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Event Notification Report for May 15, 2013

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Event Reports For
05/14/2013 - 05/15/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49005 49006 49007 49009 49028 49029 49030 49031 49032

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Agreement State Event Number: 49005
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee:
Region: 3
City: GALENA State: OH
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID LIPP
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/06/2013
Notification Time: 14:37 [ET]
Event Date: 04/19/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FOUND ORPHAN RADIUM SOURCES

The following information was received via E-mail:

"On 4/19/13 the [Ohio] Bureau of Radiation Protection (BRP) received a call from the RSO of broad-scope licensee Ohio State University (OSU). The RSO stated that he had received a call from a woman who had been helping an elderly neighbor clean out a garage after her husband's death. The husband had been a college professor. The woman and widow had discovered a large, five-gallon can filled with what appeared to be lead. The widow indicated that she believed it contained radium needles.

"On 4/21/13 the woman contacted BRP to arrange pickup of the device and deliver it to OSU. OSU has volunteered to store the device pending disposal. On 4/22/13, three BRP inspectors went to the home to perform radiological surveys of the container. Wipes were taken of the outside and a field scan of the wipes identified no removable contamination. The maximum dose rate reading at contact was 1.7 mrem/hr. The inspectors were unable to verify that the material was radium. The device was loaded into the BRP truck and transferred to the OSU Radiation Safety Office and placed in a secure radioactive material storage area.

"On 4/23/13, BRP contacted the US-EPA to request assistance in identification and disposal of the container and material, assuming it to contain one or more radium needle orphan source(s). BRP is also contacting the CRCPD [Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors] for assistance in disposal.

"On 5/2/13 BRP inspectors visited the widow's home, at her request, to ensure there were no other similar containers or materials present. The inspectors discovered a second container that was identified as containing radium. This container was also taken to OSU and placed in a secure radioactive material storage area. US-EPA was contacted about this second device for inclusion in their investigation.

"BRP is currently working to obtain more information on the origin of the radioactive materials. No further information is available as of this date (5/6/13)."

BRP indicated that the 'containers' appear to be homemade lead pigs. The second container has a maximum dose rate reading of 2.5 mrem/hr at contact. Gamma spectroscopy analysis of the second container, along with a partial label found, indicate that the contents may be Radium-226.

Ohio Item Number: OH130013

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Agreement State Event Number: 49006
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: PROFESSIONAL SERVICE INDUSTRIES, INC
Region: 1
City: KENNESAW State: GA
County:
License #: GA 629-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC JAMESON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/06/2013
Notification Time: 16:12 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/08/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TROXLER GAUGE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"After conducting a recent inventory, the licensee called in to report that one of their portable radiation gauges was missing and/or stolen. Specifically, a Troxler gauge, model 3430, serial number 27283 cannot be currently accounted for."

The Georgia Radioactive Materials Program will update this event when more information is available.

Georgia Incident Summary: GA-CTS-07990


* * * UPDATE FROM ERIC JAMESON TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1532 ON 5/7/2013 * * *

The following report was received via e-mail:

"The licensee reports that the gauge's last recorded use was on 4/24/2013. The licensee made the report of the lost or stolen gauge to both the Department [Georgia Radioactive Materials Program] and local law enforcement on 5/2/2013. The licensee also stated the gauge has a sticker on it indicating a reward if found and returned."

Notified R1DO (Dwyer) and FSME Events Resource.


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: 49007
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRUCE PACKARD
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/06/2013
Notification Time: 18:07 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2013
Event Time: 08:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
BRIAN MCDERMOTT (FSME)
JIM WHITNEY (ILTA)
PAUL HARRIS (IRD)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCE SHIPMENT DID NOT ARRIVE AS EXPECTED

"QSA Global reported a lost source. The location of the source is not known. The shipment contains Ir-192."

QSA expected this source to arrive at their Baton Rouge, LA location at about 0800 CDT on 5/6/13. QSA contacted the common carrier to locate the item at some time after that. The last known location was Memphis, TN.

