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Event Notification Report for August 7, 2009

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


45239 45240 45243 45247 45248

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45239
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: LONGVIEW FIBRE
Region: 4
City: LONGVIEW State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I090-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANINE GRUMBLES
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/03/2009
Notification Time: 13:15 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2009
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - DAMAGED GAUGE

"On 11 Dec 2008 a generally-licensed fixed gauge (serial M3465, containing 80 millicuries Cs-137 as of 2nd quarter 1989; decayed to 50.4 millicuries in July 2009) was removed by the manufacturer from its installed location and placed in storage pending disposal. On 30 July 2009, a WA [Washington] Department of Health (DOH) materials inspector visited the fixed gauge licensee (also specific license WN-I090-1) to conduct a reciprocity inspection of the manufacturer's on-site activities. The manufacturer's representative was there to remove and package a total of 14 decommissioned gauges for disposal.

"Several of the gauges showed varying degrees of corrosion. The fixed gauge, serial M3465, showed significant corrosion and was missing a cover plate. The manufacturer's representative reported no unusual radiation measurements prior to packaging activities on 30 July 2009. During packaging, the fixed gauge was rolled over at which time the DOH materials inspector measured the dose rate at the opening as 500 milliRoentgen per hour. Immediate action was taken to control exposure.

"The manufacturer's representative adequately secured and shielded the gauge prior to shipping. Apparently the shutter and lead shielding that blocks the radiation beam was either broken or misaligned and failed to function as designed. There was no significant exposure to personnel. The WA DOH investigation continues."

The State of Washington incident number is: WA-09-055.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45240
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: MEDIPHYSICS, INC DBA G.E. HEALTH CARE
Region: 3
City: Chicago State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01109-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/03/2009
Notification Time: 17:15 [ET]
Event Date: 07/27/2009
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN GIESSNER (R3DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST (THEN RECOVERED) I-123 CAPSULES

"On July 29, 2009, The [Illinois Emergency Management] Agency received preliminary notification from the licensee's radiation safety officer that a package of radioactive material destined for a radiopharmacy in Arizona had not arrived as scheduled, but was subsequently located and forwarded after a day's delay. Subsequent conversations indicated that for a period of approximately 12 hours the package was secured in the possession of a member of the public until it was retrieved by the courier and forwarded to the licensed recipient. The package contained a total of 3 vials with 30 capsules of I-123 which are intended for medical diagnostic studies. Those capsules were 100 to 200 microCi of I-123 each for a total activity in the package of 20.5 milliCi at the time the package was prepared for shipment on July 26, 2009. The measured dose rate 3 feet from the package at the time of shipment was less than 0.1 milliR/h. Due to limited time spent handling and being near the package for the period in question, the dose to the member of the public was well below regulatory limits. When finally received by the pharmacy, the package was found to be intact, with no signs of damage, leakage or the contents having been previously opened or removed. The licensee is investigating corrective actions to take with regards to actions by the courier top prevent a recurrence. A formal report from the licensee concerning this matter is pending. Until that time, this item remains open and under investigation by the [Illinois Emergency Management] Agency."

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: 45243
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: H.H. HOLMES TESTING
Region: 3
City: CHICAGO State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01828-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/04/2009
Notification Time: 11:48 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2009
Event Time: 17:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/04/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN GIESSNER (R3DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

"On August 3 the [Illinois Emergency Management] Agency's Radiation Duty Officer was contacted after normal business hours and advised that a portable moisture density gauge had been reported stolen from a vehicle at approximately 5 PM that same day. The caller was an officer with the Chicago Police Department who was investigating the event. The vehicle had been parked on the south side of Chicago, IL in front of the field technician's house at the time of the theft. The company's [H.H. Holmes] radiation safety officer contacted the [Illinois Emergency Management] Agency the next morning to report additional details of the theft. Evidence at the crime scene showed that the door to the SUV had been jimmied open with a crowbar and the chain which was looped through the handles of the transport case in the back of the vehicle had been pried from the case such that the lid could be opened and the gauge removed. Additional tools, a cell phone, the radio and personal equipment was also stolen from the vehicle. The company was in the process of acquiring additional information and compiling crime scene photos to include with the formal report.

"Pending receipt of that report and follow up action from the Chicago Police Department, the [Illinois Emergency Management] Agency is continuing its investigation and considers the matter open."

The stolen gauge was manufactured by Troxler (model number 3440, serial number 34692). The gauge contained a sealed source with 0.008 Ci of CS-137 (serial number 102112) and another sealed source with 0.04 Ci of Am-Be (serial number 47-30325).

Illinois report number - IL0900059

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: 45247
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM STANG
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/05/2009
Notification Time: 15:34 [ET]
Event Date: 08/06/2009
Event Time: 06:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JOHN GIESSNER (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

Event Text

PLANNED MAINTENANCE TO AFFECT TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER

"On 8/6/09 at 0600 hours CDT the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant's Technical Support Center uninterruptable power supply will be isolated to perform a planned maintenance activity. The maintenance activity requires implementation of compensatory measures to maintain TSC functions during the activity. The compensatory measures include having the Emergency Director report to the Control Room and co-locating the remaining TSC staff at the EOF should an event be declared requiring ERO activation. The ERO has previously successfully demonstrated the ability to implement these compensatory measures. The maintenance activity is scheduled to be completed with the TSC returned to full functionality by the end of the dayshift on 8/6/09. The Site Emergency Response Organization has been notified of the maintenance activity and instructed on the planned compensatory measures to be implemented during the activity. MNGP will notify the NRC upon completion of the activity restoring full TSC operability. This event is considered reportable per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(iii). The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE FROM D. BARNETT TO P. SNYDER AT 1943 ON 8/6/09 * * *

"On 8/6/09 at 1700 CDT the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant's Technical Support Center was returned to service and declared functional. The Monticello Emergency Response Organization has been notified and the compensatory measures that were in effect have been terminated. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

Notified R3DO (Skokowski).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45248
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RAYMOND MARTIN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/06/2009
Notification Time: 10:25 [ET]
Event Date: 08/06/2009
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (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

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FACILITY PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"At approximately 1000, on Thursday, August 6, 2009, the heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and filtration system of the Millstone Power Station (MPS) Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) will be removed from service to perform maintenance to improve the reliability and functionality of the system.

"The EOF is located inside the site's boundary approximately one mile from the protected area of the plant. As a result of this maintenance, the EOF will be unavailable for approximately 12 days. If an emergency requiring the use of the EOF is declared during this maintenance period, the designated alternate EOF, which is also located on site, will be utilized. The Station Emergency Response Organization (SERO) has been informed of this condition.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). Millstone will notify the NRC upon completion of the planned maintenance activities and restoration of the EOF which is currently anticipated to occur on August 18, 2009.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Sr. Resident Inspector."

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