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Event Notification Report for November 15, 2011

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47423 47424

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Agreement State Event Number: 47423
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: HALEY AND ALDRICH, INC.
Region: 1
City: BOSTON State: MA
County:
License #: 20-8251
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: TONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 11/09/2011
Notification Time: 14:16 [ET]
Event Date: 11/09/2011
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RICHARD CONTE (R1DO)
ANDREW PERSINKO (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED SOURCE ROD ON MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following information was provided by the state via email:

"On 11/9/11 [EST], the licensee reported to the Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] that a portable moisture density gauge had been damaged by a construction vehicle at a temporary job site. The source rod was bent and extended outside of the shielded gauge body so that it could not be returned to the closed position. The extended rod was left within the measuring hole so that the surrounding soil could provide shielding. A 15-plus-foot radius area was segregated around the damaged gauge. The licensee's radiation safety officer and radiation safety consultant were en route to the site to conduct and oversee the source recovery operation at the time of this report.

"The Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] considers this event to be open and ongoing.

"Manufacturer: Humboldt Scientific Inc, 5001 Series; Isotopes: Cs-137/ .011 Ci; Am-241/ .044 Ci."

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Agreement State Event Number: 47424
Rep Org: WISCONSIN RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: MEDIPHYSICS
Region: 3
City: MILWAUKEE State: WI
County:
License #: 079-1168-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: EMILY EGGERS
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 11/09/2011
Notification Time: 16:02 [ET]
Event Date: 11/09/2011
Event Time: 05:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 11/09/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN GIESSNER (R3DO)
ANDREW PERSINKO (FSME)
BRITTAIN HILL (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - EXTERNAL RADIATION READINGS ON SHIPPED PACKAGE EXCEEDED LIMITS

The following information was received via fax:

"Medi-Physics, Inc. d/b/a GE Healthcare reported they had received a package from Lantheus Medical Imaging containing a Mo-99/Tc-99m generator (serial #M312111D60), which had a contact radiation reading of >200 mR/hour. The Transport Index (TI) on the labeling was stated at 4.2, while the actual TI upon receiving the package was 8. Contamination wipes were completed with no contamination on the outside of the package. When the package was opened, contamination wipes were completed with no contamination on the inside of the package. The generator was manufactured on 11/8/11 and delivered to GE Healthcare on 11/9/11. The packaging surrounding the generator was entirely composed of styrofoam. At this point, it was determined the secondary lead shielding surrounding the generator was absent. The generator was removed from the packaging and eluted, there was no damage to the generator and the eluted material passed all quality control testing.

"The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) followed up with the licensee by phone, and also contacted the State of Massachusetts to notify them of the event."

Wisconsin Report ID: WI110019

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