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Cs-137 sealed source lost in Western Australia
A rendering of the sealed source capsule’s appearance. (Image: DFES)
Authorities are searching 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) of Australia’s Great Northern Highway, between Perth and the remote town of Newman, for a lost sealed-source capsule containing cesium-137. The source was part of a density gauge used by mining company Rio Tinto at its mining operations in Western Australia.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) of Western Australia reported that the density gauge containing a 6-mm-diameter (0.24-inch-diameter) by 8-mm-height (0.31-inch-height) source capsule was sent by flatbed truck to Perth for repair, leaving Rio Tinto’s Gudai-Darri mine site in Western Australia on January 12 and arriving in Perth on January 16. The package containing the gauge, however, was not inspected until January 25.
Upon opening the package, it was found that the gauge was broken apart with one of four mounting bolts missing. The source itself and all screws on the gauge were also missing. It is assumed that vibrations from the truck broke the gauge apart and allowed the screws and capsule to fall through the bolt hole and away from the truck. DFES said they were notified of the loss on the evening of January 25.
February 22–26, 2015
Racing to Improved Cost-Effective Plant Operation
Charlotte, NC|The Westin Charlotte
The Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, is the location for the 9th International Conference on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control & Human-Machine Interface Technologies, where all meeting activities and technical sessions will be held.
With the positive response we have received for this meeting the Westin Charlotte is quickly selling out of our block. Because the Westin no longer has rooms to sell on Thursday, February 27, we have secured the Hyatt Place Hotel for those needing to stay over through Friday. Shuttle transportation will be provided from the Hyatt Place to the Westin Charlotte Sunday-Thursday.
To make your room reservations February 22 to February 26, contact the Westin Charlotte Hotel for the special conference rate of $179 by booking online at Westin Charlotte. To make reservations by phone, call 1-866-837-4148. In order to receive the special group-discounted rate, please mention the NPICHMIT 2015 Conference.
To make your room reservations February 22 to February 27, contact the Hyatt Place Charlotte/Airport for the special conference rate of $169 by booking online at Hyatt Place Charlotte . To make reservations by phone, call 1-888-492-8847. In order to receive the special group-discounted rate, please mention the NPICHMIT 2015 Conference.
Reservations must be made by Friday, January 30, 2015 or before the group rooms are sold out, so do not delay. Prevailing rates may apply after this date or when the group rooms are sold out, whichever occurs first. Rooms are subject to availability.
H.M. Hashemian (President, AMS Corporation)
Sacit M. Cetiner (R & D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)