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Event Notification Report for March 21, 2017

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Event Reports For
03/20/2017 - 03/21/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52502 52603 52604 52606 52608 52610 52624 52625 52627

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Part 21 Event Number: 52502
Rep Org: C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Licensee: C&D TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 1
City: BLUE BELL State: PA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARMAND LAUZON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 01/20/2017
Notification Time: 16:01 [ET]
Event Date: 11/23/2016
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
LADONNA SUGGS (R2DO)
AARON McCRAW (R3DO)
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACT (EMAI)
PART 21 MATERIALS (EMAI)

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PART 21 - PLASTIC JAR DEDICATION SAMPLING

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

"The purpose of this letter is to provide the NRC an interim report in general conformity to the requirements of 10CFR Part 21.21 (a)(2). During an internal audit in November 2016, the sampling plan for dedication of plastic jars used in 1E battery cells was reviewed. Two lot numbers are associated with each plastic jar, a material lot number and a molding number. A material lot may encompass several molding lots. The dedication sampling plan was based on the material lot, and may not have properly sampled variations in critical characteristics generated by molding lots. An analysis of historical data is underway to determine whether any deviations to specifications for critical characteristics may have occurred, and whether these possible deviations could represent a defect as defined by Part 21. C&D expects that this analysis will be completed by March 20, 2017.

The facilities where the components have been supplied are:
Arkansas Nuclear One, Limerick, Beaver Valley, Millstone, Braidwood, Monticello, Browns Ferry, Nine Mile Point, Byron, Oconee, Clinton, Palisades, Columbia, Perry, Cook, Point Beach, Cooper, Prairie Island, Crystal River, River Bend, Diablo Canyon, Robinson, Duane Arnold, Salem, Farley, Sequoyah, Fermi, St. Lucie, Fitzpatrick, Summer, Ft. Calhoun, Susquehanna, Grand Gulf, Three Mile Island, Harris, US Navy, Hatch, Vogtle, Hope Creek, Vermont Yankee, Indian Point, Waterford, Watts Bar, LaSalle

"If you have any questions or wish to discuss this matter or this report, please contact

"Robert Malley
VP Quality and Process Engineering
bmalley@cdtechno.com
(215) 619-7830"

* * * RETRACTION ON 3/20/17 AT 1602 EDT FROM ROBERT MALLEY TO DONG PARK * * *

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

"Based on this review the Interim Report (NRC Log No. 2016-00-06) dated January 20, 2017 is retracted. If you have any questions or wish to discuss this matter, please contact

"Robert Malley
VP Quality and Process Engineering
bmalley@cdtechno.com
(215) 619-7830"

Notified R1DO (Bickett), R2DO (Ernstes), R3DO (Orlikowski), R4DO (Drake), Part 21/50.55 Reactors group, and Part 21 Materials group.

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Agreement State Event Number: 52603
Rep Org: MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: TEAM INDUSTRIAL SERVICES INC.
Region: 3
City: ROSEVILLE State: MN
County:
License #: 1192
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TYLER S. KRUSE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 03/10/2017
Notification Time: 13:08 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2017
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARK JEFFERS (R3DO)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (NMSS)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIRE DURING RADIOGRAPHY OPERATIONS

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

"A Team Industrial Services radiography crew was working at Flint Hills Refinery on March 9, 2017. Approximately 7 minutes after starting a 13 minute exposure, one of the radiographers (Radiographer 1) noticed a fire had started near the exposure device. Radiographer 1 instructed the other radiographer (Radiographer 2) to call the plant's fire department and notify the Team's lead radiographer at their Rosemount location. Radiographer 1 then attempted to retract the source and was unsuccessful. Radiographer 1 then successfully extinguished the fire however the fire started again shortly after. At this point Radiographer 1 exited the unit. [The Team's lead radiographer] instructed the crew to extend their boundaries and wait for assistance. [The Team's lead radiographer] contacted the Team's Radiation Safety Officer.

"The fire department arrived and was able to extinguish the fire from a ladder truck located outside the radiographer's boundaries. The Team's lead radiographer and [another individual] arrived on-site and assessed the situation. Other available radiographers were dispatched to the site to assist in monitoring the site boundaries. [The Team's lead radiographer] sent pictures of the site to [the Team's Radiation Safety Officer] who contacted QSA for assistance in planning the source retrieval. The retrieval team was able to identify that the drive cables conduit was melted, exposing the drive cable and separating the connection from the camera causing the crank to malfunction. They manually attempted to retract the drive cable and were able to confirm with survey meters that the source was still connected to the drive cable. The drive cable was manually retracted and the source was pulled into the shielded position. Surveys were taken to confirm the source was shielded, and the source was locked in position.

