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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
S&M Testing Laboratory
EA-08-332
CPORDER 06/08/2009 On June 8, 2009, the NRC issued an Order Imposing Civil Monetary Penalty to S&M Testing Laboratory (S&M). Following the NRC's March 23, 2009, Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of a Civil Penalty in the amount of $16,250, the licensee has failed to respond to the Notice and the proposed civil penalties. The Notice of Violation and proposed civil penalty was issued to the licensee for the deliberate failure to confine possession of byproduct material to only those locations authorized by the NRC license; the deliberate failure to provide the NRC an opportunity to inspect byproduct material and the premises where the byproduct material was stored, as required by 10 CFR 30.52(a); and the failure to utilize a minimum of two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure portable gauges from unauthorized removal whenever the gauges were not under the control and constant surveillance of the licensee, as required by 10 CFR 30.34(i). Accordingly, NRC concluded that the violation remains valid and issued an order imposing Civil Monetary Penalty in the amount of $16,250.
S&M Testing Laboratory
EA-08-332
NOVCP
(SL III)
03/23/2009 On March 23, 2009, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $16,250 was issued to S&M Testing Laboratory for three Severity Level III violations. The first violation involved a deliberate failure to confine possession of byproduct material to only those locations authorized by the NRC license. Specifically from May 1, 2007, through September 23, 2008, S&M Testing stored portable gauges at a location in Gurabo, Puerto Rico (PR) which was not an authorized storage location on the license. The second violation involved a deliberate failure to provide the NRC an opportunity to inspect byproduct material and the premises where the byproduct material was stored, as required by 10 CFR 30.52(a). Specifically, from May 1, 2007 through August 6, 2008, S&M Testing failed to respond to NRC letters and telephone calls that requested information regarding its licensed activities and storage of licensed material. The third violation involved a failure to utilize a minimum of two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure portable gauges from unauthorized removal whenever the gauges were not under the control and constant surveillance of the licensee, as required by 10 CFR 30.34(i). Specifically, between May 1, 2007, and September 23, 2008, the portable gauges were stored in locked metal boxes located in an unrestricted area, but the keys to the boxes were left in another unrestricted area and during this period the gauges were not under the control and constant surveillance of S&M Testing.
S&R Engineering S.E., PR
EA-11-098
NOVCP
(SL III)

$14,000
01/13/2012 On January 13, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of a Civil Penalty in the amount of $14,000 to S&R Engineering (S&R) for a Severity Level (SL) III problem and two SL III violations. The SL III problem involved two violations: 1) S&R’s failure to comply with or respond to an NRC Order, as required by 10 CFR 2.202(b); and 2) S&R provided information to the NRC that was not complete and accurate in all material respects as required by 10 CFR 30.9(a). Specifically, as of January 13, 2012, S&R has not submitted an answer to the order (which was required by November 28, 2009), has not paid the license fee, and has not disposed of or transferred its licensed nuclear material to an authorized recipient. On August 3, 2010, the S&R president informed the NRC that S&R had transferred its portable moisture density gauge containing radioactive sources to another NRC licensee when S&R still possessed the gauge. The two additional SL III violations involved S&R’s failure to afford the NRC an opportunity to inspect materials, activities, and records under the regulations as required by 10 CFR 19.14(a) and S&R’s failure to use a minimum of two independent controls that form tangible barriers to secure portable gauge from unauthorized removal, when the portable gauge was not under S&R’s direct control and constant surveillance as required by 10 CFR 30.34(i). Specifically, on August 3, 2010, S&R provided the NRC inaccurate information about the location of its licensed material, thereby preventing inspection of S&R’s licensed activities and the gauge has been stored inside of its shipping case, which was located in an unlocked closet of the locked S&R office, providing only one barrier.
S. C. Johnson & Son., Inc., WI
EA-97-338
NOVCP
(SL III)
09/03/1997 False statements made to NRC inspector and deliberate improper disposal of radioactive material.
Sabia, Inc., CA
EA-08-237
NOVCP
(SL III)

