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Event Notification Report for January 6, 2017

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52463 52464 52467

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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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Agreement State Event Number: 52464
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: VALMET, INC.
Region: 1
City: DULUTH State: GA
County:
License #: GA 458-3
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MONICA JOHNSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 12/29/2016
Notification Time: 07:55 [ET]
Event Date: 11/16/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/29/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LEAKING GENERAL LICENSED KR-85 SOURCE

The following information was received from the State of Georgia via email:

"Valmet was recently notified by one of their customers [WestRock MWV, LLC, Evadale, TX] regarding a leaking Kr-85 source in one of their general licensed [GL] devices that Valmet had supplied them a year or so ago. [Valmet personnel] retrieved the source and found that it was a slow leaker, and that it needed to be returned to the manufacturer. Valmet exchanged the source in the device and brought the faulty source back to Valmet's office to be returned to the manufacturer. The mill began to suspect a leaking source because of the operating parameters of the equipment. Valmet believes there were no exposures or ingestions of radioactive material, and will have the source returned to the manufacturer soon after the holidays when people are back to work. We expect them to let [the Georgia Radioactive Materials Program] know what the cause of the leak might be."

Facility where event occurred: WestRock MWV, LLC, 1913 FM 105, Evadale, TX 77615 - PM4 reel
Service Company: Valmet, Inc. 242225 Commerce Ave., Suite 100, Duluth, GA 30096
Source manufacturer: QSA Global, GL Device SS&D NR-0596-D-113-G Serial # 50048138, current activity 380 mCi of Kr-85

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Agreement State Event Number: 52467
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: WOODBRIDGE State: VA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 12/29/2016
Notification Time: 15:40 [ET]
Event Date: 12/29/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/30/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
PAMELA HENDERSON (NMSS)
ADAM TUCKER (ILTA)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - APPARENT UNCONTAINED RADIATION SOURCE DETECTED

The following information was received via facsimile:

"On December 29, 2016, the Office of Radiological Health (ORH) was notified that radiation had been detected on a local law enforcement officer's personal radiation detector at the intersection of Route 123 and the I-95 southbound exit ramp in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Prince William County HazMat unit responded and identified the source as cesium-137 using a radioisotope identifier. The source was present in the grassy knoll in the median of the interchange. ORH and other agencies, including the Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management and FBI, participated in the initial investigation. The Virginia Department of Transportation, which had representatives at the location, has responsibility for this area and has been requested to arrange for mitigation of the source through the services of a radiation consulting company. Radiation levels were measured at about 10 mR/hr at 1.5 feet above the apparent location of the source and between 30 mR/hr and 50 mR/hr at ground level. Based on the radiation levels and the source location, no radiation exposure occurred to members of the public. The source is apparently below ground and will remain isolated and undisturbed until the Virginia Department of Transportation can arrange for the consultant to remove the item, analyze it, and arrange for its disposal. The consultant is enroute and expected to begin mitigation and disposal efforts late this afternoon. ORH is continuing its investigation and will update this notification when additional information is obtained."

Virginia Event Report ID No.: VA-16-015

* * * UPDATE AT 1451 EST ON 12/30/16 FROM CHARLES COLEMAN TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

The following update was received from the Virginia Radioactive Materials Program via facsimile:

"On December 29, 2016, the Office of Radiological Health (ORR) was notified that radiation had been detected at the intersection of Route 123 and the I-95 southbound exit ramp near Woodbridge, Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) took mitigation action. VDOT contacted a radiation safety consulting firm which arrived at the scene that evening. A metallic pellet was found after removal of about one inch of soil. The pellet was confirmed to be a cesium-137 source with an activity of about 8 millicuries and a contact exposure rate of 900 milliRoentgen per hour. It was approximately 7 millimeters in diameter and approximately 15 millimeters long. A field leak test of the source and surveys of the area after removal of the source indicated no contamination. The source was placed in a lead shield inside a DOT 7A Type A steel drum overpack. It was sent to the consulting firm's facility for temporary storage pending disposition. This notification will be updated if additional information becomes available."

Notified the R1DO (Lilliendahl), NMSS (Henderson), ILTAB (Tucker) and NMSS Events (email).

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