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Event Notification Report for July 28, 2016

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07/27/2016 - 07/28/2016

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52105 52108 52109 52110 52111 52112

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Agreement State Event Number: 52105
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: TERRACON CONSULTING, INC.
Region: 4
City: LELAND State: MS
County:
License #: MS-724-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: HARRY CULPEPPER
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/19/2016
Notification Time: 17:31 [ET]
Event Date: 07/17/2016
Event Time: 07:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/19/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"At 0730 [CDT], July 17, 2016, an incident occurred at a temporary job site. The incident occurred when a water truck operating on the construction site came into contact with the moisture density gauge, causing damage to the source rod and casing. Licensee and Corporate RSO notified Mississippi Department of Health on July 18, 2016 about the incident.

"With Terracon having taken their gauge back to Little Rock, Arkansas, the Mississippi Department of Health sought out inspectors from Arkansas Department of Health to gather information from Terracon's local office.

"According to the inspectors sent by Arkansas Department of Health, the individual at the site of the incident had established a 15 foot radius around the gauge. The water truck and driver were requested to stay at the site until the Corporate Radiation Safety Officer was notified. Another employee was sent to the incident site with a TroxAlert meter. The radiation survey meter was current on calibration.

"The gauge involved in this incident is a Troxler Model 3440 Serial Number 25123 with an Am-241 [source], Serial Number: 47-21331 and Cs-137 [source], Serial Number: 75-7299. The readings were completed by Arkansas Department of Health with a Ludlum Model 3, SN 62645, and calibration date: 02/03/2016.

"Once readings were complete, the Corporate RSO allowed the water truck and driver to leave and to bring the gauge back to Little Rock, AR. The gauge was then put back together and stored in their secured storage location inside the Terracon building. Additional readings were taken on July 18, 2016 at approximately 0830."

Sources: Am-241 - 40 mCi: Cs-137 8 mCi

Incident Number: MS-16004

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Agreement State Event Number: 52108
Rep Org: KANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: BUILDING EARTH SCIENCES INC.
Region: 4
City: DODGE CITY State: KS
County:
License #: 2016-052
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JASON BARNEY
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 11:34 [ET]
Event Date: 07/19/2016
Event Time: 14:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE DESTROYED IN A TRUCK FIRE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Yesterday, July 19, 2016, at approximately 1400 [CDT], the state of Kansas was notified of damage sustained to a portable moisture/density gauge. The gauge was a Troxler 3430 #32870 containing 8mCi Cs-137 and 40 mCi AM-241:Be. Building Earth Sciences Inc., under reciprocity (Kansas #2016-052/Alabama lic #1266) was in a field 20 miles South of Dodge City, Kansas. Due to high grass and extreme temperatures, the vehicle caught on fire with the portable gauge located in the bed of the truck. The vehicle and gauge were completely destroyed. At that time, no survey meter was onsite so Terracon was contacted in Garden City to utilize a loaner survey meter. The survey meter brought to the site was not in calibration. Surveys were conducted of the wreckage at one meter at around 1500 that showed approximately 0.2 mR/hr exposure rate from all sides. The Senior Project Manager onsite, had contacted the RSO, located in Alabama, who was already on his way to the site. [The Senior Project Manager] stated that a calibrated survey meter and Type A overpack had already been dispatched from the Building Earth Sciences Inc. Tulsa OK office and would be onsite no later than 1900. [The Senior Project Manager] stated that the wreckage had been fenced off and that he was staying onsite until the meter and overpack arrived. It was at this time that the state of Kansas made the determination not to send anyone out to the site as the overpack coming from Tulsa would be arriving well before anyone from Topeka could get to the site. At 2000 [CDT], July 19, 2016, [the Kansas Department of Health and Environment] received notification of confirmatory (calibrated) survey data of no greater than 0.2 mR/hr at one meter as well as the gauge debris having been placed within the overpack. (Survey meter - Troxalert cal date 8/3/15, serial number13385.) Surveys were also conducted of the truck wreckage after the gauge debris had been placed into the Type A overpack, with no contamination found confirming the integrity of the source remained intact. The overpack was then transported to the Building Earth Sciences Inc. Tulsa, OK, office. The RSO, will be submitting a full written preliminary report and timeline as soon as all information becomes available. NMED entry is forthcoming."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52109
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: COLORADO SPRINGS II SILVERCREST APARTMENTS
Region: 4
City: COLORADO SPRINGS State: CO
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 12:04 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2016
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following is a synopsis of information received via e-mail:

The current property manager for Colorado Springs II Silvercrest Apartments completed an inspection of the facility without locating any tritium exit signs in their buildings. Two fire safety companies provided safety signs over a period of 16 years and no tracking records were kept regarding the disposition of tritium exit signs or their disposal. The current fire safety company has no further information regarding the disposition of the exit signs.