$13,000
01/29/2009 On January 29, 2009, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $13,000 to Sabia, Inc. for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 20.1101. Specifically, between February 25 and 29, 2008, the licensee conducted gauge dismantlement activities and failed to develop, document, and implement a radiation protection program commensurate with the scope and extent of this licensed activity. This failure created a substantial potential for exposures or releases in excess of the applicable NRC regulatory limits when its activities resulted in contamination of its workers and the facility. In addition, the licensee failed to have a radiation protection program for the gauge dismantlement activities that was sufficient to ensure that occupational doses were as low as is reasonably achievable (ALARA), resulting in worker doses that were not ALARA.
Sabia, Inc., CA
EA-05-204
ORDER 11/02/2005 On November 22, 2005, as part of an Alternative Dispute Resolution settlement agreement, as documented in a Confirmatory Order, Sabia, Inc., acknowledged two violations of NRC requirements involving its failure to comply with 10 CFR 150.20 compliance and transfer of licensed material to individuals who were not authorized to receive it. As part of the settlement agreement, Sabia also agreed to provide additional training to its employees and to conduct additional audits. The NRC has agreed not to draw any conclusions on whether willfulness was involved or to pursue further enforcement actions related to these specific issues.
Sadovsky, Roy (DVM), NJ
EA-97-019;
EA-97-150
NOVCP
(SL II)
$4,000
&
ORDER
05/01/1997 Order terminating license, Order prohibiting involvement in licensed activities, and proposed civil penalty based on deliberate use of licensed material at unauthorized location.
Sadovsky, Roy (DVM), NJ
EA-96-349
ORDER 09/13/1996 Licensee apparently deliberately used licensed material at an unauthorized location and numerous other violations, including failure to maintain.
Safety Light Corporation, PA
EA-03-219
NOV
(SL III)
11/18/2005 On November 18, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued as part of the terms of a settlement agreement reached between the Safety Light Corporation (SLC), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NOV was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving: (1) the willful failure to make payments to the decommissioning trust fund in accordance with the schedules defined in SLC's license conditions; and (2) the failure to dispose of pre-2000 tritium wastes in accordance with SLC's license conditions.
Safety Light Corporation, PA
EA-04-148
ORDER
WITHDRAWAL
12/10/2004 On December 10, 2004, the NRC issued an immediately effective Order Suspending Licenses based on the licensee's failure to meet financial assurance requirements. The NRC also denied the licensee's application to renew its licenses at the same time.
Saint Clare's Hospital, NJ
EA-99-210
NOV
(SL III)
08/16/1999 Three violations involving (1) failure to survey (2) failure to maintain control and surveillance of licensed material, and (3) failure to report loss of material to NRC.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, NJ
EA-04-035
NOVCP
(SL III)

$7,500
05/05/2004 On May 5, 2004, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $7,500 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material (150 millicuries of americium-241 in a thickness gauge, a generally-licensed device) in a controlled area, resulting in the loss of the gauge. Although the civil penalty would have been fully mitigated based on the normal civil penalty assessment process, a base civil penalty was assessed in accordance with Section VII.A.1.g of the Enforcement Policy to reflect the significance of maintaining control of licensed material.
Saint Joseph (City of), MO
EA-08-266
NOV
(SL III)
12/11/2008 On December 11, 2008, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved the failure to use a minimum of two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure a portable gauge whenever the gauge was not under the control and constant surveillance of the licensee as required in 10 CFR 30.34(i). Specifically, the licensee stored the gauge in a storage room with the key in the door lock rendering the physical barrier ineffective. Additionally, a second independent physical barrier was not provided.
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Ind
EA-05-128
NOVCP
(SL III)

