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Event Notification Report for July 16, 2007

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43480

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43480
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: ALPHA & OMEGA SERVICES
Region: 4
City: EDGERLY State: LA
County:
License #: LA-10025-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PENROD
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 07/11/2007
Notification Time: 15:59 [ET]
Event Date: 07/11/2007
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/16/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)
JIM WHITNEY ILTAB ()

This material event contains a "Category 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING IR-192 SOURCE

The licensee provided the following information via facsimile:

"A facility in Twin Falls, Idaho was shipping a 6 Ci Ir-192 HDR source back to Alpha & Omega Services for disposal. The carrier was FedEx. When the package arrived at Alpha & Omega and was opened, it contained a helicopter part and not a source. Will update when information is available."

Event Report ID No: LA070018

See also Event Notification #43484

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 3 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example, level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging.

Although IAEA categorization of this event is typically based on device type, the staff has been made aware of the actual activity of the source, and after calculation determines that it is a Category 3 event.

Note: the value assigned by device type "Category 2" is different than the calculated value "Category 3"

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