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Event Notification Report for October 16, 2008

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Event Reports For
10/15/2008 - 10/16/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44556 44559 44568

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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: 44568
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KEITH POPE
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/16/2008
Notification Time: 03:33 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: 01:56 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (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 N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

NON-FUNCTIONAL TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER

"During normal surveillance testing of the U1 Control Room radiation monitors, the Technical Support Center Emergency Filtration Unit did not automatically start as required upon initiation of a High CR Radiation Signal. Additionally, the filtration unit could not be manually started from the TSC HVAC Control panel.

"This report is being made per Technical Requirements Manual 13.13.1, action B.2. With the Technical Support Center Emergency Filtration Unit inoperable, the functionality of the Technical Support Center has been lost. The alternate TSC facility is available and actions are being taken to return the TSC to Functional status with a high priority.

"The NRC resident Inspector has been notified."

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