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Event Notification Report for October 8, 2014

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10/07/2014 - 10/08/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50335 50422 50499 50513 50517

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Agreement State Event Number: 50335
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: ECO RECYCLING
Region: 1
City: BROCKTON State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANTHONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/01/2014
Notification Time: 11:22 [ET]
Event Date: 09/12/2012
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ALPHATRON IONIZATION VACUUM GAUGE FOUND IN LOAD OF SCRAP METAL

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"On 9/12/12, a scrap metal load shipped by ECO Recycling of Brockton, MA, was rejected by Metal Recycling of Providence, RI, for triggering the site's radiation detectors. The highest vehicle radiation reading was < 0.2 mR/hr. The vehicle returned to Brockton where, on 9/13/12, one device (described as an Alphatron ionization vacuum gauge containing approximately 500 microCuries Radium-226 manufactured by National Resources of Newton, MA approximately 40 years ago) was located and removed from the load by an independent consultant and isolated in secure storage on-site in Brockton for future disposition. The consultant indicated < 0.5 mR/hr readings in accessible areas near the storage container. The original owner not determined. The device continues to be secured at Brockton site as of 8/1/14.

"The Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] considers this event to still be OPEN."

Event Docket #: 19-1408

* * * UPDATE AT 1441 EDT ON 9/2/2014 FROM TONY CARPENITO TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following information was received via e-mail:

"9/12/14 Update - Agency conducted on-site inspection 8/1/14. No significant change to previously reported information. Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] review ongoing.

"The Agency considers this matter to still be OPEN."

Notified the R1DO (Ferdas) and FSME Event Resources (via e-mail).

* * * UPDATE ON 10/7/14 AT 1512 EDT FROM ANTHONY CARPENITO TO DONG PARK * * *

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

"ECO Recycling in process of soliciting / collecting quotes from waste brokers for proper disposal.

"Agency review ongoing. Agency considers this event to still be OPEN."

Notified R1DO (Bower), and FSME Events Resource via email.

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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: 10/07/2014
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.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/7/14 AT 1438 EDT FROM ANTHONY CARPENITO TO DONG PARK * * *

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

"Agency initiated inspection 9/3/14. Licensee written report received 9/22/14. Two devices were subsequently found by licensee during search within facility. Agency [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] determined that all nine devices still missing will each individually have, on 10/17/14, calculated activities below the immediate report level (0.1 mCi for Po-210). Notice of Violation to be issued related to loss of control of licensed material and not immediately reporting missing licensed material. Causes and corrective actions included in this update. Agency considers this event to be CLOSED."

Notified R1DO (Bower), ILTAB and FSME Events Resource 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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50499
Rep Org: HIGH ENERGY DEVICES, LLC
Licensee: HIGH ENERGY DEVICES, LLC
Region: 3
City: BRIDGETON State: MO
County:
License #: 24-26366-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH KOCH
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 09/30/2014
Notification Time: 15:44 [ET]
Event Date: 09/26/2014
Event Time: 16:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2202(b)(2) - EXCESSIVE RELEASE
Person (Organization):
AARON MCCRAW (R3DO)
PAMELA HENDERSON (FSME)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

RELEASE OF KRYPTON -85

The licensee received 125 millicuries of Krypton-85 in a cylinder that was in excess of their license limit. The license limit is 5 millicuries. During an experiment to transfer the Krypton-85 to an evacuation chamber, the chamber did not pressurize as expected, and all 125 millicuries of Krypton-85 was evacuated to atmosphere. The licensee is still investigating the incident and will provide additional information when it becomes available.

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY JOSEPH KOCH TO JEFF ROTTON AT 0835 ON 10/07/2014 * * *

Licensee provided correction to the original report. Event date was 09/26/2014 at 1600 CDT.

Notified R3DO (Orlikowski), FSME (McIntosh) and FSME Events Resource via email.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50513
Facility: SEABROOK
Region: 1 State: NH
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: SHAWN MILLER
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 15:40 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2014
Event Time: 12:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

INADVERTENT SIREN ACTUATION

"At approximately 1230 EDT on October 7, 2014, Seabrook Station was notified by Rockingham County Dispatch that an inadvertent activation of the Public Alert Notification System (PANS) sirens in Newtown, NH occurred at 1220 EDT. The activation was caused by an apparent human error during procedure review by a town of Newton employee. The sirens sounded, reset, and are functional. This event is being reported as it may generate media interest. No press release is planned at this time.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector and Region I have been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50517
Facility: BYRON
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CHARLES BERGER
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 21:22 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2014
Event Time: 19:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT ORLIKOWSKI (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

ULTRASONIC TESTING REVEAL DEGRADED CONDITION ON ONE CONTROL ROD DRIVE MECHANISM PENETRATION

"In accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A), this notification reports a degraded condition on Byron Station Unit 2 that occurred on October 7, 2014, when it was determined that the results of planned ultrasonic testing (UT) examinations performed on one CRDM penetration of the reactor vessel head would not meet the applicable acceptance criteria. Byron Station Unit 2 is presently in day eight of a refueling outage. The examinations were
being performed to meet the requirements of 10 CFR 50.55a(g)(6)(ii)(D) and ASME Code Case N-729-1 to ensure the structural integrity of the reactor vessel head pressure boundary. The UT examinations continue for the remaining CRDM head penetrations. The repairs are currently being planned and will be completed prior to unit start-up.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified of this condition."

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