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Event Notification Report for March 8, 2006

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42380 42383 42384 42392

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42380
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: ATC GROUP SERVICES INC
Region: 1
City: HOMESTEAD State: FL
County:
License #: 2962-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 03/02/2006
Notification Time: 17:07 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2006
Event Time: 13:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

A Troxler Moisture Density gauge was in use when it was run over by a truck. The operator attempted to wave off the truck. The rod was stuck in the extended position. The operator secured an area 25 feet around the damaged gauge. The company's RSO responded, placed a pipe sleeve around the rod, and put the rod in a bucket of sand. A staff member from the Florida Bureau of Radiation observed the recovery. The gauge was transported and then stored in the company's storage facility. The company will notify Troxler.

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42383
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: GE ION TRACK
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: MA
County:
License #: 15-5254
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WHALEN
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/03/2006
Notification Time: 14:30 [ET]
Event Date: 09/19/2005
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/03/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)
TAS (E-MAIL) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST NICKEL-63 SOURCES

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts submitted the following report via e-mail:

"A shipment of 23 devices was scheduled for delivery to a customer in Georgia. AIT Worldwide Logistics, the contract freight forwarder, acknowledged receipt of the 23 devices on September 14, 2005 from GE Ion Track. On Sept. 19th, 2005, when the truck checked into the forwarder's final distribution hub, the shipment was noted to be 2 devices short. The freighter forwarder conducted searches of its distribution centers, and was unable to locate the devices.

"GE Ion Track performed a thorough search of their Wilmington, MA facility and the devices were not located. GE Ion Track's and its subcontractor's database showed that the devices had not been transferred to another customer or recipient.

"GE Ion Track discovered that these sources were missing on January 24, 2005 and made notification to the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program on January 30, 2006.

"The customer in Kuwait and Georgia compared the shipping list to what they received and it was determined that the two missing devices are:
"1) Vapor Tracer 2, serial number 120014, source number 09-13171
"2) Itemizer 3, serial number 20566, source number 09-13480

"Each device contained an 8 mCi source of Ni 63 in a foil form, model NER 004 manufactured by Isotope Products Laboratories.

"GE Ion Track has concluded that the devices were lost in shipment. As a preventative measure, freight forwarders and transport companies will be asked to verify quantity before accepting shipment from GE Ion Track.

"MRCP will be visiting the licensee on Monday March 6, 2006 for investigation."

The missing sources were originally reported lost on 1/30/2006 to the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program in a garbled voice mail message. The state verified the loss on 3/3/2006.

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: 42384
Rep Org: RI DEPT OF RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH
Licensee: ANVIL INTERNATIONAL
Region: 1
City: NORTH KINGSTON State: RI
County:
License #: 3D064-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JACK FERRUOLO
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 03/03/2006
Notification Time: 16:52 [ET]
Event Date: 03/03/2006
Event Time: 14:15 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/03/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER CAHILL (R1)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)
BETH HAYDEN (OPA)
SANDRA LAI (OSTP)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PERSONNEL OVEREXPOSURE

A radiography trainee was traversing from one cell to another with the trainer at a fixed radiography facility. Neither individual had a radiation meter. The trainee picked up a guide tube containing a 93 Curie Ir-192 source. The guide tube was held for approximately one minute and the individual was in the vicinity for approximately three minutes.

The licensee estimates the individual received a dose of 2-3 rems whole body and 1000 rems to the hand. Rhode Island Department of Health Radiation Control estimates the dose at 8 rems whole body and 18000 rems to the hand. The individual is being transferred to the Emergency Room.

The job has been shut down. The state Department of Radiation Control will visit the site on Monday.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42392
Rep Org: US ENGINEERING LABS
Licensee: US ENGINEERING LABS
Region: 1
City: RAHWAY State: NJ
County:
License #: 29-30107-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARTIN MYGRANT
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 03/07/2006
Notification Time: 07:50 [ET]
Event Date: 03/07/2006
Event Time: 07:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/07/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
JOHN WHITE (R1)
SCOTT MOORE (NMSS)
ILTAB (e-mailed) ()

Event Text

MISSING TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE FOUND

In the last week or two during an inventory check at a temporary job site storage building, at the University of Pennsylvania, it was discovered that a Troxler Moisture Density gauge, Model 3411B, serial number 9524, was missing. US Engineering Labs RSO was notified by NRC Region 1 that their gauge had been recovered by a Philadelphia Fire Department located in Northeast Philadelphia. The gauge is stored at a Hazmat storage facility. The RSO said he is going to meet with an NRC Region 1 Inspector and pick up the gauge. The gauge is fully padlocked and still in its case. It does not appear that the case containing the Troxler Moisture gauge had been opened.

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.

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