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Event Notification Report for November 25, 2008

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Event Reports For
11/24/2008 - 11/25/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44656 44663 44669 44682

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44656
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: NOEL CLARKSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/13/2008
Notification Time: 11:17 [ET]
Event Date: 11/12/2008
Event Time: 16:55 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/24/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
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 N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOUND WITHIN PROTECTED AREA.

A controlled substance was found within the protected area. Contact the Headquarters' Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * UPDATE FROM CLARKSON TO KNOKE AT 1418 EST ON 11/14/08 * * *

A non-licensed, contract employee was found in possession of a controlled substance. The contract employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters' Operations Officer for additional details.

The R2DO (Bonser) was notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM NEWMAN TO SNYDER AT 1834 ON 11/24/08 * * *

The material was turned over to and tested by the Oconee County Sheriff's Office (OCS). On 11/24/08 at 1500 hours OCS informed site security that the test result was positive. The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Notified R2DO (Guthrie).

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Hospital Event Number: 44663
Rep Org: VA NATIONAL HEALTH PHYSICS PROGRAM
Licensee: NEW YORK HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Region: 1
City: BROOKLYN State: NY
County:
License #: 03233853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS E. HUSTON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/18/2008
Notification Time: 08:53 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2008
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(1) - DOSE <> PRESCRIBED DOSAGE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

TREATMENT SITE DOSE LESS THAN PRESCRIBED

"A medical event is reported for one patient treated by the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System in Brooklyn, New York. The event was discovered November 17, 2008. The basis for this event is that the D90 dose to the treatment site was slightly less than 80% of the prescribed dose. The treatment involved permanent implant prostate brachytherapy using Iodine-125 seeds. The patient implant date was September 18, 2008. A supplemental implant procedure was performed to achieve an acceptable D90. Adverse effects on the patient are not expected from this medical event.

"A 15-day written report of this medical event will be submitted to NRC Region III. We have notified our NRC Project Manager, Cassandra Frazier (NRC Region III) of this event.

"Department of Veterans Affairs has a Master Materials License (MML) from the NRC: License No. 03-23853-01VA. Permits are issued under the MML to VA facilities. VHA permit number of permittee involved in event: Permit No. 31-62892-03. Address of permittee involved in this event: New York Harbor Healthcare System, 800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, New York, 11209."

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facilities use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44669
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Region: 4
City: OPELOUSAS State: LA
County:
License #: LA-1704-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANN TROXLER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/20/2008
Notification Time: 14:24 [ET]
Event Date: 11/13/2008
Event Time: 09:25 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
TERRENCE REIS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DISCONNECTED RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE

The following report was received via facsimile:

"On November 13, 2008, around 9:25AM at the Louisiana Technical College - T.H. Harris Campus, Nondestructive Testing Department had a misconnection on an Amertest 660B camera with serial number 1641 from the control cable to the source assembly. The camera had a 43.9 Ci source of Ir-192 with serial number 48634B. The students cranked the source out to do the area survey. After completion of the survey, they tried to return the source to it's shielded position. At that time, they could not return it back to the shielded position. The RSO was notified and determined it could possibly be a misconnect. QSA Global was called to retrieve the source. QSA Global retrieved the source and performed further evaluation. The camera and source were returned to QSA Global. QSA Global determined that it could possibly be a defective male connection on the source assembly. All safety procedures were followed. According to the facility, none of the students were in any kind of danger of being overexposed."

LA Event Report: LA0800024

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44682
Facility: AREVA NP INC RICHLAND
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION
                   FABRICATION & SCRAP
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County: PENTON
License #: SNM-1227
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001257
NRC Notified By: LOREN MAAS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 11/24/2008
Notification Time: 19:34 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2008
Event Time: 15:46 [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/24/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2)
BRIAN SMITH (NMSS)

Event Text

EXCEEDENCE OF NITRATE SEWERING LIMIT

"AREVA NP's Richland plant wastewater effluent is continuously sampled for uranium and regulated chemicals. Chemical discharge limits are set by the City of Richland as part of the plant's Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit. The liquid effluent 24-hour composite sample for October 13 indicated a total nitrate discharge of 1759 pounds, exceeding the daily maximum permit limit of 1300 pounds. While the laboratory analysis on the effluent sample was re-run to confirm the exceedence, the elevated discharge is inconsistent with discharge quantities that would have been predicted by either upstream process samples or nitric acid utilization, both of which would have predicted discharges in the range of slightly over 800 pounds of nitrate. Nitrate discharges for the subsequent two days (October 14 and 15) were 641 and 886 pounds nitrate, respectively.

"The October 13 permit violation (revealed via October 16 lab analysis) was reported to the City of Richland on October 17 within 24 hours of confirmation in accordance with permit requirements. Follow-up written notification was provided to NRC Region II for informational purposes in accordance with the Richland site's NRC special nuclear materials license.

"Environmental significance of this single day exceedence is low; the plant's overall daily average nitrate discharge for the month was 564 pounds, well below the applicable daily average permit limit of 1000 pounds. The City of Richland sewage treatment plant was not adversely impacted; that plant does not have a comparable limit on its nitrate discharges."

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