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Event Notification Report for September 24, 2013

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Event Reports For
09/23/2013 - 09/24/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49301 49346 49347 49348 49350 49376 49377 49378 49379

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Part 21 Event Number: 49301
Rep Org: MIRION TECHNOLOGIES CONAX NUCLEAR
Licensee: MIRION TECHNOLOGIES CONAX NUCLEAR
Region: 1
City: BUFFALO State: NY
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN MacDONALD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/23/2013
Notification Time: 12:54 [ET]
Event Date: 08/23/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
WAYNE SCHMIDT (R1DO)
ROBERT HAAG (R2DO)
LAURA KOZAK (R3DO)
PART 21 GROUP (NRR)

Event Text

PART-21 NOTIFICATION - UNQUALIFIED MATERIAL USED IN ELECTRICAL PENETRATION ASSEMBLIES

The following information was received via fax:

"Material supplied to MTCN [Mirion Technologies (Conax Nuclear)] by approved sub-suppliers audited to NCA-3800 by MTCN was considered to be ASME [American Society of Mechanical Engineers] qualified source material for Section II and Section III requirements. During triennial survey of MTCN by the ASME for renewal of our N Type Certificates of Authorization, it was identified by the ASME survey team that material supplied by two (2) MTCN approved sub-suppliers should be considered unqualified source material. At that time, MTCN's Quality Program did not include the use of unqualified source material.

"Testing of the coupons for materials used with the basic components supplied to the operating plants is expected to be completed within the next 30 days."

The potentially defective components are electrical penetration headerplates, mounting weldment rings and weld neck flanges for mounting the electrical penetration assemblies.

The affected facilities are: Oconee, Ginna, Crystal River, Point Beach, Monticello, Cook, and Turkey Point.

Point of contact: John MacDonald 716-681-1973

* * * UPDATE FROM JOHN MACDONALD TO HOWIE CROUCH ON 9/23/13 AT 1747 EDT * * *

MTCN has determined the material supplied to U.S. plants does not impact the material safety or performance of the EPAs (Electrical Penetration Assemblies) delivered. Chemical and mechanical re-verification test results to date indicate there have been no test failures compared to the ASME SA-240 material requirements.

Notified R1DO (Welling), R2DO (Seymour), R3DO (Riemer), and NRR Part 21 Group (email only).

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Agreement State Event Number: 49346
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE LLC
Region: 4
City: BAYTOWN State: TX
County:
License #: 01577
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENTRY HEARN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/16/2013
Notification Time: 13:49 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RONAN FIXED GAUGE WITH STUCK SHUTTER

The State of Texas submitted the following information via email:

"On September 16, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received notice that one of the licensee's fixed gauges had a stuck shutter. This [stuck shutter] had been discovered during the morning shutter check that morning. The licensee is in contact with the manufacturer for repair. The gauge is a Ronan SA-1 and contains a Cesium-137 20 mCi source, with serial # M3824. The licensee is compiling a written report and is acquiring authorization to operate while awaiting repairs. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas State Report # I 9115

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Agreement State Event Number: 49347
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP INC.
Region: 4
City: DEER PARK State: TX
County:
License #: LO6369
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 09/16/2013
Notification Time: 13:58 [ET]
Event Date: 09/12/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE FAILS TO RETRACT

"On September 16, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] received notification from the licensee that on September 12, 2013, one of its radiography crews working at a temporary work site in Tilden, Texas, had been unable to retract an Iridium-192 source back into its SPEC 150 exposure device. After several attempts, the connector on the end of the cable came off which allowed the cable to come all the way through the device and left the source inside the guide tube.

"Source retrieval was performed by authorized person who received 120 millirem, an assistant who received 55 millirem, the radiographer trainer who also assisted received 100 millirem (including the day's work) and the radiographer trainee who received 32 millirem (including the day's work).

"The licensee will have the crank assembly, cable, and connector evaluated. No member of the public received any radiation exposure as a result of this event. An investigation into this event is ongoing. More information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."

Texas State Report # I-9113

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Agreement State Event Number: 49348
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP INC.
Region: 4
City: LA PORTE State: TX
County:
License #: LO6369
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 09/16/2013
Notification Time: 13:58 [ET]
Event Date: 09/13/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE FAILS TO RETRACT

"On September 16, 2013, the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of Health] that on September 13, 2013, one of its radiography crews had been unable to retract a Iridium-192 source back into a SPEC 150 exposure device at a temporary work site in Tilden, Texas. Following the first exposure of the morning, the source pigtail would not retract fully into the device. An authorized person performed the source retrieval. This individual received 20 millirem and the individual that assisted him received 10 millirem. No member of the public received any exposure as a result of this event.

