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Event Notification Report for April 8, 2014

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04/07/2014 - 04/08/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49971 49976 49998 50004 50005

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Agreement State Event Number: 49971
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: CAN METALS LTD
Region: 4
City: STAFFORD State: TX
County:
License #: 02260
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART L. TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/28/2014
Notification Time: 18:28 [ET]
Event Date: 03/26/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/28/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTA)
FSME_EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN THERMO NITON DEVICE USED IN METAL ALLOY IDENTIFICATION

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

"On March 28, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received a letter from the licensee Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) stating they had determined a Thermo Niton device model number XLP-8182 containing 30 millicuries of Americium- 241 had been stolen by one of their employees. The employee had been sent to the country of Mexico with the device to analyze materials for purchase by their company. The RSO stated when they had gone several weeks without contact with the employee they began trying to locate him. The RSO stated they had not located either the employee or the device. The RSO stated he did not believe the individual had come to any harm in Mexico, but stated they had heard the employee had bought a new home in the State of Arizona and was probably there. The licensee has contacted local law enforcement. The RSO stated they did not believe any individual would receive any exposure due to this event. The Agency will contact the State of Arizona's program on March 31, 2014. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

The device is used to identify metal alloys.

Texas Incident #: I-9172

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: 49976
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UT SOUTHWEST MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 4
City: DALLAS State: TX
County:
License #: L00384
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT FREE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/31/2014
Notification Time: 16:40 [ET]
Event Date: 03/18/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
FSME_EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - DISCOVERED I-125 SOURCE MISSING FOLLOWING SURGERY

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

"UT Southwestern, RSO called to report that an I-125 seed implant [135 mCi] had been lost during a breast implant procedure on 03/18/14. The treatment staff did not notify Radiation Safety until 03/26/14. The room had been cleaned before Radiation Safety had a chance to search. [The] RSO will provide more details in his written report."

Texas Incident #: I-9173

* * * UPDATE ON 4/3/14 AT 1529 EDT FROM ARTHUR TUCKER TO DONG PARK * * *

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

"On April 3, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] contacted the licensee to confirm the activity of the missing I-125 seed. The licensee's Radiation Safety Officer stated the activity was 135 microcuries. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Notified R4DO (Gepford), FSME Events Resource, and ILTAB via email.

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 49998
Facility: NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU CONVERSION & SCRAP RECOVERY
                   NAVAL REACTOR FUEL CYCLE
                   LEU SCRAP RECOVERY
Region: 2
City: ERWIN State: TN
County: UNICOI
License #: SNM-124
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000143
NRC Notified By: RANDY SHACKELFORD
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 04/04/2014
Notification Time: 16:34 [ET]
Event Date: 04/04/2014
Event Time: 13:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2DO)
MARK LOMBARD (NMSS)
FUELS GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

CRITICALITY ACCIDENT EVACUATION ALARM NOT AUDIBLE IN CERTAIN AREAS OUTSIDE THE MATERIAL HANDLING AREA

"At approximately 1315 hours (Eastern Daylight Time) on April 4, 2014, while testing the audibility of the criticality accident evacuation alarm in the Building locker room, a report was made that the alarm could not be heard in an office trailer restroom. Subsequent testing confirmed the evacuation alarm could not be heard in the office trailer restroom when the fan was running. Safety management personnel were notified of the problem and other restrooms were tested. Testing revealed that the alarm was not able to be heard in three (3) additional office trailer restrooms. All affected restrooms were posted with signs indicating the areas are not to be occupied pending resolution of the audibility issue. It should be noted that the restrooms are located outside of the material processing areas.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

See similar event EN #49848.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50004
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: GENE DAMMANN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 04/07/2014
Notification Time: 13:17 [ET]
Event Date: 04/07/2014
Event Time: 06:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (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

CONTROL ROOM SPECIAL VENT BOUNDARY INOPERABLE

"At approximately 0600 CDT on April 7, 2014, Units 1 and 2 Control Room Special Vent System (CRSVS) Boundary was declared inoperable when a Control Room door handle fell off. Air could be felt flowing through the hole, causing an opening in the Control Room Envelope (CRE) Boundary. An opening reduces the protection of the Control Room Envelope provided to the operators in the event of a Design Basis Accident. The CRSVS Boundary was declared Inoperable, which required entry into Technical Specifications (TS) LCO 3.7.10. Condition B, one or more CRSVS trains inoperable, in MODES 1, 2, 3, or 4. Actions were immediately initiated to implement mitigating actions. A Work Request (WR) was initiated to repair the door, and work is in progress to restore the Control Room Boundary to an operable condition.

"This condition is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(C), Event or Condition that Could Have Prevented Fulfillment of a Safety Function.

"The plant remains safe, and this condition does not pose any additional risk to the public. Additionally, our defense in depth strategies are relied upon to take actions to protect the health and safety of the public.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50005
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: BRANDON CALLSTROM
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 04/07/2014
Notification Time: 16:12 [ET]
Event Date: 04/07/2014
Event Time: 15:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 89 Power Operation 89 Power Operation

Event Text

REMOVAL OF RADIATION MONITORS FROM SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"Both Discharge Canal Radiation Monitor Sample Pumps will be removed from service to facilitate planned maintenance activities. This represents a loss of emergency assessment capability under NUREG-1022 Revision 3 since the Discharge Canal Radiation Monitors are used to assess NUE [Notification of Unusual Event] and Alert thresholds. The Sample Pumps are expected to be unavailable for approximately two hours. During this time, Chemistry will be obtaining samples every 2 hours. As a result of the sampling, reasonable assurance exists that rising radiation levels will be able to be detected and monitored in order to protect the health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident [Inspector] has been notified prior to removing the Radiation Monitors from service."

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