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Event Notification Report for September 7, 2016

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09/06/2016 - 09/07/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52206 52207 52223

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Agreement State Event Number: 52206
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: TRC ENVIRONMENTAL CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: NOT PROVIDED State: NY
County:
License #: NOT PROVIDED
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN FLANIGAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 08/27/2016
Notification Time: 21:06 [ET]
Event Date: 08/25/2016
Event Time: 18:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/06/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYZER

The following was received from the State of New Jersey via email:

"NJDEP [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection] received notification from New Jersey Transit Police at 1426 EDT on Saturday, 8/27/16, that a Niton xlp 300 series XRF with serial number 7710 belonging to New York licensee TRC Environmental Corporation was left on a New Jersey Transit bus on Thursday, 8/25/16 at approximately 1845 EDT. The licensee reported the loss of the device to New York State Department of Health on Friday, 8/26/16. The Cadmium-109 source in the device has a maximum activity of 50 mCi (per sealed source registry). This is being reported under 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(1)(i) because it exceeds 1000 times the value for Cd-109 in Appendix C. The licensee employee who left the device on the bus was taking it home to have it for a job in New York the next day. They did not plan to use the device in New Jersey.

"NY DOH [New York Department of Health] officials indicated that they will provide NJDEP with more information on Monday, 8/28/16."

State Report #: NJ-16-02


* * * UPDATE FROM KAREN FLANIGAN TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1134 EDT ON 9/6/2016 * * *

"The device was found on a New Jersey Transit bus in Weehawken, New Jersey and was picked up by the licensee on 9/1/16.

"New York Department of Health provided New Jersey DEP with the following information from their licensee: New York License Number - C3264. Source S/N - TR3464. Device S/N - 22323. Activity at time source was lost - 26.8 mCi [Cd-109].

"This event is the same event as EN 52207 which was reported by NY DOH."

Notified R1DO (Gray), ILTAB (Whitney), and NMSS Events Notification (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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Agreement State Event Number: 52207
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: TRC ENVIRONMENTAL CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: WAYNE State: NJ
County:
License #: C3264
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL SAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/29/2016
Notification Time: 16:29 [ET]
Event Date: 08/25/2016
Event Time: 19:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/29/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYZER

The following report was received from the New York Department of Health:

"An employee of TRC [TRC ENVIRONMENTAL CORPORATION] put a Niton XLP-300, XRF [X-Ray fluorescence analyzer] containing 40 milliCuries of Cadmium 109 on the overhead shelf of New Jersey Transit bus #8306 and then forgot to collect the case when he got off the bus and went home. The employee contacted the NJT [New Jersey Transit] offices at approximately 0845 [EDT] on Friday, 8/26/2016, to inquire about the lost case. He provided a description of the case and a photo of a similar case. Claim number L487457 was assigned to the matter by NJT. As of 1730 on 8/26/2016, NJT staff had not located the case. A TRC Project Manager visited the PABT [Port Authority Bus Terminal] in New York City at approximately 1430 on Friday 8/26/2016. When the bus arrived, the TRC Project Manager inquired with the driver if the case had been found and double checked the bus, but did not locate the case. The TRC Project Manager also went to Customer Service/Lost and Found at PABT for NJT and made an additional claim, number L487502, with his mobile contact number should device be returned to PABT. The TRC employee will check in with the NJT lost and found department later in the evening on 8/26/2016 to ask if the case has been located."

See also EN-52206.

New York Event # NY-16-05

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: 52223
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: ROBERT O'NEILL
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 09/06/2016
Notification Time: 11:24 [ET]
Event Date: 09/06/2016
Event Time: 08:27 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/06/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MEL GRAY (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 91 Power Operation 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO HIGH REACTOR WATER LEVEL

"On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 0827 [EDT], with the reactor at 91% core thermal power (CTP), Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) operators initiated a manual reactor scram due to high reactor water level resulting from feedwater level control oscillation. Other than the feedwater level control oscillations, all other plant systems responded as designed. Plant cooldown is in progress using the High Pressure Coolant Injection System in the pressure control mode.

"The plant is in hot shutdown. The cause of the feed water level control oscillations is under investigation. This event has no impact on the health and safety of the public.

"Subsequent to the manual reactor scram the plant experienced the following isolation signals:
Group 1 Isolation: Main Steam Isolation Valves
Group 2 Isolation: Miscellaneous containment isolation valves
Group 6 Isolation: Reactor Water Clean-up
Reactor Building [Ventilation] Isolation Actuation

"The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), 'any event that results in actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) when the reactor is critical...'. This notification is also being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), 'Any event or condition that results in valid actuation of any of the systems listed in paragraph (b)(3)(iv)(B) of this section...' (B)(2) 'General containment isolation signals affecting containment isolation valves in more than one system or multiple main steam isolation valves (MSIVs).'"

All rods were inserted. The plant is stable with normal off-site power line-up.

The licensee will notify the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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