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Event Notification Report for February 22, 2008

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43993
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: NATIONAL INSPECTION SERVICES LLC
Region: 4
City: CROWLEY State: TX
County:
License #: L05930
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LATISCHA HANSON
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/19/2008
Notification Time: 12:22 [ET]
Event Date: 02/18/2008
Event Time: 19:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 02/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A VEHICLE ACCIDENT WHILE TRANSPORTING A RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following report was received via email from the State of Texas:

"At 8:04 p.m., Radiation Control (RC) was contacted through the 24-hour Radiological Emergency Assistance telephone number by San Jacinto Emergency Management, reporting a car accident in San Jacinto County, on Highway 59, north of Houston, where a company was transporting a radioactive camera which was thrown from the truck onto the roadside. The Emergency Management representative reported that there was no leakage from the camera and that the driver sustained minor injuries. They did not have the company's name or any additional information on the radioactive source and was following instructions to make the initial notification to the State. The Emergency Management representative said they would call back with additional information.

"The Emergency Management representative called back and relayed the following information:

"Company/Licensee: National Inspection Services - out of Crowley, TX

"The Emergency Management representative reported that the Cleveland Haz-Mat team was handling the incident, but did not have any contact information for them.

"RC placed a call to the company contact, who informed RC that he was enroute from Sulphur, LA and would be on-site in 2 hours. He gave me the name and the telephone number of the Haz-Mat chief on-site. He also said another company supervisor was enroute from Lafayette, LA and would be there ~1 hour.

"RC then called the Haz-Mat chief on-site, who reported that they surveyed with a Victoreen 6A series survey meter on the x100, x10 and x1 scales and got no readings of any radiation leakage. He said the camera was intact but out of its transport container. He informed RC that they were going to transport it back to the station. RC asked him for the manufacturer's information on the camera. The chief said he had it an ice cooler, with styrofoam overpack in the back of his truck and to call him back ~ 3 minutes for the information.

"Meanwhile RC called the company representative from Lafayette, had the camera information:

"Mfg.: SPEC 150 Ir-192 camera with ~ 30 Ci source.

"He said that a Level II Radiographer was also in the company vehicle and was on the accident scene with the chief and could answer any questions. He also said the Texas Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) was contacted and would get with RC. He said the truck was a complete loss, the darkroom broke apart off of the truck and the camera was thrown out of the darkroom. He said the Level II Radiographer followed their O&E procedures for handling the recovery and securing of the camera. He said the camera would be picked up tonight by the company representative from Sulphur and would be sent off to SPEC in the morning for leak testing. I reminded him of the written notification as a follow-up to the telephone notification. He did not know off-hand their Texas Radioactive Materials License (RAML) number.

"RC called the chief back right away, whose information concurred with the company representative's. RC then asked to speak with the Radiographer, who confirmed that he oversaw the camera recovery, examination and radiation surveying and concurred that the camera was neither damaged nor leaking. RC told him and the chief that in keeping with Increased Controls (IC), to have the Radiographer travel with the camera when it is transported back to the fire station, so that visual control of the camera is maintained by the licensee. RC also asked that the company representative from Sulphur, LA contact RC when they picked up the camera and the employee.

"RC placed a call back to the other company representative from Lafayette and relayed the same information to him. He agreed to call me back as soon as he had secured them both.

"RC followed up with a resolution summation call to San Jacinto Emergency Management.

"I will await the camera secured-confirmation call from Joe. At 11:04 p.m. (CST) RC received the telephone call from the Haz-Mat employee that the camera and company employee were both picked up.

"02/19/08, camera verification information from licensee @ 9:49 a.m.:

"Mfg: SPEC Model: 150 Serial No.: 875 or 820
"Source: Ir-192 25 Ci Mfg.: SPEC Serial No.: OH2913
"Last leak test: 01/31/08"

Texas Incident #: I-8484

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General Information or Other Event Number: 43994
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: KLEINFELDER, INC.
Region: 4
City: PUEBLO State: CO
County:
License #: 958-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES H. GRICE III
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/19/2008
Notification Time: 17:56 [ET]
Event Date: 12/19/2007
Event Time: 16:00 [MST]
Last Update Date: 02/19/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4)
ROBERT LEWIS (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A DAMAGED CPN PORTABLE GAUGE

The following report was received via email:

"This is the initial notification for an incident that was reported to this Department on 12/19/2007 at approximately 4:00PM. At that time the Department was notified by telephone of an accident involving a CPN model MC1 DR portable gauge. The gauge is owned and operated by Kleinfelder, Inc., Colorado Radioactive Materials License Number 958-01. The incident occurred at a temporary jobsite just outside of Pueblo, Colorado. The individual notifying the Department was . . . the company RSO. The licensee reported that while at the jobsite the operator backed his vehicle over the gauge. At the time of the accident, the Cs-137 source was in its shielded position. The result of the accident was that the handle/source rod was snapped off above the gauge case approximately 6 inches from the top of the handle. The source remained in the shielded position and the body of the gauge remained intact with no apparent damage. The gauge was inspected by Department personnel on 02/04/2008 and was found to be in the condition previously described by the RSO. The department had directed the Licensee to leak test the gauge at the time the report was initially made and the results are pending. Once the leak test results are received by the Department the licensee will be directed to provide details on repair or disposal of the gauge. No other details are available at this time."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 43998
Rep Org: MID-ATLANTIC LLC
Licensee: MID-ATLANTIC LLC
Region: 1
City: YORK State: PA
County:
License #: 37-30921-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROHAN PERCH
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 02/21/2008
Notification Time: 09:20 [ET]
Event Date: 02/20/2008
Event Time: 16:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/21/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
INFORMATION ONLY
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1)
MICHELE BURGESS (FSME)

Event Text

VEHICLE TRANSPORTING SOIL DENSITY GAUGE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT

An employee for Mid-Atlantic LLC transporting a soil density gauge was involved in an accident at 1600 EST on Route 30 near Columbia, PA. The gauge is a CPN-MC1 with approximately 50mCuries Am-241/Be and 10mCuries Cs-137. The gauge was thrown from the vehicle during the accident. Local emergency response and hazmat team cordoned off the area and determined that there were no significant radiation levels. The RSO responded to the scene and noted that the gauge was still in its shipping container. The container had only minimal damage. When the container was opened, the gauge itself appeared to be undamaged. The RSO performed surveys and swipes confirming that there was no likely damage. The RSO has taken possession of the gauge and returned to the company offices. He plans on conducting a leak and functionality test to confirm the gauge was not impacted by the accident.

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