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Event Notification Report for October 26, 2017

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10/25/2017 - 10/26/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53021 53024 53025 53035

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 53021
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Region: 1
City: CARLISLE State: PA
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DHARLES BETONEY II
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/17/2017
Notification Time: 16:43 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

FOUR LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

"During a periodic safety inspection of an installation facility, the Safety Manager noted that up to four tritium exit signs were missing from mounting locations above partition wall doorways. Photoluminescent equivalents had been installed in their place. The exit signs were manufactured by Safety Light Corporation with an effective life cycle of ten years set to expire on November 2017. Model numbers and activity levels of the missing signs are unknown. A local search for items returned negative results and the exit signs were determined lost on 16 October 2017. Interviews conducted with base operations personnel and contract employees indicate tritium exit signs were removed on or around 16 August 2017 and replaced with a non-radioactive equivalent. It is believed that the exit signs were disposed of in a municipal waste dumpster on the installation. An internal investigation is underway to gather additional information and determine root cause.

"The U.S. Army Garrison - Carlisle Barracks reported the lost exits signs as a general license holder pursuant to 10 CFR 31.5. Telephonic reporting requirement in 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(1)(ii) applies. A formal written report will be submitted within 30 days after making the telephone report with the NRC that 10 CFR 20.2201(b) requires."

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: 53024
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: L3 TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: G0766
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT LOCKE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/18/2017
Notification Time: 14:16 [ET]
Event Date: 10/18/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/18/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING SEALED SOURCE

The following information was received via e-mail:

"L3 Technologies reported a leaking foil sealed source to the Agency (Massachusetts Radiation Control Program). A wipe of the source was taken on Monday, 10/16/17 and results were received on Wednesday, 10/18/17. The leak test was measured at 0.0089 microCuries.

"Source Information: Ni-63, 15 mCi, Model # 19233, Serial # L7947.

"Device Information: Hewlett Packard Model # 5890, Serial # C-128/83.

"The foil source is housed in a gas chromatograph unit that has not been used in many years. The unit is covered and locked away in a storage room. Personnel do not routinely access the unit. Leak tests have been performed every 6 months. There is no immediate risk of contamination at the facility.

"The licensee expressed that they will appropriately dispose of the source and unit.

"The licensee is required to submit a written report to the Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] within 30 days."

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Agreement State Event Number: 53025
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: HENDERSONVILLE State: NC
County:
License #: 045-1581-0G
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRAVIS CARTOSKI
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/18/2017
Notification Time: 14:41 [ET]
Event Date: 09/21/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/18/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FAILED FIXED NUCLEAR DENSITY GAUGE SHUTTER

The following information was received via e-mail.

"The licensee discovered that the shutter to a fixed nuclear density gauge was missing on 9/21/17 during routine leak tests. Prominent barriers were immediately put in place around the fenced area containing the gauge to further cordon off the area to prevent any access to the area. Three days prior to discovery, the licensee performed routine cleaning in which the shutter was observed in place at that time. The gauge is located on top of winding equipment 6.5 feet high, located inside of a fenced area. The fenced area provides an additional 4 feet from the gauge separating areas where personnel may traffic on the ground. The radiation beam for the gauge is pointing down from its location and travels about 6 inches to the target plate. By facility design, placement of the gauge includes additional barriers and fencing, access to the gauge by any person is restrictive and following interviews with the licensee, no exposures are suspected to have occurred due to the faulty shutter.

"The manufacturer completed repairs to the fixed gauge on 10/6/17.

"Gauge Information: NDC Amersham Model # 103, Serial # 11302.

"Source Information: Am-241, 150 mCi, QSA Global, Inc. Model # AMC.P6, Serial # 5244AR."

NC Tracking Number: 170042

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 53035
Facility: GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL - AMERICAS
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 TO UO2)
                   LEU FABRICATION
                   LWR COMMERICAL FUEL
Region: 2
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County: NEW HANOVER
License #: SNM-1097
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: JERALD HEAD
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/25/2017
Notification Time: 09:55 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2017
Event Time: 10:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
SHANE SANDAL (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
FFD GROUP (EMAI)
BRICE BICKETT (R1DO)
RAY AZUA (R4DO)

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT

"GE Hitachi Security became aware of Potentially Disqualifying Information regarding a contract worker who was approved for access to two plant sites by the GEH Access Authorization Unit (AAU). As part of the initial review of this information, it was further discovered that the requisite employment verification performed by the AAU failed to properly verify employment for at least one year of the required scope.

"Affected plant sites have been notified and the individual's access terminated pending further investigation."

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