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Event Notification Report for November 5, 2013

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Event Reports For
11/04/2013 - 11/05/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49403 49472 49474 49477 49479 49499 49500 49502

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Agreement State Event Number: 49403
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: IBA MOLECULAR NORTH AMERICA, INC
Region: 1
City: HAVERHILL State: MA
County:
License #: 41-0618
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: EDWARD SALOMAN
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 10/02/2013
Notification Time: 18:31 [ET]
Event Date: 10/02/2013
Event Time: 17:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JUDY JOUSTRA (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOUCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING CESIUM-137 CALIBRATION SOURCE

The Massachusetts Radiation Control Program provided the following report via facsimile:

"[The Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] Agency received a call from the licensee [stating] that a Cs-137 dose calibrator sealed source was leaking. This sealed source [has been] stored for a long time. [The] licensee performed a leak test today on the sealed source before the sealed source was going to be used. The leak test results indicated that [the source] was leaking and the activity reported was 0.3 microcuries of activity, which is above the regulatory reporting limit of 0.005 microcuries.

"The licensee provided the following information about the sealed source: original activity: 251 microcuries; Manufacture Date: 9/01/2011; and Source lD # 743-16-17. The leaking sealed source was never used and it was returned to storage for disposal. There was no personnel contamination or area contamination from this leaking source.

"The licensee will file a report to the Agency within 5 days of this leak test."

* * * UPDATE ON 11/04/13 AT 1128 EST FROM MASSACHUSETTS RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM * * *

The Massachusetts Radiation Control Program provided the following information via e-mail:

A Licensee letter to Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] dated 10/7/13 contained updated source manufacture date and original activity information and confirmed contact made with manufacturer to arrange for return shipment of source for eventual disposal. On 11/4/13, upon Agency inquiry, the licensee stated that arrangements for return of source to manufacturer were progressing.

The original source strength was revised to 241 microcuries as of 9/01/03. The revised leak test results were 0.357 microcuries of activity.

The Agency considers this matter to still be OPEN pending confirmed return of source to manufacturer.

The R1DO (Noggle) notified. A copy of this update was provided to FSME Events Resource via e-mail.

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Agreement State Event Number: 49472
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: LTI GROUP/SMART GLASS DIVISION
Region: 1
City: PITTSFIELD State: MA
County:
License #: G0350
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DOUG CULLEN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 10/25/2013
Notification Time: 14:04 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING STATIC ELIMINATORS

The following Agreement State Report was received via facsimile:

"Two static eliminators each initially containing 10 mCi, Po-210, were misplaced during the departmental move from one [licensee] facility to another. Each alpha emitting device is identified as a static eliminator manufactured by NRD, LLC of Grand Island, NY, Model No. P.2021.8203, with corresponding Serial No.'s of A2GF745 and A2HD506. The devices were reported missing subsequent to an inventory check.

"Calculated device activity with Po-210 half-life = 138 days.

"Device Serial No. A2GF745 was shipped by NRD to LTI on June 6, 2008 thus the original activity of 10 mCi is currently calculated to be 0.5 uCi.

"Device Serial No. A2HD506 was shipped by NRD to LTI on April 7, 2010 thus the original activity of 10 mCi is currently calculated to be 15 uCi.

"The aggregate activity exceeds the threshold of 1.0 uCi (i.e.10 X 0.1 uCi), per CMR 120.297 Appendix C.

"The Agency [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] will continue to investigate this matter.

"Cause: It is believed that during departmental moves from the Lenox, MA facility to a new location in Pittsfield, MA, that two static eliminators were misplaced."

