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Event Notification Report for February 1, 2006

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42289
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNC CHAPEL HILL
Region: 1
City: CHAPEL HILL State: NC
County:
License #: 068-0214-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SHARN JEFFRIES
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 01/27/2006
Notification Time: 09:59 [ET]
Event Date: 12/15/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/27/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL PERRY (R1)
TIM HARRIS (NMSS)
TAS (TAS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING RADIUM SOURCE

"Licensee representative reported a lost Liquid Scintillation Counter with associated Radium 226 source (removed from the location approx late December 2005). Authorized user [Deleted] surplused the LSC, LKS Model 1214, Liquid Scintillation Counter- SN 115, UNC Property Number 175899, Radium 226 source of 10 microcuries.

"The licensee representative searched for the LSC/source at UNC Chapel Hill Surplus Property, NC Surplus Property, and has interviewed individuals that may have purchased or acquired LSC, to no avail.

"Incident Assessment by IAT:

"There is no significant radiation exposure hazard, there is no significant radiation contamination hazard, and the event has been classified as LOW - Minimal or Low Risk in regards to persons, environment, and facilities/equipment at the facility."

NC Incident number: 06-05

This event was reported by the State of North Carolina voluntarily to the NRC, however, the NRC does not regulate Radium 226 at this time.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

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.

This source is not amongst those sources or devices identified by the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety & Security of Radioactive Sources to be of concern from a radiological standpoint. Therefore is it being categorized as a less than Category 3 source

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42291
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: STORK SOUTHWESTERN LABS
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L00299
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT FREE
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/27/2006
Notification Time: 14:02 [ET]
Event Date: 01/27/2006
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/27/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported an "overexposure, ( 5.581 Rem) that was discovered during badge processing. The radiographer was unavailable for an interview." The event occurred "4th quarter 05" at the "Mach Industrial Group." The Texas Incident Number is I-8293.

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