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Event Notification Report for November 05, 2019

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11/4/2019 - 11/5/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54321 54352 54354 54356 54369

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Non-Agreement State Event Number: 54321
Rep Org: BARRETTS MINERALS
Licensee: BARRETTS MINERALS
Region: 4
City: DILLON   State: MT
County:
License #: GL-60060
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT REAP
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 10/10/2019
Notification Time: 11:27 [ET]
Event Date: 09/25/2019
Event Time: 08:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text



EN Revision Imported Date : 11/5/2019

EN Revision Text: SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE - STUCK SHUTTER

On September 25, 2019, at approximately 0800 MDT, while preparing to perform electrical maintenance on a density gauge, the shutter on the gauge was found stuck in the open (normal) position. Upon contacting Berthold, the device manufacturer, the licensee was instructed to contact the NRC to make this notification.

The source is a Cs-137, 20 mCi source, S/N 846, manufactured in March of 1990. There is no additional exposure to plant personnel or the public due to the position of the shutter. Berthold is scheduled to replace the shield on October 29, 2019.

* * * RETRACTION ON 11/4/2019 AT 0931 EST FROM ROBERT REAP TO CATY NOLAN * * *

After discussion with R4 (Bolger), the licensee is retracting this event because the device is a general license device, not a specific license device, which does not meet the reporting requirements described in 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2).

Device is a BSI Instrument LB 7400 series gauge.

Notified R4DO (Drake) and NMSS Events Notification (email).

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Agreement State Event Number: 54352
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ALABAMA RIVER CELLULOSE
Region: 1
City: PERDUE HILL   State: AL
County:
License #: 634
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CASON COAN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 10/25/2019
Notification Time: 10:19 [ET]
Event Date: 10/24/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/25/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BRICE BICKETT (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FAILED SHUTTER ON A PROCESS GAUGE

The following report was received from the Alabama Department of Public Health via email:

"Representative reported that personnel found a gauge to have a failed shutter. Representative reported that the shutter is failed in the closed position. Representative reported that [the] gauge was discovered in the reported condition during some maintenance operations. Representative stated that the gauge was discovered in its reported condition on 10/24/2019. Representative reported this to [the] Agency [Alabama Department of Public Health] on 10/25/2019 at 0813 [CDT].

"Gauge contains source s/n 8829GK, a 500 mCi Cs-137 source. Gauge is reported as an Ohmart model SH-2. No known device issues that could have caused a failed shutter.

"Licensee is in the process of ordering parts for repair. Representative stated that ABB will repair the gauge."

Alabama Incident number 19-29.

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 54354
Rep Org: SCHMUCKER, PAUL, NOHR, & ASSOCIATES
Licensee: SCHMUCKER, PAUL, NOHR, & ASSOCIATES
Region: 4
City: MITCHELL   State: SD
County:
License #: 40-27560-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JACOB SONNE
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 10/26/2019
Notification Time: 11:29 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(2) - SAFETY EQUIPMENT FAILURE
Person (Organization):
CALE YOUNG (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

While in use on a job site with the source extended, a Troxler Model 3430 moisture density gauge was damaged by a skid loader. The source was able to be retracted into the shielded area of the gauge but the shield cannot be closed due to damage to the bottom shield plate.

The licensee has established a 15 foot radius boundary per their emergency procedure and will be obtaining a survey meter to verify radiation levels at the boundary.

The licensee will be getting local assistance to secure the source for transportation back to their storage facility.

A Troxler Model 3430 normally contains a 44 mCi Am-241/Be source and a 9 mCi Cs-137 source.

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Agreement State Event Number: 54356
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: MIDWEST INDUSTRIAL METALS CORP.
Region: 3
City: NORTHLAKE   State: IL
County:
License #: 9223704
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GARY FORSEE
HQ OPS Officer: OSSY FONT
Notification Date: 10/28/2019
Notification Time: 12:27 [ET]
Event Date: 10/28/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/28/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KARLA STOEDTER (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SEALED SOURCE GAUGE

The following was received from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (the Agency) via phone and email:

"During Agency efforts to pursue an annual self-inspection report from a general licensee (Midwest Industrial Metals), it was discovered that a Niton XLp-818 XRF device containing 30 milliCuries of Am-241 could not be accounted for. According to licensee staff, the device was sent to the manufacturer for repair/evaluation. The licensee elected not to have the device repaired and it was returned to them. In June of 2019, the Agency asked for a physical verification of the device. Agency staff again contacted the licensee on October 28, 2019. At that point, the licensee confirmed that search activities have ceased and they were officially declaring the device as lost. The licensee reports that there is no indication of theft or intentional diversion. This matter will remain open pending appropriate enforcement action."

Item Number: IL190031

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: 54369
Facility: BEAVER VALLEY
Region: 1     State: PA
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: MARK BENKOWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 11/04/2019
Notification Time: 09:06 [ET]
Event Date: 11/04/2019
Event Time: 05:35 [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/04/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS ACTUATION - CRITICAL
Person (Organization):
JOHN CHERUBINI (R1DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 15 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO STEAM DUMP TRANSIENT

"At 0535 [EST] on November 4, 2019, with Unit 1 in mode 1 at 15 [percent] power, the reactor was manually tripped due to the lifting of an 'A' Main Steamline Safety Valve following a Condenser Steam Dump transient. The trip response was not complex, with all systems responding normally post-trip, and all control rods fully inserted into the core.

"Operations responded and stabilized the plant. Decay heat is being removed by discharging steam to the Main Condenser by using the Condenser Steam Dump Valves. Offsite power is available and is currently supplying Normal and Emergency busses. The plant is currently stable in mode 3. Unit 2 is unaffected by this event and remains at 100 [percent] power in mode 1.

"Due to 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).

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


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