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Event Notification Report for June 19, 2008

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Event Reports For
06/18/2008 - 06/19/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44298 44299 44300 44305

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44298
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: ASTEN JOHNSON, INC
Region: 1
City: CHARLESTON State: SC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PETERSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/13/2008
Notification Time: 15:13 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2008
Event Time: 13:28 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/13/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ROBERT SUMMERS (R1)
ANDREW MAUER (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PORTABLE GAUGE MISSING IN TRANSIT

The following report was received from the State via facsimile:

"The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified at 1:28 p.m. on June 13, 2008 by the licensee that a package containing a radioactive source was lost by Fed-Ex. The sealed source contains 80 mCi of Am-241 and is used in an NDC Systems Model 104 portable gauge. The package was shipped from Macon, GA on June 5th. On June 11th, the licensee received the shipping label, with no package attached, at the licensee's office on Corporate Road in Charleston, SC. The licensee contacted Fed-Ex on the 11th where Fed-Ex then placed a trace on the package which they indicated could take 48 hours. The 48 hour time frame has expired and Fed-Ex has indicated that they cannot find the package but they are continuing their search through various warehouses. Fed-Ex still has the package listed as "in route to its destination". The licensee has also notified the Georgia radiation control program. This event is open pending the results of the licensee's and Department's investigation. Notifications and updates will be made through the NMED system."


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: 44299
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: B J SERVICES
Region: 4
City: DOSSIER CITY State: LA
County:
License #: LA-4130L01A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/14/2008
Notification Time: 19:19 [ET]
Event Date: 06/14/2008
Event Time: 02:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4)
ANDREW MAUER (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN THERMOMEASURE GAUGE

The State of Louisiana reported the theft of a Thermomeasure Model 5715 1C gauge containing a 100 mCurie CS-137 source (S/N B5633). The gauge was in a truck in a fenced parking area for the licensee (B J Services). The theft was discovered around 0200 CDT on 6/14/08 but the last time the gauge was accounted for was on 6/11/08. The theft has been reported to the police. The State of Louisiana is investigating.

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: 44300
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CARLISLE SYNTEC INC
Region: 1
City: CARLISLE State: PA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID ALLARD
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 06/16/2008
Notification Time: 19:26 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/16/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE SCHMIDT (R1)
ANDREW MAUER (FSME)
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST OR STOLEN THICKNESS GAUGE

This information was received from the state via e-mail:

"A PA licensee, Carlisle Syntec, Inc. (CSI) in Carlisle, PA has reported that a NDC Infrared Engineering gauge model #102X, serial # 4076, GL#1933-70GL, containing a 80 millicurie (mCi) (or 80,000 uCi) sealed source of Americium-241 (Am-241) was shipped via FedEx Ground and found to be missing from the transport container upon arrival at it's destination. The gauge was shipped from the licensee's facility in Carlisle, PA, to the manufacturer (NDC Infrared Engineering Inc.) in Irwindale, CA on May 13, 2008. The empty box arrived in Irwindale on May 16, 2008. The manufacturer notified FedEx Ground and the licensee on May 16, 2008 to set up a trace; FedEx Ground claim [DELETED].

"The Commonwealth's Bureau of Radiation Protection (BRP) was notified of the incident at 4PM on June 13, 2008 by a CSI employee, with no details, other than a radioactive gauge was lost by FedEx. That employee noted the Radiation Safety Officer was out on sick leave. BRP followed-up on June 16, 2008 with CSI to ascertain the above information. CSI uses other NDC radioactive gauges, and a reactive inspection is being planned.

"This is the initial formal notification to DEP management, PEMA / state EOC, PA HS, PSP, PennDOT, NRC HQs Ops Center and Region I, et al. A NRC NMED report is being drafted."

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 44305
Facility: DIABLO CANYON
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MURELL EVANS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/19/2008
Notification Time: 05:00 [ET]
Event Date: 06/18/2008
Event Time: 20:15 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

METEORLOGICAL MIXING CALCULATIONS UNAVAILABLE

"This is an 8-hour non-emergency event notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to a loss of emergency assessment capability. On June 18, 2008, at approximately 2015 PDT, the backup meteorological tower 60-meter air temperature indication failed. The primary meteorological tower is also unavailable. This results in a loss of the delta temperature function. This delta temperature function would be used to determine air mixing for offsite does calculations in the event of an emergency. Without actual delta temperature data, procedures specify conservative assumptions for determining air mixing.

"Other meteorological functions (10-meter temperature, wind speed and wind direction, and 60-meter wind speed and wind direction) remain functional."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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