(Little Rock) — Jared Thompson, Program Manager for the Radioactive Materials Program, Arkansas Department of Health, announced today that one radioactive gauge is missing from the transport vehicle of a construction firm between Little Rock and Bryant, Arkansas. The gauge was being transport from # 1 Trigon Place, Little Rock, Arkansas.
The gauge could pose a health risk to persons if handled or carried for an extended period of time. The missing gauge was in a yellow plastic transport case and weighs approximately 90 pounds. Anyone finding this gauge should IMMEDIATELY report it to the nearest police authority or phone 1-800-633-1735 and ask for the Staff Duty Officer.
The gauge is described as a Troxler Electronic Laboratory Model 3430 (Serial #63492) soil moisture/density gauge containing 9 millicuries of Cesium-137 and 44 millicuries of Americium-2411: Beryllium.
State police, local government officials and law enforcement agencies, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management have also been notified.