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Escalated Enforcement Actions Issued to Materials Licensees - G

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This table includes a collection of significant enforcement actions (referred to as "escalated") that the NRC has issued to materials licensees.

The types of actions and their abbreviations are as follows:

  • Notice of Violation for Severity Level I, II, or III violations (NOV)
  • Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty (NOVCP)
  • Order Imposing Civil Penalty (CPORDER)
  • Order Modifying, Suspending, or Revoking License (ORDER)

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Licensee Name and
NRC Action Number
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date Description
G.A. Covey Engineering
EA-04-002
NOVCP
(SL III)

$3,000
03/11/2004 On March 11, 2004, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,000 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to licensed material (approximately 10 millicuries of cesium-137 and 50 millicuries of americium in two portable moisture density gauges) in a controlled area, and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
G.A. Covey Engineering
EA-03-046
NOV
(SL III)
03/31/2003 On March 31, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving (1) the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed byproduct material (three portable moisture density gauges, each containing approximately 10 millicuries of cesium-137 and 50 millicuries of americium-241, and three portable density gauges each containing approximately 8 millicuries of cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of americium-241) in use at a temporary job site; and (2) the failure to lock the operating handle or the storage container of a portable gauge in storage so as to prevent unauthorized or accidental removal of the sealed source from its shielded position.
Gamma Irradiator Services
Benton, PA 17814
EA-12-088
NOV
(SL III)
07/11/2012 On July 11, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Gamma Irradiator Services (GIS) for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved the failure to limit licensed activities to Category 1 self-shielded irradiators, as required by Condition 9 of GIS's NRC license No. 37-30850-01. Specifically, on May 2, 2003, February 25, 2005, June 15, 2007, and May 19, 2009, GIS performed maintenance activities on a JL Shepherd Model 81-22 irradiator, which is not a self-shielded (Category I) irradiator but, rather, a panoramic (Category II) irradiator.
Gamma Knife Center of the Pacific, HI
EA-09-289
NOV
(SL III)
02/23/2010 On February 23, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation for a SLIII violation to Gamma Knife Center of the Pacific for a failure to implement 10 CFR 35.41(b). Specifically, as of July 2, 2009, the licensee failed to develop, implement, and maintain written procedures to provide high confidence that each medical administration is in accordance with the written directive in that the procedures did not require explicit verification that the administration was in accordance with the treatment plan and written directive. Consequently, the treatment plan and written directive were not followed to ensure that the collimator was used in the treatment of a patient.
Gamma Technical, CA
EA-96-093
NOVCP
(SL III)

$1,500
06/06/1996 Deliberate failure to file Form-241, inaccurate information to NRC.
GCME, Inc. WI
EA-96-256
NOVCP
(SL III)

