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Event Notification Report for March 9, 2018

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Event Reports For
03/08/2018 - 03/09/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53160 53231 53233 53234 53237 53238

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 53160
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PHIL BALES
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 01/10/2018
Notification Time: 02:13 [ET]
Event Date: 01/09/2018
Event Time: 19:28 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/08/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
FRANK EHRHARDT (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

BOTH TRAINS OF CONTAINMENT AIR RETURN FANS INOPERABLE

"During normal power operations at 100 percent power on Unit 2, both trains of Containment Air Return Fans (CARF) were declared inoperable at 19:28 [EST] on January 9, 2018 due to a common issue with control power fuses. The fuses potentially could not handle the in-rush current upon re-energizing the circuits. This condition resulted in a loss of a reasonable expectation that the Unit 2 Containment Air Return Fans would meet their design safety function and mitigate an accident. This loss of safety function is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), 8 hour report. The site entered T.S. 3.0.3 at 19:28 and exited at 20:54 when repairs to 2B CARF were completed. 2A CARF repairs are complete. There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The senior NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The licensee verified this problem does not affect unit-1.

* * * RETRACTION AT 0939 EST ON 03/08/2018 FROM JUSTIN BLACK TO TOM KENDZIA * * *

"A subsequent evaluation determined that the fuses for the Containment Air Return Fans (CARFs) would be able to perform their safety function and were operable at the time of discovery. The limiting safety condition for the fuses is the return to power following a Loss of Offsite Power (LOOP). The evaluation determined that the fuses would satisfy their safety function upon re-energizing the circuits if a LOOP occurred and would not impact the ability of the CARFs to perform their safety function. The subject fuses were replaced on January 9, 2018."

The Licensee notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector.

Notified the R2DO (Musser).

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Agreement State Event Number: 53231
Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT
Licensee: MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, BELL-SAVOY PLANT
Region: 4
City: KEMP State: OK
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE BRODERICK
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 02/28/2018
Notification Time: 10:37 [ET]
Event Date: 02/27/2018
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/28/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK OPEN

"At about 0900 CST, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality [OK DEQ] received a report from Martin Marietta Materials Bell-Savoy Plant, located in Kemp, Oklahoma. They reported that a factory technician had discovered on February 27, 2018 that the shutter was stuck open on an Ohmart SH-F1 Gauge, serial number 7117GK. The device reportedly contains a 100 milliCurie (as manufactured, the device is believed to be over ten years old) Cesium source, but no source model number or serial number is known at this time. The company has closed off the area irradiated by the exposed source until the shutter can be repaired. No overexposures to humans are known or suspected. The company recently purchased the plant from another owner, and should have a GLD registration with the state, but does not have one. OK DEQ has not been able to locate a registration for the previous owner. This is a preliminary report based on initial information submitted to us, and will be updated when more information becomes available."

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Agreement State Event Number: 53233
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA GLOBAL, INC.
Region: 1
City: BURLINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 12-8361
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: DAVID AIRD
Notification Date: 02/28/2018
Notification Time: 14:33 [ET]
Event Date: 02/28/2018
Event Time: 10:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/01/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BRICE BICKETT (R1DO)
GRETCHEN RIVERA-CAPE (NMSS)
DESIREE DAVIS (ILTA)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 2 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PACKAGE CONTAINING CATEGORY 2 SEALED SOURCES MISSING IN TRANSIT

The following information was received via E-mail:

"QSA Global reported via telephone on 2/28/2018 that a package shipped via [a common carrier] on 2/19/2018 (shipping documents prepared on 2/16/2018), containing two Model A424-9 Ir-192 industrial radiography sealed sources within a Model 650L source changer, was reported as missing via telephone by [the common carrier] at 1030 EST on 2/28/2018. [The common carrier] trace was already initiated and in progress, and tracking indicates last known package location was [the common carrier] hub in Memphis, TN. This was a RQ UN2916, Yellow-III, Type B package with a Transport Index of 1.9 at time of shipment. Package dimensions were 26x22x34 cm. Source changer SN 263. Sources - SN 63782G (111.6 Ci on 2/14/2018) and 73783G (108.0 Ci on 2/14/2018).

"This situation is an immediately reportable event per regulation.

"The search for the missing package is ongoing.

"Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] currently considers this docket to still be OPEN."

Package Origin: Burlington, MA, USA
Intended Destination: Bogota, Columbia

Notified External: DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, DHS NICC Watch Officer, and EPA EOC.

