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Event Notification Report for August 10, 2016

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08/09/2016 - 08/10/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52124 52139 52141 52143 52144 52163

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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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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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Agreement State Event Number: 52143
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: GEORGIA PACIFIC PANEL PRODUCTS, LLC
Region: 1
City: KANE State: PA
County:
License #: PA-1502
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN CHIPPO
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 08/02/2016
Notification Time: 08:58 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER MALFUNCTION DUE TO HIGH VIBRATION

The following information was received via facsimile:

"On August 1, 2016, the Department [Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection] was notified by Georgia Pacific that a shutter handle had fallen off. This made the shutter inoperable in the closed position. It is initially reportable per 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2).

"During a routine maintenance check, the licensee became aware of a gauge with an inoperable shutter. The gauge is located in a remote area with high vibration and the handle to the shutter seemed to have dislodged due to this, making it unusable. The gauge was put out of service until repairs can be completed by a licensed contractor. No exposures have occurred.

"The shutter is in the closed position and the gauge is out of service and secure. There was no other damage to the gauge. A reactive inspection is planned by the Department.

"Radionuclide: Cs-137
Manufacturer: Ronan
Model: SA-1
Serial Number: M7419
Activity: 40 mCi"

Pennsylvania Event Report ID No.: PA160021

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52144
Rep Org: VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Licensee: GAINESVILLE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 4
City: LITTLE ROCK State: AR
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS HUSTON
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS
Notification Date: 08/02/2016
Notification Time: 12:50 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2016
Event Time: 07:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
RICHARD SKOKOWSKI (R3DO)
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

EXTERNAL CONTAMINATION OF PACKAGE CONTAINING MEDICAL ISOTOPE

"Per 10 CFR 20.1906(d), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Health Physics Program is reporting receipt of a package of radioactive material with removable surface contamination on the outside of the package greater than NRC reporting limits.

"The package was received Friday, July 29, 2016, at around 0700 EDT by the North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, Florida. This facility holds permit number 09-12467-02 under the VHA master materials license.

"The package was checked-in and surveyed upon receipt around 0700 EDT. Wipe tests performed on the external surface of the package indicated a removable contamination level of around 347 dpm/cm2 as compared to the regulatory limit of 220 dpm/cm2 for beta-gamma emitters.

"The package contained one unit dosage of about 57 millicuries of fluorine-18 (as fluorodeoxyglucose) at the time of receipt. The dosage was shipped from PETNET Solutions, Inc., out of Jacksonville, Florida, who was also the delivery carrier. The facility nuclear medicine technologist immediately notified the delivery carrier by phone about the contaminated package around 0710 EDT.

"The patient dosage inside the package was not impacted and was able to be used. As corrective actions, the packaging materials were set aside in a restricted area at the facility.

"VHA National Health Physics Program, who manages the master materials license, was notified of the incident around 1030 EDT on August 2, 2016.

"In addition, we notified our NRC Region III Project Manager of the event."

This event was reported to the State of Florida by the shipper, PETNET Solutions, Inc., and entered by the NRC as an Agreement State report (EN 52141).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52163
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW ROBERTSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 08/09/2016
Notification Time: 16:58 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2016
Event Time: 14:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/09/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 85 Power Operation 85 Power Operation
2 N Y 25 Power Operation 25 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO OIL SHEEN IN COOLING TOWER BASIN

"On 8/09/2016 at 1415 EDT, TVA [Tennessee Valley Authority] notified the National Response Center that Watts Bar Nuclear [WBN] Plant has noted an oil sheen in the Unit 2 Cooling Tower Basin. An oil sheen was observed within the Unit 2 Cooling Tower Basin at WBN. The sheen did not cover the entire cooling tower basin. The sheen covered approximately 4 square feet. No oil sheen was visible in the yard holding ponds or Tennessee river from the bank above the diffuser pipes. Notifications were also made to TEMA [Tennessee Emergency Management Agency]. Oil levels from the suspected source did not indicate any change in oil reservoir levels.

"Unit 1 remains in Mode 1 at 85 [percent] power - reduced power due to main condenser back pressure limits. Unit 2 remains in Mode 1 at 25 [percent] power - initial startup testing.

"This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) as a condition that was reported to an outside Government Agency.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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