$5,000
10/04/1996 Moisture/density gauge was not issued dosimetry. Licensee failed to secure or maintain constant surveillance of a moisture/density gauge in an unrestricted area.
GE. Inspection Services, Inc. (GE-IS)
(Formerly LIberty Technologies, Inc., SC
EA-03-158
NOV
(SL III)
10/24/2003 On October 24, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to licensed material (approximately 550 millicuries of gadolinium-153 contained in a radioactive device) located in an unrestricted area, and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Geisinger Medical Center, PA
EA-96-189
NOV
(SL III)
07/03/1996 Willful falsification of records, willful improper disposal of licensed material, and willful unauthorized change.
GEO EXPLOR, Inc., PR
EA 06-017
NOVCP
(SL III)
04/17/2006 On April 17, 2006, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,250 was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving three violations. The violations occurred as a result of the authorized user?s failure to: (1) control and maintain constant surveillance of a licensed gauge; (2) use two independent physical controls to form a tangible barrier to secure the gauge against unauthorized removal; and (3) properly block and brace the gauge during transport. Specifically, the authorized user failed to adequately lock a transport case onto the bed of his truck and close the tailgate. As a result, the case containing a licensed gauge fell off the truck and was in the public domain for approximately 6 days before it was recovered.
GeoConsult, Inc., PR
EA-00-279
NOV
(SL III)
01/23/2001 On January 23, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to maintain control and constant surveillance of licensed material (a moisture density gauge containing 370 megabecquerels (MBq) of cesium-137 and 1850 MBq of americium-241) in an unrestricted area.
Geodax Technology, Inc., VA
EA-01-257
NOV
(SL III)
01/04/2001 On January 4, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the licensee allowing an individual to work as an authorized nuclear pharmacist (ANP) without notifying the NRC within 30 days licensee after the date that the licensee allowed the individual to work as an ANP. Although a civil penalty would normally have been proposed in this case, the NRC exercised discretion in accordance with Section VII.B.6 of the Enforcement Policy and refrained from issuing a penalty. Discretion was warranted because the NRC concluded that the potential safety consequences were low, the pharmacist was forthcoming during the NRC's inspection, the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) promptly initiated supervision of the pharmacist upon being informed of the inspection finding, and all individuals involved accepted responsibility for the violation and cooperated during the investigation.
Geo-Engineering & Testing, Inc., Guam
EA-05-108
NOV
(SL III)
09/12/2005 On September 12, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving a failure to maintain security of NRC-licensed material. Specifically, the licensee failed to control and maintain constant surveillance of two portable nuclear gauges containing licensed material that were stored in a shed that was unsecured on property controlled by the licensee.
GeoLog Well Services, Inc., IL
EA-13-067
NOV
(SL III)
06/11/2013 On June 11, 2013, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to GeoLog Well Services, Inc., for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved the failure to, at least three days before engaging in the activity for the first time in a calendar year, file a submittal containing an NRC Form 241, "Report of Proposed Activities in Non-Agreement States," a copy of the Agreement State specific license, and the appropriate fee as required by 10 CFR 150.20. However, on multiple occasions between August 5, 2005, and March 14, 2013, the Agreement State licensee possessed and used licensed materials at temporary job sites in Indiana, a Non-Agreement State, without first filing the required documentation with the NRC.
GeoMechanics, Inc., PA
EA-06-064
NOVCP
(SL III)
05/26/2006 On May 26, 2006, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,250 was issued for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved the failure to maintain a minimum of two independent physical controls that formed a tangible barrier to secure a portable gauge from unauthorized removal during a period when the gauge was not under direct control or surveillance. Specifically, the licensee used only one physical control (namely a single chain and lock) to secure the gauge to a vehicle while parked unattended overnight at the South Charleston, West Virginia location. The nuclear gauge was subsequently stolen and abandoned on a public highway.
Geomechanics, Inc., PA
EA-97-042
NOV
(SL III)
04/08/1997 Failure to secure licensed material against unauthorized removal or control access to it.
Georgetown University Medical Center, DC
EA-99-231
NOV
(SL III)
09/10/1999 Failure to control licensed material (11.1 curies ofiridium-192).
Geotechnical Consultants, Inc., OH
EA-98-385
NOV
(SL III)
08/27/1998 Failure to control licensed material and failure to lock gauge during transport.
Gilmore and Associates, Inc., PA
EA-01-010
NOV
(SL III)
02/13/2001 On February 13, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the licensee's failure to maintain control and constant surveillance of licensed material (a portable gauge containing 8 millicuries of cesium-137 and americum-241) in an unrestricted area.
Glendive Medical Center, MT
EA-01-180
NOV
(SL III)
11/01/2001 On November 1, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to licensed material (one-curie molybdenum-99/technetium-99m generator) in an unrestricted area and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material. Although a civil penalty would normally be proposed by the civil penalty assessment process, the NRC exercise discretion in accordance with Section VII.B.6 and did not propose a penalty because the NRC concluded that the incident was an isolated occurrence caused by personnel error.
Glendive Medical Center, MT
EA-00-076
NOVCP
(SL III)

$2,750
06/29/2000 On June 29, 2000, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty of $2,750 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed materials (molybdenum-99/technetium-99m generators).
Correction of NOVCP
(SL III)
07/06/2000
Global X-Ray and Testing Corporation, LA
EA-08-008; EA-08-009; EA-08-010; EA-08-011; EA-08-013
ORDER
05/23/2008 On May 23, 2008, a Confirmatory Order (effective immediately) was issued to Global X-ray & Testing (Global) to confirm commitments made as a result of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) settlement agreement. NRC identified four violations during inspection and investigation involving: 1) a willful failure to provide the NRC with complete and accurate information; 2) the failure to prevent workers from resuming work after their pocket dosimeters were found to be off-scale; 3) the failure to ensure that a radiographer was providing personal supervision of the radiographer's assistant through direct observation of the assistant's performance of radiographic operations; and 4) allowing an individual who was not wearing a personal dosimeter to conduct radiographic operations. In response to these violations, the licensee requested ADR. As part of the agreement, licensee agreed to additional management review that will include developing procedures for additional oversight of offshore radiographic operations, obtaining an agreement with lay-barge operators that will address radiographic operations, incidents, and oversight; field audits of lay-barge radiographic operations by licensee management, making arrangements for NRC inspection of radiographic activities on U.S. owned lay-barges, implementation of training on potential consequences for violation of NRC regulations, and delivering a personal letter to each employee regarding the consequences of wrongdoing. Global also agreed to obtain an NRC license with special license conditions for radiographic operations in offshore waters. In exchange for Global's extensive corrective actions and most notably in consideration of costs associated with obtaining an NRC license, the NRC agreed to eliminate the civil monetary penalty.
Global X-Ray and Testing Corporation. LA
EA-03-011
NOVCP
(SL III)

