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Event Notification Report for January 16, 2009

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
01/15/2009 - 01/16/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44547 44574 44583 44756 44757 44758 44759 44760 44762 44766 44767 44768
44769 44771 44772 44774 44776

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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: 01/16/2009
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: Unknown

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


* * * UPDATE ON 11/13/08 AT 1229 EST FROM WENDY WIDENER TO JOHN KNOKE * * *

1. Store number 1811 Location: 1170 North Military Hwy Norfolk, VA 23502 Serial number, 294096 Manufacturer SRB Activity Unknown.

2.Store number 1811 Location: 1170 North Military Hwy Norfolk, VA 23502 Serial number, 294111 Manufacturer SRB Activity Unknown.

3. Store number 3734 Location: 1207 Princeton Street Vermillion, SD 57069 Serial number Unknown, Manufacturer: Isolite, Activity: Unknown.

Notified R1DO (Trapp) and R4DO (Whitten), FSME (Burgess), ILTAB by email

* * * UPDATE AT 0928 EST ON 12/1/08 FROM WENDY WIDENER TO S. SANDIN * * *

1. Store number 2518 Location: 700 Marketplace Blvd., Hamilton, NJ 08691 Serial number, 280984 Manufacturer SRB Activity 20 Ci Tritium.

Notified R1DO (Doerflein), FSME (Burgess) and ILTAB via email.

* * * UPDATE AT 1555 EST ON 1/5/09 FROM W. WIDENER TO W. HUFFMAN * * *

A Wal-Mart corporate representative reported that Wal-Mart was unable to account for an additional 2439 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout 14 non-agreement States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Wal-Mart had previously reported between September 16 and December 1, 2008, to the NRC a total of 29 unaccounted for tritium exit signs in several of the non-agreement states (see also EN #44495). The Wal-Mart representative informed the NRC that they had exhausted their search for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The NRC was provided a listing from Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers and curie content if known.

Notified R1DO (Burritt), R2DO (Blamey), R3DO (Duncan), R4DO (Lantz), FSME EO (Burgess) and ILTAB via 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: 44574
Rep Org: IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 3
City: MASON CITY State: IA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NANCY FARRINGTON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/17/2008
Notification Time: 09:33 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2008
Event Time: 08:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 01/07/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MONTE PHILLIPS (R3)
CHRIS EINBERG (FSME)
ILTAB via e-mail ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

Wal-Mart Corporate Office reported a total of 2 tritium exit signs missing from one store in Iowa. Store management and maintenance personnel have conducted a search 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 Iowa Department of Public Health

The device information is as follows:

1. Location: Mason City, Iowa. Manufacturer - SRB Technology, Serial number - 263251, Curie content - 20.

2. Location: Mason City, Iowa. Manufacturer - SRB Technology, Serial number - 263223, Curie content - 20.

* * * UPDATE ON 1/7/2009 AT 1004 FROM RANDAL DAHLIN TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"The State of Iowa was notified by the Bentonville, AR, Wal-Mart Project Manager regarding an additional 168 missing Tritium Exit Signs (TES) in the state. This notification occurred on January 6, 2009 at 2:30 pm. The Wal-Mart representative informed this office that Wal-Mart had exhausted all possibilities for location of these signs. The State of Iowa considers these Tritium Exit Signs to be lost and/or missing."

Notified the R3DO (Duncan) and FSME (Turtil), ILTAB.

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: 01/12/2009
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.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY STEVE MACK TO PETE SNYDER ON 1/12/09 AT 1537 EST * * *

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

"Wal-Mart's records show that 159 Tritium Exit Signs (Serial Numbers provided to the State of Arkansas) were shipped to various store locations within the State of Arkansas; however, none of these signs [which are general licensed materials] were located during the inventory at the stores. Wal-Mart had no prior information indicating that these signs had been transferred to another location. In addition to the physical searches conducted by Wal-Mart's contractor, Wal-Mart reviewed the shipment and inventory records, but was not able to learn any additional information about the location or condition of the lost signs.

"As a result of those investigations and the data collected over the course of Wal-Mart's nationwide inventory, Wal-Mart determined that these signs are lost. Wal-Mart notified the State of Arkansas immediately by phone. At this time, Wal-Mart has no additional information regarding the whereabouts of these signs; they remain lost.

"This is Wal-Mart's final report reconciling all previously unaccounted for signs."

Notified R4DO (Lantz), FSME (Turtil) 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: 44756
Rep Org: MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 3
City: HASTINGS State: MN
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GEORGE JOHNS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/07/2009
Notification Time: 14:16 [ET]
Event Date: 01/07/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/07/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ERIC DUNCAN (R3)
RICHARD TURTIL (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 State of Minnesota was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 319 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the State of Minnesota. The Wal-Mart representative informed the State Office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The State of Minnesota was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers and curie content where known.

