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Event Notification Report for September 25, 2008

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Event Reports For
09/24/2008 - 09/25/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44505 44510 44511 44512

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44505
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS
Region: 4
City: SAN CARLOS State: CA
County:
License #: 5767-41
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 09/19/2008
Notification Time: 15:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2008
Event Time: 17:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING SOURCE IN GAS CHROMATOGRAPH

"On September 18, 2008, at 5:00pm, the state received a telephone call from the RSO of Nektar Therapeutics that their Aglent Technology gas chromatograph containing generally licensed source is leaking. This notification is based on the swipe test results report from their swipe test laboratory. Source Serial Number U8663, had a confirmed a positive wipe test result of 137,362 DPM which is a result of 0.0619 micro curies/sample.

"The RSO stored the gas chromatograph in a secured locked storage room where the storage is posted with 'Caution Radioactive Material'".

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44510
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: TYCO HEALTH CARE GROUP
Region: 4
City: NORFOLK State: NE
County:
License #: 07-02-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRYAN MILLER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 09/22/2008
Notification Time: 14:41 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SMOKE DETECTOR FAILED TO OPERATE PROPERLY

Licensee was testing the smoke detector outside the vault that houses the irradiator. The detector failed to operate. The irradiator (1645 kCi of Co-60) was not in operation at the time of the test. This is being reported under 10 CFR 30.50 (b)(2).

NE Report # NE080009

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44511
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: FAGEN, INC.
Region: 4
City: GRANITE FALLS State: NE
County:
License #: GL0685
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/22/2008
Notification Time: 15:50 [ET]
Event Date: 01/03/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

NEBRASKA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

"Fagen Inc. built the bioenergy facility in Ord, NE. Fagen Inc. purchased a number of tritium exit signs for the facility. After the facility was built, Fagan Inc. turned the facility over to VeraSun. VeraSun did an inventory [on 01/03/08] of the signs in the facility and discovered a missing sign (SRB Technologies, Model BX-20BK, Serial #C056713) [contains 20 curies of tritium].

"VeraSun contacted Fagen Inc. concerning the missing exit sign. Fagen contacted the supplier and other sites that Fagen had done work at. They have not been able to locate the sign. Fagen has discontinued using tritium exit signs in facilities they construct."

NE Item Number: NE080007

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: 44512
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: FAGEN, INC.
Region: 4
City: GRANITE FALLS State: NE
County:
License #: GL0693
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/22/2008
Notification Time: 15:50 [ET]
Event Date: 03/28/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

NEBRASKA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

"Fagen Inc. built the bioenergy facility in Fairmont, [NE]. Fagen Inc. purchased a number of tritium exit signs for the facility. After the facility was built, Fagan Inc. turned the facility over to Advance BioEnergy. Advance BioEngery did an inventory of the signs in the facility [on 03/28/08] and discovered a missing sign (SRB Technologies, Model BX020BK, Serial #C061355) [contains 17.5 curies of tritium].

"Advance BioEnergy contacted Fagen Inc. concerning the missing exit sign. Fagen contacted the supplier and, other sites that Fagen had done work at. They have not been able to locate the sign. Fagen has discontinued using tritium exit signs in facilities they construct.

Item Number: NE080008

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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