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Event Notification Report for February 3, 2015

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50755 50756 50757 50758 50760 50761 50762 50763 50764 50765 50766 50782

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Agreement State Event Number: 50755
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: MOREHOUSE BIOENERGIES, LLC
Region: 4
City: BASTROP State: LA
County:
License #: GL-2379
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 01/23/2015
Notification Time: 14:03 [ET]
Event Date: 01/21/2015
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING 10 MILLICURIE CS-137 SOURCE

The following information was received from the State of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Assessment Division via fax:

"On 11/21/2014, Berthold Technologies reported that Morehouse Bioenergies, LLC called to replace a density gauge source, 10 mCi Cs-137, for a gauge they were installing on a process. However, Berthold Technologies had sold and shipped the whole unit to BioEnergies in March 2014. The reorder peaked the interest of Berthold Technologies who notified the LDEQ. Attempts to reach Drax Biomass International, Inc., the radiation responsible company and owners of Morehouse Bioenergies, LLC, were unsuccessful on numerous occasions.

"Berthold Technologies supplied shipping documents, quarterly distribution records and signed records of receipts for the source/gauge. The record of receipt was signed and transferred back to the construction foreman and the site on March 25, 2014. The location of the source from March to November 2014, is unknown and continues to be a mystery.

"This site is a wood yard for manufacturing wooden pellets. Its location is in the deep woods of north Louisiana and is only accessible from the state of Arkansas. The scintillation detector has been installed, but the box with the Cs-137 source is nowhere to be found. All communication with Drax Biomass International, Inc. is done by remote access and usually by return phone call.

"The gauge was a Berthold Technologies unit shielding Model LB 7440-F-CR, Serial Number 37625-11972. The source was 10 mCi of Cs-137 serial number 0038/13.

"Event Location: The Morehouse Bioenergies, 7070 Carl Road, Bastrop, LA 71220. This was a construction site for a wood pellet plant. An investigator made a site visit, but there was only a person with Haskell Contractors to interview.

"Event Type: This was a loss of control incident that has not been resolved to this date. The freight company delivered the gauge to the site and it has since disappeared. This incident is considered still open."

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Radiation Assessment report number: LA-150003, T160317.

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: 50756
Rep Org: DANBURY HOSPITAL
Licensee: DANBURY HOSPITAL
Region: 1
City: DANBURY State: CT
County:
License #: 06-08544-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUTH SHANLEY
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/23/2015
Notification Time: 14:52 [ET]
Event Date: 01/07/2015
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(1) - DOSE <> PRESCRIBED DOSAGE
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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RECEIVED DOSE DIFFERED FROM PRESCRIBED DOSE OF I-125

On December 17, 2014, a patient had a 123 microCurie I-125 seed implanted in her breast as part of a treatment plan for non-palpable breast cancer. The treatment plan was to remove the seed after 5 days.

Due to illness, the patient was unable to return to the hospital to have the seed removed until January 7, 2015. This resulted in the patient receiving an 83.6 cGy exposure versus the prescribed 18.4 cGy exposure.

The prescribing physician and the patient were notified. No permanent damage due to the exposure is expected.

The licensee coordinated this report with NRC Region 1 Senior Health Physicist Penny Lanzisera.

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 50757
Facility: SEQUOYAH
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: SAM NAKAMINE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/23/2015
Notification Time: 15:09 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2015
Event Time: 11:50 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)

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

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OFFSITE NOTIFICATIONS DUE TO OIL SHEEN ON INTAKE BAY

"On 1/23/2015 at 1150 EST, an oil sheen was verified to be in the waters of the U.S. (Sequoyah's Intake Forebay). At 1221 [EST], a notification to the National Response Center [report #1106407] was made as a result of the oil sheen (< 1 pint total). The source of the oil is from temporary connections in support of maintenance. Cleanup efforts are in progress.

"The following additional agencies have also been notified: EPA Region 4, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)."

