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Radiologic Alerts


Note: Many of the below alerts came from TRO DER INDEX people. They have stopped feeding us information and E-Mailed the following:

"But subscriptions have fallen to the point where they no longer approach break-even even let alone financially justify continuing to publish them."

"So unless some dramatic changes occur, we are reluctantly announcing that we will cease publication of the TRO Daily Report and TRO DER INDEX at the end of May 1999."

For more recent events see: NRC: Event Notification Reports

For a PBS NOVA site about dirty bombs see: NOVA's Dirty Bomb site


Here is an alert we found on the web: RADIOACTIVE WATCHES:

"Some watches sold by Carrefour between 26 October 2000 and 9 November have radioactive markers in their metal bracelets, but not on the watch casing itself.

Office de Protection Contre les Rayonnements Ionisants (OPRI) was notified on 9 November following a check on an employee at the Tricastin nuclear plant. An EDF investigation showed that the radioactivity was solely attributable to cobalt-60. The radioactivity was not related to the operation of the nuclear plant, but to a component of the watch bracelet.

This material is present in the bracelet, in the "spindles" of the adjustment links. Each spindle shows an activity of 1000 Bq in a weight of 0.2 g. There are between 2 and 6 spindles in each watch.

The dose rates measured on the wrist are of the order of 30 to 40 microsieverts per hour. (Note 40 microsieverts/hr = 4000 microR/hr).
http://www.nrpb.org/R4-00.htm


TRO Daily Report Feed:
35767 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE, WA 05/25/1999
Missing chromatograph (and detector cell)
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35767.TXT
35759 Maryland Lab Administration Building 05/24/1999
MISSING RADIOACTIVE LIQUID REAGENT CONTAINING 80 MICROCURIES OF IODINE-125
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35759.TXT
35760 MAXIM TECHNOLOGIES INC DALLAS, TX 05/24/1999
Lost moisture density gauge
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35760.TXT
35761 MATERIALS TESTING & INSPECTION ARCO, ID 05/24/1999
MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE DAMAGED
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35761.TXT
35757 MEAD PAPER CORP CHILLICOTHE, OH 05/22/1999
OHMART DENSITY GAUGE (20 MILLICURIES Cs-137 SOURCE) IN A FIRE
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35757.TXT
35740 U.S. ARMY ROCK ISLAND, IL 05/19/1999
MISSING MUZZLE REFERENCE SENSOR CONTAINING 10 CURIE TRITIUM SOURCE
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35740.TXT
35741 STERIGENICS INTERNATIONAL CORP CHARLOTTE, NC 05/19/1999
PANORAMIC IRRADIATOR SOURCE RACK FAILURE TO RETRACT
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35741.TXT
35726 U.S. ARMY ROCK ISLAND, IL 05/17/1999
LOST OR STOLEN 3-CURIE TRITIUM SOURCE FROM AN M140 ALIGNMENT DEVICE
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35726.TXT
35728 HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL WASHINGTON, DC 05/17/1999
1-mCi IODINE-131 DIAGNOSTIC SOURCE UNACCOUNTED FOR
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35728.TXT
35707 CITRUS MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION INVERNESS, FL 05/12/1999
MISSING I-125 SEED MEASURING 0.265 mCi
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35707.TXT
35702 NELLO L. TEER CO DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA 05/11/1999
DAMAGED TROXLER GAUGE
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35702.TXT
35696 BROWNING FERRIS INDUSTRIES NEW YORK, NY 05/10/1999
LANDFILL REJECTED HOSPITAL SOLID WASTE CONTAINING 300 MILLICURIES OF TECHNETIUM-99m
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35696.TXT
35688 SHAW AIR FORCE BASE SUMPTOR, SOUTH CAROLINA 05/07/1999
MISSING CHEMICAL AGENT MONITOR CONTAINING 15 mCi OF NICKEL-63
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35688.TXT
35693 CHRISTENSEN MINE CAMPBELL COUNTY, WY 05/08/1999
15,000 GALLON MINING INJECTION SOLUTION SPILL
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35693.TXT
35664 DELTA CONSULTING COMPANY 05/01/1999
TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE STOLEN FROM A PICKUP TRUCK IN MIAMI, FLORIDA
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35664.TXT
35663 FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, CA 04/30/1999
22 AIMING SIGHTS INADVERTENTLY DISCARDED IN THE TRASH
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35663.TXT
35656 TRIAD ENGINEERING WINCHESTER, VA 04/29/1999
STOLEN TROXLER GAUGE
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Friday/35656.TXT
35640 U.S. Army Rock Island, Illinois 04/27/1999
DISCOVERY OF POSSIBLE LOSS OF FOUR M43A1 CHEMICAL AGENT DETECTORS (EACH CONTAINING 250 ęCi OF AMERICIUM-241) AND TWO CHEMICAL AGENT MONITORS (EACH CONTAINING UP TO 15 mCi OF NICKEL-63) OVERSEAS
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35640.TXT

