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Event Notification Report for October 20, 2008

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Event Reports For
10/17/2008 - 10/20/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44536 44539 44566 44570 44573 44581

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44536
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/03/2008
Notification Time: 11:40 [ET]
Event Date: 10/03/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1)
ANDREW MAUER (FSME)
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2)
STEVE ORTH (R3)
RUSS BYWATER (R4)
JOHN JANKOVICH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DEFECTIVE COMPONENT THAT COULD POTENTIALLY CAUSE A SUBSTANTIAL SAFETY HAZARD

The following information was received from the State of Massachusetts via email:

"Prompted by a reported event, Event Number 44434, QSA Global conducted an investigation of a Model 660B camera. QSA Global concluded that the root cause of the event was a defective component on the pigtail of the camera, and has determined that more cameras contain these defective components which could contribute to future events. "

"This defect could give the user the false impression that the source is connected to the drive cable when there is only a partial connection. The operations manual does require that the user check the connection prior to use and when this is done, there is no problem. However if the user does not do a check of the connection, it may not be secure and may cause the source to disconnect in the guide tube.

"The defective component was reported to the State of Massachusetts under Massachusetts code 105 CMR 120.142(B)(2)(a). The defective component is a female source connector, QSA part number 55042-1. This defect was only found in lot 0731300805. QSA sold six Co-60 sources [Model 424-14] and 659 Ir-192 [Model 424-9] sources that utilized connectors from this lot. One Co-60 source will be returned to QSA for evaluation due to a source retrieval event.

"[QSA Global] Corrective Actions: Customers who had received the other five Co-60 source wires from the suspected lot were contacted and arrangements were made to make a field inspection of these sources by QSA Global staff for the potential defect. Any defective source wires would be recommended to the customer for return and replacement by QSA Global.

"Customers who had received one of the 659 Ir-192 source wires that contained the suspected lot were notified and advised of this potential condition. These customers were provided with [a] notification which re-enforces the need to ensure a solid connection between the drive cable and the source prior to making any source exposures. The customer notification letter includes inspections the customer should make to determine if their source may contain this defect and advises the customer to contact QSA Global if a source is suspected of being defective to arrange for source replacement.

"It was decided that the supplier of the defective lot would be removed from the approved supplier list pending further evaluation of their production processes. This will prevent their use as a supplier for components (including Class A components) until their evaluation and re-approval at a later date."

* * * UPDATE ON 10/17/08 AT 1036 EDT FROM J. SUMARES TO R. ALEXANDER * * *

"On 10/13/08, QSA Global notified the Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] of a second Part 21 defect for the Model 550 connector that created a source disconnect in WA [Washington], reference event notification #44552. The defect was discovered on a second component of the 550 connector, the inner sleeve. The circular recess for the ball of the male connector was undersized per specifications and prevented the ball to fully seat into the female connector and making it easier for the source wire to disconnect.

"QSA Global submitted a preliminary report for the inner sleeve stating:
"1. All inventory of connectors using this defective lot of sleeves were 100% re-tested and defective parts were removed from inventory.
"2. As of 10/15/08, affected customers are being notified of potential problems and will be advised to conduct inspections of male to female connections of the Model 550 connector to ensure a full engagement. Any suspect connections may be returned to QSA for evaluation and replacement.
"3. All remaining lots of components (sleeves, other components) from this supplier are quarantined for re-inspection or scrap.
"4. This supplier has been suspended from use.

"Further evaluation and investigations of the inner sleeves are on-going."

Notified FSME (Einberg & Jankovich), R1DO (Jackson), R2DO (Vias), R3DO (Phillips), & R4DO (Hay)

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 44539
Facility: VERMONT YANKEE
Region: 1 State: VT
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: LAWRENCE DERTING
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/03/2008
Notification Time: 19:52 [ET]
Event Date: 10/03/2008
Event Time: 18:21 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1)
ANNA BRADFORD (FSME)

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

Event Text

TRUCK SHIPMENT EXTERNAL RADIATION LEVELS EXCEED LIMITS

"Received Shipment from Pilgrim Station of temporary lead shielding that exceeds 10 CFR 20 requirements for a non-exclusive use limited quantity shipment of 0.5 mR on contact.

"Receipt inspection readings of the last container in the shipment measured between 1.3 mR and 1.85 mR (taken via 3 readings, using 3 separate meters and 2 different technicians).

"Per 10CFR20 subpart 1906 paragraph D, which states:
(d) The licensee shall immediately notify the final delivery carrier and the NRC Operations Center (301-816-5100), by telephone, when --
(1) Removable radioactive surface contamination exceeds the limits of section 71.87(i) of this chapter; or (2) External radiation levels exceed the limits of section 71.47 of this chapter."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION ON 10/17/2008 AT 1309 EDT FROM D. MAY TO R. ALEXANDER * * *

"NRC Notification 44539 was conservatively made due to conservative procedural guidance.

"10 CFR 20.1906(d)(2) requires immediate notification of the final delivery carrier and the NRC Operations Center when external radioactive levels exceed the limits of section 71.47 of this chapter.

