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Event Notification Report for November 8, 2005

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11/07/2005 - 11/08/2005

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42112 42123

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42112
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: CASCADE TESTING LABORATORY, INC
Region: 4
City: EDMONDS State: WA
County:
License #: WN-L057-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 11/02/2005
Notification Time: 14:30 [ET]
Event Date: 11/02/2005
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/02/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
JOSEPH GIITTER (NMSS)
CANADA (CNSC) ()
TAS ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN NUCLEAR GAUGE

The State provided the following information via email:

"A portable gauge licensee reported a Troxler Electronics Model 3411 portable moisture/density gauge, serial number 16176 was stolen when the transport vehicle was stolen. The transport vehicle is a 1989 Honda CRX and was parked at the gauge user's residence at the time of the theft. The Licensee reported the gauge was stolen between the hours of 10:00 PM Monday, November 1, 2005 and 7:00 AM Tuesday, November 2, 2005. A police report has been filed by the licensee with the Edmonds police department.

"No media attention to date.

"Isotope and Activity involved: 1.48 GBq (40 mCi) Am-241:Be and a 0.296 GBq (8 mCi) Cs-137 source. Source serial numbers: Cs-137 (50-5267), Am-241Be (47-11584).

"Disposition/recovery: The police have been notified of the theft, the gauge has not yet been recovered.

"Gauge was last leak tested on October 5, 2005. Analysis was done by Troxler and found to be acceptable.

"The licensee reported that all the proper levels of security were being used at the time the vehicle was stolen with two locked cables or chains."

Washington Event report # WA-05-061

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. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are 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: 42123
Rep Org: INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIO
Licensee: INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIO
Region: 3
City: LAPORTE State: IN
County:
License #: 132634001
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TOM KONIECZNY
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 11/07/2005
Notification Time: 08:02 [ET]
Event Date: 11/07/2005
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/07/2005
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
THOMAS KOZAK (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
DONNA-MARIE PEREZ (TAS)

Event Text

STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

Sometime between 11/05/05 and 11/07/05 a Troxler Model 3440, Serial Number 15460, moisture density gauge was stolen from the licensee's field office in Rensselaer, Indiana. The licensee discovered that the office at that location was broken into and the gauge was stolen along with several other items. The gauge was kept inside the locked office and was chained to the floor. The police were notified and a police report will be made.

The item contained a 8 millicuries Cesium-137 source and a 40 millicuries Americium-241/Beryllium source.

The licensee will notify the NRC Region 3 office.

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. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are 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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