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Event Notification Report for July 29, 2016

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07/28/2016 - 07/29/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52108 52109 52110 52111 52112 52114 52115 52129 52132

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Agreement State Event Number: 52108
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: BUILDING EARTH SCIENCES INC.
Region: 4
City: DODGE CITY State: KS
County:
License #: 2016-052
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JASON BARNEY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 11:34 [ET]
Event Date: 07/19/2016
Event Time: 14:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE DESTROYED IN A TRUCK FIRE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Yesterday, July 19, 2016, at approximately 1400 [CDT], the state of Kansas was notified of damage sustained to a portable moisture/density gauge. The gauge was a Troxler 3430 #32870 containing 8mCi Cs-137 and 40 mCi AM-241:Be. Building Earth Sciences Inc., under reciprocity (Kansas #2016-052/Alabama lic #1266) was in a field 20 miles South of Dodge City, Kansas. Due to high grass and extreme temperatures, the vehicle caught on fire with the portable gauge located in the bed of the truck. The vehicle and gauge were completely destroyed. At that time, no survey meter was onsite so Terracon was contacted in Garden City to utilize a loaner survey meter. The survey meter brought to the site was not in calibration. Surveys were conducted of the wreckage at one meter at around 1500 that showed approximately 0.2 mR/hr exposure rate from all sides. The Senior Project Manager onsite, had contacted the RSO, located in Alabama, who was already on his way to the site. [The Senior Project Manager] stated that a calibrated survey meter and Type A overpack had already been dispatched from the Building Earth Sciences Inc. Tulsa OK office and would be onsite no later than 1900. [The Senior Project Manager] stated that the wreckage had been fenced off and that he was staying onsite until the meter and overpack arrived. It was at this time that the state of Kansas made the determination not to send anyone out to the site as the overpack coming from Tulsa would be arriving well before anyone from Topeka could get to the site. At 2000 [CDT], July 19, 2016, [the Kansas Department of Health and Environment] received notification of confirmatory (calibrated) survey data of no greater than 0.2 mR/hr at one meter as well as the gauge debris having been placed within the overpack. (Survey meter - Troxalert cal date 8/3/15, serial number13385.) Surveys were also conducted of the truck wreckage after the gauge debris had been placed into the Type A overpack, with no contamination found confirming the integrity of the source remained intact. The overpack was then transported to the Building Earth Sciences Inc. Tulsa, OK, office. The RSO, will be submitting a full written preliminary report and timeline as soon as all information becomes available. NMED entry is forthcoming."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52109
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: COLORADO SPRINGS II SILVERCREST APARTMENTS
Region: 4
City: COLORADO SPRINGS State: CO
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 12:04 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2016
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following is a synopsis of information received via e-mail:

The current property manager for Colorado Springs II Silvercrest Apartments completed an inspection of the facility without locating any tritium exit signs in their buildings. Two fire safety companies provided safety signs over a period of 16 years and no tracking records were kept regarding the disposition of tritium exit signs or their disposal. The current fire safety company has no further information regarding the disposition of the exit signs.

Six Tritium Exit signs had been shipped from the manufacturer on 12/13/2000 to Colorado Springs II Silvercrest Apartments. Since these signs could not be located, they are being reported as lost. These six signs were manufactured by Safety Light Corporation, model number - 2040, serial numbers - unknown.

