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Event Notification Report for August 12, 2019

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


54192 54193 54194 54195 54196 54211 54212

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Agreement State Event Number: 54192
Rep Org: NE DIV OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Licensee: MID-STATE ENGINEERING AND TESTING
Region: 4
City: COLUMBUS   State: NE
County:
License #: 09-07-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JULIA SCHMITT
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 08/01/2019
Notification Time: 14:25 [ET]
Event Date: 07/02/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/01/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AND RECOVERY OF A MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services via email:

"Mid-State Engineering and Testing (MSET) reported the loss and recovery of a moisture/density gauge (CPN International MC Series) that contained a 1.85 GBq (50 mCi) Am-Be source and a 0.37 GBq (10 mCi) Cs-137 source. The gauge was initially believed to have been lost on July 2, 2019, somewhere between Aurora and Columbus, Nebraska, on a route that included Highways 14 and 30. The driver reported that approximately 1.5 miles west of the Highway 30 and Highway 81 intersection he had to forcefully apply the truck brakes to avoid a collision. The gauge was locked inside of a transportation case and secured to the truck with a lock and chain. When the brakes were applied, the transportation case handle was pulled out of the case and the tailgate of the truck fell open. When the truck accelerated after stopping at the intersection of Highways 30 and 81, the transportation case fell out of the vehicle. MSET attempted to locate the gauge without success.

"Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Roads, Columbus Police Department and Platte County Sheriffs Department were notified. The gauge was found by a member of the public on July 2, 2019. The member of the public contacted MSET on July 2, 2019, and the gauge was retrieved by MSET. The handle on the locked transportation case was damaged. The gauge inside did not appear to be damaged. The Nebraska Office of Radiological Health is investigating."

Nebraska State Report # 190003

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: 54193
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: ANSCHUTZ   State: CO
County: AURORA
License #: 828-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHIYA WANG
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 08/01/2019
Notification Time: 18:13 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2019
Event Time: 15:30 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 08/01/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
LANCE ENGLISH (ILTAB)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POSSIBLE LOST RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The following was received from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) via e-mail:

"The licensee reported at approximately 1530 hrs. [MDT] of August 1, 2019 to CDPHE that there was a package in the morning of August 1, 2019, with its shipping paper indicating two vials of Lu-177 (200 mCi). The licensee only has 1 vial in possession and the nuclear medicine technician who opened the package did not remember seeing two vials in the package. The package has been disposed of in the hospital dumpster before the licensee identified this. The licensee surveyed the dumpster but did not identify any source of Lu-177. The licensee contacted the vendor and is awaiting more information from the vendor regarding whether a second vial was ever shipped from the vendor to the licensee."

Colorado Event Report No: CO190015

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: 54194
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: OILPATCH NDT LLC
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON   State: TX
County:
License #: L026718
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARTHUR TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: BRIAN P. SMITH
Notification Date: 08/02/2019
Notification Time: 11:27 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE

The following was received via e-mail from the Texas Department of State Health Services:

"On August 2, 2019, the Agency was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that a radiography crew was unable to retract a 56 Curie iridium - 192 source into a INC R100 exposure device. The radiographers set up a 2 millirem boundary and contacted the RSO. The RSO went to the scene and found that the guide tube had a sharp bend in it and would not let the source pass through the bend. The RSO straightened the guide tube and was able to return the source to the exposure device. No overexposures occurred. The guide tube has been removed from use."

Texas Event Report No: 9698

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Agreement State Event Number: 54195
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: BASF
Region: 1
City:   State: GA
County:
License #: GA 178-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: BRIAN P. SMITH
Notification Date: 08/02/2019
Notification Time: 15:49 [ET]
Event Date: 08/01/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIRE IN BUILDING CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

We received the following notification via email from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division:

"On August 2, 2019, our program [Georgia Environmental Protection Division] received a call from [the licensee] RSO, reporting a fire in a building at their facility that stored 6 radioactive sources. The fire occurred on August 1, 2019, is believed to have been caused by an electrical fire which resulted the building to burn to the ground.