$19,200
09/22/2005 On September 23, 2005, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalties in the cumulative amount of $19, 200, was issued for three Severity Level II problems, one Severity Level II violation, and two Severity Level IV violations, associated with brachytherapy treatments that resulted in unintended radiation doses to five patients. Because these violations directly contributed to significant health consequences for Patients Nos. 3, 4, and 5, each of those three events is categorized as a separate Severity Level II problem in accordance with the NRC Enforcement Policy. In addition, the licensee became aware that three medical events had occurred and did not notify the NRC of the events until more than one day after the medical events were discovered, contrary to 10 CFR 35.3045(c) that requires licensees to notify the NRC Operations Center, by telephone, no later than the next calendar day after discovery of such events. The events associated with Patients Nos. 1 and 2 are categorized as separate examples of a Severity Level IV problem in accordance with the NRC Enforcement Policy due to the more limited health consequences associated with these medical events.
Saint Louis Testing Laboratories, Inc., MO
EA-10-085
NOV
(SL III)
08/31/2010 On August 31, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to St. Louis Testing Laboratories, Inc., for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to ensure each individual who acts as a radiographer or a radiographer's assistant wears a direct reading dosimeter, an operating alarm rate meter, and a personal dosimeter at all times during radiographic operations as required by 10 CFR 34.47(a). Specifically, on October 22, 2009, a radiographer inadvertently left his personal dosimeter in a tool bag inside a permanent radiographic cell while performing radiographic shots.
Saint Louis University, MO
EA-07-317
NOV
(SL III)
03/31/2008 On March 31, 2008, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material that is in controlled or unrestricted area. Specifically, the licensee did not secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to materials containing regulated amount of iodine-125 located in the Medical School building and regulated amount of hydrogen-3 located in the Pediatric Research Institute, both of which were controlled areas.
Salem International University, WV
EA-03-114
NOV
(SL III)
07/24/2003 On July 24, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to retain and identify a Radiation Safety Officer on the license.
Sanford Medical Center, SD
EA-10-182
NOV
(SL III)
12/10/2010 On December 10, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Sanford Medical Center for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure the high dose-rate remote (HDR) afterloader brachytherapy unit in accordance with License Condition 19.A and Section 3.3.1.1 of Standard Operating Procedure, NM-X2, “Radiation Safety Procedures for the Nucletron Microselectron HDR, Version 2.” Specifically, on June 15 through July 29, 2010, the licensee failed to secure the HDR afterloader unit from unauthorized removal or access from its storage area when the unit was not in use because a mechanical locking mechanism failed to function as designed, leaving the unit unsecured.
Schleede-Hampton Associates, IL
EA-96-130
NOV
(SL III)
05/22/1996 Use of gauges in NRC jurisdication without filing Form-241.
Schlumberger Technology Corporation, TX
EA-08-261
ORDER 02/24/2009 On February 24, 2009, a Confirmatory Order (effective immediately) was issued to Schlumberger Technology Corporation (Schlumberger) to confirm commitments made as a result of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) settlement agreement. NRC identified two violations during inspection and investigation involving: (1) a willful failure to maintain required records complete and accurate as required by 10 CFR 30.9, and (2) failure to maintain control over licensed material as required by 10 CFR 20.1802. In response to these violations, the licensee requested ADR. As part of the agreement, Schlumberger agreed to take a number of actions including developing and implementing an enhanced accountability and security program for licensed materials, conducting additional line management reviews of the radiation safety program, and paying a civil penalty in the base amount of $3250. In recognition of these and other actions, as well as those actions already completed, the NRC agreed not to pursue further enforcement action against Schlumberger for the violations.
Schlumberger Technology Corporation, TX
EA-03-010
NOVCP
(SL III)

