Events Reporting: Transport / In Transit events

2017

Tiverton and Teviotdale, ON

Date of event: May 18, 2017

The CNSC was informed by Bruce Power on May 18, 2017 of two separate transport incidents involving the shipment of low-level radioactive loads from the Bruce Site to a licensed storage facility. In both cases, the load was inside a certified package, but the load shifted in transit. The drivers detected the shifting and followed procedures to stop their trucks to inspect. There was minor damage to one of the containers but no release of radioactivity. The trucks remain parked in secure locations and will be sent back to Bruce Power once the loads are secured.

There was no release of radioactive material and no exposure to the public.

Visit Bruce Power’s website for more information.

Toronto, ON

Date of event: May 17, 2017

Engtec Consulting Inc. reported to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) that it had lost a Troxler Model 3440 portable nuclear gauge on the morning of Wednesday, May 17, 2017, while it was in transport between Toronto and Brampton, ON.

The device was transported in a yellow box, classified as a Type A package, 81 cm (32") length X 43 cm (17") wide X 46 cm (18") high. The portable gauge is about the size of a shoebox, with an electronic keypad and a metal handle extending from the top. It contains two radioactive sealed sources: one of cesium-137 and one of americium-241/beryllium.

The portable gauge does not pose a hazard as long as it is not tampered with or damaged. If the gauge is found, refrain from moving the gauge and contact the Toronto Police Department at 416-808-2222.

Update:
The lost portable gauge was recovered on May 19, 2017.

Type A package

type A package

Radiation device description:
Troxler
Model No. 3440
Serial  No. 19621
Cs-137 – 326 MBq (Sealed Source Serial number 50-9346)
Am-241/Be – 1,628 MBq (Sealed Source Serial number 47-15167)

Image of a portable gauge.

 

2016

Highway 17, West Nipissing, Ontario

Date of event: December 2, 2016

The CNSC was informed by Cameco of a traffic accident involving a tractor trailer transporting uranium concentrate from Montréal to Cameco's Blind River refinery. There was no damage to the trailer or to the uranium containers, resulting in no impact to the public or the environment.

Visit Cameco's website for more information.

Highway 17 near Massey, ON

Date of event: April 17, 2016

The CNSC was informed on April 17, 2016 of a traffic accident involving a tractor trailer transporting uranium concentrate from Cameco's Blind River refinery to its Port Hope conversion facility. The accident took place on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 17) near Massey, ON at around 8:30 a.m. There was no damage to the transport packages and therefore no impact to members of the public or the environment.

Visit Cameco's website for more information.

Bathurst Airport, New Brunswick

Date of event: February 21, 2016

The CNSC was informed on February 21, 2016 of a damaged package containing radioactive materials at the Bathurst Airport in New Brunswick. As a precaution, the aircraft was isolated and the airport was temporarily closed pending verification of the package condition.

It was confirmed that the package sustained only minor damage to the exterior box, and the container holding the nuclear substances within the package was undamaged. There was no release of radioactive material and no possibility of exposure to any workers.

Swift Current, SK

Date of event: January 11, 2016

Cameco notified the CNSC of a transport accident involving uranium yellowcake that took place on Highway 4 near Swift Current, SK. Cameco activated its approved Emergency Response Assistance Plan, as per procedures, and sent specialists onsite to assess the situation. CNSC inspectors were also dispatched to the accident site to oversee the licensee's response.

The cleanup activities were completed on January 13, 2016, and the highway reopened. Cameco's assessment revealed a minimal and contained spill of uranium yellowcake onsite. The spill was cleaned up, and a survey following the cleanup confirmed that there is no residual contamination. There was no impact to members of the public, the environment or first responders as a result of the spill.

The container that had suffered a breach was sealed and safely placed inside an overpack. It is now being transported to one of Cameco's licensed facilities in Saskatchewan for repackaging before the shipment continues to Cameco's Blind River Refinery in Ontario. A CNSC inspector oversaw all actions taken at the site, and the CNSC is satisfied that Cameco's Emergency Response Assistance Plan was implemented properly and successfully.

This accident will be discussed at the next Commission meeting to be held on January 28 at 9 a.m.