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Event Notification Report for September 11, 2019

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** EVENT NUMBERS **


54254 54266

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Agreement State Event Number: 54254
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: MEDSTAR FRANKLIN SQUARE MEDICAL CENTER
Region: 1
City: ROSSVILLE   State: MD
County:
License #: MD-05-032-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ALAN GOLDEY
HQ OPS Officer: KERBY SCALES
Notification Date: 09/03/2019
Notification Time: 14:36 [ET]
Event Date: 08/30/2019
Event Time: 13:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/03/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ERIN CARFANG (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOBILE LEAD SHIELD SHIPPED WITH SOURCE INSIDE

The following report was received from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Radiological Health Program (RHP) via email:

"On August 30, 2019, at 13:10 [EDT], the MDE-RHP was contacted by telephone by medical licensee, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center nuclear medicine department (MD-05-032-01).

"An order had been placed by the medical center's Biomedical Department through eBay for a mobile lead shield for a Co-57 flood reference source. Upon receipt of the mobile shield, a Co-57 flood source was discovered inside. Only the mobile shield was ordered. The flood source was identified as an Eckert & Ziegler Feather Lite model MED3709 (S/N 159-062), 10 mCi as of June 1, 2011. The current activity was calculated to be 4.61 microCuries at time of receipt. The medical center's Radiation Safety Officer was notified. The sealed source was leak tested and evaluated using a Capintec Captus 3000 well counter with an efficiency of 37 percent. The leak test result was less than 0.005 microCuries.

"Eckert & Ziegler was contacted on August 30, 2019. The flood source was sold to Lower Oconne Community Hospital. The Co-57 flood source was originally shipped on April 20, 2011. The community hospital closed on February 14, 2014. The Georgia Radioactive Materials Program was contacted on August 30, 2019 at 1300 [EDT] with preliminary information concerning this sealed source. Georgia radioactive materials license No. 1389 for the community hospital was terminated June 2016.

"MDE-RHP will further investigate this incident. Eckert & Ziegler will provide a Return Kit for disposal. The source is currently secured in a waste storage room at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center."

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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Power Reactor Event Number: 54266
Facility: BROWNS FERRY
Region: 2     State: AL
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4,[3] GE-4
NRC Notified By: RYAN GRIMME
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 09/11/2019
Notification Time: 03:10 [ET]
Event Date: 09/10/2019
Event Time: 19:34 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/11/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION
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
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

UNANALYZED CONDITION DUE TO LIGHTNING STRIKE

"A lightning strike occurred at approximately 1502 CDT on 09/10/2019, and a resulting power surge damaged some of the security door card reader system equipment. However, this did not affect access to plant areas for personnel who were already within protected area. At 1830 on 09/10/2019, it was discovered that some of the oncoming night shift personnel could not access particular areas that required the use of security card readers. Extent of condition check at 1934 on 09/10/2019 determined that access to 1A and 3A Electric Board Rooms, which contain remote shutdown panels and Fire Safe Shutdown equipment. was prohibited for the night shift personnel. This condition is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - Any event or condition that results in the nuclear power plant being in an unanalyzed condition that significantly degrades plant safety. Access was restored to all plant areas at 2106 on 9/10/2019. No plant events occurred during the time frame that the 1A & 3A Electric Board Rooms inaccessible that would have required access to these areas.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."


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