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Event Notification Report for February 13, 2013

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Event Reports For
02/12/2013 - 02/13/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48261 48715 48719 48743 48744 48745 48746 48747

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Agreement State Event Number: 48261
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
Region: 4
City: LAS VEGAS State: NV
County:
License #: 03-13-0305-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SNEHA RAVIKUMAR
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/31/2012
Notification Time: 15:48 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2011
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUDENT RECEIVED POTENTIAL INHALATION OVEREXPOSURE

The following information was received from the State of Nevada via email:

"A graduate student inhaled a mixture of U-233 and U-238 while working in the lab grinding a compound of Uranium Octoxide. [The graduate student] used a glove box instead of the hood with the HEPA filter, contrary to UNLV [University of Nevada Las Vegas] approved procedure.

"This happened twice and could have been between October 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012.

"The first bioassay, based on an inhalation date of October 1, 2011, showed 17.72 rem total. When the inhalation date was assumed to be April 1, 2012, the result was 5.52 rem.

"[U-233]*1.6 = [U-238] contribution.

"The student will be getting a third bioassay on September 5, 2012 at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). This will involve a low-energy chest count to detect Th-234 and an organ count, looking at the kidneys for Uranium.

"The student has been restricted from all lab work since April.

"The bioassay was done at Test America."

* * * UPDATE AT 1553 EDT ON 10/24/12 FROM SNEHA RAVIKUMAR TO S. SANDIN * * *

The following update was received from the State of Nevada via email:

"NMED Item No.: NV120022

"Preliminary results:

"1. September 5, 2012:

Low-energy lung count, kidney count and hand count were performed at LLNL.
The lung count was less than MDA for U-233, Th-234, U-234 & U-2235.
The detect/non-detect kidney & hand counts were both non-detect.

"2. September 12, 2012:

Third Bioassay results received.
U-238 - 0.66 dpm/sample
U-235 - less than CRDL
U-233/234 - 1.25 dpm/sample"

Notified R4DO (Hagar) and FSME Events Resource via email.

* * * UPDATE AT 1540 EDT ON 11/15/12 FROM RAVIKUMAR TO HUFFMAN * * *

The following update was received from the State of Nevada via email:

"All personnel having access to the UNLV lab where the original uptake occurred had bioassay samples taken. UNLV determined that 46 persons should be in this group, including the RSO and ARSO. From the data submitted thus far, an additional graduate student appears to have received an uptake. This student has been restricted from further RAM work and a dose assessment undertaken. The actual dose will be dependent on the time and source of the uptake. If the timeframe and source are the same as that of the original graduate student, the magnitude will be the same. Thirteen remaining bioassays remain to be analyzed. Three of the thirteen are yet to be collected. The RSO attributed his elevated uptake to previous DOD work. The latest ten bioassays were collected within the last three weeks and with expedited processing results, should be available by mid-December."

Notified the R4DO (Drake) and FSME Events Resource via e-mail.

* * * UPDATE AT 1411 EST ON 02/12/13 FROM RAVIKIMAR TO SNYDER * * *

The following update was received from the State of Nevada via email:

"Dependent on the particle size of the uptake the grad student's exposure could be either 6760 mrem for size M (medium) particles versus 154 mrem for size S (small) particles. UNLV has indicated a delay till March, 2013, for this analysis. It appears only the one Grad Student had an uptake.

"What corrective action(s) were taken to prevent a recurrence?

"Existing procedures were reviewed & rewritten, and additional new monitoring, controls, training and procedures are now in place to prevent a recurrence."

Notified the R4DO (Hagar) and FSME Events Resource via e-mail.

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Agreement State Event Number: 48715
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: NONE
Region: 3
City: MUSKEGO State: WI
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS TIMMERMAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 10:20 [ET]
Event Date: 02/02/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

RECOVERY OF TWO TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

"On February 2, 2013 an individual called the Wisconsin Emergency Management duty officer to report found radioactive material. The duty officer notified the State Radiological Coordinator who responded to the member of the public. The individual reported that his mother had inadvertently brought home a radioactive source that had come from a donation drop-box. The source was reportedly labeled 'Radioactive Tritium', '4 mCi' and 'Self-Powered Lighting' and dated 8-19-1992. The State Radiological Coordinator ascertained the source was safely stored in the mother's garage in a cardboard box.

"State inspectors performed a site visit on February 4, 2013. The radioactive material was actually two 4 Curie tritium sources, Model CPI 300, Serial Numbers 1469 and 1470. Also, the sources were labeled NYS License Number 1406-1611 and parts P/N CAN/AC/4E.

"The Radiation Protection Section contacted Self-Powered Lighting and the individual stated that this was an aircraft device and that they would accept the source back. The state inspectors surveyed, wiped, and bagged the sources. Wipes will be analyzed by the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene. The sources were retrieved and are currently stored at the State's orphan source storage location. If the wipes confirm no contamination, the sources will be returned to Self-Powered Lighting or an authorized recipient."

Wisconsin Report No.: WI130003

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Agreement State Event Number: 48719
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICES INC
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: 07-493
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/05/2013
Notification Time: 17:51 [ET]
Event Date: 02/05/2013
Event Time: 15:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCES ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE STUCK OUTSIDE THE CAMERA

The following report was submitted via e-mail:

"At approximately 3:00 PM the licensee called the Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] to report an equipment failure of an industrial radiography exposure device, involving a QSA Model 880 Delta camera, serial # D3231. The source did not crank back into a closed and shielded position after use. After working with the crank system and not being able to return the source, the crank system was disengaged and the source was pulled manually into the closed and shielded position in the camera. The camera contained 48 Curies of Selenium-75. The licensee will perform a leak test on the camera and then send it out for repair.

"The Agency continues to investigate the actions of the licensee and timeliness of reporting the incident.

