Event Notification Report for May 12, 2022

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

EVENT REPORTS FOR
05/11/2022 - 05/12/2022

Agreement State
Event Number: 55876
Rep Org: California Radiation Control Prgm
Licensee: University of California, San Diego
Region: 4
City: La Jolla   State: CA
County:
License #: 1339-37
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: L. Robert Greger
HQ OPS Officer: Ossy Font
Notification Date: 05/04/2022
Notification Time: 19:31 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2022
Event Time: 00:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/04/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Warnick, Greg (R4DO)
ILTAB, (EMAIL)
CNSNS (Mexico), - (EMAIL)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST I-125 BRACHYTHERAPY SEEDS

The following was received from the California Department of Public Health Radiologic, Health Branch via email:

"The Radiation Safety Officer for UCSD [(University of California, San Diego)] contacted the Radiologic Health Branch regarding the loss of I-125 sealed sources. He also reported the loss to the CA State Warning Center (control no. 22-2532).

"A medical physicist at the Moore's Cancer Center at UCSD received a box that contained 4 packs of I-125 sealed sources instead of his expectation of 3 packs. The medical physicist removed 3 packs and set the packing box outside for recycling, believing it was empty. The cardboard box was taken away by environmental services staff and has possibly been taken to the on-campus recycling center. The pack contains approximately 6-7 I-125 medical brachytherapy seeds with combined activity of 2.3 millicuries. The seeds are sealed in a shielded, sterile pack. The expected exposure level is close to background radiation level outside of the shielded pack. UCSD sent health physicists to the recycling center to search for the missing package."

5010 Number: 050322

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


Agreement State
Event Number: 55877
Rep Org: California Radiation Control Prgm
Licensee: Eckert and Ziegler Isotope Products Inc.
Region: 4
City: Valencia   State: CA
County:
License #: 1509-19
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: L. Robert Greger
HQ OPS Officer: Ossy Font
Notification Date: 05/04/2022
Notification Time: 20:47 [ET]
Event Date: 05/04/2022
Event Time: 00:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 05/04/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Warnick, Greg (R4DO)
ILTAB, (EMAIL)
CNSNS (Mexico), - (EMAIL)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST GD-153 LINE SOURCES

The following was received from the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch via email:

"On May 4, 2022, the Radiation Safety Officer for Eckert & Ziegler Isotope Products, Inc. (EZIP) contacted Los Angeles County Radiation Management regarding two missing sources. Pennsylvania licensee Abington Jefferson Health, located in North Wales, PA, shipped a package on October 21, 2021, and [the common carrier] tracking information indicated the package was delivered to EZIP with no receipt signature on October 22, 2021. Abington Jefferson Health contacted EZIP on November 10, 2021, requesting a receipt for confirmation of the returned sources. The sources were two gadolinium-153 line sources, with approximately 13 millicuries (mCi) each (greater than 1000 times the Appendix C value of 10 microCi). EZIP did not have a record of receipt of the package, and a search of the EZIP facility did not find the sources.

"The notification to Los Angeles County Radiation Management by EZIP was delayed due to confusion by EZIP regarding whether the package had been returned to Abington Jefferson Health by [the common carrier]."

5010 Number: 050422

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


Agreement State
Event Number: 55879
Rep Org: PA Bureau of Radiation Protection
Licensee: Titan Inspection, Inc.
Region: 1
City: Williamsport   State: PA
County:
License #: PA-1559
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: John Chippo
HQ OPS Officer: Thomas Herrity
Notification Date: 05/05/2022
Notification Time: 08:13 [ET]
Event Date: 05/03/2022
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Lally, Christopher (R1DO)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MALFUNCTIONING SHUTTER

The following was received from the state of Pennsylvania [the Department] via email:

"On May 4, 2022, the licensee informed the Department of an equipment malfunction. The licensee reported that on May 3, 2022 a QSA Global Model 880 containing a 37 Curie source of Iridium-192 malfunctioned. The camera's serial number is D15520 and the source serial number is 36110M. During the course of radiographic operations, the automatic lock slide that secures the source failed to completely close. While the source was completely retracted, secured, and verified using a survey meter, the camera was not fully functioning as intended. The licensee contacted with QSA Global, who suspect a spring malfunction. The camera was sent back to QSA for evaluation and repair. There were no overexposures because of this event."

