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Event Notification Report for March 21, 2018

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03/20/2018 - 03/21/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52792 53206 53252 53255 53257 53258 53274

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Agreement State Event Number: 52792
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: CLEARWATER PAPER CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: MCGEHEE State: AR
County: DESHA
License #: ARK-0530-0312
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SUSAN ELLIOT
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/07/2017
Notification Time: 12:13 [ET]
Event Date: 06/06/2017
Event Time: 10:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JESSE ROLLINS (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK OPEN SHUTTER ON DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided by the State of Arkansas via email:

"During routine shutter checks performed by the licensee on June 6, 2017, the licensee noted that the shutter would not close.

"The gauge is identified as Berthold Model LB 300 L source holder containing 0.189 milliCuries of Cobalt-60.

"The gauge remains operational in the normal use location and the RSO will place additional signs in the area. No maintenance is planned in the area that would require closing of the shutter. The RSO has performed a radiation survey to ensure that radiation exposure is maintained at less than 2 mR/hr in the vicinity of the gauge.

"The licensee has contacted the technical representative who was expected to be at the facility on July 6, 2017, for other maintenance and will examine this gauge.

"In accordance with RH-1502.f.2 (10 CFR 30.50(b)(2)) the malfunctioning shutter is reportable within 24 hours.

"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-2017-003. "

* * * UPDATE ON 3/20/2018 AT 1520 EDT FROM STEVE MACK TO DONG PARK * * *

The following was received via e-mail:

"A report submitted on July 3, 2017, indicated that the cause of the shutter failure was the exposure to alkaline pulp material and the carbon steel construction of the source holder. The source holder was replaced on January 9, 2018 with a comparable source holder constructed of stainless steel. The Department [Arkansas Department of Health] considers this event to be closed."

Notified R4DO (Groom) and NMSS Events Notification via email.

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Agreement State Event Number: 53206
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: E. I. DUPONT
Region: 4
City: ORANGE State: TX
County:
License #: G01819
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KAREN BLANCHARD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 02/13/2018
Notification Time: 12:57 [ET]
Event Date: 02/09/2018
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED NUCLEAR GAUGE STUCK SHUTTER

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On February 12, 2018, the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] that one of its fixed nuclear gauges had a shutter stuck in the closed position. The gauge is an Ohmart-Vega model SH-F1B containing 40 milliCuries of cesium-137. Arrangements have been made with a service company to make repairs. There is no risk of exposure to employees or members of the public. More information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Event: I-9540

* * * UPDATE ON 3/13/2018 AT 1120 EDT FROM ART TUCKER TO DAVID AIRD * * *

The following was received via e-mail:

"The license number provided earlier was incorrect. The license number is L00005. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Notified R4DO (Rollins) and NMSS Events Notification (via email).

* * * UPDATE ON 3/20/2018 AT 1446 EDT FROM KAREN BLANCHARD TO DONG PARK * * *

The following was received via e-mail:

"The license number initially provided was correct. The device in this event is listed on the licensee's General License Acknowledgment (G01819) and not on the Radioactive Materials License (L00005). Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Notified R4DO (Groom) and NMSS Events Notification via email.

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Agreement State Event Number: 53252
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Region: 4
City: PULLMAN State: WA
County:
License #: WN-C003-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW HALLORAN
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 03/08/2018
Notification Time: 10:57 [ET]
Event Date: 02/14/2018
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING SOURCE

The following was received via email from the state of Washington:

"On 2/15/2018, the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] for WSU [Washington State University] contacted DOH [Washington State Department of Health] to report a leaking Cf-252 source. The source was received from University of Nevada - Reno and leak tested on arrival. The initial leak test found 0.0066 uCi of removable contamination. Because the amount of removable contamination detected was very close to the leak testing limit, WSU was asked to check their leak testing process and perform another test. On 2/27/2018, WSU confirmed that the source is in fact leaking and both tests provided the same result and that they are holding the leaking source for disposal. DOH is still awaiting further information on the source manufacturer and model number. More information will be provided in a follow-up report."

* * * UPDATE ON 3/20/18 AT 1336 EDT FROM ANDREW HALLORAN TO DONG PARK * * *

"The RSO provided more information on the source, including the nominal source certificate, and it was confirmed that the source is not a sealed source and does not have a Sealed Source and Device Registration. WSU never put the sources into use and is holding them for disposal. This incident is now closed."

Notified R4DO (Groom) and NMSS Events Resource via email.

WA Incident Number: WA-18-007

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: 53255
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: ALPHA-OMEGA SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: VINTON State: LA
County:
License #: LA-10025-L01,
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/12/2018
Notification Time: 13:54 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2018
Event Time: 15:15 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/12/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
JESSE ROLLINS (R4DO)
ILTAB (EMAI)
NMSS EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 3 " level of radioactive material.

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LOUISIANA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST IRIDIUM-192 SOURCE

The following information was received from the state of Louisiana via email:

"On March 9, 2018, at approximately 3:15 pm [CST], [the RSO of Alpha-Omega Services, Inc.] contacted the Department [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality] to inform us that [the common carrier] had not delivered an HDR Radioactive Sealed Source to Lancaster General Suburban Hospital (LGSH), Lancaster, PA 17604. Documentation of the Event # 53255 was provided on March 10, 2018.

