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Event Notification Report for August 4, 2016

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08/03/2016 - 08/04/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


51947 52125 52128 52150

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Agreement State Event Number: 51947
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GREEN BAY PACKAGING INC, ARKANSAS KRAFT DIVISION
Region: 4
City: MORRILTON State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0197-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 05/20/2016
Notification Time: 16:17 [ET]
Event Date: 05/20/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

FIXED NUCLEAR GAUGE READINGS HIGHER THAN EXPECTED

The following information was received via E-mail:

"While performing routine shutter tests of fixed gauges, the licensee noted higher than expected readings from a fixed gauge when the shutter was closed. The expected reading was 2 millirem per hour and the readings during the shutter check were found to be 6 millirem per hour. The licensee has contacted the manufacturer and a field engineer is expected on Monday, May 23, 2016.

"The gauge is identified as an Ohmart SR-2, Serial Number M-2688, containing 4500 milliCuries of Cesium-137.

"The State of Arkansas is awaiting a written report from the licensee with a report of the findings of the field engineer."

Arkansas Event Number: AR-2016-002

* * * UPDATE FROM STEVE MACK TO DANIEL MILLS AT 1217 EDT ON 08/03/2016 * * *

The following was received via email:

"A field service engineer was on site on June 20, 2016. Using multiple survey meters, including the licensee's meter, the higher radiation readings could not be duplicated. The field service engineer surveyed other gauges of the same type and found the radiation readings with the expected range of readings. The cause of the abnormal readings on the day of the shutter checks is unknown. The Department [Arkansas Department of Health] has asked the licensee to make notification if abnormal readings are detected in the future and the Department will follow up during future inspections. The Department considers this event to be closed."

Notified R4DO (Haire) and NMSS (email).

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Agreement State Event Number: 52125
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: PACE ANALYTICAL SERVICES, INC.
Region: 1
City: SCHENECTADY State: NY
County:
License #: GL14268
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL SAMPSON
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 07/26/2016
Notification Time: 10:20 [ET]
Event Date: 06/23/2016
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/26/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING ECD SOURCE

The following report was received from the State of New York via facsimile:

"Pace Analytical Services reported that a leak test of a Varian ECD [electron capture device], model 02- 001972-00, serial no. SP472 indicated removable contamination in excess of 0.005 microcuries. Test results measured 0.0132 millicuries of contamination associated with a 15 millicurie Nickle 63 source manufactured by Isotope Products Laboratory (IPL), model NBCB14746, serial# SP472. The licensee was advised to isolate the source and not to use it. [The licensee was] requested to arrange for retesting and provide results to the NYS DOH [New York State - Department of Health]. Retesting was performed by [a Certified Health Physicist], Massachusetts License #13-3021, on July 14, 2016. The result of the second measurement was 0.0002 microcuries. Pace Analytical Services, Inc. stated that the ECO will be returned back to the manufacturer/ vendor and receipt will be sent to the NYS Department of Health."

EVENT REPORT ID NO. NYDOH - NY-16-03

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Agreement State Event Number: 52128
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: NORTHWEST HOSPITAL, LLC
Region: 4
City: TUCSON State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 10-097
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRIAN GORETZKI
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 07/26/2016
Notification Time: 18:00 [ET]
Event Date: 07/26/2016
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 07/26/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ADAM TUCKER (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST IODINE-125 SOURCE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"At approximately 1300 MST on July 26, 2016, the licensee contacted the Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] and reported that a 0.4 millicurie Iodine-125 source, which was being used for localization, was discovered missing. An initial radiation survey of the department did not locate the source. The licensee does not know the exact date or time that the I-125 source went missing.

"The agency is continuing to investigate the event.

"The Governor's Office and NRC are being notified of this event."

Arizona First Notice Number: 16-013

Notified Mexico via E-mail.

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: 52150
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2 State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TODD CHRISTENSEN
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 08/03/2016
Notification Time: 21:38 [ET]
Event Date: 08/03/2016
Event Time: 13:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
LADONNA SUGGS (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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

UNANALYZED CONDITION BASED ON REVIEW OF NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS

"On August 3, 2016 at approximately 1300 CDT during review of NFPA 805 requirements, it was determined that the NFPA 805 analysis and Fire Safe Shutdown (FSS) procedures do not consider the potential for fire-induced failure of the 4kV Shutdown Board under-voltage trip functions for Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) power supply alignments. As such, a condition could possibly exist during a postulated fire where a required EDG's 4kV loads would not trip on an undervoltage condition. Current procedures and timeline analysis do not consider operator actions that could be necessary to manually strip the 4kV Safe Shutdown (S/D) board prior to subsequent EDG restart. As such, a subsequent restart, manual or automatic, of the EDG under these conditions, with its associated loads still connected to the 4kV S/D board, could potentially over load the EDG on restart.

"This notification is to report a condition involving a deficiency in FSS procedures affecting restoration of power to safe shutdown busses under certain postulated fire scenarios. The condition could result in an adverse impact on the ability of operators to implement FSS procedures in response to a postulated fire in 6 fire areas. Therefore, this notification is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B), any event or condition that results in the nuclear power plant being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety.

"Compensatory fire watches have been established in the affected areas and this deficiency has been added to the current fire protection impairment plan.

"The [NRC] Resident Inspector has been notified."

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