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Event Notification Report for April 2, 2008

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44079 44112 44114 44115

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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: 04/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB (VIA EMAIL) ()
MEXICO (VIA FAX) ()

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 a.m. 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 100 milliCurie (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 A.M. 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).

* * * UPDATE AT 1800 EDT ON 04/01/08 FROM LATISCHA HANSON TO S. SANDIN * * *

The truck was recovered early morning on Saturday, March 30, 2008 just south of Falfurrias, TX. The search is on-going for the missing rad material.

Notified R4DO (Lantz) and FSME (White).

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 44112
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: TOM BYYKKONEN
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 04/01/2008
Notification Time: 10:28 [ET]
Event Date: 04/01/2008
Event Time: 05:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xii) - OFFSITE MEDICAL
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1)

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

Event Text

POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED INDIVIDUAL TRANSPORTED OFFSITE

"A potentially contaminated individual was transported to the Salem County Memorial Hospital by the on-site Fire Protection personnel due to a non-industrial medical emergency. The individual had been working in unit two containment as a Foreign Material Exclusion Area watch. The individual was surveyed en-route to the hospital and was determined to be not contaminated. The individual remains at the hospital and is undergoing testing and evaluation. Salem unit two remains defueled with spent fuel cooling in-service."

Licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44114
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: MARK GREER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 04/01/2008
Notification Time: 11:16 [ET]
Event Date: 04/01/2008
Event Time: 07:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xii) - OFFSITE MEDICAL
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1)
GREG MORELL (FSME)

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

Event Text

CONTAMINATED INJURED WORKER TRANSPORTED OFFSITE

"Medical event requiring the transport of a radioactively contaminated person to an offsite medical facility for treatment. Initial onsite survey for radioactive contamination was unable to be performed before transport of the person offsite for medical treatment. Ambulance left site at 08:02 EDT. Surveys completed at hospital found low levels of radioactive contamination on individual's clothing and skin. This is determined to be a level 1 contamination event (0 - 5000 counts per minute above background). Maximum reading of 600 counts per minute above background located on right hand. Remaining locations 20 to 100 counts per minute above background. Individual has been decontaminated with no remaining contamination above background. Radiation protection personnel have taken control of radioactive material and returned it to Nine Mile Point in accordance with D.O.T. guidelines."

Licensee Radiation Protection personnel surveyed the ambulance and the emergency room for contamination per plant procedures. No spread of contamination was found.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44115
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: MARK JONES
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 04/01/2008
Notification Time: 14:51 [ET]
Event Date: 04/01/2008
Event Time: 11:26 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
CAROLYN EVANS (R2)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO STATE OF FLORIDA DUE TO CHROMATE SPILL

"During a scheduled run of the 3A Emergency Diesel Generator for surveillance, an active engine coolant leak was discovered on the diesel engine radiator while pressurized. 3A Emergency Diesel Generator was shutdown to depressurize the radiator leakage path. The leak caused a spill of 55 gallons of chromated engine cooling water into the Emergency Diesel Generator building. The leakage rate has decreased to approximately 1 drop per minute after depressurization and is contained within a berm.

"There was no release to the environment and therefore there was no ground water intrusion.

"Notification to State of Florida Department of Environmental Resources Management was completed at 1350 on 4/1/2008.

"3A Emergency Diesel Generator remains inoperable at this time pending repairs to the radiator. Unit 3 is currently in a 72-hour Technical Specification Action Statement. This Technical Specification Action Statement is extendable to 14 days with proceduralized compensatory actions.

"Unit 4 is currently in Mode 5 for refueling. 4A and 4B Emergency Diesel Generators remain operable, and Unit 4 shutdown risk remains GREEN (acceptable levels of performance of key safe shutdown functions).

"This notification is being conducted in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi)."

The licensee informed the State of Florida and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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