* * * UPDATE FROM MIKE FULLER (QSA) TO PETE SNYDER AT 1915 ON 5/6/13 * * *

At about 1915 EDT, QSA personnel learned from the common carrier that the item had been located at the Memphis, TN shipping location.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 49009
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP, INC.
Region: 4
City: PASCAGOULA State: MS
County:
License #: MS-995-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAYSON MOAK
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/07/2013
Notification Time: 15:05 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/07/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"Licensee reported a stuck radiography source that occurred at approximately 2315 CDT on May 6, 2013. Licensee's RSO responded to incident site, increased barricades, maintained perimeter, and notified Chevron RSO. Licensee's source was fully retracted into the shielded position at 0100 CDT [on May 7, 2013]. The Licensee's RSO received 20 mR conducting the source retrieval."

The incident occurred while performing work at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49028
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MARK STROLLO
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 05/14/2013
Notification Time: 09:31 [ET]
Event Date: 05/14/2013
Event Time: 09:07 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)

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

Event Text

RADIATION MONITOR OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

The licensee is taking the spent fuel pool island radiation monitor out of service for pre-planned maintenance to change the air filter. The maintenance is expected to take approximately 5 minutes.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, state and local authorities.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49029
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: DANIEL COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/14/2013
Notification Time: 17:20 [ET]
Event Date: 05/14/2013
Event Time: 12:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 3 Startup 3 Startup

Event Text

HIGH STEAM FLOW ISOLATION CAPABILITY IDENTIFIED AS NON-FUNCTIONAL

"Emergency Cooling Loop 11 High Steam Flow Isolation capability not functional due to inadequate water level in differential pressure transmitter reference legs.

"Emergency Cooling Loop 11 High Steam Flow transmitter for channel 11 alarmed due to gross failure at 0840 hours [EDT] on May 14, 2013. At 1154 hours channel 12 Emergency Cooling Loop 11 High Steam Flow transmitter experienced a gross failure. With both transmitters failed, the isolation capability of Emergency Condenser Loop 11 on high steam flow is not available.

"At 1215 hours, a manual isolation of Emergency Cooling Loop 11 was initiated fulfilling the safety function.

"Subsequent troubleshooting has revealed that the reference legs of the differential pressure transmitters for high steam flow were not filled properly.

"This is an 8 hour notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) for a condition could have prevented the mitigation of the consequences of an accident."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the State of New York.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49030
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: CHRIS ROBINSON
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/14/2013
Notification Time: 18:22 [ET]
Event Date: 05/14/2013
Event Time: 10:44 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)

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

FAILED FITNESS-FOR-DUTY TEST

A licensed operator had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a for cause fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49031
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: RICK GARCIA
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 05/14/2013
Notification Time: 18:37 [ET]
Event Date: 05/14/2013
Event Time: 15:02 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

PLANNED POWER OUTAGE AT TSC AND OSC

"During Refueling Outage 21, at 15:02 on 5/14/13, power to the Technical Support Center (TSC) and Operations Support Center (OSC) was removed as part of transferring the facility to temporary power during a bus outage impacting the normal facility power supply. The TSC and OSC will be unavailable for use for several hours until temporary power has been established.

"Established compensatory measures direct ERO members normally responding to either of the two impacted centers to respond to alternate locations. No other emergency response facilities are impacted by the bus outage.

"This event is being reported as a loss of emergency preparedness capabilities in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). The resident inspector has been notified. A follow up notification will be made when temporary power has been established and the facility is available for use."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49032
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: WALTER HUNNICUTT
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/15/2013
Notification Time: 02:52 [ET]
Event Date: 05/14/2013
Event Time: 23:23 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JONATHAN BARTLEY (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO LEAK FROM TURBINE BUILDING SUMP CONTAINING TRITIUM

"Sample exceeding the industry groundwater protection initiative related to radioactivity in groundwater for which a news release is planned and notification to other government agencies will be made."

"A leak greater than 100 gallons containing tritium has the potential to reach groundwater. The source has been identified. Actions to isolate this source are being initiated."

The licensee has identified a leak in a fiberglass discharge pipe from the turbine building sump. The licensee estimates that greater than 100 gallons of water has been discharged through the leak at the present time. The licensee is in the process of installing a temporary sump pump in the turbine building sump in order to isolate the discharge path. Samples indicate a tritium concentration of 8.964 E-6 uCi/mL.

The licensee will notify state and local government agencies. A press release is planned. The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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