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Event Notification Report for April 19, 2018

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Event Reports For
04/18/2018 - 04/19/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52047 53322 53325 53342

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 52047
Facility: SAN ONOFRE
Region: 4 State: CA
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] CE,[3] CE
NRC Notified By: PHYLLIS DOMINGUEZ
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 06/27/2016
Notification Time: 22:14 [ET]
Event Date: 06/27/2016
Event Time: 07:29 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/18/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
THOMAS HIPSCHMAN (R4DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAI)

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

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY

A non-licensed contract employee had a confirmed positive for alcohol following a for-cause fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated.

This information will be sent to the NRC Region 4 Office as San Onofre no longer has a resident.


* * * RETRACTION ON 4/18/2018 AT 1308 EDT FROM TIM CUSICK TO STEVEN VITTO * * *

"In the event report, the individual was described as a contract supervisor, thus meeting the reporting threshold. (the violation of the FFD policy was that he failed a for-cause test for alcohol). Recently, an NRC review of SONGS' 2016 Annual Fitness for Duty report found that SONGS described that test failure as 'not reportable' and that the labor category was 'Maintenance
(Craft).' After reviewing the data, Access Authorization confirmed that the individual was a Union Maintenance Foreman (not a supervisor). The event was not reportable."

SONGS will be notifying NRC Region 4.

Notified R4DO (O'KEEFE) and FFD E-mail Group.

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Agreement State Event Number: 53322
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL CARE PROGRAM OF SOUTHERN CA
Region: 4
City: Los Angeles State: CA
County:
License #: 0372-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 04/10/2018
Notification Time: 20:38 [ET]
Event Date: 03/28/2018
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/10/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
DOUGLAS BOLLOCK (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - BRACHYTHERAPY SOURCE DID NOT FULLY RETRACT

The following was received from the State of California via E-mail.

"The Regional RSO, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, contacted LA County Radiation Management (LA County) on April 10, 2018 to report a Medical Event that occurred at the Kaiser Therapy Department on March 28, 2018 located in Los Angeles, CA. The event occurred during a HDR [High-Dose Rate] brachytherapy procedure in which the iridium-192 (Ir-192) source did not fully retract post-treatment and remained in the transfer guide tube about 5 cm from the cylinder-transfer guide tube connector. The source remained in this position between the patient's thighs for approximately 15 minutes resulting in the patient receiving about 300 cGy (300 rad) to the thighs. It was later determined that the source wire was bent near the source which is suspected to be the reason the source did not retract fully.

"A site visit will be conducted to meet with the licensee's personnel when the RSO comes back from travel to gain a better understanding of the details of the event, especially concerning the delay in removing the source from the immediate vicinity of the patient, the delay in reporting the event to the RSO, as well as to better understand the reason the source wire did not fully retract. "

California 5010 Number: 041018 (5010#)

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 53325
Rep Org: UNITED STATES NAVY
Licensee: UNITED STATES NAVY
Region: 1
City:  State: VA
County:
License #: 45-23645-01NA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINO FRAGOSO
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 04/11/2018
Notification Time: 11:38 [ET]
Event Date: 04/05/2018
Event Time: 14:35 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/18/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

LOST RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

"A Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter crashed around 1453 PDT on 5 April 2018 at the outlying landing field of Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. This helicopter carries seven in-blade-inspection-systems (IBIS), one per blade, and each one carries a strontium-90 source with an activity of 0.5 milliCuries. The U.S. Navy was able to retrieve five of the IBIS, but two of them were not located after several surveys of the aircraft and the surrounding area. The U.S. Navy is reporting those two sources as lost for a total 1 milliCurie of strontium-90."

The Licensee has notified NRC Region 1 (Seeley) and (Elliott).


* * * UPDATE FROM L.L. FRAGOSO (VIA EMAIL) TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1242 EDT ON 4/12/18 * * *

"The sixth strontium-90 source has been found buried under the fuselage wreckage. That leaves only one strontium-90 source missing for a total of 0.5 mCi lost."

Notified R1DO (Jackson) and NMSS Events Notification (email).


* * * UPDATE FROM L.L. FRAGOSO (VIA EMAIL) TO ANDREW WAUGH AT 0902 EDT ON 4/18/18 * * *

"The last report was made in error. Upon evaluation of the sixth IBIS (buried underneath a gear box), they found no source pin, hence we still have two missing IBIS sources. Personnel will be surveying the area in the next couple of days in the hope of finding the two missing sources."

Notified R1DO (Lilliendahl) and NMSS Events Notification (email).


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: 53342
Facility: COOK
Region: 3 State: MI
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: CORY SHIMULUNAS
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 04/18/2018
Notification Time: 09:29 [ET]
Event Date: 04/18/2018
Event Time: 03:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/18/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAI)

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 N 0 Defueled 0 Defueled

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY - DISCOVERY OF PARAPHERNALIA THAT COULD BE USED TO FALSIFY URINE TEST

On 4/18/2018, at approximately 0300 EDT, a contract cleaning employee notified her supervisor that she had found an oven mitt and a bottle containing a liquid that was possibly urine. The bottle had a temperature strip and heating element attached to it. These items were found in the trash in a bathroom in the training center located near the bathroom used for Fitness-for-Duty testing. The supervisor notified Security. Security responded and took possession of the objects.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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