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Event Notification Report for April 25, 2016

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04/22/2016 - 04/25/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51849 51865 51866 51867 51877 51878

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Agreement State Event Number: 51849
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Region: 4
City: SEATTLE State: WA
County:
License #: WN-C001-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANINE GRUMBLES
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 04/06/2016
Notification Time: 14:24 [ET]
Event Date: 03/31/2016
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/23/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSC (CANADA) (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - PACKAGE CONTAINING 40 MILLICURIES OF NI-63 REPORTED MISSING

The following report was received from the Washington Department of Health via email:

"[The] RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] of UW [University of Washington] reported on 4/6/2016, that a package containing four 10 mCi electron capture devices (ECDs), a total activity of 40 mCi, went missing on 3/31/2016, while being transported from Sydney airport to Tasmania, Australia on a Quantas flight. Quantas has put a trace out for the missing package. The ECDs were being sent to the Marine National Facility, CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization] Marine Laboratories. The ECDs were to be used in gas chromatographs (GC) on board a marine vessel by a University of Washington researcher for obtaining research results. The GCs were shipped separately and these are not missing. The Radiation Safety Office did obtain an import permit from Australia for the ECD shipment, and can provide that documentation if needed.

"Device Manufacturer:
Shimazdu Scientific Instruments Mini-2 GC
Serial Number: 500401
Activity: 0.010 Ci
Radionuclide: Ni-63

"Device Manufacturer:
Shimazdu Scientific Instruments GC-8A
Model Number: ECD-8A
Serial Number: SS1932
Activity 0.010 Ci
Radionuclide: Ni-63

"Device Manufacturer:
Shimazdu Scientific Instruments GC-8A
Model Number: ECD-8A
Serial Number: SS1953
Activity: 0.010 Ci
Radionuclide: Ni-63

"Device Manufacturer:
Shimazdu Scientific Instruments GC-8A
Model Number: ECD-8A
Serial Number: SS2047
Activity: 0.010 Ci
Radionuclide: Ni-63"

Package was shipped from University of Washington to Australia on 3/23/16.

Washington Incident # WA-16-010

* * * UPDATE AT 1840 EDT ON 04/22/16 FROM JAMES KILLINGBECK TO JOHN SHOEMAKER * * *

The following update was received from the State of Washington via email:

"On 4/6/2016, the University of Washington (UW) reported the loss of a package containing four electron capture detectors (ECDs). Each ECD contained a 370 MBq (10 mCi) Ni-63 source. The package was being sent from UW to the Marine National Facility, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Marine Laboratories. The shipment was initiated on 3/23/2016. The package was delivered to the Sydney, Australia, airport on 3/24/016 and was checked in by the airline on 3/24/2016 and 3/26/2016.

"The airline booked the package on a flight on 3/28/2016. The package became missing on the flight from Sydney to Tasmania, Australia, on 3/31/2016. The airline put a trace on the package. The ECDs were to be used in gas chromatographs (GCs) onboard a marine vessel by a UW researcher. The GCs had been shipped separately and are not missing.

"The package containing the four electron capture detectors was found on 20 April 2016, and will be shipped to its intended destination.

"Apparently, the package was misplaced in Sydney, Australia or while in transit in Melbourne, Australia, and it ended up at a freight forwarding company at the Melbourne, Australia airport. The package is being retrieved from the freight forwarding company, will be cleared by customs, and will be shipped to its intended destination in Hobart, Australia."

Washington NMED Item Number 160160.

Notified R4DO (Gepford) and NMSS Events Notification 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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Agreement State Event Number: 51865
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: MARCO INSPECTION SERVICES
Region: 4
City: KILGORE State: TX
County:
License #: L06072
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By:
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 04/14/2016
Notification Time: 08:50 [ET]
Event Date: 04/13/2016
Event Time: 13:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA FELL OFF TRUCK AND LATER RECOVERED

"On April 13, 2016, the licensee reported to the Agency [Texas Department of State Health] that a radiography crew had failed to secure a QSA 880 Delta industrial radiography camera (SN: D9092), which contained a 98.7 Curie Iridium-192 source (SN: 30367G), inside their truck before leaving their facility to go to a temporary job site. The crew left the facility with the camera on the tailgate of their truck. A member of the public saw the camera in the street at an intersection approximately 100 yards from the facility. He knew what the camera was and that the licensee had a facility there. He moved the camera out of the street and into the ditch and called the licensee. The licensee responded immediately. The licensee inspected the camera and found no damage. They surveyed and confirmed the source was still in the fully shielded position. The licensee's radiation safety officer reported initial estimate is that the camera was out of their possession approximately 5 minutes and no one received any exposure above regulatory limits. The licensee will complete its investigation of the incident and will confirm or correct this initial information. Since the licensee has not yet submitted a dose assessment for the member of the public, we are making this report. More information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident: #I 9388

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Agreement State Event Number: 51866
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: SUNLAND State: CA
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS GEZA MIKO
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 04/15/2016
Notification Time: 15:00 [ET]
Event Date: 04/11/2016
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/15/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RA-226 SOURCE FOUND IN GARBAGE TRUCK

The following information is a summary of the information received from the State of California:

On April 11, 2016, a City of Los Angeles garbage route truck alarmed the radiation monitors at the Athens Waste Services Sunland transfer station. The transfer station supervisor notified the California Department of Health - Radiologic Health Branch. The State dispatched an inspector to the facility. Upon arrival, the inspector was notified that the truck had returned to the City of Los Angeles East Valley Complex. The inspector travelled to the East Valley Complex.

