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Event Notification Report for August 11, 2016

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52143 52144

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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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