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Event Notification Report for November 20, 2017

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11/17/2017 - 11/20/2017

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53064 53065 53066 53077

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Agreement State Event Number: 53064
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: FUGRO CONSULTANTS INC.
Region: 4
City: BATON ROUGE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-4282-LO1A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/09/2017
Notification Time: 17:52 [ET]
Event Date: 11/09/2017
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"The Corporate Radiation Safety Officer [RSO] notified LDEQ [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality] that a Troxler Moisture/Density gauge (TMDG) Model # 3411B was run over by a compactor/heavy equipment at one of their temporary job sites. The gauge was left unattended by the operator of the gauge on the construction site while discussing materials results with the jobsite foremen. FCI's [Fugro Consultants Inc.] investigation determined that the cause of the incident was human error and that TMDG sources were not damaged or leaking. The outer housing on the device was damaged. The TMDG was not in use at the time of the incident, the push rod was not extended, and the sources were in the shielded position. The incident happened November 8, 2017, at approximately 8:30 AM. The incident was reported to LDEQ at approximately 3:00 PM.

"The TMDG Model # 3411B, S/N 14273 was loaded with a Cs-137 9 mCi source model # TA-102112, and an Am-241(AmBe) 40 mCi source model # TA-102451.

"The incident happened at a temporary jobsite in West Baton Rouge Parish. The facility: Shintech Ethane Cracker Plant, 26270 Highway 405, Addis, LA. A site RSO is in charge of the investigation, radiation issues, and recommendations for corrective actions. Results are reported to and under the direction of the RSO.

"The damaged gauge was a Troxler, Model 3411B, S/N 14273, loaded with 9 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am/Be. The gauge housing was damaged, but there was no indication the radioactive sources were compromised or leaking. The survey readings were minimal at the surface of the gauge and background in the area of use. The TMDG was loaded into the storage/shipping container and transported to Troxler Electronics Lab., Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, LA, where the gauge integrity is being evaluated and the sources leak tested. If there is a change in the testing results, the information will be updated.

"LDEQ Radiation Staff Personnel visited the Troxler Electronics Lab facility on Greenwell Spring Road to assess the TMDG situation. The LDEQ Staff found the radiation survey reading were in the normal range for a gauge with the sources in the shielded position.

"This event is being reported under 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2) and LAC 33:XV.341.B.2.

"All equipment involved in this incident were isolated and were not a threat to the general public. There was no threat to FCI of Shintech personnel and it appears to be safe."

LA Event Number: LA 170017

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Agreement State Event Number: 53065
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: BAYTOWN State: TX
County:
License #: 01135
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/10/2017
Notification Time: 16:24 [ET]
Event Date: 11/10/2017
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PROCESS GAUGE STUCK SHUTTER

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On November 10, 2017, the Agency was notified by the licensee's service provider that during routine test of an Ohmart Vega model SHD-45 nuclear gauge, the shutter failed to close. Open is the normal operation position. The gauge contains a 250 millicurie (original activity) cesium-137 source. The service provider stated the gauge is not an exposure risk to any individual. The service provider stated no corrective action has been determined."

Texas Incident: I-9520

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Agreement State Event Number: 53066
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: PURCELL, RHODES, & ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: PLEASANT HILL State: CA
County:
License #: 2898-07
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 11/10/2017
Notification Time: 20:06 [ET]
Event Date: 11/10/2017
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/10/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (FAX)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On 11/10/19, California Office of Emergency Services (OES) contacted RHB [Radiologic Health Branch] to report a stolen moisture density gauge. This gauge is a CPN Model MC-3, S/N M311000525 containing 10 mCi of Cs-137 and 50 mCi of Am-241. The gauge was stolen while momentarily unattended in the licensee's facility parking lot. The lot has video surveillance and the footage is being reviewed by the RSO for information. Immediately after the incident, a report was filed with the Concord Police Department. RHB will be following up on this investigation."

California report: 111017

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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Part 21 Event Number: 53077
Rep Org: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
Licensee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
Region: 3
City: MARSHALLTOWN State: IA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GEORGE BAITINGER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/17/2017
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 09/28/2017
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/17/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2DO)
LAURA KOZAK (R3DO)
JASON KOZAL (R4DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACTO (EMAI)

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PART 21 REPORT - CORRECTIVE ACTION FOR FISHER INFORMATION NOTICE 2015-01 INSUFFICIENT

The following is a synopsis of information received via E-mail:

Fisher Information Notice (FIN) 2015-01 was published 3/18/2015 regarding Fisher Type 461 valve plug machining. FIN 2015-01 details an issue in which a valve plug was returned to Fisher after the customer discovered a machining error was present in the plug. This Type 461 valve plug is intended to have a groove machined across the seating surface to provide a controlled leak rate through the valve when the plug is on the seat. It has been determined that the corrective action implemented in association with FIN 2015-01 was insufficient to ensure accurate machining and to prevent reoccurrence of this issue.

This Part 21 Notification (issued as FIN 2017-05) applies to Type 461 Plugs sold or reworked since the publication date of FIN 2015-01. Specifically this notification applies to assembly item number 25A0413X162 that Fisher Controls International LLC (Fisher) supplied to Florida Power and Light (FPL) St. Lucie per FPL Order 2363439 (Fisher Order Number 025-X204270) and to item number 29A7841X052 that Fisher supplied to Entergy Waterford 3 per Entergy Order 10297987 (Fisher Order Number 026N-187174).

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