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Event Notification Report for May 14, 2010

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Event Reports For
05/13/2010 - 05/14/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


45912 45915 45921 45922 45924 45925

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45912
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: STERNS TECHNICAL TEXTILES
Region: 3
City: CINCINATTI State: OH
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID TURBERVILLE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 05/10/2010
Notification Time: 09:37 [ET]
Event Date: 05/05/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/10/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FOUND GENERAL LICENSE DEVICE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"On the afternoon of May 5, 2010, the Alabama Office of Radiation Control received a phone call from a representative of ELG Metals in Mobile, Alabama advising the [Alabama Office of Radiation Control] Agency of the discovery of a device containing Am-241. The Agency was advised that the device was in two pieces. A member of the Department's Expanded Radiological Emergency Response Team was dispatched to verify if the sealed source was intact. On the afternoon of May 5, 2010, a field leak test was performed and its was determined that the sealed source was intact. The device was isolated at that time. On the morning of May 7, 2010, a representative of the Alabama Office of Radiation Control visited ELG Metals in Alabama to determine the condition of the device and assist in identifying the source of radiation. The source of radiation was identified as a NDC model 102, serial number 3572 containing 150 millicuries of Am-241. The investigation determined that the device was last owned by United Nonwoven in Mobile and was originally distributed as a General License device to Stems Technical Textiles in Cincinnati, OH. United Nonwoven in Mobile is no longer in business. The source of radiation was isolated and preliminary leak test results in the field indicate that the source is not ruptured.

"This is all the information that [Alabama Office of Radiation Control] Agency has at this time and is current as of 8:30 am central time, May 10, 2010."

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: 45915
Rep Org: NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: T & K INSPECTIONS INC.
Region: 4
City: WILLISTON State: ND
County: WILLIAMS
License #: ND33-22313-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LOUISE ROERICH
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/11/2010
Notification Time: 12:15 [ET]
Event Date: 05/10/2010
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the State of North Dakota via email:

"T&K Inspections, Inc., reported the inability to retract a 3.55 TBq (96 Ci ) Ir-192 radiography source into the exposure device (Source Production & Equipment Company Model SPEC 150, serial number 295) on May 10, 2010. Operations were being performed approximately 2 miles south of Highway 2, on 94th street, south of Ross, ND about 9:00 am CDT.

"After completing the exposure, the radiographer and assistant radiographer performed the routine procedure to retract the source into the camera. The survey meter registered no activity above background, so they believed the source had retracted. As the radiographer approached the camera, the survey meter registered off-scale. He immediately stepped away from the camera and attempted to check the cable and retract the source. At this time, his pocket dosimeter registered 3mR/hr. With the survey meter continuing to register activity, the President and assistant RSO of T&K Inspections, Inc. was contacted. He suggested working with the crank and they were able to retract the source into the camera. The camera was located near the vehicle. As the radiography crew placed the camera onto the end gate of the truck, the survey meter and his pocket dosimeter were off-scale. They immediately moved away from the camera and called the assistant RSO again. The cables were still connected to the camera, so the assistant RSO had the radiographer straighten the cable and try to retract the source. The source was successfully retracted into the camera housing. The camera was secured in the vehicle and the crew returned to the shop.

"Prior to this incident, T&K Inspections, Inc. believed they had trouble with the lock mechanism on this camera. April 28, 2010, the camera was sent to SPEC for inspection and maintenance. Maintenance and inspection was performed on the camera May 3, 2010. SPEC replaced parts of the camera and returned it to T&K Inspection with a certification document. The camera was placed back into service and has been used prior to the incident. T&K Inspections, Inc. believes when the camera was returned to the vehicle the lock mechanism was not functioning properly.

"The assistant RSO has sent the film badges overnight delivery to be evaluated. The radiographer and assistant radiographer will not perform radiography until return of the dosimetry reports. The assistant RSO will follow-up with a report of the incident, copy of the camera certification, copy of the film badge reports and any other pertinent information as needed.

"The camera has been taken out of service and will be returned to SPEC. It will be determined if the camera or parts will be replaced."

