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Event Notification Report for November 13, 2008

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
11/12/2008 - 11/13/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44503 44547 44559 44583 44619 44636 44639 44643 44650 44653 44654 44655

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 44503
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVE BORGER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/18/2008
Notification Time: 21:11 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2008
Event Time: 18:48 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1)

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

HPCI INOPERABLE DUE TO MISSING INSULATION

"At 1848 on 09/18/2008, the control room was notified by system engineering that insulation was missing from the bottom of the HPCI turbine that could result in nearby electronic components being subjected to higher than design temperatures. This could challenge the ability of the HPCI system to perform its design function for the prescribed mission times. The condition does not prevent the high pressure coolant injection system from automatically starting and injecting during an accident. The longer term ability of the system to continue to inject is challenged by the existing condition.

"The HPCI system was immediately declared inoperable while engineering continues to evaluate the condition to determine if an actual loss of design function has occurred.

"This is being reported as an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function required to mitigate the consequences of an accident in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION ON 11/12/2008 AT 1616 FROM MARTIN LICHTNER TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"On September 18, 2008, PPL Susquehanna LLC reported a potential loss of the HPCI safety function under the provisions of 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). The report was made when it was discovered that insulation was missing from the bottom of the Unit 2 HPCI turbine. This situation raised concerns that increased area temperatures could adversely affect nearby electronic equipment needed to support long-term HPCI operation. A subsequent investigation has determined that all potentially affected components were rated for operation at temperatures greater than those anticipated during HPCI operation with the missing insulation. An additional physical inspection confirmed that there was no abnormal discoloration or visible signs of accelerated thermal aging on the components and wires in question. It has therefore been concluded that HPCI operability had not been impacted by the missing insulation. Accordingly, the loss of safety function reported on September 18th under ENS # 44503 is being retracted. The insulation has since been restored to the HPCI turbine."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R1DO (Trapp).

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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: 11/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
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.

* * * UPDATE AT 1305 EDT ON 10/21/08 FROM RICH DAILEY TO JEFF ROTTON * * *

Two additional missing exit signs were identified during the on-going inventory.

1. 1 sign at store #566, 1115 American Way, Booneville, IN 75237. The exit sign was manufactured by SRB and contained 20 Ci of tritium, S/N 306432.

2. 1 sign at store #3548, 910 Walcott Street, Waterbury, CT 06705. The exit sign was manufactured by SRB and contained 20 Ci of tritium, S/N 266092.

Notified FSME (Burgess), R3DO (Hironori Peterson), R1DO (Cahill), and ILTAB via email.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/24/08 AT 1735 EDT FROM DAILEY TO KLCO * * *

Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a total of 2 tritium exit signs missing from one store in Missouri. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search and have determined that the signs are not on the premises. Wal-Mart last inventoried these signs April 2008 and is declaring these signs to be missing.

The device information is as follows:

1. Location: Dexter, Missouri, Serial number - 314882, Curie content - 11.5.

2. Location: Dexter, Missouri, Serial number - 314890, Curie content - Unknown.

Notified FSME (Mauer), R4DO (Deese) and ILTAB via email.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/28/08 AT 0900 EDT FROM DAILEY TO KLCO * * *

Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a tritium exit sign missing from a store in Virginia. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search and have determined that the signs are not on the premises. Wal-Mart last inventoried these signs April 2008 and is declaring these signs to be missing.

The device information is as follows:

1. Location: Norton, Virginia, Serial number - 316467, Curie content - 11.5.

Notified FSME (Einberg), R1DO (Cobey) and ILTAB via email.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/29/08 AT 1713 EDT FROM DAILEY TO KOZAL * * *

Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a total of 3 tritium exit signs missing from two stores in Michigan, and 1 sign from a store in Indiana. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search and have determined that the signs are not on the premises. Wal-Mart last inventoried these signs April 2008 and is declaring these signs to be missing.

The device information is as follows:

1. Store number 1791 Location: 7083 West 48th Street, Freemont, MI 49412, Serial Number: Unknown, Manufacturer - Isolite, Activity - 11.5 Ci.

2. Store number 1791 Location: 7083 West 48th Street, Freemont, MI 49412, Serial Number: 256573, Manufacturer - Isolite, Activity - 11.5 Ci.

3. Store number 2238 Location: 1879 East Sherman Blvd., Muskegon, MI 49444 Serial Number: 254487, Manufacturer - SRB, Activity - 20 Ci.

