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Name and
NRC Action Number
NRC Action Type Date Issued Description
Gary Kao
IA-09-035
IAORDER 02/23/2011 On February 23, 2011, the NRC issued an Order prohibiting involvement in NRC licensed activities to Dr. Gary Kao in order to provide the NRC with reasonable assurance that the protection of public health and safety will not be compromised until such time that Dr. Kao provides NRC with sufficient information relative to the corrective actions he has taken to address his part in the medical events that occurred at the VA Philadelphia Medical Center from February 2002 through June 2008, and resulting identified violations (EA-09-038).  Specifically, the Order prohibits Dr. Kao’s involvement in any NRC licensed activity until rescinded by the NRC, contingent upon Dr. Kao’s completing specialized training, demonstrating the ability to correctly identify and report medical events, and providing other documentation to the NRC supporting completion of the requirements specified in the Order.  The Order noted that Dr. Kao voluntarily stopped performing brachytherapy treatments and committed to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure that he was current on all applicable requirements should he perform brachytherapy treatments in the future.  The Order will be effective 20 days after it is published in the Federal Register.
Name and
NRC Action Number
NRC Action Type Date Issued Description
Joel A. Keown
IA-13-028
IANOV 10/07/2013 On October 7, 2013, the NRC issued Mr. Joel A. Keown, an information technology manager, formerly employed by Southern California Edison Company at its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 73.56(g), "Personnel access authorization requirements for nuclear power plants." Specifically, Mr. Keown failed to report a driving under the influence arrest to SONGS management.
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