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Event Notification Report for June 25, 2008

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Event Reports For
06/24/2008 - 06/25/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44307 44308 44311 44317

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44307
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH
Region: 1
City: WOBURN State: MA
County:
License #: 42-0146
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BOB GALLAGHAR
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 06/19/2008
Notification Time: 14:11 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2008
Event Time: 04:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE SCHMIDT (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A VEHICLE TRANSPORTING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

On 6/13/08, a Cardinal Health vehicle transporting Tc-99m and I-131 was involved in a vehicle accident on Route 495N. The vehicle overturned spilling eleven (11) shipping containers onto the roadway. The containers were not damaged and no radioactive material was released on the roadway or to the surrounding environment. The rad material was returned to the Cardinal Health facility in Woburn, MA. The licensee notified the National Response Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44308
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: RAMEY ENTERPRISES
Region: 4
City: OWASSO State: OK
County:
License #: OK-21291-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE BRODERICK
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 06/19/2008
Notification Time: 15:48 [ET]
Event Date: 06/19/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING AN IMPROPERLY STORED/ACCOUNTED FOR TROXLER GAUGE

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

"Ramey Enterprises was licensed for portable gauges, and held radioactive materials license OK-21291-01, which expired 1/31/2005. The license authorized possession of portable soil moisture density gauges containing Cesium and Americium. The licensee is located at 505 East 19th street in Owasso, OK. Ramey retained their radioactive material and continued to operate after the license expired. DEQ initiated enforcement action, leading to issuance of a consent order in late 2007 which involved payment of a penalty spread over three payments and submission of a new application, following which DEQ would issue a new license. Ramey stopped making the penalty payments and the Ramey RSO did not respond to DEQ attempts at telephone contact. A DEQ inspector visited the property on 6/19/08 to verify the security of the radioactive material. The inspector could not locate anyone at the facility office, and investigated the property to see if he could find a facility employee to assist him. He found an unlocked door and opened it to see if he could find an employee. The investigator had his survey meter out and turned on, and noticed that the meter reacted in the area of the door. He found a wooden chest with a Yellow II RAM transportation label. Outside the chest, his meter read about 10 mrem/hour. The chest was not chained, locked, or secured in any way. He attempted to call a cell phone belonging to the facility RSO, and the RSO answered. She was unavailable, but arranged for another employee to contact the inspector and provide assistance. When the employee arrived, the inspector and the employee opened the chest and found a Radium-beryllium portable gauge (details provided below). Radiation levels outside the shutter were approximately 50 mrem/hr. Measurements of a wipe of the closed shutter did not reveal any removable contamination. The RaBe gauge was not listed on the previous license, nor the new license application, and the facility staff denies any prior knowledge of the gauge's presence. Facility staff will secure the gauge properly. The inspector verified that the previously-known Cs/AmBe gauges were still present chained in their storage area. The licensee has acknowledged their responsibility to ensure that the RaBe gauge is secure.

Troxler Model 2401
Device s/n 1498
mfr date 9/16/71

1.9 millicurie radium beryllium
s/n unknown

"Troxler reports the gauge was sold to another engineering consulting firm in 1973. That firm no longer has a radioactive materials license. There is no known connection between the original purchaser and the present property, and how or when the gauge ended up in possession of Ramey is unknown at this time.

"The above is a preliminary notice based on a telephonic report from the inspector in the field."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44311
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DEAN BRUCK
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 06/23/2008
Notification Time: 03:26 [ET]
Event Date: 06/23/2008
Event Time: 03:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/24/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3)

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

LOSS OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE CAPABILITY - TSC IS UNAVAILABLE

"UNAVAILABILITY OF TSC CHARCOAL FILTER FOR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

"At 0300 on Monday, June 23,2008, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system charcoal filter was removed from service for planned charcoal bed maintenance. The balance of the TSC ventilation is not affected by the charcoal bed maintenance and remains available.

"Under certain accident conditions the TSC may become unavailable due to the inability of the filtration system to maintain a habitable atmosphere. Compensatory measures exist to relocate TSC personnel to the unaffected unit's control room if necessary based upon results of procedurally required monitoring of TSC radiological conditions.

"Charcoal filter maintenance is scheduled to complete at 1000 on Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss an emergency response facility."

* * * UPDATE AT 1455EDT ON 06/24/08 FROM SCOTT SCHNEIDER TO S. SANDIN * * *

At 0905 on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system charcoal filter was removed from service for planned charcoal bed maintenance. The balance of the TSC ventilation is not affected by the charcoal bed maintenance and remains available. The charcoal filter was removed from service at 0300 on Monday, June 23, 2008 (as previously reported via EN # 44311), and subsequently restored to available status at 1614.

"Under certain accident conditions the TSC may become unavailable due to the inability of the filtration system to maintain a habitable atmosphere. Compensatory measures exist to relocate TSC personnel to the unaffected unit's control room if necessary based upon results of procedurally required monitoring of TSC radiological conditions.

"Charcoal filter maintenance is scheduled to complete at 1300 on Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss an emergency response facility."

Notified R3DO (Lipa).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44317
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: BOB MEIXELL
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 06/24/2008
Notification Time: 16:04 [ET]
Event Date: 06/24/2008
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/24/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (R2)

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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO OSHA

"At 1400 on June 24, 2008, Oconee Environmental Health and Safety personnel determined that an OSHA notification was required due to the death (off-site) of an Oconee employee while traveling on company business. OSHA was subsequently notified at 1430 on June 24, 2008. This notification is being made in accordance with Duke administrative procedures due to notification of a federal agency."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

The death was due to a medical condition.

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