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Event Notification Report for July 10, 2015

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Event Reports For
07/09/2015 - 07/10/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51137 51196 51197 51215 51219

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 51137
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: RONNIE WALTERS
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 06/08/2015
Notification Time: 00:45 [ET]
Event Date: 06/07/2015
Event Time: 22:59 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/09/2015
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
JACK WHITTEN (R4DO)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
BILL DEAN (NRR)
KRISS KENNEDY (R4DR)
ALLEN HOWE (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 92 Power Operation 92 Power Operation

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT - FIRE IN PROTECTED AREA LASTING GREATER THAN 15 MINUTES

At 2359 EDT on June 7, 2015, the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station declared a Notice of Unusual Event in accordance with Emergency Action Level HU4 for a fire in the protected area lasting greater than 15 minutes. The fire started in the wiring of a terminal box for Electro Hydraulic Pump C, the running pump located in the turbine building. The running pump was then deenergized by operators and the standby pump started. The site fire brigade responded and extinguished the fire. The emergency was terminated at 0030 on June 8, 2015.

The licensee notified state and local agencies and will inform the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, NICC Watch Officer, and FEMA NWC and Nuclear SSA via email.

* * * RETRACTION AT 1645 ON 7/9/2015 FROM KEITH HUFF TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"The notification of an Unusual Event is being retracted because the event did not meet the definition of 'fire' in NEI 99-01 Revision 5, 'Methodology of the Development of Emergency Action Levels'. The document was endorsed by the NRC on February 22, 2008 (see ADAMS ascension # ML080450149) and is part of the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station's current licensing basis. Per the guidance, a 'fire' is defined as: 'Combustion characterized by heat and light. Sources of smoke such as slipping drive belts or overheated electrical equipment do not constitute as 'fires'. Observation of flame is preferred but is NOT required if large quantities of smoke and heat are observed.'

"According to eyewitness reports from personnel, flames were not observed at any time and evidence of large quantities of heat and smoke were not observed. Additionally, the definition of 'fire' specifically excludes overheated electrical equipment. This information leads to the conclusion that the event did not meet the definition of a 'fire' per NEI 99-01 Revision 5. Therefore, the event is not an immediately reportable Unusual Event under 10 CFR 50.72(a)(1)(i)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify the state and local governments.

Notified the R4DO (Haire) and NRR EO (Morris via e-mail).

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Agreement State Event Number: 51196
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: GRAND JUNCTION State: CO
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNIFER OPILA
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/01/2015
Notification Time: 16:43 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2015
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

COLORADO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIUM-226 DISCOVERED AT SCRAP YARD

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

"The Colorado Radiation Program [CRP] is investigating an incident at 711 S. 6th Ave. in Grand Junction, CO. A number of weeks ago, we [CRP] were asked to investigate a crushed car that was rejected at a scrap yard because it set off the radiation detector. Yesterday, [CRP] found in the car, a metal plate approximately 1.5 ft. long, 5 inches wide and less than a half an inch thick that contains Radium-226. The readings on contact with this piece of metal are higher than what our instrument could read which means it's an unknown amount, over 200 mr/hr. Last night, the item was placed in a locked room in a warehouse on the property with no one around it and [CRP] instructed the property owner to not let anyone near it.

"Today, the Colorado Civil Support Team is responding to the site to verify the isotope and try to determine the dose rate and activity. Additionally, they will help secure the source on site."

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Agreement State Event Number: 51197
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: NORTHWEST HOSPITAL, L.L.C.
Region: 4
City: TUCSON State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 10-097
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRIAN GORETZKI
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 07/01/2015
Notification Time: 17:05 [ET]
Event Date: 06/24/2015
Event Time: 08:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 07/02/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO POTENTIALLY LOST IODINE-125 SEEDS

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

"At approximately 0800 [MST] on July 1, 2015, the licensee reported that two (2) 0.256 millicurie Iodine-125 seeds were potentially lost on June 24, 2015. The licensee stated that while implanting 84 I-125 seeds into a patient in the operating room, the doctor realized that one of the syringes, which was supposed to have two (2) I-125 seeds in it, was empty. The licensee surveyed the entire operating room and hot lab but did not locate the seeds. The manufacturer was also contacted in an attempt to see if the syringe was shipped to the licensee without the seeds in it.

"The Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] is investigating the event.

"The Governor's Office is being notified of this event."

Arizona First Notice: 15-012

* * * UPDATE ON 7/2/15 AT 1741 EDT FROM BRIAN GORETZKI TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

The following update was provided by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency via email:

"On July 2, 2015, the two lost seeds were discovered to be actually implanted into the patient. After a review of the new CT scan, the licensee was able to identify that all 84 seeds were in the patient."

Notified the R4DO (Okeefe) 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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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 51215
Facility: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION
Comments: UF6 CONVERSION (DRY PROCESS)
Region: 2
City: METROPOLIS State: IL
County: MASSAC
License #: SUB-526
Agreement: Y
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: SEAN PATTERSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/09/2015
Notification Time: 10:29 [ET]
Event Date: 07/08/2015
Event Time: 09:48 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/09/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
40.60(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)
MARK LOMBARD (NMSS)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

CONTAMINATED EMPLOYEE WITH MEDICAL CONDITION TRANSPORTED OFFSITE

"On July 08, 2015 a Honeywell employee experienced a non-work related medical condition that required off site medical support. The incident occurred at approximately 0948 [CDT] in the Feed Materials Building Control Room at the Metropolis facility. Due to the nature of the employee's condition, the individual was transported to a local medical facility. Honeywell Health Physics staff accompanied the injured employee and provided guidance to Emergency Room personnel and controlled the facilities prior to decontamination. A whole body survey of the employee and plant clothing was performed; the maximum amount of contamination present was on the employee's work boots, 86,000 dpm/100 sq. cm [employees work coveralls also contaminated]. All contaminated clothing was removed from the employee and an additional whole body survey was performed; no contamination above background levels was detected. Following medical evaluation, hospital facilities were decontaminated and found to be free of contamination prior to release for unrestricted use. All contaminated materials from the hospital and injured employee were returned to the Metropolis facility."

The licensee notified NRC Region 2 (Hartland) and the Metropolis Emergency Coordinator.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51219
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MATT FRECK
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/09/2015
Notification Time: 18:05 [ET]
Event Date: 07/09/2015
Event Time: 17:32 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/09/2015
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)
SCOTT MORRIS (NRR)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
VICTOR McCREE (R2RA)
BILL DEAN (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

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT - FIRE IN CONTAINMENT

The Vogtle Unit-1 control room received a fire alarm from inside the containment building. Per plant requirements, verification of the fire was not obtained within 15 minutes and an Unusual Event was declared. Plant personnel were able to enter containment and verify that there was no fire present. The reactor remained at 100% power throughout the event.

Unusual Event entered: 1732 EDT

Unusual Event exited: 1848 EDT

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, State, and local governments.

Notified DHS, FEMA, and NICC. NuclearSSA (email) and FEMA NWC (email).

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