"The NRC and the Arizona Governor's office have been notified of this event.

"Press coverage is not anticipated."

Arizona Incident 13-006

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48743
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PROBASCO
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/11/2013
Notification Time: 20:34 [ET]
Event Date: 02/11/2013
Event Time: 14:35 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)

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

LOSS OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE CAPABILITY - JOINT INFORMATION CENTER (JIC) UNAVAILABLE

"On Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1435 EST with Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) at 0% core thermal power, the Joint Information Center (JIC) was determined to be unavailable and was declared non-operational. [Power was lost] to the facility [due] to winter storm Nemo. This facility serves as the Joint Information Center for Entergy, State, and Federal organizations during an emergency response.

"Existing emergency procedures direct the responsible Emergency Plant Manager to relocate the JIC staff to the designated alternate location (Bridgewater State University) as required. It has been confirmed that the alternate location is available for use.

"The Emergency Response Organization has been informed to establish the JIC at the Moakley Center at Bridgewater State University in the event of a declared emergency classification requiring activation of this Emergency Response Facility.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

"This eight-hour notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of an emergency offsite response facility.

"An update will be provided when power has been restored to the JIC and the facility is available to be activated if called upon."


* * * UPDATE FROM DAVID NOYES TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1616 ON 2/12/2013 * * *

"Power has been restored to the Joint Information Center (JIC). At approximately 1000 on 2/12/13 the JIC was deemed to be available for activation if called upon by the Emergency Preparedness Department. The Emergency Response Organization has been informed to establish the primary JIC in the event of a declared emergency classification requiring activation of this Emergency Response Facility.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

Notified R1DO (Dimitriadis).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48744
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: TIM JONES
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 02/12/2013
Notification Time: 00:45 [ET]
Event Date: 02/11/2013
Event Time: 22:36 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2013
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):
GEORGE HOPPER (R2DO)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO TURBINE TRIP ON LOSS OF CONDENSER VACUUM

"This is a non-emergency event notification to the NRCOC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission Operations Center] in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) for a valid actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) (four hour notification) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) for a valid Engineered Safeguards (ESF) actuation due to Auxiliary Feedwater (AFW) initiation (eight hour notification).

"On 2/11/2013 at 2236 EST Unit 3 experienced a loss of condenser vacuum. An automatic Turbine Trip signal was generated which initiated a Reactor Trip signal. The reactor tripped as required on the automatic trip signal. Auxiliary feedwater water actuated automatically based on low steam generator levels following the trip. Unit 3 is currently in Mode 3 and stable. Steam generator levels have been returned to normal levels . The loss of vacuum is under investigation at this time. All other plant systems are working as designed."

The reactor trip was uncomplicated. All control rods fully inserted. The plant is stable at normal temperature and pressure. AFW has been secured and main feedwater is being used for Steam Generator water level control. The main condenser is unavailable and decay heat removal is to atmosphere via the atmospheric steam dumps. There are no indications of primary to secondary leakage. Unit 3 is in a normal offsite power electrical alignment. There is no impact on Unit 4.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Part 21 Event Number: 48745
Rep Org: DRESSER-RAND
Licensee: DRESSER-RAND
Region: 1
City: WELLSVILLE State: NY
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: D. G. MARTIN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 02/12/2013
Notification Time: 16:52 [ET]
Event Date: 02/01/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
PART 21 RX GROUP (E-MA)

Event Text

PART 21 REPORT - DEFECTIVE RAW MATERIAL USED TO MANUFACTURE VALVE STEMS

Dresser-Rand is reporting that one of its vendors supplied annealed material instead of the specified heat-treated material. Dresser-Rand used the defective raw material to manufacture valve stems for Terry Type Emergency Feedwater pump drive turbines. Dresser-Rand has verified that the annealed material is not acceptable for the finished product.

The two customers (Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant and Callaway Nuclear Plant) that received the affected parts have been notified of this issue and have confirmed that the components in question are not in service at their facilities. The remaining material and affected parts have been quarantined at the Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville, NY.

All questions should be addressed to:
Joe Menichino
Manager, Navy/Nuclear Product Engineering
37 Coat Street
Wellsville, New York, 14895
Phone: (585) 596-3406
jamenichino@dresser-rand.com

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 48746
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 ABEL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/12/2013
Notification Time: 17:53 [ET]
Event Date: 02/12/2013
Event Time: 09:07 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL F. KING (R2DO)
PETER HABIGHORST (NMSS)

Event Text

MEDICAL TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED INDIVIDUAL

"An employee reported to the dispensary this morning with a laceration to the middle finger on his left hand at approximately 0907 CDT. The plant nurse administered first aid and decided to transport the employee to a local medical facility. A whole body survey of the employee in his plant clothing was performed. The maximum amount of contamination present was found on his left boot which read 19,575 dpm/100cm2. Prior to leaving the Restricted Area, the employee removed all plant clothing, changed into his personal clothing, and was re-surveyed. The employee was free of contamination upon release."

The licensee plans to notify its NRC Regional contact (Bob Prince)

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Power Reactor Event Number: 48747
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BEN HUFFMAN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/12/2013
Notification Time: 18:01 [ET]
Event Date: 02/12/2013
Event Time: 15:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/12/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
TAMARA BLOOMER (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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF OFFSITE AGENCIES DUE TO DISCOVERY OF POTENTIAL HUMAN REMAINS

"At 1530 EST on February 12, 2013, bones were discovered in the debris removal baskets in the Screen House at the Cook Nuclear Plant. These bones have the potential to be human remains.

"Local law enforcement agencies have been notified and the remains were removed by law enforcement personnel.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified. Plant operations was not impacted by the event.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to notification of offsite agencies and potential for media involvement related to the discovery."

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