United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
Home > NRC Library > Document Collections > Reports Associated with Events > Event Notification Reports > 2015 > September 9

Event Notification Report for September 9, 2015

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
09/08/2015 - 09/09/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51331 51358 51359 51361 51379

To top of page
Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51331
Rep Org: INTERNATIONAL ISOTOPES
Licensee: INTERNATIONAL ISOTOPES
Region: 4
City: IDAHO FALLS State: ID
County:
License #: 11-27680-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE LAFLIN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/20/2015
Notification Time: 13:04 [ET]
Event Date: 08/20/2015
Event Time: 09:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2202(a)(1) - PERS OVEREXPOSURE/TEDE >= 25 REM
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
PETER HABIGHORST (NMSS)
PATRICIA MILLIGAN (EMAI)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (NMSS)

Event Text

PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

"At about 0900 MDT on Thursday August 20, 2015, [the CEO of International Isotopes] was informed by our area manager that one of our technicians had been exposed to a 'flash' of radiation while handling a Co-60 source drawer. They reported his electronic dosimeter was reading 5.62 Rem. [The CEO of International Isotopes] immediately went to the work area and verified the Co-60 source (approximately 4000 Curies of Co-60) was in a secure shielded position and interviewed the technicians involved. All of the other technicians in the area reported their pocket or electronic dosimeters were reading normally (e.g. doses in the range of 1 to 5 mRem). The initial investigation indicates there was only one technician performing the work and in the immediate vicinity of the cask and source drawer at the time of the exposure.

"The technicians were preparing to transfer the Co-60 source drawer into another shielded container (a therapy head). A special handling tool had been bolted to the end of the source drawer for positioning the source drawer within a therapy head. This special handling tool needed to be removed from the source drawer in order to transfer the source back into the therapy head. The technician attempted to move the source drawer just enough to expose the bolts on the special handling tool so it could be removed. The technician stated that the drawer was sticking and when he pulled harder on the drawer it slid out of the cask about 9 inches, bringing the source to within an estimated 2 inches of the cask external surface. The technician immediately pushed the source drawer back into the cask into a fully shielded position. The technician then noted that his electronic dosimeter was reading 5.62 [Rem] and he left the work area."

The electronic Dosimeter reading was at 26 inches from the source. The TLD was approximately 15 inches from the source and a dose calculation resulted in a whole body dose of 16.9 Rem. Dose calculations for the hand (extremity) is 237 to 950 Rem depending on various assumptions. The technician was not wearing any finger rings. His dosimetry is being sent off for emergency reading. The technician is being restricted from work on radioactive materials.

* * * UPDATE FROM STEVE LAFLIN TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1135 EDT ON 8/22/15 * * *

"The follow-up investigation continues at INIS. We have completed several simulated walk-throughs of the event and compared to personnel statements and descriptions of the event.

"We have been able to retrieve security camera footage of the event as well from two different angles. The security video footage reveals that the technician did, in fact, momentarily completely remove the source drawer containing the cobalt source from the shield. This video is being used to carefully model estimated exposures to both the individuals extremity and whole body.

"Dosimetry results were obtained from Landauer and indicated whole body readings of 201.875 Rem. Blood sampling from the individual does not support this high of an exposure and a review of the security video indicates the individuals TLD (on a lanyard around his neck) swung out away from his body, very near the source drawer, and was not in a position to accurately represent whole body exposure. Additional modeling using the security camera footage and additional data obtained from the electronic dosimeter will be used to estimate a more accurate whole body dose to the individual.

"The exposed individual has been providing blood samples at the local hospital per the sampling protocol prescribed by the DOE Radiation Emergency Assistance and Training Center. All blood samples are normal with no indication of radiation exposure. This sampling will continue through today (August 22) until a 48 hour period of testing from the event has been completed.

"Closer modeling to more accurately determine the individuals extremity dose are still in progress. This modeling is using both security camera footage as well as video footage from the mock-up of the event. While this modeling is not complete it appears that extremity dose may be closer to 50 Rem or less rather than the 250 - 950 Rem initially estimated.

"Daily photographs are being taken of the individuals hands and lower extremities to monitor for the development of any edema or signs of radiation damage to tissues. At this time there are no indications of radiation effects to any extremity.

"Additional data was extracted from the electronic dosimeter worn by the individual. This dosimeter was the device that initially read 5.62 Rem after the event. Analysis of the dosimeter data indicates it was exposed to a peak dose rate of about 3,739 R/hr. This is significantly less than the 10,166 R/hr initially estimated to have caused the 5.62 Rem ED reading at an estimated 2 seconds of exposure time. Using dose and dose rate information from this ED it appears the actual exposure time was about 5.4 seconds and this correlates with the security camera video time stamp.

"Additional information will be reported as it becomes available."

