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Name and
NRC Action Number
NRC Action Type Date Issued Description
Michael Hackett
IA-09-026
IAORDER 07/28/2009 On July 28, 2009, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order to Mr. Michael Hackett, Radiation Safety Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky (VAMC Lexington). The Order is a result of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) session on June 26, 2009. ADR was requested by Mr. Hackett after an NRC investigation determined that Mr. Hackett's actions caused VAMC Lexington to be in apparent violation by not implementing portions of the radiation safety program including: (1) failing to hold periodic Radiation Safety Committee meetings; (2) not performing annual program reviews; (3) and not performing required hazardous material training. The Order specifies that Mr. Hackett made no admission that he violated any NRC requirements and confirms commitments from Mr. Hackett for additional actions on his part to provide both the NRC and the National Health Physics Program (NHPP) for the Department of Veterans Affairs the minutes from quarterly Radiation Safety Committee meetings, annual program review results, and specific information following completion of the next training on transportation and receipt of radioactive material. Additionally, Mr. Hackett will (1) inform the NRC of his specific plans if he is assigned and has accepted responsibility for additional collateral duties, (2) inform NHPP and the NRC if he is unable to perform his duties, (3) submit to NRC an article with specific information for submittal and consideration for publication by NHPP, and (4)inform NRC if he leaves his position before the terms of the Order are completed. In consideration of these commitments from Mr. Hackett, the NRC agrees not to pursue any further enforcement action in connection with the apparent violations.
Curtis Hofer
IA-16-018
IANOV 06/24/2016 On June 24, 2016, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Curtis Hofer for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 30.10(a) involving deliberate misconduct that caused his employer, Montana State University, to be in violation of a rule or regulation, and deliberately submitted to the licensee information that he knew to be incomplete or inaccurate in some respect material to the NRC. Specifically, Mr. Hofer caused the licensee to be in violation of 10 CFR 30.9 and Licensed Condition 14.F by documenting leak test results for two Nickel-63 sealed sources that were not leak tested. This information was material to the NRC because maintaining accurate records associated with the performance of leak tests establishes the licensee's control of licensed material and validates that none of the sources were leaking.
Mr. Justin Hubbard
IA-15-081
IANOV 07/28/2016 On July 28, 2016, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Justin Hubbard for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 30.10(a) involving deliberate misconduct that caused his employer Tetra Tech EC Inc. (Tetra Tech) to be in violation of 10 CFR 20.1501(a) by deliberately submitting to Tetra Tech information that he knew to be incomplete or inaccurate in some respect material to the NRC. Specifically, on several occasions between November 18, 2011, and June 4, 2012, Mr. Hubbard working as a Radiation Task Supervisor for Tetra Tech, at US Navy's Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard- Parcel C location, in San Francisco, California, directed his staff that soil samples be taken from other areas that were suspected to be less contaminated. As a result, it could have appeared that residual radioactivity within the specific locations in Parcel C was lower than it actually was. Mr. Hubbard also documented on related chain-of-custody forms that the samples had been obtained from the specified locations.
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