|UTAH AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - RECOVERY OF A LOST RADIOACTIVE SOURCE
The following information was received from the state of Utah via email:
"The NMED Item Number: 140349 describes that a fixed gauge source (Serial Number: 207822A) from Idahoan Food, LLC was lost/stolen/missing [last seen in 2006; entered in NMED on 3/31/14]. The source was found in Utah on November 28, 2018. On January 10, 2019 it was recovered and properly disposed of by Qal-Tek.
"For details on the identification, retrieval, and disposal of the source please see the following below:
"On November 28, 2018 the Utah Division of Waste Management was notified by the Ogden, Utah Police Department that an unknown radioactive source had been found at the Swift Building located at 390 West Exchange Road in Ogden, Utah. It was found during the EPA cleanup of the site.
"On December 2, 2018 [an Ogden Police Officer] visited the Swift Building and determined the following about the source:
Ronan Engineering Company RLL1 (Radiation Low Level Source)
Serial Number: 207822A
Activity level: 0.81 mCi Cs-137
"Doing a search of the serial number in the NRC ADAMS system it was determined that the source was a lost/stolen/missing source from Idahoan Food, LLC, a NRC General Licensee in the State of Idaho (See ML4170B170 for details).
"On December 6, 2018 the State of Utah notified Idahoan Foods, LLC that the source had been found and gave them the contact information for the Ogden Police Department. On December 11, 2018 the State of Utah notified the NRC by e-mail that the source (207822A) had been found in Utah. On January 14, 2019 the State of Utah let the NRC know that the source had been properly disposed of on January 10, 2019 by Qal-Tek."
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