4. Store number 2339 Location: 2801 North Western Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906, Serial Number: 295648, Manufacturer - Isolite, Activity - 11.5 Ci.

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

* * * UPDATE ON 11/05/08 AT 1828 EST FROM DAILEY TO KLCO * * *

Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a total of 2 tritium exit signs missing from one store in Hawaii and 1 sign from a store in Connecticut. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search and have determined that the signs are not on the premises.

The device information is as follows:

1. Store number 5274 Location: 1131 Kuala Street, Pearl City, HI 96782, Serial Number: 33526, Manufacturer - Isolite, Activity - 11.5 Ci.

2. Store number 2331 Location: 155 Waterford Parkway North, Waterford, CT 06385, Serial Number: 286501, Manufacturer -SBR, Activity - Unknown

Notified FSME (Suber), R4DO (Campbell), R1DO (Caruso) and ILTAB via email.

* * * UPDATE ON 11/11/08 AT 0818 EST FROM DAILEY TO KOZAL * * *

Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a total of 2 tritium exit signs missing. One in New Jersey and 1 sign from a store in Virginia. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search and have determined that the signs are not on the premises.

The device information is as follows:

1. Store number 1742 Location: 3501 Rt 42, Turnersville, NJ 08012 Serial number: 162266, Manufacturer: Foreverlight, Activity: Unknown.

2. Store number 1726 Location: 171 Burgess Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Serial number: 288780, Manufacturer: SRB, Activity: 20 Ci.

Notified FSME (Suber), R1DO (Trapp) and ILTAB via email.

* * UPDATE ON 11/12/08 AT 1432 EST FROM WENDY WIDENER TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

1. Store number 2449 Location: Ave Rafael Cordero Caguas, Puerto Rico 00725 Serial number, Manufacturer and Activity Unknown.

2. Store number 3219 Location: 731 East Rochambeau Rd Williamsburg, VA 23188 Serial number: 275031, Manufacturer: SRB, Activity: Unkown

3. Store number 4755 Location: 750 Ke'eaumoku St. Honolulu, HI 96814 Serial number: 315483, Manufacturer: Isolite, Activity: Unknown.

4. Store number 4755 Location: 750 Ke'eaumoku St. Honolulu, HI 96814 Serial number: 315484, Manufacturer: Isolite, Activity: Unknown.

Notified R1DO (Trapp) and R4DO (Whitten), FSME (Burgess), ILTAB 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: 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: 11/12/2008
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.

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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

* * * UPDATE ON 11/7/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

A tritium exit sign was reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Centerville, OH. The Isolite sign (S/N 318793) contained 11.5 Curies of tritium and was reported to Ohio at 1000 on 11/7/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH080009

Notified R3DO (Cameron) and FSME (Suber).

* * * UPDATE ON 11/12/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

Two tritium exit signs were reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Middletown, OH. The SRB Technologies signs (S/N 280511) & (S/N 280548) contained unknown activity, and was reported to Ohio at 1230 on 11/12/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH0800011

Notified R3DO (Hills) and FSME (Suber), ILTAB email

* * * UPDATE ON 11/12/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

A tritium exit sign was reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Newark, OH. The SRB Technologies sign (S/N 268804) contained 20 Ci of Tritium, and was reported to Ohio at 1230 on 11/12/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH0800013

Notified R3DO (Hills) and FSME (Suber). ILTAB email

* * * UPDATE ON 11/12/2008 AT 1205 FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

Received from the state of Ohio via e-mail:

A tritium exit sign was reported missing from the Wal-Mart store in Newark, OH. The Isolite sign (S/N 293419) contained 11.5 Ci of Tritium, and was reported to Ohio at 1230 on 11/12/2008.

Ohio Report Number: OH0800012

Notified R3DO (Hills) and FSME (Suber). ILTAB 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: 44583
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 4
City: TEXARKANA State: AR
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 10/21/2008
Notification Time: 16:12 [ET]
Event Date: 10/21/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 11/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4)
ANDREW MAUER (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()

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

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ARKANSAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The following information was provided by the State of Arkansas via email:

"Wal-Mart stores notified the state of Arkansas of one missing tritium exit sign discovered during a world wide inventory of their stores. The exit sign was last seen during a Spring 2008 inventory. The following device was reported missing:

1. Exit sign from a store (#468) located at 133 Arkansas Blvd., Texarkana, AR 71854, Serial number - 248464, manufacturer - SRB, activity - 20 Ci of tritium at time of manufacture.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY STEVE MACK TO JASON KOZAL ON 11/12/08 AT 1030 EST * * *

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

"The following devices were reported missing:

"1. Exit sign from a store located in Hot Springs Village, AR. Serial number - 273316, manufacturer - Isolite, Activity - 11.5 Ci of tritium at time of manufacture."

