Event Notification Report for October 14, 2022

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

EVENT REPORTS FOR
10/13/2022 - 10/14/2022

EVENT NUMBERS
56148 56150 56151 56154 56159 56161
Agreement State
Event Number: 56148
Rep Org: MA Radiation Control Program
Licensee: Unknown
Region: 1
City: Milton   State: MA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Tony Carpenito
HQ OPS Officer: Ernest West
Notification Date: 10/06/2022
Notification Time: 10:16 [ET]
Event Date: 10/05/2022
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
Ferdas, Marc (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO ABANDONED SOURCES

The following information was provided by the MA Department of Public Health (the Agency) via email:

"On 10/05/2022, at 1230 [EDT] , a telephone report was received by the Agency that two discs, each measuring 1.5 inches in diameter and each determined to be containing 0.024 mCi Ra-226 (0.048 mCi total), were found within a load of residential trash picked up in Milton, MA. Each disc measured 6 mR per hour at 3 inches from surface. The discs reportedly did not have any identifying information or markings (no manufacturer name, no date, no serial number) other than 'poison inside'. The discs were placed in secure storage until proper disposal is arranged and completed. The discs are currently presumed to have been inadvertently and unknowingly abandoned by owner. Investigations by the Agency and by Covanta Braintree Transfer Station are ongoing.

"The Agency considers this matter still open."

MA Event Number: to be announced (TBA)


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: 56150
Rep Org: Louisiana Radiation Protection Div
Licensee: Cleco Power LLC
Region: 4
City: Lena   State: LA
County:
License #: LA-3719-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: James Pate
HQ OPS Officer: Kerby Scales
Notification Date: 10/06/2022
Notification Time: 14:05 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2022
Event Time: 12:13 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
Dixon, John (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - GAUGES FAILED SHUTTER CHECK

The following is a summary of information received from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (the Department) via email:

On October 6, 2022, Cleco Power, LLC notified the Department that four of their fixed gauges failed their shutter checks.

1. Two Texas Nuclear Model 5197 with serial number B1769 & B1770. They each contained a 100 mCi Cs-137 source (model number: 570-57157C).
2. Two Texas Nuclear Model 5192 with serial number B2503 & B2504. They each contained a 20 mCi Cs-137 source.

The two Model 5192 will be repaired using replacement parts by BBP Sales. The two Model 5197 will be disposed of and not placed back into service.

Louisiana Event Report ID Number: LA20220010


Agreement State
Event Number: 56151
Rep Org: Colorado Dept of Health
Licensee: Westin Hotel - Westminster
Region: 4
City: Westminster   State: CO
County:
License #: GL000738
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Kathryn Kirk
HQ OPS Officer: Ian Howard
Notification Date: 10/06/2022
Notification Time: 03:24 [ET]
Event Date: 07/01/2022
Event Time: 00:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
Dixon, John (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB, (EMAIL)
MacDonald, Mark (ILTAB)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST EXIT SIGNS

The following is a summary of information received from the State of Colorado via email:

On 07/01/22, the licensee reported the loss of 5 exit signs.

Manufacturer: Isolite Corporation and Safety Light Corporation
Model Numbers: SLX60 and 2040
Isotope and Activity: H3, (two SLX60's with 6.2 Curies each) and (three 2040's with 7.5 Curies each)

Colorado Event Report Identification Number: C0220034

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: 56154
Rep Org: Virginia Rad Materials Program
Licensee: Quinn Consulting Services, Incorporated
Region: 1
City: Chantilly   State: VA
County:
License #: 600-496-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Asfaw Fenta
HQ OPS Officer: Lloyd Desotell
Notification Date: 10/07/2022
Notification Time: 16:48 [ET]
Event Date: 10/07/2022
Event Time: 11:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/07/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
Ferdas, Marc (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGE TO PORTABLE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided by the Virginia Department of Health via email:

