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Event Notification Report for March 18, 2010

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Event Reports For
03/17/2010 - 03/18/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45759 45762 45763 45771 45773

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45759
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CORAL SPRINGS CLINIC
Region: 1
City: CORAL SPRINGS State: FL
County:
License #: 3109-2
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES ADAMS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/11/2010
Notification Time: 15:55 [ET]
Event Date: 03/11/2010
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/11/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1DO)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL MEDICAL OVERDOSE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Patient was receiving the 2nd of 14 fractions of 250 centiGray treatments to the ear. The therapist accidently pushed the 'auto radiography' button rather than the 'treatment' button which delivered approximately 9 times the intended dose. The patient and doctor have been notified. No health effects are expected. Licensee will send a written report. Florida is investigating."

Isotope: Ir-192, 5.7 Ci
Maximum dose received: 2250 centiGray
Device: HDR Surface Applicator manufactured by Nucletron
Model V2 MicroSelectron

Florida Incident Number: FL10-035

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 45762
Facility: B&W NUCLEAR OPERATING GROUP, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 03/12/2010
Notification Time: 09:39 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2010
Event Time: 10:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
74.11(a) - LOST/STOLEN SNM
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R2DO)
LANCE ENGLISH (ILTA)
ERIC BENNER (NMSS)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
FUEL OUO GROUP (Emai)
NICK DUB (DHS)
LORI BUBKART (FEMA)
ANTONY PARSONS (DOE)

Event Text

LOST METALLURGY LABORATORY SAMPLE

"A metallurgy laboratory (Met Lab) sample was determined to be missing from its prescribed location on March 9, 2010. A search for the item was immediately initiated per requirements. As of 10:00am March 12, 2010, the item has not been located and as a result, formal notification of a missing item is being made to the NRC per 10 CFR 74.11. To date, no other indicator of intentional theft or diversion has been found. Both the search and the investigation are still underway. The missing item contains approximately 0.67 grams U and 0.65 grams U-235."

The material was last accounted for on 10/26/2009. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the state.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45763
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS USA INC
Region: 4
City: DEER PARK State: TX
County:
License #: 00302
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/12/2010
Notification Time: 18:11 [ET]
Event Date: 03/12/2010
Event Time: 15:11 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE SHUTTERS STUCK SHUT

The following report was received via facsimile:

On March 12, 2010, at 1511 hours, the Agency [State of Texas] received a request to perform work in the State of Texas under reciprocity from a nuclear gauge manufacturer [Ronan Engineering]. The request stated that the work was to repair two nuclear gauges with stuck shutters. The gauges are Ronan Engineering model SA1-C10 each containing 200 millicuries each of Cesium (Cs) -137. The Agency contacted the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for the licensee identified on the request and asked him if the events were reportable. The RSO stated that the two gauges had been removed from storage and installed on a piece of equipment for use. A service company was testing the equipment prior to placing it in service and found that the gauge shutters would not open. The licensee then contacted the gauge manufacturer to repair the gauges. The RSO stated that he was not aware of the reporting requirement and would submit a written report to the Agency. Additional information will be provided as it is received."

Texas Event #I-8721

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45771
Facility: QUAD CITIES
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] GE-3
NRC Notified By: CURT STEFFES
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/17/2010
Notification Time: 12:27 [ET]
Event Date: 03/17/2010
Event Time: 11:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/17/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (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 N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

ERDS AND SPDS OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO PROCESS COMPUTER UPGRADE

"During the current Unit 2 refueling outage, the Unit 2 plant process computer system will be taken out of service for approximately three weeks to support a planned modification which will install a new (upgraded) plant process computer system. During this timeframe, ERDS [Emergency Response Data System] and SPDS [Safety Parameter Display System] will be unavailable on Unit 2 which will remain in a shutdown condition. The computer outage will have no impact on Unit 1. Should the need arise, plant status information will be communicated to the NRC using other available communication systems. The computer outage is expected to commence at 1130 CDT on 3/17/2010 and the process computer will be restored prior to Unit 2 startup, currently scheduled for 4/11/2010.

"This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as a Major Loss of Assessment Capability."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45773
Rep Org: ACCURATE NDE & INSPECTION
Licensee: ACCURATE NDE & INSPECTION
Region: 4
City: BROUSSARD State: LA
County:
License #: LA-10207-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: EDDIE STELLY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/17/2010
Notification Time: 14:35 [ET]
Event Date: 03/17/2010
Event Time: 12:10 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/17/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
CHUCK CAIN (R4)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
ILTAB (e-mail) ()
MEXICO Fax ()

This material event contains a "Category 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

LOSS OF SEVEN CURIE SOURCE FROM RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The licensee was conducting non-destructive testing (radiography camera x-ray) on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. While the radiography was taking place at night, over grating, the pigtail disconnected from the camera and dropped through the grating into the Gulf of Mexico. The area where the source fell is about 6 miles from shore, East Cam 33 CS, and the depth of the water was about 40 feet. Licensee is not going to try to retrieve the source.

The camera source is 7 Ci of Ir-192, s/n QD-1302. The camera is a Spec 150, s/n 814.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 3 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example: level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

Although IAEA categorization of this event is typically based on device type, the staff has been made aware of the actual activity of the source, and after calculation determines that it is a Category 3 event.

Note: the value assigned by device type "Category 2" is different than the calculated value "Category 3"

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