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Event Notification Report for July 31, 2019

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Event Reports For
7/30/2019 - 7/31/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54177 54178 54187 54188

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Agreement State Event Number: 54177
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: PHOENIX NON-DESTRUCTUVE TESTING CO INC
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON   State: TX
County:
License #: L04454
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW KENNINGTON
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 07/22/2019
Notification Time: 12:30 [ET]
Event Date: 07/22/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
GRETCHEN RIVERA-CAPELLA (NMSS DAY)
PATRICIA MILLIGAN (INES)
SILAS KENNEDY (IRD)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AND RECOVERED RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following is a synopsis of information received verbally and via email from the Texas Department of State Health Services (the Agency):

On July 22, 2019, the Agency (Texas Department of State Health Services) received a report from Harris County Hazmat that at approximately 0715 CDT a Harris County Region 3 Constable had found a Spec-150 radiography camera (s/n:1763), containing a 39 curie Ir-192 source, at the intersection of Miller Road 2 and State Highway 90 in Houston. While recovering the radiography camera, the Constable was approached by the radiographer who had lost the camera. Apparently the radiographer had placed the camera on the tailgate of his vehicle and failed to secure it before driving to a gas station. While driving away from the gas station, the radiographer noticed a law enforcement officer holding what appeared to be a radiography camera. The radiographer stopped, checked for his camera, and discovered that it was not in his possession. That is when the radiographer approached the Constable. After verification, the radiography camera was returned to the licensee. An investigation is ongoing.

Texas Incident #: 9696

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: 54178
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: TECHNICON ENGINEERING SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: FRESNO   State: CA
County:
License #: 5303-10
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARUNIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 07/22/2019
Notification Time: 19:37 [ET]
Event Date: 07/22/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED GAUGE

The following is a synopsis of information received via email from the state of California:

On 07/22/19, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services contacted the Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) to report an incident with a damaged moisture-density gauge at a temporary jobsite. The gauge involved is a CPN, Model MC3, S/N M39505008 containing 10 mCi of Cs-137 and 50 mCi of Am-241. The user backed up his truck into the gauge causing the probe to break off. When the user attempted to retrieve the source it became loose from the rest of the gauge assembly. The area was cordoned off and sandbags were placed on top of the gauge for shielding. The vendor, Instrotek, was located too far away to retrieve the source, but provided the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) instructions on how to place the source in a shielded container. After the source was placed inside a Type A container the RSO measured 0.2mR/hr at one meter. The damaged gauge has been transported to the vendor for disposal. The RHB will be following up on this investigation.

California 5010 Number: 072219

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Non-Power Reactor Event Number: 54187
Facility: UNIV OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA
RX Type: 10000 KW TANK
Comments:
Region: 0
City: COLUMBIA   State: MO
County: BOONE
License #: R-103
Agreement: N
Docket: 05000186
NRC Notified By: BRUCE MEFFERT
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 07/30/2019
Notification Time: 13:47 [ET]
Event Date: 07/29/2019
Event Time: 19:03 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/30/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
NON-POWER REACTOR EVENT
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY WERTZ (NPR PM)
ELIZABETH REED (NPR)

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION DEVIATION

The following information was received via email:

"On July 29, 2019, at 1903 CDT, the University of Missouri-Columbia Research Reactor (MURR) was shut down due to a failure of the regulating blade drive mechanism during reactor operation. This email is a required notification per MURR Technical Specification (TS) 6.6.c(1) to report to the NRC Operations Center that an Abnormal Occurrence, as defined by TS 1.1, had occurred. MURR was not in compliance with all Limiting Conditions for Operations (LCOs), specifically TS 3.2.a, which states, 'All control blades, including the regulating blade, shall be operable during reactor operation.' The regulating blade drive mechanism was removed, repaired, reinstalled, and all its functions were tested satisfactorily. Permission from the Reactor Facility Director was obtained per TS 6.6.c(4) prior to starting up the reactor later on July 29. Currently, MURR is at 10 MW.

"A detailed event report will follow within 14 days as required by TS 6.6.c(3)."

The licensee has notified the NRC Research and Test Reactor Project Manager.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 54188
Facility: FERMI
Region: 3     State: MI
Unit: [2] [] []
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: ETHAN HAUSER
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 07/30/2019
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 07/30/2019
Event Time: 10:14 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/30/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
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

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UNPLANNED HIGH PRESSUE COOLANT INJECTION INOPERABILITY

"On July 30, 2019, at 1014 EDT, the Division 2 Mechanical Draft Cooling Tower (MDCT) Fan D was declared inoperable due to a trip of the fan while placing in it high speed. The MDCT Fans are required to support operability of the Ultimate Heat Sink (UHS). The UHS is required to support operability of the Division 2 Emergency Equipment Cooling Water (EECW) system. The EECW system cools various safety related components, including the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) system room cooler. An unplanned HPCI inoperability occurred based on a loss of the HPCI Room Cooler. Investigation revealed that a high speed breaker control power fuse had blown. The control power fuse was replaced, the MDCT Fan D was tested satisfactorily, and HPCI was declared operable at 1431 EDT. This report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) based on an unplanned HPCI inoperability."

The licensee has notified the NRC Senior Resident Inspector


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