The reporting threshold contained in 10 CFR 71.47 is 200 mR [per hour] at any point on the external surface of the package. Since actual measured levels were between 1.3 mR [per hour] and 1.85 mR [per hour] this event is not reportable.

"ENS Event Number 44539, made on 10/03/08, is being retracted."

The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified by the licensee of this retraction.

Notified R1DO (Jackson) & NMSS EO (Regan).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44566
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: AKS RECYCLING
Region: 1
City: FITCHBURG State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRUCE PACKARD
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/15/2008
Notification Time: 14:13 [ET]
Event Date: 07/08/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

SOURCE FOUND IN TRASH LOAD IN MAINE

"Trash load was returned to MA after setting off detectors in Maine.

"On 7/25/08, it was reported to the agency that the source of radiation was identified as a 6 mCi Radium source. The only identifying marks on the source were 'Textron.' The source is a metallic disk 0.5 inch thick and 0.5 inch in diameter. Contact has been made with CRPCD to dispose of the source under their orphan source program.

"Source is stored securely at AKS site pending disposal.

"Event originally reported as DOT approval ME-MA-08-01."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44570
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RICHARD KRESS
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 10/16/2008
Notification Time: 11:58 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MONTE PHILLIPS (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

PARTIAL UNAVAILABILITY OF TSC VENTILATION AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

"At 1100 on Thursday, October 16, 2008, a portion of the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system air conditioning was removed from service for maintenance on the Non-Essential Service Water System (NESW). The NESW system supports 3 of the 4 air conditioning units for the Technical Support Center. The filtration system will remain available, and an air conditioning unit which is not supported by NESW will remain in service.

"Under certain accident conditions the TSC may become unavailable due to the inability of the ventilation system to maintain a habitable atmosphere. Compensatory measures exist to relocate TSC personnel to the unaffected unit's control room if necessary based upon results of procedurally required monitoring of TSC radiological conditions.

"The TSC ventilation system maintenance is scheduled to complete at 1800 on Thursday, October 16, 2008.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss an emergency response facility."

* * * UPDATE ON 10/17/08 AT 0526 FROM BEN HUFFMAN TO PETE SNYDER * * *

"The TSC ventilation system air conditioning was returned to functional status at 0525 on Friday, October 17, 2008. This follow up notification is being made to provide closure from the initial notification under 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of an emergency response facility."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Phillips).

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Transportation Event Event Number: 44573
Rep Org: FROEHLING & ROBERTSON, INC.
Licensee: FROEHLING & ROBERTSON, INC.
Region: 1
City: CHESAPEAKE State: VA
County:
License #: 45-088-9002
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM BRIODY
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 10/17/2008
Notification Time: 08:40 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
CHRISTOPHER REGAN (NMSS)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
CHRISTIAN EINBERG (FSME)

Event Text

TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENT INVOLVING RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS IN VIRGINIA

The licensee's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) reported that on 10/16/2008, at approximately 1500 EDT, a licensee truck transporting a Troxler 3400 Series moisture density gauge, flipped over in the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel, near Newport News, VA. This series of Troxler gauge typically contains 8 mCi Cs-137 and 40 mCi Am/Be.

The RSO indicated that it was reported that the handle on the case, in which the gauge was secured, was damaged in the accident. The RSO did not have any indications of elevated or abnormal radiation or contamination levels from the gauge after the accident. The driver of the truck was injured in the accident (broken arm).

At the time of this report, the gauge was in the possession of the licensee, and the licensee is conducting follow-up surveys.

Notified Virginia Radioactive Materials Program, DOT (NRC), DOE, and DHS.

* * * UPDATED AT 1155 EDT ON 10/17/2008 FROM W. BRIODY TO P. SNYDER * * *

The licensee RSO reported that follow-up surveys and visual inspection of the gauge found no abnormal radiation levels, and no apparent damage to the gauge itself. The licensee will send the gauge to the manufacturer (Troxler) for further evaluation and/or repair.

Notified R1DO (T. Jackson), FSME EO (Einberg), NMSS EO (Regan), IRD Mgr (J. Grant).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44581
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: DON TAYLOR
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/18/2008
Notification Time: 16:43 [ET]
Event Date: 10/18/2008
Event Time: 11:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/18/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Hot Standby 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

BOTH BORON INJECTION TANK INLET VALVES INOPERABLE.

"At 11:25 on 10/18/08 it was identified that 2-SI-MOV-2867A and 2-SIMOV-2867B, Boron Injection Tank (BIT) Inlet valves were both inoperable. This resulted In less than 100% of the equivalent to a single operable ECCS train being available (TS 3.5.2.C).

"2-SI-MOV-2867A was made inoperable on 10/17/08 at 23:26 for troubleshooting. Subsequently 2-SI-MOV-2867B became inoperable on 10/18/08 at 03:26 because its emergency power supply was inoperable for maintenance. At that time TS 3.0.3 was applicable with 13 hours to reach MODE 4 and 37 hours to reach MODE 5.

"On 10/18/08 at 12:05 2-SI-MOV-2867A was made available and TS 3.0.3 action was cleared. The emergency power supply for 2-SI-MOV-2867B was made operable on 10/18/08 at 13:35."

NRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

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