Upon arrival at the East Valley Complex, where the truck had been isolated, the inspector was able determine the approximate location of the device in the rear of the truck. The inspector was informed that a crew was not available to dump the contents to search for the item at that time. Arrangements were made for the inspector to return when a crew was available. The truck remained isolated.

On April 14th, the inspector returned to the East Valley Complex to search for the source. A crew was assembled and the contents of the truck were dumped. Using a survey meter, the inspector was able to locate a 2.61 mCi Ra-226 radiation oncology treatment needle. No other sources or radioactive devices were discovered.

The inspector secured the source in a lead pig and placed it into the State's inventory. Prior to the removal of the source, the highest radiation reading outside the truck was 1.2 mR/hr. on contact.

California Report number: 5010-041116

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Agreement State Event Number: 51867
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
Region: 4
City: LONGVIEW State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I029-3
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CRAIG LAWRENCE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 04/15/2016
Notification Time: 16:07 [ET]
Event Date: 04/14/2016
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/15/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER FAILURE ON A FIXED GAUGE

The following information was obtained from the State of Washington via email:

"[The Washington Department of Health - Office of Radiation Protection] investigation continues on the Kay Ray Sensall fixed gauge shutter failure. The licensee identified, during a routine shutdown, that the handle moves on the fixed gauge but fails to open and close the shutter. The licensee reported they believe the problem is a drift pin that allows the handle to turn the shaft of the shutter to its open/close position. The shutter is in the open position and is unable to be closed. The gauge is operating normally and correctly otherwise [and is] correctly mounted."

The gauge is a Kay Ray Sensall model number 7063S with serial number S94J2306.

NMED Incident Number: WA-16-014

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51877
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: JEFF HUMAN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 04/22/2016
Notification Time: 00:03 [ET]
Event Date: 04/21/2016
Event Time: 15:50 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/22/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)

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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

MISSING FIRE BARRIERS

"Missing fire barrier between Fire Area (FA) 59 and 85.

"During a walk down of fire barriers for the NFPA 805 project, it was determined that the fire barrier between Fire Area 59 (Unit 1) and 85 (common) is not a rated barrier due to unsealed penetrations in the barrier. Evaluation FPEE 12-006 evaluated the acceptability of the barrier being unrated based on separation of safe shutdown equipment however a review of equipment credited for Appendix R safe shutdown identified that the redundant credited Appendix R equipment is on either side of the fire barrier which is not 3 hour rated. The conclusion of the FPEE is therefore no longer valid.

"Fire Hazard Analysis Drawings Do Not Match Boundary Description.

"The plant layout in F5 Appendix F, Rev. 28, Fire Hazard Analysis (FHA), does not agree with the boundary description in the FHA for the Unit 1 and 2 Containment Annulus fire areas, Fire Area (FA) 68 and 72. The layout should but does not show the fire area boundary between the annulus and adjacent fire areas, FA 60 and 75 on 735 [foot] and 61A on 755 [foot], as an Appendix R boundary. The annulus airlock doors are 3-hour fire rated and the airlock is constructed of concrete thick enough to qualify as a 3 hour fire barrier however, there are penetrations in the barrier that are not sealed with fire rated materials or inspected as required by the Fire Protection Program.

"Therefore, this is an unanalyzed condition reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B). This condition does not affect the health and safety of the public or station employees. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 51878
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARK MOEBES
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 04/22/2016
Notification Time: 18:22 [ET]
Event Date: 04/22/2016
Event Time: 13:59 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/22/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)

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 Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

PARTIAL LOSS OF POWER EXPERIENCED DURING ELECTRICAL BUS TRANSFER

"At 1359 CDT on April 22, 2016, Browns Ferry Units 1 & 2 experienced a partial loss of power during the transfer of Shutdown Bus 2 from the alternate power source back to the normal power source. During the transfer, the normal feeder breaker failed to close and provide power to the Shutdown Bus, resulting in an auto actuation of two Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs). Power to Shutdown Bus 2 was immediately restored using the alternate feeder breaker. The EDGs did not tie to the boards.

"All systems responded as expected for the loss of power, and both Units 1 & 2 maintained 100% Rx Power. All systems have been restored to a normal lineup, and both Units 1 & 2 remain at 100% Rx Power.

"This event requires an 8 hour report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), 'Any event or condition that results in valid actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph (b)(3)(iv)(B), (8) Emergency AC electrical power systems, including: Emergency diesel generators (EDGs).'

"The NRC resident inspector has been notified."

The cause of the normal feeder breaker failure is being investigated. There was no impact on Unit 3.

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