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Event Notification Report for May 29, 2018

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Event Reports For
5/25/2018 - 5/29/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53407 53411 53412 53414 53415 53428 53429

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 53407
Rep Org: ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING & CONSULTING
Licensee: ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING & CONSULTING
Region: 3
City: ROMULUS   State: MI
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ALAN HILL
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 05/17/2018
Notification Time: 15:29 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2018
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
KARLA STOEDTER (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
CNSC (CANADA) (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

LOST OR STOLEN LEAD PAINT ANALYZER

Environmental Testing and Consulting (ETC) is reporting a lost/stolen lead paint analyzer. The device was last seen approximately two weeks ago by the user in the trunk of his/her car. The lost device was having software issues and a backup device was used in its place. ETC has 14 other similar devices that have all been accounted for. No tampering or evidence of theft was observed by the licensee. ETC notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the manufacturer (Heuresis) of the device regarding the event.

Activity: Co-57 sealed source, 5mCi (185 MBq)
Serial Number: 1166
Device: Heuresis Pb200i Lead Paint Analyzer

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: 53411
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: MEDICAL FACILITY
Region: 4
City:   State: TX
County: WEATHERFORD
License #: L02973
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARTHUR TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVEN VITTO
Notification Date: 05/18/2018
Notification Time: 16:08 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/18/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - POTENTIAL UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION

The following was received from the State of Texas via email:

"On May 11, 2018, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee that an event had occurred. The licensee stated that a patient had been treated with I-131 for thyroid cancer on May 4, 2018. The patient was instructed on the procedure, restrictions, and their responsibility after the treatment. The patient signed a document stating they understood the instructions. The patient was scheduled to return on May 11, 2018, for a whole body scan. The patient was discharged after the radionuclide was administered.

"On May 11, 2018, the patient failed to show up for his 1000 hours appointment. At 1100 hours, the nurse (nurse one) working the scanner area received a phone call from a floor nurse. The floor nurse asked if they had an appointment for the patient in this event. Nurse one stated they did, but he failed to show up for the appointment. The floor nurse stated that the individual was in their treatment area. Nurse one asked how long he had been there and the floor nurse stated he had been brought to them 4 days prior with an injury from a fall. Nurse one asked why radiology had not been informed and the floor nurse stated they were not aware of his previous procedure.

"The licensee surveyed the patient and found they were reading above background. The licensee determined areas of the hospital outside the patient's room the patient would have been in and surveyed them. No contamination was found. The licensee removed all material from the patient's room and moved it to its decay room for storage. Access to the patient's room was restricted until it decays to levels not distinguishable from background. The licensee established controls to prevent any further contamination resulting from the patient. The patient was discharged from the hospital to the rehab facility on May 14, 2018.

"The Agency was not aware that access was restricted to the patient's room until the written report was reviewed on May 18, 2018. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-9575

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Agreement State Event Number: 53412
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: QUALSPEC, LLC
Region: 4
City: RICHMOND   State: CA
County: CONTRA COSTA
License #: 5299-07
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 05/18/2018
Notification Time: 18:12 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/18/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTAB)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - UNATTENDED RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following was received from the State of California via email:

"On 05/18/18, RSO [radiation safety officer] contacted RHB [Radiologic Health Branch] to report an incident where one of their radiographic exposure devices was left unattended at a job site inside a refinery. Licensee reported that due to a miscommunication, around 6:00 am [PDT] on 05/18/18 a camera was left unattended in an uncontrolled unit within the Chevron Refinery, in Richmond, CA, for several hours before it was discovered and placed it under licensee's control. The camera involved is a Model Ir-100, S/N 4850, Source S/N 223D containing 86 Ci of Ir-192. RHB will be following up on this investigation. (Note: Currently, Qualspec, LLC is in the process of merging with another licensee, TEAM Industrial Services)"

California ID # 051818

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.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 53414
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 3
City: COLUMBUS   State: OH
County: FRANKLIN
License #: 31210250040
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL RUBADUE
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 05/21/2018
Notification Time: 15:33 [ET]
Event Date: 05/20/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/21/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ROBERT DALEY (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
CNSC (CANADA) (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of Ohio via email.

"The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reported a Troxler Model 3440 gauge was stolen from a locked storage trailer near a road construction site in Londonderry, OH. The theft occurred during the weekend and was discovered on Monday, 5/21/2018. ODOT reported the theft to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.

"An Ohio inspector will investigate the site on 5/22/18.