Notified R4DO (Whiten), FSME (Burgess) and ILTAB via e-mail.


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: 44619
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: STILLWATER State: OK
County:
License #: OK-00237-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE BRODERICK
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/31/2008
Notification Time: 16:52 [ET]
Event Date: 10/30/2008
Event Time: 10:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 11/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
CHRISTIAN EINBERG (FSME)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ACCIDENTIAL EXPOSURE TO I-131

"A veterinarian was exposed to Iodine-131 after administering a dose to a cat. The incident occurred on Thursday, October 30, at about 10:45 AM. The (19 millicuries of I-131) dose had been given to the cat, and the user accidentally poked his left index finger with the syringe which contained a residue of I-131. The user's protective glove was penetrated by the needle, but the needle did not appear to have penetrated the skin. The user contacted the RSO a few minutes after the incident. Efforts were made to remove or displace the radioactive Iodine with partial success, reducing the beta measurements about 50%. The licensee estimated that about 20 nanocuries of I-131 were remaining after efforts to decontaminate. Finger swabs show a very small amount 0.5 nanocuries or less) of removable contamination. The contamination is concentrated on an area less than 1 mm square on the user's left index finger near the tip. The user's fingertip is being kept bandaged to prevent spread of contamination.

"The licensee contacted DEQ promptly after the initial response. The exposed individual was taken to the University Medical Center where the physician is giving treatment based on NCRP 65. Nonradioactive iodine is being administered in an attempt to block absorption by the thyroid.

"Since the skin did not appear to be penetrated, the licensee believed that there would be no internal dose, but the exposed individual was directed to collect his urine for analysis. This report to NRC was held up in anticipation of the results. Analysis of the exposed individual's urine (about 2 liters collected overnight) shows a distinct I-131 peak that the licensee preliminarily estimated at about 90 picocuries/liter. A longer count with more precision is being made. The exposed individual will continue to collect all urine for analysis for at least five days.

"The situation has been complicated by the death of an immediate relative of the RSO. A Certified Health Physicist who is on the University Radiation Safety Committee is now acting for the RSO."

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY MIKE BRODERICK TO JASON KOZAL ON 11/12/08 AT 1110 EST * * *

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

"The licensee has conducted an extensive follow-up investigation, including collection an analysis of urine for five days, and bioassay of the individual's thyroid. The licensee calculated a thyroid dose of 2.1 mrem for the incident, not enough to have measurable health effects. It is not clear whether the Iodine was absorbed through an undetected skin puncture or through direct skin absorption. The licensee is working with DEQ to analyze their process to minimize the chances of a similar future incident."

Notified R4DO (Whitten), and FSME (Burgess).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44636
Rep Org: IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Licensee: KEOKUK STEEL CASTINGS
Region: 3
City: KEOKUK State: IA
County:
License #: 3325-1-56-XRF
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NANCY FARRINGTON
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 11/07/2008
Notification Time: 08:58 [ET]
Event Date: 11/06/2008
Event Time: 15:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3)
GREG SUBER (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

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LOST X-RAY ANALYZER CONTAINING CADMIUM-109 AND IRON-55

"On November 6, 2008, at 1510, IDPH received a call from Keokuk Steel Castings, Registration No.: 3325-1-56-XRF that a TN Technology X-ray Fluorescent Analyzer, model 9266, serial number B837, containing 5 mCi of Cadmium-109 and 45 mCi of Iron-55, was missing.

"The licensee was returning the device to Thermo Scientific for disposal. On 2/26/08, the licensee shipped the device via UPS.

"On 6/3/08, the licensee was contacted by Thermo Scientific that the device never arrived.

"The licensee contacted UPS and on 7/7/08, a Tracer Investigation was opened. UPS never located the package (tracking no. 1Z5421030340748497).

"IDPH contacted a UPS Supervisor who stated that the last known location of the package was Des Moines, Iowa, and the UPS investigation was closed on 7/16/08. He was asked to reopen the file and to look one more time for the package. He called back and stated that the device could not be located in Des Moines. IDPH and UPS consider the case closed."

