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Event Notification Report for October 13, 2010

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10/12/2010 - 10/13/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46096 46314 46316 46322

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46096
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [ ] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JIM DAVIS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/15/2010
Notification Time: 12:59 [ET]
Event Date: 07/14/2010
Event Time: 13:47 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/12/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
DEBORAH SEYMOUR (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY PROGRAMMATIC ISSUE APPLICABLE TO CONSTRUCTION UNITS 3 AND 4

"On July 2, 2010, Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) provided a non-emergency event notification (EN# 46067) for an apparent non-compliance with 10 CFR 26.61 relating to self-disclosure requirements. During implementation of corrective actions for that event, Shaw Nuclear Services Inc. (Primary Construction Contractor for Vogtle 3&4) personnel identified that several of the self-disclosure forms received from a sub-contractor had very similar handwriting. An incident investigation was initiated to ascertain the relevant facts. During that investigation, Shaw identified two supervisory personnel from the sub-contractor organization who apparently provided the suspect self-disclosure documents for other employees from their company. Unescorted access for the two supervisory personnel was suspended and they were removed from the site pending completion of the investigation. All suspect self-disclosure forms were removed from the files, and the affected individuals have completed and submitted new self-disclosure forms. No other evidence of policy violations has been identified during this process. The investigation into the FFD event continues. On July 14, 2010, Shaw notified SNC that sufficient indication exists that the actions of the sub-contractor supervisory personnel may have violated the Shaw FFD policy. As such, this issue is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 26.719(b)(2)(ii), which requires a non-emergency event notification."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE AT 1446 ON 10/12/2010 FROM JIM DAVIS TO CHARLES TEAL * * *

"On July 15, 2010, Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) provided a non-emergency event notification (EN# 46096) for an apparent violation of the Shaw Fitness for Duty (FFD) policy by two subcontractor supervisory personnel who provided suspect self-disclosure documents for other employees from their company. On October 11, 2010, SNC was notified by Shaw that a third sub-contractor supervisory individual was identified as being involved in the original event reported on July 15, 2010. This supervisory individual has been relieved of duty and removed from Vogtle 3&4 site. The documents affected by this individual were part of the documents identified in the original notification (EN# 46096) made on July 15, 2010. As part of the corrective actions from the root cause investigation into the previously reported events, Shaw has verified that a self-disclosure form has been completed by each individual as required by 10 CFR 26. This notification is being made as an update to EN# 46096 to identify that a third individual was involved in violating the Shaw FFD policy."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R4DO (McCoy).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46314
Rep Org: IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Licensee: TJADEN BIOSCIENCES, LLC
Region: 3
City: BURLINGTON State: IA
County:
License #: 0344-1-29-MD
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NANCY FARRINGTON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 10/07/2010
Notification Time: 09:25 [ET]
Event Date: 12/03/2009
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNPLANNED EXPLOSION DAMAGING MIXTURE OF 400 MILLICURIES OF CARBON 14

This information was emailed from the state as follows:

During a routine health and safety inspection, the [state] inspector learned that an explosion had occurred at the facility on December 3, 2009. An Authorized User was quenching a mixture containing 400 milliCuries of Carbon-14 at the time of the explosion. The individual showered and was taken to the emergency room. The individual had several bioassays done prior to returning to work. The licensee decontaminated the area of concern within the lab. Iowa Item Number: IA100005

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: 46316
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
Region: 4
City: FULTON State: AR
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 10/07/2010
Notification Time: 15:45 [ET]
Event Date: 10/03/2010
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4DO)
PAUL MICHALAK (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE FAILED TO RETRACT

"On October 4, 2010, the Arkansas Radiation Control Program was notified by Team Industrial Services, Arkansas license number ARK-0344-03320, involving the failure of a radiography source to retract into the camera. The radiography crew involved in this incident was based in Sulphur, Louisiana.

"On October 3, 2010, radiography work was being conducted in Fulton, Arkansas using a rented SPEC-300 Camera, serial number 017, containing a 27 Curie SPEC G-70 source, serial number GE2503, both manufactured by Source Production and Equipment Company. The source was last leak tested on 10/1/2010. A J-Tube manufactured by QSA, owned by the licensee, was also employed in the radiography work.

"The source was cranked out of the SPEC-300 and the radiographer was unable to retract the source back into the camera. The radiography crew contacted the RSO and the crew attempted to safely straighten out the guide tube. After realigning the guide tube, the source was retracted into the camera.

"After the source was determined to be safely stored in the camera, the crew returned to the office to determine the cause of the inability to retract the source. SPEC was also notified.

"At this time, no overexposures have been reported by the licensee.

"The Radiation Control Program is awaiting a written report on the incident from the licensee."

Report #: ARK-0344-03320

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46322
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: SOR TESTING LABS
Region: 1
City: Carteret State: NJ
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES MCCULLOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/08/2010
Notification Time: 19:45 [ET]
Event Date: 10/08/2010
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/08/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JUDY JOUSTRA (R1DO)
PAUL MICHALAK (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGE TO TROXLER PORTABLE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler portable density gauge was run over by a front end loader, at a construction site, causing damage and bending the source rod. The source rod is retracted but the shutter door is open. The density gage was returned to its storage container. Survey of the device and area indicates that no leakage occurred. The unit will be returned the licensee location for storage in a locked area for the weekend. The density gauge will be sent out for repair next week.

The density gauge is a Model 3430 Troxler with a nominal 8 mCi Cs-137 gamma source and a 40 mCi Am-241:Be neutron source.

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