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Event Notification Report for March 18, 2020

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3/17/2020 - 3/18/2020

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54574 54575 54576 54577 54578 54579 54580 54587

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Agreement State Event Number: 54574
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: HOME DEPOT #1504
Region: 4
City: COLORADO SPRINGS   State: CO
County:
License #: GL000125
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHRYN MOTE
HQ OPS Officer: KERBY SCALES
Notification Date: 03/09/2020
Notification Time: 10:28 [ET]
Event Date: 01/30/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (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 TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following information was received from the State of Colorado via email:

"Discrepancies found in 2019 inventory registration compared to previous annual registrations resulted in 17 missing exit signs.

"Initial date reported: 7/10/19

"Final Decision Material Lost date: 1/30/20"

The exit signs have an activity of 7.5 Ci each.

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: 54575
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY - GOODRICH CORPARATION
Region: 4
City: Pueblo   State: CO
County:
License #: GL000629
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHRYN MOTE
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 03/09/2020
Notification Time: 12:27 [ET]
Event Date: 08/02/2017
Event Time: 00:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (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 TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following information was received from the State of Colorado via email:

"The licensee reported to the State of Colorado two exit signs missing after renovation.

"Initial date reported: 8/2/17

"Final Decision Material Lost date: 3/5/20"

The exit signs have an activity of 7.5 Ci each.

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: 54576
Rep Org: IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Licensee: ARCONIC DAVENPORT, LLC
Region: 3
City: BETTENDORF   State: IA
County:
License #: 0162182FG
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RANDAL DAHLIN
HQ OPS Officer: CATY NOLAN
Notification Date: 03/09/2020
Notification Time: 13:08 [ET]
Event Date: 02/23/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID HILLS (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER

The following information was received via email:

"The licensee reported a stuck open shutter on an IMS model 5221-02 fixed gauging device. The manufacturer arrived on site 2/26/2020 and determined the cause to be a faulty solenoid valve on the air supply to the shutter. The valve was replaced and shutter was then determined to be working properly."

Iowa Item Number: IA200001

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Agreement State Event Number: 54577
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ACUREN, INC.
Region: 1
City:   State: AL
County:
License #: 1631
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CASON COAN
HQ OPS Officer: RICHARD SMITH
Notification Date: 03/09/2020
Notification Time: 17:46 [ET]
Event Date: 03/07/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
PATRICK FINNEY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT -- BROKEN RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA IN SHIELDED POSITION

The following is a synopsis of a facsimile that was received from the State of Alabama:

On March 9, 2020 at 0825 CDT, the State of Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Radiation Control, Radioactive Materials Compliance Branch, was notified by licensee Acuren, Inc., that a radiographer attempted to unlock the locking mechanism of an 880D radiography camera and the key broke off in the lock. The licensee stated that the camera is still locked, is now "red-tagged," and is in storage until it can be sent to its vendor QSA for repair. The source was not exposed at the time and it is in the shielded position. Radiation surveys of the device are normal for a shielded position. This event occurred on March 7, 2020.

Alabama Event Number: 20-05

The source is believed to be Ir-192. The source strength was not reported.

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Agreement State Event Number: 54578
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: NORTHERN UTAH HEALTHCARE CORP DBA COLUMBIA ST MARKS HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: SALT LAKE   State: UT
County:
License #: UT 1800253
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PHILIP GRIFFIN
HQ OPS Officer: SILAS KENNEDY
Notification Date: 03/10/2020
Notification Time: 16:13 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (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 IODINE-125 SEED

The following information was received from the state of Utah via email:

"Late in the evening on March 9, 2020, an individual in the pathology lab was examining an excised tissue sample that contained one 286 microCurie Iodine-125 seed used in a radioactive seed localization procedure. During the examination, the seed fell out of the tissue sample and went down the sink drain. The individual blocked off the drain, and the licensee waited until the morning of the 10th to remove the sink's p-trap to look for the seed. The licensee was unable to locate the seed, and assumes that the seed is lost. The Division [Utah Division of Radiation Control] will be performing an on-site investigation soon."

