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Event Notification Report for May 2, 2008

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05/01/2008 - 05/02/2008

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44177 44183

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44177
Rep Org: LOUISIANA RADIATION PROTECTION DIV
Licensee: GLOBAL X-RAY & TESTING
Region: 4
City: OFFSHORE State: LA
County:
License #: LA-0577-L01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: RICHARD PENROD
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 04/29/2008
Notification Time: 15:03 [ET]
Event Date: 04/23/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 04/29/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4)
RON ZELAC (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL OVEREXPOSURE

This incident was originally reported in Event Notification #44159 by the licensee due to the uncertainty of the location of the potential overexposure.

The State provided the following information via facsimile:

"On April 23 2008, [DELETED] (RSO) with Global X-Ray & Testing (GXT) reported an excessive exposure on an industrial radiographer's badge. Landauer contacted GXT and reported that a badge had a reading over 1000 rads. The radiographer in question was interviewed by [DELETED] and a LA Department of Environmental Quality inspector. The radiographer was very shocked to hear of the excessive exposure. He was asked if anything unusual occurred during the month. The radiographer did not think anyone exposed the badge intentionally. The radiographer did state that he could not find his badge one morning on a job that occurred on March 20 - 24, 2008. The radiographer had a physical and blood work performed. The physical included CBC and total Lymphocyte count. The blood work came back within normal limits. This incident is still under investigation by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality."

Louisiana Report: LA080008

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 44183
Rep Org: W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES
Licensee: W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES
Region: 1
City: WALL State: NJ
County:
License #:
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVE O'HARA
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/01/2008
Notification Time: 09:54 [ET]
Event Date: 03/09/2008
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
MARIE MILLER (R1)
MICHELLE BURGESS (FSME)

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

Event Text

LOST STATIC ELIMINATOR SEALED SOURCE OF PO-210

"We [licensee] are writing to notify the NRC that W.L. Gore in Wall, NJ has lost a NUCLECEL ion air gun cartridge (P2021- 8000 NIJCLECEL Ionizing cartridge S/N A2FR150) manufactured by NRD, LLC. We [licensee] use these devices to eliminate static from our finished medical product components. The device is a fully contained sealed source alpha emitter sealed in gold and silver for maximum protection and risk minimization. The Source is Po-210 at a 10 milliCuries level. This letter is being written to comply with the requirements of 10 CFR 20.2201.

"The static eliminator was lost on approximately March 9, 2008. Theft of the device is highly unlikely with no breaks on record during the period. While associates had been trained on safe care and use of the device, someone accidentally disposed of the device, and it could not be recovered. Follow-up safety training on safe use and return of the devices was conducted again in March 2008. A thorough department-wide search, including trash containers and dumpsters, was coordinated."

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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