The licensee also notified the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Agreement State Event Number: 50758
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: N/A
Region: 1
City: JERSEY CITY State: NJ
County:
License #: G/L
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNY GOODMAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/23/2015
Notification Time: 16:02 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2015
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOAD OF GARBAGE REJECTED AT LANDFILL DUE TO ELEVATED RADIATION READINGS

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

"A Pennsylvania landfill rejected a load of garbage based on elevated radiation readings (188 uR/h) and sent it back to NJ. PA identified the nuclides as Mn-54 and Co-57. [A New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)] inspector went to the NJ garbage facility to verify the readings and nuclides.

"[NJDEP informed] the waste facility that [they] would be coming to observe the separation/isolation process, but [before the] inspector got there, they had already done everything. According to the facility personnel, there was a bag of metal parts (they opened it up), but had double bagged it by the time [the inspector] got there. [The] inspector got 23 mR/h on contact, 849 uR/h at 1 foot and 62 uR/h at 1 meter. Discussions revealed that no one picked it up with their hands and they were not near the source for very long. [NJDEP] identifier/Ortec readings confirm Co-57 and Mn-54 also Co-60 and Co-56. It appears to be activated metal. [A certified contractor] has been hired to package [the material]. He will be there sometime later next week. [The inspector did] not see any identifying markings. [The inspector] also took wipes of the bag and the floor area where it was dumped. These were clear. The garbage that was taken out along with the source was scanned and found to be background. That material will remain in NJ. [The] inspector surveyed the original truck with the remainder of the garbage, and [it] was found to be clear. They are running [the truck] through their portal monitor and if ok, will send [it] back to PA. The truck did not leave from this facility originally so it did not go through a monitor before going to PA. The activated metal has been isolated and secured."

* * * UPDATE FROM JENNY GOODMAN TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1331 EST ON 1/26/15 * * *

The following update was received via email from the State of New Jersey via email:

"Upon NJDEP arrival at the waste facility on 1/23/15, the [landfill] facility staff had already isolated the material causing the radiation levels. The bag of waste they isolated measured as follows with a 1.5 by 1.5 NaI probe:
Near contact: 23 mR/hr
At ~1 foot: 840 microR/hr
At ~3 feet: 62 microR/hr
At ~6 feet: 10 microR/hr
Background: 3-4 microR/hr

"The tipping floor, where material had been laid out, and the three individuals involved in sorting the load were surveyed with a pancake probe. No radiation levels above background were detected. A wipe of the bag revealed no removable contamination.

"[NJDEP] surveyed the truck carrying the remainder of the MSW [Municipal Solid Waste] load and detected no elevated [radiation] levels. The truck was released to return to the PA landfill. [NJDEP] has not received an update from the facility to confirm acceptance of that material.

"[NJDEP] obtained a spectrum with the Ortec Detective-EX which identified Co-56, Co-57, Co-60, & Mn-54. A manual review of the spectrum additionally indicated Co-58. These isotopes are typical for metal activated from operation of an accelerator. Today, [NJDEP] contacted the DNDO [Domestic Nuclear Detection Office] JAC [Joint Analysis Center] for secondary reachback analysis of the spectrum. [NJDEP] received verbal confirmation of the isotopes detected. A written report is expected by tomorrow. Subsequently, [NJDEP] received a telephone call from an FBI bomb tech who had been informed of [NJDEP's] request for analysis. [The FBI] was seeking confirmation that there was no suspicious packaging or other threat associated with the package. [NJDEP] explained that we routinely find items in the waste stream and there was no specific threat or suspicious packaging.

"[NJDEP] is still awaiting follow-up from the waste facility to confirm acceptance of the remainder of the load released Friday and details for their plans for disposal. [NJDEP] will plan to return when their consultant packages the material to see if any other information can be gathered to identify a possibly point of origin for the material."

Notified R1DO (Cahill), ILTAB (Wray), and NMSS Events Notification via email.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 50760
Rep Org: BIOSTORAGE TECHNOLOGIES, INC
Licensee: BIOSTORAGE TECHNOLOGIES, INC
Region: 3
City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN
County: MARION
License #: 13-32622-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS SCHUMACHER
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 01/26/2015
Notification Time: 11:11 [ET]
Event Date: 12/31/2014
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
BILLY DICKSON (R3DO)
NMSS EVENT NOTIFICAT (EMAI)

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

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LOST RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL INADVERTENTLY INCINERATED

The licensee lost 9 vials of Carbon 14 (each vial containing 2 mCi). It was later determined that the vials were mistakenly disposed of with a large amount of non-radioactive medical waste on 12/31/2014. The medical waste and all 9 vials were incinerated on 1/7/2015 by Stericycle in Clinton, IL.