$90,000
10/14/2003 On October 14, 2003, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalties in the amount of $90,000 was issued for three Severity Level III problems involving: (1) the failure to keep 13 public radiation doses within NRC limits ($78,000); (2) the willful failure to perform radiation surveys, and failure to maintain control of a radioactive well-logging source ($6,000); and (3) the failure to follow emergency procedures and secure the source after it was found ($6,000).
SCI Engineering, Inc., IL
EA-01-237
NOV
(SL III)
11/15/2001 On November 15, 2001, 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 byproduct material (Cesium-137 and Americium-241) contained in two portable moisture/density gauges and the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material. Although the civil penalty would have been fully mitigated based on the normal civil penalty assessment process, a base civil penalty was assessed in accordance with Section VII.A.1.g of the Enforcement Policy to reflect the significance of maintaining the control of licensed material.
Servicing Imaging Systems International, NJ
EA-97-540
NOV
(SL III)
12/31/1997 Numerous violations indicative of breakdown in control of licensed activities.
Shannon and Wilson, Inc., AK
EA-96-446
NOV
(SL III)
01/31/1997 An overexposure to a member of the public
Sheffield Clinic, MI
EA-96-526
NOV
(SL II)
03/21/1997 Deliberate falsification of certification of disposal of all byproduct material.
Shilts, Graves & Associates, Inc., IN
EA-96-043
NOV
(SL III)
04/08/1996 Device containing NRC-licensed material was damaged.
Sibley Memorial Hospital, DC
EA-00-245
NOV
(SL III)
02/26/2001 On February 26, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving failure of the licensee's quality management program to include an adequate written procedure to meet the objective that each administration of byproduct material or radiation from byproduct material is in accordance with a written directive.
SibTech, Inc., NY
EA-99-123
NOV
(SL III)
05/21/1999 Violation involves the unauthorized transfer of byproduct material.
Sinai Hospital, MI
EA-98-523
NOV
(SL III)
12/18/1998 Misadministration.
Sioux Valley Hospital Association, SD
EA-00-177
NOV
(SL III)
11/30/2000 A Notice of Violation for a Severity Level III violation was issued on November 30, 2000. The action was based on multiple failures to implement the licensee's quality management program from calendar year 1997 through April 2000. The technologist failed to verify, prior to administering byproduct material, that the specific details of the administration were in accordance with the written directive. These failures contributed to 66 recordable events and one medical misadministration.
Soil Consultants, Inc., VA
EA-04-103
NOVCP
(SL II)

$9,600
10/06/2004 On October 6, 2004, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $9,600 was issued for a Severity Level II violation for discrimination against an employee for engaging in certain protected activities (reporting safety concerns to his employer or to the NRC).
ORDERCP
$9,600
01/27/2005
ORDER
04/27/2005 On April 27, 2005, an immediately effective Confirmatory Order was issued to confirm commitments made as part of a settlement agreement concerning an Order Imposing Civil Monetary Penalty in the amount of $9,000 issued on February 1, 2005. The action was based on a Severity Level II violation for discrimination against an employee for engaging in certain protected activities (reporting safety concerns to his employer or to the NRC). In response to the Order, the licensee requested the use of the NRC's alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process to resolve differences it had with the NRC concerning the violation. As part of the settlement agreement that was reached through the ADR process, the licensee agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $1,200 and to take additional corrective actions to emphasize the importance of a Safety Conscious Work Environment at their facility.
Soil Technology Associates, Inc., CT
EA-08-200
NOV
(SL III)
08/27/2008 On August 27, 2008, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to use a minimum of two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure portable gauges from unauthorized removal, when portable gauge was not under the control and constant surveillance of the licensee. Specifically, no tangible barrier existed to secure two portable gauges from unauthorized removal when the gauges were unattended and a roll up door was open at the licensee's facility. While the gauges were stored within locked containers, the containers were not secured to prevent the containers and their contents from unauthorized removal, such that no independent physical controls that formed tangible barriers were present.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, PA
EA-97-358
NOV
(SL III)
09/25/1997 Hot Lab door open with millcuire quantities of RAM unsecured.
Somerset County Engineering, NJ
EA-97-043
NOV
(SL III)
04/11/1997 A breakdown in control of the licensed program for moisture density gauges.
Source Production and Equipment Co., Inc.
EA-08-039
NOV
(SL II)
07/14/2008 On July 14, 2008, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $9600 was issued to Source Production and Equipment Co., Inc. (SPEC) for a deliberate Severity Level II problem of 10 CFR 71.3. Two violations were identified involving the transport of NRC licensed material without a license because SPEC did not comply with NRC Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 5979 requirements. Specifically, on July 15, 2003, December 4, 2003, and May 20, 2004, SPEC shipped licensed material to Mexico and 1) the end caps of the package were physically and dimensionally different from those approved in the CoC, and 2) the package was not inspected prior to the shipments as required by the CoC. There are no known actual health and safety consequences associated with the shipments. The Notice also included a Severity Level IV violation of 10 CFR 71.105(d) involving the failure to provide required training to individuals performing pre-shipping inspections of the Model No. 5979 transportation package. This Severity Level IV violation was not subject to a Civil Penalty.
South Bend, City of, IN
EA-10-014
NOV
(SL III)
03/10/2010 On March 10, 2010, a Notice of Violation was issued to the City of South Bend for a Severity Level III violation involving Condition 11.B of the facility's license which authorized a specifically named individual to fulfill the responsibilities of the Radiation Protection Officer. Specifically, as of January 19, 2010, the named individual was no longer employed by the company. The licensee failed to appoint a new Radiation Protection Officer and had not amended the license.
South Dakota, University of, SD
EA-97-509
NOV
(SL III)
12/22/1997 Security of licensed materials and management oversight issues.
Southeast Missouri State University, MO
EA-01-151
NOV
(SL III)
09/13/2001 On September 13, 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 a strontium-90 sealed source with a nominal activity of 20 millicuries and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Southeast Missouri State University, MO
EA-00-201
NOVCP
(SL I)

