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Event Notification Report for January 21, 2009

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
01/16/2009 - 01/21/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44547 44574 44575 44583 44756 44757 44758 44759 44760 44762 44766 44767
44768 44769 44771 44772 44777 44778 44779 44780 44782 44783 44784 44790
44791

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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: 44575
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: WAL-MART
Region: 1
City: QUINCY State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/17/2008
Notification Time: 11:29 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 01/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
CHRIS EINBERG (FSME)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS OF SIX TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

"On 10/16/08 the Agency received 2 telephone calls from Rich Dailey, RSO of Wal-Mart. During the first call Rich Dailey reported the loss of 2 tritium exit signs, S/N 249447 & 249454, from the Wal-Mart store in Quincy [MA]. During the second call Rich Dailey reported the loss of 4 tritium exit signs from the Wal-Mart store in Halifax [MA]. Rich Dailey stated that Wal-Mart is conducting a replacement of all tritium signs. In the Spring of 2008 these exit signs were inventoried. In October 2008, prior to replacement, the signs could not be located. All of the exit signs were manufactured by `SRB Lite' and contain 20 curies of H-3. Rich Dailey will send a written report to the Agency at a later date."

* * * UPDATE ON 10/28/08 AT 0957 EDT FROM DAILEY TO KLCO * * *

The following information was received via facsimile:

"On October 22, 2008 Wal-Mart Stores reported four missing tritium exit signs at 300 Colony Place, Plymouth, MA. The signs were discovered missing on October 21, 2008. The serial numbers and manufacturer were unknown."

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

* * * UPDATE ON 1/16/08 AT 1130 EST FROM SUMARES TO HUFFMAN * * *

The following information was received from the State via facsimile:

The State of Massachusetts was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 887 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.

Notified FSME (McIntosh), R1DO (Burritt), and 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.

Event Text

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.

Event Text

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.

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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.

Event Text

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.

Event Text

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.

Event Text

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.

Event Text

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.

Event Text

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.

Event Text

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 44777
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: MISTRIAS HOLDING GROUP
Region: 1
City: MONROE State: NC
County:
License #: 090-1058-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GRANT MILLS
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/14/2009
Notification Time: 23:00 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2009
Event Time: 18:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/14/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - POTENTIAL EXTREMITY OVEREXPOSURE

"Via relay by the N.C. Division of Emergency Management Operations Center, N.C. Radiation Protection Section was notified on 14 Jan 2009 by the Corporate RSO for MISTRAS Holding Group, doing business as Conam Inspection and Engineering Services, Inc/ Quality Services Laboratories, Inc. of a possible extremity over exposure. The possible over exposure occurred during a routine radiography source transfer between a QSA 660 camera containing 22 Curies of Iridium 192 (the old source) and an Ir-50 source exchanger containing 100 Curies of Iridium 192 (the new source). Difficulties in completing the exchange resulted in manual attempts to complete the transfer. The licensee is reporting at the end of the event all radioactive material was confirmed as being appropriately stored and secured. Dosimetry for the licensee staff involved in the event were overnighted to the dosimetry vendor for evaluation, results are pending. Details of the event and status confirmation are to be determined during an onsite investigation by the N.C. Radiation Protection Section on 15 Jan 2009."

NC event report #: NC-09-04

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44778
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: WALMART
Region: 4
City: TOPEKA State: KS
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID J WHITFILL
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/15/2009
Notification Time: 13:59 [ET]
Event Date: 01/07/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The State of Kansas was notified by a Wal-Mart corporate representative located in Bentonville, AR, indicating that Wal-Mart was unable to account for 126 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.

Kansas case number- KS090001

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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Hospital Event Number: 44779
Rep Org: VA NATIONAL HEALTH PHYSICS PROGRAM
Licensee: VA MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: DURHAM State: NC
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS HUSTON
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 01/15/2009
Notification Time: 14:10 [ET]
Event Date: 01/15/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(1) - DOSE <> PRESCRIBED DOSAGE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)

Event Text

TREATMENT SITE DOSE LESS THAN PRESCRIBED

"A medical event was discovered on January 15, 2009, for a patient treated at the VA Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

"This medical event involved a patient who had undergone permanent implant prostate seed brachytherapy using iodine-125 seeds. The resulting seed distribution in the patient was associated with a D90 dose to the treatment site that was less than 80% of the prescribed dose. The circumstances are interpreted to meet the definition of a medical event under 10 CFR 35.3045(a)(1)(i).

