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Event Notification Report for May 21, 2009

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Event Reports For
05/20/2009 - 05/21/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


43100 45076 45078

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43100
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: KRAZAN AND ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: ONTARIO State: CA
County:
License #: 6809-36
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARBARA HAMRICK
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 01/15/2007
Notification Time: 14:18 [ET]
Event Date: 01/12/2007
Event Time: 19:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 05/21/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
JANET SCHLUETER (NMSS)
ILTAB Email ()
Mexico Email ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"On January 15, 2007, about 10:00 am, the [California] DHS Duty Officer received a call regarding a stolen Troxler, Model 3430 Moisture/Density Gauge (SN 35954), containing a nominal 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241. The gauge user went to his home, after work on Friday, January 12, 2007, to have dinner, before returning the gauge to the authorized storage location. The gauge was chained in an open-bed pick-up truck. When the user returned to the truck, between 7:00 - 7:30 pm that evening, the chains had been cut, and the gauge was gone. The user did not report this to the licensee's home office until approximately 9:30 am, Monday, January 15, 2007, at which time, the licensee phoned the police, and notified [CA] DHS. RHB will follow-up with the licensee on this issue."

State report number: 011507

* * * UPDATE FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO JOHN KNOKE VIA EMAIL ON 5/20/09 @ 1848 EDT * * *

"Recovered gauge was previously reported stolen on January 15, 2007 from Krazan & Associates (NMED #070031 RH5010 #011507)

"At 0830 on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, the Department received a call from the local metal recycler stating the radiation alarm was set off when an individual brought a truck load of metal to recycle. The item that set off the alarm was a nuclear soil density gauge. The individual stated he had found the gauge in the street at the corner of Highland Avenue and Valencia Avenue in San Bernardino, CA. Information was taken from the driver and the gauge was surveyed and secured in SA Recycling's hazardous waste trailer until the Department could arrive.

"At 0945, the Department arrived on site to survey the gauge and take identifying information from the gauge. The outer plastic housing of the gauge had been broken off, but the metal casing and handle appeared intact. The source rod was retracted and the Cesium 137 source was in the safe shielded position and the Americium 241:Be source metal housing and shielding was also intact. The surface of the gauge was wiped and there was no external contamination found.

"Using a Victoreen, CHP 450 #414, the highest reading found was at the surface of the Americium 241:Be source housing - 18 milliRoentgen per hour (mR/hr) at the surface; 0.68 mR/hr at 1 foot; 0.1 mR/hr at 3 feet; with a background of 0.02 mR/hr. This gauge was a Troxler, model 3430, #35954 with a 40 milliCurie (mCi) Americium 241:Be source #78931 assayed on 8-16-04 and a 8 mCi Cesium 137 source #77-3063 assayed on 10-15-04. We then contacted the manufacturer who identified the gauge as belonging to Krazan & Associates, Ontario, CA. This gauge had been reported stolen on January 15, 2007 (RH5010 #011507, NMED# 070031). The gauge was returned to the Krazan& Associates in Ontario who will send the gauge to the manufacturer for evaluation and repair or disposal as necessary. The Anaheim Police were also notified of the recovery of the gauge."

Notified R4DO (Jones), FSME EO (Chang), ILTAB (via email) and Mexico (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.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45076
Facility: PEACH BOTTOM
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MITCHELL SAARE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/18/2009
Notification Time: 05:06 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2009
Event Time: 04:50 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/20/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)

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

Event Text

TSC HVAC RENDERED NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"At 0450 on Monday, May 18, 2009, power was removed to the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station (PBAPS) Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system for planned preventative maintenance activities on the Unit 1 480VAC Load Center 10B014. During the 10B014 bus outage work activities, temporary power will be supplied to maintain all TSC facility equipment functional with the exception of TSC Normal and Emergency Ventilation. The TSC Supply, Exhaust and HEPA Filter fans will be de-energized, rendering the TSC HVAC non-functional while planned maintenance activities are in progress. This maintenance is scheduled to be worked continuously until completion to minimize out of service time. The planned TSC ventilation outage is scheduled to be completed within 48 hours, including a total of 5 hours to establish and remove the clearances. If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing EP procedures and checklists. It will take no more than 4 hours to return the Ventilation system back to an operable status, dependent on the stage of the work at the time the emergency occurs. If radiological conditions require TSC facility evacuation during ventilation system restoration, the Station Emergency Director will evacuate and relocate the TSC staff in accordance with, EP-AA-112-200-F-01.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM BRAD KIRKMON TO HOWIE CROUCH @ 0400 EDT ON 5/20/09 * * *

"This is a follow-up courtesy notification to EN# 45076. All scheduled work to the Unit 1 480VAC Load Center 10B014 is complete, with [the] exception of relay trip testing. Bus restoration has been delayed due to differences between the newly installed transformer and the old transformer, which required changes to the clearance. TSC facility restoration to normal power, including Normal and Emergency Ventilation system operation, is scheduled to occur on 5/20/09 day shift.

"The [NRC] Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified R1DO (Jackson).

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 45078
Facility: B&W NUCLEAR OPERATING GROUP, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: JAMIE GRASSANO
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/19/2009
Notification Time: 10:31 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2009
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/19/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
JAY HENSON (R2DO)
JAMES RUBENSTONE (NMSS)
OUO FUELS ()

Event Text

FALSE POSITIVE ERROR ON A BLIND SAMPLE

The licensee received notification of a false positive error on a blind sample. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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