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Event Notification Report for January 24, 2014

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Event Reports For
01/23/2014 - 01/24/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49733 49747 49759

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Agreement State Event Number: 49733
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MLA LABS INCORPORATED
Region: 4
City: AUSTIN State: TX
County:
License #: L01820
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 01/16/2014
Notification Time: 16:40 [ET]
Event Date: 01/16/2014
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/17/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of Texas via email:

"On January 16, 2014, the licensee notified the Agency [State of Texas] that it had lost a Troxler Model 3440 moisture/density gauge containing one 40 millicurie americium-241/beryllium source and one 8 millicurie cesium-137 source. One of the licensee's technicians left a construction job site approximately 25 miles west of Austin just off of Hwy. 71 and was driving back to the licensee's office. Near the intersection of Burnet Road and Waterford Center Boulevard in Austin, the technician saw a bucket had fallen out of the back of the truck so he stopped to retrieve it. At that time he saw the tailgate was down and the gauge was missing. He immediately called the job site superintendent. The construction site area and part of Hwy. 71 were searched but the gauge was not found. The licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) reported that the technician stated he had secured the gauge and closed the tailgate before leaving the site. The licensee will notify local law enforcement and will continue to look for the gauge. The Agency [State of Texas] has notified several area fire departments and the Texas Association of Pawnbrokers. More information will be provided as it is obtained per SA-300."

Texas Incident Number: I-9146

* * * UPDATE FROM ROBERT FREE TO CHARLES TEAL ON 1/17/14 AT 1705 EST * * *

The gauge was found at the entrance of the construction site by a construction supervisor. The gauge was not damaged. The licensee has possession of the gauge.

Notified R4DO (Kellar), FSME Event Resource via email, and Mexico via fax.

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: 49747
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: STEPHEN SPEIRS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/21/2014
Notification Time: 05:48 [ET]
Event Date: 01/20/2014
Event Time: 22:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR OUT OF SERVICE

"On 1/20/14 at 2230 CST, an interruption in the control power to the TSC diesel generator was discovered. Investigation revealed a blown fuse supplying the TSC diesel generator control panel. The blown fuse has resulted in the TSC diesel generator starting batteries depleting. The fuse has since been replaced, and the TSC diesel generator starting batteries are currently recharging. The TSC diesel generator remains non-functional until the starting batteries are charged. This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the unplanned loss of the backup power supply to the Emergency Response Facility (ERF). The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed. An update notification will be made when the TSC diesel generator has been restored to fully functional status."

* * * UPDATE FROM NATHAN PIEPER TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1551 EST ON 1/23/14 * * *

At 1400 CST, the licensee restored the TSC emergency diesel generator to functional status.

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified by the licensee. Notified R3DO (Valos).

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 49759
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
                   LEU FABRICATION
                   LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: SCOTT MURRAY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 01/23/2014
Notification Time: 11:30 [ET]
Event Date: 01/22/2014
Event Time: 13:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2DO)
ALADAR CSONTOS (NMSS)

Event Text

INOPERABLE CRITICALITY WARNING SYSTEM LOCAL ALARM IN WILMINGTON FIELD SERVICES CENTER BUILDING NUMBER 1

"On 1/22/14 at 1:15 PM [EST], it was discovered during routine testing on an outdoor Criticality Warning System (CWS) Data Acquisition Module (DAM #21), that the module had inadequate voltage to properly sound a portion of the local alarm horns in the Wilmington Field Services Center (WFSC) building #1. While another module provides overlapping detector coverage, it does not provide overlapping horn audibility in the affected areas. The cause of the event is believed to be related to a battery component failure.

"Personnel were immediately removed from the affected areas and repairs initiated to restore normal operation of the system.

"The module was repaired and the system returned to normal on 1/22/14 at approximately 3:00 PM. The affected outdoor CWS horns were retested to ensure proper system operability. There are no active fissile material operations at the WFSC, thus no unsafe condition existed.

"Longer term preventive actions are being evaluated.

"This event is being reported pursuant to the requirements of 10CFR70.50 (b)(2)."

The licensee will be notifying NRC NMSS Licensing Project Manager, NRC Region II Inspection Coordinator, State of North Carolina Radiation Protection Branch, and the New Hanover Emergency Response Branch.

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