Notified R4DO (Hay), NMSS EO (Habighorst), and NMSS (McIntosh), NSIR (Milligan), and NMSS_Events_Notification via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM STEVE LAFLIN TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 2129 EDT ON 8/22/15 * * *

The following update was received from International Isotopes via email:

"Blood testing for the technician involved in the exposure event has been completed and all results are normal. Complete documentation is to be provided to the company by the medical provider on Monday and an additional follow-up discussion will be held directly between the company and the physicians at REAC/TS [National Nuclear Security Administration - Radiation Emergency Assistance / Training Site] on Monday, 8/24 to see what additional, if any, testing is recommended."

Notified R4DO (Hay), NMSS EO (Habighorst), and NMSS (McIntosh), NSIR (Milligan), and NMSS_Events_Notification via email.

* * * UPDATE AT 1309 EDT ON 8/23/15 FROM STEVE LAFLIN TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Dose modeling of the technician's extremity (left hand) and whole body exposures have been completed. These models estimate 49.1 Rem to the left hand. The whole body dose has been calculated to be 7.245 Rem. Both models were completed using micro shield and based upon a 3664 curie source in a 5.5 second exposure period. The whole body model assumed 3 worker positions and all times and distances are based upon our observations of the security video and supplemented by the mock-up of the event. Additional modeling will be performed of the lower extremities to confirm whether the left hand was likely to have been the most exposed extremity. The whole body model will also be validated by repeating the calculations and assumptions used against the known position of the electronic dosimeter and comparing calculated results of this modeling to the 5.62 Rem indicated on that dosimeter after the event. Over the coming weeks the company plans to acquire an expert in this type of dose reconstruction and have them independently verify the company's models and exposure calculations.

"The completed report of all lab work on the exposed technician is expected to be obtained on Monday, August 23. The company also plans to contact DOE's REAC/TS on Monday and confer with them on all blood test results and discuss whether any additional precautionary sampling or testing is advised.

"Visual examination of the exposed technicians hands and lower extremities will continue to be performed daily at least through August 28 unless REAC/TS recommends a longer monitoring period. At this time there are still no indications of radiation effects to any extremity of the exposed technician."

Notified the R4DO (Hay), NMSS EO (Habighorst), IAEA Contact (Milligan & McIntosh via e-mail), and NMSS Events Resource (via e-mail).


* * * UPDATE AT 1220 EDT ON 08/24/15 FROM STEVE LAFLIN TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

"REAC/TS has been contacted to discuss and review the results of laboratory work of the exposed technician. [The] Associate Director, Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site confirms that all blood work appears normal. [The Associate Director REACTS/TS] recommended that we continue CBC once daily through Friday this week and continue to forward them the results. She also agreed with our plan for continued daily examination of extremities through 8-28 but recommended further that we continue this examination every other day for up to 3 weeks post event (Sept. 10).

"The company has contracted with [the] Associate Dean for Idaho State University, to perform an independent dose assessment of the event. This work is expected to begin this week with a goal of including this report with the formal 30 day report on this event."

Notified the R4DO (Campbell), NMSS EO (Habighorst), IAEA Contact (Milligan & McIntosh via e-mail) and NMSS Events Resource (via email).

* * * UPDATE AT 1353 EDT ON 9/8/2015 FROM STEVE LAFLIN TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following report was received via e-mail:

International Isotopes received the cytogenetic biodosimetry analysis for this event. "The results are dated September 2, 2015 but were just made available through the ordering physician and the individual to the Company today. The result of 0.504 Gy (50.4 Rad) is much higher than our previous whole body dose estimates but does not change the Company's current course of action and corrective actions. REAC/TS was contacted to discuss the results and does not recommend any re-testing to validate the results. REAC/TS still confirms they do not consider this a 'clinically significant dose.'"

Notified the R4DO (Drake), IAEA (Milligan and McIntosh), NMSS EO (Silva), and NMSS Events Resource via e-mail.

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 51358
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: JARDEN ZINC PRODUCTS
Region: 1
City: GREENVILLE State: TN
County:
License #: R-30012-L23
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUBEN CROSSLIN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/31/2015
Notification Time: 13:20 [ET]
Event Date: 08/19/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/31/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHNATHAN LILLIENDAH (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED NUCLEAR GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK CLOSED

The following was received via e-mail:

"The Tennessee Division of Radiological Health was notified on August 19, 2015 of an inoperable fixed nuclear gauge at the Jarden Zinc facility in Greeneville, TN. The gauge shutter was stuck in the closed position due to a defective solenoid in the gauge. The gauge was a LFE Model SS3A containing a 1 curie Americium 241 source."

Tennessee Event: TN-15-126

To top of page
!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Agreement State Event Number: 51359
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ENERGY FUELS RESOURCES, INC.
Region: 4
City: BLANDING State: UT
County:
License #: UT 1900479
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RYAN JOHNSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/31/2015
Notification Time: 16:40 [ET]
Event Date: 08/21/2015
Event Time: 15:50 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 09/03/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WARNICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOW LEVEL ALPHA RADIATION ON A SHIPPING CONTAINER

The following information was received via e-mail:

"On 8/21/2015 at 1550 [MDT] an incident involving radioactive material was reported to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's 24 hr. hotline. The caller reported low level alpha radiation activity on an empty shipping container and roll-off box that exceeds DOT standards. The container arrived at their facility the morning of 8/21/2015 from a Utah (NRC Agreement State) regulated facility near Blanding. It was the belief of the caller that it is very unlikely there was any dosage to humans or the environment.

