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Event Notification Report for December 24, 2014

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Event Reports For
12/23/2014 - 12/24/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50679 50680 50682 50683 50684 50700 50702 50703

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Agreement State Event Number: 50679
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: ECS-MID ATLANTIC, INC.
Region: 1
City: LEESBURG State: VA
County: LOUDOUN
License #: 107-314-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/15/2014
Notification Time: 14:41 [ET]
Event Date: 12/13/2014
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/15/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED PORTABLE GAUGE

The following report was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via email:

"On Saturday, December 13th [2014], a CPN MCIDR moisture/density gauge was run over at a temporary jobsite in Leesburg, Virginia (Battlefield Parkway and Sycolin Road). The licensee's authorized user was performing a test and walked about 20 feet away from the gauge. The general contractor's bulldozer operator did not see the gauge because the bulldozer blade was raised, which obstructed his view when driving the bulldozer up the slope.

"The gauge was completely destroyed with the source in the transmission position. The authorized user contacted the construction testing services manager who then contacted the radiation safety officer. Both individuals arrived on scene and were able to retract the source into the shielded position using a pair of pliers. A radiation survey was performed at 1 meter indicating a reading of 0.4 mrem/hr. The gauge was then placed into the transportation case and returned to storage where a wipe test was performed. The wipe test has been sent to a licensed service provider for analysis and if no contamination is present, the gauge will be returned [pending final resolution].

"The licensee submitted an incident report, which is under review by the [Virginia] Radioactive Materials Program. The incident and suggested corrective actions will also be re-examined during the next inspection."

Event Report ID No.: VA-14-25

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50680
Rep Org: MIDWEST TESTING
Licensee: MIDWEST TESTING
Region: 3
City: OVERLAND State: MO
County:
License #: 24-24619-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE HONICH
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 12/16/2014
Notification Time: 09:21 [ET]
Event Date: 12/16/2014
Event Time: 07:42 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/05/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
AARON MCCRAW (R3DO)
NMSS EVENTS (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST HUMBOLDT 5001EZ DENSITY GAUGE

A trailer containing a Humboldt 5001EZ Density gauge was found missing/stolen by a technician staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Oklahoma City, OK. The gauge was chained and locked to the trailer. The licensee reported that there have been no press or media inquiries and no rewards are currently being considered for the return of the density gauge. The licensee was performing work in OK under reciprocity.

The gauge is a Humboldt 5001EZ model, Serial Number: 3309 containing 10 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241/Be.

The local police department and the State of Oklahoma were notified.

* * * UPDATE FROM JOE HONICH TO CHARLES TEAL AT 0920 EST ON 1/5/15 * * *

The Oklahoma Police Department located the gauge. It was dumped on the side of the road in a cardboard box. The gauge was fully intact and did not appear to be tampered with. The gauge is currently in the possession of an Oklahoma licensee until arrangements can be made for a transfer back to Midwest Testing.

Notified R3DO (Cameron), R4DO (Pick) and NMSS Events 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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Agreement State Event Number: 50682
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ACUREN INSPECTION, INC. D/B/A WIT PIPELINE
Region: 3
City: SUPERIOR State: WI
County:
License #: 133-2008-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MEGAN SHOBER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/16/2014
Notification Time: 13:44 [ET]
Event Date: 12/12/2014
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/17/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
AARON MCCRAW (R3DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

WISCONSIN AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE

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

"The licensee reported that a radiography crew working at a temporary jobsite on the night of December 12, 2014, had a failure of a drive cable mechanism on a QSA Global Model 880D radiography camera. The drive cable severed, and the radiography crew was unable to retract the source into the camera. The crew re-established boundaries and maintained appropriate surveillance of the area. An individual who is licensed to perform source retrievals responded to the jobsite and was able to retract the source into the safe position in the camera. Direct-reading dosimeters did not indicate any exposures exceeding regulatory limits. The licensee has sent permanent record dosimetry for emergency processing, and the licensee has sent the failed equipment to QSA for analysis.

"The Wisconsin Radiation Protection Section will provide updates through NMED after receiving the licensee's written report."

Wisconsin Event Report ID No.: WI140014

* * * UPDATE FROM MEGAN SHOBER TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1213 EST ON 12/17/14 * * *

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

"The drive cable in question broke near the junction between the cable and the metal ball on the end of the cable. On December 17, 2014, the licensee submitted a report of the radiographer's permanent record dosimetry. Exposures from the source retrieval were less than regulatory limits.

"Because the radiography crew and equipment involved in this incident are based in Illinois, the Wisconsin Radiation Protection Section notified the Illinois Emergency Management Agency."

Notified R3DO (McCraw) and NMSS Events Notification (via email).

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Agreement State Event Number: 50683
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: COVANTA
Region: 1
City: NEWARK State: NJ
County:
License #: 506859
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CATHY BIEL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/16/2014
Notification Time: 15:36 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2014
Event Time: 15:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/16/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED GAUGE

The following report was received from the State of New Jersey via fax:

"Event Description: [The licensee] is a trash-to-steam facility and uses generally and specifically - licensed fixed gauges as level indicators. One of their registered, generally licensed gauges was found to be damaged during the 6-month shutter check. The damage appears to be a result of impact and the plunger needed to close the shutter is inoperable. The gauge is a Berthold Model LB 7440 L, S/N 838-3-90, containing 50 mCi of Cs-137. The gauge is in a fairly inaccessible area of the plant, and personnel do not work in the area. No overexposures are thought to have occurred at this time. An investigation is being performed and a 30-day report will be provided."

