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Event Notification Report for September 12, 2014

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09/11/2014 - 09/12/2014

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50422 50423 50425 50446 50448 50449

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Agreement State Event Number: 50422
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS
Region: 1
City: WOBURN State: MA
County:
License #: G0516
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANTHONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 09/03/2014
Notification Time: 11:25 [ET]
Event Date: 06/06/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/03/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
BARRY WRAY (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ELEVEN MISSING PO-210 SOURCES

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"On 9/3/14, Agency [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] determined, through inventory reconciliation, the general licensee is missing eleven Model 2021 Nuclecel Ionizers each originally containing up to 10 mCi Po-210. Agency further determined that six devices contained material with calculated current activity well below the immediate report level (0.1 mCi for Po-210), three devices contained material with calculated current activity of 0.12 mCi, and two devices contained material with calculated current activity of 0.77 mCi. The Agency did not receive specific lost source notification from the licensee. No other details from the licensee at this time. The devices are designed to be rugged, require no special handling procedures, and intended for use in neutralization of static charge in environmental tests. The current exposure rate for each device is expected to be considerably less than the initial maximum exposure rate of less than 0.2 mR/hr.

"Agency inspector to conduct site visit.

"Agency considers this event to still be OPEN and Agency review is ONGOING"

The devices were manufactured by NRD Inc., Model P-2021, three were manufactured 4/13/12, and two were manufactured 4/10/13. The serial numbers are A2JB491, A2JB496, A2JB500, A2JM622, and A2JM624.

The sources were Po-210 10 mCi each.

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: 50423
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: JACKSONVILLE BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: JACKSONVILLE State: FL
County:
License #: 2213-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KELLIE ANDERSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/03/2014
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 08/20/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
BARRY WRAY (E-MAIL) (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST FLOOD SOURCE

"A Co-57, 4 mCi flood source was reported missing. The source was first noticed missing two weeks ago. It was possible source was shipped back to vendor with another flood source that was mailed recently. They are currently checking with their vendor Eckert & Ziegler Isotope Products, Inc. to verify their shipment. Jacksonville inspection office contacted to perform site inspection."

Florida incident: FL14-075

* * *UPDATE PROVIDED BY KELLIE ANDERSON TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1313 EDT ON 09/04/2014 * * *

The following is a summary of information provided by the State of Florida via email:

The State of Florida was notified today by the [licensee's] RSO, who made the initial report, that the licensee had found the source and it had been accidently mailed back to their supplier along with another source. The State of Florida will still send an investigator to look into the matter and provide recommendations, otherwise the State of Florida is considering this incident closed.

Notified R1DO (Ferdas), ILTAB (Wray) and FSME Events Resource group 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: 50425
Facility: B&W NUCLEAR OPERATING GROUP, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: TONY ENGLAND
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/04/2014
Notification Time: 16:49 [ET]
Event Date: 09/04/2014
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(1) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
DEBORAH SEYMOUR (R2DO)
BRIAN SMITH (NMSS)
FUELS OUO GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

UNANALYZED CONDITION RELATED TO POTENTIAL MATERIAL TRANSFER CART TIPPING

"I. EVENT DESCRIPTION: On September 4, 2014 at approximately 1100 [EDT], a Nuclear Criticality Safety (NCS) engineer identified a safety concern. While working to consolidate information in the safety basis for the safe geometry storage and transport carts, it was determined that an unanalyzed condition existed that did not meet the performance requirements of 10 CFR 70.61. Tipping or impact of a cart during transport had not been considered as a credible upset condition.

"II. EVALUATION OF THE EVENT: At B&W's NOG-L [Nuclear Operations Group] facilities, safe geometry storage and transport carts are used to transfer uranium bearing materials between radiologically controlled areas. The carts are typically used to transfer scrap and waste materials in favorable volumes less than or equal to 2.5 liter containers to the Drum Count Area for 235U assay. Because the 235U content of such containers is not known until they have been assayed, they are referred to as 'unknowns' and are subject to a net weight limit. These containers are limited to a maximum of 7,000 grams net weight (approximately 15 pounds) of uranium bearing material in any form.

"There are forty storage locations on a cart, twenty per side. The locations on each side are arranged in an array of 4 columns, each column contains 5 storage locations. During transport each column of storage locations is protected by closure of a door. The four column doors on each side of the cart are secured by a common locked bar.

"The NCS evaluation of the safe geometry storage and transport carts did not address possible tipping during transit. Although unlikely, it is believed at this point the event is credible. If a cart were to tip, no controls were identified to retain the containers on the cart. Although the doors on the cart are secured by a robust locking bar, this action is taken for security purposes and is not credited as an IROFS [Item Relied On For Safety]. Assuming the containers on the cart were fully loaded (7 kg net weight) with a U-metal water mixture at optimum H/X and the cart tipped over, and more than three containers fell out of the cart, a configuration could result that would exceed the keff safety limit of 0.95 in NRC License SNM-42 for a single contingency.

