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Event Notification Report for July 5, 2016

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Event Reports For
07/01/2016 - 07/05/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52036 52037 52038 52040 52060 52061

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52036
Rep Org: U.S. AIR FORCE
Licensee: U.S. AIR FORCE
Region: 4
City: OKLAHOMA CITY State: OK
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANTHONY CAGLE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/23/2016
Notification Time: 11:45 [ET]
Event Date: 06/20/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
JESSE ROLLINS (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST/MISSING DETECTION SOURCE

The following was received by email:

"Per your request, I'm sending this email as a follow-up to my telephonic notification to your office that occurred earlier today (re: 10 CFR 20.2201).

"We're reporting the apparent loss (presently unknown whereabouts) of an aggregate quantity of approximately 95 mCi of Ni-63 housed in the following seven generally licensed devices (GLDs):

- 3 ea. x Smiths Detection SABRE 2000s (up to 15 mCi Ni-63 ea.)
- 2 ea. x Smiths Detection SABRE 4000s (up to 15 mCi Ni-63 ea.)
- 2 ea. x GE VaporTracers (up to 10 mCi Ni-63 ea.)

- 19 May 2016: Tinker AFB installation RSO attempted to schedule semiannual swipe sample collection for May 2016. The unit possessing/using GLDs indicated that the GLDs had been transferred. Installation RSO advised unit to present documentation.

- 23 May 2016: Unit reported to installation RSO that they were still looking for paperwork.

- 13 Jun 2016: After an exhaustive search of records and information management systems, neither the installation RSO or the unit found any documentation for GLD transfer.

- 16 Jun 2016: Installation RSO notified the unit commander; continues to investigate.

- 20 Jun 2016: Installation RSO notified the USAF Radioisotope Committee Secretariat by telephone and then by email to report situation."

The above report of a possible lost or missing source involves sources not specifically licensed under the MML (Master Material License).

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: 52037
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: DESERT NDT LLC
Region: 4
City: ABILENE State: TX
County:
License #: 06462
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE CASARES
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/23/2016
Notification Time: 17:13 [ET]
Event Date: 06/22/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JESSE ROLLINS (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA COMPONENT FAILURE

The following information was received from the State of Texas by email:

"On June 23, 2016, the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] that a radiography camera had failed to lock in position after retracting the source. The ball stop moved about 3/16 of an inch causing the camera to not lock in position after the source was retracted into position. The licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) obtained the following information about this component failure. The camera was a delta 880 source serial number S7340 at an activity of 52.6 curies. No overexposures were reported to the RSO. An investigation into this event is being conducted by the RSO. The camera has been secured and is located at one of the licensee's sites. Updates will be provided as obtained in accordance with SA300."

Texas Incident: I-9415

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Agreement State Event Number: 52038
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: GLACIER SOILS TESTING LLC
Region: 4
City: EVERETT State: WA
County:
License #: WN-10562-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES KILLINGBECK
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/23/2016
Notification Time: 19:46 [ET]
Event Date: 06/23/2016
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JESSE ROLLINS (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE DAMAGED

The following information was received by the State of Washington via email:

"The operator of a portable moisture-density gauge temporarily left the gauge unattended at a construction site in Redmond, Washington, and the gauge was run over by the wheel of a roller. The top of the gauge handle was broken off, but both radioactive sources are in safe condition inside the body of the gauge. The gauge operator is maintaining security around the damaged gauge, and has called a nuclear gauge calibration and servicing company to come to the construction site to assess the scene, package the gauge for transport to a safe location, and conduct radiation surveys to verify that there is no radioactive contamination of the construction site and the roller equipment, and to verify that the radioactive sources are undamaged and inside the gauge case."

The portable gauge is a Campbell Pacific Nuclear; Model MC-1-DR; Serial Number MD51008063; Sources-Cs-137 (.010 Ci), Am/Be (.050 Ci).

Washington Item Number: WA160002

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52040
Rep Org: ROMEO RIM INC.
Licensee: ROMEO RIM INC.
Region: 3
City: Romeo State: MI
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WADE SPURLIN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 06/24/2016
Notification Time: 07:52 [ET]
Event Date: 06/23/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/24/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
ROBERT ORLIKOWSKI (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

SCRAPPED EQUIPMENT CONTAINED A CS-137 SOURCE

During the last month, Romeo Rim had been scrapping older equipment. They received a call from a steel recycler (Steel Dynamics Inc. in Columbia City, Indiana) that their scrap material contained a cesium source. The equipment had been used to measure the amount of nucleation in the plastic manufacturing process. Romeo Rim is currently contacting a company to dispose of the cesium source which is at Steel Dynamics.

