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“Fuel Cycle Facility
Event Number: 53026
Facility: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 to UO2)
COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
City: COLUMBIA State: SC
License #: SNM-1107
NRC Notified By: NANCY PARR
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/19/2017
Notification Time: 10:03 [ET]
Event Date: 10/18/2017
Event Time: 10:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/19/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
70.50(b)(1) – UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
SHANE SANDAL (R2DO)
GRETCHEN RIVERA-CAPE (NMSS)
INDIVIDUAL CONTAMINATED WHILE OFFLOADING URANYL NITRATE
“24 Hour Event Notification based on 10 CFR 70.50(b)(1) for an unplanned contamination event that requires access to the contaminated area to be restricted for more than 24 hours, by imposing additional radiological controls or by prohibiting entry into the area.
“On October 18, 2017 at approximately 1005 EDT, while operators were unloading a LR-230 container of liquid uranyl nitrate, the liquid offload hose became disconnected from the container fitting. The event resulted in a uranyl nitrate exposure to one operator and a release in the offloading area. The estimated quantity of spilled solution was 6-8 gallons.
“The operator used the emergency shower and was cleared by Health Physics and Medical personnel. Operations and Health Physics personnel cleaned up the spill of low-enriched uranyl nitrate. While decontamination efforts are essentially complete, efforts continue to assure there is no smearable contamination.
“This event has been entered into the facility Corrective Action Prevention And Learning system (CAPAL).” https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20171020en.html
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