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Event Notification Report for July 12, 2016

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07/11/2016 - 07/12/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52040 52058 52059 52080

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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: 07/11/2016
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

* * * UPDATE AT 0830 EDT ON 7/11/16 FROM WADE SPURLIN TO S. SANDIN * * *

The device was recovered by a licensed hauler RAM Services. A wipe test was performed which indicated that the source was not leaking. The device will be transported to Texas for disposal.

Notified R3DO (Pelke) 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: 52058
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: JOHN R. BYERLY, INC.
Region: 4
City: BLOOMINGTON State: CA
County:
License #: 3516-36
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHLEEN HARKNESS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 07/01/2016
Notification Time: 16:07 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2016
Event Time: 15:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS HIPSCHMAN (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TROXLER CRUSHED BY CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE

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

"On June 30, 2016, around 2 pm [PDT], a Troxler model 3440 # 20303 (reference date 12/1979) containing 40 mCi of Cs-137 and 8 mCi of Am-241:Be was involved in an accident and was crushed by a construction vehicle. The gauge operator cordoned off the area and notified the San Bernardino County Fire/HazMat office and the CA Warning Center - Event # 16-3978. The gauge's housing was crushed and the Cs-137 source handle was bent and loose. A photograph of the damaged gauge was sent to Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) [California Department of Public Health] for evaluation. An RHB inspector responded to the construction site to assist with shielding the source rod and ensuring all radioactive material is placed into the Type A transportation box to travel to the licensee's storage area. Upon arrival, the inspector noted that the bottom plate had broken off of the shield assembly and the sliding block had fallen out of the assembly, exposing the source. The sliding block was placed back in the assembly and the bottom plate taped back onto the bottom of the shield assembly. The top and bottom halves of the gauge body were taped back together, allowing the gauge to be placed back into the transport case for transport back to storage. A survey of the area of the incident after the gauge was placed in the transport vehicle was at background, indicating the no radioactive material remained at the site. The licensee was notified to contact their service provider to arrange for the gauge to be evaluated and possibly disposed.

"Radiation level on the damaged gauge was 4 mR/hr on contact. Radiation level on the loaded Type A case was 0.6 mR/hr on contact."

California 5010 Number: 063016

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Agreement State Event Number: 52059
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: NELSON GEOTECHNICAL ASSOCIATES INC
Region: 4
City: WOODINVILLE State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I0421-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES E. KILLINGBECK
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 07/01/2016
Notification Time: 16:44 [ET]
Event Date: 06/30/2016
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS HIPSCHMAN (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TROXLER GAUGE RUN OVER BY A DRUM ROLLER

The following report was received from the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection via email:

"On June 30, the operator of a Troxler 3411-B portable moisture-density gauge temporarily left the gauge unattended at a construction site in Chelan, Washington, and the gauge was run over by a drum roller. The top of the gauge housing was damaged, but there was no apparent damage to the sealed sources. At the time of the impact, the source rod was retracted inside the gauge and the handle was locked. After the licensee's radiation safety officer and the Washington State Department of Health were notified about this incident, the gauge was placed back into its transport case and transported to the licensee's licensed storage location in East Wenatchee, Washington. Then a leak test wipe was conducted on each of the sources, and the leak test wipes were mailed to a laboratory for analysis. The gauge is being stored at the licensee's storage location until the leak test results have been received, and then the gauge will be either repaired or sent for disposal.

"Device type: Troxler portable gauge
Model Number: 3411-B
Serial Number 14853
Activity: Cesium-137, 8 milliCuries; Americium-241/beryllium, 40 milliCuries"

Washington Item Number: WA160003

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52080
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: STACEY HAMM
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/11/2016
Notification Time: 19:53 [ET]
Event Date: 07/11/2016
Event Time: 17:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/11/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
DEBORAH SEYMOUR (R2DO)
CHRIS MILLER (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

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

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO NON-WORK RELATED ON-SITE CONTRACTOR FATALITY

"At approximately 1614 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the Main Control Room was notified of a contracted employee experiencing a non-work related medical issue near the Discharge Weir. First Responders were immediately dispatched and present at the scene in minutes. Off-site assistance was requested and arrived on-site at approximately 1641. Dosher Memorial Hospital officials notified the plant at approximately 1745 that the patient was declared deceased at 1710. The individual was outside of the protected area (within the owner controlled area), and no radioactive material or contamination was involved. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) for situation related to the health of on-site personnel for which a notification to other government agencies is planned. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be notified.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

"This event did not result in any adverse impact to the health and safety of the public."

The licensee completed their notification to OSHA at 1835 hours.

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