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Event Notification Report for April 14, 2009

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Event Reports For
04/13/2009 - 04/14/2009

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44977 44980

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44977
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: THERMO NITON ANALYZERS
Region: 1
City: BILLERICA State: MA
County:
License #: 55-0238
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 04/08/2009
Notification Time: 14:45 [ET]
Event Date: 04/06/2009
Event Time: 13:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 04/08/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
MARK DELLIGATTI (FSME)

Event Text

CONTAMINATED SEALED SOURCES RECEIVED IN TWO SHIPMENTS

The following information was provided by the state via fax:

"On 4/6/09, the Agency [MA Radiation Control Program] received written notification from Thermo NITON Analyzers that they had received 2 shipments of Isotope Products Laboratory Model XFB-3 Cd-109 sources, both of which contained a few contaminated sealed sources. On 9/9/08, NITON received a shipment of 45 sealed sources containing 40 mCi of Cd-109 each and 3 of the sources were found to be contaminated. On 10/13/08, NITON received a shipment of 30 sealed sources containing 10 mCi of Cd-109 each and 3 of the sources were contaminated. The licensee, NITON, returned the sources to IPL for evaluation. IPL's evaluation concluded the sources were contaminated and not leaking. The licensee stated that a notification was drafted in October 2008, however, an oversight occurred and inadvertently the notification was not submitted."

Massachusetts Docket No.: 04-8408

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44980
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: BECKMAN INSTRUMENTS
Region: 4
City: FULLERTON State: CA
County:
License #: 1313-30GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KATHLEEN HARKNESS
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 04/09/2009
Notification Time: 17:07 [ET]
Event Date: 12/09/2008
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 04/09/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1)
MARK DELLIGATTI (FSME)
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LEAKING CS-137 SCINTILLATION COUNTER CHECK SOURCE

Received the following information via fax:

"On April 2, 2009, [deleted] Radiation Safety and Control Services, a New Hampshire Health Physics company [located in Stratham, NH] reported that a Beckman scintillation counter (model 3801, # 7014048) owned by them is believed to have a leaking Cs-137 check source. The instrument was not operating properly. In December 2008, a technical support person was called, who determined the source was not reaching the sample. During an inspection of the source mechanism, a smear of the exposed spring that push[e]s the source revealed 500 cpm of removable contamination by direct frisk of the Q-tip. More smears were taken and two near the spring indicated 4,285 and 5,586 dpm beta when counted on a LSC on December 10, 2008. This LSC contains a 40 microCi cesium 137 check source, part number 598860, # 60219005-A originally dated August 18, 1986. The device was taken out of service immediately and labeled as internally contaminated. Follow-up with Beckman Instruments will take place regarding replacement of the source and decontamination efforts."

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