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Event Notification Report for December 8, 2008

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12/05/2008 - 12/08/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44528 44694 44696 44697 44698 44699 44701 44702 44703

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44528
Rep Org: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES INC
Licensee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES INC
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: OK-00502-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE WOODS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/30/2008
Notification Time: 16:09 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
RUSS BYWATER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

SOURCES LOST AT SEA WITH DRILLING RIG

"Please accept this as the preliminary notification of two devices which are currently being searched for as a result of the recent hurricane activity in the Gulf of Mexico. The devices are located on drilling rig ENSCO 74 however the rig has not been located. The rig owner is currently searching for the rig. The status was reported as follows: Ensco 74

"Legs are still on location leaning over. Legs appear to have broken off below barge.
"Rig has not been located yet.
"Since rig was in SMI 149 this block is close to deeper water and may be afloat or on bottom. [NOTE: this location is off the Louisiana coast]

"This rig has two densometer V32-0571 with source XA-417 and W25-599 with source DB-455 both are 10 mCi Cs-137 sources. I will advise when the rig is located either above or below water."

* * * UPDATE RECEIVED VIA E-MAIL FROM S. WOODS TO V. KLCO AT 1520 EST ON 12/05/08 * * *

"Ensco Offshore Company has abandoned the search efforts for their rig the Ensco 74 which the two below referenced devices were located. With that information, we do not believe that the devices will be recovered and should be considered lost due to the hurricane activity."

Notified R4DO (D. Proulx) and FSME (C. Einberg)

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: 44694
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES
Region: 1
City: PANAMA BEACH State: FL
County:
License #: 0022-23
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 12/03/2008
Notification Time: 08:12 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2008
Event Time: 17:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/03/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE

"Driver blacked out while transporting soil moisture density gauge. The outer case was damaged, one handle pulled off and container was hanging out of pick up bed. Gauge itself was not damaged and was still properly secured. Due to the driver being by himself and incapacitated, gauge was no longer under licensee's control. Driver was transported to hospital and released. Gauge will be leak tested prior to being put back into service. No further action will be taken on this incident."

Troxler gauge model number is 35802. Serial number unknown. Isotopes: 40 mCi of Am-241/Be and 8 mCi of Cs-137. Location of accident was 1987 Scenic Gulf, San Dustin, FL.

Florida Incident Number - FL08-143

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44696
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: DEWEY BARROW
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/04/2008
Notification Time: 16:12 [ET]
Event Date: 12/04/2008
Event Time: 15:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2)
MARVIN SYKES e-mail (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

OFFSITE REQUEST FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE INVOLVING AN UNDENTIFIED SUBSTANCE

"[A] small plastic bag containing an unknown white powder substance was discovered inside the Turkey Point Nuclear Station protected area. Miami-Dade Police Department was contacted for evaluation of the substance. The contents of the bag were taken into the custody of Miami-Dade Police. At 1515 the site was notified that the substance had been determined to be baby powder and that outside agencies have been notified for threat evaluation.

"Outside agencies that were contacted [by the licensee] include Miami Dade County Hazardous Material Division, Miami Dade County Emergency Operations Center, State of Florida Emergency Operations Center, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigations."

The licensee contacted the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE FROM DEWEY BARROW TO VINCE KLCO ON 12/05/08 AT 1410 * * *

This update is being made to clarify the second paragraph regarding notification of outside agencies. The licensee initially contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department who then contacted the identified outside agencies.

Notified R2DO (Robert Haag)

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44697
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: SW REGIONAL CANCER CENTER
Region: 4
City: AUSTIN State: TX
County:
License #: 06052
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/04/2008
Notification Time: 17:53 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2008
Event Time: 16:15 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4)
REBECCA TADESSE (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- SOURCE FAILS TO RETRACT

"On the evening of 12/2/08, Varian, a service contractor, had completed a successful source exchange on a Nordion GammaMedPlus Brachytherapy device, serial # H600447. That same evening, the new source wire became jammed during the third position verification test procedure. The source would not retract using the electronic devices provided on the machine. The source was manually retracted to the shielded position by a service technician within a few minutes of the event. The source, cable, and associated equipment have been removed from the device. They have been packaged for shipment to the manufacturer in England for further examination. The dose estimate to retract the source to the safe position is approximately 35 millirem. The source was a 9.12 curie Iridium (Ir) - 192 source model # VS2000. The source serial number was not available. The source is currently stored in a transportation container. The manufacturer believes that a small piece of debris prevented the source from fully retracting.

"The licensee stated that they will provide the state with a written report by 12/9/08. Additional information will be forwarded to the NRC as it is received."

Texas Incident Number: I-8586

* * * UPDATE FROM ART TUCKER TO JOE O'HARA AT 0953 ON 12/5/08 * * *

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

"The Radiation Safety Office for Varian Medical Systems Inc. contacted the [Texas Department of State Health Services] Agency and stated that the device involved was a VariSource Brachytherapy HDR Remote Afterloader (SSD # CA-0661-D-103-S) and not a Nordion GammaMedPlus Brachytherapy device. All other information is correct."

Notified R4DO (Proulx) and FSME (Einberg)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44698
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: G. MILLER
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 12/05/2008
Notification Time: 00:21 [ET]
Event Date: 12/04/2008
Event Time: 21:18 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3)

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

UNPLANNED HPCI INOPERABILITY

"On December 4, 2008 at 1735 during steam line warming as part of a planned HPCI pump and valve surveillance, a 4 hour Limiting Condition for Operation was entered for the HPCl Steam Supply Outboard Isolation Valve Bypass Valve (E4150F600) per LCO 3.6.1.3 with the action being to isolate the penetration. This was due to abnormal indications observed from the Main Control Room during movement of the valve.

