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Event Notification Report for August 11, 2009

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08/10/2009 - 08/11/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45246 45253 45254 45255

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45246
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: EMORY UNIVERSITY
Region: 1
City: ATLANTA State: GA
County:
License #: GA 153-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/05/2009
Notification Time: 14:08 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL DOSE DIFFERENT THAN PRESCRIBED

During an embolization procedure delivering Yttrium-90 spheres to the liver an interruption occurred resulting in only 35 Gy of the 52 Gy prescribed dose being delivered. The interruption was due to unexpected contamination due to a leaking septum v-vial Contamination was contained in a container and did not enter the patient. The patient and referring physician will be notified.

GA report number: 2009-09i.

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.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45253
Rep Org: NC RADIATION PROTECTION SERVICES
Licensee: PHILIP MORRIS - CONCORD FACILITY
Region: 1
City: RALEIGH State: NC
County:
License #: 013-0662-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HENRY BARNES
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 08/10/2009
Notification Time: 13:55 [ET]
Event Date: 08/07/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING RADIOACTIVE SOURCE

The following was received from the state via email:

"On August 7, 2009, the Agency [State] was notified by the licensee RSO (Radiation Safety Officer) of a possible leaking source discovered during a routine leak test. The source is a 25 mCi Sr-90 source (as of 07/93). The RSO said he is used to seeing approximately 75 dpm on the wipe, but this time the wipe was 323 dpm. Since this level is below the report limit of .005 uCi (11,000 dpm), no report was made. An [State] Agency inspector was in the area and said he would stop in to investigate.

"The inspector arrived and discovered that the source is leaking. A contact reading using a Ludlum 14C with side window GM (Geiger Muller) was off scale high. The four swipes of the source were checked with the Ludlum 14C with pancake GM probe. The swipes/Q-tips read 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 1.1 mr/hr on contact. The Q-tips are contained in individual plastic zip-top bags. A swipe of the source holder did not yield any removable contamination. The background in the area is <0.1 mr/hr. The sources are in the source manipulation/storage room and all sources are in storage.

"The licensee is planning to terminate their license in the next few weeks and has been in contact with DOE (Department of Energy) to take possession of their sources under the orphaned source retrieval program.

"The notification is being made per NC Regulations 15 A NCAC 11 .0357(b)(1)(B) an unplanned contamination event involving RAM exceeding 5 times 10 CFR 20.1001 - .2401 Appendix C values (the Appendix C value for Sr-90 is 0.1 microcuries) as well as .0357(b)(2)(A) equipment fails to function as designed when it is required to prevent releases exceeding regulatory limits.

"This is a 24 hr notification event.

"The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided as information is obtained."


NC-Report #: 09-35

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45254
Rep Org: STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
Region: 4
City: SANTA CRUZ State: CA
County:
License #: 1337-44
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 08/10/2009
Notification Time: 18:37 [ET]
Event Date: 07/10/2009
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
KEITH McCONNELL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LEAKING RADIOACTIVE SOURCE

The following was received from the state via email:

"The source housing from a 6.58 mCi Ni-63 electron capture device (ECD), (Varian Model 02-001972-00, S/N A2296) was inadvertently opened when the detector was removed from a gas chromatograph for storage. The situation was discovered by radiation safety staff, and followed up immediately. Removable contamination was detected on the open interior of the source assembly and on top of the gas chromatograph, but was less than the removable value of 0.005 microcuries. The detector foil was not damaged or accessed. All components of the source assembly were retrieved and will be disposed of as radioactive materials waste or returned to the vendor. "

CA Report #: 080509

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45255
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [ ] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: GEORGE KELLER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/10/2009
Notification Time: 23:55 [ET]
Event Date: 08/10/2009
Event Time: 20:32 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/11/2009
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):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
TIM McGINTY (NRR)
ANTHONY McMURTRAY (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

INDIAN POINT UNIT 3 AUTOMATICALLY TRIPPED DURING THUNDERSTORM

"Indian Point Unit 3 automatically tripped from 100% power at 2032 [EDT] on 8/10/2009 due to [a] generator trip. Indian Point Unit 3 is currently in mode 3. All control rods inserted on the trip. No safety relief valves lifted due to the trip. The motor driven aux feedwater pumps automatically started on low steam generator level and are being used to maintain steam generator level. Condenser steam dumps are maintaining reactor temperature.

"After the trip , [the] 6.9kv bus 2 did not transfer to offsite power and is de-energized resulting in a loss of [the] '34' RCP [Reactor Coolant Pump]. [The] 480v bus 2A was energized by the diesel generator.

"Plant operators are investigating the cause of the generator trip and loss of bus 2.

"Unit 2 was unaffected and remains in mode 1 at 100% power.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The licensee informed the State of New York and plans on issuing a press release.

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