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Event Notification Report for November 20, 2013

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Event Reports For
11/19/2013 - 11/20/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49529 49530 49545 49557 49558

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Agreement State Event Number: 49529
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: GEOTEK, INC.
Region: 4
City: LAS VEGAS State: NV
County:
License #: 00-11-0348-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SNEHA RAVIKUMAR
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/12/2013
Notification Time: 15:56 [ET]
Event Date: 11/12/2013
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST PORTABLE GAUGE

The following information was provided by the State of Nevada via email:

"The RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] of GeoTek, in Las Vegas, reported the loss of a portable gauge - CPN Model MC1, S/N MD360603270 - containing 10 mCi of Cs-137 and 50 mCi of Am-241/Be. It was lost this morning between 0930 and 1000 [PST] in North Las Vegas, near Charleston and Lambert Blvds. It was not properly secured in the back of the truck and fell out. The user looked for it but could not find it. The RSO is going out to take a look for it. A police report, no. 131112-1703Z, was filed with the Las Vegas Metro at 1115 hrs. The RSO will call the North Las Vegas PD and let [Nevada Division of Radiation Health] know when that is done."

Reference number: NV 130021

* * * UPDATE FROM THE STATE OF NEVADA TO HUFFMAN VIA E-MAIL ON 11/15/13 AT 1237 EST * * *

"In response to the $500.00 reward offered for the missing gauge, a man came forward today and handed the gauge over to the RSO. Apparently he had found it on the Charleston on-ramp to US-95, which is the route which the technician had taken on the day he had lost the gauge. The gauge is not damaged and appears to be intact.

"The RSO used a survey meter and did not get any abnormal readings. He will perform a leak test and then put the gauge back into service. Corrective action will involve additional training to staff to prevent such incidents in the future. An incident report will be sent to the Radiation Control Program [State of Nevada] by the RSO, within 30 days."

"A member of staff from the Radiation Control Program visited the licensee and checked the gauge [to confirm] everything was normal. However, the licensee has been advised to send the gauge to the manufacturer (InstroTek), to be completely sure that there was no damage, before being put back into service."

Notified R4DO (Farnholtz) and sent e-mail copies to FSME Events Resource and ILTAB.

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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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Agreement State Event Number: 49530
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: LAHEY CLINIC FOUNDATION
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 44-0015
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANTHONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/12/2013
Notification Time: 16:20 [ET]
Event Date: 11/12/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ACCESS RESTRICTED DUE TO TECHNETIUM-99 SPILL

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"On 11/12/13, licensee reported 10 mCi spill of medical Tc-99m (6-hour half-life) liquid during patient administration. Report based on the licensee's need to restrict access to the area of the spill for more than 24 hours. Licensee reported there was no occupational exposure to workers. Spill cleanup action was performed by licensee but enough residual contamination remained for licensee to restrict access to contaminated room until 10 half-lives (approximately three days) of radioactive decay have passed. Licensee will submit written follow-up report within 30 days.

"The Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] considers this matter to be OPEN pending results of ongoing investigation."

* * * RETRACTION ON 11/18/13 AT 1055 EST FROM ANTHONY CARPENITO TO DONG PARK * * *

"The Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] agrees with recent USNRC determination that this is not a reportable event, because it meets one but not all three of the requirements contained in 105 CMR 120.142 (B)(1) or 10 CFR 30.50 (b)(1)."

Notified R1DO (Bower) and FSME Events Resource via email.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49545
Facility: COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 4 State: WA
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: NICK RULLMAN
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 11/17/2013
Notification Time: 16:13 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2013
Event Time: 09:55 [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)

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

LOSS OF DRYWELL SAMPLING CAPABILITY

"This notification is being made due to a loss of emergency assessment capability. At 0955 (PST) on 11/17/2013,
it was discovered that the CMS-SR-13 sample valves would not align to allow monitoring the drywell. The redundant sample rack, CMS-SR-14, is already out of service due to an issue with the sample pump, which is currently awaiting replacement parts. The capability to monitor the drywell for H2 and O2 remotely is non-existent if an emergency situation were to arise because of these two issues. The only method currently available to sample the drywall for H2 and O2 is manually via chemistry procedures. This method would be unavailable in accident conditions because the sample point isolation valves isolate on an accident signal (F or A). Even if the sample points were not isolated, the Chemist would be unable to draw a sample safely during an accident due to radiation levels in the Reactor Building and/or H2 and O2 levels in containment. PPM 13.1.1 Table 6 specifies DW/WW (Drywell/Wetwell) hydrogen and oxygen measurements as a method for determining potential loss of Primary Containment. PPM 13.14.11 does not specify an alternative method for the loss of CMS-SR-13 & 14. Based on this information and discussions with Licensing and Emergency Preparedness, the station has determined this issue is a loss of emergency assessment capability per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii)."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM DAVID HOLICK TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 0159 EST ON 11/19/13 * * *

"At 1351 PST on 11/18/13, repairs on CMS-SR-13 were completed, returning the monitor to operable status of being able to sample both the drywell and wetwell for hydrogen and oxygen as required for emergency assessment capability.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified R4DO (PROULX).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49557
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TERRY BRANDT
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 11/19/2013
Notification Time: 08:29 [ET]
Event Date: 11/19/2013
Event Time: 04:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER EMERGENCY BACKUP POWER SUPPLY MAINTENANCE

"A planned maintenance evolution at the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) will remove the emergency power supply to the TSC from service. The TSC would be rendered non-functional with the loss of normal power. The repair to the power supply is expected to last 1 day.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures. Maintenance will be expedited to restore the emergency power supply 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 emergency power supply has been restored to normal operation."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM TERRY BRANDT TO DONG PARK AT 1653 EDT ON 11/19/13 * * *

"The emergency power has been returned to service to the TSC."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO (Hills).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49558
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: TODD PERKINS
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/19/2013
Notification Time: 15:57 [ET]
Event Date: 11/19/2013
Event Time: 13:41 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)

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

STACK RADIATION MONITOR REMOVED FROM SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"The Unit 2 High Range Stack Radmonitor, RM-8168 is removed from service for preplanned maintenance. This is reportable as a loss of assessment capability in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). RM-8168 was restored to fully functional at 1456 EST."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified. State and local authorities were notified by the licensee.

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