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Event Notification Report for July 01, 2019

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
6/28/2019 - 7/1/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54124 54125 54126

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Agreement State Event Number: 54124
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: HONEYWELL INC.
Region: 4
City: GEISMAR   State: LA
County:
License #: LA-2356-L01, AI # 2082
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH NOBLE
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 06/19/2019
Notification Time: 10:00 [ET]
Event Date: 06/12/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/28/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL O'KEEFE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEVEL GAUGE SHUTTER FUNCTIONAL PROBLEMS

The following was received from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality via email:

"On 06/13/2019, Honeywell (HW) reported that they detected [on 6/12/19] malfunctions/operational difficulties of shutters on [three level density] gauges installed on processes during the annual inspection and operational checks/tests. The gauge shutters would not function as designed by the manufacturer due to the operational environment and need of routine maintenance. HW called a service contractor, RONAN Engineering, to evaluate these situations and determine the best courses of action to correct the problems.

"The sources and devices will remain installed on the processes until any repairs and maintenance are completed. This is not a radiation exposure hazard and does not pose a health and safety situation for the HW employees or the general public.

"The level gauges are RONAN Engineering S/N M7549, 50 mCi Cs-137, S/N HH113 50 mCi Cs-137 and M7666 100 mCi Cs-137 sources.

"This event is being reported to the NRC OP CENTER as required by Regulatory Requirement 10 CFR Part 30.50(b)(2) & LAC 33:XV 340.B."

Event Report ID No.: LA-190009


* * * UPDATE FROM JOSEPH NOBLE TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 0932 EDT ON 06/28/2019 * * *

The following information was received via E-mail:

The last paragraph of the initial report above should be changed to read as follows:

"This event is being reported to the NRC Operations Center as required by regulatory requirement 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2) and LAC 33:XV 341.B."

Notified R4DO (Groom) and NMSS Events Notification E-mail group.

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Agreement State Event Number: 54125
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: RAYONIER ADVANCED MATERIALS, LLC
Region: 1
City: JESUP   State: GA
County:
License #: GA 381-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHATAVIA WALKER
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 06/20/2019
Notification Time: 16:18 [ET]
Event Date: 06/17/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/20/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JONATHAN GREIVES (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED GAUGE

The following report was received from the state of Georgia via email:

"[On 6/17/2019,] the mill instrumentation group was called to check on a problem with readout from a nuclear gauge indication of high level for the number 26 chip digester. In the course of troubleshooting the problem, the Instrument Mechanic found that the gauge shutter handle would not remain locked in the [full] open position, but would slowly close as the digester operation caused the instrument to vibrate.

"The gauge shutter was left in the open position with instructions for operations to notify the Instrument Mechanic if needed. As the shutter for the digester level gauges are open during normal operations, this poses no added safety risk.

"Berthold was called and arrangements have been made for them to come on site on 6/27/2019 to either repair or replace the shutter."

The gauge is a Berthold model LB7442 with a 50 mCi Co-60 source (serial number 526-03-09).

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Agreement State Event Number: 54126
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: VALERO REFINING COMPANY
Region: 4
City: TEXAS CITY   State: TX
County:
License #: L02578
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT FREE
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 06/20/2019
Notification Time: 17:07 [ET]
Event Date: 06/20/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/20/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL O'KEEFE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SHUTTERS STUCK OPEN ON THREE FIXED GAUGES

The following report was received from the Texas Department of State Health Services via email:

"A licensee consultant reported, with authorization from the licensee RSO, that three fixed gauges; two Vega model SHF1 devices, serial no.'s 5873CN and 5801CN, containing 20 mCi Cs-137 and one Ronan SA1, SN 9500gg, containing 1000 mCi Cs-137 were found to have stuck shutters during routine inspection. The shutters are in the open position, which is their normal operating mode. The gauges remain in positon on tanks
containing alkaline media and are still operating. A service company is being contacted to conduct repair/replacement. None are scheduled at this time. The gauges represent no hazard to the public due to their position."

Texas Incident # 9689


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