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Event Notification Report for October 20, 2015

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


51461 51463 51465 51480

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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.

Event Text

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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Agreement State Event Number: 51465
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: KAW VALLEY ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: KANSAS CITY State: KS
County: JOHNSON
License #: Kansas Lic#22
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JASON BARNEY
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 10/12/2015
Notification Time: 10:55 [ET]
Event Date: 10/10/2015
Event Time: 08:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/12/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN ALEXANDER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from the state of Kansas via email:

"At 0843 [CDT] hours, on 10/10/15, a call was received by the State of Kansas Staff Duty Officer (SDO), to the SDO line regarding a radiological 'accident'. The caller, [the licensee technician], stated that he had an accident involving a density gauge, and that the radiation sources had been compromised from their cases (Cs-137 less than 9 mCi, Am/Be less than 44 mCi.) [The State] asked him if this involved radiation which had contaminated the highway, and he stated that it had not. [The licensee] further explained that he had isolated the source rods in a cooler. [The licensee technician] stated that he was wearing his nuclear badge, and had not detected a change in the level of radiation.

"In response to this, [the State] made a phone notification to the KDEM [Kansas Department of Environmental Management] Response and Recovery Branch Director, KDHE [Kansas Department of Health and Environment] Radiation Control staff, and Johnson County Emergency Management. [The State] then called [the licensee] back to confirm details regarding the accident. According to [the licensee], he started the equipment, and placed it on his truck to let it 'warm up'. [The licensee technician] stated he then forgot the machine, and drove away. When this happened, the machine fell from the truck, and was broken when it hit the ground. [The licensee technician] stated he had not called any first responders about the incident. [The licensee technician] stated he picked up the pieces, and isolated the sources in the cooler. [The licensee technician] stated he would wait for personnel to respond, if needed. [The State] informed [the licensee] that KDHE was requesting that he make notification to them as well. [The licensee technician] was given the contact information, and stated he would do so.

"Local Response: Johnson County Emergency Management indicated they were planning to coordinate a local response to the scene, to ensure no further action would be needed.

"At 1038 [CDT], the Kansas Radiation Program Director dispatched two KDHE Radiation Control staff, with instrumentation to the scene with an ETA of 1145. Company [licensee] RSO could not be reached . [The licensee technician's] supervisor arrived on scene. [The licensee technician] was advised by [Kansas Radiation Program Director] to fill the cooler with dirt and/or sand to aid in shielding.

"1148, [the licensee technician] reported that Johnson County HazMat surveys were not showing any radiation exposure rate readings above background. As soon as KDHE staff confirm the readings, [the licensee] will transport the device back to their business where it will be stored in a secure location. The licensee already in communication and coordination with Troxler to return the damaged gauge to them. KDHE staff arrived on site.

"1202, KDHE staff verified that radiation sources were secured. Swipes taken and analyzed by KDHE staff showed no contamination on container with surveys confirming Johnson County readings. [The licensee technician] was able to contact the [licensee] RSO. Instructions were provided and arrangements made for storing the device in a secure location at [licensee] headquarters. Licensee transported RAM to their headquarters with a follow up report forthcoming."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51480
Facility: FITZPATRICK
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BENJAMIN EGNEW
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/19/2015
Notification Time: 08:19 [ET]
Event Date: 08/23/2015
Event Time: 12:42 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/19/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.73(a)(1) - INVALID SPECIF SYSTEM ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (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

60-DAY OPTIONAL TELEPHONIC NOTIFICATION OF INVALID PRIMARY CONTAINMENT ISOLATION SIGNAL

"On 8/23/2015 at 1242 [EDT], with the reactor at 100% power, an invalid RPS MG [Reactor Protection System Motor-Generator] set 'A' trip resulting in a loss of RPS bus 'A'; this occurred during testing of the RPS instrument channels. All equipment operated as designed as a result of the loss of power to the 'A' RPS bus. The invalid trip was determined to be a result of the overvoltage relay being set too low.

"The above event meets the reporting criteria of 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) since the loss of RPS bus resulted in primary containment isolation signals affecting containment valves in more than one system. The following systems isolated as a result of the loss of 'A' RPS bus: Reactor Water Cleanup, Reactor Building ventilation, 'A' Containment Atmosphere Dilution, Torus Vent and Purge, Drywell Equipment and Floor Drain Sumps, 'A' Drywell Containment Atmospheric Monitors, Recirculation System Sample Line, Main Steam Line Drains and Residual Heat Removal drain valve to radwaste. 'A' Standby Gas Treatment System started as designed. This notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) to provide information pertaining to an invalid 'A' Reactor Protection System actuation.

"Completed actions were the replacement of overvoltage relay and voltage setpoint change, completed on 9/11/2015.

"In accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(i) a telephone notification is being made instead of submitting a written Licensee Event Report."

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