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Event Notification Report for August 19, 2008

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44412 44413 44414 44417

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44412
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES INC
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 0022-17
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/14/2008
Notification Time: 12:52 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was provided by facsimile from the State of Florida:

"Troxler gauge [Model 3430 s/n 30064 with 40 mCi Am-241/Be s/n 47 - 27059 and 10 mCi Cs-137 s/n 750-5034] was stolen from back of company's truck at a private residence, sometime between 0030 and 0430 on 14 Aug 2008. Company will offer reward. Company might possibly contact the press. Orlando area office will investigate."

FL Report FL08-122

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: 44413
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: NOVA R&D
Region: 4
City: RIVERSIDE State: CA
County:
License #: 5446-33
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/14/2008
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2008
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()
MEXICO VIA FAX ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SEALED SOURCE

The following information was received via e-mail from the State of California:

"On June 2, 2008, a routine inspection was performed on NOVA R&D, Inc. (RML # 5446-33). The licensee was issued a Notice of Violation for not performing the leak test on the sealed source (Am/Be, S/N 77C6654, 10 mCi on 3/7/90) after November 16, 2004. According to the written response, received August 14, 2008, the licensee performed a physical inventory of the radioactive sealed sources after the routine inspection and determined that the Am/Be sealed source was missing from the ground safe where the other sealed sources are stored. A thorough search for the source was conducted, but the Am/Be source was not located. The licensee is still trying to find the source in the facility and also searching for any documentation of proper disposal."

California Rpt #081408


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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General Information or Other Event Number: 44414
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: REA CONTRACTING, LLC
Region: 1
City: BAMBERG State: SC
County:
License #: 385
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK WINDHAM
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/14/2008
Notification Time: 16:23 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2008
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)
PATRICE BUBAR (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the state via fax:

"Event Description: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at 1039 hrs, that a Troxler 3440 gauge, s/n 25120, containing 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241:Be, had been damaged at 1000 hrs on August 14, 2008. [DELETED], Senior Quality Control Specialist, stated that the gauge had been damaged by a steel wheel roller. Inspector [DELETED] responded to the scene and arrived at 1221 hrs. The area around the gauge had been properly roped off and the source rod was locked in its shielded position. The gauge was flipped and the control rod had broken free of the unit. The inspector surveyed the gauge and confirmed that the material was still within its proper containers. The gauge was returned to its transport container, and the inspector advised [DELETED] to return the gauge to its permanent storage location, secure it from further use, and to contact the manufacturer for further instruction regarding disposal.

"Mr. [DELETED] was advised by Mr. [DELETED] to submit a written report detailing this event to the Department within 30 days. The event is open and pending the licensee's investigation and report to the Department, updates will be made through the national NMED system."

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44417
Facility: NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU CONVERSION & SCRAP RECOVERY
                   NAVAL REACTOR FUEL CYCLE
                   LEU SCRAP RECOVERY
Region: 2
City: ERWIN State: TN
County: UNICOI
License #: SNM-124
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000143
NRC Notified By: RANDY SHACKELFORD
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/15/2008
Notification Time: 17:10 [ET]
Event Date: 08/15/2008
Event Time: 10:11 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/18/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
74.57 - ALARM RESOLUTION
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2)
JACK DAVIS (NMSS)
FUELS OUO VIA E-MAIL ()

Event Text

INCIDENT REPORT ON UNRESOLVED MATERIAL DISCREPANCY ALARM

"10 CFR 74.57(c) requires notification of any MC&A (Material Control and Accountability) alarm that remains unresolved beyond the time period specified for its resolution in the licensee's Fundamental Nuclear Material Control Plan. In the Solvent Extraction area of Building 333, [there is an abrupt alarm value.] When the alarm test was run on 8/15/2008, the input minus output value [exceeded the abrupt alarm value.] The investigation is completed but the alarm is not resolved. Measurement data for one of the inputs is the most assignable cause. Although an assignable cause was not identified, there is no indication that a material loss has occurred."

The affected solvent extraction process has been shutdown by the license while alarm resolution is in progress.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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