Stolen Moisture and Density Testing Gauge

Print View Posted on: 17 February 2023

Event Date: 14 February 2023 Event Type: Other
Event Location: Mexico, Hermosillo, Sonora. INES Rating: 0 (Final)

On February 15, 2023 (15:40 UTC), the CNSNS received a notification issued by the Licensee about the theft of a moisture and density testing gauge (Troxler model 3440) in Hermosillo, Sonora State. The theft took place when the personnel stopped at Aguascalientes Avenue, Hermosillo Sonora, leaving the vehicle unattended on Tuesday 14 February. The equipment serial number is 30250, containing a 1.42 GBq Am-241/Be source (category 5) and a 172.67 MBq Cs-137 source. (category 5).

On February 17, 2023 (17:00 UTC), the CNSNS received a notification issued by the Licensee and Local Civil Protection Authorities about the finding of the moisture and density testing gauge . After receiving the CNSNS authorization, the Licensee was able to finally recover it in Hermosillo Sonora. After, the equipment was transported and safely stored at the LicenseeĀ“s facility. Finally, through a GM detector and visual inspection, the Licensee confirmed that both category 5 sources were in the shielded position.

INES Rating: 0 - Below scale (Final) as per 17 February 2023
Release beyond authorized limits? No
Overexposure of a member of the public? No
Overexposure of a worker? No

Contamination spread within the facility? No
Damage to radiological barriers (incl. fuel damage) within the facility? No

Degradation of Defence In-Depth Yes

Person injured physically or casualty? No
Is there a continuing problem? No

Victor Gonzalez
Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias
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