The licensee has instituted corrective actions including more robust labelling to identify radioactive material.

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: 50761
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: HAMMOND State: KS
County:
License #: 21-B875
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES HARRIS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/26/2015
Notification Time: 12:30 [ET]
Event Date: 01/24/2015
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/28/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
BARRY WRAY (ILTA)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ATTEMPTED THEFT OF RADIOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

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

"The Team Industrial office in Wichita was broken into. They have video evidence of attempt to access the licensed material of concern. All material is accounted for. Missing items include UT equipment, computers, vehicle keys (vehicles were not taken), files were ransacked including the sensitive information files. Unknown at this time if sensitive information was taken.

"Police notified."

Kansas Case Number: KS150001

* * * UPDATE FROM JAMES HARRIS TO JEFF HERRERA ON 01/28/2015 AT 1327 EST * * *

The following updated information was provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment via email:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment provided additional detail regarding the event and the items stolen. Radioactive material was not stolen as a result of the break in attempt(s). Local law enforcement and FBI were notified and investigated the event. Additional corrective actions were taken by the licensee to secure sensitive materials and equipment. A reward has not been offered for return of the stolen items. A detailed list of the missing items has been provided to the Wichita police department.

Notified R4DO (Vasquez), ILTAB (Wray) and NMSS Events Notification (email).

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Agreement State Event Number: 50762
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: FEDERAL MAINTENANCE, INC. D/B/A FEDERAL ENGINEERING AND TEST
Region: 1
City: POMPANO BEACH State: FL
County:
License #: 1933-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK SEIDENSTICKER
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 01/26/2015
Notification Time: 12:58 [ET]
Event Date: 01/23/2015
Event Time: 10:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TROXLER GAUGE DAMAGED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

The following report was received from the State of Florida via email:

"A Troxler Gauge Model No. 3440 was run over by a Bobcat tractor on a road construction site around 1030 EST [on 1/23/15] . The source was retracted when the gauge was hit. [The Florida State] Inspector arrived on scene and found gauge on truck tail gate. The gauge had been moved to tail gate before calling [the State]. [The State] Inspector surveyed the ground where gauge was hit and read background readings. Other readings: 6ft from gauge 23 uR/hr, gauge handle 71 uR/hr, top of gauge housing 13.3 mR/hr, source door 8.44 mR/hr. The guide rod and housing were broken but source was secure and there was no leakage of radiation. The gauge released to owner to be returned for repair. No further action will be taken on this incident."

This incident occurred at the intersection of S. Andrews and SE 30th St, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Troxler Gauges, Model No. 3440, have a Cs-137 source not exceeding 9 mCi and a Am-241 source not exceeding 44 mCi.

Florida Incident Number: FL15-001

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Agreement State Event Number: 50763
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: FOX NDE, LLC
Region: 4
City: ODESSA State: TX
County:
License #: L06411
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 01/26/2015
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 01/25/2015
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TOM ANDREWS (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA WITH STUCK SOURCE

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

"On January 26, 2015, the licensee notified the Agency [State of Texas] that on January 25, 2015, one of its industrial radiography crews had experienced a source disconnect. The crew was using a QSA Delta 880 exposure device (SN: 12916) containing a 98.5 curie iridium-192 source. After the first exposure of the day, the crew was unable to retract the source and it was determined that it was in the collimator. Barriers were extended. The licensee's site radiation safety officer (SRSO), who is authorized to perform source retrieval, responded. (The SRSO) was unable to get the source to slide back down the guide tube and had to use pliers to remove the collimator to recover the source and complete the retrieval. None of the 4 radiographers present at the site exceeded doses of 30 millirem according to their self-reading pocket dosimeters. The SRSO's self-reading pocket dosimeter indicated a whole body dose of 73 millirem. [The SRSO's] dosimetry badge is being sent for immediate processing. The SRSO's dose to both hands is being calculated. [The SRSO] affixed pocket dosimeters to both hands, but two of the 3 times he handled the source guide tube or collimator, they went off-scale. No member of the public received any exposure as a result of this event. The SRSO reported he consulted with the manufacturer and thoroughly inspected the equipment. [The SRSO] found no issues. [The SRSO] reported, he attempted, unsuccessfully, to replicate the disconnect. Based on [the SRSO's] findings, the camera was put back into use and not removed from service."