"A 15-day written report on this medical event will be submitted to NRC Region III. [The licensee] notified [the] NRC Project Manager, Cassandra Frazier (NRC Region III), of this medical 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. The VA submits reports to the NRC through the VHA's National Health Physics Program office located in North Little Rock, AR. Address of permittee involved in this event: VA Medical Center, 508 Fulton Street, Durham, North Carolina 27705. VHA permit number of permittee involved in event: Permit No. 32-01134-01."

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: 44780
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: JANX INTEGRITY GROUP
Region: 4
City: HATTIESBURG State: MS
County:
License #: 21-16560-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAYSON MOAK
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/16/2009
Notification Time: 13:16 [ET]
Event Date: 01/15/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - FIRE INVOLVING RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

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

"On 1-15-09, DRH was notified by the Forrest County ERC that JANX Integrity Group had an accident with one of their darkroom trucks off Hwy 59 N., in Hattiesburg, MS. The driver for JANX struck a tree off the side of the interstate causing the vehicle to catch fire. The driver then left the scene of the accident. The radiography camera, SPEC-150, SN 150 (Ir-192, 65 Ci), was not discovered until the fire department saw a 'Caution Radiation Area' sign in the bed of the darkroom truck after extinguishing the fire. Surveys were conducted by firefighter personnel for their safety and to pinpoint the location of the radioactive device in the darkroom truck. The Forrest County ERC contacted an industrial radiography company and MS Licensee located in Hattiesburg to take possession of the camera and secure it in their storage vault. The radiography camera was retrieved off the darkroom truck and out of its locked storage box by the MS Licensee. The radiography camera was surveyed by the MS Licensee before being transported to their storage facility. On 1-15-09, JANX retrieved the radiography camera out of storage for transport back to the manufacturer to assess the damage.

"DRH took surveys of the darkroom truck and the radiography camera. Radiation measurements were as follows: 24 mR/hr at the surface of the camera; 4 mR/hr at 6 inches from the camera; levels were background at the vehicle. DRH coordinated the receipt of radiography camera between JANX and a MS licensee for delivery back to the manufacturer."

MS report number - MS 09001

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44782
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: WAYNE EPPEN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 01/16/2009
Notification Time: 20:47 [ET]
Event Date: 01/16/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)

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

EXTREME COLD WEATHER IMPACT ON SIRENS

"Based on discussions with another utility, the station reviewed the impact of the recent extreme cold temperatures for the 117 sirens in the Prairie Island 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). On several occasions during the early morning hours for January 15 and 16, 2009, the outside temperature readings in the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) as recorded by the station's meteorological tower temperature instruments fell below a negative twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit. A review of the siren manufacturer and the FEMA approved siren design report information determined that the sirens are considered functional between the temperature readings of -22 degrees Fahrenheit and +140 degrees Fahrenheit.

"A discussion with the manufacturer's technical representative confirmed that the sirens are operational and no special testing is required when the temperature goes below and then returns within the operating temperature limits. The station coordinated with the local county authorities and successfully performed confirmatory testing to validate the manufacturer's information.

"The current temperature at the station is within the operational limits and the local temperatures are forecasted to remain within the stated temperature range during the next week. Therefore, the 117 sirens are considered functional at this time.

"Goodhue, Pierce, and Dakota Counties, the Prairie Island Indian Community, Wisconsin Emergency Management and Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management were notified that if the temperature falls below negative twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit again, the established process of back-up route alerts is available for implementation to notify the public in the event of a nuclear emergency where the
sirens are activated, but fail to respond. No press release is planned by Xcel Energy.

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified [by the licensee].

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44783
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RANDY SAND
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 01/16/2009
Notification Time: 20:43 [ET]
Event Date: 01/16/2009
Event Time: 13:28 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)

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

EXTREME COLD WEATHER IMPACT ON SIRENS

"Based on discussions with another utility, the station reviewed the impact of the recent extreme cold temperatures for the 106 sirens in the Monticello 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). On several occasions during the early morning hours for January 15 and 16, 2009 the outside temperature readings in the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) as recorded by the station's meteorological tower temperature instruments fell below a negative twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit. A review of the siren manufacturer and the FEMA approved siren design report information determined that the sirens are considered functional between the temperature readings of -22 degrees Fahrenheit and +140 degrees Fahrenheit.

