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Event Notification Report for April 25, 2006

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04/24/2006 - 04/25/2006

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42513 42518

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42513
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: SRB TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Region: 1
City: Winston-Salem State: NC
County:
License #: 0534-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES ALBRIGHT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 04/19/2006
Notification Time: 18:12 [ET]
Event Date: 04/18/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/19/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1)
KRISS KENNEDY (R4)
GARY JANOSKO (NMSS)
ILTAB (EMAIL) ()

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - LOSS OF 20 TRITIUM FILLED SAFETY MARKERS DURING TRANSPORT

The State of North Carolina reported that 20 "Safety Markers" (Model #SM145), each containing 0.53 Curies of Tritium (Serial #s 803205 through 803224) have been lost by United Parcel Service during transport. The markers were shipped from SRB Technologies, Inc of Winston-Salem, NC, on March 22, 2006, to a customer in Houston, TX. On April 10, SRB was notified by the customer that the shipment was never received. SRB contacted UPS for a trace of the package. On April 18, 2006, UPS notified SRB that the shipment was lost.

The State did not have information on a UPS tracking number or trace number. No information on a point of contact at UPS was available. In addition, there was no information on the last known location of the package.

North Carolina Report #06-14

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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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42518
Rep Org: ST. VINCENT HOSPITAL
Licensee: ST. VINCENT HOSPITAL
Region: 3
City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN
County:
License #: 13-00133-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ED WROBLEWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 04/20/2006
Notification Time: 12:35 [ET]
Event Date: 04/20/2006
Event Time: 12:10 [CST]
Last Update Date: 04/24/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

TECHNETIUM 99M SURFACE CONTAMINATION FOUND ON PACKAGE EXTERIOR

St. Vincent Hospital received a package with surface contamination levels excess of Department Of Transportation 49 CFR 173.443 required levels. The package was an expected shipment of Iodine 131 for hospital use. The Hospital identified the contaminant via exterior swipe surveys as Technetium 99m at levels in excess of 5200 decays per minute per 100 centimeters squared. The integrity of the package was not compromised. No contamination was found on the interior of the package. The hospital called the shipper, Cardinal Health Systems, to notify them of the contamination found and has isolated the package in a controlled area.

* * * UPDATE FROM WROBLEWSKI TO SNYDER AT 1427 ON 4/24/06 * * *

The licensee is retracting this event based on the fact that the reported surface contamination levels are not above the DOT limits referenced above.

Notified NMSS (Morell), R3DO (Peterson).

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