"On October 7, 2022 at 1500 EDT, the Virginia Radioactive Materials Program (VRMP) received a report from a licensee's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) via telephone that a portable nuclear moisture/density gauge was damaged by a dump truck at a jobsite located near the intersection of I-66 and I-28 in Chantilly, VA. The incident occurred on October 7, at about 1130 EDT. The report indicated that a Troxler density gauge (Model 3440, Serial # 77069, containing 8.0 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 40.0 millicuries of Am-241) was being used at the road construction site when a dump truck drove into and hit the gauge. During the incident, the gauge housing (the plastic cover and electronic system) was damaged, but the source appeared to remain intact within the housing. The site was cordoned off with a 15 foot radius. The licensee's survey of the gauge yielded readings of background at 15 feet and 0.5 mR/hr at about 3 feet from the gauge. The gauge was taken to the licensee's storage facility located at the project site. The RSO mentioned that wipe samples taken for leakage will be sent for analysis. The VRMP is working with the licensee to obtain additional information. This report will be updated once the licensee's investigation is complete, and the information is received. According to the RSO, no public exposure occurred."

Virginia Event Report ID No.: VA220003


Fuel Cycle Facility
Event Number: 56159
Facility: Global Nuclear Fuel - Americas
RX Type: Uranium Fuel Fabrication
Comments: Leu Conversion (Uf6 To Uo2)
Leu Fabrication
Lwr Commerical Fuel
Region: 2
City: Wilmington   State: NC
County: New Hanover
License #: SNM-1097
Docket: 07001113
NRC Notified By: Phillip Ollis
HQ OPS Officer: Ian Howard
Notification Date: 10/13/2022
Notification Time: 10:39 [ET]
Event Date: 10/12/2022
Event Time: 13:11 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/13/2022
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - Offsite Notification/News Rel
Person (Organization):
Miller, Mark (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Event Text
OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

The following information was provided by the licensee via email:

"At approximately 1311 (EDT) on October 12th, 2022, the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified per State code requirements that the fire suppression system encompassing the Fuel Manufacturing Operation (FMO) was impaired. During a flow test, the backup diesel fire pump experienced an overheating condition. As a result, the diesel fire pump was placed in the manual 'Off' position. The electric fire pump remained fully operational and available to perform its safety function. The diesel pump was repaired and returned to operation at approximately 1000 (EDT) on Thursday, October 13th. The New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified of restoration at 1020 (EDT). Because the New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshall was notified, a concurrent notification to the NRC Operations Center is being made per 10 CFR 70, Appendix A(c)."

The licensee will notify the State and NRC Region II.


Fuel Cycle Facility
Event Number: 56161
Facility: Honeywell International, Inc.
RX Type: Uranium Hexafluoride Production
Comments: Uf6 Conversion (Dry Process)
Region: 2
City: Metropolis   State: IL
County: Massac
License #: SUB-526
Docket: 04003392
NRC Notified By: Sean Patterson
HQ OPS Officer: Kerby Scales
Notification Date: 10/13/2022
Notification Time: 19:12 [ET]
Event Date: 10/13/2022
Event Time: 17:25 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/13/2022
Emergency Class: Alert
10 CFR Section:
40.35(f) - Emergency Declared
Person (Organization):
Miller, Mark (R2DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Lubinksi, John (NMSS)
Dudes, Laura (R2RA)
Whited, Jeffrey (IR)
Event Text
ALERT DECLARED DUE TO A FIRE IN LABORATORY BUILDING UNDER RENOVATION

On 10/13/2022 at 1725 CDT, the licensee declared an Alert due to a fire in a laboratory building under renovation. The licensee contacted local Fire and Emergency Medical Service who responded and extinguished the fire. There was no offsite release of radiological material.

The licensee notified local authorities and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency of the event.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/13/22 AT 1851 CDT FROM SEAN PATTERSON TO KERBY SCALES * * *

At 1851 CDT, the licensee terminated the Alert and reported the fire was out.

Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, CISA Central Watch Officer, EPA EOC, R2DO (Miller), IRMOC (Whited), Director DFM (Helton).

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, October 14, 2022