$11,000
09/13/2001 On September 13, 2001, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $11,000 was issued for a Severity Level I problem involving the failure to: (1) control activities to limit doses in accordance with requirements, (2) make necessary surveys to determine radiological hazards, and (3) possess only material authorized on the University's license.
Southeastern Plastics Corporation, NJ
EA-99-297
NOV
(SL III)
12/29/1999 On December 29, 1999, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation based on failure to comply with 10 CFR 31.5(c)(6); when the licensee abandoned an Ohmart gauge containing 1200 millicuries of krypton-85.
Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., FL
EA-10-110
NOV
(SL III)
07/19/2010 On July 19, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Southern Earth Sciences, Inc (SES), for a Severity Level III violation involving the 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. Specifically, between January 2008 and April 2009, SES, a holder of a Florida license, stored or used portable gauges in an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction without a specific license issued by the NRC, nor had SES filed a Form-241 with the NRC.
South Haven Community Hospital, MI
EA-96-099
NOV
(SL III)
07/17/1996 Receipt of material at unauthorized location.
South Jersey Healthcare, NJ
EA-05-214
NOV
(SL III)
01/17/2006 On January 17, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to a package containing licensed material that was stored in a mail room (awaiting inter-office transfer), which is an unrestricted area, nor did the licensee control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
South Pittsburgh Cancer Center, PA
EA-01-132
NOVCP
(SL II)