Utah Report ID number: UT200002

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: 54579
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: BAYPORT POLYMERS LLC
Region: 4
City: PASADENA   State: TX
County:
License #: LL06922-000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RANDALL REDD
HQ OPS Officer: SILAS KENNEDY
Notification Date: 03/10/2020
Notification Time: 18:21 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK OPEN SHUTTER

The following information was received from the state of Texas via email:

"On 10 March, 2020, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified of a gauge with a stuck shutter in the open position. The gauge is a Berthold Model LB7440L with a 5 mCi Cs-137 source with serial 186-1-88. This gauge normally operates with the shutter in the open position. There is no increased risk of exposure to any individual. An investigation into this event is ongoing."

Texas Incident #: 9750

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Agreement State Event Number: 54580
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: LANDMARK TESTING & ENGINEERING, INC (LANDMARK)
Region: 4
City: LA VERKIN   State: UT
County:
License #: UT 2700428
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GWYN GALLOWAY
HQ OPS Officer: SILAS KENNEDY
Notification Date: 03/10/2020
Notification Time: 22:51 [ET]
Event Date: 03/10/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DAVID PROULX (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 FOUND TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received from the state of Utah via email:

"On March 10, 2020, a member of the public was traveling on the road at about 500 North State Street in La Verkin, Utah. The individual saw a Troxler gauge (Model 3430) sitting in the middle of the road. He stopped picked it up and placed it in his truck. The gauge was not in a transport case, but the source rod was locked in the safe position, the individual took a couple of pictures of the gauge. The individual must have been familiar with portable gauges because he contacted an Engineering and Testing Company (Geotechnical Testing Services UT [GTS] 2700439) located in St. George. This licensee did not own the gauge, but told the individual to place the gauge in a secure location and stay away from it. GTS contacted the Division's [Utah Division of Radiation Control] emergency line to report that a gauge was found even though it was not theirs. This report was made at about 5:20 PM [MDT].

"There is another engineering company (Landmark Testing & Engineering, Inc. UT 2700428) in St George. The individual from GTS contacted an individual they knew who worked for Landmark Testing.

"The Duty Officer manning the emergency line made contact with the Section Manager for the Radioactive Materials Section at about 6:25 PM and informed him of the report. The Section Manager contacted the GTS personnel at about 6:36 PM to interview him about the particulars of the report. The information was relayed to the Section Manager. In addition, the GTS personnel informed the Section Manager that the gauge belonged to Landmark Testing & Engineering and that they were on their way to pick up the gauge. In addition, the GTS personnel were able to send a couple of pictures of the gauge that showed the casing on the gauge was cracked near the source handle and the casing was slightly separated in the front from the base of the gauge. The model (3430) and serial number (26770) were visible in the photos.

"The Section Manager contacted a staff member at about 6:52 PM, so that a report could be made to NRC. He had tried to contact the member of the public who had located the gauge, but had been unable to reach him.

"At the time of this report, the licensee (Landmark) had not reported the missing/found gauge to the Division. Further investigation of this matter will be conducted by the Division [Utah Division of Radiation Control] tomorrow. An update will be sent when more information is gathered."

Troxler gauges nominally contain 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am/Be.

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: 54587
Facility: SOUTH TEXAS
Region: 4     State: TX
Unit: [1] [2] []
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PAUL BURTON
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 03/17/2020
Notification Time: 19:38 [ET]
Event Date: 03/17/2020
Event Time: 15:58 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 03/17/2020
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
NEIL O'KEEFE (R4DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

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NOTIFICATION TO OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY

"At 1532 CDT, on 3/17/2020, it was reported to the Unit 1 Control Room that less than one gallon of hydraulic oil was spilled into the Colorado River during dredging activities. Cleanup using oil booms was completed at 1747 CDT. The cause of the hydraulic oil spill is under investigation.

"The Texas General Land Office was notified at 1558 CDT.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."


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