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Event Notification Report for October 8, 2015

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Event Reports For
10/07/2015 - 10/08/2015

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51431 51433 51434 51459

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Agreement State Event Number: 51431
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: LEHIGH NORTHEAST CEMENT COMPANY
Region: 1
City: GENS FALLS State: NY
County:
License #: C3003
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL J. SAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/29/2015
Notification Time: 14:42 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/29/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSC (CANADA) (FAX)

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

Event Text

NEW YORK AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST STRONTIUM-90 CALIBRATOR SOURCE

The following information was received from the state of New York via facsimile:

"A routine inspection by the NYS Department of Health resulted in a finding that a Thermo Fisher Scientific Model 885326 Ser. No. B7131 point level gauge calibrator source had not been used since 2011. Licensee efforts to locate the device following the inspection were not successful. The source was officially deemed missing July 30, 2015. The device contained a 2 microCurie Strontium 90 source. The licensee states that at some time between the original installation in 2001 and 2003, the board on which the Sr-90 source was installed, failed and was replaced by a new electronic test board that did not require a radioactive source. Thermo Fisher did the installation. Neither the facility nor Thermo Fisher have any documentation showing the disposition of the Sr-90 source."

NYS Event Report ID No.: NYDOH-15-09

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: 51433
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 4
City: ALBUQUERQUE State: NM
County:
License #: BM 233-94
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CARL SULLIVAN
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/29/2015
Notification Time: 16:49 [ET]
Event Date: 09/23/2015
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 09/29/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

NEW MEXICO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MEDICAL EVENT INVOLVING Y-90 SIRSPHERES

On 9/23/15, a patient underwent Y-90 SirSphere treatment on their liver. Post-treatment scans indicated the patient had SirSpheres present in their stomach and liver. The calculated dose to the patient's stomach was 54 Rem.

The state of New Mexico will be sending an inspector to investigate the cause of the event.

New Mexico Report No.: NM150004

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51434
Rep Org: U.S. ARMY
Licensee: U.S. ARMY
Region: 3
City: WARREN State: MI
County:
License #: 21-32838-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN MCGUIRE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/30/2015
Notification Time: 15:59 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
STEVE ORTH (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

MISSING TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The U.S. Army contracted with [common carrier] to pick up two Troxler moisture density gauges from their Life Cycle Management center in Warren, Michigan and deliver them to an Army National Guard (ANG) center in Methuen, Massachusetts. On 9/28/15, [common carrier] tracking indicated that only one of the gauges was delivered. The ANG center didn't receive the gauge until 9/29/15. The RSO at U.S. Army TACOM contacted [common carrier] about the status of the second gauge.

On 9/30/15, [common carrier] informed the RSO that the gauge was "misplaced" and an investigation and search was underway.

The missing gauge is a Troxler Model 3440+, serial number 68419, containing 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241.

The U.S. Army will update this report as appropriate.

* * * UPDATE FROM KAREN MCGUIRE TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1140 ON 10/01/15 * * *

The common carrier located and delivered the remaining gauge to the proper location.

Notified R1DO (Bower), R3DO (Orth), and NMSS Events Notifications 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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Power Reactor Event Number: 51459
Facility: GRAND GULF
Region: 4 State: MS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: DAVID BURRUS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 10/07/2015
Notification Time: 22:47 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2015
Event Time: 19:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)

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

SECONDARY CONTAINMENT RENDERED INOPERABLE

"At 1930 [CDT] on 10-7-2015, GGNS [Grand Gulf Nuclear Station] identified that on October 1, 2015, Secondary Containment was inoperable between 0324 and 0440 and therefore could have prevented fulfillment of its safety function. That event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(c), as any event or condition that, at the time of discovery, could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to control the release of radioactive material.

"During the Standby Gas Treatment drawdown surveillance performed October 1, 2015, Secondary Containment failed technical specification required average enclosure building pressure of less than or equal to -0.311 water gauge at 0324 [CDT] (LCO-1-TS-15-0360 entered).

"Secondary Containment has two boundaries that can be separately credited for meeting the Tech Spec requirements of TS 3.6.4.1.

"Two inner doors are required to be open during the surveillance in order to test the outer door. While open, those inner doors were attended by Security personnel provided with communications capability.

"Following completion of the surveillance, Secondary Containment was returned to operable status at 0440 on 10/1/15 by closing the inner doors and maintaining them closed.

"A subsequent Standby Gas Treatment drawdown surveillance test on October 6, 2015, was performed satisfactorily."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

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