United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Escalated Enforcement Actions Issued to Materials Licensees - L

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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
Laboratory Testing Services, LLC, CT
EA-10-069
NOV
(SL III)
07/06/2010 On July 6, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Laboratory Testing Services, LLC (LTS) for a Severity Level III problem involving three violations. The first violation involved a failure to confine possession and use of byproduct material to the location authorized by the license, as required by 10 CFR 30.34(c). Specifically, the licensee possessed and used portable gauges at a location not authorized by the license. The second violation involved a failure to have an individual named on the license as a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), as required by the license. Specially, the RSO named in the license left the company in June 2008, and the licensee failed to have an RSO approved by the NRC. The third violation involved a failure to obtain written consent from the NRC before transferring ownership of LTS to HAKS Material Testing Company (HAKS), as required by 10 CFR 30.34(b). Specifically, on January 14, 2010, LTS transferred ownership control of the license to HAKS without the Commission's written consent.
Lakeland Medical Center, MI
EA-12-202
NOV
(SL III)
12/06/2012 On December 6, 2012, a Notice of Violation was issued to Lakeland Medical Center for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to ensure that a written directive to administer I-131 sodium iodide greater than 30 microcuries was signed by an authorized user as required by 10 CFR 35.40(a). Specifically, on three separate occasions, one each on February 28, February 29, and March 20, 2012, 2-milicurie diagnostic dosages of I-131 sodium iodide were administered and the individual that signed the written directives was not listed as an authorized user.
Lancaster General Hospital, PA
EA-05-124
NOV
(SL III)
10/28/2005 On October 28, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem composed of three violations. The violations involved (1) a programmatic weakness in the licensee's gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery program which resulted in an overexposure to a patient; (2) the licensee's failure to notify the NRC that the frame of the gamma knife unit, a basic component designed to prevent movement of the head during treatment, did not prevent the change of the treatment site coordinates; and (3) the licensee's failure to report the medical event within the required period.
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc., NJ
EA-09-253
NOV
(SL III)
10/13/2009 On October 13, 2009, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material as required by 10 CFR 20.1802. Specifically, on June 29, 2009, the licensee's authorized user left unattended a portable moisture/density gauge in an unrestricted area for a short period of time. During the time that the licensee did not maintain control and constant surveillance of the gauge, it was damaged by construction equipment that was operating in the unrestricted area.
Lankenau Hospital, PA
EA-03-147
NOV
(SL III)
08/21/2003 On August 21, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the licensee's failure to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to licensed material (763 millicuries of iridium-192) located in an unrestricted area, and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Law Engineering, Inc., VA
EA-96-108
NOV
(SL III)
06/13/1996 Failure to comply with emergency procedrue and transportation violations.
Law Engineering, Inc., OK
EA-97-433
NOV
(SL III)
11/17/1997 Failure to maintain security over licensed material.
Law Engineering and Environmental Services Inc., PR
EA 00-302;
EA 00-304
NOV
(SL III)
01/24/2001 On January 24, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem and a Severity Level III violation involving an event that occurred during a radiography source exchange. The Severity Level III problem involved: (1) failure to survey, (2) failure to follow procedures in accordance with manufacturer's instruction, (3) failure to receive proper training prior to use, and (4) failure to perform required visual and operability check prior to using the source changer. The Severity Level III violation involved the radiographer's and Radiation Safety Officer's failure to stop activities and read the survey meter upon the sounding of the alarm ratemeter.
Ledoux & Company, NJ
EA-05-135
NOVCP
(SL III)

$3,250
11/01/2005 On November 01, 2005, 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 the failures to adequately survey, secure and dispose of licensed material in accordance with NRC requirements. Specifically, the licensee received a package containing seven analytical samples of uranium-235, identified six of the seven samples shipped, and performed an unsuccessful cursory search for the seventh sample. After initiating a more thorough search, the licensee concluded that the seventh sample had been disposed of with the packaging as normal trash.
Lee M.D., Philip J. W., HI
EA-97-038
NOV
(SL III)
04/16/1997 Misadministration relating to a Sr-90 eye applicator
L.E. Gregg Associates, KY
EA-12-108
NOV
(SL III)
07/27/2012

