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Event Notification Report for May 10, 2017

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05/09/2017 - 05/10/2017

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52720 52721 52722 52723 52741

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Agreement State Event Number: 52720
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL INC.
Region: 1
City: LEXINGTON State: KY
County:
License #: 201-072-56
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHRISTOPHER KEFFER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 05/01/2017
Notification Time: 11:30 [ET]
Event Date: 04/27/2017
Event Time: 15:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/01/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING SOURCE

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

"KY RHB [Kentucky Radiation Health Branch] Inspector, Christopher Keffer, was performing a routine health and safety inspection of the licensee when the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] discovered that a stored device was missing. According to the RSO, the laboratory where the device was stored was cleaned out the week before; it is currently believed that the device has been thrown away and is now in a landfill."

The sealed source identification number is NR-536-D-808-B associated with a Perkins Elmer Clarus Model 500. The source is a Ni-63, 15 microCurie source.

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: 52721
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: MOUNTAIN HOME State: AR
County:
License #: GL-0026
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANGIE D. HALL
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 05/02/2017
Notification Time: 14:16 [ET]
Event Date: 04/29/2017
Event Time: 18:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARK HAIRE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE WITH STUCK SHUTTER

The following report was received from the State of Arkansas via e-mail:

"The Arkansas Department of Health was notified via telephone and e-mail on Monday, May 1, 2017, at approximately 1337 [CDT] of the licensee's general licensed device stuck shutter and the failure of the shutter mechanism. The equipment failure appears to have occurred from strong thunderstorms. The lockout procedure was verbally verified with the licensee.

"The licensee's fixed gauge is a ThermoFisher Scientific, Model Number E-SFL10-XX, Serial Number SP9810, which contains approximately 1,178.42 mCi Kr-85 (approximately 43.60 GBq Kr-85).

"The original activity: 1,250 mCi Kr-85 (approximately 46.25 GBq Kr-85) as of June 1, 2016. The source's Model Number is TFC-185 and the Serial Number is QC00256.

"Licensee operations with the gauge are twenty-four hours a day. The gauge has a fail-safe closing shutter mechanism and the gauge immediately went into the safe mode electronically during the thunderstorm. The closed shutter position was verified by the visual colored indicators in place.

"There have been no known radiation exposures to personnel and/or members of the public. There have been no known radiological health and safety concerns.

"The shutter will be repaired by the manufacturer today, May 2, 2017, whom will perform a root cause analysis. The State of Arkansas is awaiting information from today's evaluation, repairs, and surveys.

"The State is awaiting a 30 day written report from the licensee."

State Event Number: ARK-2017-002

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 52722
Facility: PALISADES
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] CE
NRC Notified By: BARBARA DOTSON
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 05/02/2017
Notification Time: 15:26 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2017
Event Time: 09:28 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT ORLIKOWSKI (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

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FAILED ULTRASONIC TESTING OF WELD

"On May 2, 2017, during planned inspections, an ultrasonic examination performed on weld PCS-4-PRS-1P1-1, revealed an axial indication in the pressurizer nozzle to safe end area of the weld. This indication does not meet applicable acceptance criteria under ASME, Section XI.

"The plant was in cold shutdown at 0% power for a planned refueling outage at the time of discovery. The condition will be resolved prior to plant startup.

"This condition has no impact to the health and safety of the public.

"The licensee notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

"This report is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A), since an indication was found that did not meet acceptance criteria referenced in ASME Code, Section XI.

* * * RETRACTION ON 5/9/17 AT 1303 EDT FROM BARBARA DOTSON TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

"Additional evaluations of the recorded indication concluded that the indication was attributed to an erroneous ultrasonic response. This was the result of a combined effect of compromised surface contact at the area of the recorded indication and associated examination scan speed. The contact issue is attributed to the specific tooling configuration required for this exam. The combination of these factors resulted in the introduction of an erroneous reflector in the area of interest that had characteristics of a relevant indication.

