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Event Notification Report for April 6, 2016

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04/05/2016 - 04/06/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51825 51848

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Agreement State Event Number: 51825
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL, INC.
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 12-8361
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSHUA E. DAEHLER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 03/28/2016
Notification Time: 15:58 [ET]
Event Date: 03/26/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/29/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
DAN COLLINS (NMSS)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)
MATTHEW HAHN (ILTA)
NADER MAMISH (OIP)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING SHIPMENT OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS

The following information was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"The licensee (QSA Global, Inc.) made telephone notification at 1156 EDT on March 28, 2016 to the Agency (Massachusetts Radiation Control Program) that the licensee was notified by the carrier (Lufthansa Cargo Airlines) on the same day at 1050 EDT that a shipment of one package for export containing 73.1712 TBq (1,977.6 curies) of iridium-192 shipped from QSA Global, Inc. (Burlington, Massachusetts) on March 23, 2016 to a QSA Division in Prague, Czech Republic was missing and that the licensee was working with carrier to find the package containing the missing materials. The licensee additionally reports that its QSA Division in Prague is closed for business today, March 28, 2016.

"After initial telephone notification made by the licensee to the Agency, the licensee forwarded to the Agency tracking information from the carrier indicating that the missing package was tracked by the carrier to have been shipped from New York's JFK Airport (airport station JFK) through Frankfort, Germany airport (airport station FRA) and had arrived at the Prague, Czech Republic airport (airport station PRG) on March 26, 2016. According to carrier tracking, the package was not recorded as actually being received from the flight arriving to PRG on March 26, 2016 and then declared missing by the carrier on same day. Additional information received by the licensee indicated that upon arrival to FRA, the pallet that licensee's shipment was built on was offloaded from the aircraft at FRA and taken to a break down area and the shipment was re-built on a different pallet for movement on the flight from FRA to PRG.

"The package is described as a Type B(U) package, RQ UN2916, containing 23 (twenty-three) total QSA Global, Inc. Model 87501 radiography sources, each source special form.

"The reporting requirement is immediate and is of 105 CMR 120.281(A)(1), missing licensed radioactive materials in aggregate quantity equal to or greater than 1,000 times quantity specified in 105 CMR 120.297, Appendix C.

"The Agency made notification to FBI.

"The Agency considers this event to be open."

Notified DHS (SWO) and Department of State Ops Center.

* * * UPDATE FROM CHARLES ELLARS WITH QSA GLOBAL TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 0715 EDT ON 3/29/16 * * *

"Notified by QSA Global, via email, at 0715 EDT 03/29/2016, of the following; Please be advised that QSA Global has been notified officially by Lufthansa that the shipment was located and is currently in Prague, Czech Rep. Arrangements are being made for final delivery.
Charles Ellars, RSO
QSA. Global, Inc."

Notified R1DO (Dwyer), NMSS (Collins and McIntosh), IRD (Gott), ILTAB (Hahn), OIP (Mamish), and DHS (SWO), Department of State OPS Center, and NMSS Events Notification via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM EDWARD SALOMON TO RICHARD SMITH AT 1027 EDT ON 3/29/2016 * * *

"The Agency (Massachusetts Radiation Control Program) received an update at 0715 EDT on Tuesday, 3/29/2016, from the licensee (QSA Global). The licensee stated that they were officially notified by Lufthansa Cargo Airlines that the Iridium-192 missing material (Shipment) had been located and is currently in Prague, Czech Republic with arrangements being made for final delivery.

"The Agency made this updated notification to the FBI. No further Agency action will be taken as a result of this event.

"The Agency considers this event CLOSED."

Notified R1DO (Dwyer), and NMSS Events Notification via email.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51848
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK DICKSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 04/05/2016
Notification Time: 12:54 [ET]
Event Date: 04/05/2016
Event Time: 09:50 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/05/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JONATHAN BARTLEY (R2DO)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
SCOTT MORRIS (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 95 Power Operation 95 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO EMPLOYEE FATALITY

"This is a non-emergency four hour notification for a Notification of Other Government Agency. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"At approximately 0908 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 5, 2016, an employee developed a personal medical condition in the Protected Area at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant. The Brunswick County Sherriff and local Emergency Medical Services were notified and they responded and attempted to resuscitate the unresponsive employee. These efforts were unsuccessful and the individual was declared deceased at approximately 0950 EDT on April 5, 2016. The fatality was not work related and the individual was inside of the Radiological Controlled Area and was not contaminated. No news release by Duke Energy is planned.

"Notifications to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are planned.

"The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."

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