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Event Notification Report for December 19, 2017

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Event Reports For
12/18/2017 - 12/19/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53109 53113 53114 53125

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Agreement State Event Number: 53109
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: INTEGRA TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 4
City: WICHITA State: KS
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES UHLEMEYER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/08/2017
Notification Time: 17:26 [ET]
Event Date: 12/08/2017
Event Time: 15:20 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/08/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS HIPSCHMAN (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST POLONIUM SOURCE

The following information was excerpted from an email received from the State of Kansas:

The licensee is reporting that an ionizer containing a radioactive source (Model Number P-2063-1000) was lost. The licensee currently has 3 other ionizers of the same model. The device radioactive source was Polonium-210 (SN: A2KT674) with an activity of 31.5 mCi and was last leak tested on 9/20/2016. The device was checked out by the licensee and placed within the secure test floor while testing electrical devices at the Integra Technologies facility. The missing device use was last logged on 8/25/2017. The licensee believes that their maintenance department mistakenly threw the device away. Upon discovering that the device was missing, the licensee searched their facility several times over without finding the device. The prevention for further loss is that the remaining 3 units will be mounted in permanent locations using security screws so they cannot be removed by unauthorized personnel.

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: 53113
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS, LLC
Region: 4
City: ZACHARY State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2162-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PATE
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 12/11/2017
Notification Time: 14:43 [ET]
Event Date: 12/06/2017
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/11/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EQUIPMENT MALFUNCTION - STUCK SHUTTER

The following was received via fax:

"On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, a contract technician from BBP Sales conducted Georgia-Pacific semiannual shutter checks. It was found that a handle would not turn to close a shutter for a level gauge. The gauge was a Ronan holder model SAI-F37 manufactured in 1987. The sealed source serial number is MI104. This is a 150 mCi Cesium-137 source.

"Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) was notified on December 11, 2017.

"The source holder will have to be replaced as there is no way to remove the shutter for repair."

LA Report ID: LA20170018

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Agreement State Event Number: 53114
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: STERIS ISOMEDIX SERVICES
Region: 1
City: SPARTANBURG State: SC
County:
License #: 267
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LELAND CAVE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 12/11/2017
Notification Time: 16:29 [ET]
Event Date: 12/09/2017
Event Time: 03:28 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/11/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ART BURRITT (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - IRRADIATOR DISABLED SOURCE RACK

The following information was received from the State of South Carolina by email:

"On Monday, December 11, 2017 at [1100 CST], the Department [South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control] was notified by [the] Corporate RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] of STERIS Isomedix Services that one of the source racks had been stuck in the 'up' position. The incident happened at [0328 CST] on Saturday, December 8, 2017. The worker saw that there was an unload fault on the system indicating that the rack was stuck so he called maintenance to try to correct the problem. At [0340 CST] the Radiation Safety Officer [and then the corporate RSO were notified] about the event. [The RSO] called and left a message on an employee voicemail rather than calling the 24 hour emergency phone number.

"The workers were able to go into the penthouse to correct the problem and lower the source rack back into the pool. The workers found that a carrier had a cracked hinge. They checked all of their other carriers and replaced a total of two carrier doors. The RSO informed the CRSO [Corporate Radiation Safety Officer] that the situation was resolved at [0724 CST]. The licensee stated that a written report will be sent within 30 days of the event."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53125
Facility: FORT CALHOUN
Region: 4 State: NE
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: (1) CE
NRC Notified By: CHAD KUCHTA
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 12/18/2017
Notification Time: 10:44 [ET]
Event Date: 12/18/2017
Event Time: 07:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/18/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)

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

Event Text

INADVERTENT EMERGENCY SIREN ACTIVATION DURING TESTING

On December 18, 2017 at 0710 CST, five (5) sirens in the Ft. Calhoun Station Emergency Planning Zone for Pottawattamie County, Iowa, were inadvertently activated for less than one (1) minute. There was no emergency. The plant is permanently offline and undergoing decommissioning.

This siren actuation was a result of a Pottawattamie County testing error and was cancelled.

The licensee notified the State of Iowa, Pottawattamie County, the National Weather Service, local radio station and informed NRC Region 4 (Browder).

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