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Event Notification Report for June 5, 2014

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Event Reports For
06/04/2014 - 06/05/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50144 50146 50172 50173

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Agreement State Event Number: 50144
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GLOBAL X-RAY AND TESTING CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: ARANSAS PASS State: TX
County:
License #: L03663
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 05/27/2014
Notification Time: 16:22 [ET]
Event Date: 04/25/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCES (EMAI)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN AND FOUND RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

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

"On May 19, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received a complaint alleging multiple rule violations had been committed by an industrial radiographer working for the licensee. On May 27, 2014, during the complaint investigation, the licensee's site radiation safety officer (SRSO) stated that on April 25, 2014, the radiographer had taken one of the licensee's radiography trucks which contained a SPEC 150 exposure device with a 23 curie iridium-192 source following completion of a job in San Antonio, Texas. The radiographer had possession of the truck and exposure device with its source until April 30, 2014. The licensee's SRSO stated they attempted during that time to contact the radiographer and to locate the truck using its GPS locator system, but they were unsuccessful. The licensee located the truck at a recreational vehicle park in Portland, Texas. The licensee's SRSO stated the exposure device was found laying in the floor of the dark room, the dark room door was not locked, and the dark room's alarm was not activated. The SRSO stated to the Agency investigator during the May 27th telephone interview that it did appear to him that an exposure could have resulted to persons in an unrestricted area during the event. An investigation into this event is ongoing and more information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident: I-9196

* * * RETRACTION FROM KAREN BLANCHARD TO CHARLES TEAL ON 6/4/14 AT 1332 EDT * * *

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

"Investigation has determined that no theft occurred and this was not a reportable event. Investigation will continue in order to identify and address other potential regulatory violations."

Notified R4DO (Taylor), Grant (IRD), Wray (ILTAB), and FSME Event Resource via email.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 50146
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: WELDING TESTING SERVICES
Region: 4
City: BATON ROUGE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-3266-LO1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 05/28/2014
Notification Time: 16:39 [ET]
Event Date: 05/28/2014
Event Time: 06:50 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/28/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME RESOURCES (EMAI)
BARRY WRAY (ILTA)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- LOST AND FOUND LICENSED MATERIAL

The following information was received from the State of Louisiana by facsimile:

"Event Location: The radiography crew was at the MARATHON PETROLEUM COMPANY REFINERY, 4663 West Airline Highway, Garyville, LA, St. John the Baptist Parish. The crew was in the refinery to do radiography weld testing. The weather for the day was stormy and raining. The crew was in the vehicle waiting out the weather when a tornado ripped the darkroom off of the company vehicle and took the camera and source with the
darkroom.

"Event type: The lost/found gamma camera is an AMERSHAM, MODEL 880 DELTA, S/N4045 exposure device housing 39 Ci of Ir-192 AEA Technology sources, Model #A424-9, S/N # 1040C.

"The camera was located within the refinery boundary and appeared to be undamaged and the source remained in the shielded area. The camera was surveyed and only background radiation levels were detected. The camera was then transported to QSA Global on Langley Dr. in Baton Rouge, LA for leak tests, radioactive source and DU [Depleted Uranium] mechanical evaluation. [QSA Global] stated the device would be disassembled for the evaluation. If the results of the evaluation are negative, the equipment will be removed from service. The leak test results for radiation and DU were negative for removable contamination.

"Notifications: LDEQ [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality] was notified of the lost/found radiography source in a QSA Global, Amersham Delta 880 gamma camera/source holder housing a 39 Ci Ir-192 source. The source exposure device was located within the refinery boundary. After a field evaluation, the exposure device was moved to QSA Global in Baton Rouge, LA for a professional mechanical evaluation. The results of the evaluation will determine if this equipment will be returned to service or remain out of service.

"Event Description: On May 28, 2014, [a senior trainer and business ops manager] called LDEQ and reported that a radiography crew dispatched to the Marathon Refinery in Garyville, LA had been hit by a tornado on the jobsite. The incident was at the Marathon Refinery, 4663 West Airline Highway in Garyville, LA. The tornado ripped the darkroom off of the truck with the gamma camera in the darkroom. After the storm had passed, the crew and the Marathon RSO surveyed the area in an attempt to locate the radiography source. The source and exposure device were located, field test/inspected for damage and radioactive contamination. When the equipment was deemed safe, it was transferred to QSA Global for a professional mechanical evaluation.

"ALL EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL APPEAR TO BE SAFE AND UNHARMED.

"LDEQ CONSIDERS THIS EVENT CLOSED."

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Part 21 Event Number: 50172
Rep Org: AREVA INC
Licensee: AREVA INC
Region: 4
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ALAN B MEGINNIS
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 06/04/2014
Notification Time: 15:22 [ET]
Event Date: 06/04/2014
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
DEBORAH SEYMOUR (R2DO)
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
PART 21 GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

PART 21 - DEFECT IDENTIFIED IN SINGLE LOOP OPERATION MINIMUM CRITICAL POWER RATIO

The following is a synopsis of information received via facsimile from AREVA:

AREVA identified a defect is in the calculation of the single loop operation (SLO) minimum critical power ratio (MCPR) operating limits for Browns Ferry Units 1, 2, and 3. Specifically, the defect is associated with the usage of non-conservative inputs in the SLO pump seizure analyses for the three plants, which results in non-conservative limits for SLO.

Individual informing the Commission:

Alan B. Meginnis, AREVA Inc., 2101 Horn Rapids Road, Richland, WA 99354.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50173
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: RAYMOND B SWAFFORD
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 06/04/2014
Notification Time: 16:38 [ET]
Event Date: 06/04/2014
Event Time: 07:53 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
DEBORAH SEYMOUR (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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

NON-LICENSED SUPERVISOR IN VIOLATION OF FITNESS FOR DUTY POLICY

A non-licensed supervisor had a confirmed positive result for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated.

The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

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