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Event Notification Report for January 8, 2015

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01/07/2015 - 01/08/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50709 50710 50720

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Agreement State Event Number: 50709
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: TSI LABS INC.
Region: 4
City: VICTORIA State: TX
County:
License #: 04767
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/30/2014
Notification Time: 18:14 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2014
Event Time: 18:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 12/31/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE:

The following was received from the State of Texas via email:

"On December 30, 2014, at 1630 [CST] the agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee [TSI Labs, Inc.] that a Humboldt model 5001-c gauge containing a 40 millicurie source and a 10 millicurie source was stolen out of the back of a company pickup truck [in San Antonio, TX]. The licensee stated the technician had parked the truck at a movie theater and entered the theater to be with family. The licensee stated the gauge was unattended for one hour and forty five minutes. The licensee stated when the technician returned to the truck he found the chains securing the gauge to the truck were cut and the gauge and locks were missing. The licensee stated marks on the portion of the chain still in the truck showed it took several attempts to cut the chains. The technician notified a sheriff standing in the area of the theft. The technician searched for the gauge, but did not find it. The licensee will continue searching the area for the gauge. The licensee stated they are contemplating offering a reward for the gauges return. The licensee stated it believed the locks were still on the gauge hasps at the time of the theft, but the operating rod for the cesium source was probably not locked. The licensee stated the outside of the box was labeled with the radiation symbol. The licensee is continuing its investigation. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

The licensee reported the theft to local law enforcement.

Texas Incident # I - 9264

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY ARTHUR TUCKER TO JEFF ROTTON AT 1028 EST ON 12/31/2014 * * *

The following information was provided by the State of Texas via email:

"The licensee reported that they are offering a $400.00 reward for the return of the gauge. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Texas Association of Pawnbroker's have been notified of the theft."

Notified R4DO (Hay), NMSS Events Notification (email), and Mexico (fax).

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: 50710
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: BAY AREA GEOTECHNICAL GROUP
Region: 4
City: SUNNYVALE State: CA
County:
License #: 1625-43
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 12/30/2014
Notification Time: 16:04 [ET]
Event Date: 12/25/2014
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 12/30/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of California via email:

"A CPN Portable gauge containing 10 mCi of Cesium 137 and 50 mCi of Americium 241 was stolen from the technician's residence [Campbell, CA] on December 25, 2014. According to the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer], a police report was filed on December 25th and RHB [California Radiologic Health Branch] was notified on December 26, 2014.

"RHB North was notified of this theft on December 30, 2014 at 1300 PST. The RSO was requested to provide a reward in the local paper and on Craigslist and to provide RHB North a copy of the Police Report and description of the circumstances as soon as possible, as the RSO was not in the office and did not have access to the pertinent information.

"Additional information will be forwarded when it is received"

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: 50720
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: SCOTT SLIETER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 01/07/2015
Notification Time: 12:27 [ET]
Event Date: 11/15/2014
Event Time: 23:55 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/07/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL F. KING (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 17 Power Operation 17 Power Operation

Event Text

INVALID ACTUATION OF 1A EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR (EDG)

"This 60-day telephone notification is being made under the 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 1A EDG. The 1A EDG start resulted from a degraded component during the testing of the 1A Emergency Load Sequencer.

"At 2355 [EST] on November 15, 2014, the 1A EDG auto started during performance of the monthly 1A Emergency Load Sequencer test. The test was terminated by personnel prior to a full actuation of the Emergency Load Sequencer due to the unexpected response of the sequencer. The 1A EDG started and functioned normally. Troubleshooting identified a degraded relay downstream of the under voltage sensing circuit which made up the invalid 2/3 logic necessary to start the EDG. There were NO actual plant conditions or parameters (i.e. under voltage, degraded voltage, safety injection or manual initiation) involved in this actuation. The degraded relay would NOT have prevented the 1A Emergency Load Sequencer or the EDG from performing their safety related functions.

"Following troubleshooting, replacement of the relay and an evaluation for extent of condition, the 1A Emergency Load Sequencer and EDG were returned to service.

"The health and safety of the public was not affected by this issue.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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