|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGES
The following is a summary from the South Carolina Department of Public Health received via phone:
At 0945 EDT on 07/15/2020, the licensee's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) notified the State that two Troxler moisture density gauges (model 3430P, serial #'s 72756 and 75041), each containing 8 mCi of Cs-137 and 40 mCi of Am-241, were stolen from their Ballentine, SC storage facility. The devices had not been used in a few days, so it is unknown when they were stolen. The RSO reports that the job box containing the travel cases were taken, but the locks were not cut. Additionally, the roll up gate was closed but not secured. The RSO believes it could be an inside job. The RSO was in the process of calling the police.
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