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Event Notification Report for February 6, 2013

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48482 48702 48704 48714 48716 48717 48718

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Agreement State Event Number: 48482
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: CARRILLO & ASSOCIATES INC
Region: 4
City: SAN ANTONIO State: TX
County:
License #: L05804
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/06/2012
Notification Time: 12:10 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2012
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCES (E-MA)
ILTAB (E-MA)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- MISSING TROXLER

The following was received from the State of Texas via email:

"On November 6, 2012, the licensee notified the Agency [State of Texas] that at approximately 0820 hrs one of its employees had discovered that a Troxler Model 3411B moisture/density gauge, containing one 8 millicurie cesium-137 source and one 40 millicurie americium-241/beryllium source, had been stolen from the company-owned vehicle while it was parked at his residence in Laredo, Texas, sometime during the preceding weekend. The licensee reported that the employee had left a temporary work site on Friday, November 2, 2012, and gone to his residence due to a family emergency and had failed to return the gauge to the licensed location. While the employee was loading the vehicle to go to a temporary work site this morning, he realized he had left the gauge in the vehicle over the weekend. When he checked the vehicle, he found the chains had been cut and the gauge was gone. The licensee notified local law enforcement. More information will be provided as it is obtained per SA-300.

"Gauge info: Troxler, Model 3411B, SN: 13121"

Texas Incident Number: I-9007

* * * UPDATE FROM KAREN BLANCHARD TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ AT 1330 ON 2/5/2013 * * *

The following information was received from the State of Texas via e-mail:

"The Troxler Model 3411B moisture/density gauge that was stolen sometime between November 2-6, 2012, in Laredo, TX, was recovered by the licensee on February 2, 2013.

"The licensee was contacted by an unknown person who was offering a machine for sale, no questions asked. Suspecting it was probably their gauge, the licensee made arrangements to buy it. The licensee has no information on the seller.

"The licensee notified local law enforcement of the recovery."

Notified the R4DO (Proulx), FSME Resources, ILTAB (Johnson), and Mexico.


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: 48702
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: ADVANCED INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 4
City: TULSA State: OK
County:
License #: OK-27588-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEVIN SAMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 01/28/2013
Notification Time: 16:32 [ET]
Event Date: 01/15/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/28/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ASSISTANT RADIOGRAPHER EXCEEDED ANNUAL EXPOSURE LIMIT

The following was received from the state of Oklahoma via email:

"On January 15 [the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality] was informed by the RSO for AIT [Advanced Inspection Technologies] that one of their radiographer assistants had exceeded the 5 R limit for exposure during calendar year 2012. This individual consistently had higher exposures than other employees at AIT and had failed to turn in his badge at the end of April, 2012, instead continuing to wear it through May. This resulted in a reading of 1075 mR on the April report, but this also included the month of May. His May badge was not used and showed a dose of only 19 mR when processed. This situation was discussed with the RSO during their routine inspection in June. At the end of October the assistant again failed to turn in his badge and wore it through November. At the beginning of October, his cumulative dose for the year was 4580 mR. The badge was sent in for processing at the end of November and Landauer contacted the licensee on January 15, 2013 to inform him that the exposure on the October badge was 1282 mR. This put his 2012 total at 5864 (the unused November badge showed 2 mR). The RSO submitted a written report of this incident to us [State of Oklahoma] on Jan. 22, 2013.

"On January 23, [the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality] spoke with the radiographer who the assistant radiographer worked with most often. The radiographer [was asked] if there had been any incidents which might have caused the high doses the assistant radiographer had received. The radiographer replied that there had been no 'major' incidents that he was aware of. [The radiographer was] then asked about any minor incidents and the radiographer replied that 'two or three times' they had retracted the source into the exposure device, however when they approached the device, their rate alarms went off (these are required to be set to alarm at a dose rate of 500 mR/hr). They then cranked the source out again and again tried to retract it, which was successful. The fact that they got close enough to the source to encounter a 500 mR/hr radiation field indicates that they were not performing the post-exposure surveys required by 10 CFR 34.49(b). The radiographer [was then asked] if he had reported these incidents to the RSO to which he replied that in all cases he had checked the direct-reading dosimeters of he and the assistant radiographer's and found that they indicated a dose of 10 mR or less. Therefore, he decided not to report them. He also stated that the need to keep up with the work load played a role in his decision. The radiographer could not remember specific dates or locations where this had occurred. On January 28, 2013, [the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality] spoke with the RSO again and informed him of the conversation with the radiographer. The RSO professed to have no knowledge of the 'incidents' described by the radiographer. The RSO [was requested] to perform another investigation into this incident, specifically focusing on whether this was an isolated incident or if this was representative of the overall culture at the facility, and that enforcement action [would be deferred] pending the results of his investigation. The RSO agreed to this stipulation. It should be noted that AIT is, in general, one of [the] better licensees when it comes to compliance with [the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality] regulations. Investigation into this incident is continuing. As the over-exposure did not occur within a period of 24 hours as stipulated by 10 CFR 20.2202(b)(1), [the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality] is treating this as a reportable event under 10 CFR 20.2203(a)(2)."

