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Agreement State

Event Number: 51805

Rep Org: PA BUREAU OF RADIATION PROTECTION


Licensee: UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT, INC
Region: 1
City: COLLINGDALE State: PA
County:
License #: PA-0187
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH MELNIC
HQ OPS Officer: DANIEL MILLS

Notification Date: 03/18/2016


Notification Time: 14:48 [ET]
Event Date: 03/17/2016
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 03/18/2016

Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY


10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE

Person (Organization):
JAMES NOGGLE (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFICA (EMAI)

Event Text
AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - ABANDONED RADIUM 226 SOURCE FOUND
The following was received from Pennsylvania via email: PA incident # PA160011
Lost or abandoned licensed material in a quantity greater than or equal to 1000 times the Appendix C
quantities in part 20, reportable as per 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(1)(i).
A new owner of a facility in Collingdale, Pennsylvania came across a locked room that contained an old lead
pig, stamped with a label stating radium-226, 100 mg. The owner contacted Ecology Services, a local
radioactive waste management company, who confirmed a dose rate outside the pig. Ecology Services
called the Department [PA Bureau of Radiation Protection].
The previous occupant of this facility, Universal Technical Equipment Inc., was licensed by the Department
(PA-0187) to possess up to 110 mCi of Ra-226 sealed sources and contracted the removal of the radium
source. The Certificate of Disposition documentation was submitted to the Department for license
termination. The license was ultimately terminated on January 14, 2015.
[PA Bureau of Radiation Protection] Southeast regional inspectors visited the facility today, March 18, 2016,
and verified there is a source within the locked pig. A smear test revealed no leakage was detected on the
outside of the pig. The source remains in a secured and locked location. More information will be provided
upon receipt."