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Event Notification Report for January 14, 2014

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49679 49695 49696 49718 49719 49720

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Agreement State Event Number: 49679
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: WELDSONIX, INC.
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 05718
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/30/2013
Notification Time: 06:18 [ET]
Event Date: 12/30/2013
Event Time: 04:25 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/30/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ATTEMPTED THEFT OF LICENSED NUCLEAR MATERIAL

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

"On December 30, 2013, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) they had received a call from their security company stating the alarm at their facility had activated. The security company also called local law enforcement (LLE) who had responded. The RSO stated when they arrived at the location, they found a hole had been cut in the side of the metal building where the storage area for their exposure devices is located. The lock on the outer storage vault had been cut, but the lock on the inner vault was still intact. The RSO stated it appeared no radioactive material was removed from the facility. The RSO stated the building lights, which are always on, were off when he arrived. The RSO stated LLE is sending a team to take finger prints in the area. The RSO stated the hoods off of six of their trucks had been removed and are missing. The RSO stated he was waiting for LLE to complete their work before he opens the storage vault. The RSO stated he will update this Agency as soon as they complete their inspection of the facility. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9144

* * * UPDATE AT 0716 EST ON 12/30/13 FROM ART TUCKER TO S. SANDIN * * *

The following update was received via email:

"On December 30,2013, at 0552 hours, the licensee's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) contacted the Agency and stated they had accounted for all of their sources, none were missing. The RSO stated Local Law Enforcement (LLE) had completed processing the scene. The RSO stated one of their trucks had been stolen. The truck has a tracking device on it and they had located the truck using the device. The RSO stated the truck was located about five mile from the licensee's address. Local Law enforcement is investigating. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Notified R4DO (Whitten), FSME (McIntosh), FSME Events Resource (email) and ILTAB (email).

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49695
Rep Org: MALLINCKRODT PHARMACEUTICALS
Licensee: MALLINCKRODT PHARMACEUTICALS
Region: 3
City: MARYLAND HEIGHTS State: MO
County:
License #: 24-04206-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GARY BOSGRAAF
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 01/06/2014
Notification Time: 13:07 [ET]
Event Date: 01/06/2014
Event Time: 08:13 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
FSME EVENTS RESOURSE (EMAI)
WAYNE SCHMIDT (R1DO)

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

Event Text

MOLLY-TECH GENERATOR LOST SOURCE DURING SHIPMENT

"The Mo-Tc Generator (Mallinckrodt Tracking number 2241132 on box and generator, and DU [Depleted Uranium] number 4283 stamped on DU shield) was offered for shipment on 27DEC13 to courier [common]. The generator was sent to customer Pharmalogic MT Inc in Missoula, Montana. The customer did not receive the generator and contacted Mallinckrodt [on December 28, 2013]. A search was conducted and on 06JAN14, [common carrier] informed Mallinckrodt that they believe they did not have the generator of concern at any of their sites. Typical shipment routing is from Maryland Heights, Missouri to St. Louis Lambert airport to Memphis, Tennessee. After Memphis we [Mallinckrodt] are not aware if a second stop occurs prior to arrival in Missoula, Montana. Mallinckrodt conducted an onsite search and was not successful at finding the generator.

"At time of shipment, the generator activity was 11 curie of Mo-99, and 8.1 mCi of depleted Uranium-238. The shipping box read 10.9 mR/hr on contact with the outer surface. Estimated on contact exposure rate levels on the outside of the generator at time of shipment was 180 mR/hr.

"At time (06JAN14) of declaration of the generator being lost, the activity levels were estimated to be 882 mCi of Mo-99, 882 mCi of Tc-99m, and 8.1 mCi of depleted U-238. Estimated exposure rate levels were 0.9 mR/hr on the outside surface of the shipping box, and 14 mR/hr on the outside surface of the generator.

"This event was also reported to Ken Lambert (Voice Mail), NRC Sr. Health Physicist in Region III."

