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Event Notification Report for June 24, 2015

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Event Reports For
06/23/2015 - 06/24/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51155 51157 51160 51173 51174

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Agreement State Event Number: 51155
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: SPEEDIE & ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: PHOENIX State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 07-209
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: AUBREY GODWIN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 06/15/2015
Notification Time: 16:20 [ET]
Event Date: 06/12/2015
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 06/15/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DON ALLEN (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ROBERT BUNCH (ILTA)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"On June 12, 2015, a portable gauge was being stored in a locked box in the back of a truck which was locked in one of the user's garages. An ex-girlfriend, who had a copy of the truck keys, broke into the user's house and stole the truck with the gauge still in the back. The truck was reported stolen to the RSO on the morning of June 13, 2015. The RSO then made a police report and contacted the Agency's [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] duty officer. The RSO stated that someone spotted the truck in Mesa, Arizona on the night of June 13, 2015. The gauge is a Troxler Model 3400 series, Serial Number 5310, containing 7.4 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of Americium-241.

"The truck is a white, 2007 GMC Sierra crew cab with Arizona license plate number: 415ZGV.

"The investigation into this event is ongoing.

"The US NRC, Maricopa County sheriff's office, Arizona DPS [Department of Public Safety], California, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona governor's office are being notified of this event."

Arizona First Notice Number: 15-009

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: 51157
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: GERDAU AMERISTEEL
Region: 1
City: JACKSONVILLE State: FL
County:
License #: NONE
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RENO FABII
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/16/2015
Notification Time: 10:29 [ET]
Event Date: 06/05/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BRICE BICKETT (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE SOURCE FOUND IN SCRAP METAL

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Scrap alarm was received at Gerdau Ameristeel, Jacksonville. Scrap bales were from KAS Metals (1912 Elman St. Orlando). Radiation surveys conducted with a Radcomm read 500 mR/hr at the front of trailer and 300 mR/hr at 2 meters. Readings in the cab were 10 mR/hr. All reading and units were confirmed. Due to the reading exceeding DOT levels the load was not granted an exemption and was left in a secure area until Bureau [Florida Bureau of Radiation Control] personnel arrive. The driver left Orlando at 1030 EDT and arrived in Jacksonville at 1430 EDT. The driver [works for] for CPG Enterprises."

Florida event number: FL15-057

* * * UPDATE ON 6/16/15 AT 1208 EDT * * *

The following was received via e-mail:

"The source was found to be a broken Troxler handle assembly, [containing] 8 mCi of Cs-137, Dated April 1999, Serial# 50-5034, (ALT 60-5034) 1.5 R/hr [on contact] Issued Sample Tag # Z-011"

Notified R1DO (Bickett) and NMSS Events Notification (email).

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51160
Rep Org: US FDA Ctr for Toxicological Resear
Licensee: US FDA Ctr for Toxicological Resear
Region: 4
City:  State: AR
County: Jefferson
License #: 03-15093-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANNY FORBUSH
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 06/16/2015
Notification Time: 18:01 [ET]
Event Date: 06/16/2015
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
DON ALLEN (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

SEALED SOURCE FOUND IN SHIPMENT OF SCRAP MATERIAL

The licensee (US FDA) sent a shipment of scrap material which had been generated onsite, to a scrap recycling facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The scrap facility detected a device containing radioactive material in the shipment. The device was returned to the licensee who identified the device as an Alnor Dewpointer. The source was removed from the device and the exposure rate was measured as 4.2 mR/hr on contact. The source is being stored pending disposal. The isotope is unknown, but is suspected to be either Radium 226 or Americium 241. The licensee has contacted the State of Arkansas.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51173
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RYAN CHAMBERLIN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 06/23/2015
Notification Time: 10:26 [ET]
Event Date: 06/23/2015
Event Time: 03:42 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITY DUE TO PHONE SYSTEM FAILURES

"At 0342 [CDT], as a result of severe weather conditions in the area, Exelon Generation Company, LLC (EGC) identified that the Emergency Notification System (ENS), Health Physics Network (HPN) phone systems, and their associated back-up system, the commercial phone system, had failed at Dresden Nuclear Power Station (DNPS). A loss of the primary phone system concurrent with the loss of the associated back-up system is a reportable condition in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(xiii) - Major Loss of Emergency Preparedness Capabilities.

"As a result of the failed communication systems, DNPS contacted the NRC to notify them of the issue and provided an alternate phone number for the Shift Manager for use until the systems were restored.

"As of 0743 [CDT], ENS, HPN, and the commercial phone systems were restored and verified to be working properly."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51174
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: EVERETT PERKINS
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 06/23/2015
Notification Time: 16:57 [ET]
Event Date: 05/13/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1DO)

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

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VOLUNTARY REPORT - INFORMATION ONLY

"On May 13, 2015, with the unit shut down and the mode switch in Refuel, during the performance of plant procedure 3.M.2-12.4, 'Backfilling Reference Lines for Racks C2205, C2275, and C2251' a full reactor scram occurred. The scram occurred at Step [26](b) of Attachment #1 of the procedure. The plant had been shut down for refueling for a couple of weeks or more and was in 'cold' condition. This event was evaluated for potential reportability under both 10 CFR 50.72 and 50.73 and found to be not reportable as either a prompt report or LER. The following 'System Actuation' sections were most applicable.

"10CFR50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) Any event or condition that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical - Plant Response: Pilgrim was not critical at the time of the event.

"10CFR50.72(b)(3(iv)(A) Any event or condition that results in valid actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph (b)(3)(iv)(B) - Plant Response: Pilgrim was in the process of refilling reference legs as part of restoration from the refueling outage. This was not a valid RPS signal.

"10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) Any event or condition that resulted in manual or automatic actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph (a)(2)(iv)(B) of this section, except when: (2) The actuation was invalid and; (i) Occurred while the system was properly removed from service - Plant Response: This was an invalid actuation that occurred when the system was already properly removed from service. All requirements of plant procedures for removing equipment from service had been met. That included required clearance documentation, equipment and control board tagging and properly positioned valves and power supply breakers.

"Although this event is not reportable, we are making a courtesy notification to the NRC Operations Center."

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