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Event Notification Report for February 22, 2017

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52548 52559

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Agreement State Event Number: 52548
Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: UNIVERSAL WELL SERVICES, INC.
Region: 1
City: MEADVILLE State: PA
County:
License #: PA-1446
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 02/14/2017
Notification Time: 14:17 [ET]
Event Date: 02/06/2017
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 02/14/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY MCKINLEY (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DENSITY GAUGE SHUTTER MALFUNCTION

The following information was received via facsimile:

"On February 13, 2017, the Department [PA DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection] was notified by Universal Well Services that a malfunction of a roll pin on a shutter handle occurred at a temporary job site in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. It is initially reportable per 10 CFR 30.50(b)(2).

"A roll pin, which holds the shutter handle to the shutter shaft, on one of the in-line density gauges became sheared off during an attempt to move the shutter to the open position, rendering the gauge unusable. The shutter is in the closed position and out-of-service awaiting repair from a service provider. No exposures occurred.

"The shutter is in the closed position and the gauge is out-of-service and secure. There was no other damage to the gauge. A reactive inspection is planned by the Department.

"The gauge was a Berthold, Model LB 8010, Serial Number 10055, containing 20 mCi of Cs-137."

Pennsylvania Event Report ID No.: PA170002

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Agreement State Event Number: 52559
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 4
City: DESERT HOT SPRINGS State: CA
County:
License #: UNKNOWN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: THOMAS GEZA MIKO
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 02/16/2017
Notification Time: 21:43 [ET]
Event Date: 02/16/2017
Event Time: 13:00 [PST]
Last Update Date: 02/22/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HEATHER GEPFORD (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - CPN INSTROTEK NOTIFIED CALIFORNIA OF MISSING CPN NUCLEAR GAUGE LOCATION

The following information was received from the State of CA via email:

"[The] President of CPN InstroTek in North Carolina called Thomas G. Miko of Los Angeles County Radiation Management, the LEA for Radiologic Health Branch [RHB], on February 16, 2017, from his office in North Carolina. [The CPN President] received a phone call from an anonymous caller in California who found a nuclear gauge from CPN InstroTek. The anonymous caller told [the CPN President] that the gauge is in a shed on a ranch in Southern California. [The CPN President] provided the anonymous caller's cell phone number. Thomas G. Miko spoke with the anonymous caller at 4:30 p.m. on February 16, 2017. The anonymous caller stated that he is in Palm Springs, and that the gauge is in a storage shed of items removed from a pawn shop in Temecula, California, after it went out of business. He said that this shed is in Desert Hot Springs, California, outside of Los Angeles County's jurisdiction.

"Arrangements were made with the anonymous caller for him to drop off the gauge in its original case at the Riverside County Fire Station, where he would contact [a designated] Firefighter.

"[The CPN President] requested that Radiologic Health Branch provide him with the serial number of the gauge for his own reference, once Radiologic Health Branch employees take possession of the gauge from Riverside County Fire Department.

"Arrangements were made for [a] Radiologic Health Branch employee to drive from the Brea, Orange County, California office to take possession of the device from Riverside County Fire Department on Friday, February 17, 2017.

"RHB Brea will follow up to see if they can match the gauge's serial number with that of any previously reported lost or stolen gauges."

CA 5010 Number: 021617

* * * UPDATE AT 1229 EST ON 2/17/17 VIA EMAIL * * *

The missing gauge was not in the case. Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation. Notified R4DO (Gepford), NMSS (McIntosh) and ILTAB (Pearson).

* * * RETRACTION AT 1603 EST ON 2/17/17 FROM THOMAS MIKO TO S. SANDIN * * *

The State of California is retracting this report since no gauge was identified or recovered. Notified R4DO (Gepford), NMSS (McIntosh) and ILTAB (Pearson).

* * * UPDATE AT 0116 EST ON 2/22/17 VIA EMAIL * * *

The missing radiological source was returned tonight (2/21/17) and is currently at a fire station in Riverside County. The gauge will remain at the station overnight and will be picked up by California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch tomorrow (2/22/17).

Notified R4DO (Pick), ILTAB (Whitney) and NMSS (McIntosh).

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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