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Event Notification Report for September 26, 2017

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Event Reports For
09/25/2017 - 09/26/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52970 52971 52972 52975

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Agreement State Event Number: 52970
Rep Org: UTAH DIVISION OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Region: 4
City: LEHI State: UT
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: SPENCER WICKHAM
HQ OPS Officer: BETHANY CECERE
Notification Date: 09/15/2017
Notification Time: 08:15 [ET]
Event Date: 09/14/2017
Event Time: 16:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 09/15/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TWO LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

The following report was received by email:

"On September 14, 2017, the licensee discovered that two exit signs containing H-3 were missing. The licensee searched their facility and asked individuals about the location of the exit signs, but were unsuccessful in finding them. The licensee then notified the DWMRC [Department of Waste Management and Radiation Control] of the missing signs. The licensee will continue to investigate the incident and will submit a written report to the DWMRC.

"Manufacturer: Forever Light
Model: unknown
Serial #: 281280 and 281278
Acquired by the licensee in 2005 (activity 11.21 Ci)

"Utah Event Report ID No: UT170006"

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: 52971
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: UNKNOWN
Region: 3
City: CHICAGO HEIGHTS State: IL
County:
License #: GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: GARY FORSEE
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 09/15/2017
Notification Time: 15:17 [ET]
Event Date: 09/08/2017
Event Time: 13:53 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/15/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
KENNETH RIEMER (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ORPHAN SOURCE DISCOVERY

The following information was received by the State of Illinois by email:

"IEMA [Illinois Emergency Management Agency] was notified at [1353 CDT] on 9/8/17 that a load of ferrous metal was being rejected from a scrap metal recycling facility (Omnisource in Indiana) back to Gaby Iron in Chicago Heights. The max exposure rate was reported at 20 microR/hour (4 microR/hour background). The load is being returned under DOT SP IN-IL-17-010.

"The suspect load was inspected Monday, September 11th. An Alnor dew pointer device with an intact 7 microCurie Ra-226 source was recovered. No removable contamination was identified. The device was impounded by IEMA and is pending return to an appropriate entity. No additional radiation sources were discovered and the remainder of the load was released without further restriction. Pending appropriate disposal or return to the manufacturer, this matter is being considered closed."

The device was an Alnor Instrument portable gauge; Model 7350; Serial Number 230667. The Amersham sealed source was a model RAM.X452; Ra-226; 7 microCurie activity.

NMED Report: IL177030

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: 52972
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: AMERICAN PIPING INSPECTION
Region: 4
City: KILGORE State: TX
County:
License #: 06835
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ART TUCKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 09/15/2017
Notification Time: 18:02 [ET]
Event Date: 09/15/2017
Event Time: [CDT]
Last Update Date: 09/15/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JEREMY GROOM (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

Event Text

TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOSS OF CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

The following information was obtained from the state of Texas via email:

"On September 15, 2017, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by the licensee's radiation safety officer (RSO) that an event involving two radiography crews had occurred. The RSO stated two crews had completed work at field sites near Midland, Texas, and contacted the licensee and stated they were terminating their employment with the licensee and going to work for a new company. The radiographers were instructed to take the trucks and sources to the licensee's location in Midland, Texas, and turn in their equipment.

"When the radiographers failed to show up at the Midland office in what the RSO thought was a reasonable period of time, he contacted local law enforcement and reported the trucks and cameras as missing. Law enforcement pulled both trucks over about an hour out of Midland, Texas, and placed the radiographers in custody. The RSO stated law enforcement stayed with the trucks and exposure devices until members of the licensee's workforce could get to the location. The trucks and sources were returned to the Midland office. The RSO did not know the activities of the sources, but stated they were quantities of concern. The RSO stated he did not think the radiographers intended to steal the sources, but were going to return to Houston, Texas, using the licensee's vehicles.

"The RSO agreed to provide additional information on September 16, 2017."

Texas Incident # I-9510

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Agreement State Event Number: 52975
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: RMA GROUP
Region: 4
City: RANCHO CORDOVA State: CA
County:
License #: 7565-34
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: NIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: DAN LIVERMORE
Notification Date: 09/18/2017
Notification Time: 20:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/17/2017
Event Time: [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/18/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY MILLER (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - FOUND TROXLER GAUGE

The following is a report emailed from the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch (RHB):

"On 09/18/17, RHB received a call from an employee at an unlicensed facility (Clorox Company) in Fairfield, CA, regarding recovery of a lost/stolen moisture density gauge. The gauge is a Troxler Model 3450, S/N 1083 gauge containing approximately 9 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241. On Sunday afternoon (09/17/17) one of the Clorox employees noticed a locked container left on the side of the street in front of their facility. On Monday (9/18/17) morning, the locked container was noticed to have been moved farther from the road and closer to their facility. Clorox called Troxler and Fairfield Police, but neither could pick up the container. The Clorox employee then contacted RHB, and received instruction on how to safely store the container until RHB arrives at the facility. RHB picked up the gauge the same day and brought it back to the storage facility at the Richmond Regional office. A survey performed by RHB at the Clorox facility using a Thermo Scientific Rad Eye B20, S/N 30744, calibrated 03/09/17, indicated 0.4 mR/hr at one meter, which is a typical reading for a moisture density gauge in its transportation container. The type A transportation container appeared to be in good condition and was locked with two padlocks. RHB had the padlocks cut, and located a copy of a license indicating the gauge belongs to RMA Group in Rancho Cordova, CA (License # 7565-34). RHB has not received any notification from the licensee regarding a lost or stolen gauge. RHB will be contacting the licensee to follow up on this incident."

California 5010 Number: 091817

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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