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Event Notification Report for March 25, 2015

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03/24/2015 - 03/25/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50897 50898 50912

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Agreement State Event Number: 50897
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: JANX OF PARMA, MI
Region: 1
City: ZELIENOPLE State: PA
County:
License #: PA-1363
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/16/2015
Notification Time: 15:05 [ET]
Event Date: 03/12/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - INABILITY TO RETRACT SOURCE TO ITS SHIELDED POSITION

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via email and fax:

"The Department [Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection] was notified of this event on Friday, March 13, 2015. It is reportable within 24 hours as per 10 CFR 34.101(a)(2) and 30.50(b)(2).

"A 68 curie (Ci) iridium-192 (lr-192) source could not be retracted back into the exposure device. The guide tube had become disconnected when the lr-192 source was in the collimator.

"The guide tube was not properly connected to the front of the exposure device, therefore preventing the source to be fully retracted back into the device. This event was due to human error.

"The repair/retrieval was performed quickly by the assistant RSO who received a total of 5 mR during the entire process. A reactive inspection is planned by the [Pennsylvania DEP] regional office."

Event Report ID No: PA150005

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Agreement State Event Number: 50898
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: SOLAR TESTING OF PA
Region: 1
City: PITTSBURGH State: PA
County:
License #: PA-1377
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/16/2015
Notification Time: 15:10 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GLENN DENTEL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST NUCLEAR DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via email and fax:

"The Department [Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection] received a phone call on March 13, 2015 regarding a lost/missing nuclear density gauge. This event is reportable within 24-hours per 10 CFR 20.2201 (a)(1)(i).

"The gauge was last used on December 16, 2014 at a job site in New Brighton, PA and discovered missing during the next routine quarterly inventory. The case and lock were both intact inside a locked storage area. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else was missing. The employee, after being questioned, claims no knowledge of the whereabouts of the gauge.

"[Gauge] Model: Troxler 3411B
Serial #: 8254
Isotope: Cs-137 & Am-241
Activity: 9 mCi Cs-137 and 44 mCi Am-241

"The police have been notified. The Department will conduct an in depth reactive inspection. A press release will be issued requesting information from the public. More information will be provided upon receipt."

Event Report ID No: PA 150006

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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 50912
Facility: NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU CONVERSION & SCRAP RECOVERY
                   NAVAL REACTOR FUEL CYCLE
                   LEU SCRAP RECOVERY
Region: 2
City: ERWIN State: TN
County: UNICOI
License #: SNM-124
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07000143
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL TESTER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/20/2015
Notification Time: 16:49 [ET]
Event Date: 03/20/2015
Event Time: 12:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
Person (Organization):
BINOY DESAI (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

UNPLANNED MEDICAL TREATMENT

"A nuclear operator sustained a laceration to the right hand on a piece of metal flashing while working in a radiological controlled area onsite. The individual was transported to the onsite NFS medical facility for treatment. Radiological surveys of the individual taken at the onsite medical facility indicated no contamination. The individual was subsequently transported to an area hospital for further medical care. Follow-up radiological surveys performed in areas where the injury occurred, in the vehicle used for onsite transport, and in the onsite medical facility also indicated no contamination."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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