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Event Notification Report for October 22, 2013

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10/21/2013 - 10/22/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49431 49438 49439 49440 49451 49457 49458

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Agreement State Event Number: 49431
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 4
City: MONTROSE State: CO
County:
License #: CO-014-03
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES H. GRICE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/11/2013
Notification Time: 17:38 [ET]
Event Date: 10/10/2013
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/11/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
PAMELA HENDERSON (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL DOSE FROM DECEASED PATIENT WITH PREVIOUSLY ADMINISTERED IODINE-131

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

"CDPHE [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] received telephone notification on 10/11/13 at approximately 2:00 p.m. of a deceased patient who had been administered 150 mCi of I-131 approximately 10-14 hours prior to his death. A male patient, 35 years of age, was administered 150 mCi of I-131 at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center on Wednesday October 9, 2013. The RSO at St. Mary's was notified on Thursday that the patient had passed at some point in the night of the 9th. County EMTs as well as staff from the county coroner's office were called to the scene and examined the body prior to the confirmation of death and the transport of the body to the Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, Colorado.

"Section 7.22 of the Colorado Regulations require that the licensee shall notify the Department [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] by telephone immediately upon discovery that a patient or human research subject containing radioactive material has died, and it is possible that any individual could receive exposures in excess of 4.14 as a result of the deceased's body.

"At this time, the licensee has consulted with and performed contamination surveys of all of the members of the public who have come into contact with the deceased and has situated the body in a secluded portion of the morgue with lead aprons to reduce any potential exposure. The preliminary estimates on dose indicate that the highest dose would have been to the driver of the vehicle which was used to move the body and that dose is estimated to be 30 mrem. The pathology staff at the hospital would like to perform an autopsy since the patient was 35 years of age and was not expected to pass based on medical history.

"The Department [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] will keep communications open as details of the autopsy schedule are finalized and provide guidance on best practices and ALARA techniques for handling of the body.

"The licensee will submit a written report with more detail within thirty days. No other details are available at this time."

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49438
Rep Org: EQ DETROIT
Licensee: EQ DETROIT
Region: 3
City: DETROIT State: MI
County:
License #: GENERAL
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KRISTEN ROCHWALL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/14/2013
Notification Time: 14:50 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (R3DO)
PAMELA HENDERSON (FSME)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

SURFACE CONTAMINATION DISCOVERED ON SEALED SOURCE DURING BIANNUAL WIPE TEST

A general license holder reported a leaking Nickel-63 source that is used in an Agilent Electron Capture Detector. The source was wipe tested and discovered to have a surface contamination of 0.011 micro-curies. The Ni-63 source for the detector has a rated source strength of 15 micro-curies. The company sent the source to a contractor for further determination if the source is leaking or can be cleaned and returned to service.

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Agreement State Event Number: 49439
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 4
City:  State: OK
County: WOODWARD
License #: OK-15794-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEVIN SAMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/14/2013
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 10/10/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
PAMELA HENDERSON (FSME)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality via e-mail:

"On Oct. 10 we were informed by the Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation that one of their Troxler Model 3440 gauges (S/N 32291) had been run over at a road construction site on Hwy 412 east of Woodward, OK. The Radiation Safety Officer responded to the site that day, recovered the gauge and transported it back to their facility in Oklahoma City. Department of Environmental Quality staff inspected the gauge the next day. Although the source rod had been completely snapped off, it did not appear that either of the sealed sources had been damaged."

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Agreement State Event Number: 49440
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: MOMENTIVE SPECIALTY CHEMICAL
Region: 1
City: LOUISVILLE State: KY
County:
License #: GL 401-349-10
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CURT PENDERGRASS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/14/2013
Notification Time: 16:10 [ET]
Event Date: 06/17/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)
PAMELA HENDERSON (FSME)
FSME EVENTS RESOUCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK PROCESS GAUGE SHUTTERS

The following information was received from the Kentucky Radiation Health Branch via facsimile:

"Kentucky Radiation Health Branch (RHB) was notified by telephone on 10/2/13 by a representative from a generally licensed facility, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, of the fact that the shutter ON-OFF control mechanisms had been stuck in the open position on two level gauges undergoing routine servicing almost four (4) months previously. The two gauges, Thermo TN Technologies model 7063P each with 100 mCi Cs-137 [sources] (S/N S92BO601 and S94K1101) were being routinely serviced by a licensed manufacturer, VEGA Americas, on June 17, 2013 when the shutters were found to be stuck in the open position. The VEGA service representatives returned to the licensee's two days later (6/19/13) and repaired the sticking shutters so they would operate freely.