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: 49474
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: FAZEL BARMAKI
Region: 4
City: ORANGE State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket: 7923-37
NRC Notified By: ANDREW TAYLOR
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 10/25/2013
Notification Time: 21:21 [ET]
Event Date: 10/25/2013
Event Time: 14:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE WALKER (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE DAMAGED BY EXCAVATOR

The following Agreement State Report was received via email:

"On October 25, 2013, at approximately 1430 [PDT], Fazel Barmaki, RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] of Fazel Barmaki, RML 7923-37, contacted [California Radiologic Health Branch] RHB Brea concerning their moisture/density gauge, CPN model MC-3, S/N M321106780 (with 10 mCi Cs-137 and 50 mCi Am-241/Be sources) that had been run over by an excavator and damaged while performing measurements at a construction site at 1186 N Ridgeline Rd., Orange, CA. A [California State] ICE RAM-South inspector arrived at the scene to assess the situation and to verify the integrity of the sources. The inspector observed the scene and was able to determine that the Cs-137 source was in the shielded position and the Am-241/Be source was still in the shielded housing. Wipe tests taken at the scene were surveyed and were found to be at background, indicating that the sources were not leaking. The rest of the gauge was inspected and it was observed that the hand and guide tube had broken off from the housing and the electronics were smashed and broken off of the gauge. Despite the damage to the non-radioactive parts, the shielding appeared to be undamaged, and the housing was placed in the transport case. A survey was performed on the transport case while using a Victoreen CHP-450. The highest dose rate on contact with the transport case was 1.8 mR/hr and 0.3 mR/hr at one foot, with a background of 0.01 mR/hr. These dose rates are consistent with a CPN MC-3 moisture density gauge.

"The RSO was interviewed by the [California State] inspector who stated that, between taking readings, he was observing the excavator as it was moving while standing near the gauge, making sure to maintain position between the excavator and gauge. While observing the excavator, the excavator made a sudden move toward him and he had to jump out of the way to prevent being run-over and the gauge was run over, causing the damage to the gauge. After checking on the damage, the RSO then immediately contacted RHB to report the incident.

"Since the radiation surveys indicated the dose rates were consistent with an intact and operational CPN MC-3 gauge and no leakage was indicated by an inspection of the integrity of the shielding and wipe tests at the scene of the incident, the RSO was allowed to return the gauge to their storage location at [in Escondido, CA.], for storage until the gauge can be sent to a service provider or CPN for repair or replacement. The [State's] investigation will be ongoing to determine if licensee will be cited. This is being reported to the NRC Operations Center as a 24 hour report under 10 CFR 30.5(b)(2) since the gauge cannot be locked in the shielded position (due to the source rod being sheared off from the gauge) despite the fact that the Cs-137 source is in the shielded position since it was in the shielded position at the time of the incident."

California Report Number: 102513

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Agreement State Event Number: 49477
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: PDV MIDWEST REFINING, LLC
Region: 3
City: LEMONT State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01603-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GIBB VINSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/28/2013
Notification Time: 11:16 [ET]
Event Date: 10/23/2013
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ROBERT DALEY (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE DAMAGED IN A FIRE

The following report was received from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Bureau of Radiation Safety via e-mail:

"PDV Midwest Refining (CITGO) in Lemont, IL called on 10/26/13 to report a fixed gauge that was involved in a fire on 10/23/13. The gauge is an Ohmart/Vega gauge containing 37 GBq (1 Ci) of Cs-137. Their consultant had been on site and done a characterization of the area. The housing looked to be intact and radiation surveys at 35 feet from below the housing were 40 microR/hr. A contamination survey of material under the vessel indicated no contamination at this time. No one is able to get into the immediate area because of debris and a perimeter has been established. IEMA/BRS [Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Bureau of Radiation Safety] inspectors have been dispatched to the scene for further evaluation."

Item Number: IL13030

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Agreement State Event Number: 49479
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: AMEC ENVIRONMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE, INC.
Region: 4
City: IRVINE State: CA
County:
License #: CA5799-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: K. HARKNESS
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/28/2013
Notification Time: 16:03 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2013
Event Time: 11:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
MEXICO (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State of California submitted the following via email:

"At 1130 [PDT] on October 28, 2013, the RSO for AMEC called to report a stolen moisture density [M/D] gauge: Troxler, model 3440, S/N 36036 that contains 8 millicuries of Cs-137 and 40 millicuries of Am-241/Be.

