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Name and
NRC Action Number
NRC Action Type Date Issued Description
Michael Hackett
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
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.
Frederick Horvath
IAORDER 07/22/2015 On July 22, 2015, the NRC issued Mr. Frederick Horvath, a former electrical maintenance first line supervisor at NextEra's Seabrook Station (Seabrook), a Severity Level III Notice of Violation for a violation of 10 CFR 50.5, "Deliberate Misconduct." Specifically, on February 11, 2015, while employed at Seabrook, Mr. Horvath engaged in deliberate misconduct by subverting a Fitness-For-Duty (FFD) drug test. After notification that he was selected for a random drug and alcohol test, Mr. Horvath left the site and provided false information to NextEra about why he did not report to the FFD sample collection site within 2 hours of notification as required by 10 CFR 26.31 and NextEra procedures. Mr. Horvath returned to the site approximately six and a half hours after the designated time and submitted to the test.
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