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Event Notification Report for October 19, 2015

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


51461 51463 51478 51479

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51461
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY ABERDEEN
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Region: 1
City: ABERDEEN State: MD
County:
License #: 19-31127-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BARRY SCOTT DAVIDSON
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 10/09/2015
Notification Time: 09:32 [ET]
Event Date: 10/08/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/09/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
BRICE BICKETT (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (EMAI)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)
ANN MARIE STONE (R3DO)
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)

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

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SOURCE LOST DURING SHIPPING

A 1.2 mCi Californium-252 sealed source was shipped from Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD to Fort Irwin, CA via common carrier. The source did not arrive as expected and the common carrier has initiated a trace.

Licensee will notify NRC Region 1.

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: 51463
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: TOLUNAY-WONG ENGINEERS INCORPORATED
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: 04848
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/09/2015
Notification Time: 18:20 [ET]
Event Date: 10/09/2015
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/09/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE SHUTTER

The following information was received via email:

"On October 9, 2015, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiation Branch] was notified by the licensee that during an Agency inspection at their Corpus Christi site it was discovered that the shutter on a Troxler model 3430 moisture/density gauge was stuck open. The gauge was in its transport case and the 8 milliCurie cesium-137 source was fully retracted into the gauge. The licensee stated they inspected the shutter and found debris around it. The licensee cleaned the area of the shutter and the shutter closed properly. The licensee stated the gauge had been used the day before by a technician working in a field near ponds. The licensee does not believe any significant exposure was received by the operator or any member of the general public. The gauge has been removed from service until further inspections can be completed. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9345

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51478
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JAMES SCHWER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 10/16/2015
Notification Time: 15:41 [ET]
Event Date: 10/16/2015
Event Time: 12:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

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OFFSITE NOTIFICATION MADE FOR HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL SPILL

"At 1115 EDT there was a non-oil chemical spill at the main intake structure during delivery of corrosion inhibitor. The spill occurred due to a failed tank-fill connection. Approximately 10 gallons of the inhibitor reached the Ohio River. The spill has been stopped and contained, and recovery is in progress. This is not a CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act), Reportable Quantity for the Environmental Protection Agency. However, at 1245 EDT, it was determined to be reportable to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), in accordance with the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and NPDS (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination), permit; thus, a notification was made, to the PADEP, at 1250 hours EDT .

"This condition is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(xi).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51479
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: SHAWN SNOOK
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 10/17/2015
Notification Time: 19:30 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2015
Event Time: 16:13 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATIONS MADE FOR HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL LEAK

"At 1230 EDT, it was discovered that sodium hypochlorite had leaked into the ground soil at the bottom of a leak sensing pit, which is located near the BVPS-1 Cooling Tower Pump House, at the Beaver Valley Power Station Unit Number 1 (BVPS-1). The source of the sodium hypochlorite, is suspected to be from a piping leak, and has been terminated. The cause of the leak has not yet been conclusively determined, and there is no evidence that the sodium hypochlorite reached the surface water of the Ohio River.

"At 1613 EDT on October 17, 2015, it was determined that there was CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation & Liability Act) reportable leak of a minimum 294 gallons of sodium hypochlorite to ground soil, and the following offsite notifications were made starting at 1625 EDT:

"National Response Center (Incident Report #1131084); Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Environmental Protection; Beaver County Emergency Management; PA Emergency Management Agency.

"This condition is being reported pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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