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Event Notification Report for November 13, 2007

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43774
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: MEDI-PHYSICS
Region: 3
City: ARLINGTON HEIGHTS State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01109-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAREN PERRERO
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 11/08/2007
Notification Time: 14:55 [ET]
Event Date: 11/01/2007
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2007
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MONTE PHILLIPS (R3)
SANDRA WASTLER (FSME)
ILTAB (email) ()

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

Event Text

ILLINOIS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING SHIPMENT OF I-125 TO SPAIN

On 7 November 2007 at 1500 CST, the licensee notified the State of Illinois of a single package of medical therapy isotopes (I-125, 97.5 millicuries total) that was scheduled for delivery to a customer in Madrid, Spain on 1 November 2007 was missing in transit. The shipment was delivered by Medi-Physics personnel to the Iberia Airlines Cargo freight office for booking on Iberia Airlines Flight 6274, nonstop from O'Hare, IL to Madrid, Spain. The licensee has information that the shipment had not cleared customs and the shipment did not get to the freight forwarder that was contracted to deliver the shipment to a hospital in Spain. The licensee is actively trying to locate the shipment.


* * * UPDATE PROVIDED BY STATE (DAREN PERRERO) TO JEFF ROTTON VIA EMAIL AT 1703 EST ON 11/09/07 * * *

The State provided the following information via email:

"[The State of Illinois] has been notified by [Deleted], radiation safety officer, of GE Healthcare/Medi-Physics (IL-01109-01) in Arlington Heights, IL. [The licensee RSO reported that they] have been advised as of 1545 CST that their package of thirteen missing I-125 seeds totaling 95 millicuries has been located by the carrier, Iberia Cargo. The package was found intact, with no apparent damage or loss at the airport in Madrid, Spain. The package will be released from customs and sent on to the intended recipient (Hospital la FE. Servicio de Braquiterapia). Written confirmation will be provided later by Iberia Cargo."

Notified R3DO (M. Phillips) and FSME (R. Lewis). Notified ILTAB (via email).

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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