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Event Notification Report for July 8, 2014

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Event Reports For
07/07/2014 - 07/08/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50232 50239 50240 50260 50261

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50232
Rep Org: ELI LILLY AND COMPANY
Licensee: ELI LILLY AND COMPANY
Region: 3
City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN
County:
License #: 13-01133-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ALISHA MAHIN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/27/2014
Notification Time: 12:56 [ET]
Event Date: 06/26/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/27/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
JULIO LARA (R3DO)
FSME RESOURCES (EMAI)

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

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IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF TRITIUM SIGNS

Notified by the licensee that three tritium exit signs were improperly disposed of as trash. The signs were manufactured by SRBT with an estimated source strength of 20 Ci for each sign. The licensee noticed the missing signs following an equipment inventory taken after a renovation. The licensee determined that the three signs were mixed with general construction debris and sent to a landfill. The licensee investigation is continuing.

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: 50239
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ACUREN INSPECTION, INC.
Region: 1
City: SUSQUEHANNA State: PA
County:
License #: PA-1063
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID J. ALLARD
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 06/30/2014
Notification Time: 15:30 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2014
Event Time: 17:25 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/30/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES NOGGLE (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - INABILITY TO RETRACT RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE TO ITS FULLY SHIELDED POSITION

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via fax and email:

"Event type: Inability to retract radiography source to its fully shielded position.

"Notifications: The Department's [Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection] Central Office was informed of this event on June 30, 2014. This event is reportable within 24-hours per 10 CFR 34.101(a)(2) and 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2).

"Event Description: A radiographer and his assistant were performing radiography above ground. During an exposure, the magnet holding the guide tube and collimator in place disengaged and the tube fell between some conduit below. This caused a [sharp] bend in the guide tube [which caused] the source to become lodged in place and un-retractable. The RSO was notified. The area was roped off to prevent unauthorized access and a retrieval team was called in to address the situation. At 5:35 am on June 30, 2014 the retrieval team notified the RSO that the source had been fully retracted. Dosimeter readings indicate no workers were exposed above regulatory limits as a result of this event. All badges are currently being sent for emergency readings.

"Manufacturer: QSA Global
"Model: 880 Delta
"Serial Number: 14678C
"Isotope: lr-192
"Activity: 70.2 Ci

"Cause of the Event: Undetermined at this time

"Actions: The camera and all associated equipment used during this event were removed from service and are currently being sent to the manufacturer for evaluation. The department plans a full reactive inspection. More information will be sent upon notification."

PA Event Report ID No: PA140013

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50240
Rep Org: U.S. AIR FORCE
Licensee: U.S. AIR FORCE
Region: 1
City: ROSSYLN State: VA
County:
License #: 42-23539-01AF
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MAJOR EDWARD KELLY
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/30/2014
Notification Time: 15:33 [ET]
Event Date: 05/19/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/30/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
BOB HAGAR (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
MEXICO VIA FAX ()

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

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LOST NICKEL-63 ION SCAN SOURCE

"Originally, an Ionscan 400, S/N 10586, was sent to Smith Detection for repair in October 2011. From that time until May 2014, Security Forces personnel believed that the device was still at Smith Detection awaiting repair. In May 2014, [The Air Force] was able to determine that according to Smith Detection records, following repair, the device had been returned to Lackland AFB in October 2012. Security Forces has no record of receiving the device and no notification that the device had been shipped. Thorough searches of Security Forces storage and use areas have been conducted without finding the device. One theory is that the device was sent to an old address for Security Forces. The building at that address has been searched without finding the device."

Ionscan 400 contains a NI-63 source with an activity of 15 milliCi. The Ionscan 400 serial number is 10586. The sealed source and device registry number (SS&DR) associated with the Ionscan 400 is NR-0163-D-801-G. The device is used to screen passengers for hazardous material. The licensee will be notifying the NRC Region IV (Cook).

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: 50260
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: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 07/07/2014
Notification Time: 14:50 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2013
Event Time: 12:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
Person (Organization):
JONATHAN BARTLEY (R2DO)
JACK GUTTMANN (NMSS)
FUELS GROUP (EMAI)

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TRANSPORT OF POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED INDIVIDUALS FOR OFFSITE MEDICAL TREATMENTS

"Based on discussions with NRC on 7/7/2014 at 0800 EDT, it was determined that two (2) previous unplanned medical treatment cases should have been reported to the NRC Operations Center. The unplanned medical treatment cases occurred on 10/17/2013 and 10/29/2013 and involved injured and potentially contaminated individuals. The individuals were injured at the NFS facility and transported to local medical facilities. Due to the extent of the injuries, a full survey for potential contamination on the individuals could not be performed prior to being transported to the offsite medical facilities. Due to the inability to perform full surveys, NFS Medical and Radiological Staff, along with the medical facilities, implemented effective contamination control measures prior to the individuals arriving at the medical facilities, preventing the spread of potential contamination. On 10/17/2013 and 10/29/2013, respectively, NFS determined that reports to the NRC Operations Center were not required; however, notification to the NRC should have been made within 24-hours of the potentially contaminated individuals being transported to the medical facilities. Follow-up surveys and analysis by NFS Radiological Control staff did not identify spreadable radioactive contamination on the individuals or the medical facilities.

"There were no actual or potential safety consequences to the public or environment. There were no actual or potential safety consequences to the workers involving exposures to radiation or radioactive materials or hazardous chemicals produced from licensed material.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50261
Facility: OYSTER CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2
NRC Notified By: JOSHUA MCGUIRE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 07/07/2014
Notification Time: 22:12 [ET]
Event Date: 07/07/2014
Event Time: 20:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
JOHN LUBINSKI (NRR)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 90 Power Operation 90 Power Operation

Event Text

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN

"On July 7, 2014 at approximately [2040 EDT], an issue was discovered with currently removed Electromatic Relief Valves (EMRVs) that calls the operability of the currently installed EMRVs into question. Based on this new information, all 5 of the currently installed EMRVs were conservatively declared inoperable. With the potential of 5 EMRVs inoperable a Technical Specification shutdown is required under Technical Specification 3.4.b, whereby reactor pressure shall be reduced to 110 psig or less within 24 hours. This event is immediately reportable under:

"50.72(b)(2)(i), 'The initiation of any nuclear plant shutdown required by the plant's Technical Specifications.'

"50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), 'Any event or condition that at the time of discovery could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to: (D) Mitigate the consequences of an accident.'"

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. The licensee will notify the State of New Jersey and issue a press release.

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