Source: Cesuim-137 (originally 200 mCi in April 1986, currently 100 mCi)
Equipment Manufacturer: Texas Nuclear (now Thermo Fisher Scientific)
Equipment Model: 5202
Serial Number: B425

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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52060
Rep Org: YALE UNIVERSITY
Licensee: YALE UNIVERSITY
Region: 1
City: NEW HAVEN State: CT
County:
License #: 06-00183-03
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TAMMY STEMEM
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 07/01/2016
Notification Time: 09:36 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2016
Event Time: 19:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2202(a)(1) - PERS OVEREXPOSURE/TEDE >= 25 REM
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
PAMELA HENDERSON ()
NMSS INES COORDINATO ()

Event Text

WHOLE BODY BADGE EXPOSURE READING OF 31 REM

The following report is a summary of information provided via email:

"We [Yale University] received notification from our dosimetry vendor (Mirion Dosimetry) of the following unusually high results on three dosimeters for individuals who all work at our PET [Positron Emission Tomography] Research Center, for the month of May:

"Nuclear Medicine Technologist - Whole Body Badge - 31 Rem; Contract Nurse - L Extremity Dosimeter - 35 Rem; Radiochemist - L Extremity - 37 Rem

"The Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) was only at work for six days in May. She only handled radioactive material 4 of those 6 days. She used routine NMT amounts (milliCuries) of C-11 on those 4 days and reports nothing unusual about her work those days. She wears extremity monitors as well and although I [Yale University Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)] don't have the official report from Mirion on these rings, the raw data I have indicates 50 to 85 mRem on her rings. These readings would be considered typical for her work. She is currently on medical leave and has not been at work since May 10th. She does not believe the reading to her whole body badge can be accurate. She does not recall anything unusual for the time period in question.

"The Contract Nurse only worked three days in May. Her other ring badge and her whole body badge recorded no exposures. She does not recall anything unusual for the time period in question and questions the validity of the result.

"The Radiochemist worked his typical schedule in May and handled radioactive materials as part of his work most days. He recalls nothing unusual. His other ring badge and his whole body badge recorded no exposures.

"We [Yale University] immediately collected all [the] PET Research Center staff June monthly badges and have sent in these three individual's badges (and several others) for emergency reads and the remaining for quick reads. [The RSO] expects to get the emergency results today and the remainder early next week. We [Yale University] also reviewed dosimetry of others in the facility, reviewed surveys conducted in May in the facility and conducted a radiation survey at the facility yesterday and find nothing unusual or out of the ordinary.

"We [Yale University] are in contact with several dosimetry experts at Mirion Dosimetry and they are assisting in our investigation. [The RSO] has asked for several pieces of information in writing as related to their processing of the badges including:

"Verification that the results of the three high readings have been scrutinized and reanalyzed for validity and accuracy.
"A description of the type of radiation believed to have caused the exposure on the whole body badge and the energy range of this radiation.
"Can any information about the orientation of the whole body badge when exposed be determined? Was it exposed upside down or backwards, for instance? If you can make any judgments about this please indicate in report.
"Review and confirmation that the TLD chips from each of the dosimeters in question were tracked correctly and are indeed from the badge and rings from the individuals reported.
"Verification that nothing unusual happened with the badges once received by Mirion. Please include the dates the badges were received by Mirion and track them each through processing. I'd like to know when each of the TLD's were analyzed at your facility and if they were analyzed on the same readers and such.

"[The RSO doesn't] believe that any of the three readings reflect actual doses to people. Nonetheless, We [Yale University] are taking the situation very seriously and are expending significant time and effort to try to determine the cause in a timely manner. Our RSC [Radiation Safety Committee] is aware of the situation as is senior Yale leadership."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52061
Facility: FARLEY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: ROBERT NORRIS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/01/2016
Notification Time: 17:00 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2016
Event Time: 12:05 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (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

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INADVERTENT ACTUATION OF EMERGENCY SIRENS

"On 7/1/16, the Houston County Dispatch (911 Center) was conducting a monthly weather siren test. At approximately 1205 CDT, there was an inadvertent actuation of 41 emergency sirens in Houston County. The emergency sirens were deactivated at approximately 1208 CDT. Houston Country EMA issued a press release to notify the public of the inadvertent actuation. This is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) due to the inadvertent actuation and subsequent press release. There was no impact to the health and safety of the public as a result of this event as the offsite response capabilities remain functional. The site is operating normally with no emergency conditions present.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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