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Report on Lost, Stolen and Found Sealed Sources and Radiation Devices

The CNSC Report on Lost, Stolen and Found Sealed Sources and Radiation Devices summarizes the information reported to the CNSC about the losses, thefts and discoveries of licensable sealed sources and radiation devices.

The Nuclear Safety and Control Act, its regulations and licence conditions require licensees to report these occurrences. If a sealed source or radiation device is lost or stolen, the licensee must immediately notify the CNSC. Upon receiving such a notification, the CNSC will make sure that the licensee is taking appropriate actions, such as notifying police authorities and conducting a thorough search. For situations where sealed sources or radiation devices are discovered and for which the licensee-owner cannot be identified, the CNSC will not penalize the entity that has discovered the radioactive sealed source(s). In these cases, the CNSC may intervene in their recovery.

The CNSC submits all events associated with lost, stolen or found sealed sources and radiation devices to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Incident and Trafficking Database (ITDB). The ITDB is the information system for incidents of illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities and events involving nuclear and other radioactive material outside of regulatory control. The CNSC also notifies relevant local, provincial and federal organizations as well as other stakeholders.

This report provides a description for each event, the date the event occurred, the event location, the risk categorization, a brief summary and the recovery status. The risk categorization of the sealed source at the time of the event (Category 1 to Category 5) is based on the International Atomic Energy Agency document entitled Categorization of Radiation Sources.

Events are added and records are updated as new information is received. The losses and thefts in this report also include events that occur during transport in Canada.

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