PA Event Report No: PA220015


Agreement State
Event Number: 55880
Rep Org: Texas Dept of State Health Services
Licensee: Fargo Consultants Inc.
Region: 4
City: Dallas   State: TX
County:
License #: L05300
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Arthur Tucker
HQ OPS Officer: Brian P. Smith
Notification Date: 05/05/2022
Notification Time: 08:14 [ET]
Event Date: 05/04/2022
Event Time: 12:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Warnick, Greg (R4DO)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGE STRUCK AND DAMAGED BY BULLDOZER

The following was received from the Texas Department of State Health Services [the Agency] via email:

"On May 4, 2022, the licensee's radiation safety officer contacted the Agency and reported one of it's Humboldt 5001EZ gauges containing an 8 millicurie cs-137 source and a 40 mCi am-241 source had been struck by a bulldozer at a temporary field site. The gauge was damaged, and the licensee stated their engineer was going to the site to inspect and recover the gauge. The RSO contacted the Agency later that day and stated the source was in the shielded position and readings on contact with the transport case was 5 millirem an hour and 2 millirem an hour at three feet. The licensee transported the gauge back to it's facility. The licensee contacted it's service provider who will dispose of the gauge. No significant exposures were received as a result of this event. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident Number I-9930


Agreement State
Event Number: 55881
Rep Org: Kansas Dept of Health & Environment
Licensee: Cardinal Health
Region: 3
City: Springfield   State: MO
County:
License #: 34-29200-01MD
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Kimberly Steves
HQ OPS Officer: Lloyd Desotell
Notification Date: 05/05/2022
Notification Time: 13:41 [ET]
Event Date: 05/05/2022
Event Time: 09:45 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
Hills, David (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Warnick, Greg (R4DO)
Grant, Jeffery (IR)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TRANSPORTATION EVENT

The following was received from the State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment via email:

"At approximately 0945 CDT on May 5, 2022, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) was notified of a Cardinal Health carrier involved in an incident where the vehicle was swept off the road due to flooding. The nearest intersection to the site of the incident is E 520th Ave and S 240th Ave in Pittsburgh, KS, near the Missouri border. The vehicle was transporting unit doses of Tc-99m [total activity unknown at this time] from its Springfield, Missouri facility to locations in Kansas. The vehicle [type unknown at this time] is currently sitting in approximately 3 to 3.5 feet of water. KDHE was informed that the driver had to exit the vehicle through the window, which remains open. KDHE was informed that the driver left the area and the vehicle is currently unattended. The weather forecast includes additional rain and potential flooding for the rest of the day into the evening and a towing company is unable to assist until the water recedes. It is unknown at this time when the vehicle will be able to be retrieved."

The following additional information was obtained from the licensee in accordance with Headquarters Operations Officers Report Guidance:

Container information:
Syringes containing Tc-99m individually contained in pigs
Pigs contained in nylon bag
No placarding of vehicle
Containers labeled with RADIOACTIVE WHITE-I (less than 0.5 mrem/hr on surface)
Vehicle also likely contained empty used Tc-99m syringes



Notified: DHS, FEMA, USDA, HHS, DOE, CISA, EPA, DOT, KS All Hazard Notification System
Notified via email: FDA, DHS, FEMA National Watch Center, FEMA NRCC SASC,CWMD Watch Desk


Agreement State
Event Number: 55882
Rep Org: Utah Division of Radiation Control
Licensee: Central Utah Clinic, Revere Health
Region: 4
City: Provo   State: UT
County:
License #: UT 2500361
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Gwyn Galloway
HQ OPS Officer: Lloyd Desotell
Notification Date: 05/05/2022
Notification Time: 15:00 [ET]
Event Date: 05/04/2022
Event Time: 13:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Warnick, Greg (R4DO)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DIAGNOSTIC RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL MISADMINISTRATION

The following was received from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (the Division) via email:

"At approximately 1030 MDT, the [Radiation Safety Officer] for the licensee notified the Division that a patient had been administered an isotope to perform a PET scan. The technician double checked with the ordering physician and found that the order was supposed to have been for a CT scan, not a PET scan. The order received showed it was a PET scan. An investigation is being conducted to see how the order was changed.

"The patient was administered about 10.6 mCi of FDG when a CT scan was to be performed. Therefore, the dose was greater than 20 percent of the prescribed dose. The order received by the radiology department showed that a PET scan had been ordered. The TEDE to the patient was less than 5 rem and the highest organ dose (to the bladder wall), was less than 50 rem. The patient was administered the FDG at about 1300 EDT on May 4, 2022. The FDG was allowed to decay and the patient was later given a CT exam.

"At this time, this is all the information that the Division has, an investigation will be conducted, and an update will be provided at a later date."

Event Report ID No.: UT220004


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.


Non-Agreement State
Event Number: 55883
Rep Org: CTL Engineering, Inc
Licensee: CTL Engineering, Inc
Region: 1
City: Morgantown   State: WV
County:
License #: 34-18533-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Francine Scharver
HQ OPS Officer: Lloyd Desotell
Notification Date: 05/05/2022
Notification Time: 21:55 [ET]
Event Date: 05/05/2022
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/05/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - Lost/Stolen LNM>1000x
Person (Organization):
Lally, Christopher (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB, (EMAIL)
Hills, David (R3DO)
Event Text
NON-AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN GAUGE

The following is a synopsis of information received via telephone:

A portable nuclear density gauge was stolen from the bed of a pickup truck parked at a hotel in Hurricane Creek, WV. The chain securing the gauge had been cut. The licensee notified the Putnam County sheriff's office who indicated other thefts had occurred in the area. The licensee indicated that the theft occurred within a day of discovery.

