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Event Notification Report for August 10, 2010

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08/09/2010 - 08/10/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46143 46147 46148 46149 46150 46151 46160 46161 46162 46163

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46143
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: GREATER BALTIMORE MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: BALTIMORE State: MD
County:
License #: MD-05-002-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY MANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/03/2010
Notification Time: 10:22 [ET]
Event Date: 07/09/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PATIENT EXPOSURE TO AN UNINTENDED AREA

On July 9, 2010, a cervical cancer brachytherapy study was being performed using a Cs-137 source (44.2 mCi). The physician failed to place the source in the afterloader and the source fell on the patient's buttocks. The source was later recovered from the trash before it left the facility. The licensee estimates the maximum dose received was 1050 centiGray. The patient's physician and the patient were notified of this event. No reddening of the skin has been noticed. The state was notified on 7/12/2010 and a written report was received from the licensee on 7/26/2010.

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 46147
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: ANNISTON State: AL
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID A. TURBERVILLE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/04/2010
Notification Time: 15:10 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2010
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/04/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A SOURCE FOUND IN A LOAD OF SCRAP

The following report was received from the State of Alabama via fax:

"The Agency [Alabama Office of Radiation Control] received a call from representatives at Huron Valley Steel Corporation in Anniston, AL on August 2, 2010 regarding elevated readings from a load of scrap. Huron Valley personnel indicated that the facility received the load from American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO) in Birmingham, Alabama. An Agency representative asked Huron Valley personnel [to] isolate and secure the scrap. Agency representatives visited Huron Valley Steel on August 3, 2010 to assist with measurement, identification, and securing the possible source of radiation. Agency representatives noted that the source of radiation was approximately 6 inches wide x 2 inches deep x 1-2 inches [in] height. Agency representatives noted that the source of radiation no longer bore any identifying marks and appeared to be compacted. Agency representatives noted that exposure readings were approximately 330 mR/hr at approximately 4 inches from the source. Agency representatives measured for removable contamination in the field (none noted); representatives noted that areas around the source's location in the scrap did not appear to be contaminated. Agency representatives ensured that the source of radiation was isolated, shielded, and secured as of the date and time of submission of this report.

"The Alabama Office of Radiation Control (Agency) is investigating the origination point of this source of radiation. Agency personnel are gathering data for personnel exposure estimations. Agency personnel are in the process of identifying the nuclide in the source of radiation. The aforementioned information is the most current information available to the Agency as of the date of report submission, August 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. central time.

"Alabama Incident 10-35 - Report regarding Source of Radiation Found in Scrap"

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46148
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ISOAID, L.L.C.
Region: 1
City: PORT RICHEY State: FL
County:
License #: 3196-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE L. FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/04/2010
Notification Time: 16:04 [ET]
Event Date: 12/31/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/04/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
ROBERT LEWIS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- EXTREMITY OVEREXPOSURE DISCOVERED DURING AN AUDIT

The following information was received from the State of Florida via fax:

"During a scheduled state audit, it was discovered [that] an employee received an overexposure greater than 50 rem (51881 mr) to an extremity in December of 2008. Licensee is implementing corrective action, as in leaded gloves, increased shielding, review of radiation protection manual and procedures. Further action is referred to Licensing and Materials Office. This office will take no further action on this incident."

The State of Florida incident date is 04-Aug-10 with the investigation conducted on 27 July 2010.

Florida Incident No.: FL10-087

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46149
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: PENNIMAN AND BROWNE
Region: 1
City: BALTIMORE State: MD
County:
License #: MD-05-039-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY MANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 08/05/2010
Notification Time: 08:53 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2010
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ITAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

A representative from the State of Maryland Radiological Health Program reported the theft of a Troxler moisture density gauge. The Troxler gauge (Model 3440, Serial Number 21688, with 40 mCi of Am-241/Be and 8 mCi Cs-137) was stolen on 8/3/10 from a truck parked overnight at the home of a Penniman and Browne employee. Both company and State representatives have searched for the gauge in areas nearby the location of the theft without success. The theft has been reported to the Howard County Sheriff and the State plans to issue a press release on the incident. The State noted that the storage of the Troxler in a truck at the employee's home was not authorized.

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: 46150
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES, INC.
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 0022-17
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/05/2010
Notification Time: 11:35 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2010
Event Time: 07:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from the State of Florida via fax:

"A soil moisture density gauge (Troxler) was discovered stolen at approximately 0730 [EDT] on 5 Aug 2010, this office notified at 1015 [EDT]. Gauge stored in a locked conex box, case chained to the conex box, case was locked and gauge itself was locked; owner still has control of gauge's key. Conex box lock found broken and chain lock broken also. Licensee will offer a reward. Orlando Inspection Office will investigate. This office will take no further action on this incident.

"The incident location was a jobsite on Dunn Avenue 3/4 mile west of Williamson Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach PD case number 2010016305."

The stolen gauge is a Troxler Model 3430, S/N 26007, containing two (2) sources; 40 mCi Am-241/Be and 8 mCi Cs-137.

