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ENS 553362 July 2021 13:51:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2The following was received from the licensee via email: A metallurgy laboratory (Met Lab) sample was determined to be missing from its prescribed location in the Physical Test Lab on June 30, 2021 at approximately 1330 EDT. A search for the item was immediately initiated per requirements. As of 1300 EDT on July 2, 2021, the item has not been located and as a result, formal notification of a missing item is being made to the NRC per Chapter 3 of BWXT NOG-L's Fundamental Nuclear Material Control Plan (FNMCP). 10 CFR 74.51 requirements do not apply since the item does not contain Strategic Special Nuclear Material (SSNM). The search for the item has been concluded and an investigation into the disposition has been initiated. The missing item was categorized as low enriched uranium and contained 0.03 grams of U-235. The Resident Inspector will be notified.
ENS 4271720 July 2006 17:18:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

This concurrent report is being made to the NRC as a result of a 'media inquiry only' statements that were released to the following organizations: WDBJ 7, WSET 13, and The News & Advance. All of these entities are local news agencies in the Central Virginia area. The press release that was provided is attached. The media inquiry is the result of a recent press release concerning BWXT's reorganization. Licensee Press Release Text: (Lynchburg, Va) - BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) recently announced the consolidation of its two nuclear manufacturing facilities, the Nuclear Products Division (NPD, Lynchburg, Va.) and the Nuclear Equipment Division (NED, Barberton, Ohio and Mount Vernon, Ind.), into one organization named the Nuclear Operations Division (NOD). The consolidation is designed to facilitate stronger efficiencies in management and overhead functions in executing the work BWXT performs in manufacturing nuclear components for the U.S. Department of Energy. The restructuring also positions BWXT to be more cost competitive in emerging nuclear markets. As a result of the consolidation, BWXT will reduce its salaried workforce at NPD, NED and BWXT Services, Inc, by approximately 100 people during the months of August and September 2006. To help mitigate any need for an involuntary reduction, a Voluntary Reduction in Force (VRIF) program, which includes an enhanced severance package, has been offered to all salaried employees at the three sites. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * UPDATE ON 05/13/08 BY J.KOZAL * * *

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

ENS 4160918 April 2005 16:54:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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CONCURRENT REPORT UNDER PART 70 APPENDIX A FOR OFFSITE NEWS RELEASE This concurrent report is being made to the NRC as a result of a media inquiry that was made to BWX Technologies as a result of Event #41594, that was originally reported to the NRC by Ledoux & Company on April 13, 2005. The attached BWX Technologies Press Release was provided to Alex Nussbaum of the Bergen Record, Hackensack, NJ at approximately 4:45 pm on April 18, 2005. Contact HOO for information on the press release. The NRC Resident Inspector will be notified. The NMSS EO (Flanders) and R2DO (Fredrickson) have been notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 05/11/08 BY H. Crouch * * *

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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ENS 4142721 February 2005 16:35:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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EXTERNAL RADIATION LEVELS EXCEEDED THE TRANSPORTATION INDEX (TI) LIMIT OF 10. On 2/16/05 a radioactive Yellow - III shipment containing eight well logging sources was shipped from Baker Hughes Inteq in Houston, TX. The shipment of sources, Am-241/Be (1480 GBq), arrived at BWXT in Lynchburg, VA. On 02/21/05. Emery Worldwide indicated the shipment mode had a Transportation Index (TI) reading of 9, however, BWXT's reading was 12.6. BWXT placed the package in a restricted area to minimize exposure to personnel, which has a surface contact reading of 83.3 millirem/hr, and at one meter away it read 12.6 millirem/hr. Since this shipment had a TI >10 it was reportable under 10CFR 20.1906. (Note: Transportation Index is the radiation reading in millirem/hr at a distance of one meter.) Licensee notified NRC Resident Inspector and final carrier.