$6,000
05/22/2003 On May 22, 2003, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $6,000 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving a radiographer's willful failure to control and maintain constant surveillance over an industrial radiographic exposure device (that included about 17.6 curies of Iridium-192) in an unrestricted area.
Global X-Ray & Testing Corporation,LA
EA-00-272
NOVCP
(SL III)

$5,500
03/08/2001 On March 8, 2001, a Notice of Violations and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $5,500 was issued for two Severity Level III violations. The first violation (assessed the full penalty) involved the failure to use pipeliner radiography devices in a manner described in a 1999 exemption granted by the NRC. The second violation involved the failure to perform radiation surveys following radiographic exposures using pipeliner radiography devices.
Globe X-Ray Services, Inc., OK
EA-98-224
NOV
(SL III)
06/29/1998 Failure to wear radiation monitoring equipment during radiography operations.
Globe X-Ray Services, Inc., OK
EA-96-069
NOV
(SL III)
04/25/1996 Licensee radiographer received over the occupational dose limit for the calendar year.
Glock, Inc., GA
EA-02-193
NOV
(SL III)
09/26/2002 On September 26, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving the importation of byproduct material without a general or specific license to possess byproduct materials from either NRC or an Agreement State and the initial distribution of self-luminous gun sights to persons exempt from licensing without a specific license authorizing this distribution.
GME Consultants, Inc., MN
EA-02-134
NOV
(SL III)
08/06/2002 On August 8, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to licensed material (10 millicuries of cesium-137 and 50 millicuries of americium-241-beryllium) contained in a portable moisture density gauge and two sealed sources respectively, and the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, PA
EA-04-234
NOV
(SL III)
03/31/2005 On March 31, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving twelve violations indicating a lack of appropriate oversight and control of the brachytherapy program, including a programmatic weakness in the implementation of written directives.
Grandin Testing Lab., Inc., NM
EA-96-382
NOVCP
(SL III)

$2,500
01/01/1997 Used gauges while performing work at military installations in areas considered exclusive federal jurisdiction.
Grandview Hospital, PA
EA-97-309
NOVCP
(SL III)

$4,400
08/13/1997 Transportation of a contaminated package.
GRD Steel Corporation, PA
EA-96-302
ORDER 09/13/1996 Transfer of licensed material.
Great Falls Clinic, MT
EA-09-290
NOV
(SL III)
01/21/2010 On January 21, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Great Falls Clinic for violations associated with a Severity Level III problem involving the failure to: (1) secure from unauthorized removal or access licensed materials that are stored in controlled or unrestricted areas, in violation of 10 CFR 20.1801 and (2) secure the unit, console, console keys and the treatment room when not in use or unattended, in violation of 10 CFR 35.610 (a)(1). Specifically, the licensee stored a high dose-rate remote afterloader unit in a designated controlled area and did not secure the radioactive material from unauthorized removal or access. The console and unit were found in the unattended and not secured, designated controlled area. The console was found with its key inserted.
Great Lakes Testing, Inc., WI
EA-02-171
NOV
(SL III)
10/04/2002 On October 4, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to have two qualified individuals present during radiographic operations at a temporary job site.
Griffith Electric Supply Co., Inc., NJ
EA-01-114
NOV
(SL III)
05/04/2001 On May 4, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued fora Severity Level III violation involving the transfer of licensed byproduct material (EXIT signs containing tritium) without a specificlicense.
Ground Engineering, Inc., KY
EA-98-021
NOVCP
(SL III)

$5,500
03/25/1998 Ground Engineering, Inc.
ORDER
$2,750
06/12/1998
Gulf Coast Int'l Inspection, LA
EA-00-293;
EA-00-294
NOVCP
(SL III)

$5,500
03/27/2001 On March 27, 2001, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $5,500 was issued for two Severity Level III violations. The first violation was assessed the full civil penalty and involved the licensee's willful failure to post radiation and high radiation areas as required prior to conducting radiographic operations. The second violation involved the failure of a radiographer to wear an alarming ratemeter when conducting radiographic operations.
Gulf Coast Testing Laboratory, Inc., FL
EA-01-023
NOV
(Enf. Discretion)
01/24/2001 On January 24, 2001, the NRC exercised enforcement discretion in accordance with Section VII.B.6 of the Enforcement Policy for a violation based on the licensee's use of a portable moisture density gauge at a location within the NRC's jurisdiction without first obtaining an NRC specific or general licensee. Although the failure to file reciprocity is normally cited as a Severity Level III violation, the NRC concluded that the lack of clarity of a license condition within the licensee's Florida license contributed to the licensee's misinterpretation that it's Florida license permitted use of the licensed material anywhere in the State of Florida.
Guthrie Healthcare System,PA
EA-04-025
NOV
(SL III)
03/19/2004 On March 19, 2004, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to follow the requirement of the licensee's written Quality Management Plan to develop a second radiation dosimetry plan for 26 out of 30 patients treated with prostate implants.
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