United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
Home > NRC Library > Document Collections > Reports Associated with Events > Event Notification Reports > 2020 > August 14

Event Notification Report for August 14, 2020

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
8/13/2020 - 8/14/2020

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54817 54818 54819 54821 54822 54834

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 54817
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: International Paper Savannah Mill
Region: 1
City: Savannah   State: GA
County:
License #: 143-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Shatavia Walker
HQ OPS Officer: Andrew Waugh
Notification Date: 08/05/2020
Notification Time: 13:19 [ET]
Event Date: 07/21/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
FRANK ARNER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text



EN Revision Imported Date : 8/7/2020

EN Revision Text: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - BROKEN SHUTTER

The following is a summary of information received via email:

On July 21, 2020, the licensee was conducting a semi-annual leak test and inventory when they discovered a shutter was not working on an in service source device. The source has been barricaded and appropriate warnings have been posted. An offsite technician is being contacted to replace the device.

The device is an Ohmart Model A-2102 density gauge with a 100 mCi Cs-137 source.

* * * UPDATE ON 8/6/20 AT 1757 EDT FROM SHATAVIA WALKER TO ANDREW WAUGH * * *

The following is a summary of information received via email:

The broken shutter concerned in this event was stuck in the open position.

Notified R1DO (Arner) and NMSS Event Notifications via email.

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 54818
Rep Org: VT OFFICE OF RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH
Licensee: Tam Recycling
Region: 1
City: Pownal   State: VT
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Francis O'Neill
HQ OPS Officer: Andrew Waugh
Notification Date: 08/05/2020
Notification Time: 17:17 [ET]
Event Date: 02/27/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/05/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
FRANK ARNER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL REJECTED AT WASTE FACILITY

The following is a summary of information received via email:

On 2/27/20, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) was notified that a waste transport truck was rejected at a waste facility in Hudson Falls, NY. The truck was rejected because radioactive material was detected measuring 1.4 mrem/hr while background radiation was 0.01 mrem/hr. The truck was redirected to Tam Recycling in Pownal, VT, and instructed to isolate the waste.

On 3/2/20, the Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team (VHMRT) and a member of VDH Radiation Control responded to the recycling center. The radioactive waste was identified as human bladder control products which contained an estimated 4.6 microCi of I-131. The contents were double bagged and isolated in a remote storage area at the recycling center for to decay.

On 4/3/20, VDH issued Vermont Information Notice IN 20-001 (Release of humans and animals receiving I-131 therapy) to all Vermont radioactive materials licensees who are authorized to use I-131. This Information Notice recommends all affected licensees review their I-131 administration procedures, patient release criteria, and pet owner release instructions.

On 6/26/20, a VDH inspector returned to survey the material, and found that the radiation levels of the material were indistinguishable from background.

With the decay of the I-131 waste this incident has been closed out by VDH on 8/5/20.

Vermont Incident No.: VT-20-001

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 54819
Rep Org: VT OFFICE OF RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH
Licensee: Goodenough Rubbish Removal
Region: 1
City: Brattleboro   State: VT
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Francis O'Neill
HQ OPS Officer: Rodney Clagg
Notification Date: 08/06/2020
Notification Time: 10:33 [ET]
Event Date: 03/27/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
FRANK ARNER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL REJECTED AT WASTE FACILITY

The following is a summary of information received via email:

On 3/27/20, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) was notified that a waste transport truck was rejected at a waste facility in Concord, NH. The truck was rejected because radioactive material was detected in the waste. The truck was redirected to Goodenough Rubbish Removal in Brattleboro, VT, and instructed to isolate the waste.

On 3/30/20, VDH Radiation Control responded to the waste center. The radioactive waste was identified as clay cat litter containing I-131 with a maximum dose rate of 8.04 mrem/hr on contact and 0.54 mrem/hr at one meter while background measurements were 10 microR/hr. The waste hauler was instructed to isolate the container in a remote section of the recycling center with the contents covered for 80 days.

