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Event Notification Report for October 21, 2008

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Event Reports For
10/20/2008 - 10/21/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44566 44579 44582

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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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44579
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: RIK DROKE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/17/2008
Notification Time: 20:45 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2008
Event Time: 16:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.74 APP. A - ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2)
CHRISTOPHER REGAN (NMSS)
FUELS OUO (email) ()

Event Text

INADVERTENT TRANSFER OF UNSAMPLED DISCARD SOLUTION

"Transfer of low uranium concentration discard solution from Tank WF03 to Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF) Tank 29 without final sample and analysis due to inadvertently opening incorrect valve.

"There were no actual or potential safety consequences to workers, the public, or the environment.

"Solution from discard Tank WF04 had been sampled and analyzed and was approved for transfer to WWTF Tank 29. An incorrect valve was opened and low uranium concentration solution was transferred from discard Tank WF03 to WWTF Tank 29 without final sample and analysis. All sources into the discard tanks (WF03 and WF04) are routed through an in-line uranium concentration monitor.

"Remaining SSC's were available and reliable. Solution in discard Tank WF03 had passed through an in-line uranium concentration monitor which would have stopped the transfer if a high uranium concentration was present.

"Solution in discard Tank WF03 and WWTF Tank 29 were sampled. Both uranium concentration results are low. The solution in discard Tank WF03 would have met sample analysis requirements.

"The safety significance is low due to the low mass and concentration of U-235. In-line monitor was also present which would have prevented transfer of high concentration solution into discard Tank WF03.

"The control is to sample and analyze solution prior to transfer to WWTF. The deficiency in this case is the failure to perform those actions prior to discard.

"Event was identified and entered into Problem Identification, Resolution and Correction System (PIRCS) - PIRCS #15829. Investigation is underway. Both the discard Tank WF03 and the WWTF Tank 29 were sampled."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44582
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: EDWARD NIELSEN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/20/2008
Notification Time: 19:07 [ET]
Event Date: 10/20/2008
Event Time: 11:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/20/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2)

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

Event Text

24 HOUR FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a For-Cause fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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