United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

EA-95-101 - Testco, Inc.

September 13, 1996

EA 95-101 and IA 95-055

Mr. James L. Shelton
President and Radiation Safety Officer
TESTCO, Inc.
P. O. Box 18511
Greensboro, North Carolina 27417

SUBJECT:  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT CONCERNING ORDER IMPOSING CIVIL
          MONETARY PENALTY AND ORDER PROHIBITING INVOLVEMENT IN
          NRC-LICENSED ACTIVITIES

Dear Mr. Shelton:

Regarding the above captioned matter, enclosed is a Settlement Agreement (Settlement) which specifies the terms that have been discussed between you and Mr. James Lieberman, Director, Office of Enforcement, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on September 5 and 9, 1996.

If you agree to terms of the agreement, you should sign on behalf of yourself and on behalf of TESTCO, Inc., in the spaces provided and date your signatures. Please fax a copy of the signed Settlement to me at (301) 415-3431. In addition, please return the signed original document by September 13, 1996, to Mr. James Lieberman, Director, Office of Enforcement, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852-2738. After I receive the signed original document, I will sign the Settlement and provide it to the staff attorneys for forwarding it to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board for approval pursuant to 10 CFR 2.203. Please note that by accepting this agreement, you: (1) agree to withdraw your requests for hearing; and (2) agree that if this Settlement is violated, the October 31, 1995 and March 19, 1996 Orders will be reinstated, and you agree not to contest the reinstatement of these Orders. In addition, if the $1,000 penalty is not paid by October 31, 1996, the full $5,000 penalty will be due.

If you do not accept this agreement or have any questions concerning this matter, please contact me immediately at (301) 415-2741.

In accordance with 10 CFR 2.790 of the NRC's "Rules of Practice," a copy of this letter and its enclosure will be placed in the NRC Public Document Room.

                                  Sincerely,



                                  James Lieberman, Director
                                  Office of Enforcement

Docket No. 150-00032
General license (10 CFR 150.20)

Enclosure: As stated


UNITED STATES
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
BEFORE THE OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT
In the Matter of                        )
                                        )
TESTCO, INC. AND                        )       Docket No. 150-00032
  JAMES L. SHELTON                      )       General License (10 CFR 150.20)
Greensboro, North Carolina              )       EA 95-101 and IA 95-055
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

On October 31, 1995, the NRC issued a written Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty - $5,000 (Notice) to Testco, Inc. (Licensee or TESTCO), and an Order Prohibiting Involvement in NRC-Licensed Activities (Effective Immediately) to Mr. James Shelton. The Notice and the Order stated the provisions of the NRC's requirements the Licensee had violated and the amount of the civil penalty proposed for the violation.

As a result of the Licensee's failure to adequately respond to the Notice, the NRC issued on March 19, 1996, an Order Imposing Civil Monetary Penalty - $5,000. By a letter dated July 20, 1996, the Licensee requested a hearing concerning this matter before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, and the Board subsequently granted the request.

In telephone discussions on September 5 and 9, 1996, between Mr. James Shelton, President of TESTCO, and Mr. James Lieberman, Director, Office of Enforcement, Mr. Shelton indicated that TESTCO desires to settle this matter without further litigation, as noted below. The NRC staff concludes that this Settlement Agreement best serves the interests of the public and the parties, and the purposes of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and the NRC's requirements.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 81, Subsections (b) and (o) of Section 161, and Section 234 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. § § 2111, 2201(b), 2201(o), and 2282), and 10 C.F.R. § 2.203, the October 31, 1995, and March 19, 1996 Orders are hereby modified as follows:

1. Mr. Shelton is prohibited from engaging in licensed activities in areas under NRC jurisdiction until October 31, 1996. For purposes of this Settlement Agreement (Settlement), areas under NRC jurisdiction are areas in non-Agreement States, offshore waters, or any areas under exclusive Federal jurisdiction.

