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Event Notification Report for March 15, 2004

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03/12/2004 - 03/15/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


40579 40581 40582 40587

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40579
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: Titan Atlantic
Region: 1
City: RALEIGH State: NC
County:
License #: 092-1064-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHARN JEFFRIES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/09/2004
Notification Time: 14:06 [ET]
Event Date: 03/06/2004
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
FRED BROWN (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT OF A STOLEN RADIOGRAPHER'S DARKROOM. NO RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL INVOLVED

An industrial radiographer's 14 ft tandem axle trailer (darkroom) was stolen from the parking lot behind the home office sometime between 3/6/04 and 3/9/04. The trailer is red with white lettering, "Titan Atlantic." Neither the radiography source nor camera was in the trailer at the time of the theft. The following materials were in the trailer: overpack with "Caution Radioactive Materials" and "Radioactive Yellow II" labels, "Caution Radioactive Materials", "Caution Radiation Area", and "Caution High Radiation Area" signs, and yellow and magenta ropes and barricades.

The Raleigh NC police were notified on 3/9/04.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40581
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS AND ENGINEERING
Region: 1
City: FRIENDLY State: MD
County: PRINCE GEORGES
License #: MD-33-154-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BOB NELSON
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/10/2004
Notification Time: 15:10 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2004
Event Time: 14:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
FRED BROWN (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A dump truck ran over a Campbell Pacific Nuclear moisture density gauge at 1400 EST on 3/9/10 in Friendly, MD. The gauge had a 10 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241:Be source, serial number AM7147. The sources were intact and were packaged and shipped back to the licensee, Independent Consultants and Engineers of Upper Marlboro, MD. There was no detected leakage. The Gauge serial number is MD-30907147.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40582
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: LOYOLA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Region: 3
City: CHICAGO State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01695-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOE KLINGER
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/10/2004
Notification Time: 18:32 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2004
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/10/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3)
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
JOHN GREEVES (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - REMOVABLE CONTAMINATION ON RECEIVED PACKAGE

"Loyola University of Chicago, a broadscope academic licensee, notified the agency that a package containing two vials of Phosphorous-32 was found to contain levels of removable P-32 contamination in excess of the regulatory limits. The package was received on Friday, March 5, 2004 and surveyed on Tuesday, March 9. 315,000 dpm/100 square centimeters was measured using a pancake probe. A swipe of an area on the exterior surface of the package was found to contain 26,000 dpm/100 square centimeters. This exceeds the maximum allowable level of 22,000 dpm/100 sq centimeters removable contamination. Further examination of the package revealed that contamination was also found on a plastic bag containing an inner container and the vials of liquid P-32 (1 vial contained 500 microcuries, the other 250 microcuries) and on the exterior surface of the inner plastic container. The contamination measured on the items on the interior of the package ranged from a maximum of 4,700 dpm to 120 dpm/ 100 sq centimeters. However, the interior of the inner container and the exterior surfaces of the vials were not contaminated. The consultant performed surveys of the area where the package was opened and no additional contamination was noted. The shipper was Perkin-Elmer, Boston, MA. The carrier was Airborne Express.

"The licensee notified the shipper, Perkin Elmer, and Airborne Express. The Hazmat representative for Airborne Express, contacted the Agency and stated that Airborne Express is currently trying to perform radiation surveys of all ground vehicles and the two planes involved in transport of this package. The package was transferred via Airborne Ground transportation from the Perkin Elmer Boston, MA, facility and transferred to a plane at Boston's airport. It was then flown to the Airborne facility in Wilmington, Ohio. The package was later flown to Chicago O'Hare then transported via Airborne Express Ground vehicle to the Illinois licensee's facility.

"The MA radiation control program also contacted the Illinois radiation control program and discussed this matter. The licensee's consultant is currently conducting additional surveys of the Illinois facility to see if any additional P-32 contamination can be found. The Agency will also perform independent surveys and an investigation to try to determine the source of contamination." Illinois report number IL040012.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40587
Rep Org: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Licensee: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Region: 1
City: WASHINGTON State: DC
County:
License #: 08-00480-06
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LESLIE MCCAULEY
HQ OPS Officer: ARLON COSTA
Notification Date: 03/12/2004
Notification Time: 09:50 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2001
Event Time: 11:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/12/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
LINDA GERSEY (NMSS)

Event Text

STOLEN RADIOACTIVE SOURCE FROM HAZMAT VEHICHLE

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hazmat Response Vehicle was parked at a Holiday Inn Select in Trivose, PA when it was broken into. Among the stolen material was a 10 millicurie Ni-63 source, Model 2428800-20, Serial No.881 manufactured by Enviro Tech Group. The licensee notified the theft to the Bensalem Police Department who filed a report and to the Philadelphia FBI Field office.

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