"The requirement of 10 CFR 70.61 (d) states in part: '... the risk of nuclear criticality accidents must be limited by assuring that under normal and credible abnormal conditions, all nuclear processes are subcritical, including use of an approved margin of subcriticality for safety.'

"Therefore the performance requirement of 10 CFR 70.61 (d) would not be maintained during this credible abnormal condition.

"The as-found condition had no actual safety significance. There was no immediate risk or threat to the safety of the workers, the public, or the environment as a result of this condition. The safe geometry storage and transport carts did not contain any uranium bearing materials. There was no actual tipping event. The carts were immediately removed from service.

"Ill. NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: B&W is making this 24 hour report in accordance with 10 CFR 70, Appendix A, (b)(1)--Any event or condition that results in the facility being in a state that was not analyzed, was improperly analyzed, or is different from that analyzed in the Integrated Safety Analysis, and which results in failure to meet the performance requirements of 70.61.

"IV. STATUS OF CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: The carts have been removed from service. An investigation of the root causes of this condition is ongoing. Corrective actions will be determined as a result of the investigation."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will be notifying the facility NMSS Project Manager (Baker).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50446
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: MARK LOOSBROCK
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 09/11/2014
Notification Time: 11:32 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2014
Event Time: 10:09 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (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

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SHIELD BUILDING VENT GAS RADIATION MONITOR OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE

"At 1009 CDT on September 11, 2014, 1R-22 Shield Building Vent Gas Radiation Monitor was removed from service for planned maintenance. This monitor has no compensatory measure that will allow timely classification of two Emergency Action Levels (EALs) - NUE (Notification of Unusual Event) and Alert classifications when out of service. It is also used for offsite dose projection calculations. This results in a Loss of Emergency Assessment Capability while 1R-22 is out of service. This is a reportable condition in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii).

"Unit 1 Shield Building Ventilation Stack is also monitored by high range monitor, 1R-50, which is used for the same purpose in Site Area or General Emergency classifications. 1R-50 is being monitored and is indicating normal values. There are no radioactive leaks that will impact the Shield Building as evidenced by normal readings on 1R-22 prior to its removal from service. The duration of this maintenance is scheduled for 8 hours and will continue until the monitor is returned to service. Maintenance will not result in the unplanned release of radioactivity to the environment and will not affect the safe operation of the plant or health and safety of the public.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50448
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP,[3] M-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PAGE KEMP
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/11/2014
Notification Time: 18:00 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2014
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (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 N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - PROGRAMMATIC FAILURE

"On September 11, 2014, at 1400 hours, it was determined that four (4) personnel in the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) were not subject to random testing requirements of the Fitness for Duty (FFD) Program. The personnel involved do not have unescorted access to the Protected Area, but they do respond and perform duties as a member of the ERO. The affected individuals are now included in the random FFD testing pool.

"10CFR26.4(c) requires all persons who are required by a licensee in 10CFR26.3(a) and, as applicable, (c) to physically report to the licensee's Technical Support Center or Emergency Operations Facility by licensee emergency plans and procedures shall be subject to an FFD program that meets all of the requirements of this part.

"This event is a 24-hour reportable event per 10CFR26.719(b)(4) - Any programmatic failure, degradation, or discovered vulnerability of the FFD program that may permit undetected drug or alcohol use or abuse by individuals within the protected area, or by individuals who are assigned to perform duties that require them to be subject to the FFD program."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50449
Facility: SURRY
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JASON SWEATMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/11/2014
Notification Time: 18:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2014
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (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

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - PROGRAMMATIC FAILURE

"On September 11, 2014, at 1400 hours, it was determined that four (4) personnel in the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) were not subject to random testing requirements of the Fitness for Duty (FFD) Program. The personnel involved do not have unescorted access to the Protected Area, but they do respond and perform duties as a member of the ERO. The affected individuals are now included in the random FFD testing pool.

"10CFR26.4(c) requires all persons who are required by a licensee in 10CFR26.3(a) and, as applicable, (c) to physically report to the licensee's Technical Support Center or Emergency Operations Facility by licensee emergency plans and procedures shall be subject to an FFD program that meets all of the requirements of this part.

"This event is a 24-hour reportable event per 10CFR26.719(b)(4) - Any programmatic failure, degradation, or discovered vulnerability of the FFD program that may permit undetected drug or alcohol use or abuse by individuals within the protected area, or by individuals who are assigned to perform duties that require them to be subject to the FFD program."

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