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Event Notification Report for March 26, 2009

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03/25/2009 - 03/26/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44921 44930

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44921
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: DAVE LANYI
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/20/2009
Notification Time: 14:13 [ET]
Event Date: 02/18/2009
Event Time: 08:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/25/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (R2)
LARRY CAMPER (FSME)
BRIAN HOLIAN (NRR)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

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

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

Event Text

MISSING NICKEL-63 LICENSED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

"On February 18, 2009, during a scheduled radioactive material inventory activity, a personnel explosive detection device containing 15 mCi of Nickel-63 was discovered missing. A search of the facility has not located the licensed material at this time.

"This is being reported under 10 CFR 20.2201 (a)(ii), Loss of licensed material greater than 10 times the quantity specified in Appendix C to 20.1001 - 20.2401 {20.2201(a)}."

The personnel explosive detection model information is: Smiths Detection; Ionscan Sentinel II; Instrument Serial Number - 213028; Sealed Source Serial Number (from the manufacturer) - MY 636.

The Licensee suspects that this material was disposed as trash.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

* * UPDATE FROM FRED POLLAK TO JOHN KNOKE AT 0949 EDT ON 03/25/09 * *

Licensee is adding a sentence to the first paragraph "The location of the source remains indeterminate at this time." The licensee is deleting the sentence in the fourth paragraph "The licensee suspects that this material was disposed as trash."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Steven Vias). Notified NRR EO (Ross-Lee) and FSME EO (McIntosh) 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: 44930
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: BECTON DICKINSON INFUSION THERAPY SYSTEMS INC
Region: 4
City: BROKEN BOW State: NE
County:
License #: 04-01-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRUDY HILL
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/23/2009
Notification Time: 16:28 [ET]
Event Date: 03/22/2009
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/23/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4)
LARRY CAMPER (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ABNORMAL EXCESS LOSS OF WATER INTO DRAIN SYSTEM FROM DE-IONIZATION SYSTEM

The following information was provided from the State of Nebraska via e-mail:

"The Nebraska DHHS [Department of Health and Human Services] was notified on March 23, 2009 at 0825 by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for Becton Dickinson in Broken Bow, Nebraska. On March 22, 2009 in the evening, the RSO received a call from one of the pool irradiator operators. During the operator's weekly sterilizer checks, he noticed that the pool water make-up meter indicated the pool had used 1,103 gal for the week. Normal usage is about 120 gal/week. Investigation on the next morning revealed a bleed valve on the D.I. [de-ionizing] water system was cracked open, allowing D.I. water to flow to drain. This was not readily apparent because the hose goes down into the drain. The RSO closed the valve, recorded the current meter reading, noting the meter had used about 100 gal overnight. The RSO intends to check the reading Tuesday morning to see if closing the valve solved the problem. This water leaking does not affect the level of the pool water.

"Nebraska DHHS has notified Randy Erickson, NRC, Region IV

"Event report ID No. NMED NE090006"

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