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Event Notification Report for September 9, 2008

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44460
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: L00466
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 09/03/2008
Notification Time: 12:49 [ET]
Event Date: 08/15/2008
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/03/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - IRRADIATOR CRANK MECHANISM FAILURE

"On 9/2/08 at 16:30, the [Texas Department of State Health Services] received a letter from the licensee stating that on 8/15/08, they were unable to move the source head on a U.S. Nuclear Model E-0103 Irradiator. The device contains a Cesium (Cs) - 137 source with an estimated activity of 2251 curies and is used in research irradiation of in vitro samples. The source is fully shielded. Dose rates and contamination surveys conducted on the source head were normal. The unit has been taken out of service awaiting repairs."

TX Incident # I-8547

* * * UPDATE RECEIVED FROM ART TUCKER TO JOE O'HARA VIA E-MAIL AT 1538 ON 9/3/08 * * *

"The RSO called at 1444 and stated that he had some corrected information. He stated that the device contained two 2660 curie Cs 137 sources installed in 1975 and manufactured on 2/15/68 making the current activity 1045 curies each. He stated that the device had been repaired, but was still trying to find out when."

Notified R4DO(Jones), FSME(Turtil).

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44464
Rep Org: WA DIVISION OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: SEATTLE State: WA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARDEN C. SCROGGS
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 09/04/2008
Notification Time: 18:13 [ET]
Event Date: 08/08/2008
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/04/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
WILLIAM JONES (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)
CANADA (via fax) ()
ILTAB (via email) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A LOST OR STOLEN TRITIUM EXIT SIGN

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

"On August 22, 2008 the department received a report of missing GL radioactive material by a property manager of an apartment building in Seattle, Washington. The device is a Tritium exit sign light module, manufactured by Shield Source Incorporated of Ontario, Canada. Calculations indicate that on August 27, 2008, the source activity was 251 GBq (6.8 curies) of Hydrogen-3. The last known location of the device and radioactive source was in an apartment building located at 1535 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, Washington. The device was discovered missing by the apartment manager's maintenance staff sometime around August 8, 2008. When the maintenance person called an exit sign distributor to order a replacement exit sign, the distributor told the individual to report the missing exit sign to the department.

"Keywords: MATERIAL STOLEN AND NOT RECOVERED

"Form of Radioactive Material: SEALED SOURCE
"Manufacturer: SHIELD SOURCE INC
"Model Number: NR
"Radionuclide or Voltage (kVp/MeV): H-3
"Source Use: SELF LUMINOUS Activity: 6.8 Ci [or] 251.6 GBq

"Device Name: RADIOLUMINESCENT SIGN
"Manufacturer: SHIELD SOURCE INC
"Model Number: EITHER 101 OR 201
"Reference Number: WA-08-059"

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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