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Event Notification Report for April 18, 2019

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4/17/2019 - 4/18/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53986 53987 53988 53989 53990 54005 54008

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Agreement State Event Number: 53986
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ROMANOFF ELECTRIC
Region: 3
City: GAHANNA   State: OH
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL SNEE
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 04/09/2019
Notification Time: 08:46 [ET]
Event Date: 03/08/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/10/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (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 - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following was received from the Ohio Department of Health (the bureau) via email:

"On April 8, 2019, Romanoff Electric informed the bureau that three H-3 exits signs [Manufacturer: SRB TECHNOLOGIES INC; Model: BX-10-WH-S-RD] that were in storage at a project site in Johnstown, Ohio were missing. The signs were acquired in December 2018, and were in storage prior to installation at the job site. The signs were not found during a search of the job site and the licensee's warehouse."

Item Number: OH190006

* * * UPDATE ON 4/10/2019 AT 0829 EDT FROM MICHAEL SNEE TO JEFFREY WHITED * * *

The state of Ohio provided the following update to the event via e-mail:

Source 1: H3 Exit Sign (9.83 Ci; Model Number BX-10WH-S-RD; s/n C157764)
Source 2: H3 Exit Sign (9.83 Ci; Model Number BX-10WH-S-RD; s/n C157765)
Source 3: H3 Exit Sign (9.83 Ci; Model Number BX-10WH-S-RD; s/n C160439)

The state also noted that the licensee is creating new procedures as a corrective action to prevent recurrence.

Notified the R3DO (Orth) and NMSS Events Notification, ILTAB, and CNSC (Canada) 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: 53987
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: HEUFT USA, INC
Region: 3
City: DOWNERS GROVE   State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01354-22
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GARY FORSEE
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 04/09/2019
Notification Time: 14:39 [ET]
Event Date: 04/09/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/09/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST THEN FOUND Am-241 FILL LEVEL GAUGE SOURCES

The following report was received from the State of Illinois via e-mail:

"The Agency [Illinois Emergency Management Agency] was contacted at approximately 1213 CDT on 4/9/19 by the radiation safety officer (RSO) for Heuft USA to advise that a 0.88 Ci shipment of Am-241 sealed sources enroute to their facility did not arrive as expected by April 8, 2019. The shipment was found as of 1330 CDT by the carrier at their terminal in Illinois.

"The shipment was not a Cat 1 or Cat 2 quantity. The shipment was labeled White-I and packaged in a 28 pound, 5 gallon, Type A drum. [Prior to being found], the package's last known (physically confirmed) location was the [common carrier's] facility in Columbus, OH on 4/5/19. A manifest was present at [the common carrier's] Chicago Heights facility, indicating it may have arrived there. The RSO for the licensee was the individual who personally packaged the sources and offered them for consignment to [the common carrier]. There was no indication of intentional theft or diversion.

"Heuft USA is a licensee of the Agency (IL-01354-22) authorized for the possession, installation and maintenance of Am-241 fill level gauges. This shipment contained (2) QSA Global AMC.17 fill level gauges containing 300 mCi each, (1) XN.240 fill level gauge containing 100 mCi, and (4) AMC.25 fill level gauges containing 45 mCi each. State of Ohio radiation control program staff were notified.

"While writing the report, the carrier located the package on their dock and began to finalize the shipment to the licensee. Pending confirmation of receipt by the licensee, this matter is considered closed."

Illinois item number: IL190011.


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: 53988
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: GEOSOLUTIONS, INC
Region: 4
City: SAN LUIS OBISPO   State: CA
County:
License #: 6286-40
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONALD OESTERLE
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 04/09/2019
Notification Time: 15:20 [ET]
Event Date: 04/09/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/15/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
- CNSNS (MEXICO) (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 report was received from the State of California via e-mail:

"On April 9, 2019, the [Radiation Safety Officer] RSO for GeoSolutions in San Luis Obispo, CA notified the RHB [Radiologic Health Branch] Brea office that a moisture density gauge had been reported stolen from his employee's vehicle that was parked overnight at a residence in Orcutt, Santa Barbara County, CA. Reporting person states that a Humboldt Scientific Instrument 5001C nuclear moisture density testing device, serial number 1749, was stolen. The device contained 0.37 GBq (10 mCi) Cs-137 and 1.48 GBq (40 mCi) Am-241. The theft has been reported to local law enforcement, Santa Maria Police report number 2019R03937, and to the local service provider Pacific Nuclear Technology.

"The device was in a locked protective case at the time it was stolen; its transport index is 0.2; DOT class 7 type A package. The owner found the chain securing the device to the truck bed was also cut. The operator reported that the Cs-137 source rod was locked in the safe position on the gauge. The device was stolen on 4/9/2019 at an unknown time during the night. RHB will continue to investigate."

California 5010 number: 040919.

* * * UPDATE AT 2003 EDT ON 4/15/19 FROM L. ROBERT GREGER TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following was received via e-mail:

"The moisture density gauge that was reported stolen was reported by the licensee to have been recovered on 4/11/19. The gauge, inside its transportation container (the transportation container lock was missing, but the gauge was locked in the shielded position), was found in a trash dumpster at a local convenience store. Police are currently reviewing security camera tapes in an attempt to determine who placed the gauge in the convenience store trash dumpster."

