EN Revision Imported Date : 9/10/2020
EN Revision Text: NI-63 SOURCE INADVERTENTLY SENT TO DISPOSAL FACILITY
The following is a summary of a phone call with the licensee:
The U.S. Air Force Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) received report of a source which they believe has been inadvertently sent to a waste disposal facility.
The source (Ni-63, 15 mCi, S/N 30306) was housed in a desktop chemical scanner, and has been in use for some time. On 4/26/2019, the scanner was sent to the U.S. Air Force Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO). On 5/13/2019, DRMO then sent the scanner to DLA as scrap/waste, after which it was likely sent to a disposal facility. On 7/11/19, it was determined that the source has been inadvertently disposed of. DLA is currently working to determine which waste facility received the source, so recovery can be attempted.
The source was last leak tested on 10/01/2018, with no leaks detected. No exposures were expected from the disposal of the source.
The licensee has contacted NRC RIV (Poston-Brown).
* * * RETRACTION ON 09/09/2020 AT 1418 EDT FROM RAMACHANDRA BHAT TO CATY NOLAN * * *
The following is a summary of a letter received from the licensee:
The IONSCAN 400B device is an exempt item as it was sold under an exempt distribution license. Since it is not a Generally Licensed (GL) item and does not meet the requirements for isotope and activity, the licensee has retracted this event notification.
Notified RIV (Bolger), R4DO (Warnick), and ILTAB and NMSS (via email).
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