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Event Notification Report for September 27, 2017

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09/26/2017 - 09/27/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52975 52977 52992

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Agreement State Event Number: 52975
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: RMA GROUP
Region: 4
City: RANCHO CORDOVA State: CA
County:
License #: 7565-34
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 09/18/2017
Notification Time: 20:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2017
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FOUND TROXLER GAUGE

The following is a report emailed from the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch (RHB):

"On 09/18/17, RHB received a call from an employee at an unlicensed facility (Clorox Company) in Fairfield, CA, regarding recovery of a lost/stolen moisture density gauge. The gauge is a Troxler Model 3450, S/N 1083 gauge containing approximately 9 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241. On Sunday afternoon (09/17/17) one of the Clorox employees noticed a locked container left on the side of the street in front of their facility. On Monday (9/18/17) morning, the locked container was noticed to have been moved farther from the road and closer to their facility. Clorox called Troxler and Fairfield Police, but neither could pick up the container. The Clorox employee then contacted RHB, and received instruction on how to safely store the container until RHB arrives at the facility. RHB picked up the gauge the same day and brought it back to the storage facility at the Richmond Regional office. A survey performed by RHB at the Clorox facility using a Thermo Scientific Rad Eye B20, S/N 30744, calibrated 03/09/17, indicated 0.4 mR/hr at one meter, which is a typical reading for a moisture density gauge in its transportation container. The type A transportation container appeared to be in good condition and was locked with two padlocks. RHB had the padlocks cut, and located a copy of a license indicating the gauge belongs to RMA Group in Rancho Cordova, CA (License # 7565-34). RHB has not received any notification from the licensee regarding a lost or stolen gauge. RHB will be contacting the licensee to follow up on this incident."

California 5010 Number: 091817

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: 52977
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: SCHLUMBERGER
Region:
City:  State:
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MYRON K. RILEY
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 09/19/2017
Notification Time: 13:16 [ET]
Event Date: 09/19/2017
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - WELL LOGGING SOURCES STUCK DOWN HOLE

The following information was received via fax:

"On September 19, 2017, the [Alabama Department of Public Health] received a phone call from Schlumberger, stating that they had failed to notify the Agency [Alabama Department of Public Health] upon entering the State, to perform a job on September 13, 2017, and that two sources (Cf-252 - 18.3 mCi and Cs-137 - 1.78 Ci) are stuck down hole.

"Schlumberger stated that the first fishing attempt had failed to recover the sources, and the second attempt is now underway. Gathering information is continuing."

Alabama Incident: #17-26


* * * UPDATE FROM MYRON RILEY TO VINCE KLCO AT 1148 EDT ON 9/26/2017 Via Fax * * *

"On September 24, 2017, after several days of fishing for the logging tools, all recovery attempts had been unsuccessful and the sources were cemented in place down hole.

"The licensee will follow up with a written report and a picture of the plaque to be placed on the well head."

Notified R1DO (Bower) and NMSS Events Notification 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

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 52992
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: KEVIN LOWE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/26/2017
Notification Time: 11:03 [ET]
Event Date: 09/26/2017
Event Time: 05:43 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
RANDY MUSSER (R2DO)

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

Event Text

AUTOMATIC START OF THE 2B EMERGENCY DIESEL DUE TO A VALID UNDERVOLTAGE SIGNAL

"At approximately 0543 [EDT], while [recovering from the performance of] 2B Emergency Diesel Generator and ESFAS testing, a [subsequent] valid undervoltage actuation signal was sent to the 2B Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG). The 2B AC emergency bus (2BA03) was load shed, the 2B EDG automatically started, and tied to 2BA03. The 2BA03 bus was loaded by the automatic load sequencer. The actuation was identified by the Control Room operators and the 2B EDG was locally monitored while in service.

"This actuation is reportable due to the automatic actuation of a system listed in 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(B).

"The reactor was not critical at the time of the event and not challenged throughout the event.

"Decay heat removal and spent fuel pool cooling were not challenged throughout the event.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The cause of the undervoltage condition is under investigation.

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