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Event Notification Report for September 15, 2006

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09/13/2006 - 09/15/2006

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42838 42840 42841

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General Information or Other Event Number: 42838
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: DUKE UNIVERSITY
Region: 1
City: DURHAM State: NC
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTE
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 09/12/2006
Notification Time: 15:36 [ET]
Event Date: 09/11/2006
Event Time: 06:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/12/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JAMES TRAPP (R1)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIRE IN A LABORATORY CONTAINING NUCLEAR MATERIALS

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"Duke police reported a fire on the 2nd floor of the Nanaline Duke Building at 6:30 AM September 11, 2006. OESO-Radiation Safety Division On Call staff were notified by Duke Police and responded on scene shortly after 7 AM, along with representatives of other OESO Divisions. By 7:15 AM, the Fire Department had the fire out.

"Radiation Safety staff immediately obtained the inventory of the Principal Investigator whose lab the fire damaged, verifying the lab's current holdings at less than 0.8 mCi S-35, 0.6 mCi P-32, and 0.005 mCi I-125. All of these amounts are below the ingestion and inhalation ALIs , and would have presented no real health risk even if ingested in their entirety. In the unlikely event that these radioactive materials were to be involved in the fire and dispersed, atmospheric dilution would reduce the hazard to zero outside the building.

"Radiation Safety staff surveyed the firefighter's gloves and boot soles as they exited the building. These surveys indicated no evidence of any radioactive contamination. Radiation survey staff surveyed the burnt lab area later that morning, again finding no indication of contamination. Radiation Safety staff also verified that the research radioactive materials had no breached their containment (dry waste containers in a room adjacent to the fire damaged lab and stock solutions in a sealed freezer in the lab). These actions and observations provide concrete assurance that this fire presented no radiation exposure to the emergency responders, Duke employees, the public, or the environment, and none of the material was lost or dispersed."

The licensee informed Region I Duncan White.

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42840
Rep Org: US AIR FORCE
Licensee: US AIR FORCE
Region: 1
City: BOLLING AFB State: DC
County:
License #: 42-23539-01AF
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MAJOR CLINT ABELL
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 09/14/2006
Notification Time: 10:15 [ET]
Event Date: 09/14/2006
Event Time: 09:45 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (NMSS)
ILTAB (VIA E-MAIL) ()

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

Event Text

LOSS OF TWO AMERICIUM-241 NAVIGATION SYSTEM SOURCES

A representative for the Air Force Master Material License reported that two 4 microCurie Am-241 sources (8 microCuries total) were lost during shipment from Eglin AFB in Florida to Robins AFB in GA. The sources are used in aircraft LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting IR for Night) Pods. The shipment was made on August 30, 2006, using a commercial shipping company and was assigned a tracking number. The shipment never arrived at the destination and efforts by the shipper to locate the package have not been successful. The SSDR for the sources is FL-1116-D-01-01S. The Air Force has requested a formal letter of the circumstances of the loss and effort by the shipper to locate the missing sources.

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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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 42841
Rep Org: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES
Licensee: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 1
City: WILMINGTON State: DE
County:
License #: 0728762-01-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID BENNETT
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 09/14/2006
Notification Time: 17:02 [ET]
Event Date: 09/14/2006
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/14/2006
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
EUGENE COBEY (R1)
SCOTT FLANDERS (NMSS)

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

Event Text

MISSING SOURCES

In February 2006 the licensee shipped 60 Ni-63 (15 millicuries each) sources to Isotope Products Labs in California. The licensee determined today that the shipment never made it to its destination. The licensee has commenced an investigation.

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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