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Event Notification Report for March 25, 2008

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Event Reports For
03/24/2008 - 03/25/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44078 44079 44080 44083 44089 44090

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44078
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: LCI LINEBERGER CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Region: 1
City: LANCASTER State: SC
County:
License #: 664
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW ROXBURGH
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/19/2008
Notification Time: 16:08 [ET]
Event Date: 03/18/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)
MARK DELLIGATTI (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The licensee provided the following information via facsimile:

"The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified at 9:00 a.m. on March 19, 2008 by the licensee that one of their moisture density gauges had been damaged at a work site near Lancaster, South Carolina. According to the licensee, the gauge was damaged after being struck by a large truck at a work location. The licensee reported moderate damage to the gauge and source rod but indicated that the source was in the shielded and locked position. The licensee placed the damaged gauge in its transportation case and transported it back to their business location. The gauge is a Troxler 3400 series containing 9 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241 :Be. [The state Duty Officer] is responding to this incident to perform surveys of the gauging device and any other necessary actions. This event is open pending the results of the licensee's and Department's [state] investigation. Notifications and updates will be made through the NMED system."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44079
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BAKER ATLAS
Region: 4
City: PEARLAND State: TX
County:
License #: L00446-026
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 03/20/2008
Notification Time: 07:37 [ET]
Event Date: 03/20/2008
Event Time: 05:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN NEUTRON GENERATORS AND LOGGING TOOL

A representative of Baker Atlas, a fishing and well-logging company, reported that a F-250 pick-up truck was stolen this morning between midnight and 5:30 am central time. Contained in the truck were 4 neutron generators with a source strength of less than 1 curie each and one well logging source with a source strength of 100 millicuries of Cs-137.

The State of Texas is following up on the report with more details to follow.

* * * UPDATE AT 1435 EDT ON 03/20/08 FROM LATISCHA HANSON TO S. SANDIN * * *

The following additional details were provided by the State of Texas via email:

"Event Description: On March 20, 2008, at 6:25 a.m., the agency received a telephone call from the licensee, reporting the theft of one of the company's vehicles, a Ford F-250 pick-up truck (licensee will find license plate number and submit later) from a hotel in Pharr, Texas, which had four neutron generators and one logging tool that contained a 100milliCurie (mCi) radioactive material (RAM) stored on the truck. The licensee reported that the crew was from their Pearland, Texas site. The licensee stated the vehicle containing the sources was stolen from the LaQuinta hotel in Pharr, Texas between the hours of 12:30 and 5:00 AM on Thursday, March 20, 2008. The licensee immediately contacted the Pharr Police Department and filed a theft report. The licensee further reported that the initial police investigation shows that the vehicle has not crossed into Mexico.

"The licensee submitted the following information regarding the stolen equipment:

"A. The Cesium source is a Gulf Nuclear CS-2 with an original capsule number of CS2-985. This source was shipped with a tracking ID of S3H01 12. The activity is 3.7 GBq (100 mCi).

"B. The Pulsed Neutron Generators (SSDR, along with a section of our Transport Manual showing the container that the tools are carried in and a drawing of the tool section sent to Incident Investigation Program (IIP)). The tools in question are:

"1. Generator 370457 mounted in tool 8283PA-10041239 and containing tube 327.
"2. Generator 370453 mounted in tool 8283PA-370403 and containing tube 321.
"3. Generator 189707 mounted in tool 8283PA-190149 and containing tube 340.
"4. Generator 189496 mounted in tool 8283PA-370249 and containing tube 271.

"Each of these generators contains less than 37 GBq of H-3.

"The licensee stated that their company uses a tracking number system in place of the traditional model/serial numbers. The licensee will try to research the traditional numbers to submit later.

"Texas Incident #: I-8496

Notified R4DO (Whitten) and FSME (Burgess).


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.

Although IAEA categorization of this event is typically based on device type, the staff has been made aware of the actual activity of the source, and after calculation determines that it is a Less than Cat 3 event.