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Agreement State Event Number: 48704
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: FLOWSERVE CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: RALEIGH State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES ALBRIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/29/2013
Notification Time: 08:16 [ET]
Event Date: 12/28/2012
Event Time: 15:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/29/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RONALD BELLAMY (R1DO)
FSME_EVENTS_RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STUCK SOURCE ON A RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following is a summary of a report received via email by the North Carolina Division of Radiation Protection Radioactive Material Branch concerning a source that became stuck while using a radiography camera at a Flowserve facility in Raleigh, NC.

On December 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm during radiographic operations with a Co-60 projector model number 741AE s/n A218 containing a Co-60 source, a stuck source equipment incident occurred when the source failed to retract into the shielded position at the permanent radiographic facility located at Flowserve Flow Control Division in Raleigh, NC.

The licensee implemented its source retrieval procedures and successfully retrieved the source back into the projector without exposure to the staff involved.

Inspection of the guide tube setup identified that the connector that connected the flexible guide tubes was not fully engaged.

All radiographers and assistants were briefed on the stuck source equipment incident and all conditions found. The importance of daily checks was stressed along with the need to perform an inspection of your guide tube setup when making any type of change. All radiographers and assistants were involved in the inspection of the two flexible guide tubes and comparison to our other guide tubes and nothing was identified as a potential problem.

The incident was monitored by the RSO at each stage from beginning to end to ensure that all possible safety and security concerns were adequately addressed.

It is the determination of the RSO that at no time was the safety of the employees, radiographers or the public at risk as a result of this incident.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48714
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: JASON HARNER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 08:19 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2013
Event Time: 08:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)

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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM OUT OF SERVICE

"This is a non-emergency eight hour notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because the work activity affects the functionality of an emergency response facility.

"Planned maintenance activities are being performed today (February 5, 2013) to the Technical Support Center (TSC) HVAC. The work entails performance of DOP [dioctyplthalate oil smoke test] and Halide testing. This work activity is planned to be performed and completed expeditiously within about 12 hours including establishing and removing the clearance and performing post maintenance testing.

"If an emergency condition occurs that requires activation of the TSC, plans are to utilize the TSC concurrent with this work activity as long as habitability conditions allow. Additionally, plans are in place to expedite the return of the system should an emergency condition occur. The Emergency Response Organization duty team members will be relocated to alternate location if required by habitability conditions in accordance with emergency implementing procedures.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

* * * UPDATE AT 1433 EST ON 2/5/2013 FROM JASON HARNER TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

TSC ventilation has been returned to service.

Notified the R1DO (Powell) via e-mail.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48716
Facility: CRYSTAL RIVER
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: LARRY MOFFATT
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 10:57 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2013
Event Time: 08:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT HAAG (R2DO)
ELLIOT BRENNER (PAO)
ROGER HANNAH (R2PA)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Defueled 0 Defueled

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO MEDIA/PRESS RELEASE

"At 0800 Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 02/05/2013, Progress Energy Florida, Inc., a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced its plan to permanently shutdown and decommission the Crystal River Unit 3 (CR3) Nuclear Plant. A media release was issued at 0800 EST on 02/05/2013. CR3 Security personnel are stationed at the Emergency Operations Facility/Training Facility located outside the Owner Controlled Area to monitor potential media coverage and public assembly. At this time, Security reports no security issues. No other media releases are planned at this time. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) for offsite notifications based on the media release of the planned shutdown and decommissioning of CR3.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48717
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: WALLACE JUDD
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 12:26 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2013
Event Time: 05:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER OUT OF SERVICE FOR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

"Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation was removed from service on 2/5/13 at 0545 EST to complete scheduled maintenance activities. Without proper ventilation, habitability of the TSC cannot be assured. Work duration is planned to complete today.

"In the event TSC activation is required, approved procedures are in place to establish an alternate location, if necessary."

The licensee will make courtesy notifications to state and local agencies. The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48718
Facility: FARLEY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: CHARLES BAREFIELD
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 17:36 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2013
Event Time: 10:05 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO HVAC SYSTEM MALFUNCTION

"The facility Technical Support Center (TSC) was rendered non-functional due to a malfunction in the TSC HVAC system. A lugged connection on the air conditioning system control power relay became loose causing a loss of contact between the spade and the relay. Repairs have been completed and the air conditioning has been returned to service. However, the out of service time was greater than 30 minutes, which by the station's reporting procedures, is an 8 hour non-emergency report. The out of service time was from 0935 to 1342 CST.

"Compensatory measures per site procedure FNP-0-EIP-6.0 (TSC Setup and Activation) for maintaining emergency assessment, off-site response, and off-site communication capabilities were available. These measures included the conditional relocation of the TSC staff in the event of a declared emergency if the Emergency Director deems the TSC to be uninhabitable."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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