Event Notification Report for March 04, 2021

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

EVENT REPORTS FOR
03/03/2021 - 03/04/2021

EVENT NUMBERS
55112 55120
Agreement State Event Number: 55112
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: QSA Global, Inc.
Region: 1
City: Burlington   State: MA
County:
License #: 12-8361
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Bob Locke
HQ OPS Officer: Joanna Bridge
Notification Date: 02/23/2021
Notification Time: 16:34 [ET]
Event Date: 02/23/2021
Event Time: 12:00 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/03/2021
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
CHRISTOPHER LALLY (R1DO)
VALERIE GRAY (NMSS DAY)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
- CNSC (CANADA) (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Category 2" level of radioactive material.
Event Text
EN Revision Imported Date: 3/4/2021

EN Revision Text: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SOURCE

The following was received from the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program (the Agency) via email:

"The licensee (QSA Global, Inc., License No. 12-8361) reported at 1400 [EST], on February 23, 2021 that it discovered on same day (February 23, 2021) at 1200 [EST], that a package (Yellow-III, T.I. 1.5, Type B, UN 2916) containing one sealed source (Co-60, 62.6 Ci, SN 88647G) in a Sentry radiographic exposure device (SN P01017) was missing.

"The package was shipped by QSA Global, Inc. on January 29, 2021 for export to their customer Acuren Group, based in Canada. On February 23, 2021 at 1200 [EST], Acuren Group reported to QSA Global, Inc. that the package was not received. On February 23, 2021 at 1400 [EST], QSA Global, Inc. reported the event to the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program.

"The [common] carrier indicated that the package was at their Memphis facility on January 31, and that since then the location is unknown.

"The reporting requirement is immediate and is of 105 CMR 120.281(A)(1), missing licensed radioactive materials in aggregate quantity equal to or greater than 1,000 times quantity specified in 105 CMR 120.297, Appendix C. The four-hour reporting requirement of 105 CMR 120.077(B), missing shipment of Category 2 quantity of radioactive material, also applies.

"The Agency considers this event to be open."


* * * UPDATE ON 03/03/2021 AT 1417 EST FROM ROBERT LOCKE TO THOMAS HERRITY * * *

The following was received from the Agency via email:

"Licensee reports that they were notified at 1645 (EST) on March 2, 2021 that the missing package had been located in the Memphis. The wooden crate containing the Type B Package was damaged, however, the Type B package itself was not damaged. The licensee is sending materials to [common carrier] in Memphis to repair the crate before continuing with export to the customer in Canada."

Notified R1DO (BURKET), NMSS (RIVERA-CAPELLA), IR MOC (GOTT), and ILTAB (RICHARDSON) and via email NMSS EVENTS NOTIFICATION, INES NATIONAL OFFICER (MILLIGAN), AND CNSC (CANADA). Also notified DHS-SWO, FEMA-OC, USDA-OC, HHS-OC, DOE-OC, DHS CISA Central, and EPA-EOC and via email FDA- EOC, Nuclear SSA, FEMA-NWC, and CWMD-Watch Desk.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "CATEGORY 2" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Category 2 sources, if not safely managed or securely protected, could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them, or were otherwise in contact with them, for a short time (minutes to hours). It could possibly be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days. These sources are typically used in practices such as industrial gamma radiography, high dose rate brachytherapy and medium dose rate brachytherapy. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf


Non-Power Reactor Event Number: 55120
Facility: National Inst Of Standards & Tech
RX Type: 20000 Kw Test
Comments:
Region: 0
City: Gaithersburg   State: MD
County: Montgomery
License #: TR-5
Agreement: Y
Docket: 05000184
NRC Notified By: Tom Newton
HQ OPS Officer: Bethany Cecere
Notification Date: 03/02/2021
Notification Time: 07:33 [ET]
Event Date: 03/02/2021
Event Time: 07:33 [EST]
Last Update Date: 03/02/2021
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Non-Power Reactor Event
Person (Organization):
BURKET, ELISE (R1DO)
MILLER, CHRIS (NRR EO)
GOTT, WILLIAM (IR)
MONTGOMERY, CINDY (NRR PM)
TORRES, PAULETTE (NRR PM)
Event Text
SAFETY LIMIT EXCEEDED

Based on video surveillance and radiation readings, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has determined they violated Safety Limit 2.1 - greater than 450 degrees Celsius in a single fuel element. This event notification relates to Event Notification #55094, from 2/3/21.

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