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Event Notification Report for March 12, 2013

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03/11/2013 - 03/12/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48745 48799 48800

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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: 03/11/2013
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

* * * UPDATE FROM JOE MENICHINO TO CHARLES TEAL ON 3/11/13 AT 1614 EDT * * *

The following was excerpted from a facsimile received from Dresser-Rand:

"DESCRIPTION OF DEFECT OR NON-COMPLIANCE

"Specific designs of steam turbine control valve stems are made from heat treated ASM 5663M Inconel Bar raw material. Certifications associated with heat numbers of certain inventory of this material indicate that the material vendor incorrectly supplied material in an annealed condition (AMS 5662M).

"POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARD OR NON-COMPLIANCE

"Valve stems are used to control steam turbine speed and power. The valve stems must be free to move within the guiding assembly during operation. Stems are made using materials that have the correct material properties to reduce the risk of failure. The use of inconel raw stock in an annealed condition is unacceptable for steam turbine valve stems due to the risk of unacceptable wear and strength characteristics which could lead to sticking or tensile failure in the mating guide bushings within the valve assembly.

"ADVICE TO EFFECTED CLIENT RELATED TO THIS REPORT

"For those affected sites identified, locate and return the material to Dresser-Rand immediately."

Affected facilities include Point Beach, Clinton, Wolf Creek, Cooper, Callaway, San Onofre, and Prairie Island.

Notified R1DO (Dentel), R3DO (Dickson), R4DO (Powers), and the Part 21 Group via email.

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Agreement State Event Number: 48799
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: PORT ELIZABETH State: NJ
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PATRICIA GARDNER
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 03/01/2013
Notification Time: 11:36 [ET]
Event Date: 03/01/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/01/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHIPMENT CONTAINING CESIUM-137 FOUND

The following was received from the State of New Jersey via email:

"Provided below is a summary of the Bureau of Environmental Radiation (BERad) response received today. The owner of the shipment is International Forest Products Corporation (IFP) located in Massachusetts. Therefore, the State of Massachusetts Radiation Control Program was contacted. MA staff contacted IFP who determined that the shipment was originally sent to China and rejected. IFP was informed of this rejection, but was not given a reason for the rejection. The bails of paper came from Connecticut. Because Connecticut is not an Agreement State, the NRC Region 1 was contacted to determine if there was a licensee at that location. State of Connecticut radiation control staff were contacted.

"The source is shielded, secure and awaiting disposition. At this time it has not been determined who will hire the licensed contractor to package and ship the material for disposal, nor who the contractor will be.

"At 1453 on 2/28/13, RMP [New Jersey Radioactive Materials Program] personnel received notification from the Communication Center that an international shipping container on a truck was being held at Port Elizabeth due to elevated levels of Cs-137. The FBI, Union City Bomb Squad, Fire Department, EMS, and DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] emergency response responded. Per direction from the FBI, the truck was unloaded at the U.S. Customs East Coast Warehouse at the Port. The container was opened and the contents, which was found to be bales of paper, were unloaded and surveyed. An approximately 6 inch object wrapped in cardboard and duct tape was identified as the source of the elevated readings. The source was isolated and secured by Emergency response personnel, who placed the source in a lead pig (which was shorter than the source), then placed the pig in a 5 gallon pail filled with vermiculite.

"On 3/1/13, RMP personnel responded to the U.S. Customs East Coast Warehouse to obtain readings and confirm the information that had been reported. DEP emergency response personnel were also at the site today. The highest reading on the outside of the bucket was 220 uR/hr, compared with a background of 10uR/hr. The highest reading with the lid of the bucket removed was 300 uR/hr. Emergency Response placed the bottom part of a second lead pig on top the pig they used yesterday in order to ensure the entire source was covered. The two pieces were then taped together.

"The highest reading when the source was out of the pig was 2.5 mR/hr on contact. A wipe indicated that the source was not leaking. The highest reading once the source was shielding by the pigs was 20 uR/hr. The pigs were placed in the 5 gallon pail which was then placed in a 55 gallon drum filled with vermiculite. The highest reading on the 55 gallon drum was 15 uR/hr. All readings were obtained with a Victoreen Model 450P ion chamber.

"A spectrum of the source, taken with an identiFinder, identified the nuclide as Cs-137."

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Agreement State Event Number: 48800
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: STERIGENICS US LLC
Region: 4
City: FORT WORTH State: TX
County:
License #: 03851
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 03/01/2013
Notification Time: 16:34 [ET]
Event Date: 02/28/2013
Event Time: 23:58 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/01/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DON ALLEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - IRRADIATOR RACK FAILED TO LOWER

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

"On March 1, 2013, the Agency [State of Texas] was notified by the licensee that at 2358 hours on February 28, 2013, one of the two sources failed to full lower into its storage pool. The rack had dropped 11 of 24 feet when it became stuck.

"The operator determined that the drive had failed, disengaged the motor from the drive mechanism, and the source lowered into the fully shielded position on its own. The licensee stated all alarms and interlocks functioned as designed. No exposure was received by any individual as a result of this event.

"The licensee stated that on March 1, 2013, they replaced the drive motor and successfully tested it. The licensee has not determined the cause for the motor failure. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9047

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