Event Notification Report for September 19, 2023

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

EVENT REPORTS FOR
09/18/2023 - 09/19/2023

EVENT NUMBERS
56733 56734 56743
Agreement State
Event Number: 56733
Rep Org: Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency
Licensee: Archer Daniels Midland Company
Region: 3
City: Decatur   State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01506-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Gary Forsee
HQ OPS Officer: Brian P. Smith
Notification Date: 09/11/2023
Notification Time: 13:48 [ET]
Event Date: 09/10/2023
Event Time: 19:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/12/2023
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
Szwarc, Dariusz (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Rivera-Capella, Gretchen (NMSS DAY)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIRE AT FACILITY CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE GAUGES

The following report was received via telephone and email by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency [the Agency]:

"At approximately 1900 [CDT] on 9/10/23, a fire/explosion was reported at the Archer Daniels Midland facility located at 4666 East Farie Parkway in Decatur, IL. Information available at this time indicates a flammable hexane environment may have contributed to the incident. The Agency contacted the facility at approximately 2100 [CDT] on 9/10/23 to determine the status of the 23 radioactive gauges located within the building. The gauges contain a quantity of radioactive material that if impacted by the fire could present non-life threatening but elevated exposure rates to first responders. At 0945 [CDT] on 9/11/23, the Agency made contact with the Radiation Safety Officer at the facility. He stated the gauges are in an adjacent part of the facility (shared wall) which remains to be determined if impacted. It was noted that the area containing the gauges has an elevated hexane concentration. The Agency is actively coordinating with the facility's radiation safety staff and the Macon County Emergency Management Agency to provide information to first responders and coordinate a site visit to determine the status of the devices. If additional information regarding integrity of the devices is not available by midday, the Agency will coordinate a site visit. Reportedly, site access is still limited and information is still forthcoming to emergency managers.

"The 23 Texas Nuclear Model 5205 gauges range in activity from 50 to 100 mCi of Cs-137. Information available indicates 4 gauges contain 100 mCi of Cs-137 and 19 gauges contain 50 mCi of Cs-137. 8 additional gauges containing up to 500 mCi of Cs-137 are located in other onsite buildings, but are not anticipated to have been impacted. It is unclear if the Texas Nuclear Model 5205 gauges or their containers have been impacted by the fire/explosion at this time. On scene assessment is not immediately possible and may not be within the 24-hour reporting timeframe. The matter is being reported at this time and will be retracted if the gauges are found to be undamaged."

Illinois Incident Number: IL230024

* * * UPDATE ON 9/12/2023 AT 1501 EDT FROM IEMA TO LAWRENCE CRISCIONE * * *

The following is a summary of an update received via email from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency:

The licensee's hazmat response staff was able to enter the building late yesterday (9/11/23) and indicated none of the 23 radioactive gauges appear impacted by the fire. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) nuclear safety staff still plan to perform confirmatory surveys and wipes once the building can be safely accessed. IEMA staff are working with the licensee and county Emergency Management Agency officials to coordinate that site visit. Based on the information available, IEMA staff do not have any radiation exposure or accountability concerns at this time. This incident will be kept open until Agency staff have conducted a site visit and confirmed the integrity of the 23 devices.

Notified the Region 3 duty officer and NMSS events.


Agreement State
Event Number: 56734
Rep Org: Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency
Licensee: IRISNDT, Inc.
Region: 3
City: Robinson   State: IL
County:
License #: IL-02481-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Gary Forsee
HQ OPS Officer: Thomas Herrity
Notification Date: 09/12/2023
Notification Time: 16:27 [ET]
Event Date: 09/12/2023
Event Time: 16:27 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/12/2023
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
Szwarc, Dariusz (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FAILURE OF SOURCE TO RETRACT TO SAFE POSITION

The following was reported by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (the Agency) via email:

"The Agency was contacted by IRISNDT, Inc. the morning of 9/12/23 to advise of a stuck radiography source and successful source retrieval that occurred the previous morning at the Phillips 66 Refinery in Wood River, IL. Reportedly, the guide tube came in contact with a hot pipe, partially melted, and prohibited the 46 Ci Ir-192 source from returning to the shielded position. The radiation safety officer reports no overexposures to workers or members of the public as a result of this incident (maximum 12 mrem occupational). The source was reportedly not damaged and the impacted guide tube has been taken out of service.

"Limited additional details are available at this time. Agency staff are conducting a reactionary inspection tomorrow, 9/13/23, to review dosimetry, gather incident details, perform a time-motion study and evaluate the adequacy of the licensee's actions."

Illinois Incident Number: IL230025


Power Reactor
Event Number: 56743
Facility: North Anna
Region: 2     State: VA
Unit: [1] [2] []
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP,[3] M-4-LP
NRC Notified By: Robert Page
HQ OPS Officer: Kerby Scales
Notification Date: 09/18/2023
Notification Time: 14:48 [ET]
Event Date: 09/18/2023
Event Time: 14:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2023
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - Offsite Notification
Person (Organization):
Miller, Mark (R2DO)
Power Reactor Unit Info
Unit SCRAM Code RX Crit Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
Event Text
OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

The following information was provided by the licensee via email:

"On 09/17/2023 at 2218 [EDT], Operations identified that the bearing cooling (BC) tower basin was overflowing. Earlier in the day, the BC tower was isolated as part of a planned maintenance evolution and the overflow condition was due to isolation valve leak-by. At 2255, the leak-by was corrected and stopped the overflow. Approximately 75 gallons may have been discharged to the lake from the overflow.

"The BC water was sampled by Chemistry and all chemical parameters were within VP DES (Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) limits.

"At 1420 on 09/18/23, a 24-hour notification was made to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in accordance with the North Anna VPDES permit.

"This issue is being reported per 10CFR50.72 (b)(2)(xi) due to the notification of other government agency."

The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.