DEP, PSP Urge Public To Report Lack Of Portable Nuclear Gauge | News, Sports, Jobs
WILLIAMSPORT – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania State Police assist in the search for a missing portable nuclear gauge containing sealed sources of radioactive material belonging to the Pennsylvania-based CMT Laboratories . The company is offering a reward of $ 1,000 for his safe return.
Anyone who finds the gauge should not handle it directly, but rather maintain a distance, limit the proximity time, and immediately contact State Police in Lamar at (570) 726-6000. A trained person will collect the gauge.
“It is essential that anyone with information about the lost nuclear gauge immediately contact state police. “ DEP Radiation Protection Bureau director David Allard said. “As long as the device is not tampered with or damaged, it presents no danger to public safety.”
The gauge was reported missing by the company on Wednesday, October 13. The authorized user of the gauge completed his work at around 6:00 p.m. and inadvertently left the job site without properly securing the gauge in its case. The vehicle left the site, near E. Valley Road, Logan Township, Clinton County, and headed for Loganton when the loss of the gauge was noticed.
If the dipstick is severely damaged or has been struck by a vehicle, there is a risk of contamination.
CMT Laboratories are authorized by the DEP to own and use the gauge. This type of nuclear gauge is commonly used to assess the properties of building materials on construction sites throughout the Commonwealth. It is believed that the radioactive material contained in the gauge is in a protected and safe position. However, it may have been damaged when the transport vehicle fell.
The nuclear density gauge is a Troxler Model 3440. The gauge is yellow in color and the size of a shoebox, with an electronic keypad and a metal rod extending from the top surface. The Troxler gauge contains approximately nine millicuries of cesium-137 and 44 millicuries of americium-241. The radioactive material is doubly encapsulated in the device to protect its integrity.
Anyone who finds the gauge should not handle it directly, but rather maintain distance, limit proximity time, and immediately contact State Police in Lamar at (570) 726-6000. A trained person will collect the gauge.
For more information on the DEP Radiation Protection Office, visit https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/RadiationProtection/Pages/default.aspx.