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Electronic Personal Dosimeter went into Alarm during X-ray Radiography Operations

Radiographers were working in a cell in a redundant reprocessing facility, carrying out digital imaging of legacy crates using X-rays in order to identify their contents.
This cell is an area of known high background radiation containing ten legacy crates.
A previous health physics survey of the crates had identified radiation levels in nine of the crates between 0.5 mSv/h and 1.8 mSv/h gamma, with the other crate up to 20mSv/h gamma.

Category: Fuel Reprocessing Sellafield United Kingdom »

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Inadvertent damage of a Se-75 source

On December the 12th, 2016, a Se-75 source was inadvertently damaged during re-pair work on faulty radiography equipment. The work was performed in Düsseldorf region in North Rhine-Westphalia by a specialized company within a controlled area. The source contained about 1.3 Terabecquerel Se-75. The radioactive substance was released during the repair work and contaminated persons and zones within and out-side of the controlled area. Besides the two workers performing the repair work, other persons were also contaminated.

Category: Radiation Source Germany »

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Cyclotron operated with an open bunker door

On the 12th of October 2016 the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority was informed about an event that occurred on the 7th of October where a cyclotron was operated with an open bunker door. The licensee is authorised to produce short lived isotopes used for medical
diagnostics. The bunker is supposed to be sealed with interlocks preventing operation of the cyclotron with an open door. At the time of the event a study visit was performed at the facility by hospital personnel from the whole of Sweden lead by a representative from

Category: Radioisotope Processing/Handling Facility Sweden »

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Overexposure of a member of the public

An industrial radiograph test was performed in Sakarya province, Turkey on October 17,2016 after which a serious radiological incident occured.
Test was performed in a normal manner but after the test, the radiological protection officer hurried up and skipped the control that the source was secured. The source, Ir-192 with a 15 Ci activity (category 3 source according to INES manual) at the date of the accident, dropped to the worksite as unsealed. The source was found by a 16 years old visitor (E.B) approximately at 03:40 p.m. (local time) next day. E. B. placed the source to his trouser’s back pocket and travelled to home for two and a half hours. At the house, household members and their guests declared that they touched or saw the source until approximately 09:00 a.m. on October 20, 2016.
The source was reported as lost to Turkish Atomic Energy Authority Disaster and Emergency Management Center by its owner on October 20, 2016.

Category: Radiation Source Turkey »

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Loss of a device containing radioactive sources

On the 25th of August 2016 the lack of two density gauges containing a category 5 radioactive source each (Am-241 activities 240 MBq and 185 MBq) was discovered at a former barite mining facility. The gauges were not in use and were to be disposed of. The gauges were supposedly stolen but the exact date of the theft is not known due to the licensee’s lack of proper documentation. There is no evidence of possible exposure of individuals.

Category: Radiation Source Poland »

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A sealed radioactive Cs-137 source contaminated the premises of waste management company

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A sealed radioactive Cs-137 source contaminated the premises of waste management company and also the neighboring rooms used by Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK). The event was found out on 7 March 2016.

The source, activity presently 360 MBq, had been used in a factory in Finland for level gauging and was delivered to waste management company as radioactive waste. When the gauge was received by the company, one of the staff tried to open the source shield in order to remove the actual cesium source for disposal. He did not have information or other indication that the source might not be intact. During the handling of the source contamination was released into the room where gauge was handled and also to adjacent rooms and air exhaust ventilation ducts.

Category: Radiation Source Finland »

Lithuania Submits Note To Belarusian Ambassador

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lithuanian MFA demands explanations regarding the accident at the construction of the Astravets NPP.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania called after the Belarusian Ambassador and submitted him a note on the possible incident at the Astravets NPP located 50 km away from Vilnius (ANPP).

The Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius announced that on Thursday.

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Irregularities found in Areva-made components in French nuclear plants - ASN

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Irregularities have been found in around 50 Areva-made components installed in French nuclear reactors, nuclear regulator ASN said on Tuesday.

It said that after the discovery of weak spots in the reactor vessel of the EPR reactor under construction in Flamanville, France last year, Areva began a review of manufacturing procedures at its Creusot steel forging plant.

In a statement, ASN said it had been informed by Areva that its investigation had found evidence of irregularities in about 400 components produced since 1965, of which some 50 are believed to be in use in French nuclear plants.

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Germany demands France shut old nuclear plant near border

Friday, March 4, 2016

Germany demanded Friday that France close down its oldest nuclear plant, Fessenheim, near the German and Swiss borders -- just one of several ageing atomic plants that are unsettling France's neighbours.

"This power plant is very old, too old to still be in operation," said a spokesman for Environment and Nuclear Safety Minister Barbara Hendricks.

"That's why the environment minister demands its closure at the earliest possible date," he said, reiterating Berlin's earlier demands.

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Bordeaux University: discovery of radioactive sources and incidental exposure of persons

Two radioactive sources were discovered by the Bordeaux University prevention service in a very cluttered and regularly frequented room during a housekeeping operation carried out at the end of June 2015.

As soon as they were discovered, the sources were transferred for safe storage in a room specially intended for that purpose within the university campus.

Category: Radiation Source France »