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Event Notification Report for October 31, 2018

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Event Reports For
10/30/2018 - 10/31/2018

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53464 53682 53683 53684 53686 53687 53689 53708

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Part 21 Event Number: 53464
Rep Org: AAF FLANDERS
Licensee: AAF FLANDERS
Region: 1
City: WASHINGTON   State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHAWN WINDLEY
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 06/20/2018
Notification Time: 20:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/02/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(a)(2) - INTERIM EVAL OF DEVIATION
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACTORS ()

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PART 21 - INTERIM REPORT NOTIFICATION

The following was received via phone call and email:

This report provides notification and interim information concerning an evaluation being performed by AAF Flanders for an unapproved design change in a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter.

"An evaluation is underway for filters that underwent a non-approved design change. AAF Flanders has determined that an evaluation cannot be completed within the 60 day period. Discovery of the potential deviation was May 2, 2018.

"The information required for the 60-Day Interim Report Notification 21.21(a)(2) was provided. We anticipate that the evaluation will be completed by Sept 15, 2018.

"AAF Flanders is evaluating a potential nonconforming condition associated with filters (model number 0-007-C-42-03-NU-11-13-GG FU5) supplied to Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant (PINGP) / Xcel Energy."

AAF Flanders notified Prairie Island Nuclear Plant of this potential defect.

* * * UPDATE ON 9/14/2108 AT 1129 EDT FROM SHAWN WINDLEY TO ANDREW WAUGH * * *

The following information was received via email:

"A notification was submitted to the Commission with the subject matter of, 'Unapproved Design Change in a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter.' At this time, the evaluation is pending third party qualification testing of the product. Information obtained from the qualification will be used in the determination of a defect. AAF Flanders had anticipated this process to have been completed by Sept 15, 2018 but because it is still on-going, we request an extension until October 31, 2018 to submit a final report to the Commission.

"The subject filters (model number 0-007-C-42-03-NU-11-13-GG FU5) supplied to Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant (PINGP)/ Xcel Energy had not been installed. AAF Flanders has recalled the subject filters and currently have them segregated and stored at our facility. They pose no threat public safety."

Notified R3DO (Hanna) and Part 21/50.55 Reactors Group (email).

* * * UPDATE ON 10/31/18 AT 1545 EDT FROM SHAWN WINDLEY TO HOWIE CROUCH * * *

The following information was excerpted from information received via email:

"AAF Flanders had anticipated the qualification process for said filters to have been completed by Sept 15, 2018. AAF requested a second extension by October 31, 2018 to submit a final report to the Commission, however; at this time our qualification is still pending third party approval. AAF Flanders is requesting another extension on the basis of an incomplete qualification of these filters. We anticipate qualification and a completed report on or before 12/15/2018."

Notified R3DO (Stoedter) and Part 21/50.55 Reactors Group (email).

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Agreement State Event Number: 53682
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: TERRACON CONSULTANTS, INC.
Region: 1
City: ROCHESTER   State: NY
County:
License #: C3209
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL J. SAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/22/2018
Notification Time: 12:24 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DONNA JANDA (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of New York by fax:

"Terracon Consultants reported that a moisture/density gauge [Troxler model 3430P, serial #70428, containing 0.30 GBq (8 mCi) Cs137 and 1.48 GBq (40 mCi) Am-Be source] was damaged at a mass fill project in Rochester, NY. The source manufacturer and serial number are not yet available.

"While at a mass fill project in Rochester, NY, a technician had completed a round of density testing and placed the gauge within a roped off area at the end of the fill area. He then walked to his truck approximately 100 feet away to get water. During that time, a 10-ton single drum roller moving in reverse headed towards the roped off area and gauge. The technician noticed the operator approaching the gauge as he walked back towards it and yelled and tried to gain the attention of the roller operator. The rear rubber tire of the roller impacted the side of the gauge and damaged the plastic covering. The technician cordoned off the area 15 feet around the gauge and surveyed the operator and roller.

"The technician called their office manager and a regional manager (who happened to be in their office) and went to the site and surveyed the gauge and all parties/equipment involved and it did not appear that the gauge was leaking. The gauge was visually inspected for damage and it appeared that only the top case was damaged, the gauge was still operational, and the source rod was fully enclosed in the gauge. The gauge was returned to its transport case and returned to its permanent storage location in Rochester, NY. The gauge will be transported for repair and leak testing.

"An internal root cause analysis and follow up training with the technician will be set in place with their corporate RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] in the next few days."

