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Event Notification Report for April 3, 2018

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04/02/2018 - 04/03/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53282 53283 53284 53289 53307 53309 53310

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Agreement State Event Number: 53282
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: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/23/2018
Notification Time: 12:42 [ET]
Event Date: 03/22/2018
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/23/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING TUBE FROM TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The following information was received via E-mail:

"Licensee reports that on 3/22/2018 it was determined that a tube from an Everglo Tritium Exit sign was missing. The other three tubes were in the sign. The discovery was made as the sign was being prepared for shipment to disposal. At this time, there is no suspected excessive exposure to employees or members of the public.

"Licensee will follow up with additional information [as required] per 10 CFR 20.2201(b). When this report is received by the NC Radioactive Materials Branch, this event will be updated to complete the record."

NC Event Tracking Number: 180013

See EN 53279 for corresponding report from licensee.

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: 53283
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: QUASLPEC, LLC (currently merged with TEAM)
Region: 4
City: BENICIA State: CA
County:
License #: 5299-07
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARUNIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/23/2018
Notification Time: 16:49 [ET]
Event Date: 03/22/2018
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 03/23/2018
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 - RADIOGRAPHY PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"On 03/23/18, the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) (appointed RSO since the merge with TEAM) contacted RHB (California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch) to report an occupational overexposure to one of their radiographer trainers. On 03/22/18, the licensee was made aware of an overexposure to a trainer when the trainer's instadose dosimeter was processed. The badge reading indicated a whole body exposure of 5769 mR (licensee processes instadose dosimetry every two weeks for all the users). Further investigation revealed that the radiographer assistant that worked with this trainer also received a whole body exposure of 4583 mR. Preliminary investigation indicates the individuals may have received the recorded exposure during radiographic operations conducted at Chevron Refinery, Richmond, CA, where the source apparently may not have been fully retracted into the shielded position following an exposure. It is believed that a confirmatory survey was not performed following the exposure.

"The exposure device involved is an INC-IR100 camera, device S/N 6756, with an activity of 88.9 Ci of Ir-192.

"Both individuals have been removed from any radiographic operations. The exposure device was inspected and did not show any signs of defects or damages. The licensee's investigation is ongoing and RHB will be following up on this incident.

"Note: RHB is in the process of merging the two licenses, Qualspec, LLC and Team Industrial Services RML # 6720."

California 5010 Number: 032318

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Agreement State Event Number: 53284
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: RADIOLOGY SUPPORT DEVICES, INC. aka RSD
Region: 4
City: LONG BEACH State: CA
County:
License #: 5311-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS MIKO
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/23/2018
Notification Time: 18:36 [ET]
Event Date: 09/01/2017
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 03/23/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AM-241 SOURCE

The following information was received via E-mail:

"In a letter dated December 20, 2017, the President of Radiology Support Devices (RSD)/Alderson Phantoms reported to the Sacramento office of California Department of Health Services, Radiological Health Branch that 9 (nine) sealed sources were missing. The source activities varied from very low microCi quantities to less than picoCi quantities. It was not recognized that one source met the criteria for immediate reporting until a routine, scheduled inspection by Los Angeles County Radiation Management was performed of RSD.

"It was discovered on March 22, 2018 that eight of the nine sealed sources were below the 10 CFR 20 Table C reporting requirements, but one sealed source, 2.89 microCi of Am-241 (North American Scientific; calibration date January 1995, no serial number available) met the NRC 24 hour reportability threshold of 1.0 microCi.

"The licensee suspects the sources may have been taken by a previous employee. However, the previous employee has denied taking the sources."

California 5010 Number: 032218

Notified Mexican Government Representatives via E-mail.

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: 53289
Rep Org: NV DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: AZTECH MATERIALS AND TESTING, LLC
Region: 4
City: LAS VEGAS State: NV
County:
License #: 00-11-0482-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN FOLLETTE
HQ OPS Officer: DAVID AIRD
Notification Date: 03/26/2018
Notification Time: 17:02 [ET]
Event Date: 03/26/2018
Event Time: 10:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 03/28/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
VINCENT GADDY (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
JIM WHITNEY (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The following is an excerpt from a report received from the State of Nevada:

"At 1000 PDT on March 26, 2018, the State of Nevada Radiation Control Program was informed by Aztech Materials and Testing, LLC, that a Humboldt, Model 5001EZ, Serial Number 3491, containing 10 mCi of cesium-137 and 40 mCi americium-241:beryllium, was stolen from the licensee's vehicle. The gauge was secured with two locks in the back of a pickup truck. The State is following the incident and working with local authorities to develop a press release. Local law enforcement and the FBI have been notified. Follow-up information will be provided to NRC on the recovery of the stolen gauge and entered into NMED (Nuclear Material Events Database)."


* * * UPDATE FROM JOHN FOLLETTE TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1730 EDT ON 3/28/2018 * * *

The following information was received via E-mail:

"The State of Nevada Radiation Control Program has been informed by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department that the stolen portable nuclear gauge has been recovered. Below is the notification:

"'All items were recovered in a stolen vehicle (abandoned, no suspects located). Patrol officers will be releasing the items back to Aztech.'

"The NMED report will also be updated."

Notified R4DO (Gaddy). Notified via E-mail ILTAB (Whitney) and NMSS Events Notification.

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 53307
Facility: MCGUIRE
Region: 2 State: NC
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MARK ROSSKAMP
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 04/02/2018
Notification Time: 11:20 [ET]
Event Date: 04/02/2018
Event Time: 10:24 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/02/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
STEVE ROSE (R2DO)

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

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PLANNED TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER (TSC) MODIFICATION

"This is an eight-hour, non-emergency notification for a loss of emergency assessment capability. This event is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) because the work activity affects the functionality of an emergency response facility.

"A planned modification to the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system started on April 2, 2018. The work activity includes replacement of the air conditioning system. The work duration is approximately three weeks.

"If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during this period, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Emergency Coordinator will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures. The Emergency Response Organization team has been notified of the TSC modifications and the possible need to relocate during an emergency.

"There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53309
Facility: VOGTLE
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [3] [4] [ ]
RX Type: [3] W-AP1000,[4] W-AP1000
NRC Notified By: DANIEL MICKINAC
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 04/02/2018
Notification Time: 18:33 [ET]
Event Date: 04/02/2018
Event Time: 15:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/02/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
STEVE ROSE (R2DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAI)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Under Construction 0
4 N N 0 Under Construction 0

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CONTRACTOR SUPERVISOR TESTS POSITIVE DURING FITNESS FOR DUTY TEST

A contractor employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a fitness for duty test. The employee's access to the site has been terminated.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53310
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: TOM RYDZEWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: DAVID AIRD
Notification Date: 04/03/2018
Notification Time: 02:53 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2018
Event Time: 00:19 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/03/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
FRANK ARNER (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

LOSS OF SECONDARY CONTAINMENT FOLLOWING SURVEILLANCE TESTING

"On April 3, 2018 at 0019 [EDT], the Susquehanna control room received indication that a loss of Secondary Containment Zone 3 differential pressure had occurred. Control room operators noted the loss following completion of surveillance testing. The cause is under investigation. Zone 3 differential pressure was restored to greater than 0.25 inches WC [water column] at 0145 [EDT].

"Zone 3 differential pressures being less than 0.25 inches WC constitutes a loss of Secondary Containment based on not meeting requirements of SR [Surveillance Requirement] 3.6.4.1.1.

"This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) and per the guidance of NUREG-1022, Revision 3, Section 3.2.7, as a loss of a Safety Function. There is no redundant Susquehanna Secondary Containment system."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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