"The source has been leak tested and the sample was overnighted to QSA for analysis. The plant is assessing the situation and will issue a report regarding the cause of the fire. The pocket dosimeter readings for the crew were as follows:

Radiographer 1: 54 mR
Radiographer 2: 15 mR
Another individual: 13 mR
Team's lead radiographer: 5 mR

"The licensee is in the process of assessing the dose received by the fire fighters, however it is assumed that their doses were minimal based on the doses received by the radiography crew and their distance from the source. The licensee is preparing and will issue a written report within the required 30 day time frame.

"Exposure device: QSA 880 D. Source: A-424-9, Ir-192, 64 curies"

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Agreement State Event Number: 52604
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: NUTTING ENGINEERS
Region: 1
City: BOYNTON BEACH State: FL
County:
License #: 0934-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TIM DUNN
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 03/10/2017
Notification Time: 13:52 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2017
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TROXLER GAUGE

The following report was received from the State of Florida Bureau of Radiation Control via email:

"[The licensee] left the gauge on the tailgate of his truck and drove away from the jobsite. Realizing that he had forgotten to secure the gauge properly he retraced his travel back to the last known location, but could not find the missing gauge.

"Device Type: Moisture Density
Manufacture: Troxler
Model Number: 3430
Serial Number: 70824
Isotope and Activity: Cs-137, 8 mCi and AmBe 40 mCi.

"Florida Incident Number: FL17-074"

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: 52606
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: SOURCE PRODUCTION & EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC.
Region: 4
City: ST. ROSE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2966-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PATE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/13/2017
Notification Time: 11:48 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2017
Event Time: 09:50 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
PAM HENDERSON (NMSS)
JEFF GRANT (IRD)
ADAM TUCKER (ILTA)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - IR-192 SOURCE SHIPPED TO THE WRONG LOCATION

The following information was obtained from the state of Louisiana via email:

"On Friday, March 10, 2017, TEAM Industrial Services, Inc., in Borger, TX expected to receive two Ir-192 radiography camera sources from Source Production & Equipment Co., Inc., in St. Rose, LA. Only one source arrived at TEAM Industrial. The transportation company began a search for the missing source and discovered that the source had been shipped to Portland, OR. The source, 105 Ci of Ir-192 (as of 3/13/17), is enroute to TEAM Industrial in Texas and expected to be there by Thursday 3/16/17. The source was a G-60 source, serial number YC0801, in a SPEC-150, serial number 137."

Louisiana Event Report ID No.: LA170003

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 52608
Rep Org: MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GERDAU AMERISTEEL US, INC.
Region: 3
City: ST. PAUL State: MN
County:
License #: 1109
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LYNN FORTIER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/13/2017
Notification Time: 17:11 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2017
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KARLA STOEDTER (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK IN OPEN POSITION

The following information was obtained from the state of Minnesota via email:

"Minnesota Dept. of Health [MDH] was notified by phone message March 10, 2017. The message was retrieved March 13, 2017 by the RAM [Radioactive Material] unit Supervisor. MDH visited the site March 13, 2017 and gathered the following information regarding the source holder.

"Category: External EMS Housings
Source Model: P-2608-100 (Co-60)
Gauge Model: LB 300 ML
Manufacture Date: 10/2013
Manufacturer: Berthold Systems, Inc.
Source Number: 1816-10-13 (mold housing 12)
Original Activity: 1.5 mCi
Current Activity: 1.4050 mCi

"The licensee is a steel processor and the incident involved molten steel encasing the source holder, locking the shutter in an open position. This is not a typical occurrence. The licensee is working with a consultant (Applied Health Physics) to develop a plan for removing the source holder from the mold and determining whether the source holder is repairable or if it needs to be disposed of."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52610
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: AESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Region: 4
City: HUNTINGTON BEACH State: CA
County:
License #: 7197-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHLEEN HARKNESS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/13/2017
Notification Time: 18:09 [ET]
Event Date: 03/12/2017
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (FAX)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was obtained from the state of California via email:

"A Troxler model 3440, serial number 69286 moisture density gauge was stolen from a gauge user's locked vehicle during the night of March 11, 2017. The vehicle was parked at his residence overnight (in Northridge, CA and with permission from the RSO) due to an early morning job on March 12, 2017. This Troxler model contains an 8 mCi Cs-137 sealed source and a 40 mCi Am-241:Be sealed source.

