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Event Notification Report for November 29, 2013

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11/27/2013 - 11/29/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49556 49560 49561 49567 49568 49586 49588 49589 49590

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49556
Rep Org: CARDINAL ATC
Licensee: CARDINAL ATC
Region: 3
City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN
County:
License #: 13-17732-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUSS BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 11/19/2013
Notification Time: 06:41 [ET]
Event Date: 11/18/2013
Event Time: 17:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/19/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTA)

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

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

On 11/18/13, at about 1730 EST, a licensee truck carrying a Troxler model # 3411-B (serial #15760) moisture density gauge was stolen. This gauge has an 8 milliCurie Cs-137 source and a 40 milliCurie Am:Be source. The RSO reported that the gauge was properly secured in its case and properly secured to the vehicle. A report has been filed with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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: 49560
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TEXAS GAMMA RAY LLC
Region: 4
City: PASADENA State: TX
County:
License #: 05561
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/20/2013
Notification Time: 12:07 [ET]
Event Date: 11/19/2013
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/20/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE DISCONNECT

The following information was obtained from the State of Texas via email:

"On November 20, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee that on November 19, 2013, a source disconnect had occurred at a temporary field site. The licensee stated a crew had performed their first exposure of the day using a 91 curie cobalt - 60 source in a SPEC 300 exposure device. The radiographer attempted to retract the source into the exposure device, but noted the exposure rate on their dose rate meter was still reading the same as when the source was exposed and the camera lock failed to trip. The radiographers contacted the licensee's Radiation Safety Officer who responded to the location. The radiographers were working in a remote area of the facility and the boundaries initially set were adequate to prevent any exposures to other personnel at the facility. The RSO stated the source was located in the collimator. The RSO and a second individual approved for source recovery was able to recover the source. The RSO stated that their inspection of the device found the spring on the source pig tail appeared to have weakened and failed to close the connector in one of three test operations after the source recovery. The radiographers stated they challenged the connection prior to cranking the source out. The source and exposure device were returned to the manufacturer for inspection and repair. No over exposures occurred as a result of the event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9136

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49561
Rep Org: CITY OF DETROIT
Licensee: CITY OF DETROIT
Region: 3
City: DETROIT State: MI
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DEBORAH WHITING
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/20/2013
Notification Time: 12:05 [ET]
Event Date: 11/19/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/25/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
CANADA (FAX)

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

Event Text

MISSING GENERAL LICENSED MATERIAL

The City of Detroit is missing an unknown number of gauges containing Cd-109.

The licensee has notified R3 (Kulzer).

* * * UPDATE AT 1035 EST ON 11/25/2013 FROM ED KULZER TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The missing gauges' function was to check for lead in paint. The 13 missing sources were in Niton model 309 detectors with an aggregate activity of 247 mCi of Cd-109. Four of the sources contained 50 mCi and the remaining nine contained a total of 47 mCi.

The sources were last known to be in the Herman Kiefer Health Complex, 1151 Taylor Street, Detroit, MI.

Notified the R3DO (Hills), ILTAB (Whitney), FSME Event Resources, and Canada.

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: 49567
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: LAWRENCE ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: DALLAS State: TX
County:
License #: L05707
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 11/21/2013
Notification Time: 14:26 [ET]
Event Date: 04/17/2012
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/21/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
MEXICO - FAX/EMAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was obtained from the State of Texas via email:

"On December 2, 2011, the Agency [State of Texas] was notified by a facility owner that the licensee had abandoned what appeared to be Troxler Model 3430 moisture/density gauges in the building. Initial investigation revealed that the license had been revoked by the Agency for nonpayment. The Agency impounded 5 Troxler moisture/density gauges that were at the facility and conducted an on-site investigation. The investigation indicated there was one more gauge that had not been accounted for. The Agency contacted the individual who had been the last Radiation Safety Officer of record. During the investigation he was asked to contact anyone who had worked for the licensee that might have knowledge about the gauge. He responded that he had made contact with several former employees and a former partner and they told him the all of the gauges were in the storage area to their knowledge. The Agency contacted the manufacturer and two gauge service companies in the area. None of them had serviced the gauge recently and they agreed to mark their records to notify the Agency if the gauge came in for servicing. There was no information or evidence that the gauge had been legally sold or transferred. Investigation was closed on 04/17/2012 when gauge was determined lost/missing/stolen. During a record review on 11/14/2013 it was discovered that the event had not been previously reported in accordance with SA-300. The event was reported at that time through the NMED (TX130045). When the file was being processed on 11/21/2013, questions arose as to whether or not an exposure could result to persons in unrestricted areas. The gauges impounded by the Agency were examined and it was discovered that the source rods on the gauges were not locked to prevent the sources from being exposed. Based on that information, it was determined that there was a possibility that an exposure could result to persons in unrestricted areas."

