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Event Notification Report for January 8, 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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General Information or Other Event Number: 44753
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: NUTTING ENGINEERS OF FLORIDA INC.
Region: 1
City: BOYNTON BEACH State: FL
County:
License #: 934-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: STEVE FURNACE
HQ OPS Officer: PETE SNYDER
Notification Date: 01/05/2009
Notification Time: 16:20 [ET]
Event Date: 01/05/2009
Event Time: 15:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/07/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1)
PATRICE BUBAR (FSME)
ILTAB (e-mail) ()

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The licensee called the State of Florida at 1500 to report a lost Troxler gauge. "The gauge fell out of the truck somewhere between the intersection of Pines Blvd. and US 27 to Florida turnpike while traveling on US 27 in Broward County. The owner has filed a police report and will offer a reward."

The lost gauge was a Troxler model: 3411B, serial number: 6672 containing 40mCi AmBe and 8.7 mCi Cs-137.

Florida Incident Number: FL09-002.

* * * UPDATE FROM STEVE FURNACE TO JOHN KNOKE AT 1327 EST ON 01/17/09 * * *

The Troxler density gauge was located and a visual examination indicated it was not damaged. Licensee is having an authorized vendor conduct a leak test on the gauge, calibrate it, and then return it to the licensee for service.

Notified R1DO (Gray), FSME (D. White), 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.

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