|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST CS-137 SHIPMENT
The following was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by email:
"The licensee (QSA Global, Inc.) made [a] telephone notification at 1532 EST on February 11, 2020 to the Agency (Massachusetts Radiation Control Program) that it discovered on same day, February 11, 2020 at 1437 EST, that a shipment destined for Beijing, China, last known to be at the carrier's hub in Memphis, TN, is missing.
"The licensee reported that the missing shipment is a Type A, Yellow II labeled package, UN3332, containing a single 62.9 GBq (1.7 Curies), QSA Global, Inc. Model CDC.CY3 cesium-137 gamma gauging sealed source, serial number A3585.
"The licensee reported that the package was shipped for export from its facility in Burlington, Massachusetts on February 3, 2020 and that the carrier reported on February 6, 2020 that the package will stay at the carrier's Memphis, TN hub until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
"The licensee reported that the shipment is missing in the common carrier's system and that there is the possibility that it went un-manifested to China. The licensee additionally reported that the customer will be contacted and sent a photo to see if they have received the package.
"The licensee reported that the consignee is Beijing Shucheng Science and Technology Development Co., Beijing, China under NRC export license PXB11a.03.
"The reporting requirement is immediate and is of 105 CMR 120.281(A)(1), missing licensed radioactive materials in aggregate quantity equal to or greater than 1,000 times quantity specified in 105 CMR 120.297, Appendix C.
"The Agency considers this event to be open."
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