Event Notification Report for October 08, 2021

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

EVENT REPORTS FOR
10/07/2021 - 10/08/2021

EVENT NUMBERS
55500 55501
Agreement State
Event Number: 55500
Rep Org: WA OFFICE OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: Professional Services Industries
Region: 4
City: Walla Walla   State: WA
County:
License #: WN-IR021-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: James Killingbeck
HQ OPS Officer: Kerby Scales
Notification Date: 09/30/2021
Notification Time: 13:59 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2021
Event Time: 05:00 [PDT]
Last Update Date: 09/30/2021
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
PROULX, DAVID (R4)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION, (EMAIL)
ILTAB, (EMAIL)
CNSC (CANADA), - (EMAIL)
Event Text
EN Revision Imported Date: 10/8/2021

EN Revision Text: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLE MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the state of Washington via email:

"A pickup truck containing a InstroTek, Inc. Model 3500 Xplorer portable moisture density gauge in the cab was parked overnight at a hotel in Walla Walla, WA. The shipping case was locked and chained to the steering wheel of the pickup truck, and the cab of the pickup truck was locked. During the night, the portable moisture density gauge was stolen. The technician noticed that it was missing at about [0500 PDT]. The theft has been reported to the Walla Walla Police Department."

Gauge Serial Number: 4233
Radionuclides and Activities:
Gamma Source: Cesium-137, 10 millicuries. Source Model Number: Eckert & Ziegler HEG-137. Source Code: HEG-0085. Source Serial Number: BG1234.
Neutron Source: Americium-241:Be, 40 millicuries. Source Model Number: Eckert & Ziegler AM1.N02. Source Code: PHI-0161. Source Serial Number K433/20.
Date of Latest Leak Test of Sealed Sources: February 24, 2021.

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


Agreement State
Event Number: 55501
Rep Org: VIRGINIA RAD MATERIALS PROGRAM
Licensee: ECS Mid-Atlantic
Region: 1
City: Mechanicsville   State: VA
County:
License #: 540-314-9
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Sheila Nelson
HQ OPS Officer: Thomas Kendzia
Notification Date: 10/01/2021
Notification Time: 08:38 [ET]
Event Date: 09/30/2021
Event Time: 02:55 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/01/2021
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
SCHROEDER, DAN (R1)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION, (EMAIL)
Event Text
EN Revision Imported Date: 10/8/2021

EN Revision Text: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGE TO PORTABLE MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the Virginia Radioactive Materials Program (VRMP) via email:

"On September 30, 2021 at 1530 EDT, the Virginia Radioactive Materials Program (VRMP) received a report via telephone from the licensee that a portable nuclear moisture/density gauge (Troxler Model 3430, serial number 25698, containing 8 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of Americium-241/Beryllium) was damaged. It was hit by a compaction vehicle/machine at a temporary jobsite at approx. 1455 on 9/30/2021. The source rod was not out. The gauge housing was damaged but the source appeared to remain intact within the safe position. The licensee's survey of the gauge yielded readings of approx. 2.0 mR/hr at about 6 inches from the gauge. The readings were at or below background (0.02 mR/hr) along a 4 foot radius around the gauge. The gauge was transported to the licensee's office in its transport container. A survey was also performed on the ground and the reading was reported as background. The gauge will be tested for leakage and will be sent to the Troxler Electronics Laboratories for evaluation. The RSO indicated the gauge is not functional. The VRMP is working with the licensee to obtain additional information. This report will be updated once the licensee's investigation is complete."

Event Report ID No.: VA210006

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