Six Tritium Exit signs had been shipped from the manufacturer on 12/13/2000 to Colorado Springs II Silvercrest Apartments. Since these signs could not be located, they are being reported as lost. These six signs were manufactured by Safety Light Corporation, model number - 2040, serial numbers - unknown.

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: 52110
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MISTRAS GROUP, INC.
Region: 4
City: GRAND JUNCTION State: CO
County:
License #: CO 963-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES JARVIS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 15:14 [ET]
Event Date: 07/18/2016
Event Time: 17:05 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ANGELA MCINTOSH (NMSS)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RADIOGRAPHER UNPLANNED EXPOSURE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On July 18, 2016, at approximately 1705 MT, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received a call on its incident notification phone from the acting Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for Mistras Group, Inc., (CO License CO 963-01). The acting RSO reported that while a Grand Junction, CO based crew was performing industrial radiography activities at a fabrication shop/area in Coburn, CO on June 18, 2016. A radiographer received an estimated whole body dose of approximately 500 mrem, and an estimated extremity dose of approximately 12 rem (12,000 mrem) due to the radiographer handling the guide tube while the source was still present in the guide tube. The source had reportedly become hung up in the guide tube, but at the time of the exposure the radiographer believed the source had been returned to the shielded position. The radiographer was not reportedly using a survey instrument at the time he approached the source just prior to the exposure event. The assistant radiographer remained near the source crank and did not have direct contact with the source containing guide tube. The assistant radiographer reportedly received approximately 20 mrem (whole body dose), based upon his pocket dosimeter reading. The source in use at the time of the incident was contained in a SPEC 150 imaging device with approximately 60 Ci of Iridium-192. Dosimeters for the radiographer and assistant radiographer have been submitted to the licensee dosimetry provider and results are pending. The radiographer has been restricted from further work involving radioactive materials until the licensee can complete an investigation. The guide tube equipment has been taken out of service and is being evaluated by the licensee for possible defects."

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Agreement State Event Number: 52111
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: MANUFACTURING SCIENCES CORP.
Region: 1
City: OAK RIDGE State: TN
County:
License #: S-01046-B20
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DEBRA SHULTS
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 15:48 [ET]
Event Date: 07/20/2016
Event Time: 12:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS OR THEFT OF DEPLETED URANIUM OXIDE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"On Monday, July 18, Manufacturing Sciences Corp. [MSC] shipped five pallets (18 drums) of product containing depleted uranium oxide [DU] to a customer, Clariant, in Louisville, KY. On Wednesday, July 20, the customer contacted MSC to report only four pallets containing 14 drums were received by Clariant. When the bill of lading was examined by the customer, 5 and 18 had been marked through by hand and changed to 4 and 14. The carrier, was contacted and is conducting a thorough search of its terminal and investigating to locate the missing material. The carrier is routinely used by MSC for transport of product. Total activity of missing material: 271,285 microcuries DU."

Tennessee Report: TN-16-100

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: 52112
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES
Region: 4
City: TRINIDAD STATE State: CO
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LINDA BARTISH
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 07/20/2016
Notification Time: 15:47 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2016
Event Time: 09:44 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 07/20/2016
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following report was received via e-mail:

"Manufacturer: Isolite, Model # SLX 60, 10 Ci tritium,

"[Tritium exit signs were shipped from the] manufacturer on 2/5/2009. The serial number of the isotope was not provided. Further information was requested from the company

"In processing the annual general license reports from CDPHE [Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] one exit sign was not located. The sign is being reported as lost/abandoned. The company contact will continue to search for the sign, however, [the company] is reporting it as lost.

"Signs were purchased as part of a construction project in which 2 of the 10 signs ordered were not installed in the building. It may be in storage but it has so far not been located."

Colorado Event: CO16-I16-16 CO 160009

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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