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Event Notification Report for February 13, 2017

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02/10/2017 - 02/13/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52528 52529 52530 52532 52533 52542

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Agreement State Event Number: 52528
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: KENNECOTT UTAH COPPER, LLC
Region: 4
City: SOUTH JORDAN State: UT
County:
License #: UT 1800289
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GWYN GALLOWAY
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/02/2017
Notification Time: 20:44 [ET]
Event Date: 02/02/2017
Event Time: 13:30 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/02/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED NUCLEAR GAUGE SHUTTER FAILED TO CLOSE DURING PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

The following information was provided by the State of Utah via email:

"DWMRC [Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control] was notified of the event at 4:26 PM MST, on February 2, 2017.

"The licensee indicated that an employee had been assigned to conduct some preventative maintenance checks on an Ohmart Vega Gauge, Model SH-1, Serial Number 2199CG. At about 1:30 PM MST, the employee attempted to shut the gauge's shutter and one of the two screws attaching the handle to the shutter sheared off. The shutter could not be closed after that because the handle would just spin around. The gauge contained 50 mCi (as assayed 11/01) of Cs-137. The gauge is located about 10 feet above the walkway in the smelter/slag mill. The beam is running parallel to the ground and poses no danger to individuals in the building."

The licensee will remove the gauge and send it to an authorized repair facility.

UT Event Report ID No.: UT170002

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Agreement State Event Number: 52529
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN INTERNATIONAL
Region: 3
City: CHICAGO State: IL
County:
License #: GL 9223295
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/03/2017
Notification Time: 11:51 [ET]
Event Date: 01/29/2017
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/03/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ERIC DUNCAN (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN X-RAY FLUORESCENT ANALYZER

"On Sunday evening January 29, 2017 an instrument case containing a portable lead in paint analyzer belonging to an Environmental Design International, Inc. employee was stolen from a vehicle. The general licensee reported the event the following day to the Agency but had already been in contact with the Chicago Police Department who were investigating. The theft took place in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago while the locked case was in the trunk of a vehicle. This device can only be operated with a password. The maximum surface radiation level from the device as reported by the manufacturer does not exceed 0.1 milliR/h. It contains an IAEA Category 5 level source, the lowest risk category assigned by the IAEA in that no one could be permanently injured by this source and if the radioactive material could be dispersed, would not permanently injure anyone."

Manufacturer: Niton
Model: XLp-300
Serial Number: 84640
Source Manufacturer: Eckert & Ziegler
Source Activity: 25 mCi Cd-109
Source Model: XFB-3
Source Serial Number: TR3631

Illinois Event: IL17003

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: 52530
Rep Org: US COAST GUARD
Licensee: US COAST GUARD
Region: 4
City: KAPOLEI State: HI
County:
License #: GL 5457-40
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNIFER TORRES
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/03/2017
Notification Time: 13:50 [ET]
Event Date: 02/03/2017
Event Time: 08:00 [HST]
Last Update Date: 02/03/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

An inventory of the tritium exit signs at US Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Kapolei, HI determined that one sign was missing.

Last test date: January 2001
Quantity of tritium: 7.5 Ci
Manufacturer: Isolite
Model: 2040
Serial Number: A071367

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: 52532
Rep Org: QAL-TEK ASSOCIATES, LLC
Licensee: QAL-TEK ASSOCIATES, LLC
Region: 4
City: IDAHO FALLS State: ID
County:
License #: 11-27610-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL ALBANESE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/03/2017
Notification Time: 18:02 [ET]
Event Date: 01/31/2017
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/08/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE SHIPMENT LOST IN TRANSIT

