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Event Notification Report for June 29, 2010

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06/28/2010 - 06/29/2010

** EVENT NUMBERS **


46007 46040

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 46007
Rep Org: CARRO & CARRO ENTERPRISES INC.
Licensee: CARRO & CARRO ENTERPRISES INC.
Region: 1
City: CIALES State: PR
County:
License #: PR2005-02
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JUAN CARRO
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 06/14/2010
Notification Time: 19:30 [ET]
Event Date: 06/10/2010
Event Time: 12:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/28/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)
ANDREW MAUER (FSME)
ILTAB via email ()

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

Event Text

MISSING SEAMAN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

Carro & Carro Enterprises Inc. reported that a Seaman Model C-300 Moisture Density Gauge containing a 4.5 mCi Radium-226 source was discovered missing from a temporary job location in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, June 10th. A search was conducted on Friday with negative results. A police report was filed on Monday, June 14th, and a reward offered in two local newspapers.


* * * UPDATE FROM DANIEL IRIZARRY TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1135 EDT ON 06/28/2010 * * *

Missing gauge was returned to Carro & Carro Enterprises, Inc. this morning at about 0730 local time. The individuals returning the gauge were not identifiable because they were wearing masks at the time. Carro and Carro had a radiation safety consultant check the gauge. No damage to the gauge was noted, however it had been returned without its storage case. A new case will be ordered.

Notified R1DO (Dwyer) and FSME DEO (McIntosh). Notified ILTAB via e-mail.

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. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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General Information or Other Event Number: 46040
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MIDWEST INSPECTION SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: GREELEY State: CO
County:
License #: 902-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MARK DATER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 06/23/2010
Notification Time: 17:48 [ET]
Event Date: 06/11/2010
Event Time: 13:20 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 06/23/2010
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GREG PICK (R4DO)
MARK THAGGARD (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING A RADIOGRAPHY SOURCE RECOVERY INCIDENT

The following information was received from the State of Colorado via fax:

"[A Midwest Inspection Services representative] contacted [the State of Colorado] by phone today (6/15/10) and notified [the State of Colorado] that they had an incident at a temp site Friday the 11th of June.

"The radiography crew was doing an elevated (18 ft. aprox.) shot and the rope holding up the camera broke and the camera fell (18 ft. aprox.) leaving the source in an exposed position. The radiographer was unable to retract the source back into the camera. The crew roped off the area, and contacted the (RSO) who responded and covered the source with lead shot bags, using a remote device he was able to straighten the guide tube and retract the source. He [RSO] was wearing dual dosimeters, (chest and on shirt sleeve of the hand that he used to straighten the guide tube). The exposure dosimeter on the chest read 20mr/hr and the shirt sleeve dosimeter read 487mr/hr.

[The Midwest Inspection Services representative] is gathering final information from interviews with everybody involved and will submit a written report detailing the incident.

Guide tube was kinked with the source in an exposed position.
Cause was the camera fell aprox. 18 feet when rope broke or came untied.
Camera: INC model IR-I00 Source: INC model 32 s/n P264 (Ir-192, 56.74 Ci)
Location: DCP Lucerne gas plant, Greeley, Co. Time: 6/11/10 at aprox. 1:20pm

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