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Event Notification Report for August 7, 2013

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08/06/2013 - 08/07/2013

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49224 49226 49227 49231 49241

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Agreement State Event Number: 49224
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: THRUBIT LLC
Region: 4
City:  State: CO
County:
License #: 1179-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNIFER OPILA
HQ OPS Officer: NESTOR MAKRIS
Notification Date: 07/30/2013
Notification Time: 10:49 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2013
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/30/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AND SUBSEQUENTLY RECOVERED WELL LOGGING SOURCE

The following report was received from the State of Colorado via fax:

"The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received notification on the evening of 7/29/13 from ThruBit LLC, Colorado License Number 1179-01, that a 1.78 Ci Cs-137 well logging source fell out of a logging tool at a well site in Colorado and was not recovered until the following morning.

"Details are as follows: On Sunday 7/28, the well-logging crew finished operations at the well site and removed the logging tool from the well around noon. Apparently, the Cs-137 source fell out of the logging tool while it was being returned to the logging truck. Seventeen hours later, the logging crew discovered the source was missing and returned to the well-site and retrieved the source, which was found on the ground. ThruBit's RSO and Department inspectors are on their way to the well-site to conduct an investigation and assess potential exposures.

"No other details are available at this time."

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

Note: This device is assigned an IAEA Category 3 value based on the actual radioactivity of the source, not on the device type. (Reference IAEA RG-G-1.9)

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Agreement State Event Number: 49226
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: FUGRO CONSULTANTS LP
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 04322
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENTRY HEARN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 07/30/2013
Notification Time: 17:45 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/30/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE RETRACTION FAILURE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"On July 30, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received a call from the RSO of Fugro Consultants, Inc. regarding a source retraction failure on July 29, 2013. The licensee had a temporary industrial radiography site in Houston, Texas. The IR-192 source was in an INC IR-100, serial number 7231. The source was unable to be retracted due to a malfunction with the safety latch plate engaging before the source was retracted. The RSO received a call about the problem at 2000 CDT that evening and travelled to the site. The source was retrieved according to the conditions of the license. The RSO determined that no overexposures resulted to the crew, nor were there exposures to the public, resulting from the event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I 9100.

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Agreement State Event Number: 49227
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: RENEGADE TESTING & INSPECTION, INC.
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO State: FL
County:
License #: 3891-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 07/30/2013
Notification Time: 18:21 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2013
Event Time: 16:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/30/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GORDON HUNEGS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE RETRACTION FAILURE DUE TO DAMAGED GUIDE TUBE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"A report was received concerning a stuck source that occurred while performing radiography at approximately 1645 EDT on July 29, 2013. A test stand fell approximately 10 feet and crushed the source guide tube preventing retraction of the source back to the shielded position. Four employees lead shielded the source, cut into the guide tube, and repaired the metal braiding underneath the plastic coating. This allowed the source to be returned and locked back into the shielded position. The incident was referred to the Orlando inspection office for further investigation."

Florida Incident Number: FL13-053

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 49231
Facility: B&W NUCLEAR OPERATING GROUP, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: KENNY KIRBY
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/01/2013
Notification Time: 12:00 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2013
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL F. KING (R2DO)
GORDON BJORKMAN (NMSS)
FUELS GRP via email ()

Event Text

EXTERNAL RADIATION LEVELS ON SHIPMENT EXCEEDED 2MR/HR LIMIT FOR UNMONITORED EXPOSURES

"The conditions for reporting under the requirements of 10 CFR 20.1906(d) have been met. QWI 14.1.10, Classification & Notification Criteria for Unusual Incidents Radiation Protection section - for shipments, bases reporting requirements on receipt of a shipment with radiation or contamination levels in excess of 10 CFR 20.1906(d). This requirement was exceeded and an NRC report is required. The truck cab sleeping area (normally occupied space) dose rate of 5.4 mrem/hr is greater than the allowable limit of 2.0 mrem/hr. The carrier drivers (2) state that they do not have dosimetry.

"Immediate actions that have been taken:

- The area was secured.
- Confirmatory measurements were taken.
- Digital photographs have been taken.
- The shipper has been notified.
- A review of the associated regulations was performed.
- The carrier has been notified.
- The truck has been unloaded and released."

The shipment contained Am241/Be sources sent from QSA Global in Burlington, MA for use in refurbishing sources, typically well-logging. The estimated departure time/date was 0800 EDT on 07/31/13 with estimated arrival time/date of 0800 EDT on 08/01/13. The driver team consisted of two (2) individuals during the 24-hour transit time. The shipment was off-loaded and secured following the receipt rad survey.

The licensee notified the shipper, the carrier, the Commonwealth of Virginia and informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * RETRACTION FROM TONY ENGLAND TO PETE SNYDER AT 1702 EDT ON 8/5/13 * * *

"This event has been reported to the Commonwealth of Virginia under Event Number VA-13-04. The material involved in this event is regulated under Commonwealth of Virginia License."

Notified R2DO (King), R1DO (Trapp), FSME Event Resource (email), and FUELS OUO (email).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49241
Facility: FORT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: (1) CE
NRC Notified By: SCOTT MOECK
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/06/2013
Notification Time: 08:48 [ET]
Event Date: 08/06/2013
Event Time: 07:22 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2013
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
HAROLD CHERNOFF (NRR)
JASON KOZAL (IRD)
DAN DORMAN (NRR)
STEVE REYNOLDS (R4)

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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO HIGH WINDS

"Fort Calhoun Station entered a notification of unusual event due to high wind speeds at the site of 90.2 mph during a severe thunderstorm. IC [Initiating Condition] HU1 EAL2. Wind speeds have reduced to 25 mph sustained."

The licensee has offsite power available and is in progress of conducting plant walkdowns. The thunderstorm has passed and sustained winds are 25 mph.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the State, and local governments.

* * * UPDATE FROM MATT AMIELAK TO VINCE KLCO ON 8/6/13 AT 0928 EDT * * *

"At 0828 CDT Fort Calhoun Station terminated from the notification of unusual event. There was no damage to plant equipment or structures from the storm. "

Sustained winds are 15 mph.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, the State, and local governments.

Notified R4DO (Vasquez), NRR EO (Chernoff), IRD MOC (Kozal), DHS SWO, FEMA and DHS NICC.

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