"On January 18th, 2017, two Troxler nuclear density gauges (NDG's) were shipped via [the common carrier] from our Idaho calibration facility to the client in Amarillo, Texas. The two gauges (Make: Troxler, Models: 3411 and 3440 Plus, sn: 12605 and 39690) each container 8mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241/Be were checked in at the Pocatello [the common carrier] hub on January 18th. The gauges owner notified the Idaho calibration facility on January 31, 2017 inquiring why the gauges have not arrived. The Idaho calibration facility immediately called [the common carrier] to check the status. [The common carrier] after tracking and looking for the gauges notified the calibration facility that they were not at the Pocatello hub. According to [the common carrier's] tracking system as of 1/24/2017, they were still in Pocatello with no further movement toward the Amarillo, Texas destination. On February 1st, the calibration facility then called on the [common carrier] account manager to apprise him of the priority situation. The account manager said he would call each hub from Pocatello to Amarillo, Texas where the gauges should pass through. The account manager returned the call the same day stating they did not find the gauges in the hub along the anticipated shipping route. The calibration facility continued to pressure [the common carrier] to search their system. On February 3rd, [the common carrier] initiated a 'corporate flag' for every dock to search for the gauges. The calibration facility also dispatched an employee with a meter to survey the Pocatello distribution hub floor and storage locations. The gauges were not found at the Pocatello hub during the survey conducted by the calibration facility representative. On February 3rd, the calibration facility RSO contacted the gauges owner to discuss the status and immediate reporting requirement. Both parties agreed to notify their respective regulators. On February 6th, the [common carrier] account manager notified the calibration facility stating that they have not made any progress finding the missing gauges in their distribution system."

See also Event Notification 52533 for this event reported by Texas.

* * * UPDATE AT 1043 EST ON 02/08/17 FROM MICHAEL ALBANESE TO S. SANDIN * * *

The missing gauges were located by [the common carrier] in their Salt Lake City hub and are enroute to the customer in Amarillo, TX. Notified R4DO (Warnick) and NMSS Events Notifications via email.

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: 52533
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: AMARILLO TESTING AND ENGINEERING INC.
Region: 4
City: AMARILLO State: TX
County:
License #: L02658
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT FREE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/03/2017
Notification Time: 18:45 [ET]
Event Date: 02/03/2017
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/03/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOISTURE DENISTY GAUGE SHIPMENT LOST IN TRANSIT

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Texas licensee, Amarillo Testing and Engineering, reported that two moisture density gauges being shipped to them from Qal Tek in Idaho Falls had gone missing during shipment. The trucking company, has been unable to locate the packages and last identified them in Pocatello, Idaho. The gauges are Troxler model 3411 and 3440 and each contain an 8 mCi Cs-137 and a 40 mCi Americium- 241 source. The packages were delivered to the carrier on 01/18/2017."

Texas Incident: I-9460

See also Event Notification 52532 for this event reported from Qual-Tek in Idaho.

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: 52542
Facility: DRESDEN
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [ ] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-1,[2] GE-3,[3] GE-3
NRC Notified By: ADAM SCHUERMAN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 02/08/2017
Notification Time: 17:06 [ET]
Event Date: 02/08/2017
Event Time: 08:51 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL KUNOWSKI (R3DO)

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

Event Text

TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER EMERGENCY VENTILATION SYSTEM INOPERABLE

"At 0851 CST on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, the Dresden Nuclear Power Station (DNPS) Technical Support Center (TSC) Emergency Ventilation System was emergently declared inoperable due to a failure of the outside air damper to reposition. This resulted in the inability for the TSC ventilation to maintain the required air flow to support habitability during emergency conditions. Actions are being taken to repair damper to restore functionality of the TSC ventilation system. In the interim, station procedures provide guidance to relocate the TSC to an alternate facility. This event is being reported under 10 CFR 72(b)(3)(xiii), Any event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability, or offsite communications capability (e.g., significant portion of control room indication, Emergency Notification System, or offsite notification system).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY RYAN CHAMBERLAIN TO JEFF ROTTON AT 0418 EST ON 02/10/2017 * * *

"At 0108 CST on February 10, 2017, Dresden TSC ventilation has been restored and is now functional.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

Notified R3DO (Kunowski).

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