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Event Notification Report for September 18, 2019

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Event Reports For
9/17/2019 - 9/18/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54264 54265 54283

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Agreement State Event Number: 54264
Rep Org: NEW YORK CITY BUREAU OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: NEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN BROOKLYN METHODIST HOSPITAL
Region: 1
City: BROOKLYN   State: NY
County:
License #: 91-2842-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ERIK FINKELSTEIN
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 09/09/2019
Notification Time: 16:44 [ET]
Event Date: 09/09/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/09/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DONNA JANDA (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ADAM TUCKER (ILTAB)
CNSC (CANADA) (FAX)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SOURCES

The following information is a summary of a telephone call from New York City's Health Department:

On September 9, 2019, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital was unable to locate a shipment that had arrived a few days earlier. The shipment consisted of ten I-125 seeds in a container with lead shielding. The combined activity of the ten seeds is 3.5 mCi. The licensee is continuing to investigate this event.

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: 54265
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: FUGRO USA LAND INC CONSULTANTS
Region: 4
City: FORT WORTH   State: TX
County:
License #: L05843
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 09/10/2019
Notification Time: 11:47 [ET]
Event Date: 09/09/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/12/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RYAN ALEXANDER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (EMAIL)
ADAM TUCKER (ILTAB)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST MOISTURE / DENSITY GAUGE

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

"On September 10, 2019, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee that on September 9, 2019, one of its technicians had lost a Troxler model 3440 moisture/density gauge. The gauge contained a 40 milliCurie americium-241 source and an eight milliCurie cesium-137 source.

"The licensee stated the technician had been working at a temporary job site and had placed the gauge on the tailgate of the truck. The technician left the job site, to get a meal, with the gauge still setting on the tailgate. After traveling about three miles the technician noted the tailgate was down and found the gauge was missing. The technician searched on foot the path they had driven, but did not locate the gauge. On the morning of September 10, 2019, the licensee searched the path traveled by the technician, but did not find the gauge.

"The licensee stated that the gauge was not in a transport case and the operating rod did not have a lock on it. Therefore, they could not say that there is no chance for an exposure to a member of the general public. The licensee stated they did not know if local law enforcement had been notified at the time of the call to the Agency, but would make sure that they call them and informed them of the event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident No.: I-9708

* * * UPDATE FROM ARTHUR TUCKER TO BRIAN LIN AT 0753 EDT ON 9/12/2019 * * *
The following information was received via E-mail:

"On September 11, 2019, the licensee left a phone message informing the Agency [Texas Department of State health Services] that the gauge had been recovered. No additional information was provided. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Notified R4DO (Alexander), NMSS Events Notification E-mail group, CNSNS (Mexico), and ILTAB (Tucker).

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/Pub122

* * * UPDATE AT 0959 EDT ON 9/12/19 FROM ART TUCKER TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

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

"On September 12, 2019, the Agency was contacted by the licensee and informed that the gauge had been recovered by a member of the general public on the day of the event (September 10, 2019). The individual who found the gauge contacted the licensee using the information provided on the gauge on September 11, 2019. The individual who recovered the gauge stated they found the gauge near the location the licensee had been using the gauge. The individual who found the gauge did not provide a reason they did not call before September 11, 2019.

"The gauge was inspected and was not damaged. The source was in the fully shielded position. A source leak test has been completed and sent for analysis. The individual who recovered the gauge stated they did not attempt to operate the gauge. The licensee stated they did not believe the individual who have been exposed because of this event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Notified R4DO (Alexander), NMSS Events Notification E-mail group, CNSNS (Mexico), and ILTAB (Email).

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://wwwpub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub122

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Power Reactor Event Number: 54283
Facility: THREE MILE ISLAND
Region: 1     State: PA
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW LEILOUS
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 09/17/2019
Notification Time: 14:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2019
Event Time: 10:28 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/17/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
CHRIS MILLER (NRR EO)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 88 Power Operation 88 Power Operation

Event Text

ON-SITE NON-WORK RELATED FATALITY

"Event of Public Interest performed to notify State and Local agencies for emergency vehicle response required due to an on-site non-work related illness. The individual was unresponsive and was unable to be resuscitated due to the medical issue. The individual was outside the Radiological Controlled Area (RCA) and no radioactive material or contamination was involved.

"The NRC Resident Inspector was notified."

Responding to the site were emergency medical services, fire, and police.

The licensee notified Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency, Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency, York County Emergency Management Agency, and Lebanon County Emergency Management Agency.


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