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Event Notification Report for July 24, 2013

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Event Reports For
07/23/2013 - 07/24/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49192 49194

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Agreement State Event Number: 49192
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: AVID RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Region: 1
City: PHILADELPHIA State: PA
County:
License #: PA-0988
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DAVID ALLARD
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/15/2013
Notification Time: 19:05 [ET]
Event Date: 05/17/2013
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/15/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - REMOVABLE CONTAMINATION LIMIT EXCEEDED ON PACKAGE

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via facsimile:

"Notifications: On July 15, 2013 the licensee informed the Department's Bureau of Radiation Protection (Central Office) of the discovery of a radioactive materials shipping event. The event was reportable 'immediately' per 10CFR20.1906(d)(1); 10CFR71.87(i); and 49CFR173.443(a) Table 9.

"Event Description: During a licensee internal review of forms during the week of July 8, 2013, it was realized that an event which occurred on May 17, 2013 was not reported properly. A package containing 1.5 curies of fluorine-18 (F-18) was received by the licensee. F-18 has a half-life of about 1.8 hours. Upon inspection on May 17th, the net surface removable contamination was found to be 395 dpm/cm2. This is in excess of the U.S. DOT beta/gamma removable contamination limit of 220 dpm/cm2. The F-18 supplier was immediately notified, along with the courier. An initial investigation by the supplier showed no issues encountered during the preparation and initial wipe tests of the shipment. More information will be given when received.

"Cause of the Event: Unknown at this time.

"Actions: The licensee has since reviewed their internal package acceptance procedure, along with reporting event requirements, and will retrain all personnel accordingly. The [Pennsylvania] Department [of Environmental Protection Bureau of Radiation Protection] plans a reactive inspection.

"Media Attention: None at this time.

"Event Report ID No: PA130019"

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Agreement State Event Number: 49194
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: EXCELLIMS CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: ACTON State: MA
County:
License #: 55-0588
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOHN SUMARES
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 07/16/2013
Notification Time: 10:57 [ET]
Event Date: 07/12/2013
Event Time: 17:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/16/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SEALED SOURCE FAILED LEAK TEST

The following information was obtained from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via facsimile:

"When conducting a routine leak test for one of their Ni-63 source foils, the licensee submitted for analysis a leak test swab of the inactive side of the source foil and received on 7/12/13, at the end of the day, a leak test result of 0.008 uCi. The licensee submitted a report on 7/15/2013 to the Agency [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program] which states the source foil was in storage, it remains in storage, and was never used in any projects. Licensee reports the source foil will be decontaminated and the leak test will be repeated. All decontamination materials will be placed and sealed in a radioactive waste container and will be placed in the radioactive material storage area.

"Source will remain in storage until undergoing decontamination cleaning and subsequent leak test.

"Component name: Ni-63 source foil
"Manufacturer: Eckert & Ziegler
"Model # NER-004-13
"Manufacture date: November 2008
"Serial Number: 13-2080
"Isotope activity: 0.015 Ci
"Assay Date: November 2008"

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