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Event Notification Report for August 23, 2006

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42784 42785

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42784
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: HCA/GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: LOS GATOS State: CA
County:
License #: CA1731-43
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/18/2006
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 08/14/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/18/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STUCK SOURCE

The State provided the following information via email:

"Problems were encountered during a Varian HDR source exchange during the evening of 8/14/06. While attempting to replace the source on a Varian Medical System's VariSource HDR unit, the new active source (Ir-192, 9 curies) got stuck in a transfer tube. Following placement of shielding, the source was freed and placed in the transport pig by noon on 8/15/06. A new source was delivered, and was successfully installed during the evening of 8/16/06."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42785
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: RANEY GEOTECHNICAL
Region: 4
City: OROVILLE State: CA
County:
License #: 3497-57
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KEN FUREY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 08/18/2006
Notification Time: 15:40 [ET]
Event Date: 08/17/2006
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 08/18/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)
GREG MORELL (NMSS)
ILTAB (VIA EMAIL) ()
MEXICO (FAX) ()

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"A Troxler 3430, serial # 35800 was stolen out of the back of a pickup truck parked at the RSO's residence on the evening of 8/17/06. The lock securing the gauge was cut. The gauge was found three blocks away from the RSO's residence on the morning of 8/18/06 in a ditch. A leak test of the gauge is being performed this same date. An inspection of Raney Geotechnical will be performed on 8/22/06."

A Troxler 3430 typically contains:
8 mCuries Cs-137
40 mCuries Am-241:Be

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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