|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN FLUORESCENCE ANALYZER EQUIPMENT
The following report was received from the state of Illinois via email:
"The Agency [Illinois Emergency Management Agency] was notified by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that an XRF [X-ray fluorescence] instrument was stolen the morning of 2/21/20 in Peoria, IL. The RSO was made aware of the theft at approximately 1030 [CST] today. The vehicle had been parked overnight in the driveway of an IDPH employee who works out of the Peoria field office (site #2 on IL license). The gauge was locked in the trunk, in addition to having a lock on the case itself. However, the vehicle had been left running while the user went back into their home to retrieve a laptop, and upon their return they realized the vehicle had been stolen. Peoria Police were notified and informed of the instrument and radiation source in the trunk. The XRF is model XLP303A, serial number 14472; and the source serial number is TR2743. The IDPH will keep the Agency updated if they receive any additional information related to the vehicle or XRF instrument. The theft appears to be incidental to the theft of a vehicle and not an intentional diversion of radioactive material. The sources contained within these devices are IAEA category 5, meaning no one could be permanently injured and the amount of radioactive material, even if dispersed, could not permanently injure anyone."
Illinois report no.: IL200006
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