Note: the value assigned by device type "Category 3" is different than the calculated value "Less than Cat 3"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44080
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CAROLINA CUSTOM FINISHING
Region: 1
City: ASHEBORO State: NC
County:
License #: 076-1820-0G
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: J. MARION EADDY III
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/20/2008
Notification Time: 11:45 [ET]
Event Date: 03/18/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING LOSS OF GENERAL LICENSED MATERIAL

The following report was received via email:

"N.C. Radiation Protection Section was notified 19 March 2008 of two (2) missing polonium-210 static elimination devices. Information on the devices is as follows:

"1) NRC Model P-2021-8201, serial no. A2FC364, initially distributed on 22 Jun 2006, initial activity was 10 millicuries, decay-corrected activity (as of 18 March 2008) 0.415 millicuries

"2) NRC Model P-2021-8201, serial no. A2FK529, initially distributed on 01 Dec 2006, initial activity was 10 millicuries, decay-corrected activity (as of 18 March 2008) 0.935 millicuries

"The information will be turned over to the General License Coordinator for further investigation.

"N.C. Radiation Protection has not received any media attention as of this report. No press release has been issued."

Event Report ID No.: NC-08-13

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: 44083
Rep Org: MAINE RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: REGAL CINEMAS
Region: 1
City: SOUTH PORTLAND State: ME
County:
License #: 05735G
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHAWN SEELEY
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/20/2008
Notification Time: 13:45 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2007
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

In December 2007, the Regal Cinemas complex was sold and underwent renovation by a contracting company, PM Renovations. The contractor removed and disposed of fifty (50) general licensed tritium exits signs. The signs were manufactured by Best Lighting Product, Model # SLXTU1GB20, serial #'s 115741 through 115790. Each sign contained 11.47 Curies of tritium.

The State of Maine during an inspection on 03/11/08 noticed that the signs had been removed and is pursuing discussions with PM Renovations as to their final disposition. The signs may have been taken to one of two landfills located in Norridgewock, ME or Hampden, ME or incinerated. If the signs were disposed of in a landfill, the State will perform an assessment to determine potential impact on water supply.

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: 44089
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN DIGNAM
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/24/2008
Notification Time: 01:56 [ET]
Event Date: 03/23/2008
Event Time: 22:16 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/24/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 94 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP - LOSS OF SPEED ON MBFP

"The Indian Point Unit 2 reactor was manually tripped from 94% power at 2216 on 3/23/08 due to a loss of speed on 22 main boiler feed pump (MBFP). Indian Point Unit 2 is currently in mode 3 with all automatic actions for a manual reactor trip occurring as required. Indian Point Unit 2 was in a coast down in advance of a scheduled refueling outage.

"The reactor was manually tripped as required by abnormal operating procedure 2-AOP-FW-001. All control rods inserted on the trip. No safety or relief valves lifted due to the trip. The motor driven aux feedwater pumps automatically started on low steam generator level and are being used to maintain steam generator level. Condenser steam dumps are maintaining reactor temperature. The Unit 2 electrical lineup is the normal shutdown electrical lineup. The licensee has notified the state Public Service Commission.

"Unit 3 was unaffected and remains in mode 1 at 100% power."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee expects to issue a media release.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44090
Facility: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR
Region: 4 State: AR
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: CHUCK OLSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/24/2008
Notification Time: 23:48 [ET]
Event Date: 03/24/2008
Event Time: 22:48 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/25/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4)

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

SPDS OOS FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2 is removing power from the Safety Parameters Display System (SPDS) for 18 month preventative maintenance and scheduled corrective maintenance. SPDS is a computer based system that is utilized by both Unit I and Unit 2 to provide critical information during an emergency. Unit 2 is currently performing a refueling outage. Compensatory measures are being taken to ensure necessary backup monitoring is established on Unit 1, the operating unit. The duration of the maintenance is scheduled for approximately 24 hours."


The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, and the Arkansas Department of Health.

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