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Event Notification Report for May 30, 2018

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5/29/2018 - 5/30/2018

** EVENT NUMBERS **


53414 53415 53417

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Agreement State Event Number: 53414
Rep Org: OHIO BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Region: 3
City: COLUMBUS   State: OH
County: FRANKLIN
License #: 31210250040
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL RUBADUE
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 05/21/2018
Notification Time: 15:33 [ET]
Event Date: 05/20/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/21/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ROBERT DALEY (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
CNSC (CANADA) (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE-DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the State of Ohio via email.

"The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reported a Troxler Model 3440 gauge was stolen from a locked storage trailer near a road construction site in Londonderry, OH. The theft occurred during the weekend and was discovered on Monday, 5/21/2018. ODOT reported the theft to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.

"An Ohio inspector will investigate the site on 5/22/18.

"Device Name: PORTABLE GAUGE
Manufacturer: TROXLER
Model Number: 3440
Serial Number: 23963

"Source Number: 1
Source/Radioactive Material: SEALED SOURCE GAUGE
Radionuclide: Cs-137
Activity: 0.009 Ci (9 mCi or 333 MBq)
IAEA Category: 5

"Source Number: 2
Source/Radioactive Material: SEALED SOURCE GAUGE
Radionuclide: Am-241
Activity: 0.044 Ci (44 mCi or 1.628 GBq)
IAEA Category: 4"

OHIO Item #: OH180003

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: 53415
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: NOT APPLICABLE
Region: 1
City: ORLANDO   State: FL
County: ORANGE
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PAUL NORMAN
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 05/21/2018
Notification Time: 21:49 [ET]
Event Date: 05/21/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/08/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POSSIBLE PLUTONIUM SPHERE FOUND

Received the following by email from Florida Bureau of Radiation Control.

"[A] resident at Waterford [Senior Living Center], recently passed away. His son contacted a licensed Firearms Dealer and Estate Appraiser, to assess his father's estate value. [The appraiser] discovered a metal canister containing a grayish-silver marble-sized sphere. A certificate in the [deceased's] personal effects states that the sphere is Pu, and is a gift given in appreciation of the [deceased's] contributions to The Manhattan Project. Also included in the [deceased] personal effects is a piece of glass said to be from Atomic Bomb Testing. The Certificate is signed by Robert Oppenheimer. [The Estate Appraiser], contacted the ATF. The ATF Special Agent contacted the Bureau of Radiation Control (BRC) Duty Officer. A preliminary investigation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2018."

Florida report # FL18-062.

* * * UPDATE ON 05/22/2018 AT 13:32 EDT FROM PAUL NORMAN TO THOMAS KENDZIA * * *

"Phone conversation with appraiser and son revealed the following:

"Deceased passed away years ago, and his wife, who has had her spouse's possessions since then, is moving from the Senior Center. Their son was given the name of an Estate Liquidator, to assess their belongings. The appraiser came across a metal shoe shine sized canister containing what he described as marble sized pellets and sandy glass, that had Plutonium marked on it. There also was a framed Reference letter addressed to the deceased from Robert Oppenheimer, thanking him for his contributions to The Manhattan Project. Unbeknownst to the son, the appraiser then contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with his concerns.

"The son stated that the material in the canister was fused sand from the Trinity test site, and did not know why the appraiser was concerned about it."

Florida report # FL18-062.

Notified R1DO (Dimitriadis), IRD MOC (Pham), and NMSS Events Notification (email).

* * * UPDATE ON 06/08/2018 AT 09:17 EDT FROM TIM DUNN TO OSSY FONT * * *

"[Florida Bureau of Radiation Control] would like to update [NMED] item #180240, regarding the Manhattan Project memorabilia thought to be Plutonium:

"Lab Results
34.76 grams (spherical shape)
0.623 inches (15.82 mm) diameter
Calculated density 16.75 g per cm3 (Uranium is 19.1), so this is some type of alloy.

"Analysis of spectra by DOE indicates natural uranium."

Florida report # FL18-062.

Notified R1DO (Jackson), IRD MOC (Grant), and NMSS Events Notification (email).

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Agreement State Event Number: 53417
Rep Org: FLORIDA BUREAU OF RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: SUN NUCLEAR CORPORATION
Region: 1
City: MELBOURNE   State: FL
County: BREVARD
License #: 1669-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: PAUL NORMAN
HQ OPS Officer: THOMAS KENDZIA
Notification Date: 05/22/2018
Notification Time: 16:45 [ET]
Event Date: 05/21/2018
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/22/2018
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - POTENTIAL INDIVIDUAL OVEREXPOSURE

Received the following notification from Florida Bureau of Radiation Control.

"Sun Nuclear Corporation's RSO, contacted Florida Bureau of Radiation Control to report a WB (Luxel) badge report received from Landauer [global dosimetry solutions] indicating an exposure to a Sun Nuclear employee of 6.6 REM. The RSO believes Landauer mixed-up the badges and incorrectly reported the exposure on an individual's exposure record. A different employee's badge had been left in the calibration room overnight. That badge exposure reading was recorded at a normal exposure level. The RSO contacted Landauer about the situation: Landauer is conducting an internal review. The RSO is currently conducting an internal review and investigation at Sun Nuclear. Florida Bureau of Radiation Control Environmental Manager, has been notified, and will assign an inspector to investigate."

Florida report # FL-18-064


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