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Event Notification Report for October 7, 2004

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10/06/2004 - 10/07/2004

** EVENT NUMBERS **


41087 41088 41091 41098

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41087
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: MOUNTAIN VIEW HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: Payson State: UT
County:
License #: UT 2500098
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JULIE R. FELICE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/04/2004
Notification Time: 14:25 [ET]
Event Date: 10/01/2004
Event Time: 07:30 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM THE STATE OF UTAH

"The licensee's technologist accidentally administered a 400 mCi bulk dose of Tc-99m (sodium pertecthnetate) instead of 4 mCi of Cardiolite. The licensee took a number of steps to protect the patient. They administered a thyroid blocker, and they administered IV fluids and oral fluids to the patient to help flush the Tc-99m. According to the licensee's consultant, the patient received an 80 rad dose to the GI tract.

"The Utah Division of Radiation Control was notified by the licensee on Friday, October 1, 2004, at approximately 10:18 a.m. MST.

"The licensee notified the following: The patient, the referring physician, the Radiation Safety Officer, the Authorized User on site, the nuclear pharmacy, and a consultant."

Utah Report ID No: UT-04-003

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41088
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GEOSCIENCE ENG. & TESTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L05180-000
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES H. OGDEN
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/04/2004
Notification Time: 15:16 [ET]
Event Date: 09/29/2004
Event Time: 12:15 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
SANDRA WASTLER (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS: STOLEN AND RECOVERED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE.


"Shortly after noon on September 29, 2004, the Agency was notified by the Harris County Hazmat Team of a contaminated 55-gallon drum/Pig that had been 'spilled' on the side of the road by a Bank building several blocks from the city police station. (Deleted) and (deleted) noted the radiation markings and loaded the device into their Ford F150 truck, Texas License Plate # (Deleted). They transported the device to the Humble Police Department for assistance. Upon arrival, the Humble Police requested assistance from the Harris County Hazmat Team. Due to radiation markings on the container the Hazmat Team took readings on the container. The container was examined by two technicians dressed out in protective clothing and SCBA. When reported to this Agency there was some confusion in the initial readings obtained by the Hazmat Team. The reported level initially reported was 70 R/hr. Two Department of State Health Service's Radioactive material inspectors were dispatched to assist in the identification of the device. The bright yellow box with embossed lettering 'TROXLER' immediately identified the device as a Troxler moisture density gauge. The shipping container appeared to have a broken hinge. Initial confirmatory readings on the case indicated 1.5 millirem on the sides of the case and 9 millirem on the top of the package. Upon opening the case the gauge appeared to be intact. A brief search of the case located a calibration sheet from Texas Licensee (L02243-000) Component Sales and Services. The gauge was transported to the Regional Headquarters. After determining that the gauge was a Troxler 3430, Serial Number 23700, with two seal sources - Cs-137, Serial No 75-5786 and Am-241/Be, Serial No 47 19622.

The gauge was initially reported by Troxler as belonging to the New Hampshire Department of Health. However, a later check with Component Sales and Services indicated that the gauge belonged to Texas Licensee - L05180-000, GeoScience Engineering and Testing, Inc. The Licensee was contacted and arrangements were made to pickup the gauge on September 30, 2004. During return of the gauge, the Licensee verbally reported that the gauge had been stolen while the gauge operator stopped at a Subway sandwich shop near Houston Intercontinental Airport."


Texas Incident No. I-8170

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General Information or Other Event Number: 41091
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: TEICHERT CONSTRUCTION
Region: 4
City: TRACEY State: CA
County:
License #: 4030
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ED GLOOR
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/04/2004
Notification Time: 18:16 [ET]
Event Date: 10/02/2004
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
M. WAYNE HODGES (NMSS)
MEXICO (via fax) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE

The State of CA was notified at 0830 hrs [PDT] on 10/04/04 of a reported stolen Troxler 3241C 100 microCuries Am 241/Be gauge, SN # 1537. The theft occurred from a construction jobsite over the weekend. Bolt cutters were used in the theft. Local police have been notified and a cash reward is being offered.

NMED # XCA598.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 41098
Rep Org: US AIR FORCE
Licensee: US AIR FORCE
Region: 1
City: WASHINGTON State: DC
County:
License #: 42-23539-01AF
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MAJOR REFOSCO
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 10/06/2004
Notification Time: 16:18 [ET]
Event Date: 10/06/2004
Event Time: 15:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/06/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
RICHARD BARKLEY (R1)
PATRICK LOUDEN (R3)
RUSSELL BYWATER (R4)
TOM ESSIG (NMSS)

Event Text

MISSING POLONIUM SOURCE

At 1520 ET on 10/06/04, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC was notified that a 0.5 milliCurie Po-210 source was missing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. No other details were available at this time.

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