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Event Notification Report for April 13, 2010

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Event Reports For
04/12/2010 - 04/13/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45818 45819 45825 45826 45831 45832 45833 45834

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45818
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
Region: 4
City: Alvin State: TX
County:
License #: 00087
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANNIE BACKHAUS
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 04/07/2010
Notification Time: 17:46 [ET]
Event Date: 04/07/2010
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/07/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
BILL VONTILL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - RADIOGRAPHY TRUCK INVOLVED IN AUTO ACCIDENT

"On April 7, 2010 at approximately 1430 CST the Incident Investigation Program was notified by the licensee's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) that one of the licensee's trucks carrying a camera with a 24 curie Iridium (Ir) 192 source had been involved in a car accident around 1300 CST that same day. The RSO stated that the radiography truck had collided head on with a tractor-trailer on a highway approximately 8-10 miles east of Kosse, Texas. One of the radiographers was fatally wounded and the other was rushed to the hospital. Consequently, no one was able to perform a survey to verify the source was intact in the camera as well as secure the camera. The RSO stated that the Robinson County Emergency Management Coordinator was on the scene along with police and fire personnel, as well as Texas Department of Transportation. The RSO stated that none of the emergency personnel responding were equipped with a radiation survey meter to verify the source locale. The RSO stated that the Site Radiation Safety Officer was en route to the scene to perform a survey and retrieve the camera, but he was almost two hours away. The Emergency Management Coordinator had cordoned off the area around the radiography camera. I contacted an Agency investigator who was near the area performing field work, and he agreed to go by the location and perform a survey because he could be there within 45 minutes. At approximately 1630, the investigator arrived on the scene and performed his survey. The investigator stated that it appeared the source was still housed in the camera and that the highest dose rate was 2.2 millirems/hour near the camera. The site RSO arrived on the scene, and the investigator briefed him on the survey. The information was passed to the RSO and he agreed to submit a report to the Agency."

Texas Incident #: I-8728

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
General Information or Other Event Number: 45819
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: SEGUIN State: TX
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY JISHA
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 04/07/2010
Notification Time: 19:10 [ET]
Event Date: 04/07/2010
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/08/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - DEPLETED URANIUM FOUND IN SCRAP METAL

A scrap yard located in Seguin, TX was processing a rail car loaded with scrap metal when their radiation detectors alarmed. When the load was investigated a Varian Linear Accelerator was found (serial number 71). The source of radiation was determined to be from approximately 100 lbs. depleted Uranium contained in the unit.

The shipment originated from Austin, TX.


* * * RETRACTION FROM RAY JISHA TO CHARLES TEAL ON 4/8/10 AT 1302 * * *

Additional investigation determined that the Varian CLINAC 18 accelerator does not contain depleted Uranium. The shields in this model are made of tungsten.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45825
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Region: 1
City: PASCO COUNTY State: FL
County:
License #: 001-3
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 04/08/2010
Notification Time: 16:00 [ET]
Event Date: 04/06/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/08/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1DO)
BILL VONTILL (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS OF TRAINING BUTTON SOURCE

The following information was received via fax:

"A Training button source was lost on 3/6/2010 during training in Alachua county. The training facility was searched and the source was not found. Corrective actions include additional source handling procedures, daily checklists for use of sources, and training on proper notification to RSO of all events regarding use of RAM. No further action will be taken on this incident."

Florida Incident Number: FL10-049

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

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: 45826
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PETER COFER NDE INCORPORATED
Region: 1
City: TAMPA State: FL
County:
License #: 3404-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 04/08/2010
Notification Time: 16:33 [ET]
Event Date: 04/08/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/08/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1DO)
BILL VONTILL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL RADIOGRAPHER OVEREXPOSURE

The following information was received via fax:

"An employee's TLD recorded an overexposure of 6.8 rem. The date was 22 March 2010 when the overexposure occurred. The affected employee claims he left his leather pouch with the TLD [in it] in the exposure area for two shots. His pocket dosimeter reading was also off scale. The RSO originally calculated the employee's dose to be approximately 4 rem which is not required to be reported to the state. The RSO received Landauer's dosimeter report sometime after 22 Mar 2010 which showed a 6.8 rem dose. The licensee contacted Licensing and Materials on 7 April 2010. The Tampa Inspection Office will investigate."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45831
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DEAN BRUCK
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 04/12/2010
Notification Time: 03:01 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2010
Event Time: 04:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 92 Power Operation 92 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE ON THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM

"At 04:00 on Monday, April 12, 2010, the Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Technical Support Center (TSC) air conditioning and charcoal filtration systems will be removed from service for scheduled maintenance. Under certain accident conditions the TSC may become unavailable due to the inability of the air conditioning and charcoal filtration systems to maintain a habitable atmosphere. Compensatory measures exist to relocate TSC personnel to the unaffected unit's control room if necessary.

