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Event Notification Report for May 19, 2014

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Event Reports For
05/16/2014 - 05/19/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50094 50099 50101 50103 50117 50119

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Agreement State Event Number: 50094
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: METCO
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 03018
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENTRY HEARN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/08/2014
Notification Time: 10:44 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2014
Event Time: 22:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/08/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCES (FSME)

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE TUBE CRIMPED PREVENTING SOURCE RETRACTION

"On May 7, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received notice that a source retraction failure had occurred on May 6, 2014 around 10 o'clock PM. The camera was a QSA Global 880D (sn D11607) with a 46 curie iridium-192 source (sn 12764C). The guide tube had fallen off of the guide tube stand and crimped. The source was retrieved by the licensee by uncrimping the guide tube. No overexposures resulted from this event. The guide tube was removed from service. All other parts are removed from service pending inspection by the licensee."

Texas Incident Report: I-9190

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 50099
Facility: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT
RX Type: URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY
Comments: 2 DEMOCRACY CENTER
                   6903 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
                   BETHESDA, MD 20817 (301)564-3200
Region: 2
City: PADUCAH State: KY
County: McCRACKEN
License #: GDP-1
Agreement: Y
Docket: 0707001
NRC Notified By: DEREK WARFORD
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 05/08/2014
Notification Time: 21:15 [ET]
Event Date: 05/08/2014
Event Time: 10:24 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
76.120(c)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
BRIAN BONSER (R2DO)
PATTI SILVA (NMSS)

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE FIRE WATER SPRINKLER SYSTEM B-6 DECLARED INOPERABLE

"At 1024 CDT, on 05-08-2014, the Plant Shift Superintendent was notified that the C-333 High Pressure Fire Water (HPFW) Sprinkler System B-6 had been inspected by Fire Services and 5 sprinkler heads had visible corrosion or paint on them, including 2 heads adjacent to each other. The system configuration was evaluated using EN-C-822-99-047 [Engineering Notice], 'Effects of Impaired Sprinkler Heads on System Operability' and determined that with these heads potentially impaired, a portion of the building would not have sufficient sprinkler coverage. The HPFW system is required to be operable according to TSR LCO [Technical Safety Requirement Limiting Condition for Operation] 2.4.4.5. HPFW Sprinkler System B-6 was declared inoperable and TSR LCO 2.4.4.5 Required Action B was implemented for the area without sprinkler coverage.

"Based on past testing results, there is a possibility that the heads would have been able to perform their specified safety function. Once the heads are removed from the system, testing will be performed to determine the actual effect on operability.

"This event is reportable under 10 CFR 76.120(c)(2) as an event in which equipment required by the TSR is disabled or fails to function as designed.

"The NRC Region II (Marvin Sykes) has been notified of this event.

"PGDP Assessment and Tracking Report No. ATR-14-0444; PGDP Event Report No. PAD-2014-05; NRC Worksheet No. 50099; Responsible Division: Operations."

* * * RETRACTION FROM DEREK WARFORD TO VINCE KLCO AT 1932 EDT ON 5/16/2014 * * *

"Subsequent to the event, the corroded sprinkler heads were replaced with new heads and the removed heads were tested in the laboratory. Based on the test results, one of the adjacent heads that was potentially impaired was determined to be fully functional and in accordance with EN-C-822-99-047, HPFW Sprinkler System B-6 was capable of performing its intended safety function. Since this event does not meet the criteria for a reportable event under 10 CFR 76.120(c)(2) as an event in which equipment required by the TSR is disabled or fails to function as designed, the event notification is being retracted.

"The NRC Region II (Marvin Sykes) has been notified of this retraction."

Notified the R2DO (Desai) and NMSS EO (Csontos).

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Agreement State Event Number: 50101
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MURILLO COMPANY GEOTECHNICAL
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L01373
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT FREE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 05/09/2014
Notification Time: 12:42 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME_EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

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

"The licensee called to report the theft of a moisture density gauge. The vehicle was dispatched to a work location in Houston. On the way, the driver stopped at a McDonald's not far from the office. When the driver arrived at the job site, he discovered the tailgate down and the security chain had been cut. The licensee had not filed a police report when the RSO notified the radiation control program in Texas. The RSO was instructed to contact police as soon as possible. The gauge is a Humboldt model 5001 EZ. The serial number is 3664. The device contains an 11 millicurie Cs-137 source, serial number 0283cx, and a 44 millicurie Americium 241/Be source, serial number nj03996. The licensee was encouraged to offer a reward for the return of the gauge.

"Texas Incident #: I-9191"

* * * UPDATE AT 1623 EDT ON 05/09/14 FROM ROBERT FREE TO S. SANDIN VIA EMAIL * * *

"The licensee emailed that the device was recovered by a passerby who found it by the side of the road. The licensee reported the device was still locked in its transportation container. The licensee recovered the container, leak tested the device and found no radioactive contamination. There was no radiation exposure to a member of the public.

Notified R4DO (Whitten), FSME_Events Resource and ILTAB 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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Agreement State Event Number: 50103
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Region: 4
City: GALVESTON State: TX
County:
License #: 01299
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 05/09/2014
Notification Time: 15:57 [ET]
Event Date: 05/08/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING OVER DOSE TO PATIENT

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

"The University of Texas Medical Branch reported that a patient received .975 MBq (26.35 Ci) instead of the prescribed .37 MBq (10 Ci) of I-131 for a diagnostic test for Grave's Disease on May 7, 2014. The rinse bottle used to add water to the I-131 to ensure all Iodine was ingested was contaminated from a previous therapeutic treatment on May 2, 2014. The rinse bottle tip which was used to squirt water into a 20 mCi I-131 solution for the therapeutic dose siphoned some of the iodine back into the bottle. The expected thyroid dose for the diagnostic procedure was 26 cGy (rad). The calculated thyroid dose with the additional contamination from the bottle was 68.51 cGy (rad). The Agency directed that the hospital immediately inform the patient. An investigation into this event by the Texas Department of State Health Services in ongoing. Additional information will be provided IAW with SA300 reporting requirements.

"Texas Incident #: I-9192"

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50117
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: ADAM SCHEEL
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/15/2014
Notification Time: 23:49 [ET]
Event Date: 05/15/2014
Event Time: 16:20 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (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

DEGRADED FIRE BARRIER

"A degraded fire barrier was identified during a walkdown on May 15th, 2014 at 1620 [CDT]. The barrier separates Appendix R safe shutdown divisional equipment.

"A fire watch has been established as a compensatory measure. The health and safety of the public was not jeopardized as a result of this condition as there have been no fires or initiating events.

"The discovery of this degraded fire barrier is being reported as an unanalyzed condition as defined by 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B).

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50119
Facility: GINNA
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL SLABY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/17/2014
Notification Time: 19:30 [ET]
Event Date: 05/17/2014
Event Time: 06:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

A CONTRACT SUPERVISOR VIOLATED THE LICENSEE FITNESS-FOR-DUTY PROGRAM

"A contract supervisor violated the site Fitness-tor-Duty (FFD) policy as a result of off site activities. The individuals plant access has been suspended.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed."

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