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Event Notification Report for November 7, 2016

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Event Reports For
11/04/2016 - 11/07/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52322 52323 52325 52326 52330 52347

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Agreement State Event Number: 52322
Rep Org: NJ DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Licensee: RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
Region: 1
City: NEWARK State: NJ
County:
License #: 450669
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES MCCULLOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/27/2016
Notification Time: 12:20 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2016
Event Time: 14:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RESEARCH IRRADIATOR SAMPLE DOOR FAILED TO OPEN

"A specific licensee reported a malfunction with one self-shielded irradiator, J.L. Shepherd model Mark I-68A, Serial # 1083 containing two Cs-137 sources with a total current activity of 6822 Ci. At approximately 2PM [EDT] on 10/26/16 [the licensee performed] an irradiation of 8 mice and were unable to open the sample port. They reported that both visual indicators and survey instruments show the source in the safe, shielded position.

"The licensee is in contact with the manufacturer to assist with a repair.

"This is a 24-hour reportable incident under N.J.A.C. 7:28-51.1 (10 CFR 30.50(b)2). NJDEP is tracking this incident internally as incident ID# C620765. NMED Report No. is yet to be assigned and will be reported later."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52323
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Licensee: CITY OF LAMAR
Region: 4
City: LAMAR State: CO
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/27/2016
Notification Time: 12:26 [ET]
Event Date: 06/01/2016
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The following was received by the State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) via email:

"The Waste Water Treatment Plant at the City of Lamar was in construction during the time period the tritium exit sign was ordered by the contractor on the project. An intermediary electrician was brought in to help with the installation of the exit signs. Two signs were ordered and shipped separately. The City of Lamar responded to the annual general license notifications and explained the 2nd exit sign was never received. No further information is available. The tritium exit sign that is lost was manufactured by: Best Lighting Products Inc. AKA Forever Lites, Model #SLXTU1GW20, Serial Number #318952, Isotope: H-3, Activity: 11470 mCi. Date shipped 2-3-2011.

"The City of Lamar was not able to locate the contractor or electrician who worked on the project. Sign is reported lost. The remaining tritium sign will be tracked and annual reports to CDPHE, General License, will be sent in. Should the city decide to remove the sign, notification will be sent in to Radioactive Materials Unit at CDPHE."

Colorado Event Report ID No.: CO16-I16-25

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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52325
Rep Org: INTERTEK ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT
Licensee: INTERTEK ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT
Region: 4
City: Morgan City State: LA
County:
License #: 17-2930801
Agreement: Y
Docket: 03037816
NRC Notified By: ALAN PHILLIPS
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/27/2016
Notification Time: 17:01 [ET]
Event Date: 09/21/2016
Event Time: 11:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
BLAKE WELLING (R1DO)
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILED TO FUNCTION - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE FAILED TO RETRACT

"On 09/21/2016, a radiography crew was working on a pipeline ROW [right of way] located off of Wolf Run-Poplar Springs Road near Cameron, WV. After developing film shot earlier in the morning, the crew reattached the control cables and guide tube to the exposure device and moved to the next weld. After setup an attempt to make an exposure was made. The radiographer recalled the source assembly felt slightly obstructed upon entry into the guide tube. Upon verification that the guide tube was not kinked, an attempt to retract the source was made. Based on survey meter readings, it was determined the source was not retracting back into the camera, and somehow became disconnected. At this point the radiographer 'pushed' the source out to the collimator to provide some shielding. The crew then established a new 2 mR/hr boundary, advised site personnel of the situation, and notified [the] Pittsburgh site [Radiation Safety Officer] RSO. The [Corporate Assistant RSO] was notified and immediately dispatched [a source retriever] to the site for source retrieval.

"At approximately 1430 EDT [the source retriever, who is also] the site RSO in Dover, OH, arrived at the location. After reviewing the circumstances leading to the disconnect and an inspection of the area, a plan to safely retrieve the source was [successfully] enacted.