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: 52110
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP, INC.
Region: 4
City: GRAND JUNCTION State: CO
County:
License #: CO 963-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES JARVIS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 15:14 [ET]
Event Date: 07/18/2016
Event Time: 17:05 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHER UNPLANNED EXPOSURE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On July 18, 2016, at approximately 1705 MT, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received a call on its incident notification phone from the acting Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for Mistras Group, Inc., (CO License CO 963-01). The acting RSO reported that while a Grand Junction, CO based crew was performing industrial radiography activities at a fabrication shop/area in Coburn, CO on June 18, 2016. A radiographer received an estimated whole body dose of approximately 500 mrem, and an estimated extremity dose of approximately 12 rem (12,000 mrem) due to the radiographer handling the guide tube while the source was still present in the guide tube. The source had reportedly become hung up in the guide tube, but at the time of the exposure the radiographer believed the source had been returned to the shielded position. The radiographer was not reportedly using a survey instrument at the time he approached the source just prior to the exposure event. The assistant radiographer remained near the source crank and did not have direct contact with the source containing guide tube. The assistant radiographer reportedly received approximately 20 mrem (whole body dose), based upon his pocket dosimeter reading. The source in use at the time of the incident was contained in a SPEC 150 imaging device with approximately 60 Ci of Iridium-192. Dosimeters for the radiographer and assistant radiographer have been submitted to the licensee dosimetry provider and results are pending. The radiographer has been restricted from further work involving radioactive materials until the licensee can complete an investigation. The guide tube equipment has been taken out of service and is being evaluated by the licensee for possible defects."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52111
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: MANUFACTURING SCIENCES CORP.
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County:
License #: S-01046-B20
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DEBRA SHULTS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 15:48 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2016
Event Time: 12:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS OR THEFT OF DEPLETED URANIUM OXIDE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On Monday, July 18, Manufacturing Sciences Corp. [MSC] shipped five pallets (18 drums) of product containing depleted uranium oxide [DU] to a customer, Clariant, in Louisville, KY. On Wednesday, July 20, the customer contacted MSC to report only four pallets containing 14 drums were received by Clariant. When the bill of lading was examined by the customer, 5 and 18 had been marked through by hand and changed to 4 and 14. The carrier, was contacted and is conducting a thorough search of its terminal and investigating to locate the missing material. The carrier is routinely used by MSC for transport of product. Total activity of missing material: 271,285 microcuries DU."

Tennessee Report: TN-16-100

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: 52112
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES
Region: 4
City: TRINIDAD STATE State: CO
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 15:47 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2016
Event Time: 09:44 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Manufacturer: Isolite, Model # SLX 60, 10 Ci tritium,

"[Tritium exit signs were shipped from the] manufacturer on 2/5/2009. The serial number of the isotope was not provided. Further information was requested from the company

"In processing the annual general license reports from CDPHE [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] one exit sign was not located. The sign is being reported as lost/abandoned. The company contact will continue to search for the sign, however, [the company] is reporting it as lost.

"Signs were purchased as part of a construction project in which 2 of the 10 signs ordered were not installed in the building. It may be in storage but it has so far not been located."

Colorado Event: CO16-I16-16 CO 160009

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: 52114
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: WESTROCK SOUTHEAST
Region: 1
City: DUBLIN State: GA
County:
License #: GA 545-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRVIN GIBSON
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 07/21/2016
Notification Time: 13:20 [ET]
Event Date: 07/14/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/21/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER FAILED TO CLOSE

The following was received via email:

"On July 21, 2016 at approximately 1200 [EDT], [Georgia Radioactive Materials Program] received a call from WestRock Southeast, notifying [Georgia Radioactive Materials Program] that a fixed gauge malfunction had occurred and that the shutter was not closing. The shutter malfunction was initially noticed on Thursday July 14, 2016. Thermofisher was contacted about repairing the gauge, but [the licensee] was informed that the fixed gauge cannot be repaired. WestRock Southeast has decided to dispose of the fixed gauge and has contacted Ram Services to handle disposal. No disposal date has been determined. Until such time, the fixed gauge has been tagged with danger signs and instructions not to enter [the area]. The fixed gauge is still in use.

"Isotope: Cs-137; Activity: 10 millicuries; Manufacturer: Kay-Ray; Model: 7062B; Source Serial #: 24784A; Leak Test Results: Pass (last tested August 2014)"

Georgia Event # 80359.