Notified External via E-mail: FDA EOC, NuclearSSA, FEMA NRCC SASC, FEMA National Watch Center, DNDO-JAC.


* * * UPDATE FROM ANTHONY CARPENITO (VIA EMAIL) TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1119 EST ON 3/1/2018 * * *

QSA Global reported to the Agency that the package was received at its intended destination on 2/26/2018. Agency considers this event to still be OPEN.

Massachusetts Radiation Control Program updated Tennessee Division of Radiological Health.

Notified R1DO (Bickett), NMSS EO (Rivera-Capella), ILTAB (English), IRD MOC (Pham), and NMSS Events (email).

Notified External: DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, DHS NICC Watch Officer, and EPA EOC.

Notified External via E-mail: FDA EOC, NuclearSSA, FEMA NRCC SASC, FEMA National Watch Center, DNDO-JAC.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 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 a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.

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Agreement State Event Number: 53234
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER OPERATIONS
Region: 4
City: CROSSETT State: AR
County:
License #: ARK-0321-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID STEPHENS
HQ OPS Officer: DAVID AIRD
Notification Date: 02/28/2018
Notification Time: 14:45 [ET]
Event Date: 02/28/2018
Event Time: 11:27 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/28/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK OPEN

The following report was received from the State of Arkansas via e-mail:

"At approximately 1127 CST on 2/28/2018, the Arkansas Department of Health [ADH] Radioactive Materials Program received a phone call from the licensee stating that during routine shutter tests the gauge shutter handle fell off and the shutter is stuck open. The gauge is a Vega America Corporation (Ohmart) Model A-2102, serial number 6997, originally containing 1.5 Curies [Cesium-137] on 4/30/1968 (calculated current activity approximately 475 milliCuries).

"Discussion with the licensee indicates that the gauge is mounted on a digester, outside of normal employee traffic. It is normally open during operations and is only closed during maintenance of the digester, which is not planned. Cautionary signage is already present. The licensee representative stated that the staff will be made aware of the situation. Licensee maintenance is assessing the situation and will advise the ADH Radioactive Materials program of the plan for handling this situation.

"The State of Arkansas is awaiting a written report from the licensee and final disposition information for the gauge. The State's event number is AR-2018-003."

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Agreement State Event Number: 53237
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: AMARILLO TESTING & ENGINEERING INC.
Region: 4
City: AMARILLO State: TX
County:
License #: 02658
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 03/01/2018
Notification Time: 15:51 [ET]
Event Date: 02/28/2018
Event Time: 16:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/01/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the Texas Department of State Health Services via email:

"On March 1, 2018, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee that at approximately 1630 CST on February 28, 2018, one of its technicians was performing a density test at a job site when an equipment operator veered off of his path and over into the path where the technician was testing. The technician was barely able to get out of the way of the heavy equipment, but was unable to move a Troxler Model 3440 Plus gauge and it was run over.

"The gauge contains a 40 milliCurie Americium-241 source and an 8 milliCurie Cesium-137 source. The casing on the gauge was damaged and the Cesium source rod was bent. The technician straightened the rod and secured the gauge in its transport case.

"The licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) responded to the site and performed a radiation survey of the ground where no elevated levels were identified. The RSO surveyed the device and radiation levels were between five and eight millirem/hour, which the RSO stated is higher than normal. The RSO has contacted the manufacturer for guidance. The gauge is in storage area at the licensee's facility. The gauge is not an exposure risk to any individual. The Agency will respond to the licensee's location to perform additional surveys. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9548

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Agreement State Event Number: 53238
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: ENGEO INCORPORATED
Region: 4
City: SAN RAMON State: CA
County:
License #: 3016-07
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAMANI HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/01/2018
Notification Time: 15:34 [ET]
Event Date: 02/28/2018
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/01/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN AND RECOVERED MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was obtained from the State of Texas via email:

"On February 28, 2018, the radiation safety officer from ENGEO Incorporated, contacted RHB [California Radiologic Health Branch] to report a stolen moisture-density gauge. This is a Troxler moisture-density gauge, Model 3440, Serial Number 23533 containing 9 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241. According to the licensee, the operator left the gauge secured to the open bed truck at a job site, and upon his return noticed the gauge had been stolen. The gauge was stolen without the Type A container. The licensee immediately notified San Ramon Police Department (SRPD) of the incident.

"Note: On 03/01/18, at approximately 1100 PST, SRPD notified the licensee that they had recovered the gauge near the job site. The licensee is enroute to recover the gauge from SRPD. RHB will be following up on this incident."

California Report No.: 5010-022818

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