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Event Notification Report for May 31, 2013

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Event Reports For
05/30/2013 - 05/31/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49016 49057 49060 49063 49080

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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: 05/30/2013
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 [GL] 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.

* * * UPDATE ON 5/30/2013 AT 1430 EDT FROM TONY CARPENITO TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following update was received via e-mail:

"The agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] conducted a site visit on 5/29/13. The general licensee implemented a search through facilities and determined the missing device may have been inadvertently dispositioned during recent building renovations and subsequent departmental reorganizations and relocations. The missing device was last used in 2012. The general licensee is seeking to terminate GL registration due to GL devices having been phased out and replaced with non-RAM [radioactive material] equipment. All other GL devices were accounted for and have already been dispositioned. The missing device component is a small metallic cylindrical object 0.5 inches in diameter and 2.7 inches in length.

"The agency considers this event to be CLOSED."

Massachusetts Event Docket #17-0766
NMED Item #130233

Notified the R1DO (Holody) and FSME Event Resources (via e-mail).


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: 49057
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: MORAVEK BIOCHEMICALS, INC.
Region: 4
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE ELSEN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/22/2013
Notification Time: 11:13 [ET]
Event Date: 05/13/2013
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/22/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

SHIPPING DRUM EXCEEDED NON-REMOVABLE CONTAMINATION LIMITS

The following information was obtained from the State of Washington via email:

"Surface contamination levels exceeded limits for package. PermaFix Northwest received a shipment from Moravek Biochemicals [based in Brea, CA] that consisted of (14) 55 gallon drums, and was shipped as an exclusive use shipment. Upon receipt, the drums were surveyed and 1 drum was found to exceed the 49 CFR 173.443 non-removable contamination limit of 2,200 dpm/cm2 for an exclusive use shipment. The drum survey results were reported as 35,538 dpm/100 cm2 H-3 and 1391 dpm/100 cm2 C-14. Taking into account the 10% wipe efficiency, the contamination levels on this drum exceeded the DOT contamination limits for packages. This drum was manifested with only H-3 and C-14. "

Washington Incident Number: WA-13-028

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Agreement State Event Number: 49060
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: CHAIR RENTAL
Region: 4
City: SHERIDAN State: CO
County:
License #: UNKNOWN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/22/2013
Notification Time: 16:03 [ET]
Event Date: 05/20/2013
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/22/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following information was obtained from the State of Colorado via email:

"A representative from Chair Rental, reported receiving the documentation for 2013 Self Certification, Registration, and Inventory report from the [Colorado State] Radioactive Materials Unit's annual General License notifications. The report requires the company to verify the use and location of the exit signs at the site noted within the reports.

"[The company representative] contacted the [State's] Radioactive Materials Unit - General License section to report two exit signs were not located during the inventory check on May 20, 2013. The signs are kept in a storage room within a warehouse. Further details are being investigated.

"During the investigation, Chair Rental was asked to complete a corrective action plan and was made aware of the importance of accounting for exits signs within their business. The following information is provided for compliance.

Maker of sign: Forever-Lite, Inc.
Model Number: SLXTU16U10
Serial Number: 228,338 and 228,340
Date of Manufacture: May, 2010
Date of Loss: Unsure
Location of Sign: When Lost: Unsure

"Other Details: Signs are kept in a storage room for use in larger tents. When letter was received, [the company] went to do an inventory and two [signs] were missing. [The company is] unsure if they are lost in the building or if they are lost on a job site.

"Corrective Action Plan: [The company has] briefed our employees to check certain job sites in the hope that we may recover them. [The company] will also be using a sign out sheet for the signs that will include where they are going to and who is checking them out."

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: 49063
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: KXR INSPECTION INC
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 01074
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 05/23/2013
Notification Time: 16:40 [ET]
Event Date: 05/23/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE FAILED TO RETRACT

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

"On May 23, 2013 the Agency [State of Texas] was notified by a licensee that while performing work at a remote site, a radiographer crew was unable to retract a source into a Spec 150 exposure device. The event occurred when a pipe jack fell on the source guide tube and crimped it to where the source connector would not pass through it. The radiographers contacted their Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) who responded to the scene. The source was covered with bags of lead shot to reduce the dose rates in the area. The RSO was able to un-crimp the guide tube using a pair of pliers enough to allow the source to be returned to the exposure device. The RSO received 45 millirem for the entire operation. No exposure limits were exceeded. The RSO stated that they disposed of the guide tube."

Texas Incident #: I-9085

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49080
Facility: LASALLE
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-5,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: RUDY CAPUTO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/30/2013
Notification Time: 10:16 [ET]
Event Date: 05/30/2013
Event Time: 09:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/30/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

"On May 30, 2013, at 0900 [CDT], the Exelon LaSalle Station Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system was removed from service for planned TSC ventilation system maintenance.

"The removal of the ventilation system potentially affects the TSC habitability during a declared emergency requiring activation. The Emergency Response Organization (ERO) team has been notified of the maintenance and the possible need to relocate during an emergency. If an emergency is declared and the TSC ERO activation is required, the TSC will be staffed and activated unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperatures, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC staff becomes necessary, the Station Emergency Director will relocate the staff to an alternate TSC location in accordance with applicable site procedures.

"The ventilation system is expected to be out of service for approximately 8 hours.

"This telephone notification is provided in accordance with Exelon Reportability Manual SAF 1.10. 'Major Loss of Emergency Preparedness Capabilities', and 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector of the issue."

* * * UPDATE AT 2040 EDT ON 5/30/2013 FROM MARK SMITH TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"The scheduled TSC ventilation system maintenance is expected to continue for approximately an additional 12 hours.

"The licensee has notified the Senior Resident Inspector of the issue."

The replacement fan belts came off and the cause is being investigated.

Notified the R3DO (Orth).

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