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Agreement State Event Number: 52115
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: SRKO FAMILY LTD PARTNERSHIP
Region: 4
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 07/21/2016
Notification Time: 13:37 [ET]
Event Date: 06/10/2016
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/21/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following was received via email:

"Lost/Abandoned Tritium Exit Signs, Manufacturer - Best Lighting Products Inc. (Forever Lite), Model #SXLTU1GB10, Serial # 206112 to 206140 (29 signs), 7.09 Ci of H-3 (tritium) per sign. Date shipped 9-3-2008.

"The property [at 1818 Spring Water Point, Colorado Springs, CO] was received through reorganization and has now been assigned to a trustee. Twenty nine exit signs were directed for use by Best Lighting Products at the location listed. Annual general license notifications were sent to SRKO Family LTD Partnership from 2009 thru 2014 with no response. County records provided contact information regarding receivership and further review provided New Crossings Inc. as a contact. The property was inspected by the trustee and no exit signs were located. There were approximately 60 subcontractors on the site at the time the exit signs may have arrived. It is unknown what occurred with them.

"In September of 2008 Best Lighting Products Inc. (Forever Lite) shipped 29 exit signs to be installed at 1818 Spring Water Point, Colorado Springs, CO. The site was going to be a commercial building and construction had started. According to the trustee, approximately 60 subcontractors/creditors were involved with the owner when they walked away from the project. It is unknown what occurred with the exit signs. No information has been discovered through years of trying to contact the SRKO Family Partnership LLC. The trustee has provided a statement explaining tritium exit signs will never be used in any project they work on. Should they discover any inadvertently they will immediately contact [The Colorado Department of Public Health] for further guidance."

Event Report ID No.: CO160010 / CO16-I16-17

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 52129
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: ERIC POWELL
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/28/2016
Notification Time: 09:25 [ET]
Event Date: 07/28/2016
Event Time: 05:41 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/28/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS
50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) - POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Startup 0 Hot Standby

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SOURCE RANGE INSTRUMENTS READING IMPROPERLY DURING A REACTOR STARTUP

"This four and eight hour notification is being made to report that at 0541 [EDT] on 7/28/16, Salem Unit 1 initiated a shutdown to comply with Technical Specifications due to the inoperability of both source range nuclear instruments. During a reactor startup, with Unit 1 in Mode 2, both source range instruments were reading approximately one decade lower than expected compared to intermediate range and Gamma-Metric instruments and due to the proximity to the estimated critical condition. The condition could also have prevented the fulfilment of the source range instruments safety function to trip the reactor when required.

"Salem Unit 1 is currently stable in Mode 3. Reactor Coolant system pressure is 2235 psig and reactor coolant system temperature is 547 F with decay heat removal via the main steam dump and auxiliary feedwater systems. Unit 1 has one active shutdown tech spec action statement in effect due to the inoperability of the containment radiation monitor 1R11A. The inoperability of this radiation monitor had no effect on the event. All control rods were manually inserted to place Unit 1 in Hot Standby (Mode 3). No ECCS [emergency core cooling system] or ESF [emergency safety features] systems were required to function during this event.

"No major secondary equipment was tagged for maintenance prior to this event. No personnel were injured during this event."

The reactor was manually shut down and a shutdown margin calculation verified sufficient margin.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and the local township.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52132
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: KEN TIEFENTHAL
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/29/2016
Notification Time: 01:51 [ET]
Event Date: 07/28/2016
Event Time: 21:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/29/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)

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

POSTULATED FIRE EVENT THAT COULD ADVERSELY IMPACT SAFE SHUTDOWN EQUIPMENT

"A review of the Beaver Valley unit 2 Fire Protection Safe Shutdown Report (FPSSR) found that a postulated fire had the potential to spuriously open all three individual steam generator atmospheric dump valves in addition to a common residual heat release valve. Previous analysis did not consider all of the valves spuriously opening from a fire. The potential impact of these valves spuriously opening is a cooldown that could adversely affect shutdown margin.

"Hourly fire tours have been put in place for those fire areas that have the potential to initiate this condition.

"This condition is reportable as an 8 hour report in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B).

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

This condition is not applicable to unit 1.

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