NY EVENT REPORT ID NO. NY-18-02

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Agreement State Event Number: 53683
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: ECD MID-ATLANTIC CHANTILLY
Region: 1
City: STERLING   State: VA
County: LOUDOUN
License #: 107-314-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ASFAW FENTA
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/22/2018
Notification Time: 12:44 [ET]
Event Date: 10/20/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DONNA JANDA (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPOT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia by email:

"On October 20, 2018, the representative of the Virginia Radioactive Materials Program (VRMP) received a telephone call from the licensee that the guide tube of a portable nuclear moisture/density gauge (CPN Model MC-1DRP, Serial number MD50507856) was damaged (bent) by a truck while performing testing at a temporary jobsite in Sterling, Virginia. The gauge contained 10 milliCuries of Cesium-137 and 50 milliCuries of Americium-241/Beryllium. The sources were in the shielded position and the shielding integrity was not damaged. The licensee performed a survey of the gauge and readings observed were between 0.2 and 0.3 mR/hr at three (3) feet distance from the gauge.

"The gauge was put in its transport box and returned to the office. Wipe test samples were taken. Samples were sent to the North East Technical Services for analysis. Results are pending. The VRMP is currently working with the licensee to obtain additional information. This report will be updated when VRMP receives more information."

VA Event Report ID No.: VA-18-006

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Agreement State Event Number: 53684
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: APPLUS RTD USA, INC.
Region: 1
City: CHARLOTTE   State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRAVIS CARTOSKI
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/22/2018
Notification Time: 14:22 [ET]
Event Date: 10/20/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DONNA JANDA (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE FAILED TO RETRACT

The following was received from the State of North Carolina by email:

"On 10/20/18, at 1757 EDT, the office RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] received a call from a crew working a project at Kings Mountain Compressor Station in Kings Mt., NC. The qualified radiographer assigned is Technician 1, with assistant Technician 2. Upon exposure of a 3 inch weld, the source did not retract when attempting to secure the RAM to end exposure. The crew immediately verified and re-verified and secured boundaries and called the RSO as required by operating and emergency procedures.

"The local RSO notified the CRSO [corporate RSO] of the event at 1803 EDT and proceeded to the site. [While] in route to the project site, Technician 4 was notified to go to the Charlotte office to get spare control cables for possible use in recovery operations. Upon arrival at approximately 1830 EDT, the RSO evaluated the site and boundaries and took action to move the source and collimator assembly to a better position to allow stacking of available sand bags in order to minimize boundary area for a more condensed and controllable area. During the movement of the exposure device, positive pressure was applied to the control to prevent the source from moving out of the collimator. Once the exposure device was positioned correctly, sand bags were placed over the source assembly to reduce exposure limits. During this operation, survey meters were used to verify radiation exposures. The radiation area was reduced to 30-35 feet.

"A conversation with the CRSO and calls with additional Applus groups were made in order to identify the closest source recovery tools and equipment in order to attempt recovery of the source.

"[Personnel] added another layer of area markings for control purposes. Contractor site personnel stayed clear of the area without issue during event. No exposure to the general public occurred.

"The recovery kit arrived on site at approximately 1030 EDT, 10/21/18. After review of available equipment, a recovery plan was discussed. Dosimetry, equipment operation, and proper calibrations were verified. All dosimeter pencils were verified at zero at the beginning of the event and monitored at stages during recovery. Actions were broken down in order to balance and reduce exposure to each individual and modified as necessary during event.

"The plan of action was to create a shielded dam with available lead shot and sand bags at the open end of the guide tube, with one bag directly in front of the tube to stop the source assembly at the most shielded position, with the others providing a shielded position for the capsule of the source assembly. The last sand bag on the collimator was left in position up until the last step. Two individuals were directed to quickly remove the last shielding bag while the other utilized an extended tong device to lift the collimator assembly directly upward to propel the source to the established dam of shielding. Survey meters were used to monitor this action to verify the source moved from the previous position to the created shielding dam. All dosimeter pencils were reviewed in order to determine who would be chosen to disconnect damaged connector and then another to make the connection to the functioning control cable. The first person pulled the connection out only far enough to disconnect the damaged connector. The second person performed the re-connection. The survey meter reading at the connection area was approximately 200 mR/hr during these steps. The time of exposure to perform these two events was estimated to be less than 30 seconds, which would have equaled approximately 1.6 mR of exposure to the hands of each individual. From the safe distance of the control cable, the source was retracted to the shielded position of the device and surveyed and secured. At this time, the exposure device and control cable have been returned to the office and tagged with damage tags so no one will use it."