Gauge Information:
Make: Troxler
Model number: 3430
Sources (nominal): 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241:Be.
Serial number: 65490

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


Power Reactor
Event Number: 55891
Facility: Quad Cities
Region: 3     State: IL
Unit: [1] [] []
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] GE-3
NRC Notified By: Harlem - Eq Opr
HQ OPS Officer: Brian P. Smith
Notification Date: 05/10/2022
Notification Time: 23:42 [ET]
Event Date: 05/10/2022
Event Time: 13:59 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - Pot Rhr Inop
Person (Organization):
Skokowski, Richard (R3DO)
Power Reactor Unit Info
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
Event Text
EN Revision Imported Date: 5/12/2022

EN Revision Text: BOTH TRAINS OF LOW PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION (LPCI) INOP

The following information was provided by the licensee via fax:

"At 1359 CDT on May 10, 2022, the 1B LPCI Loop Upstream Injection valve (1-1001-28B) was found to have a motor operated torque switch issue and inadequate lubrication. This issue called into question the ability of the valve to close when required.

"At 1746 CDT on May 10, 2022, both trains of Unit 1 LPCI were made simultaneously inoperable. TS 3.6.1.3 Condition A required de-activation of 1B LPCI Loop Downstream Injection valve (1-1001-29B) which was completed at 1746 CDT. Because of the de-activation of the 1B LPCI Loop downstream injection valve and LPCI Loop select logic, both trains of LPCI were made inoperable. Due to this inoperability, the system was in a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function; therefore, this condition is being reported as an eight-hour, non-emergency notification per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(V). Unit 1 HPCI and both loops of Core Spray are operable. After further engineering review, it was determined that 1B LPCI Loop Upstream injection valve condition was minor in nature and would not have affected the ability of the valve to close when required.

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

* * * UPDATE AT 12:32 EDT ON 05/11/22 FROM MARK HUMPHREY TO BRIAN P. SMITH * * *

The following information was provided by the licensee via phone call and email:

The last sentence in the second paragraph, "After further engineering review, it was determined that 1B LPCI Loop Upstream injection valve condition was minor in nature and would not have affected the ability of the valve to close when required," has been deleted. The licensee is continuing to follow up on the issue and believes that sentence to be unclear and premature.

Notified R3DO (Skokowski).


Power Reactor
Event Number: 55893
Facility: Millstone
Region: 1     State: CT
Unit: [3] [] []
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: Joshua Keith
HQ OPS Officer: Brian P. Smith
Notification Date: 05/11/2022
Notification Time: 18:12 [ET]
Event Date: 05/10/2022
Event Time: 21:21 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - Fitness For Duty
Person (Organization):
Ferdas, Marc (R1DO)
FFD Group, (EMAIL)
Power Reactor Unit Info
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
3 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
Event Text
FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT

The following information was provided by the licensee via email:

"A licensed operator had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a follow-up fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant is on hold in accordance with the licensee's fitness-for-duty policy.

"The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector."


Power Reactor
Event Number: 55894
Facility: Fermi
Region: 3     State: MI
Unit: [2] [] []
RX Type: [2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: Whitney R. Hemingway
HQ OPS Officer: Brian P. Smith
Notification Date: 05/11/2022
Notification Time: 22:25 [ET]
Event Date: 05/11/2022
Event Time: 18:14 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - Accident Mitigation
Person (Organization):
Skokowski, Richard (R3DO)
Power Reactor Unit Info
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 10 Power Operation 10 Power Operation
Event Text
HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION INOPERABLE

The following information was provided by the licensee via email:

"During performance of High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) Pump and Valve Operability surveillance in accordance with procedure 24.202.01, the turbine tripped without operator action. The plant was operating in Mode 1 at 10 percent power with the HPCI turbine running in a test mode at 5100 gpm with all surveillance criteria met. The surveillance was near completion at the point where the HPCI turbine is manually tripped. Before the manual trip was performed, the HPCI turbine tripped without operator action.

"Prior to performance of the surveillance, HPCI was provisionally operable with only satisfactory completion of Post Maintenance Testing (PMT) surveillance remaining to declare HPCI operable. HPCI surveillance testing was performed at low reactor pressure (165 psig) in Mode 2 satisfactorily. Investigation into the cause of this trip is in progress. HPCI has been declared inoperable from the time of release of the surveillance. Reactor Coolant Isolation Cooling (RCIC) was verified to be operable prior to and after the surveillance in accordance with Technical Specifications 3.5.1 condition E.1.

"This report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) based on an unplanned HPCI inoperability. 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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