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Event Notification Report for February 26, 2008

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
02/25/2008 - 02/26/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43995 44000 44001 44006 44007

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43995
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARIO IANNACCONE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/20/2008
Notification Time: 10:11 [ET]
Event Date: 02/19/2008
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/21/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB (e-mail) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL SHIPMENT MISSING

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts confirmed receipt of the following email notification (no additional comments) made by the shipper (QSA Global) to both them and the NRC Operations Center at 0955 EST:

"Please be advised that QSA Global, Inc. has been notified that a shipment of radioactive material bound for Hong Kong has been declared missing. Details follow:

"Customer: ETS Testconsult Ltd. In Hong Kong, PRC
"Carrier: Fed Ex
"One 650L transport container containing (2) Ir-192 sources: (1) 2.9 TBq (77.5 Ci) and (1) 2.1 TBq (57.2 Ci)

"It is believed that the material is not in the US as it had cleared the Anchorage, AK facility. A trace has been initiated, but due to the wide variation in time zones, not all intermediate locations in Asia have been checked as of this notification."

The airway bill confirms the shipment arrived in Hong Kong on 2/18/08 at 4:54 pm local time.

* * * UPDATE AT 1152 ON 2/20/2008 FROM MARIO IANNACCONE TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The shipment has been found at the Fed Ex facility in Newark, NJ.

Notified FSME (Burgess), R1DO (Powell), and IP (Ramsey).

* * * UPDATE FROM CHARLES ELLARS (QSA GLOBAL) TO HOWIE CROUCH ON 02/21/08 @ 1015 EST * * *

In a correction to the previous update, FedEx informed the QSA Global broker that the shipment was NOT physically located in Newark, NJ. What was located in Newark was the FedEx container the freight was manifested on. It is now believed that the shipment was sent unmanifested to Hong Kong. QSA Global representatives in Hong Kong will be contacting the FedEx facility in Hong Kong to determine the status of the shipment. Additionally, QSA Global has contacted the FedEx RSO on the matter.


* * * UPDATE FROM CHARLES ELLARS (QSA GLOBAL) TO JOE O'HARA ON 02/21/08 AT 1546 * * *

The licensee provided the following information via email:

"Please be advised that QSA Global, Inc. is in receipt of the serial number for the transport container that was declared missing yesterday from our broker. He [QSA] received the number from FedEx staff in Newark. This number is not on the paperwork they [FedEx] have and gives us confidence that they [FedEx] have visually inspected the package. The shipment is expected to be put on a plane tonight to start for its final destination in Hong Kong."

Notified R1DO (Powell), FSME (Morell), and IP (Ramsey).

* * * UPDATE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS TO HOWIE CROUCH ON 02/22/08 @ 0910 EST VIA FAX * * *

"Package has been found.

"QSA Global, Inc. submitted at approximately 1:10 p on February 21 that the package is no longer missing and has been physically located at FedEx's facility in Newark, NJ. QSA Global indicated at 3:47 p.m. on February 21 that FedEx staff in Newark, NJ have confirmed the identity of the package and will continue shipment of the package to its final destination in Hong Kong.

"QSA Global, Inc. submitted that they will provide verification of receipt of the package when it is received by the customer in Hong Kong and will also provide a 30 day written report about this event."

Notified R1DO (Powell) and FSME (Flannery).


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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General Information or Other Event Number: 44000
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: MARRIOTT RESIDENCE INN
Region: 4
City: SACREMENTO State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 02/21/2008
Notification Time: 13:50 [ET]
Event Date: 02/12/2008
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 02/21/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA HOWELL (R4)
GREG MORELL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - BROKEN TRITIUM SIGNS

The State provided the following information via email:

"On February 12, 2008, the maintenance engineer from the Residence Inn in Corona, CA contacted RHB headquarters and left a message regarding two broken tritium exit signs. The message was not referred to the South RM ICE office until February 21, 2008. On February 21, 2008, [the State] dispatched an inspector to assess the situation, and ensure the signs are isolated and contained, until disposal can be arranged. The general licensee will also be requested to obtain a health physics consultant to assess potential exposures."