"The shipping date from Alpha-Omega Services in Vinton, LA. was 02/26/2018. The source has not been delivered to LGSH. On March 9, 2018, [the RSO] for [the common carrier] communicated to [Alpha-Omega's RSO], they could not locate the source in the tracking system or in the Memphis, TN hub. It needed to be reported as lost or missing to the NRC. On 03/12/2018, the source has not been located.

"The Ir-192 source is a GammaMed 232, 383 GBq, (10.4 Ci), S/N 24-01-6226-001-020818-12254-81, Transportation Index - 6."

Louisiana Event Report ID No.: LA-180004

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 3 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 some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example: level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging. 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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Agreement State Event Number: 53257
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: PETNET SOLUTIONS, INC.
Region: 1
City: KNOXVILLE State: TN
County:
License #: TN-3887
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID PIESKI
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/12/2018
Notification Time: 15:10 [ET]
Event Date: 03/12/2018
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/12/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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FLORIDA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE TO AN EXTREMITY

The following information was received from the state of Florida via email:

"TLD work record of employee from interval Feb. 26 - March 4, 2018 was received and examined, indicating an acute dose to right hand of 68.8 R and 2.9 R to left hand. [The licensee RSO] is conducting an investigation to determine authenticity of dose or potential other cause. [The licensee RSO] requests all site visits be coordinated through the corporate office in Tennessee. They will fly a representative to meet with BRC [Florida Bureau of Radiation Control] personnel. Per BRC SOP1, Abnormal Occurrence Criteria, this does NOT constitute a reportable event to NRC as it is less than 250 R to extremity."

The event occurred at the licensee's Ft. Lauderdale, FL location. The State only provided the licensee's Tennessee license number. The licensee employee was exposed to Flourine-18.

Florida Incident Number: FL18-028

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Agreement State Event Number: 53258
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: GE HITACHI
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: NC
County:
License #: 0317-3
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRAVIS CARTOSKI
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 03/13/2018
Notification Time: 12:27 [ET]
Event Date: 03/13/2018
Event Time: 09:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/13/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
NMSS EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

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NORTH CAROLINA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PACKAGE EXCEEDED REGULATORY RADIATION LIMITS FOR TRANSPORTATION

The following information was received from the state of North Carolina via email:

"A North Carolina licensee reported the receipt of a package exceeding the limits as defined in 10 CFR 20.1906(d)(2) and 10 CFR 71.47; direct contact readings of the package greater than 200 mR/hr. Origination of the package was: Laguna Verde Power Station in Mexico and the final carrier: Tristate, has been notified.

"Licensee reports that the package exceeding the limits was not designated as Exclusive Use on the bill of lading. At this time, it appears to be a manifest error on the part of Laguna Verde Power Station, Radiation Protection. Licensee followed their internal procedures for the handling of packages designated as Exclusive Use when initial surveys of the received package exceeded the limits in 71.47. Licensee reports that carrier Tristate; handles all shipments to the licensee's location as Exclusive Use.

"At this time, no public health and safety issues have been identified. It was determined through initial licensee surveys that the driver for this shipment did not receive a dose exceeding the limits and no other product was being transported or offloaded with this shipment.

"NC Radiation Protection Section has initiated an investigation and will be responding on-site. Follow up details will be forwarded to the NRC as appropriate following the outcome of this investigation."

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Non-Power Reactor Event Number: 53274
Facility: GENERAL ELECTRIC OF PLEASANTON
RX Type: 100 KW NTR (TANK)
Comments:
Region: 0
City: PLEASANTON State: CA
County: ALAMEDA
License #: R-33
Agreement: Y
Docket: 05000073
NRC Notified By: MATT FEYRER
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 03/20/2018
Notification Time: 09:52 [ET]
Event Date: 03/19/2018
Event Time: 11:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 03/20/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
NON-POWER REACTOR EVENT
Person (Organization):
DUANE HARDESTY (NRR)

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TEST AND RESEARCH REACTOR - NOTIFICATION OF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION VIOLATION

At 1130 PST on 3/19/18, with the reactor at 100% power (100 kW thermal), GE Hitachi Vallecitos Nuclear Test Reactor violated their Technical Specifications (NDO 32765, section 6.1.3.1) when the licensed reactor operator became sick, called for the backup licensed reactor operator, and left the control room. The backup licensed operator entered the control room less than 30 seconds after the other operator left. There were other trained but unlicensed operators in the control room. The reactor remained at 100% power with no issues.

This notification is the 24 hour notification required in accordance with GE Hitachi Vallecitos Nuclear Test Reactor Technical Specifications (NDO 32765, section 6.1.3.1). The Technical Specifications also require a 14 day written report which will be submitted. The facility has initiated a corrective action report (28168).

GE Hitachi Vallecitos Nuclear Test Reactor, license R-33, is a 100 kW thermal Light Water Highly Enriched Graphite Moderated Reactor.

The licensee notified their NRC Project Manager.

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