$ 8,800
08/22/2001 On August 22, 2001, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $8800 was issued for a Severity Level II violation involving the deliberate possession of depleted uranium (in the form of bricks used for shielding within two linear accelerators) without authorization in a specific license issued by the NRC.
Southern Processing Enterprises, WV
EA-98-495
NOV
(SL III)
10/30/1998 Violation for the removal and unauthorized transfer of generally licensed gauges.
Southside Community Hospital, VA
EA-06-097
NOV
(SL III)
07/12/2006 On July 12, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to perform surveys or secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to six vials, at least two of which contained radioactive material in the form of iodine-131 sodium iodide. The vials were subsequently disposed of as non radioactive waste on December 1, 2005.
Southwest X-Ray Corp., Wy
EA-06-014
NOV
(SL III)
05/25/2006 On May 25, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving a radiographer's assistant's failure to wear a direct reading dosimeter and personnel dosimeter, on the trunk of his body during radiographic operations.
Special Testing Laboratories, Inc., CT
EA-98-521
ORDER 12/23/1998 Deliberate violations of NRC requirements include failure to train users and failure to provide TLDs.
Spectrum Pharmacy, Inc., IN
EA-02-018
NOV
(SL III)
02/23/2002 On February 23, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to adequately measure the radioactivity of samarium-153 before commercial distribution that resulted 61 misadministrations.
Spectrum Pharmacy, Inc., IN
EA-00-071
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 2,750
09/21/2000 A Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $2,750 was issued September 21, 2000. The action was based on packages offered for transport with the level of non-fixed radioactive contamination on the external package surface in excess of 22 dpm/cm2. The Severity Level III problem was based on: 1) failure to ensure surface contamination on shipping packages was within regulatory limits; 2) failure to follow your emergency procedures; and 3) failure to perform surveys that may be necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements in 10 CFR Part 20.
SSM St. Clare Health Center, MO
EA-10-025
NOV
(SL III)
04/19/2010 On April 19, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to SSM St. Clare Health Center for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to implement written procedures to provide high confidence that each administration was in accordance with the written directive as required by Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 35.41. Specifically, between November 19, 2008, and September 23, 2009, the licensee failed to follow its procedures which required the preparation of final computerized treatment plans for two patients whose prostates had been implanted with radioactive seeds. The seeds were implanted on October 22, 2008, and their computed tomography (CT) studies were performed on November 19, 2008. However, the licensee still had not prepared the final treatment plans for these patients at the time of the inspection.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT
EA-10-171
NOV
(SL III)
11/10/2010 On November 10, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center (St. Francis) for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to meet the physical presence requirements of 10 CFR 35.615(f)(2) during high dose radiation (HDR) treatments. Specifically, on July 1, 2010 and other occasions prior to that date, a St. Francis authorized medical physicist was not physically present during initiation and continuation of patient treatments involving the HDR unit.
St. Francis Hospital, MI
EA-96-491
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 2,500
05/14/1997 Falsification of records for daily surveys.
St. Francis Hospital, HI
EA-96-524
NOV
(SL III)
03/05/1997 The action was based on a violation in which the licensee did not secure from unauthorized removal or access licensed material stored in a controlled area.
St. John Hospital Hospital & Medical Ctr., MI
EA-99-289
NOV
(SL III)
12/20/1999 Failure of two qualified individuals to verify the correct dose of iodine-131 prior to administering it, which resulted in a misadministration.
St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, MI EA-12-172 NOV
(SL III)
10/16/2012 On October 16, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to have written procedures in place that would provide high confidence that each high dose-rate remote afterloader (HDR) brachytherapy administration was in accordance with the written directive as required by 10 CFR Part 35.41(a). Specifically, on July 9, 2012, the licensee's written procedures failed to ensure that the patient's endobronchial catheters were directly connected to the HDR unit such that the brachytherapy administration would occur in accordance with the written directive.
St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, MI EA-08-329 NOV
(SL III)
02/18/2009 On February 18, 2009, a Notice of Violation (NOV) was issued for a Severity Level III violation. The NOV involved a violation of Condition 11.B of the facility's license, which authorized a specifically named individual to fulfill the responsibilities of the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for the brachytherapy activities. Specifically, as of November 2007, the authorized individual was no longer employed by the consulting firm retained by the licensee and did not fulfill the RSO responsibilities. The licensee failed to appoint a new RSO following the previous RSO's departure from the consulting firm.
St. John Mercy Medical Center, MO
EA-05-107
NOV
(SL III)
08/25/2005 On August 25, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving a violation of NRC regulations and the licensee's license conditions. Specifically, the NOV cited: (1) the licensee's administration of a dosage in excess of 30 microcuries and more than 20 percent different from the prescribed dose, to an infant; and (2) the licensee's failure to check the patient's name and identification number and the prescribed radionuclide, chemical form, and dosage before administering the dosage to the patient.
St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, NJ
EA-97-066
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 2,750
03/25/1997 The action was based on a lack of adequate attention to the licensed program.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, MI
EA-02-248
NOVCP
(SL I)