"The stolen gauge was last seen on Friday, October 25, 2013 by the authorized user, who secured the M/D gauge in safe mode inside the locked yellow transportation box which was placed inside a locked metal box. The contractor's tools at the site in Mission Valley, CA was also burglarized and a police report was filed.

"The [metal] box's lock had been drilled out and the chain attaching it to the building was cut. RHB [Radiation Health Branch] advised the RSO to place a Lost/Found notice in the local paper offering a reward for return of the gauge to AMEC."

CA 5010 Number: 102813

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: 49499
Facility: KEWAUNEE
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: SCOTT CIESFLEWICZ
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/04/2013
Notification Time: 09:15 [ET]
Event Date: 11/04/2013
Event Time: 07:28 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTINE LIPA (R3DO)

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

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PLANNED MAINTENANCE ON THE PARTICULATE, IODINE, AND NOBLE GAS RADIATION MONITOR

"On November 4, 2013 at 0728 CST, the Kewaunee Power Station rendered the Auxiliary Building SPING [Particulate, Iodine, and Noble Gas] Radiation Monitor Mid and Hi ranges non-functional for planned maintenance. The Emergency Response Organization (ERO) has been notified of the Auxiliary Building SPING non-functionality.

"Work will be performed with high priority on a continuous schedule. The Auxiliary Building SPING is expected to be restored to functional at 1800 CST on November 6, 2013.

"This condition is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as an event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability (unable to sufficiently identify and classify an Emergency Action Level for off-site radiation conditions). The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49500
Facility: COOPER
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DAVID NELSON MADSEN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 11/04/2013
Notification Time: 17:01 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2013
Event Time: 01:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)

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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A planned maintenance activity at Cooper Nuclear Station [CNS] will remove the TSC [Technical Support Center] ventilation system from service. The TSC ventilation system will be rendered non-functional during this maintenance period. The maintenance activity on the TSC ventilation is expected to last less than one day.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. CNS Station procedures provide appropriate monitoring and compensatory measures to ensure habitability of the TSC and, if necessary, instructions for relocation of TSC personnel to alternate TSC facilities, should the need arise. Both of these alternate facilities are equipped with emergency ventilation systems and are currently fully functional. In the event of TSC activation, maintenance will be expedited to restore ventilation to service.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the loss of an Emergency Response Facility (ERF). An update will be provided once the TSC ventilation system has been restored to normal operation.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49502
Facility: ROBINSON
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: GEORGE CURTIS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 11/05/2013
Notification Time: 05:00 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2013
Event Time: 00:41 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/05/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
ALAN BLAMEY (R2DO)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC ACTUATION OF THE AUXILIARY FEEDWATER SYSTEM DUE TO MAIN FEED PUMP TRIP

"At 0041 hours [EST] on 11/05/2013, while placing the Condensate Polishers into service, a secondary side perturbation occurred, resulting in a loss of the one running Main Feedwater Pump ('A' Pump) on low suction pressure. At the time, the plant was in Mode 2 with Startup Low Power Physics Testing in progress. By design, this condition resulted in an automatic start of Auxiliary Feedwater. Both 'A' and 'B' Motor-Driven Auxiliary Feedwater (AFW) Pumps started as designed. Steam generator water levels were maintained by the Auxiliary Feedwater flow. The 'B' Motor Driven AFW pump was secured following its automatic start to stabilize steam generator water levels and reactor coolant system temperature. Plant conditions including steam generator water levels have been stabilized. At 0250 hours [EST] 'A' Main Feedwater Pump was restarted and at 0252 hours [EST], the 'A' Motor-Driven AFW pump was secured.

"At this time, the cause of the secondary side perturbation is being investigated. The plant remains in Mode 2 and Startup Low Power Physics Testing has resumed.

"Due to the valid actuation of AFW, this event is being reported as an 8 hour Non-Emergency per 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A). At no time during this occurrence was the public or plant staff at risk as a result of this event.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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