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Event Notification Report for September 17, 2009

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09/16/2009 - 09/17/2009

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45342 45346 45352 45353 45354

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45342
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH
Region: 1
City: ASHEVILLE State: NC
County:
License #: 011-0784-7
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HENRY BARNES
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/11/2009
Notification Time: 14:05 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2009
Event Time: 05:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)
MARK SHAFFER (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CONTAMINATED PHARMACY SHIPMENT PACKAGE

'[A] contaminated package [was] received at Mission Hospital from Cardinal Health - Asheville. The RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] of Mission Hospital received a shipment of Tc-99 unit doses from Cardinal Health pharmacy. The exterior of the box was contaminated to [approximately] 180,000 dpm/100 [square centimeters].

"Upon determination of the contamination, Mission Hospital contacted Cardinal Health pharmacy and they came and picked up the box.

"Mission Hospital did not open the box.

"After the box was picked up, a small spot of contamination was found on the absorbent paper that the box had been placed on. Mission Hospital removed the paper, which removed the contamination, and placed it as waste into their decay-in-storage area. This level exceeds the reportability limit of 22,000 dpm/100 [square centimeters] of 15A NCAC [North Carolina Administrative Code] 11.1627; which references 10 CFR 71.87; which references 49 CFR 173.443.

"15A NCAC 11.1627(d) requires an immediate notification to the [North Carolina Radiation Protection Section] Agency."

North Carolina Incident 09-43.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45346
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: BOEING
Region: 4
City: LONG BEACH State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 09/11/2009
Notification Time: 19:05 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2009
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
MARK SHAFFER (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

On 9/11/09 at 1246, the State of California was notified by Boeing that 15 tritium exit signs could not be accounted for in their Long Beach, CA location. The signs were manufactured by Safety Light Corporation and the serial numbers are as follows: 387873, 387874, 387875, 392809, 392810, 392811, 392812, 392813, 392814, 392815, 392816, 392817, 392818, 392819, 392820. The original activity of these signs is typically 11.5 Curies each.

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 45352
Facility: LASALLE
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-5,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: JOHN KEENAN
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 09/16/2009
Notification Time: 10:09 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2009
Event Time: 01:39 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (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

Event Text

LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS

"At 0139 on 9/16/2009, LaSalle Main Control Room was contacted by IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency), stating that they have lost contact with LaSalle via the modem from IDNS (Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety) building. It was subsequently discovered that there was a site telephone equipment malfunction. This issue has affected the Emergency Response Data System, Emergency Notification System, Health Physics Network and the ability to receive phone calls from off-site.

"The Emergency Notification System and the Health Physics Network phones are currently not functioning. The NRC has been successfully contacted via commercial line. The NRC has been unable to contact the station directly via the commercial line. The NRC has been capable of contacting the station by relaying the information going through the radio from the Transmission System Operator.

"Repairs to the phone system are currently in progress."

Communications have been established with the site by cell phone. Alternate communications paths exist through the Dresden and Braidwood sites who can use their ENS lines to communicate with the site and also through the Load Dispatcher.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45353
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CALVIN FIELDS
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/16/2009
Notification Time: 15:59 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2009
Event Time: 12:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION MADE AFTER DISCOVERY OF AN OIL SHEEN

"A voluntary notification to the National Response Center was made on Sept. 16, 2009 at 1220. The purpose of the notification was to inform the National Response Center of an oil sheen on a concrete pad at the inlet of the diffuser pond. The diffuser pond is classified as waters of the U.S. There was no observable oil sheen on the pond."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45354
Facility: INDIAN POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [2] [3] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BRIAN ROKES
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/16/2009
Notification Time: 17:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2009
Event Time: 10:36 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (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 SIRENS OUT OF SERVICE

"On September 16, 2009, at approximately 1036 hours, as a result of a regularly scheduled test of the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) Alert Notification System (ANS) 18 of 172 sirens did not pass the test. The sirens were not tested and declared as functional within one hour and in accordance with the reporting guidelines the event is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as a major loss of offsite response capability (i.e., a loss of 10% or more of the total number of sirens for more than one hour).

"Preliminary investigations and troubleshooting determined 14 sirens failed to indicate via the ANS computer system successful siren activation due to an incorrect software data adjustment for these 14 sirens. ANS technicians corrected the software error for these 14 sirens and are continuing to investigate the cause of the failure of the remaining 4 sirens to activate. To validate that the software error for the 14 sirens was corrected, a functional test of 1 of the 14 sirens was conducted. The test indicated the siren was functional but investigation and troubleshooting is continuing to validate this.

"Reverse 911 has been and remains available to alert the public should there be an actual event requiring the ANS. The condition was recorded in the IPEC corrective action program. The event remains under investigation."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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