- July 21, 2000
- PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATION OF EVENT OR UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE
- This preliminary notification constitutes EARLY notice
of events of POSSIBLE safety or public interest significance. The information
is as initially received without verification or evaluation, and is basically
all that is known by Region II staff in Atlanta, Georgia on this date.
- Facility Licensee Emergency Classification Florida State
University Notification of Unusual Event (An Agreement State Licensee)
Alert Tallahassee, Florida Site Area Emergency
- General Emergency: X Not Applicable
- Subject: Radioactive Spill
- On July 21, 2000, State officials advised the Region
of a radioactive spill, which occurred on July 6, 2000, in a radiation
laboratory assigned to the Chemistry Department, Florida State University,
Tallahassee, Florida. Preliminary information gathered by the University's
Radiation Safety Officer indicates that there was a spread of contamination,
both inside and outside of the building, to include the vehicle and residence
of one of the staff members.
- University officials, including the Radiation Safety
Officer, were not aware of this event until July 17, 2000, and subsequently
the University notified the State of Florida on July 20, 2000.
- On July 6, 2000, while physically removing radioactive
material from a radiation laboratory in the Chemistry Department, located
in the Hoffman Teaching Laboratory, a spill occurred during the movement
of a glove box which was situated on a wheeled dolly. The laboratory staff
attempted to conduct clean up operations, but did not have any instrumentation
to conduct radiation surveys. The staff apparently assumed that their clean
up efforts were successful, and did not report this event to the Radiation
Safety Office. The isotope and quantity of material has not yet been fully
determined; however, the material appears to be an energetic beta emitter
and presumed to be strontium-90 (Sr-90).
- On July 21, 2000, State officials were dispatched to
the University and initiated a detailed investigation of this event.
- Currently, no media interest has been expressed in this
- Technical assistance was offered by the Region, but was
declined by the State. State officials will continue to keep Region II
informed of the results of their investigation.
- This information is current as 1:00 p.m. EDT, July 21,
- Contact: R. Trojanowski (404)562-4427
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