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Event Notification Report for May 19, 2011

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05/18/2011 - 05/19/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46848 46849 46850

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Agreement State Event Number: 46848
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: SOLO CUP OPERATING CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: DALLAS State: TX
County:
License #: 02174
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/13/2011
Notification Time: 07:50 [ET]
Event Date: 05/12/2011
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/13/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER ON NUCLEAR GAUGE

The following information from the State was received by email:

"On May 12, 2011, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that the shutter on a Ohmart/Vega Model BAL nuclear gauge containing 100 milliCuries of Strontium (Sr) - 90 was stuck in the closed position. The gauge has an electronic shutter, which is not functioning. The licensee contacted their service provider for assistance in repairing the gauge. The cause for the failure is being investigated. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident No: I-8847

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Agreement State Event Number: 46849
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: SOLO CUP OPERATING CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: DALLAS State: TX
County:
License #: 02174
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/13/2011
Notification Time: 07:59 [ET]
Event Date: 04/18/2011
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/13/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING SHUTTER ON NUCLEAR GAUGE

The following information from the State was received by email:

"On May 12, 2011, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that on April 18, 2011, while conducting a routine inspection of a NDC model 8000 TDI nuclear gauge containing 80 milliCuries of Americium (Am) - 241 they found the shutter for the device was missing. The licensee conducted a search for the shutter, but it was not found. The licensee contacted the manufacturer for assistance in repairing the gauge. The licensee placed a lead plate over the shutter to prevent exposure to personnel. The gauge was repaired by the manufacturer on April 29, 2011. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident No: I-8848

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Agreement State Event Number: 46850
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: PORT LAVACA State: TX
County:
License #: 00051
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/13/2011
Notification Time: 08:00 [ET]
Event Date: 05/11/2011
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/18/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER STUCK OPEN ON NUCLEAR GAUGE

The following information from the State was received by email:

"On May 12, 2011, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that while performing a routine inspection of a Ohmart/Vega model SH-F2 nuclear gauge containing 200 milliCuries of Cesium (Cs) - 137 they found the shutter for the device stuck in the open position. The licensee believes the probable cause for the event is a buildup of debris in the operating mechanism of the gauge. The gauge is used for level detection on a vent stack in an area of the plant not routinely occupied. The licensee is lubricating and trying to cycle the shutter frequently. The licensee has contacted a service provider to assist them if needed. No exposure to any personnel has occurred due to this event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident No: I-8849

* * * UPDATE FROM ART TUCKER TO CHARLES TEAL VIA EMAIL ON 5/18/11 @ 0915 EDT * * *

"On May 16, 2011, the licensee reported that the repeated lubrication of the shutter was successful and that the shutter was now working as designed. The report also stated that the event was discovered on May 11, 2011, not May 12, 2011, as first reported."

Notified R4DO (Shannon) and FSME (McIntosh).

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