Texas Incident #: I - 9271

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Agreement State Event Number: 50764
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: AMC THEATRE, SAN JOSE
Region: 4
City: SAN JOSE State: CA
County:
License #: G/L
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 01/26/2015
Notification Time: 17:20 [ET]
Event Date: 08/15/2014
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TOM ANDREWS (R4DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

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

"On 01/22/15, RHB [California Radiologic Health Branch] was notified of a stolen tritium exit sign from an AMC Theatre in San Jose, CA. The police report No. 142273216 filed by the AMC theatres on 08/15/14 stated the following: 'The management was doing a walkthrough of the building on 08/15/14 at AMC Saratoga 14. In theatre No. 13, the manager noticed one of the exit signs missing.'

"The model, S/N or the activity of the exit sign is unknown. RHB will be contacting AMC theatres and the Ultimate Lighting Source (vendor) to get further details."

California Report Number: 5010-012215

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: 50765
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION SERVICES
Region: 1
City: ATLANTA State: GA
County:
License #: NOT PROVIDED
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRAVIS CARTOSKI
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 01/26/2015
Notification Time: 17:09 [ET]
Event Date: 01/26/2015
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
BARRY WRAY (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN DOSE CALIBRATOR SOURCES

The following report was received from the State of Georgia via email:

"Georgia Radioactive Materials Program discovered through a Law Enforcement List Server that 2 Co-57 sources and 1 Cs-137 source (what appear to be Dose Calibrator Sources as indicated in the example photo provided by LE) were stolen from a vehicle at or around Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.

"Activities of the sources are: The 2 Co-57 are 2.47 mCi and .365 mCi sources. The Cs-137 is a .232 mCi source.

"The individual transporting the sources was from Florida [Florida Department of Radiation Services]. Florida Radiation Control has been notified and Atlanta FBI has been notified.

"Updates to follow when more information is available."

State of Georgia Event Report 1-26-2015.

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: 50766
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: REED ENGINEERING GROUP, INC.
Region: 4
City: ABILENE State: TX
County:
License #: L04343
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 01/26/2015
Notification Time: 18:55 [ET]
Event Date: 01/26/2015
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/26/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
TOM ANDREWS (R4DO)
ILTAB (EMAI)
NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICA (EMAI)
MEXICO (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

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

"On January 26, 2015, the licensee notified the Agency [State of Texas] that one of its technicians had left a temporary job site in Fort Worth and after traveling approximately 30 minutes toward another job site, he realized the tailgate was down [and the gauge was missing]. When he left the first site, he had left the Humboldt 5001EZ moisture/density gauge (SN: 3613), containing one 10 millicurie cesium-137 source and one 40 millicurie americium-241/beryllium source, on the tailgate and not secured in the back of the vehicle. The technician returned to the site and looked for the gauge. Other construction workers at the site did produce the carrying case and the lock that had been on it, the standard block, and the flattening plate but not the gauge. The licensee is notifying local law enforcement and will return to the site in the morning with reward offer. Further information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Report Number: I-9272

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: 50782
Facility: SAINT LUCIE
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE
NRC Notified By: JACK BREEN
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 02/02/2015
Notification Time: 16:54 [ET]
Event Date: 02/02/2015
Event Time: 09:19 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY MASTERS (R2DO)

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

NON-LICENSED SUPERVISOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL DURING RANDOM TESTING

"At 2/2/15, at approximately 0919 EST, a non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. Due to the confirmed positive test, the employee's access to the plant has been revoked."

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

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