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Event Notification Report for March 6, 2003








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                              Event Reports For

                           03/05/2003 - 03/06/2003



                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **



39626  39638  



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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   39626       |

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| REP ORG:  MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM         |NOTIFICATION DATE: 02/28/2003|

|LICENSEE:  NITON CORP                           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:46[EST]|

|    CITY:  BILLERICA                REGION:  1  |EVENT DATE:        02/05/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  MA |EVENT TIME:        15:00[EST]|

|LICENSE#:  55-0238               AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  02/28/2003|

|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+

|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |JOHN KINNEMAN        R1      |

|                                                |FRED BROWN           NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+MARISSA BAILEY-email NMSS    |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  KENATH TRAEGDE               |                             |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  GERRY WAIG                   |                             |

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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |

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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT- RECEIPT OF CONTAMINATED PACKAGES                     |

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| The following is taken from an email received from the MA Dept. of Public    |

| Health, Radiation Control Program:                                           |

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| "On Wednesday, February 5, 2003, it was discovered that a routine wipe of an |

| incoming 20 millicurie (0.740 GBq) Iron-55 source ordered from AEA           |

| Technology QSA, Inc. was contaminated.  The wipe was sent off for analysis.  |

| On Friday, February 14, the wipe was reported to contain 213.7 nanocuries    |

| (7.91kBq) of Iron-55 contamination.  The distributor, AEA Technology QSA,    |

| Inc., was notified of the leaking source as was the Radiation Control        |

| Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.                    |

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| "In the interim, on Monday, February 24, 2003, another incoming Iron-55      |

| leaking source from the same lot number was discovered by Niton Corporation  |

| at approximately 5:00 p.m.  The wipe has been sent to an authorized          |

| consultant for further analysis.  The level of contamination of the second   |

| source has not been reported to the Agency at the time of this report.       |

| Again, the manufacturer/distributor, AEA Technology QSA, Inc., was notified  |

| of the leaking source as was the Radiation Control Program.                  |

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| "An investigation into these leaking source events has been initiated by the |

| Radiation Control Program."                                                  |

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|Transportation                                   |Event Number:   39638       |

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| REP ORG:  STATE OF WV RAD HEALTH PROGRAM       |NOTIFICATION DATE: 03/06/2003|

|LICENSEE:  UNKNOWN                              |NOTIFICATION TIME: 01:24[EST]|

|    CITY:  PARKERSBURG              REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        03/06/2003|

|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  WV |EVENT TIME:        01:15[EST]|

|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  N  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  03/06/2003|

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|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |

|                                                |CAROLYN EVANS        R2      |

|                                                |C.W. (BILL) REAMER   NMSS    |

+------------------------------------------------+JOSEPH HOLONICH      IRO     |

| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  DAN HILL                     |NANCY OSGOOD         DOT     |

|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  HOWIE CROUCH                 |GIBSON               DOE     |

+------------------------------------------------+CAPT. HOLLAND        LLEA    |

|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |

|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |

|NINF                     INFORMATION ONLY       |                             |

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| AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT INVOLVING RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE                             |

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| At 0124 EST on 3/06/2003, NRC Headquarters was contacted by State of WV      |

| Radiation Health Program that an automobile/truck accident had occurred in   |

| Parkersburg, West Virginia that involved a Iridium-192 radiography source.   |

| Local HazMat responders do not have radiation monitoring equipment.          |

| Currently, LLEA is in contact with Camden-Clark Hospital to obtain proper    |

| radiation monitoring equipment to determine if packaging is intact.  (It was |

| determined that Camden-Clark is unable to respond). Vehicle is located in    |

| local towing impound yard.  West Virginia will be responding in the morning  |

| to perform surveys.                                                          |

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| Notified NMSS EO (Reamer), R2DO (Evans), DIRO Mgr. (Holonich), NRC           |

| Transportation (Osgood), DOT (LT. (jg) Johnson) and DOE (Gibson).            |

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