$6,000
05/07/2003 On May 7, 2003, Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $6,000 was issued for a Severity Level I problem involving: (1) the failure to conduct operations so that the total effective dose equivalent to individual members of the public from licensed operations does not exceed 0.1 rem in a year; and (2) the failure of the radiation safety officer to investigate overexposures and other deviations from approved radiation safety practice and implement corrective actions as necessary.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Mo
EA-06-188
NOV
(SL III)
10/20/2006 On October 20, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the administration of greater than 30 microcuries of I-131 sodium iodide without a written directive that was signed and dated by an authorized user. Specifically, a technologist administered 5.4 millicuries of I-131 sodium iodide to a patient that was scheduled to receive 15 microcuries of I-131 sodium iodide, without a written directive that was dated and signed by an authorized user before administering the I-131 sodium iodide dose.
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, PR
EA-97-620
NOV
(SL III)
01/30/1998 Failure to survey, plus other survey violations representing lack of attention.
St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs, MO
EA-97-234
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 2,500
07/23/1997 Breakdown in control of licensed program.
St. Mary's Medical Center, IN
EA-00-193
NOV
(SL III)
10/27/2000 A Notice of Violation for a Severity Level III violation was issued on October 27, 2000 for failure to prepare written directives prior to administering quantities of sodium iodide iodine-131 for diagnostic whole-body imaging.
St. Peter's Community Services, MO
EA-99-245
NOV
(SL III)
11/05/1999 Violation involving a failure to maintain control and surveillance of licensed material that was in an unrestricted area.
St. Peter's Medical Center, NJ
EA-97-406
NOV
(SL III)
09/25/1997 Source inadvertently transported to another hospital by a physician.
St. Peter's University Hospital, NJ
EA-06-228
NOV
(SL III)
11/30/2006 On November 30, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure licensed material from unauthorized removal or access, and/or maintain constant surveillance of licensed material that was stored in a controlled or unrestricted area. Specifically, on August 2, 2006, an HDR unit containing Iridium-192 was left unsecured and unattended in that the door to the room housing the HDR was open and no staff member was in the immediate vicinity to maintain constant surveillance, contrary to 10 CFR 20.1801 and 10 CFR 20.1802.
St. Vincent Hospital & Health Care Center, IN
EA-04-087
NOV
(SL III)
08/02/2004 On August 2, 2004, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to develop written procedures to ensure that each administration of NRC-licensed material was in accordance with the written directive from an authorized physician user.
Star-Lite Global, Inc., CA
EA-05-174
NOV
(SL III)
02/28/2006 On February 28, 2006, a Notice of Violation and Exercise of Enforcement Discretion was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to obtain an exempt distribution license, as required by 10 CFR 30.15, prior to transferring specialty light bulbs containing radioactive material (Kr-85). Based on the facts that Star-Lite Global stopped importing and distributing the Kr-85 bulbs by the fall of 2003, no longer operates or conducts transactions, plans to file for bankruptcy, and the low safety significance of the Kr-85 bulbs that it distributed, the NRC is exercising discretion to refrain from issuing a civil penalty in this case.
Steel of West Virginia (SWVA) Inc., WV
EA-03-047
NOV
(SL III)
04/24/2003 On April 24, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving: (1) the removal of a damaged gauge and installation of a device containing sealed sources to replace the damaged gauge by an individual who was not under the supervision of the Radiation Safety Officer and who was not licensed to perform such services, and (2) the conduct of a radiation survey with a meter that could not evaluate the extent of the radiation levels present and that had not been calibrated at the proper frequency.
Steel of West Virginia (SWVA) Inc., WV
EA-01-128
NOV
(SL III)
06/27/2001 On June 27, 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 three gauges containing 500 mCi of cesium-137 (Cs-137) and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Sterigenics International, Inc., NC
EA-06-035
NOVCP
(SL II)

$9,600
09/18/2006 On September 18, 2006, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $9,600 was issued for a Severity Level II violation involving the failure to properly control and transmit safeguards information (SGI). Specifically, safeguards information was transmitted to persons who had not satisfied the need-to-know and background screening requirements to receive SGI and in addition, incomplete and inaccurate information was provided to the NRC during the course of an inspections and investigation.
Stocker and Yale, Inc., MA
EA-96-036
NOV
(SL III)
03/18/1996 Violations involved transfer of material without an Agreement State License, failure to maintain control and surveillance of licensed radioactive material and failure to limit the amount of licensed radioactive material to the amount authorized by license.

