Event Notification Report for March 16, 2021

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

EVENT REPORTS FOR
03/15/2021 - 03/16/2021

EVENT NUMBERS
55131
Agreement State
Event Number: 55131
Rep Org: ALABAMA RADIATION CONTROL
Licensee: Birmingham Water Works
Region: 1
City: Birmingham   State: AL
County:
License #: 92GL
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Cason Coan
HQ OPS Officer: Brian Lin
Notification Date: 03/09/2021
Notification Time: 16:55 [ET]
Event Date: 01/12/2021
Event Time: 00:00 [CST]
Last Update Date: 03/09/2021
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
GRAY, MEL (R1)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION, (EMAIL)
ILTAB, (EMAIL)
Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST SOURCES

The following information was received from the State of Alabama via email:

"During inspection of general license registrant Birmingham Water Works on January 12, 2021, the inspector and representatives were unable to physically locate approximately 9 Perkin-Elmer general license devices. The inspector pursued follow-up investigation with representatives of Birmingham Water Works, Agilent Technologies and Perkin-Elmer after the inspection. The inspector has not received follow-up information on receipt or transfer of these devices. The location(s) of these devices are unknown at this time. Alabama Radiation Control is continuing to investigate this matter. The devices are listed as Perkin-Elmer model N610-0133 s/ns 4743, 2679, 2680, 2681, 2808, 2491, 1662, 4743 and Perkin-Elmer model 03300119 s/n 3898. All 9 are equipped with Ni-63 sources, nominal activity 15 millicuries."

Alabama Event.: 21-07


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

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