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Event Notification Report for September 27, 2005

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42007
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: BERLOGER GEO TECHNICAL
Region: 4
City: PLEASANTON State: CA
County:
License #: 2821
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: EDWARD GLOOR
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 09/22/2005
Notification Time: 13:54 [ET]
Event Date: 09/16/2005
Event Time: 08:45 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
TOMAS HERRERA (NMSS)
LANCE ENGLISH (TAS)
MEXICAN GOVT REP ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"Notification received from Governor's Office of Emergency Services at 8:40 a.m. regarding report of a stolen moisture density gauge. The RSO reported the theft of the gauge was noticed at 7:00 a.m. today. The cables were cut from the security device in his truck. It is unclear if the truck was located at a worksite or residence. The gauge is a HSI1500EZ unit - Cs-137 10 mCi [milliCurie] & Am-241 40 mCi model. The Tracy police have been notified."

California NMED # XCA-787

Less than the quantity of a IAEA Category 3 source.

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury.

For some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are IAEA Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42009
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DEPT.
Region: 4
City: LA QUINTA State: CA
County:
License #: 1630-33
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK M. GOTTLIEB
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 09/22/2005
Notification Time: 19:58 [ET]
Event Date: 09/22/2005
Event Time: 14:30 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/22/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)
LANCE ENGLISH (TAS)
MEXICAN GOVT REP ()

Event Text

CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT: MISSING/STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The Riverside County gauge operator at the Jefferson Street Bridge Construction site located in La Quinta, CA was called to a meeting with the on-site construction inspector. The gauge operator placed a Troxler Model # 3440 moisture density gauge unsecured into the back of his open bed pickup truck with its tail gate down. The gauge handle was not locked, not in its case and not placed in a metal shipping case attached to the bed of the pickup truck. The gauge operator did not placed a cover over the gauge. He drove 1.75 miles to where he met with the on-site construction inspector and a water district official. He talked with them between 8 to 10 minutes. After he completed talking with them he found that the gauge was not in the back of the pickup truck. It either fell out of the back of the pickup truck or it was stolen while he was talking. Three different people retraced the route that he had taken several times without finding the gauge. A police report was made with the La Quinta Police, report number 0509-4479. The Riverside County Transportation Department was instructed to make a press release and offer a $500 reward for the missing gauge. Also the press release instructs people not to touch the gauge and to call the police if they find the gauge.

The Troxler gauge contains 8 millicuries of Cs-137 and 40 millicuries of Am-241/Be. The gauge was last leak checked in June of 2005.


Less than the quantity of a IAEA Category 3 source.

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury.

For some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are IAEA Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42015
Rep Org: US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Licensee: US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Region: 4
City: DENVER State: CO
County:
License #: 05-01399-08
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DARRELL LILES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 09/26/2005
Notification Time: 15:31 [ET]
Event Date: 09/26/2005
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)
LANCE ENGLISH email (TAS)

Event Text

SOURCE LOST IN SHIPMENT

"This memo is to report a missing/lost Cs-137 (s/n A5-509 100 milliCuries) source and describe the events of its loss under the US Geological Survey License 05-01399-08 as required in 10CFR20.2201. Two well logging sources (Cs-137 and Americium-Beryllium) were shipped by FedEx Overnight on September 21, 2005 from Denver, Colorado to arrive in Salisbury, Maryland on September 22, 2005.

"The Cs-137 never arrived at its destination. The status of the sources during transportation was being monitored by the licensee. FedEx was called on September 21, and 22, 2005, about both sources. FedEx assured the license that the sources were in transport and they had only been delayed by normal transportation delays. On Monday, September 23, 2005, when the Cs-137 source still was not at its final destination, the licensee had FedEx put a trace on the Cs-137 source. Later on September 23, 2005, the licensee was informed by FedEx that the Cs-137 source could not be found, that FedEx would continue looking for it and the source had made it to Baltimore-Washington Airport but did not make it to the next scheduled scan point.

"The Americium/Beryllium (AmBe) source arrived in Salisbury on September 24, 2005 after being delayed in Memphis, TN. A well logging supervisor picked up the AmBe source at the FedEx location in Salisbury, MD and noticed that both Declaration of Dangerous Goods Forms (Cs-137 and AmBe) had been erroneously placed on the AmBe package. This apparently happened in route since FedEx checked both declarations when the shipments were picked up in Denver and placed them back on their respective package."

Less than the quantity of an IAEA Category 3 source.

Sources that are 'Less than IAEA Category 3 sources,' are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury.

For some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are IAEA Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 42017
Facility: FRAMATOME ANP RICHLAND
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION
                   FABRICATION & SCRAP RECOVERY
                   COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2
City: RICHLAND State: WA
County: BENTON
License #: SNM-1227
Agreement: Y
Docket: 07001257
NRC Notified By: CALVIN MANNING
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 09/26/2005
Notification Time: 18:48 [ET]
Event Date: 09/26/2005
Event Time: 13:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/26/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
CHARLES R. OGLE (R2)
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)
BOB PIERSON (NMSS)
MORRONE (DOE)
CHROBAK (DOE)
INZER (DHS)
BAUMGARTNER (NRC)
BILL RULAND (NMSS)
TIM MCGINTY (IRD)

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

"A flatbed truck carrying one sea-land container overturned on Horn Rapids Road just outside the plant entrance. The sea-land container is loaded with TNF-11 loaded with uranium oxide powder. Survey results indicate no contamination outside of the container. Sea-land container integrity is visually good.

"The driver was not injured and no other vehicles were involved. AREVA responded using our own forces. Local law enforcement, state and county officials were notified."

There is media interest from three local television stations and the Tri-City Herald.

* * * UPDATE FROM C. MANNING TO W. GOTT AT 2011 ON 09/26/05 * * *

The container is back on Framatome property.

* * * UPDATE FROM C. MANNING TO W. GOTT AT 2028 ON 09/26/05 * * *

There has been no written press release. The container is being moved into a warehouse where additional surveys will be conducted. The internals will be inspected in the morning. There is a heavy bulkhead inside the sea-land container and appropriate equipment needs to be staged before opening the container.

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