Notified the R4DO (Pick) and NMSS (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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 53989
Rep Org: ARCELORMITTAL
Licensee: ARCELORMITTAL
Region: 3
City: EAST CHICAGO   State: IN
County:
License #: 13-32359-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: WILLIAM EMERY
HQ OPS Officer: JEFFREY WHITED
Notification Date: 04/10/2019
Notification Time: 11:34 [ET]
Event Date: 04/09/2019
Event Time: 11:01 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/10/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE - SHUTTER POTENTIALLY STUCK OPEN

The licensee reported that there is a potential for a shutter to be stuck open on a bin level gauge. The licensee specifically noted that the shutter arm moves more freely than normal.

The following was received via e-mail:

"Indiana Harbor's [Radiation Safety Officer] RSO was notified of a problem with a gauge at the IH7 Blast Furnace operations at 1101 CDT on April 9, 2019. This issue has the potential to be a shutter failure. [Source details] Kay Ray model 7064P, serial number 8318, Cs-137, originally 5000 mCi (1978) estimated 2000 mCi remaining. There is no exposure potential. It is installed on the North Lockhopper at the # 7 blast furnace on elevation 13. Upon attempting to unlock the 'North Lockhopper empty' gauge, the shutter arm was moving freely. The position of the shutter is not know, however, the source beam is directed into the hopper if the shutter is open and there are no personnel that can access the beam while the furnace is in operation. The next opportunity to access the gauge will be during the next scheduled outage on June 4 or 5, 2019."

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Agreement State Event Number: 53990
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: MERCER LIME AND STONE
Region: 1
City: SLIPPERY ROCK   State: PA
County:
License #: PA-G0231
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN CHIPPO
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 04/10/2019
Notification Time: 14:57 [ET]
Event Date: 04/08/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/10/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
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 - LOST DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via fax:

"On April 8, 2019, the [Department of Environmental Protection] DEP was notified of a Cs-137 source that was discovered at a metal recycler, reportable per 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(1)(i).

"On April 8, 2019, a radiation portal monitor alarmed at a metal recycling facility in Slippery Rock, PA. The load was reading approximately 4 mR/hr at a distance of 4 ft through scrap metal. The load was transferred back to its origin at Mercer Lime and Stone where it could be off-loaded and sorted. DEP representatives oversaw the emptying of the load at Mercer Lime and Stone. An intact gauge was found bolted to a plate. A representative noted bolts for another gauge, but no gauge was found. The found gauge, Nuclear Chicago, series: PNA, model: 5193, serial number: 219, manufactured: 2/8/74, containing 200 mCi of Cs-137, was secured in a building on site. The current activity is 70.7 mCi. The remaining site has been cleared except for a few remaining buildings.

"Mercer Lime and Stone has a general license with DEP but did not notify the DEP of intent to terminate their license nor to vacate their licensed location. Upon later review of their license, it was noted they possessed two of the same model gauges, serial numbers 219 and 220. The whereabouts of serial number 220 are unknown at this time. The DEP is currently working to locate the owner of the site, and location of the (still) missing gauge. The DEP will update this event as soon as more information is provided."

Event Report ID No.: PA190012

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

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 54005
Facility: CALLAWAY
Region: 4     State: MO
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: LELAND BLAND
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 04/17/2019
Notification Time: 06:25 [ET]
Event Date: 04/17/2019
Event Time: 01:37 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/17/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Defueled 0 Defueled

Event Text

UNDERVOLTAGE TO A SAFETY RELATED BUS RESULTING IN VALID SYSTEM ACTUATION

"At approximately 0137 CDT, with the Plant [Callaway] in No Mode (Defueled) the "B" Switchyard Bus cleared resulting in a loss of normal power to "A" Train Safety Related Transformer XNB01. This resulted in an under voltage condition on Safety Related Bus NB01. The "A" Emergency Diesel started per design and re-energized Bus NB01. This actuated the shutdown sequencer which first sheds loads including the "A" Spent Fuel Pool Cooling Pump and started "A" Essential Service Water Pump, "A" Component Cooling Water Pump, "A" Control Room A/C and other design loads. No complications were identified. The "A" Switchyard Bus remained energized at all times. The "A" Spent Fuel Pool Cooling Pump was restarted per off normal procedure response at 0149 CDT. Spent Fuel Pool water temperature started at 102 F and rose to 103 F prior to restart. There was no movement of irradiated fuel in progress in the Fuel Building during this time. The plant remains stable in No Mode (Defueled).

"At the time of the loss of "B" Switchyard Bus, the plant was closing Generator Output breaker MDV53 to establish a backfeed alignment. Further investigation is in progress.

"This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A).

"The NRC Senior Resident has been notified."

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Power Reactor Event Number: 54008
Facility: HARRIS
Region: 2     State: NC
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: TIM ENGLISH
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 04/17/2019
Notification Time: 15:21 [ET]
Event Date: 04/17/2019
Event Time: 08:12 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/17/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
FRANK EHRHARDT (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

Event Text

TURBINE TRIP SOLENOIDS FAILURE TO ACTUATE

"At 0812 EDT on 4/17/2019, it was discovered that both sets of turbine trip solenoids were previously unable to actuate within the allowable time frames; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). At the time of discovery, one set of turbine trip solenoids had been restored.

"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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