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Event Notification Report for August 9, 2016

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08/08/2016 - 08/09/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52094 52124 52134 52135 52139 52141 52162

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Agreement State Event Number: 52094
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: HOLLINS UNIVERSITY
Region: 1
City: ROANOKE State: VA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ASFAW FENTA
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/15/2016
Notification Time: 14:24 [ET]
Event Date: 06/17/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/08/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE NEEDLE FOUND

The following was received via email:

"On June 17, 2016, RSO, Inc., contacted Virginia Radioactive Material Program (RMP) to arrange an investigation on a lead pig found at Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia. On June 22, 2016, two inspectors from the RMP went to the University to observe the investigation performed by Health Physicist from the RSO, Inc. The lead pig was found inside the drawer in Dana Science Building Chemistry Lab. A radiation level of 12 mR/hr was measured at about one foot from the pig. The Health Physicist used a hand-held gamma spectrometer (Bicron Identifier) to identify the radionuclide as Ra-226. The health physicist performed calculation and also opened the pig carefully to identify the type of Ra-226. He developed and followed safety procedures to open the pig. Leak tests were performed and no removable contamination was detected.

"Based on the Health Physicist's investigation and activity calculation, the pig contains a one millicurie (1 mCi) Ra-226 needle.

"RSO, Inc., is currently working with the University to arrange for the disposal of the source. This report will be updated when the RMP received the final disposal report.

"Event Report ID: VA-16-11"


* * * UPDATE FROM ASFAW FENTA TO STEVEN VITTO AT 1632 EDT ON 08/08/16 * * *

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via email:

"The source in the lead pig was found in a desk drawer of a fume hood located in a small room (10' x 10') of the main chemistry lab. The door to the room is only accessed through the chemistry lab. Based on discussions with Hollins University, the professor who used the source left the university 15 years ago. The room and source have not been used since his departure. The pig was kept inside the drawer shielded with lead brick. The drawer and room were labeled 'Caution Radioactive Material' and the room remained locked.

"The hired consultant performed radiation surveys while the pig was shielded by the lead brick as found, and confirmed it was less than the unrestricted area limit of 2 mrem in any 1 hour, and would not result in a dose to member of the public of 100 mrem per year. Exposure rates taken by the consultant with the source unshielded indicated a reading of 8.5 mR/hr at 30 cm, and 0.8 mR/hr at 1 m. This corresponds to an activity of approximately 1 millicurie (mCi) using a gamma ray constant of 0.825 (mR m2)/(mCi hr).

"Other non-licensable material was found in the desk.

"On 07/27/2016, the hired consultant packaged all of the radioactive materials and transferred them for disposal.

"This case is considered closed by the [Virginia Radioactive Material Program] VRMP."

Notified R1DO (Burritt) and NMSS Events Notification via email.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52124
Rep Org: HAKS ENGINEERING
Licensee: HAKS ENGINEERING
Region: 1
City: BRIDGEPORT State: CT
County:
License #: 06-31405-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRISTOPHER GENDUSO
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 07/26/2016
Notification Time: 06:37 [ET]
Event Date: 07/26/2016
Event Time: 04:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/26/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

STOLEN MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

A moisture-density gauge (Troxler - Model 3440, Serial Number 34924) was stolen from a technician's vehicle. The vehicle trunk was broken into, the lockdown chains were cut, and the entire gauge was removed. This model Troxler typically contains 8 mCi Cesium-137 and 40 mCi Americium-241:Beryllium.

The licensee has notified local law enforcement and an investigation continues.


* * * UPDATE FROM JEFF SEMANCIK TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1702 EDT ON 7/26/2016 * * *

The following is a synopsis of information received from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Radiation Division (CDEEPRD) via telephone:

At 1637 EDT, CDEEPRD received a call from the Connecticut State Police, informing them that the Troxler moisture-density gauge reported stolen this morning, had been located and recovered. It was reported that the gauge was recovered in an intact condition, outside its storage container.

Details of how the gauge was located are unknown at this time. Details concerning suspect(s) are unknown at this time.

CDEEPRD has an inspector en route to survey the gauge. If the gauge checks out as undamaged, it will be returned to the licensee at that time.

Notified R1DO (Welling). Notified via E-mail only - NMSS Events Notification and ILTAB.(Tucker).


* * * UPDATE FROM JEFF SEMANCIK TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1813 EDT ON 7/26/2016 * * *

The following is a synopsis of information received from CDEEPRD via telephone:

An individual attempted to pawn the moisture-density gauge at a pawn shop in Bridgeport, CT. Pawn shop personnel immediately notified the Bridgeport Police Department. Officers arrived on the seen and arrested the individual who was attempting to pawn the gauge.

