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Event Notification Report for October 10, 2014

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50500 50501 50503 50522

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Agreement State Event Number: 50500
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP. INC.
Region: 4
City: EL DORADO State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-1034-0331
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/01/2014
Notification Time: 13:05 [ET]
Event Date: 09/24/2014
Event Time: 10:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE

The following information was obtained from the State of Arkansas via email:

"Mistras Group, Inc., ARK-1034-03310, reported the inability to retract a 2.738 TBq (74 Ci) Ir-192 source (Source QSA Global Model A424-9, Serial 10270G) into the radiography exposure device (QSA Global, Model 880 Delta, Serial D9086) on 9/24/2014.

"During the morning of September 24, 2014, the radiographer's written statements indicated that a piece of pipe shifted and rolled onto the guide tube during an exposure. This action caused a crimp in the guide tube and the source was not retractable.

"The radiography crew reset the boundaries to 2.0 mR/hr and contacted the home office. The RSO of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office responded to the site.

"The RSO reported that upon arrival, the radiography crew had reset the boundaries to 2.0 mR/hr. The source was located in the collimator and the crimp location was 6 inches from the collimator. The RSO placed 50 pounds of lead shot over the collimator and placed a metal plate under the crimp. The RSO then used a hammer to 'round out' the guide tube allowing the source to be retracted into the camera. The guide tube was removed from service and the crank-out was inspected for any damage.

"The RSO stated that he wore an SRD [self-reading dosimeter] with a 0-200 mR range and this was found to be off-scale. The RSO was instructed by the State to submit the dosimetry badge for immediate processing.

"The pocket dosimeters for the radiography crew were reported to read 1 mR and 0 mR respectively.

"No other survey readings, other than the 2 mR/hr boundary, have been reported.

"The State is tracking this event under Arkansas Event Number AR-2014-007 and is continuing to investigate this incident."

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Agreement State Event Number: 50501
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: FUGRO CONSULTANTS LP
Region: 4
City: PASADENA State: TX
County:
License #: 04322
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GENTRY HEARN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/01/2014
Notification Time: 14:43 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE

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

"On October 1, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] received notice that on September 30, 2014, a radiography source disconnect had occurred at a temporary field site in east Houston. The camera was a Sentinel 880D (s/n D6746) with 68.3 curies of selenium-75 (s/n SE3877). The port cover had not been opened and the source had not been connected to the drive cable. Upon crank-out, the source was stopped at the port cover and could not be retracted. Retrieval was done by pushing the source back in via another drive cable from the other side. The person doing the retrieval received 38 mR to the body and 98 mR to the hand according to pocket dosimeters.

"Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9240

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Agreement State Event Number: 50503
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: DESERT NDT LLC
Region: 4
City: ABILENE State: TX
County:
License #: 06462
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/02/2014
Notification Time: 13:55 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/02/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOCKING MECHANISM FAILURE

The following information was received via facsimile:

"On October 2, 2014, during a complaint investigation, the Agency [Texas Department of Health Services] confirmed allegations that on August 1, 2014, one of the licensee's industrial radiography crews had experienced a mechanical failure on an INC Model IR-100 exposure device that contained a 34 curie Iridium-192 source. Following the last exposure of the day, the source failed to retract into the locked and secure position within the device. The locking mechanism had tripped while the ball stop was outside the lock. The source was inside the s-tube but not in the locked position. The source could not be cranked out of the guide tube either. The key was removed and the radiographer was unable to unlock the camera when the key was re-inserted to retract the source. The radiographer was able to manipulate the locking mechanism so that the lock reset and the source was fully retracted. The licensee reported that its investigation [had determined] no one had exceeded any dose limits as a result of this event. The licensee did not believe it was a reportable event and did not notify the Agency. The exposure device was cleaned and returned to service by the licensee. Further information will be reported in accordance with SA-300 as it is obtained."

Texas Incident #: I-9241

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50522
Facility: CATAWBA
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: AARON MICHALSKI
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 10/09/2014
Notification Time: 11:30 [ET]
Event Date: 10/08/2014
Event Time: 15:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/09/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (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 - NON LICENSED SUPERVISOR IN VIOLATION OF THE FITNESS FOR DUTY POLICY

A non-license supervisor has been found in violation of the Duke Energy Fitness for Duty Policy. The individual's access to the plant has been suspended. The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

The licensee will be notifying State and Local authorities.

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