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Agreement State Event Number: 50684
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: IBA MOLECULAR
Region: 1
City: TOTOWA State: NJ
County:
License #: 452369
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CATHY BIEL
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 12/16/2014
Notification Time: 16:16 [ET]
Event Date: 12/16/2014
Event Time: 13:40 [EST]
Last Update Date: 04/27/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)
LAURA DUDES (NMSS)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (EMAI)
PATRICIA MILLIGAN (EMAI)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MARISSA BAILEY (NMSS)
PAMELA HENDERSON (NMSS)
DUNCAN WHITE (NMSS)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - INDIVIDUAL EXCEEDS OCCUPATIONAL DOSE LIMIT OF 50 REM TO THE SKIN

The following report was received from the State of New Jersey via fax:

"Event Description: [The licensee,] IBA is a PET [Positron Emission Tomography] manufacturer and radiopharmacy. When the dosimetry reports for November 2014, were reviewed, it was noted that one individual exceeded the 20.1201(a)(2)(ii) occupational dose limit of 50 rem to the skin of an extremity. This was caused by a November dose of greater than 46 rem to the left extremity, bringing the year to-date dose to greater than 62 rem. The licensee is investigating this unusual November dose and will be preparing a written report. The individual has been removed from work with radioactive materials and the dosimeter for December has been sent in early for processing."

* * * RETRACTION AT 1512 ON 4/27/2015 FROM CATHY BIEL TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

After discussions with the licensee, the dose to the left hand was reduced from 46 Rem to 20.592 Rem which gives an annual dose to the extremity of 37 Rem. This dose is below the reporting requirements and the event is retracted.

Notified the R1DO (Gray) and NMSS Events Notification Group (via e-mail).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50700
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP,[3] M-4-LP
NRC Notified By: DANIEL HUNT
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/23/2014
Notification Time: 00:57 [ET]
Event Date: 12/22/2014
Event Time: 22:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 30 Power Operation 12 Power Operation

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UNIT 1 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SHUTDOWN DUE TO RCS PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAKAGE

"On December 22, 2014 at 2230 hours [EST] while performing a containment walkdown due to increased RCS [Reactor Coolant System] unidentified leakage, a leak was identified upstream of 1-RC-68, B Loop Cold Leg Drain Isolation Valve. The source of this leakage cannot be isolated and is considered RCS pressure boundary leakage. [Unit 1] Entered TS LCO 3.4.13 RCS Operational Leakage, Condition B for the existence of pressure boundary leakage. TS 3.4.4 RCS Loops - Modes 1 and 2 condition A, TR 3.4.6 ASME Code Class 1, 2, and 3 components, Condition B. Unit 1 will be taken to Mode 5 for repair.

"This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2) for "initiation of plant shutdown required by Technical Specifications" and 10 CFR 50.72(b )(3)(ii)(A) for "any event or condition that results in the condition of the nuclear power plant, including its principal safety barriers, being seriously degraded."

The RCS leakage has been quantified as 0.053 gallons per minute from a containment sump in-leakage calculation. The exact location of the leak has not been identified due to the installation of lagging on the RCS components. The licensee anticipates entering Mode 3 (Hot Standby) within the next 30 minutes. There is no safety-related equipment out-of-service at this time.

The licensee will inform Louisa County and has informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50702
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: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/23/2014
Notification Time: 13:00 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2014
Event Time: 03:40 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
OTHER UNSPEC REQMNT
Person (Organization):
BILLY DICKSON (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Defueled 0 Defueled

Event Text

60-DAY OPTIONAL TELEPHONE NOTIFICATION OF INVALID ACTUATION OF RESIDUAL HEAT REMOVAL PUMP

"This 60-day telephone notification is being made under reporting requirements specified by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) and 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) to describe an invalid actuation of the Unit 1 11 RHR Pump while Unit 1 was at NO MODE. It was a complete actuation. This was not the result of a preplanned sequence during testing and the system was not removed from service.

"At 0340 CDT on October 26, 2014, the Unit 1 11 RHR Pump was noted to have started while investigating an NSSS [nuclear steam supply system] annunciator system ground. The operator verified that the pump had adequate suction path via the RCS Cold Leg and stable pump discharge pressure. The 11 RHR Pump was stopped per the plant's abnormal operating procedure.

"Evaluation of this event has shown that the auto-start of 11 RHR pump was due to a human performance error while performing relay replacements.

"Following troubleshooting of the auto-start and completion of the relay maintenance, the 11 RHR pump was run; the pump and system operated properly. The health and safety of the public was not affected by this issue.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Part 21 Event Number: 50703
Rep Org: BALDOR ELECTRIC CO.
Licensee: BALDOR ELECTRIC CO.
Region: 1
City: FLOWERY BRANCH State: GA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES THIGPEN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/23/2014
Notification Time: 13:55 [ET]
Event Date: 10/29/2014
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/23/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
JONATHAN BARTLEY (R2DO)
PART 21 GROUP (EMAI)

Event Text

PART 21 NOTIFICATION - BALDOR AC MOTORS WITH POTENTIAL BEARING END CAP ALIGNMENT ISSUES

The supplier, Baldor Electric Company, identified a potential fitment issue between the motor shaft journal, bearing cap and bracket that could allow the bearing cap to cock in the bracket. This misalignment would cause the motor to fail within hours of being placed in service. Therefore, all motors in service for greater than 24 hours would not be affected by the defect.

The supplier has notified its vendor and provided corrective actions and/or parts replacement as appropriate.

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