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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.
June 17–21, 2018
Driving the Future of Nuclear Technology
Philadelphia, PA|Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
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Krishna P. Singh (CEO, Holtec International)
Assistant General Chairs:
Myron Kaczmarsky (Senior Director of Sales, Holtec International)
Joy Russell (V.P. Corporate Business Development, Holtec International)
Martin Sattison (Division Director, Idaho National Laboratory)
Assistant Program Chair:
Nicholas R. Brown (Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University)
Embedded Topical Meeting
Kurt A. Terrani (Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Heather J. MacLean Chichester (Nuclear Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory)
Giovanni Pastore (Staff Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory)
Kevin G. Field (Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)