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Event Notification Report for September 28, 2015

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Event Reports For
09/25/2015 - 09/28/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51404 51407 51408 51413 51425

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51404
Rep Org: JANX
Licensee: JANX
Region: 3
City: PARMA State: MI
County:
License #: 21-16560-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM REEVE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/17/2015
Notification Time: 11:36 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2015
Event Time: 12:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE DISCONNECT

While the licensee was performing radiography work in Twilight, West Virginia, a radiography camera (SPEC-150; Ir-192; 72 Ci; S/N: WH0603) source became disconnected and did not return to the shielded position. The West Virginia site called the corporate RSO at 0200 on 9/17/2015, who then called a qualified Pennsylvania RSO in order to supervise source retraction. The qualified RSO verified boundaries at the 2mR level. The source was retrieved and placed in the shielded position. The camera was secured and is out of service. There was no indication of excessive dose.

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Agreement State Event Number: 51407
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICE INC.
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 00087
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARTHUR TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/18/2015
Notification Time: 11:59 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2015
Event Time: 12:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE DISCONNECT

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

"On September 18, 2015, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was informed by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that a radiography crew had experienced a source disconnect at a temporary field site [Galveston, Texas]. The RSO stated the crew was working inside a vessel using a QSA 880D exposure device containing a 52.9 curie Iridium-192 source. The device fell from a distance of 30 feet and hit the floor of the vessel. The source was in the fully shielded position when the device fell. The radiographers noted the guide tube had a small kink in it and replaced the guide tube. The radiographers tested the source by cranking the source out, but when they attempted to retract the source, the drive cable did not stop at the rear outlet of the camera. The radiographers contacted their supervisor and performed a dose rate survey at their barrier. The dose rate was 1 millirem per hour. An individual qualified in source recovery was able to remove the source from the guide tube and place it in a source changer for storage. The RSO stated their inspection of the source drive cable found the connecter on the drive cable had separated from the drive cable. The RSO stated all equipment involved in the event will be returned to the manufacturer for inspection. No individual received an over exposure as a result of this event. No member of the general public received an exposure due to this event. The licensee is conducting an investigation into the event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident: I-9339

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51408
Rep Org: KNAUFF INSULATION
Licensee: KNAUFF INSULATION
Region: 3
City: SHELBYVILLE State: IN
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRISTOPHER MAHIN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/18/2015
Notification Time: 15:34 [ET]
Event Date: 09/01/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ROBERT BUNCH (email) (ILTA)

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

Event Text

LOST GAS CHROMATOGRAPH SOURCE

When requested by the NRC, the licensee was unable to locate a 15 mCi Ni-63 source. The source was used in a Perkin-Elmer gas chromatograph electron capture detector. The licensee noted that the device may have been decommissioned, but a fire at their facility effectively destroyed all records that could be used to located the source.

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: 51413
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: JV INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES, LTD
Region: 4
City: LAPORTE State: TX
County:
License #: 05785
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/20/2015
Notification Time: 15:21 [ET]
Event Date: 09/19/2015
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/20/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE TO THE SHIELDED POSITION

The following information was obtained from the state of Texas via email:

"On September 19, 2015, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee that one of its radiography crews was unable to return a 63 curie Iridium-192 source to the fully shielded position in an IR-100 exposure device. The licensee stated the radiographer had made several attempts using the crank-outs to return the source to the shielded position, but surveys indicated the source was not fully shielded in the camera. The radiographer isolated the area and contacted the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO). The RSO contacted a service contractor who is qualified to recover sources who then responded to the location. The retrieval team arrived at the location at 2030 hours [CDT]. The service provider moved the camera to the ground and then straightened source tube. The service provider stated it was apparent that the source would move, but was unable to return the source completely into the camera. The service provider then realized that the key on the camera was locked and that the source indicator was up in the locked position instead of down as it should be when the source is out. The radiographer informed the service provider that the indicator had popped up and that he had removed the key and realized the source was in the exposed position so [he] put the key back in the lock and attempted to crank the source back in. The service provider made several attempts to return the source into the exposure device, but was not able. The service provider had a new set of crank-outs and an empty exposure device delivered to the location. The service provider cranked the source into the [collimator] and placed additional shielding over the source. The guide tube was removed from the original device and the source were disconnected from the drive cable. The drive cable from a different crank-out device was inserted through the new exposure device then connected to the source. The source was then retracted to the fully shielded position in the new device.

"The dosimetry of all involved was reviewed periodically during the event. The radiographer trainer's self-reading dosimeter was noted off scale when the service provider arrived at the scene. He was removed from the work area. The service provider believes his exposure was approximately 300 millirem for that day. No other individual received an exposure that exceeded any limit.

"The dosimetry for the two radiographers involved in the event will be sent to the processor for reading on September 21, 2015. No member of the general public received exposure from this event. All equipment used in at the site when the failure occurred will be sent to the manufacture for inspection. The cause for the inability to retract the source into the initial exposure device is not currently known. The licensee will investigate the event and provide its findings to this Agency. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9340

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 51425
Facility: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 to UO2)
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: COLUMBIA State: SC
County: RICHLAND
License #: SNM-1107
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001151
NRC Notified By: NANCY PARR
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 09/25/2015
Notification Time: 12:09 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2015
Event Time: 04:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/25/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
SHANE SANDAL (R2DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (NMSS)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO EMPLOYEES INJURED BY NON-RADIOACTIVE HIGH TEMPERATURE WATER AND STEAM

"On September 25, 2015 at roughly 0430 EDT, four employees were in the work area when high temperature water and steam released from a wash operation in the Final Assembly Area. The cause of the water/steam release is unknown at this time, and a comprehensive investigation is underway. The area is in a safe, shutdown state, and is roped off to preserve the scene. The event did not involve any special nuclear material or contamination and is classified as an industrial safety incident.

"Three of the four employees were affected by the high temperature water/steam and were transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

"This concurrent report is being made under Paragraph c of 10 CFR 70, Appendix A because in-patient hospitalization requires a 24 hour report to the South Carolina Department of Labor."

The licensee will notify NRC Region 2.

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