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Event Notification Report for July 30, 2019

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Event Reports For
7/29/2019 - 7/30/2019

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54174 54177 54178

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Agreement State Event Number: 54174
Rep Org: GEORGIA RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PGM
Licensee: RAYONIER ADVANCED MATERIALS, LLC
Region: 1
City: COLLINS   State: GA
County:
License #: 381-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ROGER WILSON
HQ OPS Officer: JEFFREY WHITED
Notification Date: 07/19/2019
Notification Time: 10:31 [ET]
Event Date: 07/13/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOSEPH DEBOER (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DENSITY GAUGE SHUTTER FAILED IN OPEN POSITION

The following information was received via E-mail:

"The shutter on a SVP generator [chlorine dioxide] ClO2 density meter failed in the open position. This failure was identified and verified on Saturday, 7/13/19. Berthold inspected the gauge while they were on site on 7/19/19 and are scheduled to come in on the next C mill outage to replace the shield. Outage is tentatively scheduled for 10/9/19. The gauge shutter normally operates in the open position so the failure poses no safety risk during normal operations.

"The SVP generator density meter is Rayonier instrument loop no. 507-081. The source is Cesium-137, 500 mCi, model 2623-100, serial no. ED350A in a LB7440 housing."


* * * UPDATE FROM ROGER WILSON TO DONALD NORWOOD AT 1358 EDT ON 7/19/2019 * * *

The following information was received via E-mail:

In the course of planning for Berthold to come on site to repair the SVP generator density meter shutter, it was discovered that our records on the source were in error. The source is model 2623 Cesium-137, 10 mCi, serial no. EA350A NOT 500 mCi, serial no. ED350.

Notified R1DO (Deboer) and NMSS Events Notification E-mail group.

* * * UPDATE FROM LESLINES LEVEQUE TO ANDREW WAUGH AT 1405 EDT ON 7/22/2019 * * *

The following information was received via E-mail:

"The broken shutter at the SVP salt cake density meter was addressed on 7/18/19. Berthold came on site and replaced the shield with a new one, moving the source from the old gauge into the new. The new shield is a model LB 7440-F-CR device, serial no. 37625-13606."

Notified R1DO (Gray) and NMSS Events Notification E-mail group.

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Agreement State Event Number: 54177
Rep Org: TEXAS DEPT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Licensee: PHOENIX NON-DESTRUCTUVE TESTING CO INC
Region: 4
City: HOUSTON   State: TX
County:
License #: L04454
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: MATTHEW KENNINGTON
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 07/22/2019
Notification Time: 12:30 [ET]
Event Date: 07/22/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
GRETCHEN RIVERA-CAPELLA (NMSS DAY)
PATRICIA MILLIGAN (INES)
SILAS KENNEDY (IRD)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST AND RECOVERED RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA

The following is a synopsis of information received verbally and via email from the Texas Department of State Health Services (the Agency):

On July 22, 2019, the Agency (Texas Department of State Health Services) received a report from Harris County Hazmat that at approximately 0715 CDT a Harris County Region 3 Constable had found a Spec-150 radiography camera (s/n:1763), containing a 39 curie Ir-192 source, at the intersection of Miller Road 2 and State Highway 90 in Houston. While recovering the radiography camera, the Constable was approached by the radiographer who had lost the camera. Apparently the radiographer had placed the camera on the tailgate of his vehicle and failed to secure it before driving to a gas station. While driving away from the gas station, the radiographer noticed a law enforcement officer holding what appeared to be a radiography camera. The radiographer stopped, checked for his camera, and discovered that it was not in his possession. That is when the radiographer approached the Constable. After verification, the radiography camera was returned to the licensee. An investigation is ongoing.

Texas Incident #: 9696

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 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 a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Agreement State Event Number: 54178
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: TECHNICON ENGINEERING SERVICES, INC.
Region: 4
City: FRESNO   State: CA
County:
License #: 5303-10
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: ARUNIKA HEWADIKARAM
HQ OPS Officer: ANDREW WAUGH
Notification Date: 07/22/2019
Notification Time: 19:37 [ET]
Event Date: 07/22/2019
Event Time: 00:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 07/22/2019
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
NICK TAYLOR (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED GAUGE

The following is a synopsis of information received via email from the state of California:

On 07/22/19, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services contacted the Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) to report an incident with a damaged moisture-density gauge at a temporary jobsite. The gauge involved is a CPN, Model MC3, S/N M39505008 containing 10 mCi of Cs-137 and 50 mCi of Am-241. The user backed up his truck into the gauge causing the probe to break off. When the user attempted to retrieve the source it became loose from the rest of the gauge assembly. The area was cordoned off and sandbags were placed on top of the gauge for shielding. The vendor, Instrotek, was located too far away to retrieve the source, but provided the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) instructions on how to place the source in a shielded container. After the source was placed inside a Type A container the RSO measured 0.2mR/hr at one meter. The damaged gauge has been transported to the vendor for disposal. The RHB will be following up on this investigation.

California 5010 Number: 072219


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