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Event Notification Report for February 24, 2009

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02/23/2009 - 02/24/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44780 44861 44869 44870 44871

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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: 02/23/2009
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

* * * UPDATE FROM JAYSON MOAK TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1739 ON 1/23/09 * * *

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

"On 1-15-09, swipes were taken on the camera and revealed no removable contamination. Leak test results for the source and DU shielding were received from SPEC on 1-23-09 and also revealed no removable contamination."

Notified FSME EO (Chang) and R4DO (Farnholtz).


* * * UPDATE FROM JAYSON MOAK (VIA EMAIL) TO JASON KOZAL AT 1232 ON 1/28/09 * * *

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

"On 1-28-09, DRH received the SPEC - 150, Exposure Device S/N 150 Final Inspection Certificate from SPEC. The camera met the requirements contained in 10 CFR 34.20, ANSI N432 1980, USA/9263/B(U)-96 and SPEC's QA Program approval number 102."

Notified FSME EO (White) and R4DO (Cain).


* * * UPDATE FROM JAYSON MOAK (VIA EMAIL) TO JOHN KNOKE AT 1718 ON 02/20/09 * * *

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

"Source was Ir-192, 65 Ci, S/N PJ1606, Source Model G-60."

Notified FSME EO (Vontill) and R4DO (Powers).


* * * UPDATE FROM JAYSON MOAK TO JOE O'HARA VIA EMAIL AT 1704 ON 02/23/09 * * *

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

The State of Mississippi has taken enforcement action and cited their licensee with four violations.

Notified R4DO (Gaddy) and FSME EO (Vontill).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44861
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: QORE, INC.
Region: 1
City: BIRMINGHAM State: AL
County:
License #: 708
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID WALTER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/18/2009
Notification Time: 16:45 [ET]
Event Date: 02/18/2009
Event Time: 13:45 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/18/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
BILL VONTILL (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the State of Alabama via fax:

"At 1:45 PM CST the Alabama Office of Radiation Control received a call from Qore, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama (Alabama license No. 708). They reported that a CPN Model MC1DR (S/N MD30406940) had been stolen from the back of one of their trucks. The licensee indicated that the device case had been secured with 2 separate locked chains, but that they had been cut. The device had been stolen sometime during the morning or early afternoon while the truck was parked at an employees residence in Center Point, Alabama. The licensee is filing a report with local law enforcement. They are also sending an information flyer to area pawn shops, and will issue a message to the media regarding the device, and offer a reward for information leading to the recovery of the device.

"This information is accurate as of 3:20 PM CST. Further information, including methods to prevent a recurrence, is forthcoming from the licensee."

Alabama Incident # 09-08

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44869
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL RICHARDSON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/23/2009
Notification Time: 05:46 [ET]
Event Date: 02/23/2009
Event Time: 04:06 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/23/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 87 Power Operation

Event Text

INADVERTENT ACTUATION OF THE TURBINE DRIVEN AUXILIARY FEEDWATER PUMP

"The Turbine Driven Auxiliary/Emergency Feedwater pump auto started when power was lost to the steam admittance solenoid valves. Additional feedwater to the steam generators caused an increase in power; in response, turbine load was manually decreased. At no time were any power limits exceeded. Power level is currently at 87% and stable."

Maximum power, as determined by core delta temperatures, did not exceed 100%.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44870
Rep Org: BAYER CROPSCIENCE
Licensee: BAYER CROPSCIENCE
Region: 3
City: KANSAS CITY State: MO
County: JACKSON
License #: 24-03830-01
Agreement: N
Docket: 30-05089
NRC Notified By: MARK MOENNIG
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 02/23/2009
Notification Time: 14:56 [ET]
Event Date: 02/10/2009
Event Time: 12:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/23/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)
BILL VONTILL (FSME)
THOMAS HILTZ (NMSS)
ILTAB via e-mail ()

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

Event Text

PROBABLE LOSS OF 3.3 mCi C-14 IN TRANSIT

A package of 3.3 mCi of solid form C-14 was picked up at the Kansas City, MO facility by courier Towne Air on February 6, 2009, for shipment to Held & Associates, in Chicago, IL, for further shipping to Bayer Cropscience's research site in Wuppertal, Germany. It has not been received by Held & Associates. On February 10, the licensee inquired with Town Air regarding tracking information. Recent response indicates that recovery of the shipment and its material is considered unlikely.

This quantity is more than five orders of magnitude less than the IAEA D value.

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44871
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: BOB STOKES
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 02/23/2009
Notification Time: 18:13 [ET]
Event Date: 02/23/2009
Event Time: 10:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/23/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
CHARLIE PAYNE (R2)
THOMAS HILTZ (NMSS)

Event Text

AIRBORNE CONTAMINATION OVER THE LIMIT IN THE FEED MATERIALS BUILDING

"An unplanned contamination event occurred on February 22, 2009. This is a reportable event in accordance with 10 CFR 40.60 paragraph (b)(1) based on an unplanned event that results in additional radiological control being required for more than 24 hours. The 24 hour period ended at 10:30 on February 23, 2009. The additional control imposed was wearing a half face respirator in the 6th floor of the Feed Materials Building. The Feed Materials Building converts uranium ore concentrates into uranium hexafluoride. Air samples from the 6th floor were analyzed and the airborne radioactivity average was approximately 6.73 e-11 ÁCi/ml. The airborne radioactivity exceeded the MTW [Honeywell Metropolis Facility] action level of 30% of a DAC (5.00 e-11 ÁCi/ml). One DAC is 1.7e-10 ÁCi/ml. Uranium tetrafluoride (green salt) was the material that was airborne on the 6th floor. A release point could not be determined. The air samples indicate that the air emission occurred on the northwest side of the building likely to be from a release of material from the green salt elevator and conveyor system."

See similar event number 44857 on 2/17/09.

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