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Event Notification Report for December 31, 2013

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12/30/2013 - 12/31/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49640 49668 49669 49670

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49640
Rep Org: CONNECTICUT RADIATION DIVISION
Licensee: NEW HAVEN HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Region: 1
City: NEW HAVEN State: CT
County:
License #: Permit # 0914
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW ZWICK
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 12/17/2013
Notification Time: 11:15 [ET]
Event Date: 12/16/2013
Event Time: 22:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/30/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
FSME EVENT RESOURCE (EMAI)
BARRY WRAY (ILTA)

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

Event Text

LEAD ANALYZER STOLEN FROM CAR

A lead analyzer was stolen from the trunk of a car belonging to an employee of the New Haven Health Department. The device was a RMD XRF Lead Analyzer, Model LPA-1, serial #3520, and contained a Co-57, 10-12 mCi source.

The missing device was reported to the New Haven, CT police department.

* * * UPDATE FROM ANDREW ZWICK TO VINCE KLCO ON 12/30/13 AT 0830 EST * * *

Notified by the State of Connecticut that the lead analyzer has been recovered and is in the possession of local law enforcement.

Notified the R1DO (Dwyer), and FSME Resources and 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. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 49668
Rep Org: CONAGRA FOODS
Licensee: CONAGRA FOODS
Region: 3
City: TRENTON State: MO
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GARY SMILEY
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 12/20/2013
Notification Time: 15:00 [ET]
Event Date: 12/18/2013
Event Time: 16:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(i) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>1000X
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-ma)

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

Event Text

LOST FILL LEVEL MONITORS

ConAgra Foods, Inc. reported that while performing a physical walkdown verification to meet reporting requirements for 2013, three Peco Controls Corporation model Gamma 101P fill level monitors could not be located. After further checking, one of the unaccounted for monitors was found to be in the possession of a vendor where it had been sent in exchange for a replacement. However, two of the monitors remain unaccounted for at this time.

Details on the two monitors are as follows:
Peco Controls Corporation, Model - Gamma 101P, Serial Number - G001768549, with a 100 mCi Am-241 source.
Peco Controls Corporation, Model - Gamma 101P, Serial Number - G002318648, with a 100 mCi Am-241 source.

ConAgra states that these monitors had not been in service for several years. The report issued for 2012, which was dated 12/20/2012, indicated that all monitors were accounted for at that time. ConAgra is continuing to search for the two unaccounted for monitors.

The licensee notified R3(Pelke).

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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Agreement State Event Number: 49669
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM - WINCHESTER
Region: 1
City: WINCHESTER State: VA
County: FREDERICK
License #: 840-210-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 12/20/2013
Notification Time: 14:57 [ET]
Event Date: 10/09/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - BROKEN SOURCE HOLDER CABLE

The following information was submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia via email:

"On October 9th, the PET/CT unit reported a problem with the pin source holder indicating the holder was open. The licensee closed the scan room door and contacted General Electric (GE) service provider to provide emergency service. On October 10th, a GE representative investigated the unit and found the source holder cable was broken. A new cable was ordered and replaced on October 11th. The source was replaced, and the unit was tested and placed back in service. The Virginia Radioactive Materials Program has been working with GE regarding the cause for the failure. At this time, GE is reviewing service reports to evaluate whether this is an isolated incident."

Virginia Event Report ID: VA-13-11

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Agreement State Event Number: 49670
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: ROCKINGHAM MEMORIAL
Region: 1
City: HARRISONBURG State: VA
County: HARRISONBURG
License #: 660-182-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MIKE WELLING
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 12/20/2013
Notification Time: 14:57 [ET]
Event Date: 11/25/2013
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 12/20/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SOURCE HOLDER GRIPPER MALFUNCTION

The following information was submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia via email:

"On November 25th, the Virginia Department of Health Radiological Duty Officer received a call from the General Electric (GE) service provider representative that a PET/CT machine at Rockingham Memorial failed. The representative responded and found that the source holder was open exposing the source. The representative troubleshot the holder and found that the gripper was not functioning properly. The source was removed and the coach was sent back to Wisconsin for service at GE's facility.

"The Virginia Radioactive Materials Program has been working with GE regarding the cause for the failure. At this time, GE is reviewing service reports to evaluate whether this is an isolated incident.

"The unit was repaired and returned to Rockingham Memorial."

Virginia Event Report ID: VA-13-12

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