For the last several weeks I have been reading the reports from the NRC.gov official website. It is under "event notification". Essentially any major
incidents involving radioactive materials are suppose to be reported to the NRC by various licencees in order for them to keep their licence.
This gives we the people a closer look at what is really going on in America with relation to how radioactive materials are handled or mishandled, and
we can review the reports on the NRC website within a week of any particular incident happening. Sometimes it may take a few days for the report to
get filed and for it to be posted.
Here are some of my findings, and in this thread I want to focus on the fact that we have multiple thefts of products that contain radioactive
materials within them
, and therefore any company who reports these stolen devices has this information brought to the NRC so they can aid in
determining the best course of action.
I would like to get into all of the medical accidents with radioactive materials ( and there is a lot of them! happens weekly several times). I will
do that later in another thread.
Here I will report to you what has happened and why I am concerned about it.I would hate to imagine that terrorists were collecting these materials
to use for something nefarious, but my common sense dictates to me that it is most likely simple idiot thieves who have no clue what they actually
and how dangerous it may or may not be.
Houston TX - June 1st - Event Number: 46896
TWO TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS STOLEN FROM MOVIE THEATER
Official NRC.Gov Link
"On May 26, 2011, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified during routine inspections of the facility's site safety systems, it was
discovered that two tritium exit signs were missing from their fixed mounting positions. These signs were affixed to the walls near exits in a secure
manner such that they could only be removed by means of removing safety capped mounting screws and then the use of tools to remove them. In this case,
it is apparent that these signs were removed by way of vandalism and were essentially pulled off the walls leaving evidence that they were removed
without the knowledge of the site personnel.
Who knew EXIT signs you see all over the place sometimes have radioactive Tritium within them? It's quite interesting really. And you know this is
IMPORTANT for HEALTH because the Tex Dept of Health does Inspections! And the NRC is taking this very seriously as well, so are the law enforcement
officials in the community.
"In addition, this same vandalistic act occurred at the same location as reported to the Agency [Texas Department of Health] on February 2,
2011. At that time, four tritium exit signs were removed.A report was made to local law enforcement. The exit signs are Isolite Model
2040-95S-B-15-WS, and each contain 9.5 Curies of tritium." Texas Incident: # I-8858
So it happened just a few months ago at the same location in February this year! That's when these new EXIT signs were installed to replace the last
theft. Now the thief returned and took the replacements! That's not all folks, there is more and it gets quite interesting.
For a side note : When a EXIT sign with Tritium in it breaks, it becomes a hazardous material clean up situation.
Event Number: 46889 describes this happening just last week at a Bed Bath & Beyond in New York.
A tritium exit sign was found damaged on March 31, 2010, at Bed Bath & Beyond in Saratoga Springs. On April 6, 2010, Shaw Environmental Group was
granted reciprocity to survey, decontaminate and package the broken sign.
Point is that EXIT signs are not exactly totally safe. The NRC is treating it as worthy of attention and needs to be dealt with.
Other recent incidents of similar natures.
Event Number: 46869
Notification Date: 05/20/2011
STOLEN TRITIUM EXIT SIGN
City: COLLEGEVILLE State: PA
Event Number: 46862
Notification Date: 05/19/2011
City: COLLEGE STATION State: TX
LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN
And going a little further back, we end up where we began, Houston TX.
Event Number: 46815
Notification Date: 05/03/2011
City: HOUSTON State: TX
STOLEN TROXLER MODEL 3430
"On May 3, 2011, the Agency [Texas Department of Health] was notified by the licensee that a Troxler Model 3430 moisture/density gauge had been
stolen from the back of one of their trucks. The gauge was stolen at the intersection of Nalor and North Main in Houston, Texas. The gauge contains a
40 milliCurie Americium (Am) - 241 source, and an eight milliCurie Cesium (Cs) -137 source. The licensee reported that their technician had completed
his work and returned to the licensee's facility. When the technician went to the back of the truck to get the gauge, he found the gauge missing, one
chain and lock missing, and the other lock had a busted bail. The technician contacted the other licensee's technicians who were at the work site to
see if any of them had the gauge. No one did. The technician contacted his manager and reported the missing gauge. The licensee contacted local law
enforcement and notified them of the theft.
This was just me cherry picking a few incidents over a quick scan of the last month's event reports.
Worthy of it's own thread :
-- The Brown's Ferry NPP and it's host of events and problems over the last month or two.
--The amazing amount of nuclear gauges that fail due to "shutters being stuck or broken" which happens a few times a week obviously. *Whoever makes
those shutters fails they need to hire a better manufacturer or something*.
-- The obscene amount of medical mishaps due to machinery malfunctions. Tons of people either get too little of a dose or too much of a dose of
radiation, and this is a fairly regular incident and happens weekly if not every other few day or so.
-- A myriad list of pump failures, including a pump that was blocked by marine life, clams.
Most of these incidents are resolved rather quickly without major issues erupting. That is a good thing.
However we have all types of suspicious incidents like the ones reported in this thread. Stolen Tritium Exit Signs or Troxler gauges. Often times like
in the majority of the incidents I posted, these stolen materials have not been recovered yet. There could be some idiot kid contaminating himself by
tearing these things open, or they may get thrown in garbage and add to polluting our landfills even worse. Or worst case scenario, someone may have
ulterior motives and is collecting radioactive materials for some sort of nefarious plot. Hopefully not, and I doubt that but it's not impossible, so
it's best to stay vigilant I believe.
This is all from just a quick browse of the NRC event reports for a 30-day period. I cannot imagine the crazy things I will find if I look back
through years of these reports! And who knows how many of the worst disasters never get reported and are instead covered up by the govt??
on 5-6-2011 by muzzleflash because: (no reason given)