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Event Notification Report for November 22, 2011

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Event Reports For
11/21/2011 - 11/22/2011

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47445 47451 47462 47464

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Agreement State Event Number: 47445
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: ATLANTIC STATES CAST IRON COMPANY
Region: 1
City: PHILLIPSBURG State: NJ
County:
License #: 507414
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CATHERINE BIEL
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 11/16/2011
Notification Time: 10:11 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2011
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/16/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1DO)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - SHUTTER FELL OFF FIXED PROCESS GAUGE

"The licensee's two fixed gauges were locked out because of maintenance on refractory equipment occurring the weekend of 10/22/11. On the morning of 10/24/11 it was discovered that the shutter had fallen. The exact timing of when the shutter fell is under investigation. This event resulted in a possible overexposure of members of the public.

"Staff from the NJDEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) is visiting the site today, 11/15/11."

The gauge is a TN Technologies Model #5204, S/N B585, fixed gauge containing 8 Ci of Cs-137.

NJ Incident #: 410183

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Agreement State Event Number: 47451
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: TERRACON CONSULTANTS, INC
Region: 4
City: RIDGELAND State: MS
County:
License #: MS-724-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JULIA McROBERTS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/17/2011
Notification Time: 16:31 [ET]
Event Date: 11/14/2011
Event Time: 18:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/17/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (R1DO)
BILL VON TILL (FSME)
D. JOHNSON (E-MAIL) (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - THEFT OF A TROXLER DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the Mississippi Division of Radiological Health (DHR) via e-mail:

"The licensee's RSO contacted DRH to report the theft of their Troxler Model 3440 (S/N 22563) nuclear gauge that was secured in the back of their white marked pick-up truck parked six spaces from the front entrance of the Wal-Mart [located in Meridian, MS]. The two gauge cables were cut and the gauge was taken out of the truck bed. All required shipping documentation was stolen out of the unlocked cab of the truck. The gauge and gauge paperwork were estimated to have been stolen around 1820 [CST]. The gauge was stored in the yellow plastic transport case with Radioactive Yellow II labels attached. The yellow plastic transport case had two locks on the outer container and two cables threaded through the top handle and locked with two separate locks on each separate eye hook.

"Meridian City Police were immediately notified by the licensee. Licensee notified Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at 1940 [CST]. MEMA contacted DRH at 1955 [CST]. DRH notified Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who then notified FBI.

"DRH performed an inspection and investigation on November 16, 2011 at Terracon Consultants, Inc., in Ridgeland."

The gauge contained the following sources: Cs-137 (S/N 75-4297) (8 mCi); Am-241:Be (S/N 47-18403) (40 mCi)

Mississippi Report MS-11006

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 47462
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: MICHAEL GREENO
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/21/2011
Notification Time: 15:15 [ET]
Event Date: 11/21/2011
Event Time: 09:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/21/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (R2DO)
MICHAEL WATERS (NMSS)

Event Text

UNPLANNED MEDICAL TREATMENT OF A CONTAMINATED INDIVIDUAL

"On November 21, 2011, at 0900 [CST] a Honeywell employee entered the plant's dispensary for unplanned medical treatment for chest pain. [The] employee's plant shoes and coveralls were contaminated. After [the] individual's boots were removed and coveralls were cut off, he was surveyed . Upon decontamination, all readings on the patient did not exceed background. The patient was sent by ambulance to Baptist Hospital for evaluation.

"Reporting Requirement: 10 CFR 40.60(b)(3), Unplanned medical treatment in a medical facility of an individual with spreadable contamination.

"Isotope, Quantities and Chemical Form: Uranium Ore Concentrate, U3O8."

The licensee informed NRC Region II (Joe Calle).

The licensee stated that there was no contamination elsewhere in the facility as a result of this event.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47464
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: LT. EARSLEY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 11/21/2011
Notification Time: 17:51 [ET]
Event Date: 11/21/2011
Event Time: 16:06 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/21/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO FISH KILL

"At 1606 Central Standard Time, Xcel Energy Environmental Services made a report to the State of MN regarding 190 fish killed from the discharge canal temperature transient during the reactor scram on 11/20/11. The report was made verbally with a follow-up email message detailing the species of fish killed.

"This is a notification being made under 50.72(b)(2)(xi) as an event related to the environment for which notification to other government agencies have or will be made."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the State and will notify local authorities of this event.

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