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Event Notification Report for November 21, 2013

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Event Reports For
11/20/2013 - 11/21/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49529 49530 49532 49559 49562 49563 49565

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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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Agreement State Event Number: 49532
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MIDWEST INSPECTION DBA DESERT NDT
Region: 4
City: BARNSVILLE State: CO
County: WELD
License #: CO-RML#902-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHERI HALL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 11/13/2013
Notification Time: 10:23 [ET]
Event Date: 11/13/2013
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 11/13/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCE DISCONNECT

The following Agreement State Report was received via email:

"On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Midwest Inspection dba [doing business as] Desert NDT experienced a source disconnect [on a INC Radiography Camera]. The RSO was able to retrieve the source into a shielded source exchange container as authorized to do on the license. No over-exposures are reported at this time, and an investigation is underway by [Colorado] Department employees. A full report will follow in the next 30 days."

The camera is an INC radiography camera, Model 32, Serial # 7292. The licensee RSO received 54 mrem while performing a source exchange on the camera.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49559
Rep Org: SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
Licensee: SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
Region: 3
City: MT VERNON State: IN
County:
License #: 13-10455-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RANDY BOYER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 11/20/2013
Notification Time: 10:58 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK OPEN

The licensee reported a shutter stuck in the open position on a gauge used for measuring level on a chemical reactor vessel. The shutter is in its normal operational position and presents no danger to personnel. The malfunctioning device is a Texas Nuclear Model 5195 gauge (serial # B-67) and contains 26 milliCuries of Cesium 137.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49562
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: SUNYOUNG KWON
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/20/2013
Notification Time: 16:19 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2013
Event Time: 14:19 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (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

SECONDARY CONTAINMENT BOUNDARY NOT MAINTAINED

"System affected: Secondary Containment Boundary / SLCRS [Supplementary Leak Collection and Release Systems]

"Causes: Door in secondary containment boundary found not latched.

"Effect of Event on Plant: No impact on the plant as SLCRS was not required for the duration that the door was not functional.

"Actions Taken or Planned: Door is now closed and latched. Will repair degraded latch."

This condition was identified around 1100 EST on 11/19/13.

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

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49563
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KELLY BAKER
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/20/2013
Notification Time: 17:04 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2013
Event Time: 20:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2013
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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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LOSS OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITIES DUE TO UNIT 2 PLANT PROCESS COMPUTER REPLACEMENT

"The Unit 2 DC Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP) Plant Process Computer (PPC) will be removed from service on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2000 [EST] to support planned replacement. The Unit 2 PPC, including the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS), will be unavailable to the NRC Operations Center. Planned replacement also affects the Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS), the Real Time Data Repository (RDR), and PPC data to emergency response facilities at CNP. Safety system annunciators and indications in the control room remain available.

"The scheduled replacement, returning of equipment to service and post maintenance testing is expected to be completed by 1400 on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

"Compensatory measures exist within the DC Cook emergency response procedures to provide plant data via the Emergency Notification System to the NRC Operations Center until the ERDS can be returned to service.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) due to any event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability, or offsite communications capability (e.g., significant portion of control room indication, Emergency Notification System, or offsite notification system)."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49565
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ALEXANDER MCLELLAN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 11/21/2013
Notification Time: 04:23 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2103
Event Time: 22:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/21/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)

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 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

SECONDARY CONTAINMENT FAILS DRAWDOWN SURVEILLANCE TESTING

"On November 20, 2013 at 2240 [EST], secondary containment drawndown testing surveillance failed to meet acceptance criteria SR 3.6.4.1.5 due to maximum flow rate exceeding the allowable value.

"SSES [Susquehanna Steam Electric Station] previously entered SR 3.0.3 at 0900 on 11/15/2013 due to not meeting SR 3.6.4.1.4 and SR 3.6.4.1.5 because of an untested alignment of the 101 bay with ventilation aligned as a no zone during past performances of the drawdown testing surveillance. The surveillance being performed on 11/20/2013 was testing this previously unsurveilled alignment.

"Upon failure of the surveillance, secondary containment ventilation was realigned to the previously tested 818 hatch alignment.

"Upon restoration of secondary containment ventilation to a known operable alignment, secondary containment LCO 3.6.4.1 was cleared and operability restored.

"This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(c) and per the guidance of NUREG 1022, Rev. 3 section 3.2.7 as a loss of a Safety Function. There is no redundant Susquehanna Secondary Containment System."

The licensee has placed administrative controls on the 101 bay doors to prevent loss of secondary containment during the investigation to determine the reason for the surveillance test failure.

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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