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Event Notification Report for July 7, 2017

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Event Reports For
07/06/2017 - 07/07/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52831 52832 52834 52835

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Agreement State Event Number: 52831
Rep Org: MARYLAND DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Licensee: MARYLAND STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
Region: 1
City: HANOVER State: MD
County:
License #: MD-03-114-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ALAN JACOBSON
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 06/28/2017
Notification Time: 09:49 [ET]
Event Date: 06/28/2017
Event Time: 07:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/05/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
DENNIS ALLSTON (ILTA)
BERNARD STAPLETON (IRD)

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

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following is excerpted from an email from the Maryland Department of the Environment:

On 06/28/2017 at 7:15 EDT, the State project engineer (PE) reported that his project trailer had been broken into and a portable nuclear gauge (serial number 062051) was stolen. The equipment was kept stored, with a lock on the outside of the trailer and then locked inside the trailer. The gauge was stored locked in its carrying case.

The gauge model number is Troxler 3440. The gauge contains an 8 mCi Cs-137 source and 40 mCi Am-241/Be source.

Prince George's County Police Department was notified.

* * * UPDATE AT 1507 EDT ON 7/5/17 FROM ALAN JACOBSON TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

The following report was received via e-mail:

"The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has reported that the portable nuclear gauge stolen on June 28, 2017 from a Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration (SHA) Project has been recovered. The gauge was apparently found abandoned on a residential property in District Heights, Maryland and recovered by Prince Georges County Police on July 4, 2017 with assistance from the Prince Georges County Fire/EMS Department's HAZMAT Division. The gauge was not damaged. Inspectors from the MDE's Air and Radiation Administration inspected the gauge, confirmed the device was not damaged and it was returned to the SHA Radiation Safety Officer on July 5, 2017."

Notified the R1DO (Ferdas), ILTAB (Tucker), IRD (Grant), and NMSS Resources (via e-mail).

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: 52832
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 1
City: JERSEY CITY State: NJ
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JENNY GOODMAN
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 06/28/2017
Notification Time: 17:03 [ET]
Event Date: 06/28/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/28/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY POWELL (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 - ORPHANED Cs-137 SOURCE RECOVERED

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

"Received a preliminary report today that a metal recycling center (Sims Metal Management) has isolated a Cs-137 source estimated to be about 30 mCi. Exposure readings on contact are 5 R/hr. Source is isolated and secure. The owner of Sims Metal Management contacted Ecology Services who arrived today, identified the nuclide, took the contact readings, conducted wipe tests and will package it and properly and dispose of it in the near future. Ecology Services received reciprocity from NJ for this work. There are no reported markings on the source. DEP [NJ Department of Environmental Protection] personnel will investigate further. More to follow."

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: 52834
Rep Org: NEW MEXICO RAD CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: DESERT NDT
Region: 4
City: CARLSBAD State: NM
County:
License #: NM-IR-362-30
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CARL SULLIVAN
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 06/29/2017
Notification Time: 14:42 [ET]
Event Date: 01/12/2015
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MALFUNCTION OF LOCKING MECHANISM ON RADIOGRAPHY EXPOSURE DEVICE

The following was reported by the New Mexico Radiological Health Division via email:

"Desert NDT (dba Midwest Inspection Services) reported a malfunction with the locking mechanism on a radiography exposure device (INC model IR-100, serial #4644). The incident involved an Ir-192 source (INC model 32, serial #X717) with an activity of 3,589 GBq (97 Ci). After completing an exposure on 1/12/2015 [at a temporary job site near Malaga, NM], the radiographer performed radiation surveys on the radiography device and noted that readings were high. The radiographer attempted to crank the source into the fully shielded position, but was unsuccessful. The 2 mR/hour boundary was verified and the RSO was contacted. The RSO responded to the site and had to drill a hole in the retaining ring on the locking mechanism. By pulling the retaining ring back, he was able to turn the key, push the button, and retract the source. The exposure device locking mechanism was replaced.

"New Mexico ID Number: NM150001 and NMED ID Number: 150291"

This is a late report entry identified by an audit.

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Agreement State Event Number: 52835
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: ACUREN INSPECTION SERVICES
Region: 4
City: LA PORTE State: TX
County:
License #: 01774
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF HERRERA
Notification Date: 06/29/2017
Notification Time: 15:58 [ET]
Event Date: 06/28/2017
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 06/29/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
RAY KELLAR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNABLE TO RETRACT SOURCE DUE TO CRIMPED GUIDE TUBE

The following report was received from the Texas Department of State Health Services via email:

"On June 29, 2017, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by a licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that one of his radiography crews experienced an event. The radiographers were testing a 24 inch pipe and the shoots required the use of an extension on the guide tube and the use of a stand. While retracting the 56 curie iridium-192 source back to the QSA 880D camera, the stand fell on the guide tube extension crimping it far enough that the source could not be retracted beyond the crimp. The radiographers set up new boundaries and contacted the RSO. The RSO stated the source was driven to the end of the guide tube and shielding was placed over the source. The guide tube extension was removed from the camera and disconnected from the guide tube. The crank out assembly was dismantled and the drive cable was pulled through the camera and guide tube extension. The cable was inserted through the camera and the source retracted into the exposure device. The individual who recovered the source received 287 millirem (as indicated on their self-reading dosimeter.) The equipment was delivered to the manufacturer for inspection and repair or disposal. Additional information will be provided as it is received in accordance with SA-300.

"Texas Incident Number: I9499"

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