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Event Notification Report for August 15, 2008

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44405 44406 44407 44408

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44405
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: KENNECOTT UTAH COPPER CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: MAGNA State: UT
County:
License #: UT1800289
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GWYN E GALLOWAY
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 08/11/2008
Notification Time: 19:19 [ET]
Event Date: 08/06/2008
Event Time: 18:40 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/11/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
DUNCAN WHITE (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - BROKEN SHUTTER ON FIXED GAUGE

The state provided the following via facsimile:

"During a shift change for the Euclid drivers, the crusher operator went to the bottom of the crusher and attempted to close the shutter of an Ohmart fixed gauge, [Model SH-F2, serial number 1849CG], containing 1000 mCi of Cs-137, but although the handle turned, the shutter did not close. The operator indicated that there had been no resistance when the shutter handle was turned. One of two screws in the shutter handle was broken and therefore the shutter would not turn when the handle was turned. The last time the shutter was closed was on July 3, 2008. It is unknown at this time when or how the screw was broken. This device will be repaired by an individual specifically licensed by the Utah Division of Radiation Control to perform such service."

Utah report number: UT080002

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44406
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: ARIAS AND ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: SAN ANTONIO State: TX
County:
License #: L04964
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY JISHA
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/12/2008
Notification Time: 09:08 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2008
Event Time: 14:16 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - BADGE INDICATES OVEREXPOSURE

"On August 11, 2008, the agency received written notification from the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) that a worker's quarterly film badge showed a reading of 40,080 mrem. Additional processing by the provider left the assessment as indeterminate however actual personnel exposure is beyond reality since the licensee is an operator [of] moisture density gauges only. A preliminary investigation has shown that the operator did not maliciously expose or tamper with the dosimeter and there was nothing unusual about the conditions of storage.

"The RSO stated that a full investigation will be performed to ascertain how the dosimeter received such extensive radiation exposure."

The State of Texas will be conducting an on-site investigation.

Texas Report Number: I-8533

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44407
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: HOLLY REFINING AND MARKETING COMPANY
Region: 4
City: WOODSCROSS State: UT
County:
License #: UT 0600109
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GWYN GALLOWAY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 08/12/2008
Notification Time: 09:11 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2008
Event Time: 07:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

UTAH AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE BROKEN SHUTTER

"The Utah Division of Radiation Control was notified by service personnel on 08/11/2008 at approximately 10:00 a.m MDST and spoke with the licensee regarding the incident at 5:00 p.m. MDST. The RSO was attempting to close the shutter of a fixed gauge on the 'Syn Tower' so that maintenance personnel could work inside the vessel. [Ohmart, model SH-F1, serial number LS-620]. The device shutter resisted turning when the RSO attempted to close the gauge. The RSO then 'tapped lightly' on the shutter handle with a bolt to get it to turn. It turned slightly and the RSO put the bolt down to turn the shutter handle by hand. Both of the shutter handle screws sheared off and the shutter could not be closed. An authorized service licensee was able to close the shutter while the gauge was in place. The gauge was then removed and taken offsite for repair by an individual licensed to perform these services. The RSO has completed the manufacturer's 40 hour training course."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44408
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: VILLAGE OF CRESTON
Region: 4
City: CRESTON State: NE
County:
License #: GL0355
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/12/2008
Notification Time: 12:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2006
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following information was received from the state via e-mail:

"The Creston Public School purchased two self-luminous signs in 1990. The signs were SRB model Betalux E 10 with 9.75 curies of tritium in each sign. The school did an inventory in 2005. The School did not return its annual inventory in 2006. The school was dissolved in May of 2006 and the property was transferred to Leigh Public School. Leigh Public Schools informed the Agency [Nebraska Division of Radioactive materials] that the property was transferred to the Village of Creston. Representatives of the Village of Creston, speculate that the school was possibly left unlocked and unattended for a period time and during that time period the signs were removed. The disposition of the signs is unknown. The Agency made numerous attempts to determine the status of the signs and ultimately the Agency determined that the signs are lost."

The licensee discovered that the signs were missing on 01/01/2008.

Manufacturer: SRB Technologies Inc
Serial Number: 13152 and 13153

Nebraska event NE080006

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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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