"The vendor repeated the entire examination for axial flaws and there were no service induced indications recorded. A review of the newly acquired data by site, vendor and EPRI personnel confirmed that no service induced flaws are present."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R3DO (Hills).

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Agreement State Event Number: 52723
Rep Org: NC DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Licensee: TROXLER ELECTRONIC LABORATORIES
Region: 1
City: RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK State: NC
County:
License #: 032-0182-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRAVIS CARTOSKI
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 05/02/2017
Notification Time: 16:29 [ET]
Event Date: 05/01/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/02/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DWYER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL SHIPMENT EXCEEDING RADIATION LIMITS

The following was received by the state of North Carolina by email:

"On 5/1/2017, licensee received a 5 gallon shielded drum containing 8 Cf-252 sources with a total activity of 148 MBq (4.0 mCi). Shipment of the sources originated from E&Z Isotope Products, License Number: 1509-19. Shipment was made through [a common carrier]. The drum was labeled Yellow-III and had a TI [Transport Index] of 9.4. The licensee followed procedures for receiving and securing radioactive materials shipments. Once the drum was secured, the licensee noted surveys of the drum were higher than expected:

Side survey of the drum was 18 mrem/hr (gamma) on contact and 90 mrem/hr (neutron) for a total of 108 mrem/hr.

Top survey of the drum was 40 mrem/hr (gamma) on contact and 400 mrem/hr (neutron) for a total of 440 mrem/hr.

Bottom survey of the drum was 3 mrem/hr (gamma) on contact and 20 mrem/hr (neutron) for a total of 23 mrem/hr.

"The drum was then shielded with polyethylene and cadmium. Upon resurveying the drum to confirm readings the following differences were noted: With the drum upright and the neutron detector on top of the drum, the reading was 400 mrem/hr. With the drum on its side and the neutron detector in contact with the drum, the reading was 440 mrem. Wipes of the drum were then taken and the results were [less than] MDL (Minimum Detectable Levels).

"The drum was then opened for further inspection by the licensee. It was noticed that a polyethylene bag containing sources was sitting on top of the shield plug and was only about 2 inches from the top of the drum and not covered by any shielding indicating that the sources were not shielded correctly prior to shipment.

"The sources were in-processed by the licensee and are still in the licensee's possession (quantity and activity as approved per their NC License).

"North Carolina Radiation Protection, [the common carrier] and E&Z Isotope Products were notified of the event on 5/1/2017.

"NC Radiation Protection is actively investigating this event at this time.

"Report ID Number (NC): NC170020

"At this time the cause and corrective action is to be determined. NC Radiation Protection will be reaching out to E&Z Isotope Products and [the common carrier] for more information. The licensee was authorized to receive the materials in the quantity and activity they received."

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Part 21 Event Number: 52741
Rep Org: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT
Licensee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
Region: 3
City: MARSHALLTOWN State: IA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KIM SAGAR
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 05/09/2017
Notification Time: 14:36 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2017
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/09/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)
RANDY MUSSER (R2DO)
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
JOHN KRAMER (R4DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACTO (EMAI)

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PART 21 REPORT - POTENTIAL MINIMUM WALL THICKNESS ISSUE ON CERTAIN POSI-SEAL VALVES

The following report was received via email:

"Pursuant to 10 CFR 21.21 (a)(2), Fisher Controls International LLC ('Fisher') is providing required written interim notification of a potential failure to comply concerning minimum wall requirements in the packing box region of certain Posi-Seal valves [A11].

"On March 10, 2017, Fisher discovered a minimum wall issue while processing an order. While the order at issue was corrected prior to shipment, Fisher is currently engaged in an extent of condition investigation to determine whether the noncompliance extends beyond the specific order. Fisher anticipates completing this investigation and disseminating additional information on or before June 9, 2017. Appropriate corrective action will be initiated to prevent reoccurrence.

"Should there be any further questions concerning this matter, please contact Benjamin Ahrens, Manager, Quality by email at Benjamin.Ahrens@Emerson.com or via phone at 641-754-2249."

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