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Event Notification Report for March 03, 2020

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3/2/2020 - 3/3/2020

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54535 54536 54537 54540 54556

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Agreement State Event Number: 54535
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: HAWKE INSPECTION AND TESTING
Region: 1
City: LINDEN   State: NJ
County:
License #: 506983
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PEROS
HQ OPS Officer: KERBY SCALES
Notification Date: 02/21/2020
Notification Time: 10:30 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/21/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ABANDONED PORTABLE MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the state of New Jersey via email:

"A local Police Department informed [NJ Department Radioactive Materials Program] that a suspicious package was discovered behind a deli/apartment building. Hazmat officials responded. The package was identified as the transport container for a portable moisture density gauge. Labeling on the container identified the gauge as a CPN International, Inc., MC Series Portaprobe, serial number M380404223. The labeling further stated that the gauge contained a Cs-137/Am-241/Be source. The listed activities were 10 mCi of Cs-137 as of 11/19/97 and 50 mCi of Am-241/Be as of 6/6/97. The shipping container appeared intact, with appropriate cautionary labeling. The highest exposure rate reported was 0.9 mR/hr at two feet from the container. The licensee reportedly told officials on the scene that they were out of business and could not explain how the device got to the location where it was found. Due to the lack of security that allowed the device to be moved to the location where it was found, we were not confident that the licensee would be able to secure the item if it was returned to them. The hazmat team secured the device overnight at their office location. The device will be secured pending completion of the investigation and subsequent proper disposition of the device.

"The State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Environmental Radiation was notified."

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Agreement State Event Number: 54536
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: BOULDER COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
Region: 4
City: BOULDER   State: CO
County:
License #: GL000708
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHRYN MOTE
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 02/21/2020
Notification Time: 14:57 [ET]
Event Date: 12/21/2017
Event Time: 00:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/21/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG WERNER (R4DO)
LAURA PEARSON (ILTAB)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

The following was received from the state of Colorado by email:

"Reported one lost tritium exit sign when conducting the annual reconciliation."

The initial date reported to the State was verbally in 2016.

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: 54537
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: GA PACIFIC - BRUNSWICK CELLUOSE LLC
Region: 1
City: BRUNSWICK   State: GA
County:
License #: GA 301-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: IRENE BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 02/24/2020
Notification Time: 14:20 [ET]
Event Date: 04/03/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/24/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK OPEN SHUTTER

The following is a synopsis of a email from the state of Georgia:

On April 3, 2018, the Georgia Radioactive Material Program was informed that a fixed nuclear gauge on the number 4 Digester had a shutter stuck in the open position (normal operation mode). The shutter was made operable on the same day, that the report was made to the state of Georgia.

The gauge is a Kay Ray 7063-P and serial number 9132. The gauge contains 500 mCi of Cs-137. The gauge is in service with all radiation readings acceptable. There was no risk of exposure to employees or members of the public.

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Agreement State Event Number: 54540
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: BRAUN INTERTEC CORPATION
Region: 4
City: TYLER   State: TX
County:
License #: LL06681
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RANDALL REDD
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 02/24/2020
Notification Time: 19:10 [ET]
Event Date: 02/24/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/24/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JASON KOZAL (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
- CNSNS (MEXICO) (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN DENSITY GAUGE

The following is a synopsis of a event reported by the state of Texas via email and phone call:

On February 24, 2020, the Texas Department of State Health Services (Agency) was contacted by the Braun Intertec Corporation RSO to report a stolen moisture density gauge.

The gauge was last seen on February 19, 2020 at the end of work in McKinney Texas. It was locked in a box in the back of a truck which was then driven to Euless, Texas where it reported to stay until February 24, 2020. The truck was then driven to a jobsite in Richardson, TX on February 24, 2020 at which point the employee realized that the locks were gone and the moisture density gauge was removed from the box in the back of the truck.

Euless Police were notified.

The activity for the density gauge is estimated to be 10 mCi Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am241/Be.

An investigation into this event is ongoing. More information will be provided when obtained in accordance with SA- 300.

Texas Incident number: 9746

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: 54556
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4     State: TX
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PAUL BURTON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 03/02/2020
Notification Time: 20:45 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2020
Event Time: 14:52 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
RICK DEESE (R4DO)
FFD GROUP (EMAIL)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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FITNESS-FOR-DUTY REPORT - CONTRACT SUPERVISOR CONFIRMED POSITIVE TEST

A non-licensed contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been terminated.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.


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