Stora Enso North America Corporation, WI
EA-02-035

NOVCP
SL III

$7,500
06/11/2002 On June 11, 2002, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $7500 was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving: (1) failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of radioactive material that was in an unrestricted area and not in storage; (2) failure to clearly label a container (gauge) containing radioactive material; and (3) failure to ensure that a gauge containing a radioactive sealed source was removed by persons specifically licensed to perform such services.
Stork MSC, KY
EA-01-194
NOV
(SL III)
08/03/2001 On August 3, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to control or maintain constant surveillance of a radiography exposure device containing approximately 29 curies of iridium-192 in an unrestricted area.
Stork/Twin City Testing, MN
EA-00-169
NOVCP
(SL III)

$11,000
12/15/2000 On December 15, 2000, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $11,000 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the deliberate failure to have two individuals present during radiography at a temporary job site.
ORDERCP
$11,000
02/20/2001
Stroh Brewery Company, MI
EA-97-486
NOVCP
(SL II)

$ 4,400
12/19/1997 Unauthorized disposal of sealed sources.
Structure Testing and Inspection
EA-03-006
NOV
(SL II)
07/01/2003 On July 1, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity level II violation involving the willful failure to obtain a specific license from the NRC or an Agreement State prior to acquiring and using byproduct material. Although a civil penalty would normally be considered for this type of case, the NRC exercised discretion in accordance with Section VII.B.6 of the Enforcement Policy and refrained from assessing a civil penalty based on the fact that the gauges were returned to an authorized NRC licensee and the company withdrew its application for an NRC license.
Superior Well Services, Ltd., PA
EA-10-077
ORDER 02/08/2011 On February 8, 2011, the NRC issued an Immediately Effective Confirmatory Order to the Superior Well Services, Ltd. (SWS) to confirm commitments made as a result of an Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mediation session held on January 4, 2011. The licensee requested ADR following the NRC's October 21, 2010, Notice of Violation and Proposed civil penalty of $34,000, for five violations that were categorized into two severity level (SL) III problems. The first SL III problem involved three violations related to the temporary loss of two radioactive well logging sources. The second SL III problem involved two violations related to the deliberate failure to conduct radiological surveys and the creation of inaccurate survey records. As part of the agreement, SWS took number of actions addressing all of the violations, to ensure that the corrective actions are effective, and to ensure that lessons learned from these events are extended to the well logging industry. In addition, SWS took several corrective actions prior to the ADR mediation session. In recognition of SWS's proposed extensive corrective actions, in addition to corrective actions already taken, the NRC agreed to reduce the civil penalty originally proposed to $17,000.
NOVCP
(SL III)

$34,000
10/21/2010 On October 21, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $34,000 to the Superior Well Services, Ltd. (SWS), for two Severity Level III problems. The violations involved the licensee's failure to: (1) secure a shipment of radioactive materials on a public highway to prevent shifting during normal transportation conditions in accordance with 10 CFR 71.5(a); control and maintain constant surveillance of the licensed material in an unrestricted area as required by 10 CFR 20.1802; and notify the NRC of the missing licensed material in accordance with 10 CFR 20.2201(a); (2) conduct required radiological surveys of vehicles before transporting licensed material in accordance with10 CFR 39.67, and the deliberate falsification of survey records for the vehicles. Specifically, on September 20, 2008, while transporting licensed material on a public highway, SWS did not secure a shipment of radioactive materials, and failed to control and maintain constant surveillance of the licensed material for at least ninety minutes, until SWS located and retrieved the sources, and also failed to notify the NRC of the missing licensed material until July 23, 2009, ten months after identifying the event. In addition, on an unspecified number of occasions prior to July 22, 2010, before transporting licensed materials, SWS did not make radiation surveys of the position occupied by each individual in the vehicle and of the exterior of the vehicle used to transport the licensed materials and recorded survey results that were obtained by copying from previous survey records.
Superior Well Services, Ltd., PA
EA-02-178
NOV
(SL III)
10/16/2002 On October 16, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure licensed material (well logging sources including one americium-241 source, approximately 3 curies; and one cesium-137 source, approximately 2 curies) that were stored in a controlled area.
Syncor International Corporation, PA
EA-96-104
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 2,500
07/25/1996 Deliberate contamination of employee's locker in unrestricted area.
Syncor International Corporation, CA
EA-00-060
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 2,750
06/28/2000 On June 28, 2000, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty of $2,750 was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving: (1) failure to block and brace properly a package of radioactive material and (2) failure to maintain constant surveillance of licensed radioactive material.
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