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Event Notification Report for March 9, 2009

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03/06/2009 - 03/09/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44780 44878 44886 44889 44892 44894

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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: 03/06/2009
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).


* * * UPDATE FROM JAYSON MOAK TO PETE SNYDER VIA EMAIL AT 1003 ON 03/06/09 * * *

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

"On 3/5/09 [the State of Mississippi] received a written report from JANX Integrity Group."

This incident has been closed on 3/5/09.

Notified R4DO (Proulx), and FSME EO (McIntosh).

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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: 03/06/2009
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

Event Text

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.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY JASON WEATHERSBY TO JASON KOZAL ON 03/06/09 AT 1511 * * *

The licensed employee's for-cause fitness-for-duty test also confirmed positive for marijuana. The employee's access to the plant has been revoked.

Notified the R2DO (Rich).

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44886
Facility: CALVERT CLIFFS
Region: 1 State: MD
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: BRUCE SHICK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/02/2009
Notification Time: 13:02 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2009
Event Time: 11:35 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/07/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
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

WEATHER RELATED LOSS OF AUTOMATIC NOTIFICATION SYSTEM SIRENS

"Sixteen of seventy three ANS [Automatic Notification System] sirens are inoperable for failure to pass the weekly growl test. The following sirens that are OOS are located in Calvert County (9 of 50 sirens), St. Mary's County (5 of 17 sirens) and Dorchester County (2 of 6 sirens)."

The failures were most likely due to the weather conditions. The licensee has notified the local governments.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 0750 EST ON 03/07/09 FROM BRUCE SHICK TO S. SANDIN * * *

The licensee is updating this report to show that all sirens were restored to service as of 1000 EST on 3/6/09.

The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Hansell).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44889
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ISORAY
Region: 4
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County:
License #: WN-L0213-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANINE GRUMBLES
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/04/2009
Notification Time: 11:35 [ET]
Event Date: 02/19/2009
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/04/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

IMPROPERLY PACKAGED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The following was provided by the state via email:

"A single Cs-131 Brachytherapy seed was put back into the 'mick' cartridge by Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ, - the medical customer and end-user - and then returned to the manufacturer, IsoRay, a Washington State seed manufacturing licensee. When the shipping container, holding the mick container, arrived at IsoRay, contamination was found on the inside of the shipping container but not on the outside. There was no damage to the shipping container.

"While unpacking the seed, a technician noticed there was visible damage to the seed. The tech monitored the packing material and found contamination. The RSO determined that a few microcuries of radioactive material leaked onto the packing material. The remaining millirem of material was in the damaged source and the pig. No material was missing. IsoRay called Washington State, Office of Radiation Protection, and reported the event that day.

"There was no contamination found at the customer's site. IsoRay's Radiation Safety Officer reported that the seed had been visibly damaged, as if sheared. This may have happened when it was returned to the mick container or when the mick cartridge was re-inserted into the pig. Since all the contamination was inside the shipping container, it is doubtful that any personnel exposure was received.

"The cartridge was a Mick Radio-Nuclear Instruments, Inc catalog number 0216-DS. The SS&D registration for the seed is WA-1220-S-101-S."

Incident Number: WA-09-006

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Transportation Event Event Number: 44892
Rep Org: EDLOW INTERNATIONAL
Licensee: NOT APPLICABLE
Region: 1
City: BALTIMORE State: MD
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: FRANCHONE OSHINOWO
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/05/2009
Notification Time: 13:44 [ET]
Event Date: 03/05/2009
Event Time: 13:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/06/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
SAM HANSELL (R1)
DANIEL RICH (R2)
MICHAEL TSCHILTZ (NMSS)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

INDUSTRIAL SHIPPING INCIDENT CONTAINING UF6 (URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE)

NRC Operations Center was notified by the Vice President for Operations at Edlow International of a marine incident at Dundalk Marine Terminal in Baltimore, MD. While offloading a flat rack containing UX30 protective overpacks with type 30B cylinders containing uranium hexafluoride from the MV Atlantic Conveyor, the rigging gear failed and the rack dropped onto the pier on top of another flat rack containing UX30 type 30B cylinders. There is no indication of a leak or release at this time. There were no injuries. Surveyor is at the scene.

* * * UPDATE FROM FRANCHONE OSHINOWO TO JOE O'HARA AT 1640 EST ON 03/05/09 * * *

Edlow confirms no material spill or damage to the packages. Damage was confined to the flat rack itself. Contrary to what was reported earlier, the mishap occurred onboard the vessel and NOT on the pier. Preliminary indications are that the spreader used to lift the flat rack was not engaged on all four lifting points prior to the lift commencing.

Notified R1DO (Hansell), R2DO(D. Rich), NMSS EO(M. Tschiltz), and FSME EO (McConnell).

* * * UPDATE FROM FRANCHONE OSHINOWO TO PETE SNYDER AT 1055 EST ON 03/06/09 * * *

Upon inspection of the shipping containers on land, Edlow personnel have verified that only cosmetic damage was caused to one flat rack by the mishap. The highest radiation readings on contact with the containers were 0.5 millirem/hour which were within expected levels.

Notified R1DO (Hansell), R2DO (Rich), NMSS EO (Tschiltz), and FSME EO (McIntosh).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44894
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TOM FOWLER
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 03/06/2009
Notification Time: 17:06 [ET]
Event Date: 03/06/2009
Event Time: 14:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/06/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
SAM HANSELL (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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO GASOLINE SPILL

"At 1440 a gasoline spill occurred while filling a company vehicle from a mobile gasoline truck. The auto-fill valve failed to shut off immediately when the gas tank was full and sprayed / spilled a small quantity (< 1 gallon) of gasoline on the ground. The spill was immediately terminated. This gasoline travelled to the nearest storm drain via water from melting snow. The Operations department was notified at 1445. Initial investigation revealed that the next storm drain in line to the river from the affected storm drain had significant water flow through it from the melting snow and no sheen was observed. There was also no oil sheen visible in the Delaware River. Based on the available indications, a 15 minute report to the State of New Jersey was completed at 1458 in accordance with the Hope Creek Event Classification Guide. The National Response Center was also notified at 1600.

"Spill recovery actions are in progress and expected to complete before the end of the day. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed. Plant operation was unaffected, no safety systems were impacted."

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