|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE
"At approximately 1749 CDT on August 1, 2020, the licensee notified the agency (Texas Department of State Health Services) that at approximately 1200 CDT, one of the licensee's technicians had completed density testing and placed the Troxler Model 3440 gauge (SN: 25201) in the bed of his pickup with the insertion rod locked. The technician then collected a moisture sample. He failed to secure the gauge in its transportation case and failed to raise the tailgate of the truck as well. The technician had driven approximately 1.5 miles from the site when he realized what had happened and that the gauge was not in the bed of the truck. He reported immediately to his supervisor. The licensee searched by vehicle and on foot the entire route the technician had driven and also checked with some other workers on the site but they had not seen anything. The licensee reported the loss to local police department and then notified the agency. The licensee will pursue other avenues to attempt to locate the gauge (notify pawn shops, check for surveillance cameras at locations along the route, etc.). The gauge contained an 8 milliCurie cesium-137 and 40 milliCurie americium-241 source. More information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300."
Texas Incident No.: TBD.
* * * UPDATE ON 8/1/20 AT 2150 EDT FROM KAREN BLANCHARD TO BETHANY CECERE * * *
"The licensee has notified the agency (Texas Department of State Health Services) that a member of the public had posted on Facebook that he had found the gauge. The technician who lost the gauge saw the post and made arrangements to get the gauge from him. At approximately 1945 CDT, the licensee took possession of the gauge. The lock on the insertion rod was still in place, sources were in the fully shielded position, and there is no apparent damage to the gauge. The licensee will have it checked by the manufacturer/service company. Licensee will notify LLEA of the recovery."
Notified R4DO (Gepford), NMSS Events Notification, ILTAB, and 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