2. Prior to conducting licensed activities in NRC jurisdiction after November 1, 1996, the Licensee is required to submit an NRC Form 241 that covers the remainder of calendar year 1996 (i.e., until December 31, 1996). The Licensee is also required to submit a NRC Form 241 prior to conducting licensed activities in calendar year 1997 and calendar year 1998. These submittals would be in accordance with 10 CFR 150.20(b); however, the Licensee should be aware that if it performs work in areas under NRC jurisdiction for more than 180 days in any calendar year, the Licensee is required to apply for a specific NRC license. Fees are required to be submitted upon each filing of NRC Form 241 and before commencing work. However, a separate fee is not required for the weekly notification under Paragraph 3 below.

3. Until October 31, 1998, following submittals of the yearly NRC Form 241 under Paragraph 2 above, Mr. James Shelton, on behalf of Testco, Inc., shall notify NRC Region II, by 9:00 a.m. EST Monday (or Tuesday, if Monday is a Federal holiday) of each week, whether the Licensee plans to perform radiography work in areas under NRC jurisdiction. Notification shall be made to the Chief, Materials Licensing/Inspection, Branch 1, by facsimile at (404) 331-7437 using the attached form, and receipt shall be verified by calling (404) 331-5624.

A. If radiography work is planned, the Licensee shall provide the location of the field sites under NRC jurisdiction where the work is planned that week, as well as the specific date(s) and time(s). Inasmuch as the Licensee is required to submit to the NRC written notification on a weekly basis, the provisions of 10 CFR 150.20(b)(1) requiring that additional NRC Form 241s be filed for the remainder of each calendar year prior to engaging in licensed activities are waived; the Licensee is not required to comply with the three day notification requirement as long as it is making the weekly notifications to NRC Region II.

B. If unplanned radiography work arises after the weekly notification, the new work cannot be performed unless the NRC has been provided a 24-hour written notification. Telephone notification is not acceptable.

C. Notification is required to include work on Federal property in Agreement States, unless the Licensee has a written statement from the Federal agency where work is planned that the area is not under exclusive Federal jurisdiction.

4. The Licensee agrees to pay a civil penalty of $1,000. The Licensee shall pay $500 within two weeks of the date of this Settlement and $500 no later than October 31, 1996. If the $1,000 Penalty is not paid in full by October 31, 1996, TESTCO agrees to pay the full penalty described in the October 31, 1995 Notice ($5,000) by November 30, 1996, and waives its right for a hearing concerning the civil penalty imposed by the March 19, 1996 Order.

5. The Licensee and Mr. Shelton agree to withdraw their respective requests for hearing in Docket Nos. EA 95-101 and IA 95-055 (now consolidated before an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board) in consideration of the modification of the October 31, 1995 and March 19, 1996 Orders, as provided under Paragraphs 1 through 4 above.

6. If this Settlement is violated, the October 31, 1995 and the March 19, 1996 Orders shall be reinstated, and Mr. Shelton and the Licensee agree not to contest the reinstatement these Orders.

7. The staff, Mr. Shelton, and TESTCO shall jointly move the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board designated in the above-captioned proceedings for orders approving this Settlement and terminating the proceedings.


___________________________________ _______________
James Shelton, as an Individual                     Date  


TESTCO, INC.

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James Shelton, President                               Date


U. S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

___________________________________ _______________
James Lieberman, Director                           Date
Office of Enforcement

6. I, THE UNDERSIGNED, HEREBY CERTIFY THAT:

A. All the information in this form is true and complete.

B. I have read and understand the provisions of the general license in 10 CFR 150.20, and understand that I am required to comply with these provisions as well as all byproduct, source, or special nuclear material which I possess and use in areas under NRC jurisdiction under the general license for which this form is filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

C. I understand that activities, including storage, conducted in areas under NRC jurisdiction under the general license in 10 CFR 150.20 are limited to 180 days in a calendar year.

D. I understand that I may be inspected by the NRC at the above listed work site locations and at the licensee home office address for activities performed in areas under NRC jurisdiction. I am also aware that I am responsible for any fees associated with any inspections.

E. I understand that conduct of any activities not described above, including conduct of activities on dates or locations different from those described above or without NRC authorization, may subject me to enforcement action, including civil or criminal penalties.


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