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Event Notification Report for October 15, 2014

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
10/14/2014 - 10/15/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50461 50512 50514 50515 50516 50532 50533 50536

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50461
Rep Org: DOWL HKM
Licensee: DOWL HKM
Region: 4
City: BILLINGS State: MT
County:
License #: 25-17492-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL NEZWORSKI
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/16/2014
Notification Time: 14:13 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2014
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

TROXLER MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE DAMAGED ON CONSTRUCTION SITE

The licensee [Dowl HKM] Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) reported that a Model 34/40 Troxler Moisture/Density Gauge, containing 8 mCi Cs-137 and 40 mCi Am/Be sources, was damaged at a construction site near Evanston, Wyoming. A roller inadvertently backed over the gauge, however the sources are intact and in the stored position. There is no indication of contamination or exposure to personnel. The gauge has been returned to the appropriate storage container and the container has been locked. The storage container has been placed in the back of a pickup truck and the truck has been parked in a roped off area to minimize the possibility of exposure. The licensee RSO has been dispatched and will provide additional details as they are acquired.

* * * UPDATE AT 1740 EDT ON 10/14/14 FROM MICHAEL NEZWORSKI TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On 9/16/14, a DOWL HKM technician was operating a portable nuclear Densometer (Troxler model 3440 s/n: 30263) on an asphalt paving job near Evanston, WY. The nuclear gauge came in contact with a steel drum roller on the roadway surface, which caused the gauge to be slightly damaged. The outer case was cracked, and the base of the gauge was bent. Both sources within the gauge were still intact and proper shielding was still in working order. The gauge was placed in the safe position and locked in its storage box. The box was placed in a pickup truck and properly locked and then quarantined until a leak test and survey could be performed later that evening. The DOWL HKM RSO was contacted in Billings, MT, and dispatched to the jobsite immediately after the event. As he traveled, Qai-Tek associates were also contacted to perform leak testing and survey of the gauge and surrounding area. At approximately 2100 EDT, a Qai-Tek associate arrived and performed an on-site leak test of the gauge, and the gauge case. The leak test passed, no exposure occurred, so no survey of the jobsite was performed. Mr. Wilson secured the gauge in his vehicle, and returned it to Qai-Tek's office in Idaho Falls, ID. Repairs were made to the damage gauge and it was returned to DOWL HKM on 10/13/14."

Notified the R4DO (Haire) and FSME Events Resource (via e-mail).

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Agreement State Event Number: 50512
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: RMA GROUP
Region: 4
City: RANCHO CUCAMONGA State: CA
County:
License #: 2700-36
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONALD OESTERLE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/06/2014
Notification Time: 16:32 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2014
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DON ALLEN (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
MEXICO (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The following was received from State of California via email:

"On October 6, 2014, at approximately 1245 [PDT], [Deleted], RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] of RMA Group, RML [Radioactive Materials License] #2700-36, contacted RHB [Radiological Health Branch] Brea concerning the moisture/density gauge, Troxler, model 3430, serial number 28356 (Cs-137, 0.3 GBq, Am-241, 1.50 GBq) that had been stolen from a transport vehicle in front of a private residence in El Monte at approximately 0700 [PDT]. [The RSO] has contacted the Local Law Enforcement officials in El Monte to request an investigation of the private residence where the Troxler radioactive gauge was taken and to take the report of the authorized user that was in possession of the gauge prior to the theft. A copy of the theft report will be sent to RHB Brea as part of this report. [The RSO] will utilize local papers to attempt to retrieve the stolen gauge as well as notifying local servicing vendors of radioactive gauges to be alert of the serial number of the stolen gauge in case it turns up for any of their services. The investigation will continue to determine if the radioactive gauge can be recovered in a reasonable time frame. This is being reported to the NRC Operations Center as a 24-hour report under 10CFR30.50(b)(2) since the radioactive gauge has been stolen and it cannot be determined what condition the sources are currently in."

California Event No.: 100614

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: 50514
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: PLASTIFORM PACKAGING
Region: 1
City: ROCKAWAY State: NJ
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CATHY BIEL
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING STATIC ELIMINATOR

The following information was obtained from the State of New Jersey via facsimile:

"A static eliminator (NRD P-2021-8101, S/N A2PH963/048648) was likely stolen. It contained 0.37 GBq Po-210 source (assayed on 4/18/11).

