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Event Notification Report for September 23, 2015

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51393 51396

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 51393
Rep Org: NOAA MARINE LABORATORY
Licensee: NOAA MARINE LABORATORY
Region: 1
City: MIAMI State: FL
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: BENJAMINE VANDINE
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 09/14/2015
Notification Time: 14:07 [ET]
Event Date: 04/01/2014
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/14/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
RODRIGUEZ-LUCCIONI (NMSS)

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

Event Text

LOST HEWLETT-PACKARD GAS CHROMATOGRAPH

"The NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) reported a lost Ni-63 source. The licensed device is an [generally licensed, Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies Gas Chromatograph, [Model 5890A, Serial Number M1827, containing a 15 mCi Ni-63 source]. [It was discovered that the chromatograph was missing after an April 2014 inventory.] According to several end users of the device, the item was disposed of prior to the annual 2014 inventory. To the best of NOAA's knowledge, the device was disposed of through UNICOR and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) by a previous property custodian, who has since retired from the agency. Documentation does not exist for this transfer. Another previous property custodian, requested that this item be removed from AOML inventory on 8/4/2014, based on the verbal report from the previous property custodian. Between July 28 and August 19th, 2014, the current property custodian unsuccessfully attempted to contact UNICOR, to confirm that this device did get transferred to UNICOR."

It cannot be confirmed the device was been disposed of via UNICOR and is therefore considered lost.

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: 51396
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: RESOLUTE FOREST PRODUCTS
Region: 1
City: CATAWBA State: SC
County:
License #: 030
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES PETERSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 09/15/2015
Notification Time: 15:52 [ET]
Event Date: 09/14/2015
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/15/2015
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
SILAS KENNEDY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

SOUTH CAROLINA AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FIXED NUCLEAR GAUGE WITH A STUCK SHUTTER

The following information was provided by the State of South Carolina via email:

"The licensee provided notification of a stuck shutter, on a Berthold Model LB7440D fixed gauging device, discovered while performing a semi-annual shutter check. The gauging device contains 30 mCi of Cs-137. The device remains mounted to the process piping with no gap available to permit personnel exposure to the radiation beam. A licensed contractor has been contacted and will proceed with corrective maintenance on the shutter mechanism within the next 30 days."

State Event Report ID No.: SC-04-2015

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