|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SOURCE
The following information was received from the Alabama Department of Public Health via email.
"On August 14, 2020, the Agency [Alabama Department of Public Health] received e-mail communication from PPG Industries, a general license device registrant in Huntsville, Alabama. The registrant reported that apparently a registered device containing 10 milliCuries of polonium-210 (at assay) was unable to be located for inventory. The registrant reported that the area of use was searched for 3 weeks; the device remains unaccounted for. The device has been reported to the manufacturer (NRD Systems) as lost."
Alabama Event No.: 20-19
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