"The container was shipped from Blanding, Utah to Douglas, Wyoming through Grand Junction. The caller has notified the NRC [National Response Center], Incident #1126333. They have also contacted Colorado and Wyoming DOT."

Utah Event: UT15-0003

* * * UPDATE AT 1825 EDT ON 9/1/2015 FROM RYAN JOHNSON TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The source of the alpha radiation was natural uranium. The container was decontaminated.

A radiation survey of the container was conducted before decontamination with the following results:
Direct alpha readings of 2437, 7616, and 6092 dpm per 100 square cm
Removable alpha readings of 191, 200, and 786 dpm per 100 square cm. These results are below the DOT 49CFR173.443(a) reporting requirements

Notified the R4DO (Warnick) and NMSS Events Resource (via e-mail).

* * * RETRACTION PROVIDED BY RYAN JOHNSON TO JEFF ROTTON VIA EMAIL AT 1514 EDT ON 09/03/2015 * * *

The following information was received from the State of Utah via email:

"After further investigation into this incident, the DWMRC [Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control] has concluded that the reported incident was in error and that DOT standards were not exceeded. The DOT alpha contamination limits found in 49 CFR 173.443(a) are for removable (non-fixed) contamination. The incident was reported on an incoming survey results for direct alpha measurements and not on removable alpha measurements. The removable alpha measurements from the same incoming survey were below the DOT alpha contamination limits. Therefore, the State of Utah is requesting to retract this incident (EN#51359)."

Notified R4DO (Warnick) and NMSS Events Notification group via email.


THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "NOT RECORDED" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 51361
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: MITSUBISHI RAYON CARBON FIBER AND COMPOSITES
Region: 4
City: ANAHEIM State: CA
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DOANALD OESTERLE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/01/2015
Notification Time: 13:16 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2015
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/01/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WARNICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE SOURCE SENT TO A WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY AND RETURNED

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On August 18, 2015, Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber and Composites (Mitsubishi) contacted the California Office of Emergency Services to report a missing source. The source, a Honeywell Measurex (now Vega Americas Corporation) BAL-55 source holder , S/N K0-003 with a Generally Licensed Kr-85 source (300 milliCuries as of 10/20/97). The source was determined to be missing on August 11, 2015. Upon learning that the machinery that the source holder was attached was sent to SA Recycling, Anaheim, [Mitsubishi] went to the facility and was informed that the unit had already been shredded and that there was no source found. [Mitsubishi] then contacted the manufacturer, who also provides services for their fixed gauges. When [Mitsubishi] finally was in contact with a service technician for Vega Americas, they were informed that the missing source was to be reported to RHB [California Radiologic Health Branch]. When [Mitsubishi] could not get in touch with RHB personnel after contacting the RHB Brea and Los Angeles County Radiation Management offices, he contacted the Office of Emergency Management.

"After the OES [Office of Emergency Services] report was forwarded to the ICE RAM [Inspection, Compliance, and Enforcement Radioactive Materials] South office, [Mitsubishi] was contacted by an RHB Inspector and informed that the source had been found by SA Recycling safety personnel and was currently being stored at their secure radioactive material storage area. [Mitsubishi] was informed that a written report was required to be submitted to RHB within 30 days.

"On August 19, 2015, an RHB Inspector arrived at SA Recycling to determine integrity of the device to ensure that the source was not damaged. Using a Ludlum 19, the dose rate was greater than 5 mR/hr on contact, 5 mR/hr at one inch, and 0.8 mR/hr at one foot (background was 7 microR/hr), which was consistent with the dose rate found by SA Recycling personnel (greater than 5 mR/hr on contact, 5mR/hr at 3.5 inches, 1.5 mR/hr at one foot and 0.21 mR/hr at three foot with a background of 9 microR/hr. The meter was a Ludlum 3 with a sodium iodide probe). Since the source is a noble gas, a significant amount would likely have released to the atmosphere within a weeks time if the source had been damaged. The consistent dose rate indicated that the source was most likely intact and not leaking. Since the source was most likely to be intact, the [RHB] inspector took possession of the source and returned it to Mitsubishi for storage in an isolated and secure area until disposal can be arranged with the manufacturer. Mitsubishi had been in the process of securing proper disposal when the source was improperly disposed as scrap metal. Upon arriving at the Mitsubishi facility, the [RHB] inspector was informed that the funds for the fees associated with the disposal were approved on August 19, 2015 and the disposal will be scheduled after the proper shipping package arrives at the Mitsubishi facility."

California Event: 081815

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 51379
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RANDY SAND
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/08/2015
Notification Time: 18:15 [ET]
Event Date: 09/08/2015
Event Time: 13:26 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/08/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
PATTY PELKE (R3DO)

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

POSITIVE RANDOM FITNESS-FOR-DUTY TEST RESULT

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the site has been terminated.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015