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Event Notification Report for April 10, 2017

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04/07/2017 - 04/10/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52653 52654 52656 52670

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Agreement State Event Number: 52653
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER
Region: 1
City: GEORGETOWN State: SC
County:
License #: 060
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LELAND R. CAVE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 03/31/2017
Notification Time: 11:21 [ET]
Event Date: 03/22/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/31/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BILL COOK (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK GAUGE SHUTTER

The following report was received from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control via email:

"The licensee provided notification of a stuck shutter on a Berthold Model LB7440 fixed gauging device. The shutter was stuck in the open position. The gauging device contains 100 mCi of Cs-137. A licensed contractor found the shutter stuck in the open position on March 22, 2017, and the licensee notified the State [of South Carolina] on March 30, 2017. The contractor proceeded with corrective maintenance on the shutter mechanism. The licensee stated that a written report will be sent within 30 days of the event. Updates to this event will be made through the NMED system."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52654
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: RADIATION HEALTH BRANCH
Region: 1
City: LOUISVILLE State: KY
County:
License #: 201-501-90
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CURT PRENDERGRASS
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 03/31/2017
Notification Time: 16:15 [ET]
Event Date: 03/28/2017
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/31/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BILL COOK (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS OF CONTROL OF A SEALED SOURCE

The following information was received from the Commonwealth of Kentucky via facsimile:

"On 3/28/2017 the licensee left a Cs-137 brachytherapy sealed source at [address provided]. On 3/30/2017 the licensee discovered the source was not in its shielded container and immediately determined the location of the source and took steps to retrieve and secure it. This event is actively being investigated by the licensee."

Kentucky Event: KY170003

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

Note: This device is assigned an IAEA Category 3 value based on the actual radioactivity of the source, not on the device type. (Reference IAEA RG-G-1.9)

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Agreement State Event Number: 52656
Rep Org: OR DEPT OF HEALTH RAD PROTECTION
Licensee: JRT CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Region: 4
City: MERLIN State: OR
County:
License #: 91180
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TODD CARPENTER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 04/02/2017
Notification Time: 10:36 [ET]
Event Date: 04/02/2017
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/02/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS HIPSCHMAN (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

OREGON AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

An Oregon state licensee reported that a Campbell Pacific moisture density gauge model CPN-MC3 (serial number MC380304170) was stolen from a jobsite in Merlin, OR sometime late last night or early this morning. The licensee reported that the gauge was properly secured in a temporary storage building when the building was burglarized. The gauge and other equipment were stolen during the burglary. The licensee has contacted the local police department.

The gauge contains 10 mCi of Cs-137 and 10 mCi of Am-241/Be.

The state of Oregon will be contacting state and county officials to request public notification about the stolen gauge.

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: 52670
Facility: PALO VERDE
Region: 4 State: AZ
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] CE,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: DAVID HECKMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 04/07/2017
Notification Time: 14:49 [ET]
Event Date: 04/05/2017
Event Time: [MST]
Last Update Date: 04/07/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACTO (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
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

PART 21 - CIRCUIT BREAKER DEFECT DISCOVERED DURING CURRENT INJECTION TESTING

"On April 5, 2017, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) completed an evaluation of a deviation, and concluded the condition represented a defect under 10 CFR 21. APS previously submitted an interim report (ADAMS Accession Number ML 16344A118) for this condition pursuant to 10 CFR 21.21(a)(2).

"A GE-Hitachi Type AKR-2BE-50, 2000 Amp circuit breaker (used to connect Class 1E batteries to the related Class 1E 125 VDC busses) exhibited arcing and smoking during current injection testing performed to test the overcurrent trip setpoint prior to installation. Arcing occurred at one of two hex bolts anchoring the protective trip device to the line side bus. The electrical arcing resulted from inadequate tightening of both hex bolts which caused a loose electrical connection on the bus within the breaker.

"APS concluded this condition could result in the breaker failing to perform its safety function and thus could create a substantial safety hazard. The breaker had been refurbished by GE-Hitachi and was received by APS and tested on October 13, 2016. Following the test failure, the damaged bolt was replaced, both bolts were tightened, and the breaker was retested and installed.

"Pre-installation inspection and testing that includes current injection testing, recommended in GEH document GEK-64459, should, and did, detect faults such as the condition identified in this notification. GE-Hitachi entered this failure into their corrective action program.

"Vendor: GE HITACHI NUCLEAR ENERGY, 3901 CASTLE HAYNE RD., WILMINGTON, NC 28402-2819

"Device: Breaker Model AKR-2BE-50, 2000 Amp, Serial No. N8682600001

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed."

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