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.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44639
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: GSG MATERIAL TESTING
Region: 3
City: CHICAGO State: IL
County:
License #: IL-02340-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/07/2008
Notification Time: 14:21 [ET]
Event Date: 11/07/2008
Event Time: 07:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3)
GREG SUBER (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"On November 7, at 7:00 AM the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's Communications Center contacted our [Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency] Radiation Duty Officer to advise they had been told of a theft of radioactive material. The report was filed by the Radiation Safety Officer of GSG Material Testing Inc. A portable moisture density gauge had been stolen from their temporary worksite in Chicago during the night. The Troxler model 3430 (s/n 35592) had been forcibly removed from a construction trailer at 704 West 42nd Street, Chicago, IL. The gauge contains two sources; 9 milliCi Cs-137and 40 milliCi Am-241:Be. The call to the IEMA Comm Ctr came from the licensee's Radiation Safety Officer [DELETED]. The gauge was last seen in the trailer yesterday at the close of business. The Chicago Police Department was contacted and had arrived at the scene to complete a report. Evidence at the scene indicated thieves had entered by bending bars which were over a window and then breaking the glass. They had ransacked the trailer looking for items of worth. They broke the lock on the transport container which held the gauge and then removed the gauge from the trailer. The licensee indicated that, contrary to instructions, the field technician assigned the gauge had left the device in the trailer. The RSO also indicated that during today's police interview, they were advised that the trailer had a previous break-in a few months prior, of which they were unaware. The Agency [Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency] is awaiting additional information from the licensee before potentially taking enforcement action. A reactive inspection may be justified. We [Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency] are considering this matter open."

Illinois Report Number: IL0800065

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.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44643
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: GEOTECHNICAL CONSULTANTS
Region: 1
City: HUBBARDSTON State: MA
County:
License #: 48-0334
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/07/2008
Notification Time: 15:36 [ET]
Event Date: 11/07/2008
Event Time: 09:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SAM HANSELL (R1)
GREG SUBER (FSME)
ILTAB (e-mail) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was transmitted by the state via facsimile:

"Licensee called the Agency [Massachusetts] to report a stolen Troxler gauge, model # 3440 and serial # 21550. Gauge user had the locked transport case and the locked gauge stored inside a personal vehicle for the purpose of driving to a work site scheduled for 11/7/08. The vehicle was parked in Hubbardston, MA overnight (11/6 - 11/7/08). In the morning of 11/7/08, it was discovered that the personal vehicle had been broken into and the transport case and gauge was missing and presumed stolen. Other personal vehicles in the local area also had been broken into on the same night."

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.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44650
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: MATRIX HEALTH & SAFETY CONSULTANTS
Region: 1
City: RALIEGH State: NC
County: WAKE
License #: 092-1257-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GRANT MILLS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 11/10/2008
Notification Time: 10:51 [ET]
Event Date: 11/10/2008
Event Time: 10:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/10/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1)
GREGORY SUBER ()
ILTAB (e-mail) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN XRF DEVICE

A XRF Device is a portable device used for lead paint analysis / testing. "This device contains approx. 15 millicuries of Co-57."

"The device was stolen from the cab of a pick up truck [in Hyde County] between Thursday night (11/06/08) and Friday night (11/07/08). The theft has been reported to the Hyde County Sherriff's Department. Notification has also been provided to the device manufacturer.

"While this device represents licensed radioactive material designated to require specific storage and use criteria, the NC Radiation Protection section does not believe the device represents an opportunity for malicious actions.

"The NC Radiation Protection Section will be working with the licensee (and LLEA as needed) to attempt recovery of the device."

NC Incident No. 08-50

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.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44653
Rep Org: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
Licensee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
Region:
City:  State:
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVE A. SUK
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/12/2008
Notification Time: 09:59 [ET]
Event Date: 11/12/2008
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/12/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1)
BRIAN BONSER (R2)
DAVID HILLS (R3)
JACK WHITTEN (R4)
JOHN THORP (E-MAIL) (NRR)
VERN HODGE (E-MAIL) (NRR)

Event Text

ALL DIMENSIONALLY VERIFIED COMMERCIAL GRADE ITEMS PROCESSED PER FISHER MANUFAC. PROCEDURE FMP 2K28

"Commercial grade items processed per FMP 2K28 (Fisher Processing Level D) may not address all the critical characteristics needed to determine if the item can be designated by the utility as a basic component. By accepting 10CFR21 on the order for Level D items, there is the implication that the item can be used as a basic component without further evaluation by the utility.

