08 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 09:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - THREE PATIENTS POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO ALPHA EMITTER

"Licensee notified state that Tuality Community Hospital had 3 patients with possible exposure through inhalation of Thorium, Selenium, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Hydrate, Hydrogen Seleniate. [Licensee is] concerned about potential for Alpha particle exposure and requested assistance contact information. [State] provided REAC/TS contact information."

The state will be providing additional information when licensee provides it.

Oregon Incident Report #08-0005

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43926
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: ACURA ENGINEERING ARIZONA, INC
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ-7550
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/23/2008
Notification Time: 17:50 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2008
Event Time: 11:30 [MST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CLAUDE JOHNSON (R4)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (FSME)
ILTAB (EMAIL) ()
MEXICO (FAX) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"At approximately 11:30 AM January 23, 2008, the Agency was informed that the Licensee had a Instro Tek Model 3500, SN 599, portable moisture/density gauge stolen from the back of a truck. The theft occurred at approximately 6:00 AM . The gauge was locked with a chain in the bed of the truck which was parked unattended at an employee's residence. The gauge contains 11 mCi (408 MBq) of Cesium-137 and 44 mCi (1.63 GBq) Am:Be-241. The Licensee is offering a $500.00 reward for the recovery of the source. A press release will be made.

"Glendale PD is investigating and has issued report number 08-8332.

"The Agency [State] continues to investigate the circumstances regarding this theft for the source. The states of CA, NV, CO, UT, and NM and Mexico and U.S. NRC and FBI are being notified of this event."

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 43934
Facility: BWX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: BARRY COLE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/25/2008
Notification Time: 17:23 [ET]
Event Date: 01/25/2008
Event Time: 17:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/25/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (R2)
JOSEPH HOLONICH (FSME)
MICHAEL TSCHILTZ (NMSS)
FUELS OUO (EMAIL) ()

Event Text

STATEMENT FOR INQUIRIES BY MEDIA CONCERNING IMPOSED CIVIL PENALTY

BWX Technologies, Inc. will issue the following statement for media inquiries into the NRC imposed civil penalties for an event that occurred at the facility in July, 2007:

"On July 26, 2007, BWXT in Lynchburg, Va., reported an unusual event at its Mount Athos plant to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). A vacuum cleaner containing uranium-bearing wastewater tipped over while being moved from one location to another. Fewer than 22 liters of wastewater spilled from the container; a negligible amount of uranium was present in the wastewater.

"The incident did not result in a release of radioactive material to employees or the environment, and there was no possibility of a criticality due to the small amount of material being transported. Additionally, no employees were injured as a result of the incident, and manufacturing operations at the facility were not impacted. In accordance with its operating license, BWXT immediately notified the NRC following the incident.

"As a result of the event, the NRC imposed a civil penalty in the amount of $32,500 on the facility. The NRC has given BWXT 30 days to pay the fine or protest its imposition. Following the incident, BWXT implemented corrective actions related to the process."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector of this notification.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 43940
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: RICKY GIVENS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 01/29/2008
Notification Time: 00:51 [ET]
Event Date: 01/28/2008
Event Time: 18:43 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/29/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (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

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE CORE INJECTION (HPCI) INOPERABLE

"On 1/28/08 at 1843 CST, Browns Ferry Unit 1 was performing 1-SR-3.3.5.1.3(D) HPCI System Condensate Header Low Level Switch Calibration and Functional Test when 1-LS-73-56A failed to actuate. Per TS 3.3.5.1, 1-LS-73-56A is inoperable. 1-SR-3.3.5.1.3(D) defeats the logic relay normally actuated by 73-56A & B. This causes HPCI to be inoperable per TS 3.3.5.1.D if the relay is defeated for greater than 1 hour. Failure of the 73-56A switch prevented restoration of the relay within the 1 hour time frame.

"This event is reportable under 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) 'any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the Safety Function of structures or systems that are needed to: Remove Residual Heat' and 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) 'any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the Safety Function of structures or systems that are needed to: mitigate the consequences of an accident.'

"This event also requires a 60 day written report in accordance with 10CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(B) and 10CFR 50.73(a)(2)(v)(D).

"The defeated relay was restored to normal and the HPCI system returned to operable status at 2330 CST on 1/28/08."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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