"The licensee's radiation safety officer inspected the inside of the source guide tube using a tube scope and found that the coil in the source guide tube was pushed out into the inside of the tube where the connector fitting was crimped onto the guide tube. The connector had just been replaced by a local service company. An investigation into this event is ongoing. Information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."

Texas State Report # I-9114

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49350
Rep Org: KALISPELL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Licensee: KALISPELL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 4
City: KALISPELL State: MT
County:
License #: 25-15463-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREA VANTERPOOL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/16/2013
Notification Time: 16:50 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2013
Event Time: 14:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 09/16/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST BRACHYTHERAPY MEDICAL SOURCE

The licensee reported that a brachytherapy source/seed was lost after completion of a medical procedure. After the seed was removed from the patient, the device was improperly placed in the rack for sterilization and cleaning and it is believed the seed was lost as part of this cleaning process. Normally, the device would have been placed in a surgical bowl and moved to a flash chamber for seed recovery. The seed was a Best Double Walled I-125 seed with a 204 microcurie source, model #2301.

There was no harm to the patient or exposures to other personnel. The licensee is continuing their investigation and will provide additional information when it becomes available.

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: 49376
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: STEVE INGALLS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/22/2013
Notification Time: 23:48 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2013
Event Time: 20:36 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
50.72(b)(3)(xii) - OFFSITE MEDICAL
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (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 N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

TRANSPORT OF POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED WORKER OFFSITE

"On 09/22/2013 at 1940 CDT, Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant (PINGP) requested an offsite ambulance via the 911 system for medical assistance for an individual in the radiologically controlled area. The person was treated as potentially contaminated because a complete survey to confirm the absence of contamination was not completed prior to transport of the individual. An ambulance arrived on site at 1956 CDT and departed the site at 2036 CDT to the Red Wing Minnesota Hospital. PINGP radiation protection personnel accompanied the individual to the hospital. A survey at the hospital determined that the individual was not contaminated.

"This is considered a transport of a potentially contaminated individual requiring an 8 hour ENS Notification per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xii).

"The Prairie Island Indian Community was notified of the transport of an individual by ambulance.

"This is considered a notification of another government agency and an event that may have potential interest to the media requiring a 4 hour ENS Notification per 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49377
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL FORTNER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/23/2013
Notification Time: 10:25 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2013
Event Time: 09:36 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)

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

Event Text

LOSS OF ASSESSMENT CAPABILITY DUE TO PREPLANNED MAINTENANCE AFFECTING RADIATION MONITORS

"Ventilation process radiation monitors for the Turbine Building Stack Discharge (monitors HVR*RE10A and HVR*RE10B) will be out of service for preplanned maintenance. This is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The licensee stated that this condition is being reported based on the inability to sufficiently identify and classify an Emergency Action Level for radiation releases that utilize input from the affected monitors while they are out of service.

The licensee will notify state and local authorities. The licensee will also notify the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49378
Facility: FORT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: (1) CE
NRC Notified By: AMY BURKHART
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/23/2013
Notification Time: 18:37 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2013
Event Time: 13:40 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)

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

Event Text

UNANALYZED CONDITION - EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS DO NOT MEET DESIGN BASIS REQUIREMENTS IN TWO ROOMS

"At 1340 CDT, on 09/23/2013, as part of a vendor analysis for the high energy line break reconstitution project, it was determined that Room 81 and 82 epoxy floor coatings do not meet the design basis requirements for a high energy line break barrier. This is an unanalyzed condition based on 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3) as loss of the floor coating could affect multiple redundant trains of safety-related equipment during a design basis event. The plant is currently in a cold shutdown condition."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49379
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: CHRIS ROGAS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/23/2013
Notification Time: 22:13 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2013
Event Time: 16:55 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)

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

BOTH SECONDARY CONTAINMENT ACCESS DOORS OPENED SIMULTANEOUSLY

"At 16:55:59 [CDT] on September 23, 2013, indication was received in the Control Room that two Secondary Containment doors, in one access opening, were opened simultaneously. The interlock mechanism preventing both doors from operating simultaneously did not operate as expected. This condition represents a failure to meet Surveillance Requirement 3.6.4.1.2. As a result, entry into Technical Specifications 3.6.4.1 condition A was made due to Secondary Containment being inoperable. The doors were secured at 16:56:04 and Secondary Containment was declared operable. This event is being reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) as a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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