Florida Incident Number: FL10-088

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: 46151
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: WILBUR SMITH ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 3986-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/05/2010
Notification Time: 11:36 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2010
Event Time: 07:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DEFRANCISCO (R1DO)
GLENDA VILLAMAR (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from the State of Florida via fax:

"A soil moisture density gauge (Troxler) was discovered stolen at approximately 0730 [EDT] on 5 Aug 2010, this office notified at 1015 [EDT]. Gauge stored in a locked conex box, case chained to the conex box, case was locked and gauge itself was locked; owner still has control of gauge's key. Conex box lock found broken and chain lock broken also. Licensee will offer a reward. Orlando Inspection Office will investigate. This office will take no further action on this incident.

"The incident location was a jobsite on Dunn Avenue 3/4 mile west of Williamson Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach PD case number 2010016305."

The stolen gauge is a Troxler Model 3430, S/N 60176, containing two (2) sources; 40 mCi Am-241/Be and 8 mCi Cs-137.

Florida Incident Number - FL10-089

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 46160
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ASHTON PARKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/09/2010
Notification Time: 04:23 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2010
Event Time: 05:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)

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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER DECLARED OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A condition is being reported per Technical Requirements Manual 13.13.1, 'Emergency Response Facilities', Action B.2. The functionality of the Technical Support Center (TSC) has been lost due to planned maintenance being performed on the TSC HVAC. Alternate facilities are available to provide emergency response functions and actions are proceeding to return the TSC to functional status with high priority. A 10CFR50.54(q) evaluation has been performed for this planned maintenance activity. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM PAUL BURWINKEL TO VINCE KLCO ON 8/9/10 AT 1438 EDT * * *

"The planned maintenance of the TSC HVAC was completed and the Technical Support Center was returned to functional status as of 8/9/10 at 1153 EDT. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified the R2DO (Bonser).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46161
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: DARRELL LAPCINSKI
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/09/2010
Notification Time: 12:32 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2010
Event Time: 07:42 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)
LAURA PEARSON (ILTA)

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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

DISCOVERY OF FIREARM DURING X-RAY SCREENING

"At 0742 CDT on 08/09/2010, Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant (PINGP) personnel discovered a hand gun in a personal bag being processed through an x-ray search machine in the Security Access Facility. Security personnel immediately established control of the weapon and the owner. The owner of the weapon is a permanent employee of PINGP. The owner has been determined to hold proper permits for the weapon.

"The Local Law Enforcement Agency and the Prairie Island Community Tribal Council was notified.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

"This notification is being conducted in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi) for notification to an outside government agency."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46162
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: DARRELL LAPCINSKI
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/09/2010
Notification Time: 13:04 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2010
Event Time: 08:12 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO LOSS OF CONDENSER TUBE CLEANING (AMERTAP) BALLS

"During the performance of TP-1539, Amertap Ball Check on 8/08/2010 at 1326 [CDT], it was discovered that [about] 1400 balls could have been lost to the environment [Mississippi River] via the External Circulating Water System from the 11 Amertap Ball System.

"The Xcel Energy Environmental Service informed the plant that reports were made to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on 8/09/2010 at 0817 and the State of Minnesota Duty Officer on 8/09/2010 at 0812.

"The Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council was notified.

"The 11 Amertap Ball System is shutdown and will remain out of service until repairs are completed."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46163
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TODD BOHANAN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/09/2010
Notification Time: 17:16 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2010
Event Time: 08:35 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 50 Power Operation 50 Power Operation
2 N Y 50 Power Operation 50 Power Operation
3 N Y 50 Power Operation 50 Power Operation

Event Text

APPENDIX R SAFE SHUTDOWN INSTRUCTIONS DO NOT CONTAIN TWO REQUIRED OPERATOR MANUAL ACTIONS

"The Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN) 10 CFR 50 Appendix R Safe Shutdown Instructions provide manual actions to limit diesel loading. From the Tennessee Valley Authority's review of the design input calculation, 'Appendix R - Auxiliary Power System Alignments and Diesel Generator Loading,' it was determined that two 4 kV breakers (one in each of two fire scenarios) that should be tripped and/or tripped and isolated during a postulated Appendix R event were not part of the BFN Safe Shutdown Instructions. Without additional operator manual actions to trip and/or trip and isolate the affected breakers, spurious closure of the breakers could overload the credited emergency generator.

"Interim actions to trip and/or trip and isolate these breakers for Appendix R Safe Shutdown Instructions are being put in place.

"This event is reportable within 8 hours under 10CFR50.72 (b)(3)(v)(A) - any event or condition that results in the condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to: Shut down the reactor and maintain it in a safe shutdown condition. This event is also reportable within 60 days under 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(v)(A) - as any event or condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to: Shut down the reactor and maintain it in a safe shutdown condition.

"This condition was self-identified. The condition has been documented in the BFN Corrective Action program as Service Request 228891. Unit 1, 2, and 3 remain at power and are not affected by this event. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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