"Device Name: PORTABLE GAUGE
Manufacturer: TROXLER
Model Number: 3440
Serial Number: 23963

"Source Number: 1
Source/Radioactive Material: SEALED SOURCE GAUGE
Radionuclide: Cs-137
Activity: 0.009 Ci (9 mCi or 333 MBq)
IAEA Category: 5

"Source Number: 2
Source/Radioactive Material: SEALED SOURCE GAUGE
Radionuclide: Am-241
Activity: 0.044 Ci (44 mCi or 1.628 GBq)
IAEA Category: 4"

OHIO Item #: OH180003

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: 53415
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: NOT APPLICABLE
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO   State: FL
County: ORANGE
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PAUL NORMAN
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 05/21/2018
Notification Time: 21:49 [ET]
Event Date: 05/21/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/08/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POSSIBLE PLUTONIUM SPHERE FOUND

Received the following by email from Florida Bureau of Radiation Control.

"[A] resident at Waterford [Senior Living Center], recently passed away. His son contacted a licensed Firearms Dealer and Estate Appraiser, to assess his father's estate value. [The appraiser] discovered a metal canister containing a grayish-silver marble-sized sphere. A certificate in the [deceased's] personal effects states that the sphere is Pu, and is a gift given in appreciation of the [deceased's] contributions to The Manhattan Project. Also included in the [deceased] personal effects is a piece of glass said to be from Atomic Bomb Testing. The Certificate is signed by Robert Oppenheimer. [The Estate Appraiser], contacted the ATF. The ATF Special Agent contacted the Bureau of Radiation Control (BRC) Duty Officer. A preliminary investigation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2018."

Florida report # FL18-062.

* * * UPDATE ON 05/22/2018 AT 13:32 EDT FROM PAUL NORMAN TO THOMAS KENDZIA * * *

"Phone conversation with appraiser and son revealed the following:

"Deceased passed away years ago, and his wife, who has had her spouse's possessions since then, is moving from the Senior Center. Their son was given the name of an Estate Liquidator, to assess their belongings. The appraiser came across a metal shoe shine sized canister containing what he described as marble sized pellets and sandy glass, that had Plutonium marked on it. There also was a framed Reference letter addressed to the deceased from Robert Oppenheimer, thanking him for his contributions to The Manhattan Project. Unbeknownst to the son, the appraiser then contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with his concerns.

"The son stated that the material in the canister was fused sand from the Trinity test site, and did not know why the appraiser was concerned about it."

Florida report # FL18-062.

Notified R1DO (Dimitriadis), IRD MOC (Pham), and NMSS Events Notification (email).

* * * UPDATE ON 06/08/2018 AT 09:17 EDT FROM TIM DUNN TO OSSY FONT * * *

"[Florida Bureau of Radiation Control] would like to update [NMED] item #180240, regarding the Manhattan Project memorabilia thought to be Plutonium:

"Lab Results
34.76 grams (spherical shape)
0.623 inches (15.82 mm) diameter
Calculated density 16.75 g per cm3 (Uranium is 19.1), so this is some type of alloy.

"Analysis of spectra by DOE indicates natural uranium."

Florida report # FL18-062.

Notified R1DO (Jackson), IRD MOC (Grant), and NMSS Events Notification (email).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53428
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1     State: CT
Unit: [] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN MAGYARIK
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 05/27/2018
Notification Time: 00:40 [ET]
Event Date: 05/26/2018
Event Time: 22:01 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/27/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO SPURIOUS SIREN ACTUATION

County and state governments were notified due to the spurious actuation of a single emergency notification siren located in New London County in the Town of Lyme. The siren was silenced. If required, alternate notification of the public in the area will be through local Emergency Operations Center route alerting.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 53429
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3     State: MI
Unit: [2] [] []
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: JEFF MYERS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/27/2018
Notification Time: 12:42 [ET]
Event Date: 05/27/2018
Event Time: 06:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/27/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
ROBERT DALEY (R3DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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REACTOR WATER CLEANUP SYSTEM DECLARED INOPERABLE

"On May 27, 2018 at 0630 EDT, the Reactor Water Cleanup (RWCU) System Isolation Differential Flow - High function was declared inoperable as a result of indicating downscale. This condition would have prevented the primary containment isolation valves for the RWCU system from automatically isolating on a high differential flow instrumentation signal.

"At 0753, RWCU was shutdown and the affected penetration flow paths were isolated in accordance with station procedures per Fermi Technical Specifications.

"The cause of the event is under investigation.

"There was no radiological release associated with this event. All other RWCU primary containment isolation instrumentation functions remained operable and the associated RWCU system primary containment isolation valves were capable of being remotely closed by the control room operators throughout the event. However, the condition is reportable pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."


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