During shipment pickup on December 27, 2013 by the common carrier , the package did not get properly scanned into the common carrier tracking system, and no shipping Bill of Lading, Air Way Bill number, or shipping documentation of any sort was provided to the shipper and was attributed to a new common carrier employee.


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: 49696
Rep Org: IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Licensee: MIDAMERICAN ENERGY - LOUSIA GENERATING STATION
Region: 3
City: MUSCATINE State: IA
County:
License #: 0040-1-70-FG
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LEO WARDROBE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 01/06/2014
Notification Time: 13:21 [ET]
Event Date: 01/04/2014
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE SHUTTER MECHANISM FAILURE

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

"On 1/6/2014 the RSO for MidAmerican Energy Company (Louisa Generating Station), License # 0040-1-70-FG, informed IDPH [Iowa Department of Public Health] that a shutter for a fixed gauge (Texas Nuclear, Model # 5192, s/n B-2723, Source Model # 57157C, containing < 50 mCi of Cs-137) vibrated out of its bracket. This event occurred on 1/4/2014 at approximately 0730 [CST]. The fixed gauge is located on a coal hopper and used for level indication. At the time of the incident the plant is online and the hopper is in use. The fixed gauge is located approximately 50 feet from the catwalk. Since the facility is online, the hopper is in use and no work can occur inside hopper, there is no exposure pathway for any individuals. The licensee has informed all of their employees that no work will be allowed in the hopper until the shutter has been repaired/reinstalled. The licensee has contacted their fixed gauge service provider (RM Wester) to perform repairs/modifications to the fixed gauge so there is no reoccurrence of this event. They are scheduled to be onsite 1/8/2014.

"IDPH considers this event closed."

Item No.: IA140001

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49718
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: BENNIE WHITE
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 01/13/2014
Notification Time: 03:28 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2014
Event Time: 04:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (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 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"A condition is being reported per TRM 13.13.1, Emergency Response Facilities, Action 8.2. The functionality of the Technical Support Center (TSC) has been lost due to planned maintenance activities performed on TSC Support Systems. Alternate facilities are available to provide emergency response functions and actions are proceeding to return the TSC to functional status with high priority. A 10CFR50.54(q) evaluation has been performed for this planned maintenance activity. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49719
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: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 01/13/2014
Notification Time: 09:24 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2014
Event Time: 08:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WAYNE SCHMIDT (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

RADIATION MONITOR OUT OF SERVICE FOR MAINTENANCE

The normal ventilation high range process radiation monitor, 3HVR*10A, was removed for service for planned maintenance. The radiation monitor will be returned to service following maintenance.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49720
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: MIKE HERSHKOWITZ
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/13/2014
Notification Time: 13:09 [ET]
Event Date: 01/13/2014
Event Time: 10:22 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/13/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
GEORGE HOPPER (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

Event Text

EMERGENCY RESPONSE FACILITIES OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"This is a non-emergency eight hour notification for a loss of Emergency Assessment Capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because work activities affect the functionality of emergency response facilities. This condition does not affect the health and safety of the public or station employees.

"At approximately 1022 [EST] on January 13, 2014, planned maintenance activities began on the Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The scope of the maintenance is to obtain samples of the charcoal filter. The planned work activity duration is expected to be approximately 20 hours ending on January 14, 2014. In addition, a multi-day (5 days) maintenance activity will begin on January 13, 2014 on the Technical Support Center (TSC) HVAC system, involving flow-balancing the system, which may involve intrusive maintenance during certain intervals. This intrusive maintenance will render the TSC HVAC system non-functional. This planned work activity is expected to be completed on January 17, 2014. The EOF and TSC HVAC systems will be restored periodically throughout this maintenance period.

"If an emergency is declared requiring emergency facility activation during this period, the emergency facilities will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures. If relocation of the emergency facilities becomes necessary, the Emergency Director will relocate the emergency response organization to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures. The Emergency Response Organization team has been notified of the maintenance and the possible need to relocate during an emergency.

"An update will be provided once the EOF and TSC ventilation systems have been restored to normal operation and all planned maintenance is complete. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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