NC tracking number: 180043

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Agreement State Event Number: 53686
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: CAPITOL ULTRASONICS, LLC
Region: 4
City: BATON ROUGE   State: LA
County:
License #: LA-5838-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PATE
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 10/22/2018
Notification Time: 15:27 [ET]
Event Date: 10/22/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
GRETCHEN RIVERA-CAPELLA (NMSS DAY)
PATRICIA MILLIGAN (INES)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - OVEREXPOSURE EVENT

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

"On October 22, 2018 around 1000 CDT, Capitol Ultrasonics, L.L.C. was working at Exxon Refinery. Two industrial radiographers' pocket ion chambers went off scale while moving the source guide tube. Dose reconstruction indicated 743 mR whole body to one radiographer. The second radiographer received 294 mR whole body and 51 Rem extremity dose to the hands.

"The industrial radiography camera being used was an 880D Amersham, serial number: D15404, with a source strength of 34.3 Ci of Ir-192, serial number: 66839G.

"Body badges are being sent in for immediate processing at this time."

Louisiana Event Report ID No.: LA20180017

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Agreement State Event Number: 53687
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: TRIAD ENGINEERING, INC.
Region: 1
City: STERLING   State: VA
County:
License #: 840-240-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/22/2018
Notification Time: 16:24 [ET]
Event Date: 10/22/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DONNA JANDA (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Virginia by email:

"On October 22, 2018, the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] for the licensee reported an accident that morning at a construction site near Sterling, Virginia. A roller hit a portable moisture/density gauge with its rear wheels while backing up. The gauge user established an exclusionary area until the RSO arrived to perform an onsite investigation and radiation survey. The RSO reported the plastic housing of the gauge was cracked but the source rod and shielding were intact. Surveys indicated no unusual radiation levels. The licensee contacted a vendor to analyze leak test samples and to determine potential repairs to the gauge.

"The gauge was a Troxler 3430, serial [number] 30198, with an 8 milliCurie Cs-137 source, serial [number] 750-2497, and a 40 milliCurie Am-241:Be source, serial [number] 47-27175."

VA Event Report ID No.: VA-18-007

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Agreement State Event Number: 53689
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL
Region: 4
City: BEAUMONT   State: TX
County:
License #: L 00603
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE CASARES
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/23/2018
Notification Time: 12:39 [ET]
Event Date: 10/22/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/23/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES DRAKE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER

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

"On October 23, 2018, [a report was received by the Texas Department of State Health Services that] a consulting company servicing the equipment for a licensee found during a maintenance operation that a gauge had a stuck shutter on October 22, 2018. The device is labeled Vega, SH-F1A, 20 mCi, Cesium-137, Source Serial number 5786CN. The gauge measures vessel material levels and is mounted about 10 feet above ground level. No risk of radiation exposure to members of the public or radiation workers at the location. The gauge shutter is stuck in the open operating position. A repair company was called to contract an inspection to repair or replace the gauge. An update will be provided as information is obtained."

Texas Incident #: 9624

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Part 21 Event Number: 53708
Rep Org: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
Licensee: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT - FISHER VALVES
Region: 3
City: MARSHALLTOWN   State: IA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KIM SAGAR
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/31/2018
Notification Time: 17:05 [ET]
Event Date: 10/05/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/31/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
21.21(d)(3)(i) - DEFECTS AND NONCOMPLIANCE
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
RANDY MUSSER (R2DO)
KARLA STOEDTER (R3DO)
CALE YOUNG (R4DO)
PART 21/50.55 REACTORS (EMAIL)

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PART 21 NOTIFICATION - FISHER DIGITAL VALVE CONTROLLERS 6000/6200 SERIES NOT ENVIRONMENTALLY QUALIFIED

The following information is summarized from information received from Fisher Valves via email:

A customer ordered a replacement digital valve controller. When the original controller was purchased, documentation indicated that it was qualified under IEEE 323-1974. The DVC6000 series and the DVC6200 series are not qualified in accordance with IEEE 323, nor was there any intent to qualify these devices to this standard.

The only customer that has requested Environmentally Qualified controllers is Seabrook Station.

Fisher requests that the recipient of this FIN review it and take appropriate action in accordance with 10 CFR 21. If there are any technical questions, please contact:

Jacob Clos
Quality Manager
Emerson Automation Solutions
Fisher Controls International LLC
301 South First Avenue
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Phone: (641) 754-2108
Jacob.Clos@Emerson.com


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