United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
Home > NRC Library > Document Collections > Reports Associated with Events > Event Notification Reports > 2019 > July 17

Event Notification Report for July 17, 2019

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
7/16/2019 - 7/17/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54151 54153 54155 54167 54168

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 54151
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
Region: 1
City: PHILADELPHIA   State: PA
County:
License #: PA-0130
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN CHIPPO
HQ OPS Officer: JEFFREY WHITED
Notification Date: 07/08/2019
Notification Time: 13:09 [ET]
Event Date: 07/05/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/08/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PATIENT UNDERDOSE

The follow was received via fax:

"On July 8, 2019, the Department [Pennsylvania Department, Bureau of Radiation Protection] became aware of an under-dose event involving yttrium-90 (Y-90) SIR-Spheres. It is reportable as per 10 CFR 35.3045(a)(1)(i).

"On July 5, 2019, a patient underwent a Y-90 SIR-Sphere treatment. The total dosage of 9.58 mCi was split into two equal dosages of 4.79 mCi to be administered to segments 5 and 8 of the liver. The first vial, segment 5, was successfully administered but only 75.7 percent or 3.6 mCi of the second vial was administered to segment 8. The referring physician and the patient were verbally informed. No harm is expected to the patient.

"The Department will perform a reactive inspection."

Event Report ID No.: PA190015

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.

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 54153
Rep Org: NC DIV OF HEALTH SERVICE REGULATION
Licensee: SUMMIT ENGINEERING
Region: 1
City: DURHAM   State: NC
County:
License #: 092-1532-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TRAVIS CARTOSKI
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 07/09/2019
Notification Time: 09:06 [ET]
Event Date: 07/08/2019
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/09/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
JIM WHITNEY (ILTAB)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FOUND PORTABLE GAUGE

The following report was received from the State of North Carolina:

"On 7/8/19 around 1200 EDT, the North Carolina Radioactive Materials Branch (RMB) received a call from NC Emergency Management and Durham area police that a yellow package was found on the side of the road at a carwash in Durham, NC. Emergency management and police recognized the package as a possible portable gauge contained in a standard transport case. Readings were immediately taken and the package cordoned off to prevent any public exposures. RMB dispatched an inspector and was on-site within an hour of notification. It was found that the licensee who possessed the portable gauge had removed the gauge in its transport box from his vehicle earlier that morning to wash the vehicle. After finishing, the gauge fell off the vehicle when the licensee departed the car wash. Once the licensee noticed the gauge was missing, they retraced their steps back to the car wash to attempt to reclaim the gauge and were met by local police and emergency management. The gauge was left unattended for approximately 4-5 hours. The licensee is now in possession of the gauge. The RMB inspector discovered multiple violations as a result of this incident.

"Gauge: Humboldt
Model: HS-5001 EZ
S/N: 1599
Sources: Cs-137, 10 mCi; Am:Be, 40 mCi"

NC Tracking Number: 190019

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

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 54155
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: JOSEPH FREEDMAN COMPANY
Region: 1
City: SPRINGFIELD   State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket: 19-3801
NRC Notified By: KENATH TRAEGDE
HQ OPS Officer: CATY NOLAN
Notification Date: 07/09/2019
Notification Time: 14:19 [ET]
Event Date: 06/27/2019
Event Time: 15:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/09/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - TWO DEVICES CONTAINING SEALED RADIOACTIVE SOURCES FOUND

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"This shipment containing scrap metal with radioactive material was first discovered at Sims Metal Management in North Haven, CT on June 27, 2019. As a result, SP 10656 Number CT-MA-19-01 was issued by members of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the shipment was sent back to Joseph Freedman Company in Springfield, MA. The material was received at the licensee and the radioactive items were removed, isolated, and stored in a locked 55 gallon drum on site in a secure area for further analysis.

"The site hired a contract health physics service to aid in the identification of the material and to perform radiation surveys. That occurred on 7/8/19. Two devices were discovered. The contractor provided survey information and attempted isotope identification for the two devices. One source was identified as Ra-226 and the other could not be clearly identified. Since the identification of one of the two sources was in question, the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program Director visited the site on 7/9/19 carrying multiple survey instruments for additional measurements and for visual inspection of the two units.

"One of the devices was identified as a Pyralarm Demonstrator Unit manufactured by Pyrotronics, Inc. The isotope was identified as Ra-226 with an approximate activity of 56 microCuries. The other device appeared to be an industrial nuclear gauge, but there were no legible markings on it other than a Radioactive Material sticker. The isotope identified was Am-241 with an approximate activity of 15 milliCuries as determined on 7/9/19. The spectra for this source contained peak energy channels in addition to the Am-241 peak that could not be readily identified given the proposed use of the device. It is possible other isotopes are there and we will continue to evaluate with the contractor until appropriate disposal by a licensed waste broker.

"Dose rates provided for the Pyralarm smoke detector containing Ra-226 were 37 mR/hr at one centimeter, 0.275 mR/hr at 30 centimeters and 0.42 mR/hr at one meter inclusive of approximately 0.5 cm of lead shielding. Dose rates for the unidentified gauge containing Am-241 were measured as 85 mR/hr at 2.5 centimeters and 2.8 mR/hr at 30 centimeters. The highest dose rate on contact with the storage drum containing the two devices was 0.550 mR/hr. Wipe surveys were taken on all surfaces by the contractor and there was no radioactive contamination found.

"These devices were discarded by unknown persons and are pending disposal by a licensed waste broker."

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

To top of page
Non-Power Reactor Event Number: 54167
Facility: GE - HITACHI
RX Type: 100 KW NTR (TANK)
Comments:
Region: 0
City: SUNOL   State: CA
County: ALAMEDA
License #: R-33
Agreement: Y
Docket: 05000073
NRC Notified By: STEVE CAVANAUGH
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/16/2019
Notification Time: 16:37 [ET]
Event Date: 07/16/2019
Event Time: 13:26 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/16/2019
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
Person (Organization):
HO NIEH (NRR)
SILAS KENNEDY (IRD)
GREG CASTO (NRR)
BETH REED (NRR)
DUANE HARDESTY (NRR)

Event Text

NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO EARTHQUAKE FELT ON SITE

At 1326 PDT, the licensee declared a notification of unusual event under emergency action level HU.1 for an earthquake felt on site. The reactor was not operating at the time of the event. There was no equipment damage or personnel injuries due to this event. The earthquake registered a 4.4 on the Richter scale with the epicenter approximately 9 miles from the facility.

The licensee notified the California Office of Emergency Services.

At 1357 PDT, the licensee terminated the notification of unusual event.

The NRC remained in the normal mode of operations.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, FEMA NWC (email), DHS NICC and DHS Nuclear SSA (email).

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 54168
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3     State: MI
Unit: [2] [] []
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: GREG MILLER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 07/16/2019
Notification Time: 17:34 [ET]
Event Date: 07/16/2019
Event Time: 14:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/16/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
RHEX EDWARDS (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

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO SEWAGE SPILL ON SITE

"At 1445 EDT, on 7/16/2019, during routine maintenance activities on the sanitary sewage system, a leak from an overflow line to a parking lot was discovered. The total amount leaked is estimated to be 20 gallons. Approximately 2 gallons reached gravel in an excavated section of the parking lot. A local sanitary contractor is currently responding to the site to clean the affected areas. The cause of the leak is under investigation.

"As a result of some of the sewage reaching gravel, environmental reports are being made to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Monroe County Health Department, and the local news media. Since these reports are in the process of being made, this is considered a News Release or Notification to Other Government Agencies, therefore this event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi).

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."


Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019