Troxler Model number 3430; Serial number 34552; 8 mCi Cs-137,40 mCi Am-241
Texas Incident #: I-8908


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: 49568
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: UNIVERSAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
Region: 1
City: ROCKLEDGE State: FL
County:
License #: 1136-4
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK SEIDENSTICKER
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 11/21/2013
Notification Time: 14:47 [ET]
Event Date: 11/20/2013
Event Time: 11:25 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/21/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TROXLER GAUGE INVOLVED IN A FIRE

The State of Florida received a call from their licensee regarding a pick-up truck fire with a soil moisture density gauge in the back.

On 11/20/13 at approximately 11:25 am EST on I-95 southbound near mile marker 169, a 2002 Ford F150 owned by the licensee caught fire. The exact cause of the fire is unknown. The fire spread so quickly, the licensee was unable to remove the Troxler Model 3440 portable density gauge (S/N: 77-4969) from the truck bed.

The licensee notified emergency responders who arrived within 15 minutes and extinguished the fire. The gauge transportation container was damaged in the fire but there was no breach.

The licensee RSO responded to the scene to conduct surveys. All surveys of the area were at or near background levels. Surveys of the gauge container and gauge were normal. The gauge itself showed no signs of damage from the fire. The licensee plans on installing the gauge into a spare transportation container to return it to the manufacturer for inspection and repair if necessary.

The licensee will instruct employees to avoid driving through high grass and underbrush to avoid a similar incident in the future.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49586
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL BURTON
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/27/2013
Notification Time: 08:40 [ET]
Event Date: 11/27/2013
Event Time: 07:40 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/27/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (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

Event Text

SERVICE WATER RADIATION MONITOR REMOVED FROM SERVICE

"Planned preventative maintenance on service water piping will remove the service water radiation monitor from service. This represents a loss of emergency assessment capability under NUREG-1022, revision 3, specific to RU1.1, RU1.2, RA1.1, and RA1.2. The planned maintenance is expected to last eight hours.

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified prior to removing the service water radiation monitor from service."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49588
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DOUG LAMARCA
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 11/27/2013
Notification Time: 14:58 [ET]
Event Date: 11/27/2013
Event Time: 10:01 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/27/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

UNIT 1 REACTOR BUILDING SECONDARY CONTAINMENT DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE OUT OF SPECIFICATION

"On November 27, 2013 at 1001 [EST], Susquehanna Steam Electric Station operators observed secondary containment differential pressure was at 0.04 inches water gauge for Zone I (Unit 1 Reactor Building). Tech Spec Secondary Containment Operability requires a negative pressure of at least 0.25 inches water gauge. Zone II (Unit 2 Reactor Building) and III (Common Refuel Floor Area) ventilation remained in service and stable.

"Zone I differential pressure was impacted due to equipment malfunction. The inservice reactor building exhaust fan discharge damper developed an air leak at the solenoid operator. Zone 1 Building D/P was restored to within the required band at 1111 [EST] by placing the standby train exhaust fan, which was out of service for maintenance, in operation and verified to be stable. LCO 3.6.4.1 was entered for both units at 1001 [EST] and exited at 1131 [EST].

"This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) 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 NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49589
Facility: QUAD CITIES
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] GE-3
NRC Notified By: KEN HILL
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 11/27/2013
Notification Time: 18:14 [ET]
Event Date: 11/27/2013
Event Time: 14:46 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/27/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

NON-OCCUPATIONAL DEATH ON-SITE

"At approximately 1446 hours (CST) on November 27, 2013 a badged employee was discovered non-responsive inside a vehicle within the Owner Controlled Area. [The vehicle was located outside the protected area and in the parking lot]. On-site and off-site emergency personnel responded to the medical issue. The individual was pronounced dead at 1604 hours. No radioactive material or contamination was involved. The death was not work-related nor the result of an occupational event.

"This event is being reported under 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"The NRC Resident lnspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49590
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [ ] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: KYLE KOLLER
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/28/2013
Notification Time: 10:56 [ET]
Event Date: 11/28/2013
Event Time: 02:58 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/28/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)

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 DECLARED INOPERABLE WHILE TWO SECONDARY CONTAINMENT DOORS WERE SIMULTANEOUSLY OPEN

"At 0258 CST on November 28, 2013, two individuals were removing materials from the main steam isolation valve room (X-Area) and defeated an interlock which allowed them to open two secondary containment doors simultaneously. The X-Area personnel access doors connect secondary containment to the turbine building and are part of the secondary containment boundary.

"At the time of this event, Dresden Unit 2 was in Mode 4 and secondary containment was not required. However, Dresden Unit 3 was in Mode 1 which requires secondary containment to be operable. Throughout this event, secondary containment differential pressure was maintained within technical specifications surveillance requirement 3.6.4.1.1 limits, and the individuals remained in the area with the capability to close the personnel access doors.

"This condition represents a failure to meet surveillance requirement 3.6.4.1.2, since both doors in a singular access opening were allowed to open. As a result, entry into technical specification 3.6.4.1 condition A was made, for Unit 3, due to secondary containment being inoperable. The doors were secured at 0311 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 the safety function.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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