"The Troxler's Cs-137 source rod was locked into SAFE mode with a padlock and the transport case had two locked padlocks. One chain with two locks secured the transport case to the crew cab seat, within the locked truck. Los Angeles Police Dept. [LAPD] responded and found the truck's window had been broken. The police took fingerprints from the vehicle and filed a report. In addition, LAPD advised AESCO to place a Craigs List ad under Lost and Found offering a reward for the return of the stolen gauge."

California report number: 5010-031217


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: 52624
Facility: NINE MILE POINT
Region: 1 State: NY
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-2,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: NOAH LACY
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 03/20/2017
Notification Time: 04:40 [ET]
Event Date: 03/20/2017
Event Time: 02:27 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 4 Startup 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

MANUAL SCRAM DUE TO PRESSURE OSCILLATIONS

"On March 20, 2017 at 0227, Nine Mile Point Unit1 was manually scrammed due to pressure oscillations. The Unit was offline and reactor shutdown was in-progress at the time of the scram. The scram was inserted at approximately 4% reactor power when pressure oscillations occurred exceeding the procedurally required limit for pressure oscillations. The cause of the scram was due to Operators manually inserting the scram. The cause of the pressure oscillations is being investigated."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R1DO (Gray).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52625
Facility: WATTS BAR
Region: 2 State: TN
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN TUITE
HQ OPS Officer: NESTOR MAKRIS
Notification Date: 03/20/2017
Notification Time: 10:17 [ET]
Event Date: 03/20/2017
Event Time: 08:13 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
MIKE ERNSTES (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 91 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP AS A RESULT OF SECONDARY PLANT TRANSIENT

"On March 20, 2017 at 0813 EDT, Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Unit 2 operations personnel manually tripped the plant from approximately 91 percent power based on lowering steam generator levels. Prior to the plant trip, the 2A Hotwell pump tripped at 0758 EDT and the 2C Condensate Booster Pump subsequently tripped at 0802 EDT. Operations personnel commenced to lower plant power after the 2A Hotwell pump trip in an attempt to maintain steam generator levels, but were unable to recover level and manually tripped the unit.

"All control rods fully inserted and all automatically actuated safety related equipment operated as designed. At 0905 EDT, operations personnel exited the emergency operating instructions after the plant was stabilized. The cause of the event is under investigation.

"This event is reportable to the NRC within four hours under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) as a result of the actuation of the Reactor Protection System and in eight hours under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as a result of actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater system.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52627
Facility: POINT BEACH
Region: 3 State: WI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-2-LP,[2] W-2-LP
NRC Notified By: MARY SIPIORSKI
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 03/20/2017
Notification Time: 17:53 [ET]
Event Date: 03/20/2017
Event Time: 16:20 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2017
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
ROBERT ORLIKOWSKI (R3DO)
CHRIS MILLER (NRR)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)
CYNTHIA PEDERSON (R3RA)
BILL DEAN (NRR)

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

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED FOR FIRE ALARM IN CONTAINMENT

"At 1620 [CDT], an unusual event was declared due to a smoke detector alarm in Unit 1 containment. [There were] no indications of any other detector alarms, no abnormal equipment indications, and containment parameters are normal (temperature, humidity).

"At 1631 [CDT], visual inspection [of the] 66 ft. hatch indicated no smoke or abnormal smell.

"At 1640 [CDT], local inspection of Unit 1 containment verified no fire or hot spots."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, DHS NICC. Notified FEMA National Watch and Nuclear SSA via E-mail.

* * * UPDATE FROM RYAN RODE TO DONG PARK AT 2208 EDT ON 3/20/2017 * * *

"Event transmitted under ENS # 52627 is terminated at 2022 [CDT on] 3/20/17."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

Notified R3DO (Orlikowski), NRR EO (Miller), and IRD (Stapleton). Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, DHS NICC. Notified FEMA National Watch and Nuclear SSA via E-mail.

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