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Event Notification Report for May 10, 2011

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05/09/2011 - 05/10/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46815 46818 46819 46830 46831 46832

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Agreement State Event Number: 46815
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: AVILES ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L03016
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY JISHA
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 05/03/2011
Notification Time: 20:12 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2011
Event Time: 04:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
DIANA DIAZ-TORO (FSME)
MEXICO VIA FAX ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN TROXLER MODEL 3430

"On May 3, 2011, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that a Troxler Model 3430 moisture/density gauge had been stolen from the back of one of their trucks. The gauge was stolen at the intersection of Nalor and North Main in Houston, Texas. The gauge contains a 40 milliCurie Americium (Am) - 241 source, and an eight milliCurie Cesium (Cs) -137 source. The licensee reported that their technician had completed his work and returned to the licensee's facility. When the technician went to the back of the truck to get the gauge, he found the gauge missing, one chain and lock missing, and the other lock had a busted bail. The technician contacted the other licensee's technicians who were at the work site to see if any of them had the gauge. No one did. The technician contacted his manager and reported the missing gauge. The licensee contacted local law enforcement and notified them of the theft. The Agency has sent notification of the theft to the Texas Association of Pawn Brokers. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with Reporting Material Events SA-300."

The serial number of the gauge is 63670. The source numbers are 78-6298 and 77-9880.

Texas Incident: I-8841


* * * UPDATE FROM CHRIS MOORE TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1347 EDT ON 5/9/2011 VIA FACSIMILE * * *

"On May 7, 2011, local law enforcement reported to a residence due to a domestic dispute call. The police saw a radiation symbol on the gauge case, confirmed it was stolen, and confiscated the case and gauge. The Troxler model 3430 moisture/density gauge serial # 63670 was returned to the licensee. The gauge was inspected and returned to service."

Notified Mexico via fax. Notified R4DO (Walker), FSME DEO (McIntosh).


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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Agreement State Event Number: 46818
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: SUNBURY GENERATION LP
Region: 1
City: SHAMOKIN DAM State: PA
County:
License #: PA-G0283
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH M. MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/04/2011
Notification Time: 09:58 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2011
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER MECHANISM FAILURE

The following information was obtained from the State of Pennsylvania via facsimile:

"It was determined that the remote shutter actuator on a device is inoperable due to foreign material in the shutter mechanism. The device is identified as Texas Nuclear, Model 5197 (Serial No. 81637) with approximately 100 mCi of Cs-137.

"The cause of the event was equipment failure.

"The shutter is locked in the closed position and shall remain so until repairs are made. Licensee will notify the Department [Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection] when licensed repairs are made."

PA Event Report ID: PA110009


* * * UPDATE FROM JOE MELNIC TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1431 EDT ON 5/9/2011 VIA FACSIMILE * * *

"Upon further investigation it was determined that the remote actuator on the device is inoperable due to a crack in the mechanism that holds the actuator to the gauge. This prevents the shutter from operating as designed by the manufacturer. The device is identified as Texas Nuclear, Model 5197 (Serial No. B1637) with approximately 100 mCi of Cs-137."

Notified R1DO (DeFrancisco) and FSME (Diaz-Toro).

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Agreement State Event Number: 46819
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: BAE SYSTEMS
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WHALEN
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 05/04/2011
Notification Time: 12:00 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/04/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - MISSING PO-210 STATIC ELIMINATOR SOURCE

The following report was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via fax:

"On March 15, 2011, BAE systems called the Massachusetts Radiation program to report a missing Po-210 static eliminator.

"In 2009, BAE ordered an air nozzle and unexpectedly received it with a Po-210 source. It is assumed that the RSO at that time removed the source from the nozzle and placed into storage. In March, 2009, the RSO left the company and did not inform the Safety, Health, and Environment Manager that an additional source had been received. It was discovered during a February, 2011 internal audit that there was a discrepancy between shipped and inventoried ionizers.

"The former RSO has been contacted and does not recall where the source was stored. BAE believes the source was never put into their laboratories for use. A search for the source in the BAE laboratories and former RSO work area, etc. has not uncovered the source.

"The source is a Staticmaster In-line Alpha Ionizer, model P-2021-2002 leased from NRD. It has Serial Number A2GP089, and contained 10 mCi on 3/4/2009.

"Corrective Actions:

"BAE has created an inventory log form, and will perform more frequent inventory checks. BAE has also assigned the inventory checks to dedicated lab technicians, who will be overseen by the site RSO."

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: 46830
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN KEMPKES
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/09/2011
Notification Time: 08:44 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2011
Event Time: 07:22 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MARK RING (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP UPON TURBINE TRIP DUE TO MAIN GENERATOR LOCKOUT

"With Unit 2 at 100% power and Unit 1 in Mode 6 and severe weather in the vicinity, [a] Unit 2 Main Generator Lockout trip occurred at 0722 [CDT]. The reactor trip was 'Turbine Trip'. Procedure 2E-0, 'Reactor Trip or Safety Injection' was completed at 0725 hrs. [with] no Safety Injection required. [Procedure] 2ES-0.1, 'Reactor Trip Recovery' is in progress. Offsite power remains on all safeguards buses for both units. [The] 21 and 22 AFW [Auxiliary Feed Water] pumps automatically started on steam generator low level and are supplying Unit 2 steam generators. Unit 1 shutdown cooling was not affected.

"Reportable actuations are: Unit 2 Reactor Protection (scram), Unit 2 AFW pumps automatic start."

The licensee has notified the State of Wisconsin, the State of Minnesota, the Prairie Island Indian Nation and the NRC Resident Inspector. They will be issuing a press release.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 46831
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: ROBERT STOKES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 05/09/2011
Notification Time: 11:10 [ET]
Event Date: 05/08/2011
Event Time: 07:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
DAVID AYRES (R2DO)
JACK DAVIS (NMSS)

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24 HOUR REPORT DUE TO LOSS OF VACUUM PUMPS FOR AIR AND STACK MONITORING

"At approximately 0740 [CDT on 5/8/11] the plant experienced a total power outage. [The air monitoring vacuum pumps were not available during a power outage. This is a 24-hour reportable item under 10 CFR 40.60(b)(2)]. The power failure procedures were followed and a plant census was conducted and all personal were accounted for. Power was restored to the plant at approximately 0900 [CDT on 5/8/11]. The [loss of power to the site was due to a loss of power at the Joppa electrical substation]. The power was rerouted through Metropolis."

The loss of power to the site had no other impacts on plant safety. Normal offsite power has been re-established.

Reported to Richard Gibson Region II Senior Fuel Cycle Inspector.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 46832
Rep Org: ESCANABA PAPER COMPANY
Licensee: ESCANABA PAPER COMPANY
Region: 3
City: ESCANABA State: MI
County:
License #: 21-17630-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES HATTEN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/09/2011
Notification Time: 17:07 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2011
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
DAVE PASSEHL (R3DO)
DIANA DIAZ-TORO (FSME)

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BROKEN SHUTTER HANDLE ON LEVEL GAUGE

While performing a shutter check on a Kay Ray Model 7050, serial number 1019, level gauge, the shutter handle broke. The gauge is still in service at this time. No personnel exposures occurred as a result of this event. The gauge manufacturer will be contacted for repair guidance.

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