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Event Notification Report for July 8, 2008

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07/07/2008 - 07/08/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44300 44332 44339

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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: 07/07/2008
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 its 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 [REDACTED].

"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."

* * * UPDATE VIA EMAIL FROM DAVID ALLARD TO JOHN KNOKE AT 2014 EDT ON 07/07/08 * * *

"FedEx searched all the locations of transfer this package went through by requesting a review of the overgoods in each location. Overgoods are the items or materials that become loose from their packages during transit that cannot be linked to the correct package. Overgoods areas were searched from 5/16 to 5/27/2008. The tracking number for this package is [REDACTED] and the claim number for the loss is [REDACTED]. More information when available. This Event will remain an open and unresolved lost source."

Notified R1DO (Burritt), R4DO (Hay), FSME (Persinko), and ILTAB (Whitney)


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: 44332
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: PULLMAN State: WA
County:
License #: WN-C003-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/02/2008
Notification Time: 15:00 [ET]
Event Date: 06/24/2008
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/02/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSS BYWATER (R4)
RON ZELAC (FSME)

Event Text

WASHINGTON AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING CS-137 SEALED SOURCE

The following information was provided via email from the State of Washington:

"On June 26th, WSU reported that a Cesium-137 sealed source used to test operation of radiation detection instrumentation was found, by WSU staff, to be leaking. The source had recently been used at a WSU research facility. The staff noticed that two of the detectors were indicating higher than expected radiation readings after the source had been returned to storage. Subsequently, WSU staff found the radiation detection instrumentation they had been testing had become contaminated. The source appears to have been abraded during use.

"The source, an Isotope Products Lab, model not yet known, Serial Number 687-87-7 and its wooden storage box were taken out of service when the leak was discovered. The source and box are scheduled for disposal as radioactive waste. WSU staff are looking into the specific cause of the abrasion. WSU will then determine if additional corrective actions will be made to keep this from reoccurring.

"The licensee reported that surveys were performed in all areas where the source had been used and stored. Three WSU staff were found to have between 200 to 300 counts per minute of contamination on their fingers. WSU staff also found contamination levels of up to 300 counts per minute on a hand-rail and other associated equipment in the facility. Decontamination of the staff, areas and equipment was successfully performed.

"Notification Reporting Criteria: WAC 246-221-265, leaking source.

"Isotope and Activity involved: Cs-137 check source, 0.37 MBq (10 microcuries) as of February 1, 2000.

"Finger contamination was noted, but no overexposures should be realized.

"Washington State Report WA-08-046."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44339
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL RICHARDSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 07/07/2008
Notification Time: 16:54 [ET]
Event Date: 07/07/2008
Event Time: 14:22 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (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

Event Text

FAILURE OF THE ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

Alert Notification sirens (60 of 67) failed to operate properly and therefore required licensee to report this per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). All Emergency Planning Zone counties have been notified and placed on backup route alerting, which means notification will be performed by local authorities. Investigation of this matter is ongoing.

Licensee has notified NRC Resident Inspector.

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