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Event Notification Report for August 10, 2011

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Event Reports For
08/09/2011 - 08/10/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47121 47132 47134 47136 47137 47138

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Agreement State Event Number: 47121
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: LEWIS GALE MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: SALEM State: VA
County: ROANOKE
License #: VA-161-126-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/03/2011
Notification Time: 14:44 [ET]
Event Date: 06/08/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING AN UNDER-DOSE

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

On June 8, 2011, a prostate implant procedure was performed utilizing 57 seeds of 0.406 mCi/seed to a gland size of 33.7 cc. The intended dose was 145 Gy. On August 2nd during a post-plan evaluation, a CT was performed where it was discovered the base of the prostate was under-dosed. It is estimated that all 57 seeds are 1 cm short of the far superior position. The prescribed minimum D-90 dose was 80 Gy, a calculation was performed estimating that the actual dose delivered was 51 Gy. The physician and patient have been notified. A follow-up visit has been scheduled.

Virginia Event Report ID No.: VA-11-06

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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Agreement State Event Number: 47132
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: PAVEMENT ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: YUBA CITY State: CA
County: SUTTER
License #: CA-4977-45
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JASON FASSELL
HQ OPS Officer: ERIC SIMPSON
Notification Date: 08/06/2011
Notification Time: 17:44 [ET]
Event Date: 08/06/2011
Event Time: 05:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()
MEXICO VIA FAX ()

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was obtained from the State of California via email:

"At 0530 PDT on 8/6/2011, a Model 4640 Troxler material density gauge belonging to Pavement Engineering of Redding, CA was lost at a construction site between McAllen Road and Olivehurst on Highway 70 south of Yuba City, CA. The operator set the gauge down by the side of the road and returned to find it missing. It was reported missing at 1105 PDT on 8/6/2011 to the California Emergency Management Agency who contacted the California Department of Public Health, Radiological Health Branch (RHB) at 1126 PDT. Sutter County Sheriff's office has responded and is investigating. Also contacted was Sutter County Fire Dept. A health physicist has been deployed from RHB to assist in the search with a variety of radiation survey instruments in case the gauge was misplaced by the side of the road.

"The gauge contains 9 mCi of Cs-137. "

* * * UPDATE ON 08/06/2011 AT 1936 PDT FROM JOHN FASSELL (VIA EMAIL) TO ERIC SIMPSON * * *

"A survey by RHB staff over 0.6 miles of highway margin assisted by licensee personnel failed to recover the gauge. A reward will be posted by the licensee."

Notified R4DO (Hagar) and FSME EO (McKenney) via email.

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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Agreement State Event Number: 47134
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: ANHEUSER BUSCH
Region: 4
City: FAIRFIELD State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGOR
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 08/06/2011
Notification Time: 22:25 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2011
Event Time: 19:44 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
CHRISTEPHER MCKENNEY (FSME)
ILTAB VIA EMAIL ()
MEXICO VIA FAX ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The licensee notified the state of California that on 8/5/2011 they had discovered one of its tritium exit signs missing. The licensee is investigating. The sign contained approximately 20 curies of H-3.


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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 47136
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: BOB STOKES
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 08/09/2011
Notification Time: 15:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/08/2011
Event Time: 16:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2DO)
THOMAS HILTZ (NMSS)

Event Text

POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED PERSON TRANSPORTED OFFSITE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT

"A person working at the sampling plant driving a forklift to move drums began having chest pains. The individual was taken to the site dispensary for evaluation. An ambulance was requested to take the employee to the hospital for further evaluation. The employee had contamination on his coveralls and boots. Before leaving for the hospital the employee's plant clothing was removed and surveyed. There was no detectable contamination on the employee when he was transferred to the hospital."

The NRC Region II Senior Fuel Cycle Inspector (Gibson) has been informed.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47137
Facility: GINNA
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: REX REISSNER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/09/2011
Notification Time: 16:25 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2011
Event Time: 12:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

INADVERTENT ACTUATION OF AN EMERGENCY SIREN

"[There was an] inadvertent actuation of siren 46 due to water intrusion into the control box. The door was knocked open by a falling tree branch. Power to the siren has been isolated to prevent re-occurrence. Repair is scheduled for August 10, 2011"

The licensee notified both Wayne and Monroe counties and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47138
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JEFF MIELL
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 08/10/2011
Notification Time: 02:06 [ET]
Event Date: 08/10/2011
Event Time: 01:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BILLY DICKSON (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

POTENTIAL LOSS OF TSC OPERABILITY WHILE PERFORMING PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A planned maintenance evolution at the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) will have the potential to remove the plant computer systems (Plant Process Computer, Intranet, and Internet) from service. The TSC would be rendered non-functional with the loss of all computer systems. The replacement and testing of the automatic power transfer relay is expected to de-energize the computer systems for less than 20 minutes at any time.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures. Maintenance will be terminated and power will be restored to the plant computer systems. The restoration of power to all computer systems is estimated to take less than one hour.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to the potential loss of an Emergency Response Facility (ERF). An update will be provided once the plant computer systems power supplies have been restored to normal operation."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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