EN Revision Imported Date : 10/7/2019
EN Revision Text: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE / DENSITY GAUGE
The following information was received from the State of California via email:
"On September 26, 2019, the RSO [radiation safety officer] of Maurer Technical Services, (Maurer, CA RAM license 6163-30) a nuclear gauge service provider and authorized CPN/Instrotek dealer, contacted the Brea RAM/Radiologic Health Branch office to report the theft of one of their nuclear gauges that they had leased to G3 Quality, Inc. (G3). The gauge was a CPN Model MC-3, S/N M39028685 (10 mCi Cs-137 and [50 mCi] Am:Be-241). The gauge was stolen at the Hard Rock Hotel in Stateline, NV where the gauge operator was staying while working at a project in Lake Tahoe, CA. The gauge was locked to the bed of the vehicle (open bed), the alarm enabled, and left in the parking lot of the hotel on the evening of September 25, 2019 (around 2130 PDT). The gauge was discovered missing on the morning of September 26, 2019, with the handles broken off the transport case. The cab of the truck was also broken into with other items stolen, including a laptop and the front hood was broken into to defeat the vehicle alarm. A police report was taken (the specific law enforcement agency was not provided) and the loss was reported to the G3 office and then to [the Maurer RSO] who then contacted our [California Radiologic Health Branch] office. The incident is under investigation and corrective actions will be determined at a later date."
CA 5010 No.: 092619
* * * UPDATE AT 1334 EDT ON 10/4/19 FROM ANDREW TAYLOR TO JEFF HERRERA * * *
The following update was received from the California Department of Public Health via email:
"The gauge was recovered by Local Law Enforcement near Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe, CA and the gauge was returned to the license on September 27, 2019."
Notified the R4DO(Proulx), NMSS Events, CNSNS (Mexico).
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