CA NMED # 022108

* * * UPDATE FROM DONELLE KRAJEWSKI TO JOE O'HARA VIA E-MAIL AT 1704 ON 02/21/08 * * *

"There were 2 tritium exit signs whose plexi-glass fronts were cracked. The H-3 tubes do appear to be ruptured since the letters are not completely and evenly lighted when you view the signs in a darkened room.

"Each exit sign contained 0.426 TBq (11.5 Curies) H-3. Manufacturer - Shield Source Inc, Petersbourgh, Canada, Model 101, Distributed by - Safety Light Corp, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. The serial numbers are #U9453 and T7844.

"Wipes were taken from the face of the signs and in the surrounding area, but it will be a couple of weeks before we get the results. The signs were individually packaged in plastic and were placed in a 5 gallon pail which will remain in a secure area until disposal by an authorized waste broker."

Notified R4DO (Howell, L.) and FSME (Suber).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44001
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: OMAHA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT
Region: 4
City: NEBRASKA CITY State: NE
County:
License #: GL0543
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 02/21/2008
Notification Time: 16:21 [ET]
Event Date: 01/29/2008
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/21/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LINDA HOWELL (R4)
GREG MORELL (FSME)
ILTAB Email ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TRITIUM SIGN

The State provided the following information via email:

"The general licensee reported a possible missing tritium sign on January 29, 2008. The sign (NRD, Inc, Model #3 T-4001, Serial # 91355) had been purchased in September of 1993. The licensee did a search for the missing sign. The search included questioning the electrical working crew leader and crew, electrical maintenance supervisor and a communication to the entire plant requesting information on the status of the sign. They also checked the area where bulbs and electrical material await recycling. The licensee believes the sign had been disposed of in the common trash."

Report NE080001

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 44006
Facility: CALVERT CLIFFS
Region: 1 State: MD
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: BRUCE SHICK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/25/2008
Notification Time: 08:13 [ET]
Event Date: 02/25/2008
Event Time: 01:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/25/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)

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

Event Text

DEGRADED CONDITION DUE TO LEAKAGE ON A PRESSURIZER HEATER SLEEVE

During in-service inspection VT-2 visual inspection, the licensee discovered dried boric acid on pressurizer heater sleeve C-3. All other pressurizer sleeves were inspected with no additional findings. The licensee will not increase coolant temperature until the repair is made to the sleeve.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44007
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TONY SPRING
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/25/2008
Notification Time: 09:44 [ET]
Event Date: 02/25/2008
Event Time: 05:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/25/2008
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 N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OPERATIONS SUPPORT CENTER RENDERED NON-FUNCTIONAL DURING PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"Planned preventive and corrective maintenance activities are being performed today (2/25/08) on the Hatch Nuclear Plant's HP/Chemistry area emergency air handling unit. The HP/Chemistry area emergency HVAC is required for functionality of the Operations Support Center (OSC), as this area may be utilized during declared emergencies. These planned work activities are to be completed today within (15) hours. During the time these activities are being performed, the HP office emergency HVAC will not be available for operation and will be rendered non-functional during the performance of the work activities.

"If an emergency condition requiring activation of the OSC occurs during the time these work activities are being performed, then contingency plans call for continued utilization of the HP/Chemistry areas as long as radiological conditions allow. Habitability surveys will be performed more frequently in the areas while they are being utilized. If required, respiratory protection equipment will be utilized, as appropriate, for emergency responders utilizing this area until such time as the power is restored to allow the HP/Chemistry emergency HVAC to be returned to service.

"This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) as described in NUREG-1022. Rev. 2, since this work activity affects an emergency response facility for the duration of the evolutions."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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