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: 44757
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 4
City: Santa Fe State: NM
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN PARKER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/07/2009
Notification Time: 17:54 [ET]
Event Date: 01/07/2009
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 01/07/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of New Mexico was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 206 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the State of New Mexico. The Wal-Mart representative informed the State Office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The State of New Mexico was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers and curie content where known.

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: 44758
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 4
City: SALT LAKE CITY State: UT
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PHILIP GRIFFIN
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 01/08/2009
Notification Time: 14:52 [ET]
Event Date: 01/08/2009
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 01/08/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of Utah was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 71 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the State of Utah. The Wal-Mart representative informed the State Office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The State of Utah was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers and curie content where known.

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: 44759
Rep Org: NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 4
City: BISMARK State: ND
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL HARMAN
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 01/08/2009
Notification Time: 17:15 [ET]
Event Date: 01/08/2009
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 01/08/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of North Dakota was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 151 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the State of North Dakota. The Wal-Mart representative informed the State Office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The State of North Dakota was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers and curie content where known.

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: 44760
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 1
City: MONTGOMERY State: AL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID TURBERVILLE
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 01/09/2009
Notification Time: 16:19 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/09/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of Alabama was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 320 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the State of Alabama. The Wal-Mart representative informed the State Office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. Additionally, Wal-mart's report also relayed information regarding 21 damaged tritium exit signs that were used at several stores in the State of Alabama. The State of Alabama was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers and curie content where known.

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: 44762
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WALMART
Region: 1
City:  State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM JOHNSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/12/2009
Notification Time: 16:05 [ET]
Event Date: 01/07/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/12/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)
ILTAB via E-mail ()

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

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AGREEMENT STATE - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The state of North Carolina was notified by a Walmart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Walmart was unable to account for 266 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Walmart stores throughout the state of North Carolina. The Walmart representative informed the state office that Walmart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The state of North Carolina was provided a listing from corporate Walmart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers, and curie content where known.

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: 44766
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WALMART
Region: 4
City:  State: TX
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 11:42 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
CHRIS EINBERG (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()

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 State of Texas was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 1558 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the state. The Wal-Mart representative informed the state office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The state was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers, and curie content where known.

Texas Report Number I-8596

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: 44767
Rep Org: MAINE RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: WAL-MART STORES
Region: 1
City:  State: ME
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHAWN SEELEY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 12:36 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
CHRIS EINBERG (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()

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 State of Maine was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 87 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the state. The Wal-Mart representative informed the state office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The state was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers, and curie content where known.

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: 44768
Rep Org: MAINE RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 1
City:  State: ME
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHAWN SEELEY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 13:58 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2008
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
CHRIS EINBERG (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of Maine provided the following information via facsimilie on damaged tritium exit signs (TES) contained in 3 separate reports from Wal-Mart:

On June 27, 2008 two reports of damaged signs were received. The following signs at the following store locations were damaged:
1. Serial #: 284986, Activity: 11.5 Ci, Damage Date: between 5/2007 and 1/2008, Store Location: 80 Waterville Commons Dr., Waterville, ME;
2. Serial #: 259008, Activity: 11.5 Ci, Damage Date: 5/2008, Store Location: 440 Payne Rd., Scarborough, ME.

On August 7, 2008 a report of damage to two signs at the Wal-Mart Store at 15 Tibbets Drive, Brunswick, ME was received:
1. Serial #: 297006, Activity: 11.5 Ci, Damage Date: Unknown;
2. Serial #: 297031, Activity: 11.5 Ci, Damage Date: Unknown.

"Wal-Mart retained Shaw, an environmental services contractor with extensive experience with management of radioactive material, for its company wide program to inventory TES." Shaw has remediated the areas, if necessary, and has either returned the signs to the manufacturer for repair or proper disposal.

"Wal-Mart has implemented and communicated protocols to its stores for the proper handling of TES to ensure public health and safety and protection of its employees."


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: 44769
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 3
City:  State: WI
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JASON HUNT
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 11:50 [ET]
Event Date: 01/06/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()

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 State of Wisconsin was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 191 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the state. The Wal-Mart representative informed the state office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The state was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers, and curie content where known.

Wisconsin Event Report ID: WI090001.

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 week

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44771
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 4
City:  State: NE
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 19:49 [ET]
Event Date: 01/07/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MAIL) ()

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 State of Nebraska was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 4 tritium exit signs (which are general licensed materials) that were used at one time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the state. The Wal-Mart representative informed the state office that Wal-Mart had exhausted searching for the tritium exit signs and considered them to be lost and/or missing. The state was provided a listing from corporate Wal-Mart of the store locations along with information on the tritium exit sign manufacturers, model and serial numbers, and curie content where known.


