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Event Notification Report for November 18, 2014

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11/17/2014 - 11/18/2014

** EVENT NUMBERS **


50422 50602

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Agreement State Event Number: 50422
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS
Region: 1
City: WOBURN State: MA
County:
License #: G0516
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANTHONY CARPENITO
HQ OPS Officer: CHARLES TEAL
Notification Date: 09/03/2014
Notification Time: 11:25 [ET]
Event Date: 06/06/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 11/17/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MARC FERDAS (R1DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
BARRY WRAY (ILTA)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ELEVEN MISSING PO-210 SOURCES

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"On 9/3/14, Agency [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] determined, through inventory reconciliation, the general licensee is missing eleven Model 2021 Nuclecel Ionizers each originally containing up to 10 mCi Po-210. Agency further determined that six devices contained material with calculated current activity well below the immediate report level (0.1 mCi for Po-210), three devices contained material with calculated current activity of 0.12 mCi, and two devices contained material with calculated current activity of 0.77 mCi. The Agency did not receive specific lost source notification from the licensee. No other details from the licensee at this time. The devices are designed to be rugged, require no special handling procedures, and intended for use in neutralization of static charge in environmental tests. The current exposure rate for each device is expected to be considerably less than the initial maximum exposure rate of less than 0.2 mR/hr.

"Agency inspector to conduct site visit.

"Agency considers this event to still be OPEN and Agency review is ONGOING"

The devices were manufactured by NRD Inc., Model P-2021, three were manufactured 4/13/12, and two were manufactured 4/10/13. The serial numbers are A2JB491, A2JB496, A2JB500, A2JM622, and A2JM624.

The sources were Po-210 10 mCi each.

* * * UPDATE ON 10/7/14 AT 1438 EDT FROM ANTHONY CARPENITO TO DONG PARK * * *

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"Agency initiated inspection 9/3/14. Licensee written report received 9/22/14. Two devices were subsequently found by licensee during search within facility. Agency [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] determined that all nine devices still missing will each individually have, on 10/17/14, calculated activities below the immediate report level (0.1 mCi for Po-210). Notice of Violation to be issued related to loss of control of licensed material and not immediately reporting missing licensed material. Causes and corrective actions included in this update. Agency considers this event to be CLOSED."

Notified R1DO (Bower), ILTAB and FSME Events Resource via email.


* * * UPDATE ON 11/17/14 AT 1633 EST FROM ANTHONY CARPENITO TO DONG PARK * * *

The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via email:

"Notice of Violation [NOV] issued 10/16/14. In response to NOV, licensee included report that another of the missing devices was found. Additional licensee corrective actions not previously reported included retraining of employees and implementing a monthly device inventory check. Licensee to also systematically phase out its use of said device. Agency [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] still considers this event to be CLOSED.

"On 10/26/14, the licensee reported another device previously reported missing was found: SN A2JB491, NRD Model P-2021, 10mCi, 4/13/12 Manufactured and Assay Date."

Notified R1DO (Jackson), ILTAB and NMSS Events Notification 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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Agreement State Event Number: 50602
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: ASSOCIATED EARTH SCIENCES
Region: 4
City: KIRKLAND State: WA
County:
License #: WN-I0298
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CRAIG LAWRENCE
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 11/07/2014
Notification Time: 14:02 [ET]
Event Date: 11/06/2014
Event Time: 19:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/07/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
NMSS EVENTS RESOURCE (EMAI)
CANADA (FAX)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the State of Washington via email:

"Associated Earth Sciences reported to the State of Washington, Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection that a Troxler portable gauge, model 3411, serial number 11272, containing 0.1 Ci Cs-137 and .005 Ci Am/Be, was stolen from the back of a pickup while parked overnight at a gauge user's resident apartment complex in Bothell, Washington. The gauge was last seen at 1900 PST the previous night and discovered missing at 0730 PST on November 7.

"The gauge was located in a locked black plastic tool box secured in the bed of the pickup. The tool box containing the portable gauge was stolen from the bed of the truck. Two cables and locks were reported used to secure each side of the tool box to the bed of the truck. It was unclear how the tool box was removed from the truck bed. The licensee reported no cut lock or cable was left behind. It was also unclear if the tool box lid was locked with the same locks and cables used to secure the tool box to the truck. The licensee was asked to provide a photo of their system used to secure the gauge and tool box to the truck. The gauge transport box inside the tool box was reported locked with a single lock. The handle of the gauge was also reported locked.

"The gauge user was asked why the gauge was not returned to the licensed storage location at the end of the day per the condition in the license. The user reported the job site was close to his house and he wanted to avoid the hour and a half drive to the licensed facility to check out a gauge. The theft was reported to the Bothell Police Department and police report #14-25445 was made.

"A follow-up with the licensee will be conducted to investigate possible citations for not returning the gauge for overnight storage in the licensed storage location and proper security for transporting the gauge in a vehicle."

State of Washington Incident Number: WA-14-045.

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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