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Event Notification Report for October 23, 2014

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10/22/2014 - 10/23/2014

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50534 50535 50537 50538 50558

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Agreement State Event Number: 50534
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CARMEUSE LIME & STONE
Region: 1
City: MAYSVILLE State: KY
County:
License #: 201-179-56
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC PERRY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 09/08/2012
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK OPEN

The following report was received via fax:

"On 9/8/12 while conducting a 6 month physical inventory, the licensee, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, discovered the shutter was unable to close on a Berthold Systems, Inc. fixed gauging device model LB 300 L, serial# 190-02-08, containing 16 mCi Cs-137. The licensee contacted Berthold Systems, Inc. on 9/10/2012 to repair the shutter. The gauging device was repaired by the manufacturer on 1/31/2013. The delay in repair was due to an unavailability of repair parts. The repair parts had to be shipped from Germany. A leak test was conducted following repairs and indicated less than 185 Bq (0.005 micro-curies). The root cause of the failure of the on/off mechanism was due to corrosion and dust due to the gauging device's environment. This licensee produces industrial grade lime and the gauging device is operated in a dusty environment. This event was not reported to the KY RHB as required by regulation and was discovered during a routine health and safety inspection conducted on 6/3/2014."

Kentucky Event: KY140004

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Agreement State Event Number: 50535
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: BARNHILL CONTRACTING
Region: 1
City: LUMBERTON State: NC
County:
License #: 0958-13
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS FIDALGO
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/14/2014
Notification Time: 15:43 [ET]
Event Date: 10/13/2014
Event Time: 07:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOISTURE GAUGE STOLEN AND LATER RECOVERED

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Yesterday, we [North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services] had a stolen gauge incident here in NC. The gauge was recovered the same day. The gauge in question is a Troxler portable nuclear gauge, model 4640B. This gauge has a sealed source with 9 milliCuries of Cesium 137. We have uploaded a record of this incident to NMED. Our local incident number for this event is NC140039.

"What follows is a brief narrative supplied by one of our inspectors:

"At 0745 [EDT] this morning [a North Carolina inspector] received a phone call from the assistant to the RSO at Barnhill Contracting:

"At approximately 2300 [EDT] October 13, 2014 on exit 22 off I-95 in Lumberton, NC, one of their trucks with a PNG [portable nuclear gauge] was stolen. The employee had stepped away from the truck to speak with the project foreman when an individual jumped into the truck and drove off. The Lumberton police and the RSO were contacted. The RSO contacted the Division of Emergency Management at 919-825-2500. The RSO travelled to the site. The truck, with the gauge still locked and secured, was located by the Lumberton Police within about an hour and a half. The individual ran from the scene when the police located the truck. It appears the only thing stolen was the light from the top of the truck. The gauge was still securely locked in the metal box on the back of the truck. There were no injuries reported. The RSO again notified the Division of Emergency Management that the gauge had been found. [The assistant RSO] will forward a copy of the police report (#14-42002) to [the State] when she receives it."

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Agreement State Event Number: 50537
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: QUAL SPEC SERVICES LLC
Region: 4
City: PORT ARTHUR State: TX
County:
License #: 06351
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRIS MOORE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/15/2014
Notification Time: 13:47 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2014
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARK HAIRE (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCE FAILS TO RETRACT INTO CAMERA

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On October 15, 2014, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that on October 14, 2014, a radiography crew could not retract a 38.5 curie iridium-192 source to the fully retracted and locked position in a QSA 880D exposure device (camera). The lead radiographer who had just completed the third shot of the day at a temporary field site could not fully retract the source into the camera, feeling increased binding in the crank assembly. The radiographer cranked the source back out into the collimator and contacted the RSO who was onsite. The RSO and radiographers increased the control area. After three attempts to retrieve the source, the RSO retrieved the source by disconnecting the handles of the crank mechanism. She was able to manually pull the cable until the source was retrieved into the camera. The RSO received the highest dose of 196 mrem on her 0 - 5R range pocket dosimeter. The crank assembly and drive cable will be sent to the manufacturer for inspection. The RSO stated the camera and guide tube appeared to be operating normally. Additional information will be provided in accordance with SA-300.

"QSA 880D camera serial #D1127
Source Model A-424-9, serial #16137C"

Texas Incident Number: I-9243

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Agreement State Event Number: 50538
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: ERWIN RESIN SOLUTIONS LLC
Region: 1
City: ERWIN State: TN
County:
License #: R-86011
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUBEN CROSSLIN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/15/2014
Notification Time: 15:05 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2014
Event Time: 10:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM COOK (R1DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (FSME)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - INDIVIDUAL CONTAMINATED AFTER A FALL

The following was received via e-mail:

"An individual at Erwin Resin Solutions (ERS) fell 20 feet into a contaminated storage vault. The individual suffered serious head injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. Ambulance and hospital staff were notified of the possibility of radioactive contamination on the individual. ERS sent health physics technicians to the hospital to survey and assess for contamination. At approximately 1300 EDT, notification was made to the Tennessee Division of Radiological Health that the injured individual was deceased. The radiation safety officer at Johnson City Medical Center indicated that the individual's maximum dose rate was 0.3 mR per hour. Emergency room staff were surveyed and found to have no contamination.

"Some emergency workers did require decontamination prior to being released."

Tennessee Report: TN-14-194

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50558
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DUSTIN SCURLOCK
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 10/22/2014
Notification Time: 14:05 [ET]
Event Date: 10/22/2014
Event Time: 08:42 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/22/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (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

FITNESS FOR DUTY - EMPLOYEE SUPERVISOR FAILED FFD TEST

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been revoked.

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