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Current Event Notification Report for October 23, 2020

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10/22/2020 - 10/23/2020

** EVENT NUMBERS **


54947 54948 54949 54950

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Agreement State Event Number: 54947
Rep Org: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MGMT. AGENCY
Licensee: Rush Oak Park Hospital
Region: 3
City: Oak Park   State: IL
County:
License #: IL-01676-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Robin Muzzalupo
HQ OPS Officer: Ossy Font
Notification Date: 10/14/2020
Notification Time: 14:28 [ET]
Event Date: 10/09/2020
Event Time: 08:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 10/14/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TC-99M EXTERNAL CONTAMINATION

The following was received from Illinois Emergency Management Agency (the Agency) via email:

"During the afternoon of October 13, 2020, the Agency received a call from the RSO [(Radiation Safety Officer)] at Rush Oak Park Hospital, Inc. (IL-01676-01) to notify the Agency of a potential 24-hr notification requirement from an event which occurred at 0830 CDT, Friday, October 9, 2020. According to the RSO, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) was administering a 27 mCi dose of Tc-99m to a patient when the vein "collapsed" which created pressure and sprayed a small quantity of Tc-99m back into the technicians face and eyes. The technician soon thereafter went to the E.R. [(emergency room)] and had her eyes rinsed out. At 1000 the same morning, the RSO met the NMT in the E.R. and took a near contact measurement of her face utilizing a Ludlum model 26 which identified a maximum 6,050 cpm on her forehead. The RSO stated that he could not identify any contamination elsewhere or within the wash water at the E.R. Having no other information, the RSO calculated that in consideration of an approximately 0.23 percent efficiency of the instrument, approximately 1.2 microCi of Tc-99m was on the skin of the NMT. The RSO also stated that he did a few worst case scenario calculations but didn't come close to reportable levels. The Agency concurs with the licensee's determinations. Furthermore, the patient was given most of the dose and still had a normal scan. No contamination was identified on the patient. The used syringe measured 1 mCi remaining following treatment and the accident. The RSO explained that he didn't think it was reportable but following a closer look at 32 IAC 340.1220(c)(3) thought he had better complete his due diligence and give us a call. Inspection and Enforcement supervisor to follow up with the licensee.

"The incident will be entered into NMED [(Nuclear Material Events Database)] and reported to the Headquarters Operations Officer within 24 hours of notification, as required.

"The licensee will be advised of the requirement to submit a written report within 30 days in accordance with 32 IAC 340.1230."

Item Number: IL200019

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Agreement State Event Number: 54948
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: Olsson, Inc
Region: 4
City: Denver   State: CO
County:
License #: CO 1189-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Derek Bailey
HQ OPS Officer: Ossy Font
Notification Date: 10/15/2020
Notification Time: 14:31 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2020
Event Time: 10:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
RAY AZUA (R4DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MISSING DENSITY GAUGE

The following was received from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) via email:

"[A Troxler 3440 (SN 23106) containing not more than 333 MBq (9 mCi) of cesium-137 and 1.63 GBq (44 mCi) of americium-241:beryllium; or 2.44 MBq (66 microCi) of californium-252] was reported missing after a licensee was unable to account for it during a routine inventory check. The material was noticed missing at approximately 1000 MDT on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The event was reported to the CDPHE at approximately 1700 on October 14, 2020.

"No signs of a burglary at the facility are present. The last entry for the gauge in the utilization log is August 19, 2020. The licensee suspects that a former employee stole the gauge, the employee to last check-out the gauge was terminated on bad terms.

"The licensee is in the process of reporting the theft to the local police."


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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Agreement State Event Number: 54949
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: Blues City Brewery
Region: 1
City: Memphis   State: TN
County:
License #: GL-125
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Andrew Holcomb
HQ OPS Officer: Ossy Font
Notification Date: 10/15/2020
Notification Time: 17:29 [ET]
Event Date: 10/14/2020
Event Time: 15:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)
ILTAB (EMAIL)
This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST GAUGES

The following was received from the state of Tennessee via email:

"General licensee, Blues City Brewery, reported the loss of 3 gauges after contractor work that involved the movement of the gauges. Blues City reported the loss. It is possible that the gauges could have made it into the local scrap metal stream. From the scrap metal facility, the load that might have included the gauges went to a shredding facility in Alabama. The State of Alabama Radiation Control has been notified in case gauges are discovered at the shredding facility. The gauge is below:

"Manufacturer Model SN Isotope Activity
"Industrial Dynamics CI-2GV/3 44 Am-241 300 mCi
"Industrial Dynamics CI-2GV/3 46 Am-241 300 mCi
"Industrial Dynamics FT-100 33 Am-241 100 mCi"

TN event number: TN-20-152

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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Agreement State Event Number: 54950
Rep Org: TENNESSEE DIV OF RAD HEALTH
Licensee: Energy Solutions
Region: 1
City: Oak Ridge   State: TN
County:
License #: R-73008
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: Andrew Holcomb
HQ OPS Officer: Ossy Font
Notification Date: 10/15/2020
Notification Time: 17:17 [ET]
Event Date: 10/12/2020
Event Time: 13:15 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/15/2020
Emergency Class: Non Emergency
10 CFR Section:
Agreement State
Person (Organization):
DON JACKSON (R1DO)
JEFFERY GRANT (IRD)
ANDREA KOCK (DFM DD)
KEVIN WILLIAMS (MSST DD)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICATION (EMAIL)

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AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - UNPLANNED FIRE AND DOSE TO THE PUBLIC

The following was received from the state of Tennessee via email:

"Energy Solutions experienced a fire in the gas furnace 'Drum Drying Operation' of the Liquid Volume Reduction Facility (LVRF) building, which is a sub building off of the Incinerator building located at the 1560 Bear Creek Road, [Oak Ridge, TN] facility. The drums being processed contained Energy Solutions secondary waste with the following listed source term associated with the containers: C-14 (0.5 mCi), Co-60 (2.2 mCi), Cs-137 (0.96 mCi), Fe-55 (2 mCi), H-3 (4 Ci), and Tc-99 (98 mCi).

"Estimated 0.03 mrem dose to the public as a result of the event."

TN event number: TN-20-155


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