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Event Notification Report for October 5, 2007

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10/04/2007 - 10/05/2007

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43681 43682 43690

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43681
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 3
City: FOND DU LAC State: WI
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHERYL K. ROGERS
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN MacKINNON
Notification Date: 10/02/2007
Notification Time: 09:55 [ET]
Event Date: 09/28/2007
Event Time: 12:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/02/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAURA KOZAK (R3)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

WISCONSIN AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - NDC GAUGE FOUND IN SCRAP YARD


The following Agreement State report from Wisconsin was received via Facsimile:

"License No.: Non-licensee

"Licensee: Non-licensee

"Event Location: Gorden Schneider Property

"Event Type: Scrap Yard Detector

"Notifications: Phone call from Sadoff yard on 9/28/07.


"DHFS was contacted on 9/28/07 concerning a rejected load from Sadoff scrap yard in Fond du Lac. The yard made the initial contact and had the individual with the load talk to DHFS before leaving the yard. A hand monitor (survey) gave radiation reading of 200 microR/hr on the outside of the trailer. A metal tank was observed where the reading was noted. He was told to off load and cover it with plastic until DHFS responds. The individual with the rejected load contacted DHFS on 10/01/07 requesting what to do about the load. Evidently, the individual had made a second attempt to sell the material to Sadoff. When contacted, he reported there were CRM labels on the device. It was reported to be about a foot long, with 8 prongs and 3 fins. A label stated that it was sold under Gen. Lic. No. CL 1933-70. The label for NDC listed Duarte, CA, 91010. The individual was requested to not handle the device and to place it in a secure location.

"No information on this device was in the DHFS GL database. DHFS contacted NDC and was informed that it was a Model 103 with 150 mCi of AM-241. The gauge had been sold to Sabee Co, 1718 West Eighth St, Appleton, WI on 12/12/85. The last contact that NDC had with the gauge was 11/20/95. A call was made to Sabee Co in Appleton. An individual there reported that the company was divided in 2002 and management changed in 2003. The company used to do film extrusion. The individual promised to follow up with someone who had been there for a long time and might remember more about the film extrusion process. Contact nos. were given to two former owners. DHFS plans to investigate on October 3, 2007."

Media attention: None


Event Report ID No.: WI070026.

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: 43682
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 4
City: SPOKANE State: WA
County:
License #: WN-L035-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/02/2007
Notification Time: 11:55 [ET]
Event Date: 09/28/2007
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/02/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
REBECCA NEASE (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A DAMAGED TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was received via email:

"Subject: Event Report Number WA-07-084

"This is notification of an event in Washington State as reported to or investigated by the WA Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection.

"STATUS: new

"Licensee: Washington State Department of Transportation Eastern Region
"City and State: Spokane, Washington
"License Number: WN-L035-1
"Type of License: Portable Gauge Licensee

"Date of Event: 28 September 2007
"Location of Event: Spokane, Washington

"ABSTRACT: (where, when, how, why; cause, contributing factors, corrective actions, consequences, Dept. of Health (DOH) on-site investigation; media attention):

"The licensee's radiation safety officer notified Washington Department of Health (DOH) on 01 October 2007 their Troxler portable gauge, model 3430, serial number 36039 (containing maximum of 8 millicuries Cs-137 and 40 millicuries Am-241:Be) was run over on 28 September 2007 by a small roller during road repair. The gauge did not have the probe extended when struck. The gauge user immediately notified their radiation safety officer and the RSO's supervisor; radiation surveys detected no elevated radiation levels, so the licensee decided to transport the device to their storage area and inform Washington DOH the following workday, Monday 01 October 2007. It was reported that only superficial damage was done to the plastic case of the gauge. The gauge was put back in the transport case and sent back to its secured storage location. Department staff are investigating.


"Washington (DOH) on-site investigation underway.

"No known media attention.

"Notification Reporting Criteria:

"Per WAC 246-221-250 (2) (d) ~ Twenty-four (24) hour notice required for equipment failure or inability to function as designed.

"Isotope and Activity involved: one Troxler model 3430, serial 36039 portable gauge, containing two radioactive sealed sources, one 8 millicuries Cs-137 maximum, & one 40 millicuries Am-241:Be maximum.

"Overexposures? (number of workers/members of the public; dose estimate; body part receiving dose; consequence): Unknown but most likely not. The unit was functioning properly on 28 September 2007. Dose rate measurements by the licensee after the gauge was rolled over detected no elevated radiation fields.

"Lost, Stolen or Damaged? (mfg., model, serial number): one Troxler model 3430, serial 36039 portable gauge, containing two radioactive sealed sources, one 8 millicuries Cs-137 maximum, & one 40 millicuries Am-241:Be maximum.

"Disposition/recovery: NA

"Leak test? Most recent leak test was collected on 18 January 2007 (no contamination, < 0.000002 microcuries).

"Vehicle: (description; placards; Shipper; package type; Pkg. ID number) NA
"Release of activity? NA
"Activity and pharmaceutical compound intended: NA
"Device (HDR, etc.) Mfg., Model; computer program: NA Exposure (intended/actual); consequences: NA
"Was patient or responsible relative notified? NA
"Was written report provided? NA
"Was referring physician notified? NA

"Consultant used? No."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43690
Rep Org: SCHLUMBERGER
Licensee: SCHLUMBERGER
Region: 4
City: ROCK SPRINGS State: WY
County:
License #: 42-27055-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RAYMOND DICKES
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 10/04/2007
Notification Time: 12:25 [ET]
Event Date: 10/04/2007
Event Time: 11:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/04/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
GREG MORELL (FSME)
ILTAB (e-mail) ()

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

Event Text

MISSING FLUID DENSITY GAUGE

At about 11:10 EDT on 10/4/07 during a routine gauge inventory identified that a Thermo Measuretech (formerly Texas Nuclear) model TN-5192 fluid density gauge could not be accounted for. The gauge serial numbers are D111 and MB2856. The gauge has a 200 millicurie Cs-137 source.

There is no sign of theft but the gauge has not been found at its expected storage location or any of the well sites in the area. According to records it was last used in April 2007 and last inventoried in August 2007. Schlumberger will expand the search to include all facilities in the country.

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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