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Event Notification Report for February 26, 2009

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Event Reports For
02/25/2009 - 02/26/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44867 44868 44874 44875 44878 44879

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44867
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: ALLEGHENY LUDLUM
Region: 1
City: NEW BEDFORD State: MA
County:
License #: 15-7052
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: J. THOMAS COULOMBE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 02/20/2009
Notification Time: 14:55 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2009
Event Time: 11:55 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/20/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
ANGELA McINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EQUIPMENT FAILURE

The following information was received via fax:

"The licensee was conducting an operational test of their thickness gauge at their office facility. Upon turning the gauge on the operational check revealed the thickness gauge shutter would not open. The manufacturer's service contractor has been notified and a service technician has been requested to visit and repair the gauge."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44868
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CLINICAL PET OF ZEPHYRHILLS, L.L.C.
Region: 1
City: ZEPHYRHILLS State: FL
County:
License #: 3754-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 02/20/2009
Notification Time: 16:53 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/20/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TODD JACKSON (R1)
BILL VONTILL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ABANDONED PET SCANNER AND ASSOCIATED SOURCES

The following information was received via fax:

"Licensee has gone bankrupt, is out of business and has abandoned a PET scanner and associated sealed sources. Sources will be in a pig in the hot lab. Items are in a locked building not accessible to anyone except the landlord. Orlando Inspection office will retrieve sources on Monday.

"There are 3 Ge/Ga sources (10.65 mCi) and 2 Cs-137 sources (1 x 250 ÁCi and 1 x Unknown activity) ."

FL Incident Report # FL09-019

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44874
Facility: CALVERT CLIFFS
Region: 1 State: MD
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: KENT MILLS
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 02/25/2009
Notification Time: 09:33 [ET]
Event Date: 02/25/2009
Event Time: 08:35 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/25/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOUND IN PROTECTED AREA

Actual introduction of contraband into a vital area. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Hospital Event Number: 44875
Rep Org: VA NATIONAL HEALTH PHYSICS PROGRAM
Licensee: EDWARD HINES JR VA HOSPITAL
Region: 3
City: HINES State: IL
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS HUSTON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/25/2009
Notification Time: 09:50 [ET]
Event Date: 02/10/2009
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/25/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

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

Event Text

UNPLANNED TRITIUM RELEASE DURING INCINERATION

"This report is made under 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(1)(ii). A loss of permitted material by Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois, became known on February 10, 2009. Approximately 54.6 millicuries of hydrogen-3 were released in animal research wastes handled as non-radioactive over a period of 15 years (1994-2008). The maximum amount released in any one year was 12.8 millicuries. These wastes were processed by incineration at off-site facilities. The activities that generated the affected wastes ended in March 2008. Hospital staff will review disposal practices for compliance before allowing similar activities.

"A written report for this event will be submitted to NRC Region III within 30 days of making this telephone notification. We have discussed with event with our NRC Project Manager (Cassandra Frazier, NRC Region III).

"Additional information:

"Department of Veterans Affairs holds NRC License No. 03-23853-01VA, a master materials license. Permits are issued under the license to Veterans Health Administration facilities. The permit number for the facility involved in these medical events is VHA Permit No. 12-01087-07. National Health Physics Program makes required notifications to NRC."


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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Power Reactor Event Number: 44878
Facility: SUMMER
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN GARZA
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 02/25/2009
Notification Time: 16:51 [ET]
Event Date: 02/25/2009
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/25/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2)

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

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LICENSED EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL

A licensed employee had a confirmed positive test for alcohol during a for-cause fitness-for-duty test. The employees access to the plant has been suspended. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for details.

The licensee will inform state/local agencies and has informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44879
Rep Org: IDAHO DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUAL
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: POCATELLO State: ID
County: BANNOCK
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID JONES
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 02/25/2009
Notification Time: 17:28 [ET]
Event Date: 02/24/2009
Event Time: 08:30 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/25/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4)
PATRICE BUBAR (FSME)

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

Event Text

FOUND ORPHAN SOURCE - SUSPECTED WELL LOGGING SOURCE

On 2/24/09 around 0830 MST, an orphaned source was found at Pacific Recycling, 3575 Highway 30 West, Pocatello ID 83204, in Bannock county. The source was observed from a distance on a dirt pile on the back part of the facility, and was not approached by Pacific Recycling personnel. Expected exposure to Pacific Recycling personnel is zero. Pacific Recycling does not hold an NRC license.

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality responded. The senior health physicist determined by spectral analysis that the source was Cs-137. No plates or identifying markings remain on the source, but it is suspected to be a well logging source. It has an on-off shutter. Radiation levels for the source are 2 mrem on contact except for the plate believed to be the source access cover, which is 22 mrem on contact. There was no removable contamination. The source was quarantined on the site. Disposition will be determined. The senior health physicist has consulted with regional personnel, and a regional inspector will respond to the site.

The curie content of the source is unknown. However well logging Cs-137 sources typically contain less than 2.7 Curies which is a "Less than Cat 3" level.

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.

Although IAEA categorization of this event is typically based on device type, the staff has been made aware of the actual activity of the source, and after calculation determines that it is a Less than Cat 3 event.

Note: the value assigned by device type "Category 3" is different than the calculated value "Less than Cat 3"

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