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Event Notification Report for March 7, 2007

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43203 43206 43208

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43203
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: GALLET & ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: MARIETTA State: GA
County:
License #: GA 1316-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK WINDHAM
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 03/01/2007
Notification Time: 11:22 [ET]
Event Date: 03/01/2007
Event Time: 08:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/01/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
GREG MORELL (FSME)
ILTAB VIA E-MAIL ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN HUMBOLDT MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided via facsimile:

"The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified on Thursday, March 1, 2007, at 1015 hrs, that a Humboldt Model EZ 5001, s/n 4751, containing 11 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241:Be, had been stolen from the rear of a company truck, located at Extended Stay America, Spartanburg, SC. [The State of SC] contacted [the] RSO, at 1030 hrs and was advised that [the] authorized user, had reported at 0800 hrs that the gauge had been stolen from the vehicle. [The RSO] stated that the tailgate was locked to prevent access to the steel lock box that the gauge storage container was secured in and the lockbox is bolted to the truck bed. The tailgate had been damaged to gain access to the lockbox and a blowtorch had been used to cut the lock of the steel box. [The RSO] stated that local law enforcement had been notified and a police report had been completed. [The RSO] stated that he would e-mail an incident report, police report, and images of the security measures used to secure gauges in company vehicles within the next two business days.

"[The RSO] was advised by the State of SC to submit a written report detailing this event to the Department within 30 days. [The RSO] was advised that if the gauge was recovered, to contact the Department immediately. The event is open and pending the licensee's investigation and report to the Department, updates will be made through the national NMED system."

The licensee is located in Marietta, GA and has a reciprocity license in SC.



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: 43206
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: TO BE DETERMINED
Region: 3
City: MILWAUKEE State: WI
County:
License #: TBD
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE MACK
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 03/02/2007
Notification Time: 14:27 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2007
Event Time: 11:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ROGER LANKSBURY (R3)
SANDRA WASTLER (FSME)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TROXLER GAUGE FOUND IN SCRAP HEAP

The following was provided by the State via facsimile:

"Event Location: Miller Compressing, Milwaukee, WI

"Event Type: Found Radioactive Material-Portable Moisture Density Gauge

"Notifications: Miller Compressing called [the] Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS)

"Event description: A Troxler moisture density gauge was found at Miller Compressing on 2/22/07. It was in a load of scrap and was separated by the staff at Miller Compressing.

"Additional Information: Miller Compressing is scrap metal recycler in Milwaukee.

"The DHFS staff in Wisconsin has been in contact with the state of Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Troxler Electronic Labs to try and identify an owner or former licensee. The gauge was initially distributed to an Illinois licensee in 1977. The portable gauge is a Troxler Model 3411. The plate on the device indicates the device serial number is 4942. The back plate identifies the nuclides as 8.9 mCi of Cs-137 on 9/5/77 ([serial number] CC-1968) and 40 mCi of Am241:Be on 9/14/77 ([serial number] CAA-1031). The serial no. does not match any gauges currently reported as lost or stolen.

"The shipping container is damaged. The gauge is intact. Miller Compressing is storing the gauge in a locked location on site. DHFS staff will follow up with a site visit."

WI report number: W070005

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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General Information or Other Event Number: 43208
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: SMITH-EMERY COMPANY
Region: 4
City: GLENDALE State: CA
County:
License #: 2878-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DONELLE KRAJEWSKI
HQ OPS Officer: JASON KOZAL
Notification Date: 03/02/2007
Notification Time: 18:17 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2007
Event Time: 10:30 [PST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
DALE POWERS (R4)
JACK DAVIS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED CPN GAUGE

The following was provided by the State via facsimile:

"A moisture density gauge was being used at a construction site in Glendale, CA (near the Water Department and the Los Angeles River). (CPN, model MC3, serial number M36097108). The gauge user had placed the gauge into a box (plastic milk carton) which was then going to be passed down into a trench where it would be used. There was a delay and the box with the gauge inside were placed on the edge of the property waiting to be used. According to [the licensee], the gauge user went to the bathroom, but the other workers were aware of the location of the gauge. At the same time a front loader truck was moving several large pieces of metal. The pieces vibrated off and dropped onto and crushed the gauge.

"[The licensee] said the sources appeared to be intact, however the plastic gauge housing was destroyed and the lead shielding leaves that normally surround and shield the end of the source rod (where the Cs-137 source would normally reside in a shielded position) were not in position anymore and were therefore not shielding the Cs-137 source now. [A] Los Angeles County Radiation Management Health Physicist, responded to the site to do an evaluation and to survey the source. The sources were intact and undamaged. There was no contamination. The dose rate at 1 foot was 20 milliRoentgen per hour (mR/hr). The end of the source rod was shielded and the remains of the gauge were placed into the transportation case. The gauge was transported by the RSO to Maurer Technical Services (the CPN manufacturer representative) [Deleted] so it can be shipped back to the manufacturer for disposal. The highest dose to any individual from this event was probably less than 5 millirem total. Corrective actions: The RSO will give refresher training to all gauge users to review their existing policies and procedures - gauge users are to have control over the gauge at all times."

CA report number: 030207

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