United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for May 12, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         MAY 12, 1999

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION III  MAY 12, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

                                       MR Number: 3-99-0042
Samuels Recycling                      Date: 05/10/99
Green Bay,Wisconsin                    Telephone

Subject: Two five foot long static eliminator bars found at scrap yard.

Discussion:

At 3:00 p.m., on May 10, 1999, the State of Wisconsin, Bureau of Health
notified NRC Region III that two general licensed static eliminator bars
containing approximately 225 mCi of Am-241 each had been found in scrap
being processed at Samuels Recycling in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The State
of Wisconsin has isolated and tagged the bars which had a contact
radiation reading of 10 mR/hr.

The static eliminator bars bore an identification plate which indicated
they were manufactured by Nucleus Stat for Herbert Product Sales in 10/81
and contained 225.5 mCi each of Am- 241. The model number of the bars is
AA 2003 with serial number SA-2239 on one of the devices.

The origin of the material was Hargrove Paper Products, a company which
underwent bankruptcy.

Regional Action:

Since Hargrove Paper Products has undergone bankruptcy, Region III has
referred the matter to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA V).

Contact:  G. Parker                  (630)829-9869
          K. Null                    (630)829-9854
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