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Event Notification Report for May 17, 2013

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Event Reports For
05/16/2013 - 05/17/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49011 49016 49018 49039 49042 49043

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Agreement State Event Number: 49011
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: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/08/2013
Notification Time: 17:03 [ET]
Event Date: 05/08/2013
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
BRIAN MCDERMOTT ()
JANE MARSHALL (IRD)
JIM WHITNEY (ILTA)
DAVID AYRES (R2DO)
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIALLY LOST RADIOACTIVE SOURCE SHIPMENT

Two, Category 2, IR-192 industrial radiography sources, loaded in a QSA Global model 650L source changer, left Wilmington, MA at 1416 EDT, 5/6/13 headed for Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, VA. The source changer was expected to be delivered early the morning of 5/8/13. Norfolk Naval Shipyards notified QSA Global when the source changer did not arrive as scheduled. The transportation company was then notified. The transportation company began searches of its facilities in Newark, NJ and Boston, MA for the source changer. The last known shipping scan of the source changer was at 2342 EDT, 5/6/13 in Newark, NJ.

The source changer is a metal container measuring 8 1/4 inches x 10 inches x 13 inches that weighs approximately weighs 90 lbs. The transportation company is continuing to search for the source changer.

* * * UPDATE FROM CHARLES ELLARS (QSA Global) TO CHARLES TEAL ON 5/9/13 AT 0902 EDT * * *

The sources were found in the Newark, NJ facility and the shipment is expected to arrive at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 5/10/13.

Notified R1DO (Dwyer), R2DO (Ayers), R3DO (Peterson), R4DO (Vasquez), IRD (Marshall), ILTAB (Whitney), FSME (McDermott), FSME Event Resources via email, DHS SWO, DOE, FEMA, HHS, NICC, USDA, EPA and Nuclear SSA via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM KENATH TRAEGDE (MA STATE) TO JOHN SHOEMAKER ON 5/9/13 AT 1444 EDT * * *

The state was notified, by QSA Global, at 0825 EDT on 5/9/13 that the source was found at 0450 EDT on 5/9/13. The state will submit a follow-up report.

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: 49016
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: MATERON PRECISION OPTICS
Region: 1
City: TYNGSBOROUGH State: MA
County:
License #: G0272
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/09/2013
Notification Time: 14:18 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2013
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 - LOST IONIZING STATIC DISSIPATER

The licensee reported to the state that a ionizing static dissipater, licensed under a General License and used on lines for clearing small parts of dust, was lost. The device is Model: NRD P-2021-8101 with Serial Number: A2HN439 and contained a Po-210 with an up to a 10 mCi source, on 1/18/12, which has decayed to approximately 0.9 mCi as of 5/9/13.

The licensee has properly returned all other devices for destruction from the facility.

The State has initiated an investigation and will assign an event number as new information is obtained.

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: 49018
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: VARIOUS
Region: 4
City: DENVER State: CO
County:
License #: VARIOUS
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNIFER OPILA
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/09/2013
Notification Time: 17:29 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2013
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/13/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCES (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - REPORT OF MISSING GENERAL DEVICES

The following is a list of missing general devices reported by the State of Colorado, missing between 1998-2011, via email.

The following table details the type and number of devices that the State previously neglected to report:

Type of Device Number Reported as Missing 1998-2011
- Exit Signs 1096
- Calibration 7
- Dust Monitor 1
- Electron Capture Detector 13
- Gas Chromatograph 6
- Standard Reference Materials 1
- Gauge 2
- Static Eliminator 44
- Unknown 1
- X-Ray Florescence 14

The State does not believe these devices represent a risk to human health or the environment and has taken steps to improve the general licensing registration program to ensure accurate reporting in the future.

See EN #48609 for a list of missing general devices in 2012.

* * * UPDATE FROM J. OPILA TO V. KLCO ON 5/13/2013 AT 1634 EDT * * *

The following information was excerpted from a received facsimile:

The State of Colorado checked with the general licensee and there was a report error. A Pepsi Bottling Group LLC source (Am-241; 100 mCi) was never missing and still is in the possession of the licensee.

Notified the R4DO (Hay), ILTAB and FSME Resources via email.

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 49039
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WEISE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/16/2013
Notification Time: 10:20 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2013
Event Time: 02:56 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)

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

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DURING CONTROL ROD TESTING

"On May 16, 2013, at 0256 EDT, while in Mode 3 (subcritical), operators manually opened the reactor trip breakers as directed by procedure. During rod drop testing, demand position and digital rod position indication did not agree within procedural limits. As directed by procedure, operators opened the reactor trip breakers. The cause of the discrepancy is under investigation. The plant responded as expected and all rods inserted as required. The plant remains stable in Mode 3.

"This condition is reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv).

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49042
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL WEISE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/16/2013
Notification Time: 12:52 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2013
Event Time: 09:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2013
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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

STACK RADIATION MONITOR OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

At 0925 EDT on 5/16/13, Stack Radiation Monitor RM-8169 was removed from service for pre-planned maintenance. There are no automatic actuations or initiations associated with this radiation monitor. The radiation monitor will be restored to service following completion of maintenance.

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49043
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: JERRY HELKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/16/2013
Notification Time: 16:46 [ET]
Event Date: 05/15/2013
Event Time: 19:34 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 23 Power Operation 23 Power Operation

Event Text

PRIMARY CONTAINMENT AIRLOCK NON-FUNCTIONAL DUE TO DEGRADED SEAL ON INNER DOOR CONCURRENT WITH PERSONNEL PASSING THROUGH THE OUTER DOOR

"At approximately 1934 EDT on May 15, 2013, maintenance personnel entered the primary containment personnel air lock to determine the cause of the inability to attain test pressure during a type B leak rate of the airlock. The inner door seal was found degraded and partially rolled from its required position allowing air from inside the airlock to enter the primary containment. During the limited time the outer airlock door was opened for access into the airlock concurrent with the degraded seal on the inner door, a condition existed that could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of the structure to control the release of radioactive material.

"The inner door seal was subsequently replaced and the leak rate of the personnel air lock completed with satisfactory results. During the seal replacement activity, the outer airlock door remained closed to provide the barrier against the release of radioactive material should it be required.

"This is a notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) for a condition that could have prevented the control of the release of radioactive material. It is recognized that this notification [was] not within eight hours of the event.

"The condition has been entered into the station's corrective action program."

The licensee will notify the New York State Public Service Commission and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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