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: 44772
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: GALLET AND ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: BIRMINGHAM State: AL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID WALTER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/13/2009
Notification Time: 16:40 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2009
Event Time: 13:45 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)

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

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STOLEN AND RECOVERED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received by from the State of Alabama via facsimile:

"At 1:45 PM CST the Alabama Office of Radiation Control received a call from Gallet and Associates. They reported that one of their trucks, carrying a licensed moisture/density gauge [Humboldt Model 5001, Serial No. 707] had been stolen that morning. The truck and the gauge had been recovered; however, the truck had been set on fire when it had been abandoned."

The gauge was recovered and found to be intact and undamaged. A wipe test was performed on the gauge and surrounding area and had been sent for evaluation.

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Hospital Event Number: 44774
Rep Org: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS
Licensee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS
Region: 1
City: CHARLOTTESVILLE State: VA
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD G. PICCOLO
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/14/2009
Notification Time: 16:38 [ET]
Event Date: 01/14/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
STEVEN RUDISAIL (R2)
DAVE PASSEHL (R3)
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)
JOHN JANKOVICH EMAIL ()

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PART 21 REPORT DUE POTENTIAL ISSUE OF AFTERLOADER SOURCE STICKING

"The active source may have movement difficulties and become stuck during source extension or retraction. The problem may occur with the source outside of the HDR unit's tungsten shield.

"This type of event was first seen in December 2008.

"This event has occurred three times:

"a) Southwest Regional Cancer Center, Austin TX - December 2, 2008 [see EN #44697]

"b) Hershey Medical Center, Hershey PA - December 11, 2008

"c) Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA - December 30, 2008

"In each case the problem occurred during a routine source exchange and patients were not involved. The emergency retract handle was used in each occurrence to retract the source and park it safely in the HDR unit's tungsten shield. The relationship between the source exchange and the problem is unknown."

"The affected sites in the United States are as follows:"

St. Joseph's - Mercy Hospital of Macomb - Clinton Twp., MI

Cancer Healthcare Associates Cedars Med Ctr - Miami, FL

Providence Hospital - Anchorage, AK

Coborn Cancer Center - St. Cloud, MN

Stanford University Medical Center - Palo Alto, CA

Barnes Jewish #2 - Washington University - St. Louis, MO

Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN

DeKalb Medical Center - Decatur, GA

Cy-Fair Cancer Center - Houston, TX

Billings Clinic - Billings, MT

Palm Beach Cancer Institute - West Palm Beach, FL

St. Lukes - Bethlehem, PA

University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE

Geisinger Health System - Wilkes-Barre, PA

Southwest Regional Cancer Center - Austin, TX

Hershey Medical Center - Hershey, PA

Carolinas Medical Center - Charlotte, NC

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center - Cheyenne, WY

Mary Washington Hospital - Fredericksburg, VA

Treasure Coast Radiation Oncology - Stuart, FL

Mayhill Denton Cancer Center - Denton, TX

Hamilton Medical Center - Dalton, GA

Providence Hospital - Everett, WA

Good Samaritan Hospital - Downers Grove, IL

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - Seattle, WA

* * * UPDATE FROM RICHARD PICCOLO TO JASON KOZAL AT 1240 ON 01/15/09 * * *

After conferring with Region 1 (Gabriel) and NRC HQ (Flannery) the licensee is also reporting this under 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2).

Notified R1DO (Burritt) and FSME (Flannery).

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44776
Facility: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PADUCAH State: KY
County: McCRACKEN
License #: GDP-1
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707001
NRC Notified By: MIKE BOREN
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/14/2009
Notification Time: 22:53 [ET]
Event Date: 01/14/2009
Event Time: 20:39 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
STEVEN RUDISAIL (R2)
JACK DAVIS (NMSS)
BRIAN McDERMOTT (IRD)

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ONGOING RECIRCULATING COOLING WATER LEAK AT C337A FACILITY

The site staffed their Emergency Operations Center to troubleshoot an ongoing recirculating cooling water leak under the concrete floor of the C337A autoclave facility. The process in that facility automatically shutdown and is in a stable condition.

Overall impact to the plant is minimal and processes continue to operate in the cascade facility. Offsite assistance has been requested. DOE, Massac County, Illinois and McCracken and Ballard Counties in Kentucky have been notified.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 0220 ON 1/15/2009 FROM MIKE BOREN TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The event was terminated at 0220. The leak is not isolated but has been localized.

Notified the R2DO (Rudisail) and NMSS (Davis).

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