CDEEPRD performed a leak test on the moisture-density gauge. The gauge passed the leak test. The gauge was then turned over to licensee personnel. The moisture-density gauge was not in its storage box when brought into the pawn shop. The licensee placed the gauge in another storage box which they possessed.

Notified R1DO (Welling). Notified via E-mail only - NMSS Events Notification and ILTAB.(Tucker).


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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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52134
Rep Org: ADVANCED RADIOLOGY CONSULTING
Licensee: ADVANCED RADIOLOGY CONSULTING
Region: 1
City: TRUMBULL State: CT
County:
License #: 06-16869-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID WISHKO
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/29/2016
Notification Time: 15:18 [ET]
Event Date: 07/28/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(1) - DOSE <> PRESCRIBED DOSAGE
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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MEDICAL EVENT - WRONG RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL FORMULATION ADMINISTERED TO PATIENT

A nuclear technologist ordered and administered 25 mCi of Technetium 99m-methyl diphosphonate (99mTc MDP) to a patient undergoing a gastric emptying scan. 99mTc MDP is a radioisotope used especially for bone scans. The formulation that should have been ordered and administered is 500 microCuries of Tc 99m Sulfur colloid, which is generally used for the gastric study.

Both the patient and prescribing physician have been notified. The dose received by the patient is under evaluation at this time. No harmful effects to the patient are expected.

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

* * * RETRACTION FROM DAVID WISHKO TO DANIEL MILLS AT 1323 EDT ON 08/02/2016 * * *

Upon further analysis, the dose administered to the patient did not exceed the limits listed in 10 CFR 35.3045, and therefore this event is not reportable.

Notified R1DO (Kennedy) and NMSS (email).

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52135
Rep Org: US AIR FORCE
Licensee: US AIR FORCE
Region: 1
City: FALLS CHURCH State: VA
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAMACHANDRA BHAT
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 07/29/2016
Notification Time: 15:27 [ET]
Event Date: 06/03/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/29/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOSS OF GENERAL LICENSED MATERIAL CHECK SOURCES

On June 3, 2016, the US Air Force determined that two (2) check sources containing Thorium-232 (45 nCi and 13 nCi) were missing at the Aviano Air Base located in Italy. These two generally licensed sources are used as check sources for the ADM-300 survey meter.

The licensee contacted NRC RIV (Michelle Simmons) who recommended that the licensee report the loss per 10 CFR 31.5(c)(10).

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: 52139
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: BARTLETT & WEST ENGINEERING
Region: 4
City: TOPEKA State: KS
County:
License #: 22-B580-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JASON BARNEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/01/2016
Notification Time: 09:10 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2016
Event Time: 07:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The licensee reported a stolen Troxler Model 3430 Moisture/Density gauge, Serial Number 27320 between midnight and 0600 CDT. The Troxler gauge was locked and stored at the licensee's facility. The Topeka Police Department was notified.

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: 52141
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PETNET SOLUTIONS, INC
Region: 1
City: JACKSONVILLE State: FL
County:
License #: 3887-3
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KELLIE ANDERSON
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 08/01/2016
Notification Time: 16:13 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2016
Event Time: 06:57 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (R3DO)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EXTERNAL CONTAMINATION OF SHIPPING CONTAINER

The following was received via email:

"The Gainesville VA Medical Center (VAMC) received a unit dose of the F-18 FDG radiopharmaceutical used for PET/CT scans on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 0657 [EDT]. The swipe test performed upon receipt of the package found that the container was contaminated externally with F-18. The radiopharmaceutical was shipped and transported to the VAMC from the company, PETNET Solutions, Inc., 3728 Phillips Highway, Suite 220, Jacksonville, Florida, 32207. The State of Florida RAM license number for the PETNET Solutions laboratory is #3887-3.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52162
Facility: TURKEY POINT
Region: 2 State: FL
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: ADRIAN GONZALEZ
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 08/08/2016
Notification Time: 20:31 [ET]
Event Date: 08/08/2016
Event Time: 10:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/08/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
LADONNA SUGGS (R2DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAI)

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

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FITNESS-FOR-DUTY REPORT INVOLVING A NON-LICENSEE CONTRACT SUPERVISOR

"At 1045 EDT, on August 8, 2016, it was determined that a non-licensee contract supervisor had failed to provide a urinalysis specimen for a random test and the medical explanation was not sufficient. It was ruled a refusal by the Medical Review Officer.

"The individual's access has been permanently denied. This is reportable under 10 CFR26.719(b)(2)(ii).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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