  • * * UPDATE ON 05/11/08 BY H. Crouch * * *

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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ENS 4134117 January 2005 16:16:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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LOSS OF FIRE MONITORING CAPABILITY The following information was received by the licensee via facsimile: I. Event Description On Monday, January 17, 2005, at approximately 0545, Security personnel manning the Central Alarm Station notified the Emergency Team captain (Redacted) that they were unable to detect any information from the facility fire protection system and the system operability was in question. Compensatory measures were put in place: the e-team patrolled the facility with a special emphasis placed on radiologically controlled areas. The system was restored at 0956. II. Evaluation of the Event 10 CFR 70.50(b)(2) states that the NRC must be notified of an event within 24 hours followed by a 30-day written report if the following condition is met: An event in which equipment that meets all of the following three conditions is disabled or fails to function as designed: (10CFR70.50(b)(2)) (1) The equipment is required by regulation or license condition to prevent releases exceeding regulatory limits, to prevent exposures to radiation and radioactive material exceeding regulatory limits, or to mitigate the consequences of an accident; and (2) The equipment is required to be available and operable when it is disabled or fails to function; and (3) No redundant equipment is available and operable to perform the required safety function. License SNM-42, Chapter 1, Section 1.9.2 requires that: "Fire detectors be installed and maintained in controlled areas. These detectors will alarm in the continuously manned NPD security alarm station." The system malfunction in the Central Alarm Station prevented them from being continuously monitored. Evaluations have been performed to determine that the system is not an IROFS and that regulatory limits will not be exceeded by (DELETED). While SARs 15.9, 15.10, and 15.11 currently list the smoke detectors as IROFS, an evaluation was performed in December, 2004 which determined that these systems were not required to be IROFS and they are in the process of being removed from the ISA Summary. The equipment was required to be available and operable when it failed to function. Also, redundant equipment was not available; however, compensatory measures were utilized. The emergency team was dispatched to patrol the facility and monitor for local alarms and system activations. Special emphasis was placed on controlled areas. Compensatory measures were in place within 15 minutes of notification of the system loss. III. Notification Requirements The event is reportable due to: Although the fire system monitoring is not an IROFS, it is required by the license to mitigate the consequences of an event in a controlled area. Also, it was required to be functional when the communications loss occurred and a redundant system was not available to perform the required safety function. Based on this, notification is required to the NRC within 24 hours followed by a 30-day written report. IV. Status of Corrective Actions: The equipment has been returned to service and is functioning. An investigation of the event is underway. The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * UPDATE ON 05/11/08 BY H. Crouch * * *

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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ENS 4105217 September 2004 14:38:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

Tornado Warnings were issued for Campbell County, Virginia and an Alert was declared at 1434 EDT. The facility activated its Emergency Operations Center, secured operations and materials, and subsequently sheltered employees. The NRC was not placed in a Response Mode. Additional notifications: EPA/NRC (Melby), HHS (Roger)

  • * * UPDATE AT 1521 EDT ON 09/17/04 FROM MYRTLE AKRES TO MIKE RIPLEY * * *

The Tornado Warnings were cancelled, and the Alert was terminated. Notified RDO (Boland), NMSS EO (Essig), IRD Manager (Wilson), OC (Outlaw), PAO (Hayden), DHS, FEMA, DOE, EPA/NRC, USDA, and HHS.

  • * * UPDATE ON 05/13/08 BY J.KOZAL * * *

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

ENS 4078228 May 2004 12:48:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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24-HOUR NOTIFICATION - (DELETED) CRITICALITY DETECTOR FAILED ROUTINE TEST At approximately 19:00 P.M. on May 27th, one of two criticality detectors for (DELETED) failed a routine source check. The failure resulted in the detector not being able to give a High alarm, which resulted in a loss of criticality detector coverage for (DELETED) at the (DELETED) at BWX Technologies. This situation presents no risk to the public or workers, since the (DELETED) have not had any fuel since February 20, 2001. The last time the (DELETED) criticality detectors were source checked (successfully) was on April 11, 2004. However, (DELETED) was authorized for fuel operations, therefore, criticality detectors were required to be functional. This loss of criticality detector coverage is required to be reported to the NRC within 24 hours per 10CFR70.24 and 10CFR70.50(b)(2). The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • * * UPDATE ON 05/11/08 BY H. Crouch * * *

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

ENS 4048528 January 2004 10:29:00BWX TechnologiesNRC Region 2

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.

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THE LICENSEE RECEIVED A PACKAGE CONTAINING Cs-137 WHICH EXCEEDED EXTERNAL RADIATION LIMITS BWXT received two type A packages packed inside a larger package from Baker Hughes in Houston, TX on 1/27/04. When they opened the larger package, they discovered that one of the type A packages containing a single 2.5 curie Cs-137 source exceeded the limits (200 mr/hr) for external radiation. The package was measuring 375 mr/hr, however the surface smears were within limits and the package was intact. The seal numbers on the package and manifest matched. The licensee notified both Baker Hughes and the transport company, Emery Worldwide, of the problem. The NRC Resident Inspector was notified.

  • * * UPDATE ON 05/11/08 BY H. Crouch * * *

THIS IS NOT A NEW REPORT. This event report was originally withheld from public release under the NRC's policy for protecting sensitive unclassified information. The NRC has reevaluated this policy and is now making this event report available to the public with suitable redactions.