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Event Notification Report for January 5, 2017

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Event Reports For
01/04/2017 - 01/05/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52445 52462 52463 52474

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52445
Rep Org: U.S. ARMY
Licensee: U.S. ARMY CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL & RADIOLOGICAL NUCLEAR SCHOOL
Region: 3
City: FT. LEONARDWOOD State: MO
County:
License #: 24-32221-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL GRAY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 12/19/2016
Notification Time: 16:30 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2016
Event Time: 13:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/04/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

REMOVABLE CONTAMINATION IDENTIFIED IN VAULT

At 1300 CST on December 15, 2016, during a survey, removable contamination above 1000 dpm was identified in a normally controlled and restricted area. Access was restricted to the area, the area was roped off and a decontamination team was assigned to decontaminate the area. Additional surveys were conducted outside the area identified and no additional areas were found to be contaminated. The licensee reported that the initial investigation indicates that none of the individuals who had access were contaminated or accessed the area.

The cause of the contamination is still under investigation.

* * * RETRACTION AT 1755 EST ON 1/4/2017 FROM MICHAEL GRAY TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following retraction was received via e-mail:

"Since the notification, we have confirmed the source of contamination as cracked vial containing cobalt-60. Calculations of the current activity of the source and associated exposure levels were sent to NRC Region III. We also determined that total amount of cobalt-60 involved was less than the annual limit on intake (ALI) for ingestion.

"Mr. Zahid M. Sulaiman, Health Physicist, NRC Region III, called today to confirm:
(a) they verified our calculations on activity and exposure levels
(b) the amount of radioactive material involved does not exceed the ALI for ingestion
(c) this is not a reportable event and to notify NRC Operations Center of their decision."

Notified the R3DO (Daley) and NMSS (via e-mail).

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Agreement State Event Number: 52462
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: BIG RIVERS ELECTRIC CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: WEST CENTERTOWN State: KY
County:
License #: 201-277-56
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIC PERRY
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 12/27/2016
Notification Time: 16:15 [ET]
Event Date: 12/27/2016
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/27/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FAILURE OF ON/OFF MECHANISM ON A FIXED GAUGE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Failure of the on/off mechanisms on one fixed gauge to function as designed. The failure was discovered while clearing danger tags following routine maintenance on associated systems. The licensee is contacting a service provider to schedule removal/repair."

Event Report ID No: KY160009

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Agreement State Event Number: 52463
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: NBC UNIVERSAL
Region: 4
City: UNIVERSAL CITY State: CA
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS GEZA MIKO
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 12/28/2016
Notification Time: 19:11 [ET]
Event Date: 12/28/2016
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 12/28/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following report was received via email:

"On December 28, 2016, the Hazardous Materials [Manager] at NBC Universal i.e. Universal Studios in Universal City, California called Los Angeles County Radiation Management on the telephone to report the loss of two Tritium exit signs. As of December 28, 2016, the Los Angeles County does not have information regarding the make, model, or serial numbers of the missing exit signs, or the quantity of H-3 (Tritium) in them."

CA 5010 Number: 122816

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: 52474
Facility: PRAIRIE ISLAND
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: DONALD HARTINGER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 01/04/2017
Notification Time: 20:07 [ET]
Event Date: 01/04/2017
Event Time: 13:47 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/04/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
ROBERT DALEY (R3DO)
FITNESS FOR DUTY GP (EMAI)

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

FITNESS FOR DUTY

A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for a prohibited substance during a random fitness-for-duty test. The individual's unescorted access to the plant has been denied.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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