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Event Notification Report for January 6, 2015

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50680 50706 50716

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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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50706
Rep Org: HEMLOCK SEMICONDUCTOR
Licensee: HEMLOCK SEMICONDUCTOR
Region: 3
City: HEMLOCK State: MI
County:
License #: 21-32682-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRISTOPHER VAN HAMPLER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/29/2014
Notification Time: 17:33 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2014
Event Time: 15:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
JAMNES CAMERON (R3DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA ()

Event Text

FIXED GAUGE SHUTTER STICKING WHEN MOVED

At approximately 1500 EST on December 29, 2014, an operator attempted to open the shutter on a fixed gauge Vega America source holder and determined that the shutter was sticking. The shutter was locked in the closed position and tagged out. The licensee performed a radiation survey and confirmed that the shutter was in the closed position. The licensee previously reported a stuck shutter on a nearby device (EN 50667). The licensee will contact the vendor to repair both devices.

Fixed gauge: Vega America Source Holder Model SHF 2-B with Cs-137 800 millicurie source.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50716
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4 State: TX
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ANDY DUNLAP
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 01/05/2015
Notification Time: 20:49 [ET]
Event Date: 01/05/2015
Event Time: 17:45 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/05/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
JOSEPH GIITTER (NRR)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO DEATH OF EMPLOYEE

"At approximately 1545 CST on 1/5/15, an employee was found unconscious by fellow teammates. His teammates, who are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), commenced resuscitation until Matagorda County EMS arrived on the scene and transported the individual to Matagorda County Regional Hospital for medical treatment. The individual was evaluated by the Emergency Room Physician and was later pronounced deceased due to Cardiopulmonary Arrest.

"STP is investigating the incident. STP has reported this to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and as such is reporting this in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(xi). A press release is not planned at this time."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

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