"TSC ventilation system maintenance is scheduled to be completed by 22:00 on Monday, April 12, 2010.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector. This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of an emergency response facility."

* * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT SCHNEIDER TO CHARLES TEAL AT 1545 EDT ON 4/12/2010 * * *

"The TSC ventilation system maintenance was completed satisfactorily and the system was restored to service at 1415."

The NRC resident inspector has been informed.

Notified R3DO (Orth).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45832
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: CHRIS SMOLINSKI
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/12/2010
Notification Time: 04:49 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2010
Event Time: 05:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 92 Power Operation 92 Power Operation

Event Text

PLANNED MODIFICATIONS AFFECTING TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION

"A planned modification at the James A. Fitzpatrick (JAF) Nuclear Power Plant will replace an air conditioning chiller unit located in the old administration building. The electrical isolations necessary to safely perform the modification will require tagging out a booster fan common to the chiller unit and the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system. Therefore, the TSC ventilation system will be rendered non-functional during the course of the work activities. The TSC ventilation is expected to be out of service for approximately 12 hours.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the station Emergency Plant Manager will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate TSC location in accordance with applicable site procedures giving first consideration to the Control Room. TSC facility leads have been made aware of this contingency.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the potential loss of an emergency response facility (ERF). An update will be provided once the TSC ventilation has been restored to normal operation. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM CHRIS SMOLINSKI TO CHARLES TEAL ON 1857 EDT 4/12/10 * * *

Maintenance on the TSC is complete. The TSC has been returned to service.

The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Gray).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45833
Facility: COMANCHE PEAK
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PAT MINAHAN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/12/2010
Notification Time: 10:00 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2010
Event Time: 07:21 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

ACTUATION OF BLACKOUT SEQUENCERS DUE TO LOSS OF ONE OFFSITE POWER SOURCE

"At 0721 [CDT] on 4/12/10 the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant experienced a loss of 138 KV transformer XST1 due to a failed transmission line insulator. Unit 1 is currently defueled per 1RF14 refueling outage schedule. Unit 2 was subjected to actuation of both blackout sequencers causing an automatic start of both motor driven Aux Feedwater (AFW) pumps as well as the turbine driven AFW pump.

"No emergency diesel generator started as per design.

"Train B and the turbine driven AFW pumps have been returned to automatic. Train A AFW pump has been removed from service due to damaged pump packing.

"Unit 2 is currently operating in Technical Specification (TS) 3.8.1, Condition A, for one required source of offsite power inoperable and in TS 3.7.5, Condition B, for one train of AFW inoperable.

"With the exception of Train A AFW on Unit 2, all other safety systems functioned per design.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

The loss of power to 138 KV transformer XST1 resulted in loss of power to both safeguards busses on Unit 2. The busses performed a load-shed and slow transfer to power supplied from 138 KV transformer XST2 as designed and were re-energized and loads sequenced back onto the busses. The emergency diesel generators are not required to start unless the busses are not re-energized by the alternate offsite transformer. All electrical power related actuations functioned as designed. During this event, the A train AFW pump on Unit 2 started as expected but had to be removed from service due to a pump packing leak. There was no impact on Unit 1 because of its defueled condition.

* * * UPDATE FROM PAT MINAHAN TO DONG PARK ON 1840 EDT 4/12/10 * * *

"The faulted 138 KV [line] insulator has been repaired, and the Unit 2 safeguard busses have been transferred back to their normal power supplies. The 2-01 motor driven AFW pump has been successfully surveillance tested and is available. Unit 2 remains in TS 3.7.5 condition B pending the close out of an engineering evaluation. No further update notifications are planned."

The licensee has informed the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (Spitzberg).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45834
Facility: COMANCHE PEAK
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RAUL MARTINEZ
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 04/12/2010
Notification Time: 21:38 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2010
Event Time: 19:20 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT

"A licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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