United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
Home > NRC Library > Document Collections > Reports Associated with Events > Event Notification Reports > 2013 > April 16

Event Notification Report for April 16, 2013

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
04/15/2013 - 04/16/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


48895 48899 48923 48924 48925

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 48895
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: AMERICAN SOIL TESTING
Region: 4
City: SAN JOSE State: CA
County:
License #: 5059
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENE FORRER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 04/08/2013
Notification Time: 14:00 [ET]
Event Date: 12/02/2012
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGES

The State of California provided the following information via email:

"On December 5, 2012, . . . American Soil Testing notified RHB [California Radiologic Health Branch] that his storage facility had been broken into and two CPN Moisture Density gauges (Serial numbers MD00405615 & M17031878) had been stolen. The licensee was advised to post a notice and reward in the local newspapers and on Craigslist and to notify local law enforcement.

"Note: Miscommunication resulted in the NRC not being notified until 4/8/13."

CA 5010 Number: 120512

These CPN Moisture Density gauges contain two (2) sources each, i.e., 10 mCi Cs-137 and 50 mCi Am-241/Be.

HOO Note: See EN #48867 - Report from Nevada concerning recovery of M17031878 gauge.

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

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 48899
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: ALPHA-OMEGA SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: BELLFLOWER State: CA
County:
License #: LA-10025-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 04/08/2013
Notification Time: 16:50 [ET]
Event Date: 04/02/2013
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
PATTI SILVA (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A MIS-DELIVERED SHIPMENT OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The following information was provided by the State of Louisiana via email:

"Event date and Time: On 04/02/2013 [the] RSO for A & O [Alpha-Omega Services, Inc.] called in a mis-delivery of an Ir-192 source intended for Radiation Oncology Center of Nevada (ROCN). ROCN is a client/customer of A & O, but [the common carrier] delivered the source to Cardinal Health (CH). ROCN and CH are both radioactive material licensees and both have facilities in Las Vegas, NV.

"Event Location: Around the Las Vegas, NV area. The source was intended for ROCN in Las Vegas, NV, but was delivered to Cardinal Health, [also in] Las Vegas, NV. The source delivery occurred in the morning to CH. CH notified ROCN that their source was delivered to CH by [the common carrier]. [The common carrier] was notified and picked up the source at 1300 [PDT] and delivered it to ROCN.

"Event type: Delivery of a radioactive source by the [common] carrier to the wrong licensee. Except during transport, the source was in possession of someone who was a licensee and well trained in radiation safety practices.

"Notifications: A notification was made to LA DEQ [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality] Radiation Assessment after the incident was basically over and entirely under control. The notification was made to [a Louisiana representative] located in [the Louisiana] Southwest Regional office. A & O was involved in the recovery of the source by phone after learning of the mis-delivery. The source was delivered to the wrong licensee. CH, the licensee where the source was delivered, was licensed for radioactive material and well trained in the handling of radioactive material.

"Event description: [An] Ir-192 source was delivered to the wrong licensee by [the common carrier]. When the error was discovered by CH, CH notified ROCN that they were in possession of licensed radioactive material that belonged to ROCN. [The common carrier] was called and they picked up the source and delivered it to ROCN around 1300 [PDT]. The source shielding and shipping container was intact during the entire incident. It was not damaged nor was the container opened.

"Transport vehicle description: [The common carrier] picked up the source from the A & O facility [in] Venton, LA which was being shipped to a client, ROCN [in] Las Vegas, NV. [The common carrier] delivered the Ir-192 source to the wrong address. The source was delivered to Cardinal Health (CH), [also in] Las Vegas, NV."

Event Report ID No.: LA-120015

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 48923
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: JOHN WHALLEY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/15/2013
Notification Time: 02:01 [ET]
Event Date: 04/14/2013
Event Time: 22:17 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R N 0 Startup 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

SPECIFIED SYSTEM ACTUATIONS WHILE SHUTTING DOWN

"On Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2217 hours, with the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) Reactor Mode Select Switch (RMSS) in Start-up, the turbine generator previously removed from service, and the reactor sub-critical on Intermediate Range Monitors Range 2 and lowering, a manual reactor scram was inserted due to reactor pressure lowering beyond established control bands. At the time of the manual reactor scram PNPS was conducting a planned reactor shutdown to commence refueling outage (RFO) -19. All control rods fully inserted and Primary Containment Isolation System Group II (Reactor Building) and Group VI (Reactor Water Cleanup System) actuations occurred as designed due to the expected reactor water level shrink associated with the scram signal. All plant systems responded as designed. Off-site power was unaffected and was supplied by the start-up transformer (normal power supply for refuel and reactor shutdown operations).

"The Main Steam Isolation Valves (MSIV) were manually closed to terminate the reactor pressure reduction and the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system was manually started in the reactor pressure control mode. The Reactor Protection System (RPS) was reset as were the reactor building and reactor water clean-up system isolation signals. Currently, the plant cooldown is continuing with the HPCI system in pressure control and reactor water level being maintained within normal bands with the condensate and feedwater system. The cause of the lowering reactor pressure has not been determined and remains under review.

"This event had no impact on the health and/or safety of the public.

"This 8-hour notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(iv)(A)."

The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified. The licensee will also be notifying state authorities.

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 48924
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL McDONNELL
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 04/15/2013
Notification Time: 06:04 [ET]
Event Date: 04/14/2013
Event Time: 22:16 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)

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

Event Text

PRIMARY CONTAINMENT AIR LOCK FAILED INTEGRATED LEAK RATE TEST

"On Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2216 hours, with the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) Reactor Mode Select Switch (RMSS) in Start-up, the turbine generator previously removed from service, and the reactor sub-critical on Intermediate Range Monitors Range 2 and lowering, the PNPS Containment Personnel Air Lock failed integrated air lock testing as required by TS 4.7.A.2.

"10CFR50 Appendix J requires that primary reactor containment meet certain leakage rate testing requirements. These test requirements ensure that 1) Leakage through the containment or systems and components penetrating the containment do not exceed allowable leakage rates specified in Technical Specifications and 2) The integrity of the containment structure is maintained during its service life. The test requirements include local leakage rate testing of containment air locks. The test criteria establishes a limit of less than or equal to 10.525 SLM, actual leakage was 16.7 SLM.

"PNPS was in the process of shutting down for a scheduled Refueling Outage during the scheduled testing.

"This event had no impact on the health and/or safety of the public.

"The USNRC Resident Inspector will be notified.

"This 8-hour notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(c).

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 48925
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN SEILHYMER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 04/15/2013
Notification Time: 12:27 [ET]
Event Date: 04/15/2013
Event Time: 10:18 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO AN INADVERTENT ACTIVATION OF A SIREN

"At approximately 1018 CDT on April 15, 2013, the licensee was notified that the Pierce County Sheriff Dispatch reported an inadvertent activation of an emergency siren (P-43), in Pierce County, WI. The cause of the siren activation is unknown. The siren was deactivated at 1022 CDT after sounding for approximately 28 minutes. The siren vendor (NELCOM) has been contacted to repair the siren. The siren remains out of service and is the only siren out of service within the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ).

"NRC Resident has been informed [by the licensee]."

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013