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Event Notification Report for October 30, 2017

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10/27/2017 - 10/30/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53027 53028 53029

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Agreement State Event Number: 53027
Rep Org: SC DIV OF HEALTH & ENV CONTROL
Licensee: GEO METRICS
Region: 1
City: CONWAY State: SC
County:
License #: 553
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ANDREW ROXBURGH
HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK
Notification Date: 10/20/2017
Notification Time: 14:42 [ET]
Event Date: 10/20/2017
Event Time: 13:37 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/23/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN GAUGE

The licensee notified the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that an Instrotek Model 3500 moisture density gauge serial number 3055 was stolen from the licensee's truck during a lunch break. The gauge contained 11 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 mCi of Am-241:Be. LLEA was notified of the incident.

* * * UPDATE AT 0948 EDT ON 10/23/2017 FROM ANDREW M. ROXBURGH TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

The following update was received from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control via email:

"The licensee notified the Department [South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control] at approximately 1330 [EDT] on October 20, 2017 that one of its gauges had been stolen from the back of one of its trucks while on a lunch in Myrtle Beach, SC. The gauge is an Instrotek Model 3500 moisture density gauge serial number 3055. The gauge contained 11 mCi of Cs-137 and 44 Ci of Am-241:Be. The licensee is in the process of getting a copy of the police report to submit to the Department."

Notified the R1DO (Bickett), ILTAB and NMSS_Events (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: 53028
Rep Org: NJ RAD PROT AND REL PREVENTION PGM
Licensee: LEW CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: MINE HILL State: NJ
County:
License #: NJ PI ID # 44
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: CATHY BIEL
HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN
Notification Date: 10/20/2017
Notification Time: 15:59 [ET]
Event Date: 10/20/2017
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/20/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING XRF DEVICE RETURNED TO MANUFACTURER FOR REPAIRS

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

"The licensee [Lew Corporation] called [the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Environmental Radiation] to report that one of their XRF devices is apparently lost. The device is a Protec LPA-1, serial number 2106, containing a Co-57 source with an activity of 7.2 mCi as of January 2017. The unit was shipped to the manufacturer, Protec, back in July for repairs. The licensee has proof from the delivery service that the device was signed for at Protec's office in Massachusetts back in July. Protec has now informed the licensee that they don't know the location of the device and are considering it lost. A written report from the licensee will be supplied within 30 days. The Massachusetts radiation control office has been informed."

The LPA-1 is a handheld Lead Paint Analyzer using X-Ray Florescence (XRF) and K-Shell technologies to non-destructively detect the presence of lead on a painted surface.

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: 53029
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: ALLIANCE HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC.
Region: 1
City: BRONX State: NY
County:
License #: 3263
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DANIEL SAMSON
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 10/20/2017
Notification Time: 16:52 [ET]
Event Date: 09/21/2017
Event Time: 22:30 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/20/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANNE DeFRANCISCO (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)
ILTAB (EMAI)
CNSC (CANADA) (EMAI)

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

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST Cs-137 VIAL STANDARD

The following information was received from the state of New York via fax:

"On 10/5/17 the Department [New York State Department of Health] was notified of a lost Cs-137 vial standard (Solid Sealed Source, Eckert and Ziegler, S/N: 1258-41-15, Activity 194.4 microCi on 12/01/2007) from the hot lab of a mobile PET imaging service provider coach.

"A report from the licensee [Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc.] gave the following timeline. On 9/21/17 the driver of the mobile imaging coach slammed on the brakes going over the GW [George Washington] bridge to avoid an accident on the way to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Upon arrival, the driver went to assess damage in the hot lab and notified an Alliance manager of the incident. The cabinet that held up the L block had fallen away from the wall and broke a portable sink. Some other items had been dislodged. He and another driver put the cabinet back into place and put items back in their respective places. They discarded pieces of the broken sink in a trash can on the side of the parking lot of the client facility. The next morning an Alliance Tech did a visual inventory and confirmed that all sources were present.

"On 10/3/17 another Alliance Tech went into the hot lab on the coach and discovered that the lead pig for the Cs-137 vial standard was empty. The Alliance staff searched for the vial but could not locate it on the coach. It was reported to the RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] on 10/5/17.

"On 10/06/17 a physicist did a survey to determine whether the vial was on the coach and had rolled under a piece of equipment. They determined that the vial was not on the coach and did not find any contamination.

"Alliance believes that the source was thrown out in the general waste stream outside Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, along with pieces of the broken sink from the hot lab. The NYSDOH notified both the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection of possible waste alarm trips.

"Event Report ID No. NYDOH-17-09"

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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