"On December 4, 2008 at 2118, unplanned HPCI inoperability occurred due to isolating the HPCI Steam Supply Inboard Isolation Valve (E4150F002) to satisfy LCO 3.6.1.3 1 for the HPCI Steam Supply Outboard Isolation Valve Bypass Valve (E4150F600) inoperability. A 14 day LCO was entered for HPCI per LCO 3.5.1. This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as a condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function to mitigate the consequences of an accident based on loss of a single train safety system.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44699
Rep Org: OLSSON ASSOCIATES
Licensee: OLSSON ASSOCIATES
Region: 3
City:  State: MO
County: GREENE
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CURT MADER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/05/2008
Notification Time: 18:13 [ET]
Event Date: 12/05/2008
Event Time: 16:15 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/05/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3)
REBECCA TADESSE (FSME)

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

Event Text

DAMAGED TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"[The following narrative describes a damage event to [a] Troxler 3440 (SN 37660) which occurred at about 4:15PM (CST) on 12/5/08. The event occurred in Greene County, Missouri, on Route J approximately 4 miles North of US 60 Hwy, approximately 4 miles east of US 65, SE of Springfield, Missouri.

"The project is a roadway reconstruction. [The licensee] employee was in the process of performing a compaction test with the gauge when an inattentive scraper operator nearly ran [the licensee] over, but did run over the gauge. The employee cordoned off the area and ceased all work in the area. An initial visual assessment of the gauge indicated that both the Americium and Cesium sources were intact. A field wipe test is being performed to verify whether or not the sources have been damaged. No results are available at the time of this report. What is currently known is that the gauge sustained such damage that the base plate was dislodged from the bottom of the gauge and that the tungsten sliding block/source shield also became dislodged. If the sources are not damaged, attempts will be made to remove a portion of the probe (with the Cesium source intact), re-insert it in the top of the source shield, re-insert the source back into the gauge, wrap the gauge with duct tape to secure the sources, put the gauge back into the carrying case, and transport the gauge back to the office storage location for further processing instructions.

"[Licensee] additional updates will follow."

Typical Troxler gauges of this series contain a source of 8 mCi Cs-137 and 40 mCi Am/Be.

* * * UPDATE FROM CURT MADER TO VINCE KLCO AT 2300 EST ON 12/05/2008

"At around 7:00PM (CST) a field wipe test indicated that there was no damage/contamination of either radioactive material source. The gauge was put back into the storage case and transported back to the office storage location. The top portion of the handle had to be sawed off in order to retract the probe source back into the tungsten/sliding block housing. The base cover plate was hammered back into shape and was screwed back onto the base of the gauge.

"[The licensee office Radiation Safety Officer] will be traveling to Springfield, MO tomorrow to assess the situation. Pictures will be taken and another wipe test will be performed and sent to Troxler Electronics in preparation of shipping the gauge back to them for decommissioning."

Notified R3DO (Mike Kunowski) and FSME (Rebecca Tadesse).

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 44701
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: STVEVE MURANO
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 12/06/2008
Notification Time: 13:22 [ET]
Event Date: 12/06/2008
Event Time: 11:26 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/06/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO WASTE WATER DISCHARGE

"This 4-hour Non-Emergency notification to the NRC is being made based on a notification to another government agency per 10 CFR 50.72(h)(2)(xi).

"On December 6, 2008 at 1253 the Control Room was informed by Turkey Point Fossil Environmental personnel that they contacted the Florida Department of Environmental Management and Florida State Warning Point due to overflowing an ash pit for the Turkey Point Fossil Units 1 and 2. The overflow was of industrial waste water with a volume of approximately 2250 gallons and allowed directly into the cooling canal system. The state agency notifications were completed at 1128 on December 6, 2008. The overflow was stopped by equalizing the level between each ash pit.

"The NRC Senior Resident has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44702
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE MURANO
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/07/2008
Notification Time: 15:49 [ET]
Event Date: 12/07/2008
Event Time: 14:05 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/07/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (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

SPILL OF FUEL OIL

"The Control Room was informed by Turkey Point Fossil Environmental personnel that they contacted the Florida Department of Environmental Management and Florida State Warning Point due to a spill of fuel oil at Turkey Point Fossil Units 1 and 2. The spill was approximately 50 gallons of bunker C fuel oil and went into a storm drain and into the cooling canal system. The state agency notifications were completed at 1417 on December 7, 2008.

"The NRC Senior Resident has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44703
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: RAMON PETER
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 12/07/2008
Notification Time: 23:52 [ET]
Event Date: 12/07/2008
Event Time: 20:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/08/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (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

INADVERTENT EDG START

"On 12/8/08 at 2010 CST, Emergency Diesel Generator 2 was started manually from its local control cabinet. The diesel started and operated as designed upon operation of the local Emergency Start Push button. This was an inadvertent start of the diesel during an alarm test on the local engine panel. The alarm test and emergency start push buttons are in close proximity and of similar design and color. The diesel has since been shutdown and returned to a standby condition. The Emergency Diesel Generator remains capable of performing its designed function and was considered operable throughout the evolution. Therefore this report is being made in reference to 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) .

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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