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Event Notification Report for November 23, 2016

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11/22/2016 - 11/23/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52365 52366 52390

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Agreement State Event Number: 52365
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Region: 3
City: URBANA State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01271-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: C. GIBB VINSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 11/14/2016
Notification Time: 16:26 [ET]
Event Date: 11/11/2016
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/14/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HIRONORI PETERSON (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AM-241 SOURCE

The following report was received from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency via email:

"On October 14, 2016, the licensee's RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] called to report a lost Am-241, 45 mCi source that was part of a wave generator manufactured on 12/2/1982. The manufacturer and model number of the wave generator and radioactive component are not known. It was noted as lost during a recent inventory. An exhaustive search of nearby laboratories and waste areas did not reveal any clues of its whereabouts. During a radioactive material inventory in March 2016, records show this source was identified and accounted for. Access to the storage room is strictly controlled. It is only speculation to how the source became missing. First, it is possible that the source was mistakenly shipped as part of the University's participation in the Source Collection and Threat Reduction (SCATR) program. A vendor for the SCATR program removed nearly 200 sealed sources in December 2015. It is possible that the Am-241 source was mistakenly included in this shipment and the March 2016 inventory was in error. Another possibility is that the source was misplaced by staff during the summer clean-up of 2016. Personnel were questioned about this likelihood but there was no recollection of moving or discarding of such a unit. Inquiries with staff and SCATR are ongoing."

IL Item Number: IL 16012

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: 52366
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: CARDELLA WASTE SERVICES
Region: 1
City: NORTH BERGEN State: NJ
County:
License #: UNLICENSED FA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES MCCULLOUGH
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 11/15/2016
Notification Time: 16:14 [ET]
Event Date: 11/15/2016
Event Time: 14:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/19/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BRICE BICKETT (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 - MULTIPLE RADIUM PAINTED DIALS FOUND IN MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

The following information was reported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection via email:

"On November 15, 2016 a specifically licensed waste broker company reported the discovery of multiple (estimated 85) radium-painted dials within two loads of municipal solid waste. The items appear to be dials for U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard deck clocks. A few items appeared within clock housings, while most were loose. The waste broker indicated the items were all found contained within garbage bags and no further contamination was identified outside the bags. The items were placed inside two 5-gallon pails and will be secured on-site pending proper disposal. The estimated total activity was reported as 240 microCuries. This is a reportable incident under N.J.A.C. 7:28-6.1 (10 CFR 20.2201(a)(i)). NJDEP [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection] is tracking this incident internally as incident ID# C621791 and C622346 (one for each waste load)."


* * * UPDATE FROM JAMES McCULLOUGH TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1550 EST ON 11/18/2016 * * *

"One truck which had been screened by the waste broker consultant was again rejected at a PA [Pennsylvania] landfill and returned to the facility. The consultant returned to the facility on 11/17/2016 and 11/18/2016 to more thoroughly scan the contents of both truck loads. NJDEP was present on 11/17/2016 to observe. Additional radium dials, movements and associated waste contents were isolated in three 30-gallon waste drums. The three drums and two pails will be secured at the waste facility in a seavan container with lock. An estimated total activity has not yet been provided by the consultant.

"Paperwork, dated in 1980s and mixed into the load, identified a possible responsible party in New York, which appears may no longer be in business. New York State Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection was informed of this by telephone on 11/18/2016.

"NJDEP has received responses from U.S. military contacts who are looking into the possibility of assisting with disposal of the materials."

Notified R1DO (Bickett) and via E-mail NMSS Events Notification group.


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: 52390
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: KENT SLOAN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/22/2016
Notification Time: 18:44 [ET]
Event Date: 11/22/2016
Event Time: 15:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/22/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF A MINOR RELEASE OF NON-RADIOLOGICAL DILUTED CLEANING SOLUTION TO THE OHIO RIVER

"During routine floor cleaning activities inside of the BVPS [Beaver Valley Power Station] Main River Water Intake Structure, approximately one and one half cups (approximately 12 oz.) of Simple Green cleaning solution diluted in three gallons of mop cleaning water was inadvertently released into the Ohio River. Subsequent to confirmation of the inadvertent release to the Ohio river, a notification was made to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, (PADEP).

"This offsite notification to PADEP requires a 4-hour report per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi). Actions were taken to preclude any further liquid cleaning solution to be released, and no detectable impact to the Ohio River was observed. The amount of cleaning solution does not exceed any Reportable Quantity limit that would be hazardous to the environment or personal health. No press release is planned.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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