"All personnel involved acted as safely as possible considering the situation. The radiographer and their assistant immediately established a restricted area around the source and maintained visual surveillance of the area. At no time was any member of the public exposed to greater than 2 mR/hr. The three technicians involved with the monitoring and retrieval of the source followed company procedures and all were wearing the required radiation PPE. No one received a dose greater than 100 mrem during the entire operation. Film badge readings for the period were all within normal range."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52326
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
Region: 4
City: QUEEN CITY State: TX
County:
License #: 01686
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 10/28/2016
Notification Time: 10:55 [ET]
Event Date: 10/27/2016
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2016
Emergency Class:
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER ON GAUGE WOULD NOT CLOSE

The following report was received from the Texas Department of State Health Services via email:

"On October 27, 2016, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that the shutter on a Berthold model LB7440-D-CR gauge containing a 10 millicurie (original activity) cesium - 137 source would not close. The RSO stated they verified the shutter not closing by performing dose rate surveys around the gauge as they can not see the shutter. The shutter is in the open position which is the normal operating position for the gauge. The RSO stated the gauge does not create an exposure risk to their employees or any member of the general public. The RSO stated a service provider has been contacted to repair the gauge. Additional information will be provided in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I - 9435

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Agreement State Event Number: 52330
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: FT. COLLINS State: CO
County:
License #: CO 002-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAMON LI
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/28/2016
Notification Time: 17:42 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2016
Event Time: 12:17 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

COLORADO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PANORAMIC IRRADIATOR DISABLED DUE TO STUCK SAMPLE DRAWER

"The Department [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] was notified via phone on 10/28/16 at 1309 MDT by the Radiation Safety Officer [RSO] of Colorado State University (license # CO 002-19) that an irradiator room with a panoramic irradiator (J.L. Shepherd and Associates Model 81-14A irradiator, Cs-137 sealed source, 6000 Ci at 11/01/1976) has been disabled. The reason to disable the irradiator is because the sample drawer is stuck. The licensee reports the source is [apparently] fully in the shielded position because: the incident occurred before operating the irradiator, Primalert monitors are not alarming, and surveys do not suggest the source is exposed.

"At approximately 1217 MDT, the licensee was to perform a monthly check of the safety system. It was a normal entry into the irradiator room. The irradiator source was not exposed. The licensee checked the operation of the sample drawer and it was found to be stuck, and cannot be opened. The sample drawer is to be used to place a sample into the housing closer to the source for irradiation. The irradiator source was not moved at any point. The RSO was then notified.

"The keys to the irradiator room are currently secured in a locked box where no authorized operators to the irradiator can access. An e-mail was sent out to authorized operators that the irradiator is out of service. The RSO will be contacting J.L. Shepard & Associates on Monday 10/31/16 for service options. The Department will be notified on Monday 10/31/16 after J.L. Shepard & Associates communication."

Colorado Event Report ID No.: CO16-I16-27

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52347
Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: MARIAZ DAVIS
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 11/05/2016
Notification Time: 10:16 [ET]
Event Date: 11/05/2016
Event Time: 04:04 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/05/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

VALID ACTUATION OF RPS WHILE REACTOR SHUTDOWN

"On November 5, 2016 an RPS [Reactor Protection System] actuation occurred from an actual high scram discharge volume level reaching the RPS actuation setpoint. This actuation was the result of a Redundant Reactivity Control System (RRCS) signal inadvertently generated during excess flow check valve testing with the reactor in cold shutdown. At the time of the actuation, all control rods were inserted. RCS pressure was approximately 830 psig to support excess flow check valve testing and shutdown cooling was removed from service. When RRCS initiated, the B Reactor Recirculation Pump tripped as expected and the scram air header depressurized as expected, which caused the high level in the scram discharge volume. The cause of the RRCS signal is being investigated. The A loop of RHR was placed back into the Shutdown Cooling mode of operation with reactor temperature being maintained at approximately 150 degrees F. There were no injuries as a result of this event."

The licensee has notified Lower Alloways Creek Township and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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