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Event Notification Report for October 15, 2008

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Event Reports For
10/14/2008 - 10/15/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44547 44555 44556 44559 44565

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44547
Rep Org: WAL-MART
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 4
City: BENTONVILLE State: AR
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICH DAILEY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/07/2008
Notification Time: 16:54 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
MARK DELLIGATTI (FSME)
ILTAB (e-mail) ()

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

Event Text

LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

Wal-Mart is conducting a worldwide audit of their tritium exit signs. This morning they discovered three missing signs.

The first missing sign was located at the store in Noblesville, Indiana. The serial number is 301651, manufacturer unknown. Curie content unknown. The sign was last inventoried in the spring of 2008.

The second sign was located at the store in Charlotte, Michigan. The serial number and manufacturer were unknown. Curie content unknown. The sign was last inventoried in the spring of 2008.

The third sign was located at the store in Yankton, South Dakota. The serial number is 293214, manufacturer unknown. Curie content unknown. The sign was last inventoried in the spring of 2008.

All three stores were searched for the signs without success.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY RICHARD DALEY TO JASON KOZAL ON 10/09/08 AT 1308 * * *

Three additional signs were discovered missing in the state of Michigan:

1. At a store located at 995 Razorback Dr., Houghton, MI 49931. The serial number is unknown, the manufacturer is Isolite (11.5 Ci of tritium).

2. At a store located at 10772 West Carson City Rd., Greenville, MI 48838. The serial number is unknown, the manufacturer is Isolite (11.5 Ci of tritium).

3. At a store located at 7021 SW Nedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002. The serial number is 357889, the manufacturer is Isolite (11.5 Ci of tritium).

All three stores were searched for the signs without success.

Notified R3DO (Lara), and FSME (Burgess) and ILTAB via email.

* * * UPDATE AT 1400 EDT ON 10/10/08 FROM RICH DAILEY TO S. SANDIN * * *

An additional missing exit sign was identified during the on-going inventory. The exit sign was manufactured by SRB and contained 20 Ci of tritium, S/N 280802. It was last inventoried in Spring 2008 at Wal-Mart Store #5039 which is located in Camden, DE.

Notified R3DO (Lara), FSME (Einberg) and ILTAB via email.

* * * UPDATE AT 1422 EDT ON 10/14/08 FROM RICH DAILEY TO JOE O'HARA * * *

An additional missing exit sign was identified during the on-going inventory. The exit sign was manufactured by SRB and contained 20 Ci of tritium, S/N 277880. It was last inventoried in Spring 2008 at Wal-Mart Store #1833 which is located in Fredericksburg, VA.

Notified R1DO (Jackson), R3DO (Phillips), FSME (Vontill) and ILTAB via email.


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: 44555
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 1
City: RIVERDALE State: GA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC JAMESON
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 10/09/2008
Notification Time: 16:32 [ET]
Event Date: 10/08/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/09/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SAM HANSELL (R1)
MARK DELLIGATTI (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

Wal-mart stores notified the state of Georgia of two missing exit tritium exit signs discovered during a world wide inventory of their stores. The following devices were reported missing:

1. Exit sign from a store (#787) located at 7050 HW 85, Riverdale, GA. Serial number - 269198, manufacturer - Safetylite, activity - 11.5 Ci of tritium.

2. Exit sign from a store (#787) located at 7050 HW 85, Riverdale, GA. Serial number - unknown, manufacturer - unknown, activity - unknown.

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: 44556
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: MITSUBISHI POLYESTER FILM LLC
Region: 1
City: GREER State: SC
County:
License #: 036
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK WINDHAM
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/10/2008
Notification Time: 09:00 [ET]
Event Date: 10/09/2008
Event Time: 11:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SAM HANSELL (R1)
CHRIS EINBERG (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCE CARRIER DETACHED FROM SOURCE HOLDER

"The SC Department of Health and Environment Control was notified on Thursday, October 9, 2008, at 1105 hrs, that a source carrier from Ohmart/Vega Model SHLM-B2, s/n 66590, containing 500 mCi of Cs-137, had been inadvertently detached from the source holder at 1030 hrs on October 9, 2008. The Facility RSO stated that personnel were attempting to lock out the source when the source carrier was detached from the source holder. The state responded to the scene and arrived at 1326 hrs. The area around the gauge had been properly roped off and the source carrier had been placed on a gear box platform below the source holder. The inspector surveyed the barricaded areas and all readings were 2 mR/hr or less. The facility RSO stated that he had contacted Ohmart/Vega and the Field Service Representative was enroute to secure the source carrier. The inspector advised Facility RSO to maintain physical control of the barricaded areas until the source carrier had been secured. The facility RSO stated that the barricaded areas would be controlled to prevent unauthorized access. The inspector was contacted by the Field Service Representative at 1830 hrs on October 9, 2008, and he stated that he had secured the source carrier in the source holder and the source holder had been secured in a locked storage area. The Field Service Representative stated that he would return to the facility within the next week to package and ship the source holder back to Ohmart/Vega for further evaluation to determine why the source carrier detached from the source holder.

"The facility RSO was advised by the state 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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General Information or Other Event Number: 44559
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 3
City: CINCINNATI State: OH
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN JAMES
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 10/10/2008
Notification Time: 17:40 [ET]
Event Date: 10/09/2008
Event Time: 13:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3)
MARK DELLIGATTI (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following was provided by the state via e-mail:

"Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a total of 8 tritium exit signs missing from various stores in Ohio. These signs were removed from service and were being held pending return to the manufacturer for disposal. The signs were discovered missing on or about October 8, 2008 at each store. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search at each store and have determined that the signs are not on the premises. Wal-Mart is declaring these signs to be missing.

"Wal-Mart Corporate office notified the Ohio department of health by phone at approximately 1:45 PM on October 9, 2008, and followed with a written description of the signs on October 10, 2008."

The device information is as follows:

1. Location: Store number 01495 Huber Heights, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 272778, Curie content - 11.5.

2. Location: Store number 01724 Millersburg, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 260634, Curie content - 20.

3. Location: Store number 02441 Hamilton, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - Unknown, Curie content - 11.5.

4. Location: Store number 02441 Hamilton, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 338664, Curie content - 11.5.

5. Location: Store number 02441 Hamilton, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 365140, Curie content - 11.5.

6. Location: Store number 03656 Cincinnati, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - Unknown, Curie content - 11.5.

7. Location: Store number 03656 Cincinnati, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - 362582, Curie content - 11.5.

8. Location: Store number 6327 Warren, Manufacturer - Isolite, Serial number - Unknown, Curie content - 11.5.

Ohio report number - OH080007


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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Power Reactor Event Number: 44565
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVID DUNCAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/14/2008
Notification Time: 05:12 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2008
Event Time: 05:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER REMOVED FROM OPERATION FOR MAINTENANCE

"Fermi 2 is removing, on October 14, 2008, the Technical Support Center (TSC) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system from operation to facilitate maintenance activities. During this work, the facility will not be available for emergency use. Fermi is making this notification in accordance with 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). In the event TSC activation is necessary, the Emergency Offsite Facility (EOF) will be utilized. Activation and use of the EOF as a backup for the TSC is included in Fermi's Radiological Emergency Response Preparedness Plan, and drills have been held performing both the TSC and EOF functions from the EOF. Fermi will notify the NRC upon completion of this work which is expected to be approximately one day. The Licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE FROM G. MILLER TO JOE O'HARA AT 1616 EDT ON 10/14/08 * * *

"Preventative Maintenance Activities on the TSC HVAC system have been completed. The TSC is now available for use."

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO(Phillips).

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