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Event Notification Report for July 15, 2016

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07/14/2016 - 07/15/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52066 52068 52071 52082 52085 52086 52090

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Agreement State Event Number: 52066
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: RABA-KISTNER CONSULTANTS, INC
Region: 4
City: SAN ANTONIO State: TX
County:
License #: 01571
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE CASARES
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/06/2016
Notification Time: 11:27 [ET]
Event Date: 07/06/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/06/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

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

"On July 6, 2016, the licensee reported to the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] that one of its moisture density gauges had been run over and damaged, a Troxler Model 3411 containing 10 millicurie cesium-137 source and a 40 millicurie americium-241/beryllium source, serial number 10471 [at a highway construction site near Robstown, TX]. The technician had started the test and the source rod was extended into the ground. While the test was in progress the step-up grader hit the gauge, causing the source rod to bend. The technician stopped all work at the jobsite and setup a boundary of fifteen feet because the source rod could not be retracted. The technician called the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] and RSO contacted a service company, Qual-Tek, to respond to the site to retrieve the gauge. The site foreman moved the road crew down the highway to avoid the gauge. The technician will stay at the site near the gauge until it is collected by Qual-Tek. [The RSO is investigating.] No member of the public or worker received any exposure as a result of this event. An update will be provided as obtained in accordance with SA300."

Texas Incident: I-9417

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Agreement State Event Number: 52068
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: COCA-COLA REFRESHMENTS, MID-SOUTH
Region: 1
City: MEMPHIS State: TN
County:
License #: GL #1113
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW HOLCOMB
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 07/06/2016
Notification Time: 16:48 [ET]
Event Date: 07/06/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/06/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING GENERALLY LICENSED DEVICE

The following information was received from the State of Tennessee via email:

"A licensee reported a generally licensed device as missing. Further details will be reported as the information becomes available. The specifics on the device are as follows: Manufacturer- Industrial Dynamics, Model-FT-50B, Serial-113439, Isotope-Am-241, Activity-100 mCi."

State Event Report ID No.: TN-16-098

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: 52071
Rep Org: QAL-TEK ASSOCIATES
Licensee: QAL-TEK ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: IDAHO FALLS State: ID
County:
License #: 11-27610-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL ALBANESE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/07/2016
Notification Time: 11:45 [ET]
Event Date: 06/29/2016
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/07/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
FRED BOWER (R1DO)

Event Text

LEAKING Ni-63 SOURCES

"On June 29th, 2016 around 10:00 [MDT] a Qal-Tek Associates radiation technician identified two Varian ECD's [electron capture devices] (both registered Ni-63 electro-plated sealed sources) with positive leak tests results above the critical levels of the gas flow proportional counter (sn: 44643 - 7.1% efficiency for Ni-63). The net cpm for the 8 mCi ECD (model: 02-001972-00, serial number: A544) was 1840 cpm (0.0117uCi) and for the 15 mCi ECD (model: 02-001972-00, serial number A8118) the net cpm was 4060 cpm (0.026 uCi).

"The radiation technician was verifying the contents of a client's package in the Building 3 confinement facility that was shipped to Qal-Tek Associates address at: 3998 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. The outside of the package did not indicate any contamination when Qal-Tek received the package. Only the inside bottom face of the box indicated contamination of 60 net cpm. This portion of the box was removed for proper DAW [dry active waste] disposal at a licensed facility.

"The radiation technician halted work, notified her co-worker, contacted the supervisor and confirmed that contamination was not present on her person or on surfaces of the work area, per the procedure, in order to prevent the spread of contamination. The Varian ECD (sn: A544) sealed source was decontaminated, the port holes in the device where taped shut, sealed in a plastic bag labeled with caution-radioactive material: Ni-63 leaker, and isolated from the work area in the biosafety cabinet. When no contamination was confirmed on personnel or facilities, the RSO was notified. The RSO re-checked facility surfaces for contamination. The work bench still had some contamination of about 105 net cpm. This was communicated to the RT's [radiation technicians] and their manager for further decontamination. The radiation technician took extra personal protective precautions to isolate the contamination and proceeded with verifying the rest of the package contents (14 ECD's). Once again, during the package content verification process, a 15 mCi Varian ECD (sn: A8118) also had a positive leak test above the instrument critical level. The radiation technician halted work, notified her co-worker, contacted the supervisor and confirmed that contamination was not present on her person or on surfaces of the work area, per the procedure, in order to prevent the spread of contamination. The source was sealed in a plastic bag labeled with caution-radioactive material: Ni-63 leaker, and placed in the biosafety cabinet for isolation from the work area. When no contamination was confirmed on personnel or facilities the RSO was notified by the manager. The RSO asked the Qal-Tek client manager to notify them of the leaking Ni-63 sources with a strong recommendation that they survey their facilities for contamination. The sources will be sealed in another bag and placed in a drum for proper disposal at a licensed LLRW [low level radioactive waste] disposal facility."

The package was received from a client in Arcade, New York.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52082
Facility: BRUNSWICK
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JONATHAN BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/12/2016
Notification Time: 21:08 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2016
Event Time: 20:39 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2016
Emergency Class: ALERT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
DANIEL RICH (R2DO)
BERN STAPLETON (IRD)
CATHY HANEY (R2RA)
BRIAN McDERMOTT (NRR)
CHRIS MILLER (NRR)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 70 Power Operation

Event Text

ALERT DECLARED FOR A FIRE IN THE SERVICE WATER BUILDING

At approximately 2039 EDT, there was smoke in the Service Water Building with the trip of the 2C service water pump. In accordance with plant procedures, unit-2 was ramped down to 70 percent power and the "Alert" was declared. EAL (emergency action level) SA8.1 was entered for damage with degraded performance including visible damage to the service water pump. Service water pressure was eventually restored by running both the 2A and 2B service water pumps.

