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Event Notification Report for January 7, 2009

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44750
Rep Org: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Licensee: GEORGIA PACIFIC CORPORATION
Region: 4
City: CROSSETT State: AR
County:
License #: GL-0074
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE E. MACK
HQ OPS Officer: JOE O'HARA
Notification Date: 01/02/2009
Notification Time: 16:05 [ET]
Event Date: 12/18/2008
Event Time: [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/02/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
THOMAS FARNHOLTZ (R4)
GLENN DENTEL (R1)
PATRICE BUBAR (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIALLY LEAKING SOURCE

The following information was provided by the state via e-mail:

"On December 18, 2008, the Arkansas Department of Health, Radioactive Materials Program received a written report of a potentially leaking source at Georgia Pacific Corporation in Crossett, Arkansas, General License Number GL-0074.

"The Source is a Generally Licensed Device, Honeywell, Model 4201 Series Thickness Gauge, Serial Number OV522.

"On November 8, 2008 a Field Services Specialist noted abnormal readings from the device and a hole in the kapton window.

"Although it appears that upon arrival at the Honeywell facility in Duluth, Georgia the source is potentially leaking it is unknown exactly when the source began to leak. According to Honeywell, no contamination was found at the licensee's facility in Crossett, Arkansas.

"There is possible personnel contamination (Field Services Specialist) and the Department is continuing to investigate this event and will provide a follow up when more information is confirmed."

A subsequent conversation with the State of Arkansas revealed that the source is Promethium (Pm-147) with an activity level of approximately 18.5 GBq (500 milliCuries) and the State of Georgia was notified by Honeywell of the potentially leaking source.

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