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Event Notification Report for October 25, 2017

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Event Reports For
10/24/2017 - 10/25/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53016 53017 53021

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Agreement State Event Number: 53016
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: ROKE TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 4
City: REDLANDS State: CA
County:
License #: 7897
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROBERT GREGER
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/16/2017
Notification Time: 08:36 [ET]
Event Date: 10/15/2017
Event Time: 17:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL VASQUEZ (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
CNSNS (MEXICO) (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

This material event contains a "Category 3 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN WELL LOGGING SOURCES

The following information was received from the State of California:

"The Licensee discovered at approximately [1700 PDT] on 10/15/17 that two 3 Ci Am-241Be well logging sources had been stolen from their storage area at Weller Ranch in Kern County. Locks had been cut and the sources were removed from the approximate 12-foot storage pipe. Additionally, an approximate 2500 [pound] calibration water tank was also missing.

"The FBI was notified by CA Radiologic Health Branch [RHB] at approximately [2030 PDT] on 10/15/17.

"RHB will be onsite 10/16/17."

California 5010 Number: 101517


* * * UPDATE FROM ROBERT GREGER TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1511 EDT ON 10/16/2017 * * *

"The two well logging sources have been accounted for. An unauthorized individual had accessed the sources, removing them from their storage location on his father's ranch land and discarding them a short distance away without any knowledge of what they were. The unauthorized individual also took the water calibration tank for his personal use.

"The well logging sources are back in the possession of the licensee."

Notified R4DO (Vasquez) , NMSS Events Notification, CNSNS (MEXICO) and ILTAB via email.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 3 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for some hours. It could possibly - although it is unlikely - be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of days to weeks. These sources are typically used in practices such as fixed industrial gauges involving high activity sources (for example: level gauges, dredger gauges, conveyor gauges and spinning pipe gauges) and well logging. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 53017
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: NOT PROVIDED
Region: 1
City: NOT PROVIDED State: NY
County:
License #: NOT PROVIDED
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL SAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO
Notification Date: 10/16/2017
Notification Time: 11:08 [ET]
Event Date: 09/21/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/16/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
CNSC (CANADA) (FAX)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POST IMPLANT LOSS OF IODINE-125 SEED

The following information was received from the State of New York via facsimile:

"On September 21, 2017 the Department [New York State Department of Health] was notified that a Best Medical International, Inc., Model #2301 lodine-125 seed used for localization of non-palpable lesions and lymph nodes was lost. On September 18, a patient was implanted with a 125.2 microCurie lodine-125 seed. The seed was verified to be implanted by use of a survey meter. When the patient returned for explant three days later, the iodine-125 seed could not be detected. The licensee surveyed the patient's vehicle, house, laundry, and trash and no radioactivity was detected. The licensee reported placing the seed 'superficially' within the patient and the licensee speculates that the seed may have become dislodged from the patient at some point between the implant and explant."

New York Report ID No.: NYDOH-NY-17-08

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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Non-Agreement State Event Number: 53021
Rep Org: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Licensee: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Region: 1
City: CARLISLE State: PA
County:
License #: GENERAL LICEN
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DHARLES BETONEY II
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/17/2017
Notification Time: 16:43 [ET]
Event Date: 10/17/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

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

Event Text

FOUR LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS

"During a periodic safety inspection of an installation facility, the Safety Manager noted that up to four tritium exit signs were missing from mounting locations above partition wall doorways. Photoluminescent equivalents had been installed in their place. The exit signs were manufactured by Safety Light Corporation with an effective life cycle of ten years set to expire on November 2017. Model numbers and activity levels of the missing signs are unknown. A local search for items returned negative results and the exit signs were determined lost on 16 October 2017. Interviews conducted with base operations personnel and contract employees indicate tritium exit signs were removed on or around 16 August 2017 and replaced with a non-radioactive equivalent. It is believed that the exit signs were disposed of in a municipal waste dumpster on the installation. An internal investigation is underway to gather additional information and determine root cause.

"The U.S. Army Garrison - Carlisle Barracks reported the lost exits signs as a general license holder pursuant to 10 CFR 31.5. Telephonic reporting requirement in 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(1)(ii) applies. A formal written report will be submitted within 30 days after making the telephone report with the NRC that 10 CFR 20.2201(b) requires."

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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