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Event Notification Report for December 2, 2016

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12/01/2016 - 12/02/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52351 52391 52392 52393 52403

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Agreement State Event Number: 52351
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: PHILLIPS 66
Region: 1
City: LINDEN State: NJ
County:
License #: 506897
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ED TRUSKOWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 11/07/2016
Notification Time: 16:50 [ET]
Event Date: 11/07/2016
Event Time: 13:45 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTER FAILURE TO CLOSE

The following was excerpted from information received from the State of New Jersey by email:

"Event Narrative: On November 7, 2016, during the six-month shutter checks, the pneumatically operated shutter on the Vega source holder Phillips 66-Bayway Tag # PBL002 (source capsule S/N 0321CG) failed to close when tested. Several attempts were made wherein the shutter position indicator seemed to move slightly. It was concluded that the issue was not a failure of the air system controlling the pneumatic shutter actuator. The manufacturer was contacted to assess the problem.

"Root cause(s) and contributing factors: The source remained in the holder attached to the vessel in its normal operating position. The integrity of the source holder remains intact so there should be no exposures.

"Source/Radioactive Material/Devices: radioactive level gauge

"Isotope and activity; manufacturer, model and serial number, leak test results as applicable: The source is a 50 mCi Cs-137 solid sealed source, S/N 0321CG. The last leak test was 10/19/15."

The equipment is an Ohmart/Vega model SH-F1A source holder mounted to a vessel.

New Jersey Case Number: 161107162023

* * * UPDATE FROM ED TRUSKOWSKI TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1323 EST ON 12/1/2016 * * *

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

"Vega serviced the unit on November 11, 2016, with lubrication. It was considered to work properly after service. Phillips 66 notified NJDEP [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection] on November 30, 2016, that a new unit will be purchased to replace the old unit. Event status is 'closed'."

Notified R1DO (Bower) and NMSS_Events_Notification via email.

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Agreement State Event Number: 52391
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL, INC.
Region: 4
City: BATON ROUGE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-5934-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PATE
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 11/23/2016
Notification Time: 10:21 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2016
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/23/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING KR-85 SOURCE DURING TRANSFER TO APPROVED SHIPPING CONTAINER

The following report was received from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality via email:

"On the 3rd of November, 2016, QSA Global, Inc. had an incident during the transfer of Kr-85 sources to approved shipping containers for transportation to Qual-X, Inc. for recycling. The work was being preformed at approximately 1530 to 1600 hrs. [CST]. After the completion of the work, there was no indication at that time of any possible leakage.

"At approximately 1800 hrs., it was noticed that the scintillation counter background had a slightly higher than normal background reading. It was determined that the only possible cause was the Kr-85 sources, as that is all that QSA Global, Inc. had worked with that day. A visual inspection of the possible leaking Kr-85 sources was performed. There was no damage to any of the windows, but QSA Global, Inc. now knows that was the point of origin of the contamination due to the surveys of the lead container that they were stored in. The sources were sealed in a 10 gallon steel drum and then placed in a plastic bag to prevent any additional release of material.

"The sources involved are LFE Model S-70A s/n 9234 at 168 mCi, 9332 at 184 mCi and 9333 at 184 mCi. The original activity of these sources was 1200 mCi.

"The building was ventilated using fans to remove the Kr-85 that had accumulated in the building. The building was surveyed at 0230 hrs. [on November 4, 2016] with no contamination detected. Another survey of the building was performed again at 0530 again with no contamination found.

"After QSA Global discussed the situation with Qual-X, Inc. and using their expertise in these types of situations, it was determined from survey readings and building size, that an estimated amount of less than 1-2 mCi may have been released. They also indicated that the sources were of the type that are known to leak due to the way they are manufactured and their age being 29 years. At this point QSA Global, Inc. believes that all three may be leaking."

Event Report ID No.: LA160015

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Agreement State Event Number: 52392
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: BIONOMICS, INC.
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County:
License #: R-73021
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK ANDREWS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/23/2016
Notification Time: 12:11 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/23/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISPLACED AM-241 SOURCE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"The Tennessee Division of Radiological Health was notified on November 22, 2016, of the discovery by Bionomics staff of an Americium-241 source in a shipment to Bionomics of depleted uranium counterweights. The 2 mCi source is reported to be part of an aircraft fuel gauge."

Tennessee Event: TN-16-166

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: 52393
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: GEORGIA PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
Region: 4
City: ZACHARY State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2167-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PENROD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/23/2016
Notification Time: 11:21 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2016
Event Time: 11:56 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/23/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PROCESS GAUGE SHUTTER FAILS TO CLOSE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On 10/28/2016, GA-PAC [Georgia Pacific] was shutting down this process to perform routine annual maintenance. In the process of securing the radiation sources from becoming a radiation exposure hazard, it was discovered that the gauge shutter would not close.

"GA-PAC called a service contractor, BBP Sales, to evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action to correct the problem. [BBP Sales] was unable to close the shutter and determined the source holder would have to be replaced. Further evaluation determined one of the pins holding the shutter had sheared off and would have to be replaced, not repaired.

"The sources and device with shutter failure will remain installed until the replacement source and device are received. The failed device will be sent for disposal when replaced. This is not a radiation exposure hazard and does not pose a health and safety situation for the GA-PAC employees or the general public.

"The gauge is a RONAN C-10 device/source holder, S/N 9830GG, loaded with a 2,000 mCi Cs-137 source. The manufacturing date was 1994.

"This event is considered to be closed by LDEQ. This event is being reported to the NRC as required by Regulatory Requirement 10 CFR Part 30.50(b)(2)."

Louisiana Event: LA-160016

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Part 21 Event Number: 52403
Rep Org: ATC NUCLEAR
Licensee: ATC NUCLEAR
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAY CHALIFOUX
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 12/01/2016
Notification Time: 13:18 [ET]
Event Date: 12/08/2015
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/01/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACTO (EMAI)

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PART 21 - PAWL FASTENERS FAILED TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT STRUCTURAL SUPPORT

The following is an excerpt of a Part 21 received via email:

"On December 8, 2015, ATC Nuclear performed seismic qualification testing on an ATC Nuclear Assembly with a W-2 Electroswitch Switch, Part Number W2-45B640-84 and W2-45B640-85, for TVA Watts Bar 2. During the first Safe Shutdown Earthquake (SSE) test run, the pawl fasteners used to secure the assembly in a test fixture failed to provide sufficient structural support, rendering the switch assembly non-captive.

"Based on the testing and analysis, ATC Nuclear concluded that the minimum force required to maintain structural integrity cannot be achieved with the existing pawl fasteners installed in the ATC Nuclear Assembly. This condition, if left uncorrected, could potentially cause a failure of the switch assembly to maintain its mounting configuration during a seismic event. This information provides the basis to establish a deviation in the pawl fasteners provided with the ATC Nuclear assembly that could be considered a potential defect as defined in 10 CFR Part 21. It is worth noting that there have been no failures identified by customers associated with this potential defect.

"If you have any questions or need additional information regarding this matter, please contact Ray Chalifoux at (865) 384-0124."

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