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Event Notification Report for July 13, 2004

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40854
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Region: 4
City: AUSTIN State: TX
County:
License #: L-00485-000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 07/07/2004
Notification Time: 13:40 [ET]
Event Date: 05/07/2004
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/07/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEFFERY CLARK (R4)
ROBERTO TORRES (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LEAKING SEALED SOURCE

"On May 6, 2004, a leak test sample from a Hewlett Packard 5890 Gas Chromatograph, with ECD Model # 19233, was leak tested for source Serial No. L6180 [Nickel - 63, current activity 13.48 milliCuries]. The initial leak test resulted in removable activity of approximately 9250 disintegrations per minute (dpm) or 0.0042 microCuries, near leak test limits. A second test was repeated on May 7, 2004, which resulted in 194,000 dpm or 0.087 microCuries of removable activity on the vent tube, which was well above the leak test limit. Minor removable contamination (approximately 100 counts per minute (cpm)) was detected on the interior of the case, the inlet tube sample (approximately 100 cpm), and the vent tube cap (approximately 1750 cpm). The source was confiscated by the University's radiation safety staff to a secure location at the Radiation Safety Office. The last leak test was conducted on December 17, 2003, with results indicating no contamination. The source will be returned to the manufacture or disposed of as radioactive waste. The direct cause of the loss of the source's integrity is not known. The written report was received by this agency May 17, 2004, but was not delivered to Incident Investigation until July 7, 2004. No violations have been cited. This incident was closed July 7,2004."

TX Incident number I-8138

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40856
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PARAGON ANALYTICS, INC
Region: 4
City: FORT COLLINS State: CO
County:
License #: 847-02
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNIFER OPILA
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/08/2004
Notification Time: 13:38 [ET]
Event Date: 06/15/2004
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/08/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEFFERY CLARK (R4)
JOHN HICKEY (NMSS)

Event Text

COLORADO AGREEMENT STATE REPORT: REMOVABLE SURFACE CONTAMINATION ABOVE LIMITS

Removable surface contamination test on two sealed sources removed from the same instrument exceeded the 0.005 microCurie limit specified in RH 4.16.5. The first source is a Nickel-63 source, serial number F6499, activity: 13,200 microCuries, activity reference date: 08/31/93, Instrument ID: ECD1, swipe test results - 0.031 microCuries. The second source is a Nickel-63 source, serial number F2069, activity: 13,200 microCuries, activity reference date 05/29/91,Instrument ID: ECD1, swipe test results - 0.018 microCuries.

"The sources were immediately removed from use and the instrument tagged 'out of service.' The usual vendor for cleaning and re-certification of the ECD sources was contacted and is considering options for repair or replacement. The sources will remain under the control of the Radiation Safety Officer until this determination is made. A decision will likely be made within two days, as the repair of the affected instrument is a high priority.

"Additionally, the cabinet that houses the sources in the instrument was swiped, as well as the employee's workstation in the immediate vicinity. These tests, showed no removable contamination above the method detection limit of 50 picoCuries."

Colorado Report # I04-20.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40857
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: TERRACON CONSULTANTS, INC
Region: 1
City: Memphis State: TN
County:
License #: R-19215
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DEBRA SHULTS
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 07/08/2004
Notification Time: 15:42 [ET]
Event Date: 07/08/2004
Event Time: 13:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/08/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)
JIM WHITNEY (TAS)

Event Text

TENNESSEE AGREEMENT STATE REPORT: STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

"Terracon Consultants reported a Troxler moisture density gauge, Model 3430 SN 26411, containing 8 milliCuries of Cesium-137 and 40 milliCuries of Americium-241;Beryllium was stolen from the locked cab of a pickup truck parked at a hotel in Memphis. The door of the truck was damaged and the locked container removed. State Department of Radiological Health (DRH) inspectors are onsite investigating at this time."

Tennessee DRH notified US NRC Region 1, Memphis Police Department, Mississippi Division of Radiological Health, Arkansas Radiation Control, FBI, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. A press release was also issued by the Tennessee DRH.

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