35612 AEA TECHNOLOGIES QSA, INC BURLINGTON, MA 04/21/1999
SHIPMENT OF 8 Ir-192 SOURCES (866 CURIES TOTAL) FROM BURLINGTON, MA, OVERDUE IN MEXICO
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35612.TXT
35597 United Airlines 04/16/1999
LEAKING Tc-99m GENERATOR CONTAMINATED AIRCRAFT AT NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35597.TXT
35598 STERIGENICS INTERNATIONAL ROCKAWAY, NJ 04/16/1999
RADIATION SOURCE STUCK IN UNSHIELDED POSITION AT A COMMERCIAL IRRADIATOR FOR 3 HOURS
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35598.TXT
35599 U.S. Army 04/16/1999
THREE M43A1 CHEMICAL AGENT DETECTORS MISPLACED IN GERMANY
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35599.TXT
35577 ARVAN INDUSTRIES GREENWOOD, IN 04/12/1999
RADIATION DEVICE CONTAINING 1 CURIE OF AMERICIUM POSSIBLY STOLEN
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35577.TXT
35566 MATERIALS TESTING CONSULTANTS GRAND RAPIDS, MI 04/09/1999
LOST TROXLER MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35566.TXT
35569 Syncor radiopharmacy facility in Columbus, OH 04/09/1999
LOSS OF 185 mCi OF Tc-99m
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35569.TXT
35557 SYNCOR INTERNATIONAL CORP Charlottle, NC 04/08/1999
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST DELIVERY CASES
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Friday/35557.TXT
35559 MEDI-PHYSICS CHICAGO, IL 04/08/1999
CONTAMINATED PACKAGE RECEIVED BY PHARMACY
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Friday/35559.TXT
35540 H & G INSPECTION HOUSTON, TX 04/02/1999
SUSPECTED FAILURE OF AUTO LOCKING MECHANISM PREVENTING RETRACTION OF
IR-192 SOURCE IN A RADIOGRAPHY CAMERA
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35540.TXT
35542 COGEMA MINING, INC. CONVERSE, WY 04/03/1999
13,000 GAL OF RESTORATION WATER CONTAINING 1.4 PPM U3O8 SPILLED
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35542.TXT
35527 ALT & WITZIG ENGR. INC. INDIANAPOLIS, IN 03/30/1999
CPN GAUGE STOLEN FROM THE BACK OF A COMPANY PICKUP TRUCK.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35527.TXT
35530 METHODIST CENTRAL HOSPITAL MEMPHIS, TN 03/30/1999
A MAN SCHEDULED FOR A THERAPY DOSE TO HIS COLON WAS GIVEN A BRAIN TREATMENT INSTEAD.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35530.TXT
35459 GAI CONSULTANTS, INC 03/11/1999
TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE STOLEN FROM A LOCKED COMPANY PICKUP TRUCK.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Friday/35459.TXT
35430 FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION 03/02/1999
SOIL MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE INVOLVED IN A MAJOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35430.TXT
35431 ARKANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH RAD CONTROL 03/02/1999
TROXLER GAUGE FOUND IN SHOPPING MALL IN WEST MEMPHIS ARKANSAS.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35431.TXT
35433 INTERNATIONAL PAPER CO LOCK HAVEN, PA 03/02/1999
MISSING CONSISTENCY GAUGE FOR A PAPER MACHINE.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35433.TXT
35415 SAN DIEGO MEDICAL CENTER 02/26/1999
PACKAGE RECEIVED WITH SURFACE CONTAMINATION ABOVE LIMITS.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35415.TXT
35401 HOPE CREEK 1 REGION: 1 02/24/1999
TRANSPORTED POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED INJURED PERSON.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35401.TXT
35319 CTE NEVADA, INC. LAS VEGAS, NV 01/28/1999
TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE STOLEN FROM BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Friday/35319.TXT
35250 FDA Chicago Office 01/13/1999
VARIAN NICKEL-63 GAS CHROMATOGRAPH DETECTOR MISSING FROM CHICAGO DISTRICT OFFICE.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35250.TXT
35251 Texas Department of Health 01/13/1999
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT REGARDING OVEREXPOSURE OF A GLOBAL X-RAY TRAINEE (10 REM WHOLE BODY & EXTREMITY HIGH ENOUGH TO CAUSE INJURY).
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35251.TXT
35236 Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany 01/11/1999
Suspected loss of Radioactive material.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35236.TXT
35238 SPERRY-SUN -- Houston, TX 01/11/1999
RADIOACTIVE SOURCE LOST DURING SHIPMENT.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35238.TXT
35227 USAF RADIOISOTOPE COMMITTEE 01/07/1999
F-16 CRASHED CONTAINING 8ęCi OF AMERICIUM-241 (near Luke Air Force base, Arizona).
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Friday/35227.TXT
35223 MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN 01/06/1999
LOSS OF A 2-ęCi AMERICIUM-241 SEALED ANTI-STATIC SOURCE.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Thursday/35223.TXT
35202 ALL STATE ENGINEERING & TESTING CONSU 12/29/1998
STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35202.TXT
35148 NYCOMED AMERSHAM BENSALEM, PA 12/14/1998
LOSS OF TWO SEEDS OF IODINE-125.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35148.TXT
35151 MID WEST TESTING, Bridgeton, MO. 12/14/1998
CPN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE STOLEN.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Tuesday/35151.TXT
35125 TEXAS DEPT OF RAD. CONTROL 12/08/1998
LOSS OF 104 CURIE IRIDIUM-192 RADIOGRAPH CAMERA. http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Wednesday/35125.TXT
35114 WASHINGTON HOSPITAL CENTER 12/04/1998
LOSS OF A COROTOMIC NUCLEAR-POWERED PACEMAKER CONTAINING 250
MILLIGRAMS (APPROXIMATELY 2.8 CURIES) OF PLUTONIUM-238.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35114.TXT
35118 MARYLAND DEPT. OF THE ENVIRONMENT 12/04/1998
STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE/DENSITY GAUGE.
http://www.support.net/DailyBLAT/DATA/Monday/35118.TXT
35100 ARKANSAS DEPT OF HEALTH 12/01/1998
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN PORTABLE MASS GAUGE.
November 16, 1998

PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATION OF EVENT OR UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE PNO-I-98-052

This preliminary notification constitutes EARLY notice of events of POSSIBLE safety or public interest significance. The information is as initially received without verification or evaluation, and is basically all that is known by Region I staff in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on this date.

Facility Licensee Emergency
Classification
Brown University Notification of Unusual Event
Brown University Alert
Providence,Rhode Island 02912 Site Area Emergency
Dockets: 99990001 License No: 3K-036-01 General Emergency
X Not Applicable
Subject: INTENTIONAL INGESTION OF IODINE-125 TAINTED FOOD

A Brown University graduate student has been charged by Providence police with using iodine 125-tainted food to poison two other university students. The graduate student placed the radioiodine in a food dish and gave it to his former girlfriend. The woman's roommate also ate some of the tainted food. The police have charged the student with poisoning, assault and larceny. The graduate student apparently worked in a molecular pharmacology laboratory where radionuclides are used, but he was not authorized to use iodine 125, a byproduct material. The iodine 125 was apparently secured in a locked cabinet. The police have closed the laboratory as part of their investigation.

Brown University holds an academic research and development broad scope license from the Rhode Island Department of Health's Division of Occupational and Radiological Health (RIDOH). Rhode Island is an Agreement State and has jurisdiction over the use of byproduct material within its borders.

Brown University discovered the incident when, during a routine thyroid screening, the female student had elevated radiation levels in her thyroid despite not using any radioiodine since September. After further investigation, university officials discovered the remains of the tainted food dish at the student's residence. Subsequently, the university contacted the RIDOH, the Providence police and state's Attorney General office on Thursday, November 12.

Preliminary bioassay results made by Brown University of the female student indicate a whole body dose of less than 2 rem. The roommate's dose was an order of magnitude lower. RIDOH will continue to work with local authorities on the criminal investigation and monitor the licensee's actions regarding this matter.

RIDOH has been contacted and concurs with the technical content of this PN. The Region I Office of Public Affairs is prepared to respond to media inquiries. This PN is current as of 11:00 a.m. on November 16, 1998. Contact: D White (610)337-5042

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