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Event Notification Report for June 15, 2009

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06/12/2009 - 06/15/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45120 45121 45127 45128 45129 45131 45132

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45120
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: PROCTOR & GAMBLE
Region: 1
City: Greensboro State: NC
County: Guilford
License #: 041-0464-0G
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HENRY BARNES
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/10/2009
Notification Time: 09:54 [ET]
Event Date: 06/09/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
RONALD BELLAMY (R1DO)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOST SOURCE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"The device is a product fill level gauge that was on a line that was being disassembled and cleared out. [Proctor & Gamble] P&G had told the contractor to leave the part of the line with the gauge until Industrial Dynamics (their consultant for radioactive materials) had a chance to remove the device from the package line. However, the device was not removed and the line was sent off for disposal.

"The device was physically removed from the site on or about May 28, 2009. The Licensee discovered the [device to be missing] on June 9, 2009. The disposed-of material was sent to DH Griffin [a scrap yard] in Greensboro, NC. DH Griffin has been contacted and they are in the process of sorting and searching for the device. They say there is a good chance that the device is still at the scrap yard as the material received from P&G should be in one of two piles still at the yard.

"[The State of North Carolina] asked P&G if they needed any assistance and [P&G] said no, at this time."

The device is an Industrial Dynamics FT-50 Filtec device used to measure the fill level of liquid products. The source is an Am-241, 100 mCi source. Gauge S/N: 110585, Source S/N: 3770. The source was leak tested in Sept. 2006 and it was not leaking at that time.

The North Carolina Incident number is NC-09-25.

* * * UPDATE FROM HENRY BARNES TO DONALD NORWOOD ON 06/10/2009 AT 1307 EDT * * *

"D.H. Griffin contacted P&G [at] 10:15 am. They informed P&G that they had located the Filtec unit on site. [An employee of P&G] drove to the D.H. Griffin site [and] verified that it was their Filtec unit. The unit is now isolated on a pallet and secured in a warehouse at D.H. Griffin. P&G is in contact with their Industrial Dynamics regional resource to arrange to have the source removed. They will keep [the State] informed as to the progress on the removal of the unit."

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: 45121
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: KLEINFELDER CENTRAL INC
Region: 4
City: ROELAND PARK State: KS
County: JOHNSON
License #: 22-B632-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES HARRIS
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 06/10/2009
Notification Time: 11:31 [ET]
Event Date: 06/06/2009
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/10/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
ANDREA KOCK (FSME)
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTA)

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

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of Kansas via facsimile:

"Case number: KS090005.

"Kansas Division of Emergency Management reported that the duty officer received a call at 5:29 on 6/9/09 from licensee that a moisture density gauge had been stolen from a job site in Roeland Park, KS, Johnson County, on 6/6/09. The Roeland Park police were notified at 5:12 pm on 6/9/09. [The responding officer] stated he observed the vehicle and chains used to secure the gauge. The chains were rusty and did not appear to have been tampered with (no scrape marks or areas where the rust had been disturbed). The licensee employee stated the gauge transport case was secured by the chains through the handles. KDHE [Kansas Department of Health and Environment] was notified 0905 6/10/09."

The gauge was a Humboldt Scientific model number 5001, with sealed sources of 50 mCi Am-241:BE and 11 mCi Cs-137.


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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General Information or Other Event Number: 45127
Rep Org: ELI LILLY & COMPANY
Licensee: ELI LILLY & COMPANY
Region: 3
City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN
County:
License #: GL Material
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAN HAMPTON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 06/12/2009
Notification Time: 13:53 [ET]
Event Date: 05/22/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/12/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

REPORT INVOLVING DISPOSAL OF GENERAL LICENSED TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The Corporate RSO for Eli Lilly & Co. located at 639 South Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46225 called in response to the NRC request for info on tritium exit signs, dated 1/16/09. He reported that they have 26 intact tubes (received on 5/22/09) which had been removed from the exit signs for reasons unknown (manufacturer/serial number/activity unknown). They have a specific license to possess tritium and the expertise to dispose of the material in an acceptable manner.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45128
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MIKE HENRY
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 06/13/2009
Notification Time: 09:19 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2009
Event Time: 09:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)

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

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE

"Planned maintenance activities are being performed today (June 13, 2009) on the Vogtle Nuclear Plant's Technical Support Center (TSC) power sources. This work activity is planned to be performed and completed expeditiously within approximately 3 days (78 hours). This maintenance activity is to perform a transformer replacement, perform preventative maintenance on several circuit breakers, perform preventative maintenance on the TSC HVAC unit, repair a leak on the Back-Up D/G [diesel generator] which provides a back-up power supply to the TSC HVAC, and other minor maintenance activities.