"During the latest NUPIC audit, it was pointed out that although FMP 2K28 specifically states that, 'This process does not verify the material or designate the item for use as a basic component,' 10CFR21 is only applicable to basic components.

"FMP 2K28 is intended to provide dimensional verification only for items where material verification was not readily available through Method 1 discussed in EPRI 5652. Parts provided per Level D are normally elastomer materials (diaphragms, o-rings, etc.) or packing and gasket materials. If a utility decides material verification is a critical characteristic, Fisher assumes that the utility will perform a material evaluation as required prior to designating an item as a basic component.

"In conclusion, Fisher assumed 10CFR21 responsibility because of defect reporting requirements but did not intend to imply that items processed to FMP 2K28 (Fisher Processing Level D) were capable of becoming a basic component without further evaluation by the purchaser.

"In the future, Fisher will no longer be able to accept 10CFR21 responsibility for parts processed to FMP 2K28 (Fisher Processing Level D).

"Fisher will also accommodate those orders requiring dedication traditionally offered as Level D through development and us of additional methods described in EPRI 5652."

Potentially affected sites are:

Ameren, Arizona Public Service, Arkansas Nuclear, Beaver Valley, Brunswick, Callaway, Calvert Cliffs, Catawba, Comanche Peak, Con Edison, Consumers Energy, Cook, Cooper, CP&L, Crystal River, Davis Besse, Detroit Edison, Dominion Energy, Dominion Power, Duke Energy, Duquesne, Entergy, Exelon, Fermi, Florida Power, G.E. Nuclear, Ginna, Harris, Hatch, Indian Point, Hatch, Kewaunee, Maine Yankee, McGuire, Millstone, Monticello, New York Power Authority, Niagara Mohawk, Nine Mile Point, North Anna, Northeast Nuclear, Oconee, Oyster Creek, Palo Verde, PECA, Perry, Progress Energy, PSE&G, Rochester Gas & Electric, Salem, San Onofre, Shearon Harris, Southern California Edison, South Texas Project, Surry, Texas Utilities, Turkey Point, V.C. Summer, Virginia Power, Vermont Yankee, Waterford, Watts Bar, Westinghouse Electric Corp, Wisconsin Public Service, Wisconsin Electric Power, Wolf Creek, XCEL Energy.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44654
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: SCOTT BRITT
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/13/2008
Notification Time: 03:04 [ET]
Event Date: 11/13/2008
Event Time: 01:02 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/13/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PROMPT NOTIFICATION MESSAGES

"At approximately 0102 eastern time, Jacksonville National Weather service has notified Plant Hatch that the capability to broadcast prompt notification messages is NOT available at this time due to problems with the phone service. Emergency Preparedness personnel [DELETED] have been contacted to ensure proper notifications have been made. Security has notified state and local agencies along with Information Technology (IT) group of the problem. At 0145, Jacksonville National Weather service has reported that the problem with the phone service has been resolved and that the broadcast system has been restored. All agencies have been made aware of the NWS system return to service."

The licensee notified Georgia EMA, Appling County, Jeff Davis County, Tattnall County, and Toombs County.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44655
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: BILL BLESSIE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/13/2008
Notification Time: 03:22 [ET]
Event Date: 11/13/2008
Event Time: 00:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/13/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4)

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

OIL SPILL FROM CIRCULATING WATER PUMP OIL SIGHT GLASS LINE

"On November 13, 2008, at 0020 CST, the State of Nebraska, Department of Environmental Quality and National Response Center were notified by Omaha Public Power District's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station of an oil spill due to a crack in upper pump bearing sight glass line for 'C' Circulating Water Pump, CW-1C. The spill involved a small quantity of oil estimated to be less than one gallon to the intake Structure sump with trace amounts discharged to the Missouri River. Per Fort Calhoun Nuclear Stations' National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit the notifications were made and samples were taken for offsite analysis to determine if the quantity discharged involved an actual violation of the discharge permit.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 72.75 (b) (2) (xi), 4 hour non-emergency notification due to a notification being made to a Government Agency (State of Nebraska, Department of Environmental Quality and National Response Center)."

The licensee notified NRC Resident Inspector.

The licensee also notified the Nebraska, Department of Environmental Quality and the National Response Center.

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