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Event Notification Report for June 8, 2017

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52766 52774 52776 52779

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Agreement State Event Number: 52766
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: HERCULES ENGINEERING AND TESTING SERVICES
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON State: TX
County:
License #: N/A
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 05/19/2017
Notification Time: 16:03 [ET]
Event Date: 05/19/2017
Event Time: 14:24 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/07/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (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 - RECOVERY OF MISSING TROXLER GAUGE

The following report was received as an update from the State of Texas:

"On July 25, 1997, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by a licensee that a Troxler model 3430 moisture density gauge serial # 24885 had been stolen from the back of a pickup truck. The gauge was not found and the Agency's file was placed in 'Inactive' status. On May 18, 2017, the Agency was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation who reported the gauge had been found in an apartment in Houston, Texas, by the apartment's landlord. The gauge manufacturer was contacted and one of the manufacturer's technician retrieved the gauge and took it to its Houston location. The company that held the license is no longer licensed in the State of Texas. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300."

Texas Incident #: I-7173

Additional information in NMED Item Number 980180, last updated on 04/16/1998, is as follows:

"The licensee reported the theft of a moisture/density gauge containing a 1.48 GBq (40 mCi) Am-Be source and a 0.296 GBq (10 mCi) Cs-137 source. The gauge was stolen from the back of a pickup truck when the operator stopped by his apartment complex. The lock had been cut from the chain securing the gauge. The licensee notified the local police. The gauge has not been recovered."

* * * UPDATE FROM ART TUCKER VIA EMAIL ON 6/7/17 AT 1417 EDT * * *

"On May 18, 2017, the Agency notified the HOO that a moisture/density gauge reported lost on July 25, 1997, had been recovered. The information was provided under the original incident number I-7173. This event is now being tracked under incident number I-9490."

Notified R4DO (Rollins) 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: 52774
Rep Org: MISSISSIPPI DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: MS POWER COMPANY
Region: 4
City: DE KALB State: MS
County:
License #: MS-1062-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAYSON MOAK
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 05/30/2017
Notification Time: 10:19 [ET]
Event Date: 05/28/2017
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/30/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NEIL OKEEFE (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STUCK SHUTTER ON A FIXED GAUGE

The following report was received from the Mississippi Department of Health via email:

"Licensee's RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] reported a stuck shutter on a Ronan Model SA8-C10 fixed gauge, Serial No. 1093CP, Source Model CDC.700. This was noticed during preventive maintenance, while performing shutter checks. Licensee notified the manufacturer for service.

"Isotope: Cs-137
Activity: 200 mCi"

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Agreement State Event Number: 52776
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
Region: 1
City: RICHMOND State: VA
County:
License #: 041-313-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CHARLES COLEMAN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/30/2017
Notification Time: 16:23 [ET]
Event Date: 05/30/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/30/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
FRED BOWER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - FIXED GAUGE SHUTTER STUCK OPEN

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

"On May 30, 2017, the licensee reported that the shutter of a fixed gauge failed to close during a routine test of the shutter mechanism. The gauge is a Ronan Model SA1, serial number 1093CK, with a 200 millicurie cesium-137 source (effective May 1995). It is used to measure the level of material inside a process vessel. The gauge is located approximately 10 feet from ground level. It is accessible only by a platform which has been restricted by the licensee. The licensee has contacted the manufacturer to repair or replace the gauge."

VA Event Report ID No.: VA-17-007

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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 52779
Rep Org: VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Licensee: VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Region: 4
City: NORTH LITTLE ROCK State: AR
County:
License #: 03-23853-01VA
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: EDWIN LEIDHOLDT
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/31/2017
Notification Time: 20:08 [ET]
Event Date: 05/30/2017
Event Time: 07:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 05/31/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(2) - EXTERNAL RAD LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
ROBERT DALEY (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text

EXTERNAL CONTAMINATION ON PACKAGE GREATER THAN ALLOWABLE LIMITS

"Pursuant to 10 CFR 20.1906, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Health Physics Program is notifying NRC of the receipt of two packages of radioactive material with removable surface contamination on the outside that exceeded NRC reporting limits.

"The packages were received on the morning of Tuesday, May 30, 2017, by the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. This facility is a site of use under the VA St. Louis Health Care System, St. Louis, Missouri, which holds VHA permit number 24-00144-05 under the VHA master materials license. The packages were surveyed at about 0700 CDT. The wipe tests performed on the external surfaces of the packages indicated removable contamination of about 1,450 and 1,390 dpm/cm2 as compared to the regulatory limit of 240 dpm/cm2 for beta-gamma emitters. The packages contained unit dosages of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose. The packages were shipped from Cardinal Health in Wichita, Kansas, which was also the final delivery carrier. A facility nuclear medicine technologist notified the final delivery carrier by telephone of the contaminated packages soon after discovery of the contamination. VHA National Health Physics Program, which manages the master materials license, was notified of the incident at about 1700 CDT on Wednesday May 31, 2017.

"The VHA is aware that this notification does not conform to the timeliness requirements in 10 CFR 20.1906. VHA will take appropriate action regarding this apparent noncompliance. VHA will notify our NRC Region III Project Manager of this incident."

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