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Event Notification Report for September 10, 2015

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

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51361 51362 51382

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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

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Agreement State Event Number: 51362
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: LETICA-MAUI CUP DIVISION
Region: 1
City: CLARKSVILLE State: TN
County:
License #: GL 910
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BETH SHELTON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/02/2015
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 05/06/2011
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/02/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHNATHAN LILLIENDAH (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE SHUTTER BROKEN AND TAPED SHUT

"On September 2, 2015, inspectors from the Nashville Field Office [Tennessee Division of Radiological Health] went to Letica-Maui Cup Division in Clarksville, Tennessee to inspect their generally licensed devices. It was discovered during the inspection that one of their gauges was broken. On May 6, 2011, the shutter on the NDC model 102X (serial number 12571) broke off. The shutter was taped back into the closed position at that time and the gauge was removed from the manufacturing line. No notification was made to the Division. The gauge contains an 80 mCi Americium 241 source."

Tennessee Event: TN-15-129

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 51382
Facility: AREVA NP INC RICHLAND
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION
                   FABRICATION & SCRAP
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County: PENTON
License #: SNM-1227
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001257
NRC Notified By: CALVIN MANNING
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 09/09/2015
Notification Time: 18:42 [ET]
Event Date: 09/09/2015
Event Time: 11:02 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(3) - MED TREAT INVOLVING CONTAM
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
MICHELE SAMPSON (NMSS)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2DO)

Event Text

POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED EMPLOYEE TRANSPORTED OFFSITE FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

"On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1102 PDT, while trouble shooting process equipment in the ceramic area, an instrument technician got his right thumb caught between two pieces of equipment and severed the nail and part of the end of his thumb. The individual received first aid in the health and safety technician (HST) office and was surveyed for radioactive contamination and was found clean (the injured gloved hand was bandaged and was not surveyed). The injured individual, accompanied by an HST and survey instruments, was transported to a medical facility for treatment.

"After the injured individual was unbandaged by medical personnel, the HST surveyed the injured individual and portions of the medical facility and confirmed that no radioactive contamination was on the injured individual's hand nor had any spread to the facility. The bandage and damaged glove was returned to the plant and laboratory instrumentation was used to confirm that it was also free from contamination.

"This report is being made under 10 CFR 70, Appendix A, Section C, 'concurrent reporting,' because the severed thumb requires a 24 hour report to Washington State Division of Occupational Safety & Health per Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-27-031. It is also conservatively being reported under 10 CFR 70.50 (b)(3), 'treatment of an individual with radioactive contamination,' because a small portion of the individual had not been surveyed and confirmed to not have any contamination prior to transporting the individual to a medical facility."

The Licensee will notify NRC Region 4 during business hours on 9/10/15.

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