United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for June 11, 2003



                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         JUNE 11, 2003

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PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - HEADQUARTERS JUNE 11, 2003

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

                                       MR Number: 2-03-0008
Geoconcepts Engineering, Inc.          Date: 06/11/03
Leesburg,Virginia                                                         
License No: 45-25567-01  

Subject: DAMAGED PORTABLE GAUGE                                          

Discussion:

On June 10, 2003, the licensee notified the NRC Operations Center that   
one of their portable gauges was damaged at a temporary job site.  The   
licensee reported that at approximately 2:40 p.m. on June 10, 2003, the  
gauge operator, while attempting to conduct soil compaction test at a    
construction site located at the intersection of Federal System Parks    
Drive and Fairlakes Parkway in Fairfax, Virginia, placed the gauge on the
ground and walked about five feet from the gauge to show the construction
equipment operator what area needed to be leveled for the test.          
Subsequently, a compaction roller ran over the gauge snapping the source 
rod and damaging the casing.  The gauge is a Humboldt Scientific.  Inc.  
Model 5001EZ (Serial No. 3260), containing a 0.37 gigabequerel (10       
millicurie) source of cesium-137 and a 1.48 gigabequerel (40 millicurie) 
source of americium-241:beryllium.                                       
                                                                         
The licensee contracted RSO, Inc., from Laurel, MD who conducted         
radiation and contamination measurements and determined that the source  
was intact in its shielded housing, the housing was not compromised, and 
there were no unusual levels of radiation around the outside of the      
gauges.  The licensee is still waiting on the results of the             
contamination wipe tests.  The gauge is currently at the licensee's      
facility in secure storage until it can be repaired or properly disposed 
of by the manufacturer.                                                  

Regional Action:

Region II received notification of this occurrence from NRC's Operations 
Center at 3:00 p.m., on June 10, 2003.  The Regional Office coordinated  
the licensee's response to the event and contacted the Commonwealth of   
Virginia.  Regional inspectors will inspect later this month following   
review of the licensee's report of the event.                            

Contact:  Thomas Decker              (404)562-4721


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