Camera source information: "Ir-192 SPEC G-60 Source, S/N RE0304, 96 Ci

"State Action:
"1. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) will maintain contact with T&K Inspections, Inc. to determine the root cause of the incident.
"2. The NDDOH will receive a copy of the dosimetry reports and a copy of the certificate from SPEC from the camera maintenance and inspection that was performed prior to the incident.
"3. The NDDOH will follow-up with the camera inspection that will be performed at this time."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 45921
Rep Org: DRESSER-RAND
Licensee: DRESSER RAND
Region: 1
City: WELLSVILLE State: NY
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE MENICHINO
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 05/12/2010
Notification Time: 18:39 [ET]
Event Date: 05/12/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21 - UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (R2DO)
GREG PICK (R4DO)
PART 21 GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

LUGS ON DIGITAL FILTER IMPROPERLY SOLDERED

A faulty Digital Control System Output Filter was discovered at Farley Nuclear Power station while installing it on the emergency feedwater Terry Steam Turbine. The problem only affects two plants: Farley Nuclear Power Station and San Onofre Nuclear Power Station. Farley replaced the filter before use. San Onofre had installed and used the filter, but they are replacing it.

"Description of Defect:

"Eyelets inserted into the printed circuit (p.c.) board to make connections from one side of the board to the other side were not soldered on the top side where the terminal block is installed. This may result in the connection being broken during tightening of the wire lug on the terminal block or if other stresses are applied to the p.c. board or terminal block. This defect is limited to output filter serial numbers 10009, 10010, 10011, and 10012.

"Engineering Evaluation and Recommendations:

"Failure can occur during assembly. The results of a seismic event are unknown. All 4 filters must be recovered and repaired. Locations of the 4 filters include Dresser-Rand, Farley Nuclear Station, and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45922
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: HERBERT TRITT
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/13/2010
Notification Time: 05:00 [ET]
Event Date: 05/13/2010
Event Time: 05:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/13/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (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

PARTIAL LOSS OF ERDS AND SPDS DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A partial loss of ERDS [Emergency Response Data System] and SPDS [Safety Parameter Display System] capability will occur while a planned replacement of the site's plant process computer power supplies is performed:

"The following is a list of the inputs to ERDS that will be lost:

IRM 14 PERCENT OF RANGE
SRM 24 NEUTRON FLUX
TORUS WIDE RANGE LEVEL
CORE SPRAY SYSTEM 1 AND 2 FLOWS
MAIN STEAM LINE BAND C RAD LEVELS
DW [Dry Well] WIDE RANGE PRESS
STACK RAGEMS [Radioactive Gas Effluent Monitoring System] LOG LO RNG CH 2

"The following is a list of the SPDS inputs that will be lost:

CORE SPRAY SYSTEM 1 AND 2 FLOWS
EMRV [Electromatic Relief Valves] AND SAFETY VALVE INDICATIONS
DW PRESSURE
MS [Main Steam] A,B,C, AND D RAD MONITORS
DW 02 CONCENTRATION

"ERDS and SPDS are expected to be returned to full functionality by 2000 EDT"

Emergency plan contingency measures are in place to transmit data should it be required during the maintenance period.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


* * * UPDATE FROM DENNIS MOORE TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 2152 EDT ON 5/13/2010 * * *

ERDS and SPDS returned to service as of 2144 EDT.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R1DO (Gray).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45924
Facility: FT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL TURNER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 05/13/2010
Notification Time: 16:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/13/2010
Event Time: 13:32 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/13/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

"At 1332 CDT, FCS [Fort Calhoun Station] control room received notification that a person inside the Protected Area appeared to be having a heart attack. EMTs were immediately paged/dispatched and the victim was transported offsite for emergency medical treatment via helicopter.

"At 1415 CDT, FCS control room received notification that another person suffered a severe hand laceration due to the closing of a security gate. Again, EMTs were immediately paged/dispatched and the victim was transported offsite for emergency medical treatment via ambulance.

"Neither of these individuals were radioactively contaminated."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 45925
Facility: PORTSMOUTH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PIKETON State: OH
County: PIKE
License #: GDP-2
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707002
NRC Notified By: GARY SALYERS
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/13/2010
Notification Time: 19:43 [ET]
Event Date: 05/13/2010
Event Time: 16:02 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/13/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (R2DO)
KING STABLEIN (NMSS)

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY DUE TO EXCEEDING NPDES DISCHARGE PERMIT VALUE

"At 1602 hrs on 5/13/2010 the Plant Shift Superintendent's (PSS) office was notified by USEC Environmental Management that NPDES [National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System] permit maximum concentration limit for fecal coliform at the X-6619 (Sewage Treatment Facility) discharge (NPDES Outfall 003) was exceeded. Sample results from 5/12/2010 revealed the permit limit of 2000 colonies / 100 ml was exceeded which resulted in a notification to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA).

"Procedure UE2-RA-RE1030, appendix D, Section Q (Miscellaneous) which states: 'USEC shall notify NRC of any event or situation, related to the health and safety of the public or on-site personnel, or protection of the environment, for which a news release is planned or notification to other government agencies has been made or will be made. Such an event may include an on-site fatality or inadvertent release of radioactively contaminated materials.'"

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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