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Event Notification Report for March 22, 2010

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03/19/2010 - 03/22/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45325 45769 45772 45774 45776 45779 45780

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45325
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: ACT ELECTRONICS
Region: 1
City: HUDSON State: MA
County:
License #: G0317
Agreement: Y
Docket: 09-8637
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/03/2009
Notification Time: 11:25 [ET]
Event Date: 09/01/2009
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING STATIC ELIMINATOR DEVICES

The following report was received via fax from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

"In 2009, the Agency [Radiation Control Program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts] billed the general licensee for the 2008 annual fee. The licensee was unresponsive and attempts to contact the licensee failed. On 9/1/09, the Agency discovered a published article in 'Business Week' that reported that the licensee, ACT Electronics, filed for bankruptcy in August 2008. Agency records indicate the licensee received these devices [static eliminators] in March 2007 and October 2007. The Agency contacted the manufacturer of the static eliminator devices, NRD Inc., and confirmed that the devices were not returned to the manufacturer. The Agency has declared the static eliminator devices as 'missing'."

Manufacturer: NRD, Inc.
Model #: P-2021
Serial Number: A2FL283, A2FW008, and AF2W009.

Sources: (3) Polonium 210, 10 mCi each.

MA Report No.: 09-8637

* * * UPDATE FROM JOHN SUMARES TO DONALD NORWOOD VIA FACSMILE AT 1409 EDT ON 3/19/2010 * * *

"On 9/22/09, an Agency inspector visited the site of ACT Electronics, 2 Cabot Road, Hudson, MA. The building was empty and only a cleaning crew was present. The supervisor did not have any information on ACT Electronics. A 'for lease' sign was observed on the property and a real estate company's name, 'New Boston' and contact information was read. The inspector called the real estate company and was informed that the items in the building were auctioned off in April 2009, and that no one had any knowledge of radioactive material in any of the items. The inspector was given the name of the auction company, Branford Group of Philadelphia, PA, and a contact person name. The inspector sent an e-mail to the Branford Group requesting information on ACT Electronics.

"The Agency received no response and [has had] no further contact with any person associated with ACT Electronics. The Agency considers this event to be closed."

Notified R1DO (Burritt) and FSME DEO (McIntosh). Notified ILTAB (English) via E-mail.

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 45769
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: ROUND MOUNTAIN GOLD CORP
Region: 4
City: ROUND MOUNTAIN State: NV
County:
License #: 13-11-0097-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SNEHA RAVIKUMAR
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 03/16/2010
Notification Time: 19:01 [ET]
Event Date: 03/15/2010
Event Time: 16:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 03/16/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
JIM LUEHMAN (FSME)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO PROCESS GAUGES WITH STUCK SHUTTERS

The following report information was received from the State of Nevada Dept of Health via e-mail:

"On March 15, 2010, at 1600 hrs, the [Nevada] Radiation Control Program was notified by phone of two stuck shutters on fixed gauges at the Round Mountain Gold Corporation Smoky Valley Common Operation Mill. [The gauges with the stuck open shutters] were identified during the 6 month inspection on March 10, 2010. Both sources are 15 feet overhead and functioning as normal.

"The licensee indicated that the RSO was briefed about the situation, and he documented, conducted safety briefings for all who work in the area, and posted signs to keep staff away from the vicinity of the stuck shutters.

"Manufacturer is scheduled to repair the stuck shutters.

"The Radiation Control Program will investigate this further and update this report. Violations will be cited as appropriate."

Ronan Engineering Model # SA1-C5; Serial #M4882; 1.0 Ci (37 GBq) Cs-137 Source # DE4220
Ronan Engineering Model # SA1-C10; Serial #JJ-593; 0.1 Ci (3.7 GBq) Cs-137 Source # DE4620

Nevada Event Report - NV100004

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45772
Rep Org: NJ DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Licensee: CARDINAL HEALTH NUCLEAR PHARMACY SERVICES
Region: 1
City: EAST RUTHERFORD State: NJ
County:
License #: 440735
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PATRICIA GARDNER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/17/2010
Notification Time: 12:42 [ET]
Event Date: 03/11/2010
Event Time: 06:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/17/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CONTAMINATED PACKAGE

The following information was obtained from the State of New Jersey via facsimile:

"The licensee reported that a package containing 810 mCi of bulk F-18 was shipped in a Yellow II, Type 7A container (this was an ammo can) from Cardinal Health's East Rutherford, NJ facility at 0500 EST on March 11th (last Thursday) to their Plainview, NY facility. Licensee stated that when the shipment was received at 0615 EST, the package surface reading was 100 mR/hr, exceeding the limit of 50 mR/hr for a Yellow II labeled package. Licensee indicated that removable contamination of 300,000 cpm (estimated 1,500,000 dpm with 20% instrument efficiency) was identified on the outer handle of the package.

"The driver (who is employed by the Plainview, NY facility) was found to have a contaminated left hand and some contamination in the vehicle. The licensee estimated the employee's highest exposure to be 4 rem to the left hand."

New York State Department of Health was notified by the licensee. New Jersey will be conducting an investigation of this incident to validate the contamination and exposure levels.