At 2118 EDT, the site exited the "Alert" because service water pressure had been restored.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, DHS NICC Watch Officer, EPA EOC, FEMA National Watch Center (email), FDA EOC (email), Nuclear SSA (email).

* * * UPDATE ON 7/14/16 AT 1456 EDT FROM LEE GRZECK TO DONG PARK * * *

The initial notification should read:

"At approximately 2035 EDT, there was smoke in the Service Water Building with the trip of the 2C conventional service water pump. In accordance with plant procedures, unit-2 was ramped down to 70 percent power and the 'Alert' was declared at 2039 EDT. EAL (emergency action level) SA8.1 was entered for fire/smoke damage with degraded performance including visible damage to the service water pump. Service water pressure was eventually restored and the plant was stabilized.

"At 2118 EDT, the site exited the 'Alert' when service water pressure had been restored, and the fire was confirmed out (i.e., no reflash within 30 minutes)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector. Notified R2DO (Rich).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52085
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BRETT JEBBIA
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/14/2016
Notification Time: 13:01 [ET]
Event Date: 07/14/2016
Event Time: 09:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)

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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OF AN OIL SPILL TO THE ENVIRONMENT

"At 0915 EDT on July 14, 2016, Fermi 2 Environmental Engineering determined that a notification to the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Fire Services, Storage Tank Division is required regarding discovery of a leaking underground fuel oil storage tank. The underground fuel oil storage tank was unearthed while excavating for 120kv switchyard cable replacements. This is an underground fuel oil storage tank from the 1950s or earlier was not in service at the site, and it is unknown when the tank was last used. The size of the tank is estimated at 2,250 gallons. An unknown quantity of oil has leaked into the immediate surrounding ground and is currently contained in the soil. There is currently no indication of any of the leakage flowing beyond the site boundary or reaching any waterways. Fermi 2 is conducting an investigation to determine the appropriate steps to address the storage tank and impacted soil.

"A notification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not required.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) for an event or situation related to the protection of the environment for which a notification to another government agency will be made.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52086
Facility: SUMMER
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-AP1000,[3] W-AP1000
NRC Notified By: DEAN KERSEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/14/2016
Notification Time: 15:15 [ET]
Event Date: 07/14/2016
Event Time: 07:41 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
DANIEL RICH (R2DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAI)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Under Construction 0 Under Construction
3 N N 0 Under Construction 0 Under Construction

Event Text

VIOLATION OF THE FITNESS FOR DUTY (FFD) PROGRAM POLICY

"On 7/14/16, at 0741 [EDT], it was determined that [a contract employee supervisor] violated its FFD policy. The individual's construction site access has been revoked. This event is reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 26.719(b)(2)(ii).

"The Units 2 and 3 [NRC] Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 52090
Facility: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 to UO2)
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: COLUMBIA State: SC
County: RICHLAND
License #: SNM-1107
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001151
NRC Notified By: NANCY PARR
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/14/2016
Notification Time: 18:49 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (b)(2) - LOSS OR DEGRADED SAFETY ITEMS
Person (Organization):
DANIEL RICH (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

DEGRADED SAFETY ITEMS CAUSED BY URANIUM BUILDUP

"On July 13, 2016, it was determined by the Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) department that scrubber clean-out material, found in the S-1030 scrubber transition section during the annual maintenance shutdown that occurred in late May, potentially exceeded the uranium mass limit for the scrubber transition.

"(IROFS [ Items Relied on for Safety] VENT-S1030-110) requires annual inspection and removal of significant solids buildup in the transition section. Upon inspection, significant buildup was found, and the ductwork was opened to permit extensive cleanout. 36 containers of material with a total gross weight of 210.4 kg was removed from the inlet transition during the cleanout on May 28th to May 29th. Grab samples were subsequently taken from each container and analyzed for uranium concentration. On July 13th, the EH&S department was made aware that the grab sample results averaged 47.8% U. Although the exact uranium mass cannot be determined until the material is dissolved and representatively sampled, available evidence suggests that the mass limit of 29 kg U in the inlet transition was exceeded. The 29 kg U limit is based on an optimally moderated, fully reflected spherical geometry which very conservatively bounds the conditions in the inlet transition of the scrubber. IROFS remained to limit the quantity of uranium available to the scrubber (IROFS VENT-S1030-101, -102, -103 & -104), which are physical barriers designed to minimize uranium in the airflow entering the transition area. Continuous liquid spraying in the inlet transition section to limit solids accumulation (IROFS VENT-S1030-109) was also in place.

"The inlet transition and scrubber were thoroughly cleaned, and the uranium bearing solids were placed into favorable geometry containers. Also, the inspection and cleanout of the transition frequency was increased to monthly.

"Based on available but degraded IROFS, this accident sequence was unlikely. Therefore, this mass accident sequence does not meet the performance requirements of 10CFR70.61. The actual configuration remained safe at all times. Also, no external conditions affected the event.

"Immediate Corrective Actions:
NRC Region II personnel, who were onsite at the CFFF [Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility], were made aware of the discovery.

"The Conversion area was shutdown to plan for a second extensive scrubber clean-out to validate that the accumulation of solids is a slow buildup over time. The last extensive cleanout was performed in 2009.

"An extent of condition was performed to determine if other scrubbers potentially had significant uranium buildup. Inspection data indicated that this material accumulation issue was limited to the S-1030 scrubber.

"This event has been entered into the facility Corrective Action Prevention And Learning system (CAPAL) #100397353."

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