"If an emergency condition occurs that requires activation of the Technical Support Center during this work activity, contingency plans are in place to restore the TSC to fully functional status, with the time to restoration dependent on the stage of the work activity at the time the emergency occurs. Plans are to utilize the Shift Manager's Office in the Control Room as the Backup TSC for any declared emergency during the time the work activity is being performed. Procedure 91201-C, Activation and Operation of the Technical Support Center, provides instructions to direct TSC management to the Control Room to continue TSC activities if it is necessary to relocate from the primary TSC. At the beginning of the TSC outage, the ENN [Emergency Notification Network] and ERDS [Emergency Response Data System] will not be available until temporary power is being provided. This outage for the communications equipment will last from 2-4 hours, at which time they will be available.

"This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) as described in NUREG-1022, Rev. 2 since this work activity affects an emergency response facility for the duration of the evolution.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee provided notification of this issue prior to initiation of the maintenance per the licensee's 10 CFR 50.54(q) evaluation for the activity. The licensee intends to update this report when the temporary modification is completed such that the ERDS system is returned to service.

* * * UPDATE FROM MIKE HENRY TO HOWIE CROUCH @ 0735 EDT ON 6/15/09 * * *

The licensee has returned the ERDS system to service using temporary power. Preventive maintenance still continues on the TSC. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (McCoy).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45129
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: MARK DAVIS
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 06/13/2009
Notification Time: 16:36 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2009
Event Time: 13:53 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)

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

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OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO EMERGENCY SIREN ACTUATION

"At approximately 1353 (CDT), [the licensee] received notification of a single siren actuation in the Early Warning Siren System. This call came from a Pierce County 911 dispatcher after they received a call from a local resident. The siren system vendor reports the siren actuated at approximately 1310 and was inactivated by Pierce County Deputies at 1345 using the local emergency key. The siren (P14) remains out of service and is the only siren in Pierce County currently out of service. The licensee's procedural requirement to maintain at least 70% of sirens within the 10 mile EPZ is still met. Neither Pierce County nor the licensee intend on making a press release."

The licensee notified the Pierce County Emergency Government Manager.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45131
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: NICK RULLMAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 06/13/2009
Notification Time: 19:20 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2009
Event Time: 11:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/13/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

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DEGRADED CONDITION DUE TO REACTOR COOLANT PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAK

"This notification is made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(ii) to report degradation of a principal safety barrier. During ASME Section XI (Table 2500-1 Code Category B-P, Item Number B15.10) refuel outage system leak testing of the reactor vessel and reactor coolant pressure boundary, leakage of approximately 1 drop per minute was detected from the bonnet vent leak-off connection on the reactor recirculation pump inlet isolation valve (RRC-V-23A) in the reactor coolant recirculation loop A. This condition is consistent with example (A)(2) provided in NUREG-1022, rev. 2 'Event Reporting Guidelines 10CFR50.72 and 50.73.' This example indicates that reporting under the above criteria is required for 'Welding or material defects in the primary coolant system which cannot be found acceptable under ASME Section XI, Table IWB-3410-1, 'Acceptance Standards.'

"A cause evaluation will be performed and a 60-day follow-up report provided pursuant to the corresponding 10CFR50.73 reporting requirement."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45132
Rep Org: ACUREN INSPECTIONS
Licensee: ACUREN INSPECTIONS
Region: 3
City: LINDEN State: IN
County:
License #: 42-27593-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK RINKE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 06/15/2009
Notification Time: 08:53 [ET]
Event Date: 06/13/2009
Event Time: 09:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/15/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

STUCK SOURCE IN RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

Two radiographers were examining welds on a tank when the magnetic stand that was attached to the side of the tank fell. The Amersham radiography camera (model 660B) was secured to the tank by a shackle and swung freely. This mishap damaged the guide tube extension and crimped the guide tube at the source connect. When the radiographers realized the source (65.2 Ci Ir-192) was stuck they followed O&E (Radiographic Operating & Emergency) procedures and notified the FRSO (Facility Radiation Safety Officer). At that same time the radiographers reassessed the area and established appropriate boundaries.

The tank being examined was in an area away from the general public, therefore the public was not exposed. The FRSO, in retrieving the stuck source, was not over exposed.

Both individuals on the job-site, as well as the FRSO are carded radiographers. FRSO is also trained in source retrieval.

Corrective actions planned by the licensee to prevent recurrence of this incident is to use two lifts instead of one, which should prevent the stand from falling to its farthest point.

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