United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
Home > NRC Library > Document Collections > Reports Associated with Events > Event Notification Reports > 2009 > June 23

Event Notification Report for June 23, 2009

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
06/22/2009 - 06/23/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45113 45133 45135 45139 45140 45148

To top of page
General Information or Other Event Number: 45113
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: SHAW MID STATES PIPE FABRICATING
Region: 4
City:  State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-074903310
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/03/2009
Notification Time: 13:03 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2009
Event Time: 15:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/22/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN LANTZ (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the State of Arkansas via email:

"On June 1, 2009 at 1600, the licensee notified the Department [Arkansas Department of Health] that while retracting the source after a shot, the source stopped and could not be retracted into the camera and could not be moved into the collimator. This occurred at 1545. The radiography is conducted inside an open top and open ended cell at the facility. The radiography crew evacuated the cell area, adjacent work areas and established a 2 mR/hr boundary around the cell. Observing from the far end of the cell, the radiography crew established that the piece of pipe being radiographed fell from the work table onto the guide tube. The radiography crew notified the State of Arkansas and also QSA Global in Baton Rouge, LA.

"The State of Arkansas sent two Health Physicists to the facility. [They arrived] at 2320 and remained on site throughout the source retrieval.

"QSA Global responded to the site at 0030 on the morning of June 2, 2009. Using portable shielding and standard radiation safety practices, QSA Global personnel were able to move the source into the collimator, cut out the crimped guide tube, and return the source to the camera at 0230 on the morning of June 2.

"The Camera involved: Industrial Nuclear Company, Inc., Model IR-100, Serial Number 4150.

"The Source involved: QSA Global, Model 87703, Serial 49390B, manufactured on April 8, 2009 and contained 64 Curies at the time of the incident.

"The Camera has been taken out of service for repair and inspection.

"The State of Arkansas is awaiting a report from QSA Global and the licensee."

* * * UPDATE FROM STEVE MACK TO HOWIE CROUCH (VIA EMAIL) ON 6/22/09 @ 1005 EDT * * *

"The State has received written reports from the licensee with corrective actions and from QSA Global regarding the response and source retrieval.

"Doses to the source retrieval team were 18 mR and 11 mR as noted on the electronic dosimeters.

"After retrieval of the source, DU [Depleted Uranium] contamination was noted in the guide tube. The licensee is currently working to evaluate and replace cameras due to probable 'S' tube wear.

"The Department considers this event to be closed."

Notified FSME (McIntosh) and R4DO (Powers).

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 45133
Facility: LIMERICK
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK ARNOSKY
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/16/2009
Notification Time: 05:51 [ET]
Event Date: 06/16/2009
Event Time: 00:31 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/22/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PAMELA HENDERSON (R1DO)

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

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM (ERDS) OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO COMPUTER PROBLEMS

"[The licensee experienced] a loss of the ability to send ERDS data to the NRC for greater than 60 minutes due to a computer problem. The HPN and ENS communications systems were not affected and remained available through a commercial communication line. SPDS also remained in service and remained available during this period. The ERDS system was restored to service after 109 minutes."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1240 EDT ON 06/22/09 FROM MARK ARNOSKY TO VINCE KLCO * * *

"06-22-2009 Update to clarify the above statement: The HPN and ENS communications systems were affected by the computer problem, however, they remained available for use through an alternate and unaffected commercial communication line."

Notified R1DO (Burritt).

To top of page
General Information or Other Event Number: 45135
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Region: 1
City: JACKSONVILLE State: FL
County:
License #: 2567-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/16/2009
Notification Time: 17:09 [ET]
Event Date: 06/16/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
ANDREW PERSINKO (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL EVENT DUE TO DOUBLE ADMINISTRATION OF DIAGNOSTIC DOSE

The following information was received from the State of Florida Bureau of Radiation Control via facsimile:

"Patient received two doses of Thalium-201 (Liquid form - 7.2 milliCurie) for a diagnostic Cardiovascular Procedure in the Nuclear Medicine Department. Two nuclear medicine technologists were working in the same room. Second technologist misunderstood that the first tech had already delivered the first dose. Jacksonville area office will investigate."

Estimated maximum internal organ dose received by patient is 9.36 Rem.

Florida Report FL09-052

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

To top of page
General Information or Other Event Number: 45139
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: NOT APPLICABLE
Region: 1
City: EVERETT State: MA
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WHALEN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/18/2009
Notification Time: 09:20 [ET]
Event Date: 05/22/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/18/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL DISCOVERED IN SCRAP METAL

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via facsimile:

"On 5/22/2009, a tractor trailer with scrap metal [originating from Second Street Iron & Metal Co., Inc.] set off the radiation alarm monitors at Prolerized New England Company, LLC.

"The tractor trailer was returned to [the] originator (under DOT Special Permit MA-09-001) where a gauge with Ra-226 luminescent paint was found and isolated. The contact exposure rate was 1.65 mR/hr and the estimated activity was 1 microcurie.

"On 6/15/2009, the gauge was picked up for disposal by a Radioactive Waste broker."

To top of page
General Information or Other Event Number: 45140
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Region: 1
City: ROXBURY State: MA
County:
License #: 60-0094
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSH DOEHLER
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 06/18/2009
Notification Time: 15:02 [ET]
Event Date: 06/18/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/18/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
ANDREW PERSINKO (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIVE INDUSTRIAL SMOKE DETECTORS CONTAINING RADIUM 226 DISCOVERED INSIDE DUMPSTER

The following information was received via fax:

"On June 16,2009, Allied Waste - Howard Transfer Station located at 68 Norfolk Ave. Roxbury, Massachusetts responded to a radiation alarm at its facility and notified the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Radiation Control Program. Radiation levels of about four (4) times background, measured at 18.8 microrem per hour, were reported coming from a roll off container dumpster attached to a truck operated by Casella Waste Systems, Inc. and a DOTE 11406 exemption was issued to Casella for proper transport of the unknown radioactive materials to its Peabody, Massachusetts facility located at 295 Forest Street. The roll off container originated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) at 400 Main Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts and M.I.T. responded to this incident and recovered the radioactive materials.

"On June 17, 2009, M.I.T reported the radioactive material was five (5) industrial smoke detectors, each containing 40 micrograms of radium-226. M.I.T. reported that the detectors are now in their possession and will be disposed of as low level radioactive waste.

"The Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to investigate this incident.

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 45148
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: STEVE BURTON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/23/2009
Notification Time: 05:08 [ET]
Event Date: 06/23/2009
Event Time: 03:51 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
JONATHAN BARTLEY (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 61 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO HIGH REACTOR WATER LEVEL

"[The reactor automatically scrammed] on a Main Turbine Trip >27.6% rated thermal power. The main turbine trip was due to reactor high level. Post scram, reactor level decreased to approximately -26 inches. Reactor water level was restored with the condensate system.

"Both reactor recirc pumps tripped as required on EOC RPT Logic when the main turbine tripped. Both pumps have been restarted.

"A Group 2 isolation was received at +3 inches reactor water level with all valves closing as required.

"Investigation as to the cause of the transient is underway."

All rods inserted during the scram. No relief valves actuated during the transient. Decay heat is being removed via turbine bypass valves to the main condenser. The plant is within normal shutdown temperature and pressure limits. The electrical grid is stable and the plant is in a normal shutdown electrical lineup. The Group 2 has been reset. There was no effect on Unit 1.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012