On 4/3/20, VDH issued Vermont Information Notice IN 20-001 (Release of humans and animals receiving I-131 therapy) to all Vermont radioactive materials licensees who are authorized to use I-131. This Information Notice recommends all affected licensees review their I-131 administration procedures, patient release criteria, and pet owner release instructions.

On 6/26/20, a VDH inspector returned to survey the material, and found that the radiation levels of the material were indistinguishable from background.

With the decay of the I-131 waste this incident has been closed out by VDH on 8/5/20.

Vermont Incident No.: VT-20-002

To top of page
Agreement State Event Number: 54821
Rep Org: KENTUCKY DEPT OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: North American Stainless
Region: 1
City: Ghent   State: KY
County:
License #: 201-499-57
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Anjan Bhattacharyya
HQ OPS Officer: Andrew Waugh
Notification Date: 08/06/2020
Notification Time: 13:46 [ET]
Event Date: 08/06/2020
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
FRANK ARNER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER

The following is a summary of information received via email:

On 8/6/2020, the licensee notified the Kentucky Radiation Health Branch of an event which had occurred on the same day. The shutter control mechanism malfunctioned on a nuclear gauge and the shutter could not be completely closed. The gauge has been taken out of service and no overexposures were reported as a result of this incident. A service provider has been contacted to help repair or replace the damaged gauge.

The gauge is a Data Measurement Corporation Model AM-3E containing a 3 Ci Am-241 sealed source.

Kentucky Event Report ID No.: KY200003

To top of page
Non-Agreement State Event Number: 54822
Rep Org: Department of Veterans Affairs
Licensee: Department of Veterans Affairs
Region: 4
City: North Little Rock   State: AR
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Kim Wiebeck
HQ OPS Officer: Andrew Waugh
Notification Date: 08/06/2020
Notification Time: 16:32 [ET]
Event Date: 08/05/2020
Event Time: 13:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 08/06/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
35.3045(a)(3) - Dose To Other Site > Specified Limits
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

MEDICAL EVENT

"A Y-90 microsphere therapy administration was performed on August 5, 2020, [at VA Boston Healthcare System in Boston, Massachusetts]. The prescribed dose was intended for the right lobe of the liver. Post implant imaging on that day indicated that the dosage of microspheres was unintentionally administered to a portion of the left lobe of the liver.

"The patient and the referring physician have been notified.

"The National Health Physics Program (NHPP) will follow up with a written report in accordance with NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.3045.

"NHPP notified our NRC Region III Project Manager (Parker)."

A Medical Event may indicate potential problems in a medical facility's use of radioactive materials. It does not necessarily result in harm to the patient.

To top of page
Power Reactor Event Number: 54834
Facility: Harris
Region: 2     State: NC
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: Lonnie Hickerson
HQ OPS Officer: Brian P. Smith
Notification Date: 08/13/2020
Notification Time: 13:24 [ET]
Event Date: 08/13/2020
Event Time: 09:38 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/13/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) - RPS Actuation - Critical
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - Unanalyzed Condition
50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) - Valid Specif Sys Actuation
Person (Organization):
MARK MILLER (R2DO)
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 M/R Y 100 Power Operation 0 Hot Standby

Event Text

MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO DROPPED CONTROL ROD

"On August 13, 2020, at 0938 EDT, with Harris Nuclear Plant Unit 1 in Mode 1 at 100 percent power, a control rod dropped during control rod testing. This is considered to be an unanalyzed condition and requires a manual reactor trip in accordance with plant procedure. All safety systems functioned as expected. Auxiliary Feedwater started as designed and was secured. Steam generator levels are being maintained by Main Feedwater through the feedwater regulator bypass valves. Decay heat is being removed by using the condenser steam dump flow path. Due to the RPS actuation, this event is being reported as a four hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B). Due to the unanalyzed condition and unplanned Auxiliary Feedwater actuation, this event is also being reported as an eight hour non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A).

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


Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, August 14, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020