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Event Notification Report for July 20, 2010

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Event Reports For
07/19/2010 - 07/20/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46095 46098 46106 46107 46108

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46095
Rep Org: NH DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Licensee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS
Region: 1
City: MERRIMACK State: NH
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TWILA KENNA
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 07/15/2010
Notification Time: 10:28 [ET]
Event Date: 07/14/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/15/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JUDY JOUSTRA (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()

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

Event Text

POTENTIALLY MISSING GENERAL LICENSED GAUGES

The following information was received by facsimile:

On July 14, 2010, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics contacted the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and provided notification that an inventory had been completed and three thickness gauges were discovered missing. Saint-Gobain is still trying to locate the gauges.

Saint-Gobain is located at 701 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire and possesses the radioactive gauges under a general license. The company is not a specific licensee.

The following missing Beta gauges were supplied by NDC: Sensor serial number 3195, equipment number 103 (7441 LX), source assembly date of 11/27/1992, 150 mCi of AM-241; sensor serial number 3108, equipment number 103 (4414 LX), source assembly date of 11/6/1991, 150 mCi of Am-241; sensor serial number 2271, equipment number 102 (1473 LX), source assembly date of 2/26/1990, 150 mCi of Am-241.

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: 46098
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: RIVERSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 3
City: KANKAKEE State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01242-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/15/2010
Notification Time: 18:29 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2010
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/15/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BILLY DICKSON (R3DO)
KEVIN HSUEH (FSME)
DARYL JOHNSON email (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING BRACHYTHERAPY SOURCES

"On July 15, 2010 the Director of Radiological Services at Riverside Medical Center (IL-01242-01), Kankakee, IL called the Agency [Illinois Emergency Management Agency] to advise that they were missing several sealed sources associated with their inactive brachytherapy program. She had been contacted by her radiation safety officer, who made the initial discovery on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. The staff began a visual search the same day.

"The Riverside Medical Center Administration was notified the following day and directed that additional searches be conducted of more potential locations as the old storage area had since been demolished as part of a facility remodeling project and the safe could have been relocated to another area of the Medical Center. Housekeeping, Maintenance, Facility Management, Radiology and Security Departments at the Medical Center were directed to take part in the search as well.

"Prior to the remodeling, 14 sources of Cs-137 were stored in a lead lined 'safe' which had been locked and secured in a basement storage room of the facility. The new RSO had been in the process of conducting a routine inventory/leak test of the sources when the discovery was made. The key to the safe was still in the possession of the RSO. The 'safe' is approximately 1.5'x1.5'x2.0'. Its weight precludes one or two individuals from removing the safe without additional mechanical assistance. It was marked and labeled with appropriate warning signs.

"The specific inventory of sources is as follows with activities corrected as of today's date; 2 sources of 46 milliCi, 4 sources of 31 milliCi, 4 sources of 23 milliCi and 4 sources of 16 milliCi. The manufacturer's safety sheets infers that these sources have a dose rate of 3.6 milliR/h at a distance of 1 foot for each milliCi of activity (46 milliCi; 167 milliR/h). The sources are nickel plated and appear metallic. The radioactivity is doubly encapsulated within stainless steel. Individually the sources are less than a tenth of an inch (3 millimeters) in diameter and less than an inch (20 millimeters) in length. The sources were last used for a medical treatment in October of 2003 but were included in routine inventories and leak tests. The licensee has no information to suggest any nefarious activity associated with the missing storage safe/sources and currently suspects it may have been removed from the site as part of the construction debris associated with last year's remodeling. A consultant has been contracted to perform additional monitoring at their facility with more sensitive radiation instruments in hopes of locating the storage safe.

"The Agency [Illinois Emergency Management Agency] is monitoring the licensee's search efforts. Sources of this nature are likely to set off radiation monitor alarms which are established at scrap metal facilities and some landfills however, an intact storage safe with the sources still inside is less likely to set off such alarms, due to its inherent shielding to protect medical staff. Maximum surface readings from the safe as measured previously by Agency personnel during site inspections are approximately 35 milliR/h with readings falling to 0.5 to 2 milliR/h at one foot. All sources were physically confirmed as being present by the Agency during a 2005 inspection."

Illinois Report Number: IL10049

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 46106
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RICHARD BROWN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 07/18/2010
Notification Time: 23:30 [ET]
Event Date: 07/18/2010
Event Time: 23:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BILLY DICKSON (R3DO)

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

LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY DUE TO PLANNED AT&T FIBER OPTIC CABLE OUTAGE

"The notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as a Major Loss of Communication.

"A planned outage of commercial phone lines is scheduled to occur between 0000 and 0800 on Monday, July 19, [2010]. This outage is allowing AT&T to replace phone lines along one of the local roadways. Even though actual work is estimated to take less than four hours, the outage is scheduled for an eight-hour window.

"The impact to the site has been evaluated and the following losses will be experienced.

"Outside Commercial Phone Lines
ENS Line
HPN Line
RSCL
PMCL
ERDS

"This condition is reportable as an event that resulted in a loss of offsite communication capability due to the loss of ENS and HPN. The notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"Satellite and Mobile phones are available to allow contact with offsite agencies and personnel. Communications between Emergency Response Facilities (Main Control Room, Technical Support Center, and Emergency Operation Facility) are available and will not be affected by the outage.

"Information Technology personnel will be at job site and at the plant site during this evolution.

"A follow-up notification will be made following restoration of the communications lines.

"State and affected Local agencies have been made aware of the pending communication outage. The NRC Resident Inspector has been made aware of the ENS notification."

* * * UPDATE FROM PHILLIP PRATER TO VINCE KLCO ON 7/19/10 AT 0407 EDT * * *

Notified that planned cable outage is complete.

Notified the R3DO (Dickson).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46107
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVE BORGER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/19/2010
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 07/19/2010
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA DUE TO TRITIUM DISCOVERED IN PROCESSED WATER

"PPL Susquehanna LLC personnel notified the PA DEP Bureau of Water Quality Management that Susquehanna Unit 1 experienced a large leak of river water in the turbine building on 7/16/2010 (reported under EN#46103). Efforts are currently underway to process that water prior to its return to the river. The NRC Resident Inspectors have also been notified.

"This notification is in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), in that an offsite notification has been completed regarding an event related to the protection of the environment."

The licensee reported to the PA DEP since the water that is being processed for return to the river contains less than EPA reportable quantities of tritium.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46108
Facility: CALVERT CLIFFS
Region: 1 State: MD
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: JOE GIOFFRE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/19/2010
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 07/19/2010
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (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

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA SYSTEM DISCOVERED TO BE OUT OF SERVICE

"At approximately 1230 [EDT] on 07/19/2010, Emergency Preparedness notified OPS that the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS) was found out of service to the NRC. The issue was first discovered at 1030 on 07/19/2010."

The licensee will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

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