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Event Notification Report for May 7, 2008

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05/06/2008 - 05/07/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44184 44185 44190

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44184
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
Region: 4
City: BERKELEY State: CA
County:
License #: 0377-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 05/01/2008
Notification Time: 18:59 [ET]
Event Date: 04/30/2008
Event Time: 11:40 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO ABANDONED ELECTRON CAPTURE DETECTORS

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"On April 19, 2008, Urban Ore picked up a load of material from 2151 Berkeley Way, which included a gas chromatograph with an ECD [Electron Capture Detector] containing 300 mCi of Tritium. Prior to this, 2151 Berkeley Way had been sold to the University of California at Berkeley (UCB). On April 26, 2008, Urban Ore returned the gas chromatograph to the loading dock of 2151 Berkeley Way.

"On April 28, 2008, the Richmond Regional Office of RHB [Radiological Health Branch] was notified. On April 28, 2008, at 1330 the UCB RSO, and other representatives from UCB met at 2151 Berkeley Way and identified a Largus Applied Technologies gas chromatograph, with an Electron Capture Detector (ECD), Model 200 within the loading dock containing approximately 150 mCi of Tritium. Smears were taken of this ECD and no contamination was found. The group inspected the parking garage inside the building and found another ECD unit, Valco containing approximately 500 mCi of Tritium and a 0.9 uCi Radium-226 button source. Smears of this ECD identified approximately 8000 dpm of contamination at the open end of small bore exhaust tubing. The ECD reportedly came from room 100C. The Largus unit was moved from the loading to the inside of the building and labeled 'do not remove.' At 1600 on April 28, 2008, the RSO asked that all recycling work be stopped in 2151 Berkeley Way.

"The RHB was informed of the events of April 28, 2008, at about 1140 on April 29, 2008, which was followed by an email to RHB detailing the above at 1830 on April 29, 2008. On April 30, 2008, RHB has taken custody of the 2 ECDs, and met with the RSOs of UCB and DOL [Department of Labor] and other representatives of CDPH [California Department of Public Health]. A strategy for resolving this incident was worked out, and RHB offered full assistance to DOL."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44185
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: PUBLIC SERVICE OF NEW MEXICO
Region: 4
City: WATERFLOW State: NM
County:
License #: GA 174
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN PARKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/02/2008
Notification Time: 19:00 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2008
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS-OF-CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE SOURCE BY NEW MEXICO LICENSEE

The following information was received from the State of New Mexico via email:

"A radioactive gauge was found in a Farmington, NM scrap metal facility and reported to the New Mexico Radiation Control Bureau (Bureau) on Friday, April 18, 2008. An employee at the scrap metal facility reported that a semi-truck delivering scrap metal to a Colorado metal recycler was found to have a 'hot spot'. The radioactive bale was isolated and returned to NM.

"Using information from the label on the gauge, the generally licensed source was traced to a NM radioactive material licensee. The Bureau's investigation included a review of Colorado's fax of DOT-SP 10656 Shipment Approval Form (Colorado survey: 1.8 mr/hr on side of trailer), interviews with personnel at the scrap metal facility, radiation surveys of the device, and interviews with licensee personnel. The Bureau's radiation survey of the gauge indicated exposure rates of 7-10 mr/hr at contact with the source housing and 0.3-0.5 mr/hr at one meter from the source.

"Discussions with licensee personnel revealed the gauge was listed on the August 20, 2007 physical inventory and the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) had been laid off on November 7, 2007 in the midst of a scheduled outage of operations that included removal of gauges from service. It appears the gauge was removed from service and discarded with other scrap metal, arriving at the scrap metal facility sometime in late March 2008.

"The gauge was retrieved by the licensee and placed in secure storage. The loss of control of the radioactive source is attributed to lack of oversight of the licensee's radiation program during gauge removal operations. Based on scrap metal facility configuration, location of the radioactive bale on the semi trailer during transport, storage of the gauge upon return, and exposure rates from the gauge, it is estimated that public dose limits were not exceeded. The NM Environment Department is evaluating enforcement actions in response to the incident."

The gauge was manufactured by Kay-Ray. It has a 50 mCi Cs-137 sealed source, S/N 92B-03016 and was licensed to Public Service of New Mexico.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44190
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MIKE HIMEBAUCH
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/06/2008
Notification Time: 12:12 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3)
MARY JANE ROSS-LEE (NRR)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT DUE TO DISCOVERY OF DECEASED INDIVIDUAL ON SHORELINE

"The purpose of this report is to notify the NRC of discovery of a deceased individual along the shoreline of Detroit Edison Fermi 2 property. Specifically, at 0900 (EDT), the Fermi Control Room was notified that a deceased individual was discovered along the shore of Fermi property located outside of the Protected Area but in the Owner Controlled Area. The deceased individual is not believed to be a Fermi employee. Local Law Enforcement was notified. Michigan State Police have arrived on site. A press release is not planned at this time.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

At the time of the report, the body had not been moved and the area has been restricted as a crime scene while the investigation is ongoing.

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