"A discussion with the manufacturer's technical representative confirmed that the sirens are operational and no special testing is required when the temperature goes below and then returns within the operating temperature limits. The station is coordinating with the local county authorities to perform confirmatory testing with in 24 hours to validate the manufacturer's information. The Prairie Island Nuclear Generating plant has the same sirens as Monticello, and a test performed today confirmed the functionality of the sirens.

"The current temperature at the station is within the operational limits and the local temperatures are forecasted to remain within the stated temperature range during the next week. Therefore the 106 sirens are considered functional at this time.

"Sherburne and Wright Counties, and Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management were notified that if the temperature falls below negative twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit again, the established process of back-up route alerts is available for implementation to notify the public in the event of a nuclear emergency where the sirens are activated, but fail to respond. No press release is planned by Xcel Energy.

"The NRC resident inspector was notified [by the licensee].

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44784
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: J.R. TRAUTVETTER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 01/17/2009
Notification Time: 07:25 [ET]
Event Date: 01/17/2009
Event Time: 04:32 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/17/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

MANUAL SCRAM DUE TO LOSS OF TACS

"Hope Creek was manually scrammed due to a complete and sustained loss of TACS (Turbine Auxiliary Cooling System). Turbine Auxiliary cooling supplies cooling water to the main generator. A loss of cooling to the main generator resulted in a turbine and reactor recirculation pump runback. The unit was removed from service in accordance with station procedures. TACS was subsequently restored post scram.

"The cause of TACS loss is under investigation. All control rods are inserted and the reactor is shutdown. All safety systems responded as required. Plant is currently stable with pressure control 800 - 1000 psi (automatic pressure control set at 880 psi) on turbine bypass valves. Level band 12.5" - 54" (level 3 - level 8) (automatic level control set at 25") feeding with 'A' RFPT in startup level control. Decay Heat removal is being maintained by the main condenser through the turbine bypass valves. No personnel injuries occurred. The plant will be maintained in the current condition while troubleshooting the cause of the loss of TACS."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44790
Rep Org: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS
Licensee: MCLAREN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 3
City: FLINT State: MI
County:
License #: 21-04171-04
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PICCOLO
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/20/2009
Notification Time: 14:33 [ET]
Event Date: 01/20/2009
Event Time: 08:07 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/20/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH O'BRIEN (R3)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)
WILLIAM COOK (R1)

Event Text

VARIAN HDR SOURCE STUCK OUT IN AN UNSHIELDED POSITION

The Varian equipment representative (R. Piccolo) provided notification of the following event that occurred at the McLaren Regional Medical Center (License #21-04171 04) in Flint, Michigan.

A technician was warming up a GammaMedPlus, HDR Unit, Model GM325 in preparation for a patient treatment when the Ir-192 source became stuck in the unshielded position. The Ir-192 source has an activity level of 8.3 Curies. After consulting with Varian Medical Systems, the technician unsuccessfully attempted to retract the source with the hand crank. The area is secured, and Varian Medical Systems is on-site troubleshooting the problem. The licensee will forward dosimetry for evaluation.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44791
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL J. LARSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/20/2009
Notification Time: 15:01 [ET]
Event Date: 11/27/2008
Event Time: 10:16 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/20/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (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

INVALID ACTUATION OF CONTAINMENT ISOLATION FUNCTION

"On November 27, 2008 at 10:16 Central Standard Time, while operating at 100 percent power, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station experienced an invalid actuation resulting in isolation of containment isolation valves for two different systems. A failed temperature monitoring relay resulted in the invalid actuation of the isolation logic for the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) and Residual Heat Removal (RHR) 'A' systems. The RCIC system was declared inoperable. RHR 'A' system operability was not affected. Appropriate procedures and Technical Specification Limiting Condition for Operations (LCOs) were entered and implemented. There were no abnormal temperatures found during the initial investigations by plant operators for the affected rooms and systems, therefore the actuation was considered invalid. The actuation was considered a complete actuation of Division 1, Group 3 and Group 4 isolation valves. Corrective actions were taken to replace the failed temperature relay. This report is made under 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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