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Event Notification Report for August 15, 2013

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Event Reports For
08/14/2013 - 08/15/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49242 49243 49244 49279 49280

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Agreement State Event Number: 49242
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: ECS MID-ATLANTIC, LLC
Region: 1
City: LEXINGTON State: VA
County:
License #: VA-770-314-5
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/06/2013
Notification Time: 11:04 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1DO)
FSME EVETS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via facsimile:

"On August 5, 2013, an Authorized User (AU) was conducting density testing for asphalt placement for a parking lot using a CPN MC-1-DR. The AU had just performed a density test and set the gauge on the adjacent asphalt approximately 5 feet from the joint for the hot asphalt. The AU stepped to the joint to tell the asphalt roller operator that density values were low. As the AU stepped back, he heard a tandem axle truck backing up. As he stepped to pick up the gauge, he realized the rear tandem axle tire was about to strike the gauge. By the time he pulled the gauge handle, the rear tire rolled over the gauge. He pulled the gauge away from between the rear tandem axle tire and the center axle tire. He then set the gauge down. A survey of the damage gauge was performed by the RSO and the sources were verified to be in their shielded position. The gauge was returned to the shop for shipment to CPN. There was no adverse effect to public health and safety from this event."

VA Event Report ID Number: VA-13-05

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Agreement State Event Number: 49243
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: BABCOCK & WILCOX
Region: 1
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County:
License #: VA-680-028-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/06/2013
Notification Time: 11:04 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1DO)
MICHAEL F. KING (R2DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
BRIAN SMITH (NMSS)
FUELS GRP via email ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EXTERNAL RADIATION LEVELS ON SHIPMENT EXCEEDED 2MR/HR LIMIT FOR UNMONITORED EXPOSURES

The following information was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via facsimile:

"On Thursday, August 1st, a shipment was being received by B&W from QSA Global, Inc. During the receipt survey, readings indicated 5.4 mrem/hr in the cab of the truck. The sources were received and leak tests were performed indicating no leakage. B&W contacted the Virginia Radioactive Materials Program (RMP) who then contacted the Massachusetts RMP.

"B&W also reported the event to the NRC Operations Center on August 1st. A discussion to retract the event as this shipment occurred under the Virginia license was held on Friday 8/2 but the final determination was not made until Monday 8/5 to retract the NRC report. A decision was agreed upon for the Virginia RMP to report the event to the NRC Ops Center.

"The Massachusetts RMP contacted QSA Global, Inc. A preliminary investigation indicates that a QSA Global, Inc. employee did not perform the proper survey before the sources were shipped.

"The [contract carrier] consultant was contacted and made aware of this event. The [contract carrier] has begun an investigation into the event.

"There was no adverse effect to public health and safety from this event.

"Media attention: Yes"

VA Event Report ID Number: VA-13-04

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Agreement State Event Number: 49244
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP INC.
Region: 4
City: TILDEN State: TX
County:
License #: 06369
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE CASARES
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 08/06/2013
Notification Time: 12:21 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE

The State of Texas submitted the following information via email:

"On August 6, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that on August 5, 2013, one of its radiography crews at a temporary work site near Tilden, Texas had a source disconnect on a QSA model 880D camera which contained an iridium-192 source. Authorized persons performed the source retrieval.

"The radiography two man crew pocket dosimeter readings were 188 and 22 millirem. Their dosimetry badges are being sent for processing. The two man retrieval team pocket dosimeters read 21 and 24 millirem. No member of the public received an exposure.

"The licensee is investigating the cause of the disconnect. All equipment is being sent for evaluation. Further information will be provided as it is obtained per SA-300."

TX Incident # I-9103

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 49279
Facility: AREVA NP INC RICHLAND
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION
                   FABRICATION & SCRAP
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County: PENTON
License #: SNM-1227
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001257
NRC Notified By: CALVIN MANNING
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 08/14/2013
Notification Time: 12:32 [ET]
Event Date: 08/13/2013
Event Time: 22:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (a)(5) - ONLY ONE SAFETY ITEM AVAILABLE
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2DO)
PETER HABIGHORST (NMSS)

Event Text

VALVE FAILS TO CLOSE AS REQUIRED ON LOW TEMPERATURE INTERLOCK

"At 2230 [PDT] on 8/13/2013, AREVA Richland Dry Conversion Operations notified AREVA Safety personnel that a low temperature interlock on one of the uranium hexafluoride (UF6) headers activated and that the valve, HV1-1054, did not close as required, and therefore the process has been shut down pending investigation. The system remains down and will remain down pending thorough investigation and appropriate corrective actions.

"The low temperature interlock is not an IROFS [Item Relied on for Safety]. However, further investigation this morning determined the valve, HV1-1054, impacted the function of four IROFS, which would not have performed as required. Of these four, two were found to be used in accident sequences that only credited one additional IROFS for nuclear criticality accident sequences. In each of the cases accidental nuclear criticality remained highly unlikely due to the robustness of the remaining IROFS and the low occurrence frequency of the initiating event.

"Operating with only one IROFS to protect against accidental nuclear criticality is reported within one hour of discovery under 10CFR70 Appendix A criterion (a)(5). AREVA determined that this criterion had been met at approximately 0900 [PDT, on 8/14/2013]. It is estimated that this particular process line had operated for less than 100 hours in this condition."

The licensee has notified NRC Region II.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49280
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: CASPER JERNIGAN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/14/2013
Notification Time: 12:41 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2013
Event Time: 08:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2DO)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO A LOW LEVEL TRITIUM SPILL

"This is a non-emergency notification.

"During a routine plant inspection, plant personnel discovered a leak from a pipe on plant property on Tuesday, August 13, [2013]. An isolation valve, 3WN-38, leaked causing approximately 9,900 gallons of water containing low levels of tritium (5,780 picocuries per liter) to leak onto the surrounding soil. The valve was secured and the leak stopped. Based upon the leak location and low tritium levels, there is no health or safety risk to the public or to employees on the site. There is no impact to public health and safety due to this condition. Due to NPDES requirements at 0840 EDT on August 14, a report of this condition was made to the state of [North Carolina]. The State has evaluated the event and classified the event as a spill-non-sewage (no environmental impact).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM JUSTIN KELLY TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1644 EDT ON 8/14/13 * * *

"Additional voluntary notifications have been made to state agencies in accordance with the Groundwater Protection Initiative following the guidance of NEI 07-07."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Musser).

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