"The licensee searched the area, which is approximately 8'X10', in hopes to recover the sources. Only 2 of the 6 sources were recovered. However, the 2 sources are unidentifiable. The 2 sources are currently stored in a bag in a secured building. They are assuming the 4 sources were burned in the fire. The licensee did a general survey of the area but were only able to detect microrem readings.

"Until the area has been determined free of contamination, the area will remain secured. The licensee will collect sample debris and wipe samples to determine if there is any contamination in the area. The samples will be sent off for analysis.

"The Fire Department will not be able to enter the area to determine the cause of the fire until the area is considered free from contamination.

"The licensee will be sending a follow-up report describing the incident, a current inventory of the sources damaged/lost, and current plan to determine the extent of the contamination and disposition of the sources."

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "NOT RECORDED" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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Agreement State Event Number: 54196
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP IMC
Region: 4
City: BEAUMONT   State: TX
County:
License #: L06369
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARTHUR TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 08/02/2019
Notification Time: 17:00 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/02/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DRIVE CABLE ON RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA SOURCE FAILED

The following was received via e-mail from the Texas Department of State Health Services:

"On August 2, 2019, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that a radiography crew working at a field site had experienced a source disconnect. The radiographers were using an INC IR-100 exposure device containing a 27 Curie iridium - 192 source. After one of their exposures, they could not return the source to the shielded position. The RSO stated a source recovery team was sent to the site and recovered the source. The RSO stated no overexposures occurred. The RSO stated the recovery team found that the drive cable had broken just behind the drive end connector. The RSO stated they are still investigating the event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Event Report No: 9699

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Power Reactor Event Number: 54211
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1     State: NJ
Unit: [] [2] []
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PETER HARSH
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 08/11/2019
Notification Time: 11:40 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2019
Event Time: 08:14 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/11/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
DAN SCHROEDER (R1DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 M/R Y 83 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO FEEDWATER REGULATING VALVE MALFUNCTION

"At 0814 EDT on 8/11/19, with Unit 2 at 83 percent power during a planned load reduction, the reactor was manually tripped due to degraded feedwater flow control to the 23 Steam Generator caused by a malfunction of the associated Feedwater Regulating Valve, 23BF19. The trip was not complex, with all systems responding normally post trip. An actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater system occurred following the manual reactor trip as expected due to low level in the steam generators. The unit is stable in Mode 3. Decay heat is being removed by the Main Steam Dumps and Auxiliary Feedwater System.

"Due to the actuation of the Reactor Protection System actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a four-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). This event is also being reported as an eight-hour non-emergency notification in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the Auxiliary Feedwater System.

"There was no impact to the health and safety of the public or plant personnel.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The licensee notified the State of New Jersey.

Unit 1 remains at 100 percent power.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 54212
Facility: ROBINSON
Region: 2     State: SC
Unit: [2] [] []
RX Type: [2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH RHODES
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 08/11/2019
Notification Time: 12:14 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2019
Event Time: 08:40 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/11/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION
Person (Organization):
GERALD MCCOY (R2DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 A/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

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AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO TURBINE TRIP

"At 0840 EDT, on August 11, 2019, with Unit 2 in Mode 1 at 100 percent power, the reactor automatically tripped due to a turbine trip. The trip was not complex, with all systems responding normally post trip. Because of the reactor trip, the Auxiliary Feedwater (AFW) System actuated as expected due to low water levels in the steam generators. The AFW pumps started as designed when the valid system actuation was received.

"Operations responded and stabilized the plant. Decay heat is being removed by discharging steam to the main condenser using the turbine bypass valves.

"Due to the Reactor Protection System (RPS) actuation while critical, this event is being reported as a 4-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). This event is also being reported as an 8-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) as an event that results in a valid actuation of the RPS and AFW.

"There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The site remains in a normal electrical lineup.


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