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Event Notification Report for August 11, 2017

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08/10/2017 - 08/11/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52882 52883 52885 52896 52897

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Agreement State Event Number: 52882
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: ELEKTA, INC.
Region: 1
City: ATLANTA State: GA
County:
License #: GA 1153-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GREG REESE
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 08/02/2017
Notification Time: 14:51 [ET]
Event Date: 07/26/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JON LILLIENDAHL (R1DO)
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 3 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

LOST IRIDIUM SOURCES IN TRANSIT

The following is excerpted from a report emailed from the Georgia Radioactive Materials Program:

On 7/26/17, two Ir-192 Elekta sources (each approximately 11.2 Ci) were shipped from Alpha-Omega Services in Vinton, LA, via a common carrier with two different destination points. They made it to the common carrier's warehouse in Memphis, TN, but then were "lost." An investigation for both cases has been opened with the common carrier and the common carrier point of contact has been notified via email.

The packages were expected on 7/28/17 at their respective destinations. Serial number 31016 to UPMC Altoona in Altoona, PA and serial number 10729 to Arrowhead Radiation & Oncology Imaging Center in Glendale, AZ.

* * * RETRACTION ON 8/10/17 AT 1114 EDT FROM GREG REESE TO BETHANY CECERE * * *

The following is excerpted from an email from the Georgia Radioactive Materials Program:

Georgia is requesting retraction of the Georgia NMED Report of 8/2/17. The two sources referenced therein were never lost.

Notified R1DO (Bickett), R4DO (Gepford), NMSS Events Notification and CNSNS (Mexico) by email.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 3 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 some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example: level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 52883
Rep Org: ARIZONA RADIATION REGULATORY AGENCY
Licensee: ATEK ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, LLC
Region: 4
City: CHANDLER State: AZ
County:
License #: AZ 07-662
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BRIAN D. GORETZKI
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 08/02/2017
Notification Time: 18:53 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2017
Event Time: 15:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FAILED NUCLEAR MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE HANDLE LOCKING MECHANISM

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

"During a routine inspection, the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency discovered that the handle locking mechanism of a CPN MC-3 Portaprobe (Serial # M39068944) containing 370MBq (10mCi) of Cesium-137 and 1.85 GBq (50mCi) of Americium-241/Beryllium, failed to function as intended. While testing the locking mechanism, the inspector was able to lower the Cs-137 source out of its housing, exposing the source, while the handle and trigger were in the locked position. The licensee was notified and the gauge was immediately placed out of service. The utilization log for the gauge was checked and it was determined that the gauge had not been in use for the previous 6 months. None of the users had reported issues with the gauge prior to that time. The licensee committed to having the gauge serviced as soon as possible.

"The Agency [Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency] is continuing to investigate the event.

"The [Arizona] Governor's office and U.S. NRC are being notified of this event.

"[Arizona] First Notice: 17-011"

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Agreement State Event Number: 52885
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: EXXONMOBIL BATON ROUGE PLASTICS PLANT
Region: 4
City: BATON ROUGE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2349-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RUSSELL CLARK
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/03/2017
Notification Time: 14:47 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2017
Event Time: 14:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/03/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED GAUGE SOURCE STUCK IN DIP TUBE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"On August 2, 2017, at approximately 1400 CDT, [the] Radiation Safety Officer of ExxonMobil notified the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) of an equipment malfunction. A Model LB300 IS Berthold level/density gauge installed on G-Line High Pressure Separator Vessel, V5300 and possessing seven nominally 50 mCi Co-60 sealed sources, was undergoing a routine annual shutter test in which the sealed sources were being pulled upwards in their dip tubes via connecting cables to the top of the source holder. The source in dip tube No.1 became stuck in its dip tube and could not be pulled upward further. The source in dip tube No.1 could not be successfully returned to its normal operating position. The sources in dip tubes Nos. 3, 4, and 5 were successfully pulled up to the top of the source holder. According to [the RSO], the sources in dip tubes Nos. 2 and 6 had already become stuck in their dip tubes and not returned to the source holder during the previous shutter test conducted during June 2016, and that now there are three sources, source serial numbers, 1369-08-02, 1370-08-02 and 1374-08-02, respectively stuck within their dip tubes Nos. 1, 2, and 6. The licensee placed a service call to [a] Berthold contract service engineer on August 2, 2017, but was unable to contact him and left a voicemail message. [The Berthold contract service engineer] will conduct a maintenance inspection of the gauge as soon as possible. The above sources have gone through approximately 3.2 half-lives since installation and so the true activity of the above Co-60 sources is approximately 5.4 mCi. This is not an emergency situation. ExxonMobil Radiation Safety Office staff is monitoring the vessel condition and have the situation under control. There is not a potential for off-site exposure."

Louisiana Event Report ID No.: LA170011

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Non-Power Reactor Event Number: 52896
Facility: REED COLLEGE
RX Type: 250 KW TRIGA MARK I
Comments:
Region: 0
City: PORTLAND State: OR
County: MULTNOMAH
License #: R-112
Agreement: Y
Docket: 05000288
NRC Notified By: CHRISTINA BARRETT
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 08/10/2017
Notification Time: 16:40 [ET]
Event Date: 08/09/2017
Event Time: 10:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
NON-POWER REACTOR EVENT
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY WERTZ (NRR)
ELIZABETH REED (NPR)

Event Text

POTENTIAL TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION VIOLATION

"I'm calling under Technical Specification 6.7.2.4 to report a potential Technical Specification violation. The relevant Technical Specifications are 3.2.2 and 3.2.3, specifically related to a non-operational power monitoring channel. Because this channel was inoperable at low powers, the source interlock was not capable of performing its intended function. Potential violations occurred an August 1st, 3rd, and 4th. The condition was identified on August 9th."

The licensee notified the NRC Project Manager (Wertz).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52897
Facility: RIVER BEND
Region: 4 State: LA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-6
NRC Notified By: JACK MCCOY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 08/10/2017
Notification Time: 17:14 [ET]
Event Date: 08/10/2017
Event Time: 10:34 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
FFD GROUP (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

Event Text

NON LICENSED SUPERVISOR CONFIRMED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL

A non licensed supervisor confirmed positive for alcohol during a fitness for duty test. The employee's access has been terminated.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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