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Event Notification Report for March 18, 2011

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03/17/2011 - 03/18/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46672 46675 46678 46679 46680

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Agreement State Event Number: 46672
Rep Org: NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: SANJEL CORP
Region: 4
City:  State: ND
County: MCKENZIE
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID STRADINGER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 03/14/2011
Notification Time: 23:01 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2011
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/15/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - NUCLEAR GAUGES RECOVERED FROM OIL RIG FIRE

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) notified the NRC of two nuclear gauges affected by a fire at an oil rig in Mckenzie County, North Dakota. The fire is out and one gauge has been retrieved with the shield intact with no unusual radiation readings. The second gauge has also been retrieved. There is no damage apparent to the second gauge except for some shifting of the lead shielding around the gauge. There was no unusual radiation levels, exposure or contamination impact to personnel. The gauges are Thermo-Fisher Scientific, model 5192. Arrangements are being made to ship both gauges to the manufacture for inspection and repair.

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Agreement State Event Number: 46675
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: LEAF RIVER CELLULOSE
Region: 4
City: NEW AUGUSTA State: MS
County:
License #: MS-565-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JULIA RALSTON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/15/2011
Notification Time: 16:43 [ET]
Event Date: 01/10/2011
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/15/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHUCK CAIN (R4DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)

Event Text

DAMAGED FIXED GAUGE SAMPLE WHEEL

The following report was received via fax.

"Licensee's RSO contacted DRH [Mississippi Department of Radiological Health] by letter to report a malfunction of the sample wheel mechanism in their basis weight fixed gauge (Model No. BWM-H Beta Gauge, Gauge Serial No. 25630138, Source Model No. Amersham Corporation Model SIC.L5, Source Serial No. HW338). The device manufacturer was contacted and a representative removed the original faulty basis weight source head and replaced it with a refurbished unit. The replacement did not function, so the original source head was repaired and reattached. A leak test, survey and inspection were all conducted. As a precaution, the licensee ordered a refurbished source head and the manufacturer's representative came out to replace the original faulty source head. A leak test, survey and inspection were conducted. Leak tests revealed no contamination and surveys were normal."

Source: Sr-90, 15 mCi

Mississippi Tracking Number: MS-11002

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Power Reactor Event Number: 46678
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW PARKER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/17/2011
Notification Time: 13:58 [ET]
Event Date: 03/17/2011
Event Time: 12:50 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/17/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO VEHICLE FIRE

"Vehicle fire outside the protected area in the owner controlled area. Offsite fire department contacted and responded to site. Fire has been extinguished. Fire was limited to vehicle and no plant equipment was affected. Event had no affect on plant operation."

The licensee notified the State of North Carolina, the State of South Carolina, York county, Gaston county, and Mecklenburg county. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Hospital Event Number: 46679
Rep Org: LIBERTY HOSPITAL
Licensee: LIBERTY HOSPITAL
Region: 3
City: LIBERTY State: MO
County:
License #: 24-16178-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/17/2011
Notification Time: 16:21 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2007
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/17/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)

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

Event Text

TEN TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS DISCOVERED MISSING

On 6/5/2007 during an NRC Inspection, ten (10) tritium exit signs were verified in storage. Approximately one month later in July 2007, the RSO noticed that the signs were gone and assumed that his Director had dispositioned them, i.e., returned them to the manufacturer for disposal.

On 3/17/2011 at 0800 CDT, in response to a followup question from an NRC Inspector onsite 3/16/2011, it was determined there was no documentation associated with the transfer or disposal of these signs. The licensee contacted the NRC Inspector who was still in the area and informed her of this situation.

The licensee has no information on the manufacturer, activity or serial numbers of the missing exit signs.

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: 46680
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: WAYNE HARRELSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 03/18/2011
Notification Time: 05:32 [ET]
Event Date: 03/18/2011
Event Time: 01:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/18/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)

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

Event Text

CONTROL ROOM BOUNDARY RENDERED INOPERABLE

"On March 17, 2011 during a control room walk-down, it was discovered that a halon bottle located in the control room was removed from its associated piping for scheduled work. The open piping penetrates the control room boundary rendering it inoperable.

"Technical Specification 3.7.6.1 'Control Room Emergency Ventilation System' is applicable in Modes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 was entered. Since control room boundary was rendered inoperable, Dominion is reporting that this condition could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function to mitigate the consequences of an accident. Upon discovery the piping was capped re-establishing the control room boundary.

"Further engineering review will be conducted to more fully evaluate the impact on the control room boundary.

"This condition is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D)."

Offsite power is normal and all emergency diesel generators are operable. There was no increase in plant risk.

The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified.

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