On July 27, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to L.E. Gregg Associates for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved a failure to file NRC Form 241 “Report of Proposed Activities in Non-Agreement States,” at least three days prior to engaging in licensed activities within NRC jurisdiction, as required by 10 CFR 150.20(b). Specifically, on December 12-16, 2011, January 5-7, 2012, and February 21-24, 2012, L.E. Gregg Associates, which only holds a Kentucky (Agreement State) license, used and stored a portable nuclear gauge at temporary jobsites in West Virginia (non-Agreement State), without obtaining a specific license issued by the NRC or filing NRC Form-241, at least three days before engaging in such activity.

Liberty Hospital, MO
EA-11-109
NOV
(SL III)
07/22/2011 On July 22, 2011, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Liberty Hospital for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to develop written procedures to provide high confidence that each administration was in accordance with the written directive as required by 10 CFR 35.41(a). Specifically, as of October 6, 2010, the licensee's procedure did not require the position of the prostate to be verified prior to seed placement. As a result, the prostate received 16.9 Gray (Gy) as opposed to the prescribed dose of 125 Gy.
Lincoln University of Missouri, MI
EA-11-219
NOV
(SL III)
12/19/2011 On December 19, 2011, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Lincoln University of Missouri for a Severity Level III problem involving multiple violations of license conditions and NRC regulations. Specifically, the licensee failed to: (1) ensure that the individual named on the NRC license fulfilled the responsibilities of the RSO between May 2009 and August 18, 2011; (2) conduct a physical inventory every 6 months to account for all sources and/or devices received and possessed under the license between May 2009 and August 8, 2011; (3) notify the NRC in writing within 60 days of no longer conducting principal activities for a period of 24 months; (4) maintain records of receipt of radioactive materials for as long as the material was possessed as well as maintain disposal records until termination of the NRC license; and (5) comply with the applicable requirements for performing leak tests and inventories of generally licensed devices.
Lower Bucks Hospital, PA
EA-97-005
NOVCP
(SL III)

$2,750
05/27/1997 Explanted pacemaker not returned to manufacturer/disposal as non-radioactive waste.
Longview Inspection, Inc., TX
EA-03-101
NOVCP
(SL III)

$6,000
08/18/2003 On August 18, 2003, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $6,000 was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material (121 curies of iridium-192 contained in a radiographic exposure device) that was in an unrestricted area and the failure to lock the radiographic exposure device while it was not under the direct surveillance of a radiographer or a radiographer's assistant.
Longview Inspection, Inc., TX
EA-01-267;
EA-01-281
NOV
(SL III)
01/18/2002 On January 18, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a (1) Severity Level III problem involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to licensed material (133 curies of iridium-192 in a radiography camera) in an unrestricted area, failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material, and failure to lock the camera or its container when at a temporary jobsite, and (2) a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to have an additional qualified individual observe radiography operations.
LTV Steel Company, Inc., OH
EA-01-244
NOV
(SL III)
10/09/2001 On October 9, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the transfer of a gauge without reporting the transfer to the NRC and without providing the transferee a copy of 10 CFR Part 31, per the regulations.
Lucent Technologies, MO
EA-96-233
NOV
(SL III)
11/01/1996 Inaccurate information provided to the NRC resulting in termination of license.
Luzenac America, Inc., MT
EA-11-022
NOVCP
(SL III)

$8,500
07/07/2011 On July 7, 2011, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $8,500 to Luzenac America, Inc., for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to transfer a device containing byproduct material to a licensee authorized to receive it, as required by 10 CFR 31.5(c)(8)(i). Specifically, as of December 2, 2010, Luzenac transferred a fixed nuclear gauge containing byproduct material to a recycling company that was not authorized to receive it.
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