"New Jersey Incident Number: 9/23/2011"

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: 50515
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: MANSON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Region: 1
City: LONG BRANCH State: NJ
County:
License #: 622447
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES MCCULLOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 04/12/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER

The following information was obtained from the State of New Jersey via facsimile:

"One gauge (Berthold LB-7444-D-CR) containing 3.7 GBq Co-60 source was stuck in the closed position. One gauge (Berthold LB-7444-CR) containing 18.5 GBq Co-60 source was stuck in the open position. These malfunctions were discovered during the routine NJDEP [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection] inspection and survey."

New Jersey Incident Number: 512693

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Agreement State Event Number: 50516
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY
Region: 1
City: EWING State: NJ
County:
License #: 507375
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES MCCULLOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/07/2014
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 04/22/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following information was obtained from the State of New Jersey via facsimile:

"TCNJ [The College of New Jersey] reported the loss of up to 63 radioluminescent exit signs. The signs had been removed from a building slated for demolition and were stored until proper disposal could be arranged. Each Safety Light corporation sign contained between 278 and 851 GBq of H-3. TCNJ was not sure of the actual total of signs possessed by them. They believe that a box containing up to 51 signs was accidentally picked up on 1/8/14 by a contractor removing electronic waste."

New Jersey Incident Number: 04-22-14


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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Power Reactor Event Number: 50532
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: THOMAS YURKON
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 01:30 [ET]
Event Date: 10/13/2014
Event Time: 19:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
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 60 Power Operation

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE CORE INJECTION DEGRADED ACCIDENT MITIGATION CAPABILITY

"During the plant response to the trip of the B Recirculating water pump, reactor water level rose to the HPCI [High Pressure Core Injection] high water level trip setpoint as indicated on the associated instrumentation. With this high water level trip actuated, the HPCI high drywell pressure initiation signal would not have allowed the HPCI system to perform its intended safety function if required. If the HPCI system received the low water level initiation signal, the system would have been able to perform Its intended safety function. This high water level signal was actuated from 1935 [EDT] until reset at 1940 [EDT]. This is reportable under 50.72(b)(3)(v)."

The licensee notified NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50533
Facility: FARLEY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: RICK LULLING
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 07:37 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2014
Event Time: 03:41 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)
SAMSON LEE (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 83 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO LOSS OF A START-UP TRANSFORMER

"This notification is being made as required by 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) due to a Farley Nuclear Plant Unit 2 manual reactor trip. The trip was initiated when the in service train of CCW cooling to the Reactor Coolant Pumps was lost due to a loss of the 2B Start Up Transformer (SUT). The control room team manually tripped the reactor then tripped all three reactor coolant pumps as required by station procedure. There was a line of severe thunderstorms with lightning passing through the plant site at the time of loss of the 2B Start Up Transformer. The 2B emergency diesel generator was out of service for maintenance therefore there was a loss of the 'B' train emergency power 4160V electrical bus ('B' train LOSP [Loss of Offsite Power]). 'A' train emergency power remained energized from offsite sources. The plant is stable at normal operating pressure and temperature. At 0433 [CDT], 2B Reactor Coolant Pump was re-started when support conditions were re-established. Heat sink is adequate using the 2A Motor Driven Auxiliary Feedwater Pump.

"Unit 2 'B' train power was restored by starting the 2C emergency diesel generator at 0523 [CDT]. This restored power to the Digital Rod Position Indication system, and control rod K-8 in control bank 'C' indicated full out, and all other control rods fully inserted. An emergency boration is in progress to compensate for the stuck rod.

"Additionally, the reactor trip resulted in a valid actuation of the Aux Feedwater system which is an eight hour non-emergency report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A)."

During the transient, one primary PORV momentarily opened, then reseated. Decay heat is being directed to the atmospheric relief valves with no indicated primary to secondary leakage. There was no impact on Unit 1.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50536
Facility: GINNA
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: BRENDEN WADE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 17:31 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2014
Event Time: 10:03 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (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

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION OUT OF SERVICE

"The Technical Support Center Air Conditioning Unit is not operating properly and has been declared non-functional. The Air Conditioning Unit functions to cool the Technical Support Center during normal and accident conditions. Current environmental conditions are acceptable. The Corrective Action process has been initiated.

"This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) as described in NUREG-1022, Rev. 3, since this condition affects an emergency response facility.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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