NJDEP Incident ID #343512

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45774
Rep Org: TRIAD ENGINEERING
Licensee: CTL ENGINEERING, INC.
Region: 1
City: MORGANTOWN State: WV
County:
License #: 34-18533-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROGER SIMAR
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/18/2010
Notification Time: 17:24 [ET]
Event Date: 03/18/2010
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
JIM LUEHMAN (FSME)

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

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FOUND TROXLER MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

At about 1500 EDT, while traveling on US Rt. 19 South of Arnettsville, an employee of Triad Engineering [license number 45-18209-02] found a Troxler 3430 moisture-density gauge (S/N 24513) on the highway. The employee moved the gauge out of traffic and flagged down a state police officer. The police officer made some calls in an attempt to determine if anyone had reported the gauge lost. After negative results, the police officer left the gauge in the care of the Triad Engineering employee. The employee called his supervisor and was told to bring the gauge into the office where it could be adequately secured. After arriving at the office, calls were made to Troxler to determine to whom the gauge belonged. Troxler listed the gauge as belonging to CTL Engineering in Morgantown, West Virginia. Triad Engineering called CTL Engineering to tell them they had found their gauge. About 1710 EDT, an employee of CTL Engineering arrived at the Triad Engineering office and took possession of the gauge.

* * * UPDATE FROM TIM GOWARTY TO DONG PARK @ 1040 EDT ON 3/19/10 * * *

CTL Engineering, Inc. confirmed that a Troxler 3430 moisture-density gauge fell out of the back of their truck at around 1500 EDT, 3/18/2010, while on US Rt. 19. After an employee from CTL Engineering picked up the gauge from Triad Engineering, the gauge was transported to their facility. The gauge did not appear to be damaged, and the gauge is scheduled to be inspected. The driver of the truck will be required to take the four hour Troxler refresher course.

Notified R1DO (Burritt), FSME EO (McIntosh).

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. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45776
Rep Org: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY
Licensee: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY
Region: 1
City: PITTSBURG State: PA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES A. GRESHAM
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 03/19/2010
Notification Time: 08:37 [ET]
Event Date: 03/18/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
JOHN THORP (NRR)
BILL GOTT (IRD)
PART 21 GROUP (Emai)

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DEFECT CONCERNING FAILURE OF RELAY TO RELEASE WHEN DE-ENERGIZED

The following was received via facsimile:

The defect prevents the relay contacts from changing state when required during postulated events. This failure could preclude components from going to their desired accident state upon receipt of an engineered safety features actuation signal. There have been no reports to date of relay contacts failing to properly change state when the relay goes from a deenergized to an energized state. Westinghouse shipped Palo Verde a total of 120 Cutler Hammer Type ARD 660UR DC Relays. Westinghouse Repair, Replacement and Automation Services (RRAS) has been working with Palo Verde and Eaton-Cutler Hammer to identify and correct the cause of these relay failures.

POC: J. A. Gresham, Secretary
Safety Review Committee
Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
Nuclear Services
P.O. Box 355
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-0355
(412) 374-4643

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45779
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: QUENTIN HICKS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/19/2010
Notification Time: 14:07 [ET]
Event Date: 03/15/2010
Event Time: 12:43 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (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

Event Text

INADVERTENT START OF EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR

"At 12:43 on Monday, March 15, 2010, the 103 Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) was inadvertently started during standby circuit checks. The standby circuit checks test was a planned evolution that was not intended to cause a start of the EDG. Following the start of the EDG, the standby circuit check test was stopped and the running checks for the diesel were completed satisfactory at 12:50. The EDG was secured at 13:03, after functioning successfully.

"The EDG was not started by a valid initiation signal. A valid initiation signal is degraded or loss of voltage to the Power Board (PB) 103. Also, the EDG output breaker did not close since the PB 103 was not deenergized.

"This event is not considered an LER. This report is being made under 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) (requires reporting within 60 days when a event or condition that resulted in manual or automatic actuation of the EDG AC Electrical Power Systems, including EDG System occurs.)

"EDG 103 is the train that actuated. EDG 103 actuation was not complete since breaker did not close. EDG 103 started and remained operable throughout the event; output breaker would have closed and supplied PB 103 if required.

"The event has been entered into the corrective action program.

"There are no other adverse impacts to the station based on this event."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 45780
Rep Org: SOURCE PRODUCTION & EQUIPMENT CO.
Licensee: SOURCE PRODUCTION & EQUIPMENT CO.
Region: 4
City: ST ROSE State: LA
County:
License #: NRC GENERAL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KELLEY RICHARDT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 03/19/2010
Notification Time: 15:15 [ET]
Event Date: 03/19/2010
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
JIM LUEHMAN (FSME)
LINDA GERSEY (R4)
STEPHEN BAKER (IP)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

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SELENIUM-75 SOURCE MISSING FROM SHIPMENT

A representative of Source Production & Equipment Company (SPEC) notified the NRC that an 8 curie Selenium-75 source was missing from a shipment of 6 sources received at SPEC sometime around March 12, 2010. The shipment of 6 total special form (solid) Se-75 sources were shipped from Gilligan Engineering in Prudoe, England on March 9, 2010 and 5 of the 6 sources were received by SPEC. The licensee considers the source missing at this time but has not exhausted its search.

The State of Louisiana has been notified. In addition, SPEC has contacted the shipment carrier to investigate the shipment tracking and determine if the single missing source might have been misdirected. The shipment was believed to have entered the US in Memphis, TN via air freight from England.

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

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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