"The VEGA representatives informed the general licensee's representative that a report to RHB was required but the person responsible for the gauges and for making the report was not notified of the problem until almost four months later. When he did learn of the event and the reporting requirement, he reported the event to RHB by telephone on 10/2/13 and followed up with a written report on 10/11/13.

"The reporting criteria is defined in 902 KAR 100:050 Section 3(3)(c)5 and 10 CFR 31.5(c)(5)."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49451
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: KELLEY BELENKY
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/18/2013
Notification Time: 15:52 [ET]
Event Date: 10/18/2013
Event Time: 15:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/21/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
NICK VALOS (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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO ONSITE OIL SPILL

"At 1505 EDT on October 18, 2013, Fermi 2 experienced an oil spill to navigable waters, requiring notification of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Pollution Emergency Alert System, Detroit Edison Corporate Environmental Management and Resources, and the Primary Public Safety Answering Point. The spill has not left site.

"Oil leaked from a fitting on a pump during the performance of fire truck testing. It is estimated that the volume of the overflow was less than four gallons. The overflow entered the on-site quarry. The source of the spill has been terminated.

"Media interest is anticipated.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE FROM DEREK ETUE TO PETE SNYDER ON 10/21/13 AT 1445 EDT * * *

In the first sentence of the second paragraph in the original report above the words 'fire truck' were replaced with 'FLEX pump.' Additionally, "as of 10/18/2013 at 1820 EDT the oil cleanup was completed with no waste generated due to oil dissipation." The licensee also notified the Michigan State Police, Monroe County Sheriff, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R3DO (Orlikowski).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49457
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: RODGER ELLINGWOOD
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/21/2013
Notification Time: 15:02 [ET]
Event Date: 10/19/2013
Event Time: 23:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/21/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (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
2 N Y 19 Power Operation 19 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO SPILL OF WATER CONTAINING LOW-LEVEL TRITIUM CONCENTRATION

"A spill of greater than 100 gallons of water, containing a low-level tritium concentration with the potential to reach groundwater has occurred on the Catawba site. The tritium levels in this water were 8,314 picocuries per liter, less than one-half of the US Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standard for tritium of 20,000 picocuries per liter.

"While conducting planned Unit 2 maintenance activities, water from the main condenser was being pumped to a site collection pond and overflowed due to exceeding capacity. The source of the spill was stopped. Based upon the on-site spill location and low tritium levels, there is no health or safety risk to the public or employees.

"In accordance with the industry voluntary Groundwater Protection Initiative, the NRC Resident Inspector, states, and counties will be notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49458
Facility: ROBINSON
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: GEORGE CURTIS
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/21/2013
Notification Time: 18:21 [ET]
Event Date: 10/21/2013
Event Time: 18:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/21/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2DO)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO RELEASE OF PETROLEUM FROM AN UNREGULATED SOURCE

"This is a non-emergency event notification.

"During planned outage work, H. B. Robinson Steam Electric Plant (HBRSEP), Unit #2 personnel encountered soils with a petroleum odor in an area excavated for inspection of Emergency Diesel Generator fuel oil piping. The inspections were being performed as part of the Buried Piping and Tanks Inspection Program.

"Pressure testing of the fuel oil underground piping on 10/14/13 was satisfactorily completed. Additionally, ultrasonic testing (UT) performed on the exposed diesel fuel oil pipes confirmed piping integrity. These fuel oil lines are typically pressure tested on a two year frequency and were previously tested in 2012 with similar results. The release was determined to be historical and transient in nature.

"The soil that was removed was replaced with uncontaminated soil. Any future actions will be coordinated with SC DHEC.

"HBRSEP, Unit #2 personnel are notifying SC DHEC in accordance with reporting guidance regarding the release of petroleum from an unregulated source.

"This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) as described in NUREG-1022, based on an event related to protection of the environment for which a notification to other government agencies has been made.

"The health and safety of the public was not affected.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013