|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST CATEGORY 1 SHIPMENT
The following summary was initially reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DEP) and subsequently reported by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), both via phone:
The MA DEP was notified by QSA Global, Inc. that a shipping container containing 12,400 Ci of Ir-192 did not arrive at their facility as expected. The original shipment had six (6) containers but only five (5) arrived at the Burlington, MA location. The last known location of the missing container was at the [Common Carrier] facility in Memphis, TN. QSA Global was in the process of notifying local law enforcement in Tennessee. Massachusetts DPH does not believe this event to be a theft or diversion.
Additionally, TN DEC was notified by [the Common Carrier] of the missing container and that a search was in progress.
Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, CISA IOCC, EPA Emergency Ops Center, FDA Emergency Ops Center (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), FEMA NWC (email), FEMA NRCC SASC (email), and DNDO-JAC (email).
* * * UPDATE ON 1/15/2020 AT 1035 EST FROM SZYMON MUDREWICZ TO THOMAS KENDZIA * * *
The following was reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DEP) via phone and email:
"At 1015 EST this morning, MA DEP was notified [by QSA Global] that the package was located by [the Common Carrier] in Memphis, TN last evening. It has been delivered to Burlington this morning, not damaged, and is in the possession of the Licensee, QSA Global, in Burlington, MA. MA DEP will continue to investigate the event."
Notified R1DO (Dentel), NMSS DDD (Williams), IRDM (Grant), ILTAB (Pearson), ILTAB (email), NMSS DAY (Rivera-Capella), INES (Milligan), NMSS Event Notification (email), NMSSDHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, CISA IOCC, EPA Emergency Ops Center, FDA Emergency Ops Center (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), FEMA NWC (email), FEMA NRCC SASC (email), and DNDO-JAC (email).
THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 1" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL
Category 1 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected would be likely to cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for more than a few minutes. It would probably be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded material for a period of a few minutes to an hour. These sources are typically used in practices such as radiothermal generators, irradiators and radiation teletherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf