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Escalated Enforcement Actions Issued to Materials Licensees - T

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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

Tamfelt, Inc., WA
EA-03-121

NOV
(SL III)
08/28/2003 On August 28, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity level III problem involving the possession and/or use of licensed material in areas of NRC jurisdiction without a specific or general NRC license and the failure to file NRC Form 241, "Report of Proposed Activities in Non-Agreement States, Areas of Exclusive Federal Jurisdiction, or Offshore Waters," with the NRC prior to conducting licensed activities in NRC jurisdiction.
Temple University, PA EA-02-148 NOV
(SL III)
07/25/2002 On July 25, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving the deliberate failure of a senior nuclear medicine technologist to follow procedures involving the use of radiopharmaceuticals for a patient dose and the subsequent falsification of the assayed and delivered dose record.
Temple University, PA
EA-00-156
NOVCP
(SL II)

$ 8,800
10/19/2000 On October 19, 2000, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty for $8,800 for a Severity Level II violation was issued. The action was based on discrimination against a former Nuclear Medicine Technologies for raising safety concerns.
Temple University, PA
EA-97-426
NOV
(SL III)
02/20/1998 Deliberate preparation of inaccurate wipe test record.
Temple University, PA
EA-96-455
NOVCP
(SL III)

$10,000
12/31/1996 Willful failure to perform monthly HDR check.
Temple University, PA
EA-95-243
NOV
(SL III)
03/05/1996 Violations involving a therapeutic misadministration involving a cobalt-60 teletherapy irradiation.
Terracon Companies, Inc., KS
EA-97-425
NOV
(SL III)
11/17/1997 Deliberate violations of license conditions.
TES Consultants, P.C., MI
EA-04-099
NOV
(SL III)
09/1/2004 On September 1, 2004, 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 8 millicuries of cesium-137 and 40 millicuries of americium-241 in a moisture density gauge) in an unrestricted area at a temporary jobsite and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Testco, Inc., NC
EA-95-101
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 5,000
10/31/1995 Deliberate failure to file Form-241.
CPORDER
$ 5,000


Settlement
03/19/1995
Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc., MI
EA-99-097;
EA-99-169
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 5,500
07/08/1999 Failure to secure and control licensed material and failure to provide the NRC with complete and accurate information regarding the licensed material (moisture density gauge).
CPORDER
$ 5,500
09/24/1999
Testing Laboratories, Inc., NM
EA-96-447
NOV
(SL III)

$ 2,500
01/06/1997 Willful failure to file NRC Form 241.
Testing Technologies, Inc., VA
EA-02-166
NOVCP
(SL II)

$9,600
01/22/2003 On January 22, 2003, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $9,600 was issued for a Severity Level II problem involving the willful: (1) performance of radiographic operations at temporary job sites by radiographer's assistants and helpers who were not accompanied by at least one qualified radiographer; (2) performance of radiographic operations by individuals who had not met training requirements; (3) failure to wear a combination of a direct reading pocket dosimeter, an alarming ratemeter, and either a film badge or TLD and (4) failure of the corporate and site Radiation Safety Officer to oversee the radiation safety program.
Testing Technologies, Inc., VA
EA-00-231
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 5,500
11/14/2000 On November 14, 2000, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $5,500 was issued. The action was based for a Severity Level III problem involving the failure to (1) limit unrestricted area doses to less than two mrem in any one hour, (2) to post each radiation and high radiation area with the appropriate sign, (3) to perform surveys necessary to demonstrate compliance with the regulations and to evaluate the radiological hazards present.
Testmaster Inspection Co., Inc.
EA-03-081
NOVCP
(SL III)

$5,500
07/02/2003 On July 2, 2003, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $5,500 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the deliberate failure to use a radiation survey instrument during radiographic operations
CPORDER
$ 5,500
09/05/2003
Testwell Laboratories, Inc. NY
EA-03-036
NOVCP
(SL III)

$6,000
05/14/2003 On May 14, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to file for reciprocity with the NRC for storage and use of licensed sources in a location outside an Agreement State. A Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $6,000 was also issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the willful actions of its Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) who knowingly performed and allowed radiography work by other employees without accompaniment by a certified radiographer, and that work required the supervision of a certified radiographer.
Testwell Laboratories, Inc., NY
EA-01-149
NOV
(SL III)
06/14/2001 On June 14, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation based on Testwell Laboratories, Inc., a licensee of the State of New York, using portable gauges in New Jersey, a non-Agreement State, without a specific license from the NRC and without filing a Form 241, "Report of Proposed Activities in Non-Agreement State," with the NRC.
Tetra Tech, Inc. (Newark, Delaware)
EA-13-227
NOV
(SL III)
02/24/2014 On February 24, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Tetra Tech, Inc. (Tetra Tech) for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved a failure to confine possession and use of the byproduct material to the locations and purposes authorized in the license, as required by 10 CFR 30.34(c).  Specifically, between June 7, 2006 and October 22, 2013, on multiple occasions, Tetra Tech personnel conducted maintenance of portable nuclear gauges that required detaching the source rod from the gauge and was not specifically licensed by the NRC or an Agreement State to perform such services.
Texas Gamma Ray, LLC (Pasadena, Texas 77053)
((EA-10-102)
NOVCP
(ORDER)
$7,000
05/15/2012 On May 15, 2012, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order (Effective Immediately) to Texas Gamma Ray, LLC (TGR) to formalize commitments made as a result of an ADR mediation session held on April 23, 2012. The commitments were made as part of a settlement agreement between TGR and the NRC regarding apparent violations of NRC requirements. The agreement resolves the apparent violations involving TGR's failure to: (1) meet two NRC security requirements; and (2) store radioactive material only at a location authorized by its license. Specifically, radioactive material was stored at a facility in Rock Springs, Wyoming, which was not an approved storage location. TGR agreed to a number of corrective actions, including paying a civil penalty of $7,000, retrieving the licensed material from Wyoming and transferring it to a site in Texas authorized for storage, revising internal procedures, requiring the RSO's approval for storing licensed material, and training all radiographers on the new procedures.
The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
(EA-12-142)
NOV
(SL III)
08/28/2012 On August 28, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to The Christ Hospital, 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 (b). Specifically, on multiple occasions between January 2009 and March 8, 2012, The Christ Hospital - Mobile, a licensee of the State of Ohio, possessed and used syringes containing technetium-99m at a temporary job site in Indiana, a non-Agreement State, without first filing a Form-241 with the NRC, at least three days before engaging in such activity.
The Dial Corporation, OH
EA-96-041
NOVCP
(SL III)

$2,500
06/18/1996 Loss of NDE systems gauge.
CPORDER
$ 2,500
10/31/1996
The Duriron Company, Inc., OH
EA-95-227
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 2,500
02/05/1996 Licensee's failure to leak test sealed sources at intervals specified by 10 CFR 34.25(b).
CPORDER
$ 2,500
04/12/1996
The Terracon Companies, Inc., KS
EA-98-124
NOV
(SL III)

$ 2,750
05/15/1998 Failure to secure portable gauge resulting in theft.
CPORDER
$ 2,750
10/21/1996
Theilsch Engineering, Inc., RI
EA-98-161
NOV
(SL III)
04/23/1998 Failure to file form NRC Form 241.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, PA
EA-05-237
NOV
(SL III)
03/03/2006 On March 3, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to control the annual occupational shallow dose equivalent to 50 rem, and the failure to conduct adequate surveys. Specifically, a nuclear medicine technologist (NMT) received an exposure to the skin of the right thumb when it became contaminated with sodium iodide (iodine 131), during treatment of a patient. The NMT did not perform adequate surveys necessary for the timely identification of skin contamination and assessment of dose to the skin of her right thumb. As a result, the NMT's skin was contaminated for 26 hours before being detected. (RI, H, SLIII, Sup IV, YY No CP)
Titan Atlantic Group, NC
EA-00-191
NOV
(SL III)
10/12/2000 A Notice of Violation for a Severity Level III violation was issued on October 12, 2000. The action was based on the performance of radiography in an NRC jurisdiction by individuals who were not certified through a radiographer certification program.
Tome & Ubinas Radio Oncology Center, PR
EA-07-103
NOV
(SL III)
10/11/2007 On October 11, 2007, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to meet the physical presence requirements in 10 CFR 35.615(f)(2) during High Dose Radiation (HDR) brachytherapy treatments. Specifically, on two occasions the licensee willfully performed HDR brachytherapy treatments without the physical presence of an authorized user and on two additional occasions the licensee willfully performed HDR brachytherapy treatments without the physical presence of an authorized user and continued patient treatments without the authorized user or a physician under the supervision of an authorized user physically present.
TRC Engineers, Inc. NJ
EA-06-286
(Formerly SITE-BLAUVELT Engineering, Inc.
NOVCP
(SLIII)

$3,250
01/30/2007 On January 30, 2007, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,250, was issued for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 30.34 (i), involving the reported theft of a portable nuclear density gauge containing licensed material. The licensee failed to use a minimum of two independent physical controls to secure a portable gauge while it was not under the control and surveillance of your staff, as required. Specifically, the licensee provided one independent barrier by securing the gauge in a locked container and placing it in a locked shed for overnight storage at a temporary job site. However, the licensee failed to provide a second independent barrier when it did not secure the gauge to the shed.
CPORDER
$ 3,250

Trap Rock Industries, Inc., NJ
EA-01-314

CPORDER
$3,000
04/30/2002 On April 30, 2002, an Order Imposing Civil Monetary Penalty in the amount of $3,000 was issued. The action was based on a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,000 that was issued on February 27, 2002, for a Severity Level III violation involving failure to control a nuclear gauge that was subsequently stolen from a temporary job site. The licensee's March 26, 2002, response did not deny that the violation occurred as stated in the Notice, but requested withdrawal of the penalty. The licensee argued that the penalty should be withdrawn because the gauge contained minuscule quantities of material, was clearly and properly labeled, and was lost due to a criminal act of an unknown third party. Upon discovery that the gauge was missing, the licensee immediately notified the NRC of the theft and attempted to find the stolen gauge. The licensee disciplined the employee who left the gauge unattended, and also took corrective actions that included re-instructing and re-training its employees; and the licensee has had no prior violations of NRC regulations. After considering the licensee's response, the NRC concluded that an adequate basis was not provided for withdrawal of the civil penalty.
Triad Engineering, Inc., WV
EA-06-150
NOVCP
(SL III)
$3,250
09/12/2006 On September 12, 2006, a Notice of Violation (NOV) and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,250 was issued. The NOV cites two violations of NRC requirements. The first violation involved the failure of the authorized gauge user (AU) to properly block and brace the gauge in the open bed of his pick-up truck, to secure the gauge with two independent physical controls, and to close the tailgate prior to leaving the field office parking lot. The case containing the gauge fell off the truck onto a public street resulting in the second violation, i.e., the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material in an unrestricted area. After bystanders notified the AU that his gauge had fallen off his truck, the AU driver retraced his route and retrieved the gauge. The container and the gauge were not damaged and there was no radiation dose to members of the public as a result of this event.
Triad Engineering, Inc., WV
EA-04-235
NOV
(SL III)
02/24/2005 On February 24, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to verify that the receiver of a transferred portable gauge was authorized to receive it before shipping it to them.
Triad Engineering, Inc., WV
EA-04-014
NOVCP
(SL III)
$3,000
04/20/2004 On April 20, 2004, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,000 was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving the willful failure to (1) control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material (approximately 50 millicuries of americium-241 contained in a portable moisture density gauge) located in an unrestricted area and (2) lock the portable gauge or its container when not in under the direct surveillance of an authorized user.
Triad Engineering, Inc., WV
EA-99-134
NOV
(SL III)
07/08/1999 Failure to secure and control licensed material (moisture density gauge).
Tri-State Area Nuclear Pharmacy, WV
EA-97-595
NOV
(SL III)
01/08/1998 Failure to secure licensed material and transfer of radioactive material to an unauthorized recipient.
Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc., NC
EA-09-082
NOV
(SL III)
03/09/2010 On March 9, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to implement 10 CFR 110.20(a)(2) and 10 CFR 110.41(a)(9). Specifically, on November 21, 2008, Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc., failed to apply for a specific license and exported byproduct material listed in Appendix L (a moisture density gauge containing Am-241) to an embargoed country listed in 10 CFR 110.28 (Iraq). Further, this failure to apply for a specific export license prevented an Executive Branch review of the export activity as required by 10 CFR 110.41(a)(9).
Truman Medical Center, MI
EA-14-115
NOV
(SL III)
10/08/2014 On October 8, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Truman Medical Center for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 35.75(a) involving the release of individuals who had been administered unsealed byproduct material. The licensee failed to ensure that a member of the public would not receive an exposure likely to exceed 5 milliSievert (0.5 rem) from the released individual. Specifically, on June 27, 2011, and November 30, 2012, the licensee released individuals who had received I-131 sodium iodide administrations of 70 and 69.3 millicuries, respectively, but the licensee's maximum outpatient release level of 54 millicuries was based on a calculated dose of 5 milliSievert (0.5 rem) to any other individual.
Tulsa Gamma Ray, Inc., OK
EA-98-475
NOV
(SL III)
02/25/1999 Two radiation exposures in excess of NRC limits.
Turabo Corporation, PR
EA-01-126
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 3,000
06/20/2001 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 two gauges containing approximately eight millicuries (mCi) of cesium-137 and 50 mCi of americium-241 and failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Turabo Corporation, PR
EA-00-088
NOV
(SL III)
06/12/2000 A Notice of Violation for a Severity Level III violation was issued June 12, 2000. The action was based on the failure to secure the portable moisture density gauge from unauthorized removal and failure to limit the dose in an unrestricted area.
Tyme Engineering, Inc., MI
EA-07-276
NOVCP
(SL III)
$3,250
01/07/2008 On January 7, 2008, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,250 was issued to Tyme Engineering, Inc. This action is based on a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 30.34(i) involving the licensee's failure to maintain a minimum of two independent physical controls that formed tangible barriers to secure a portable gauge from unauthorized removal during a period when the portable gauge was not under the control and constant surveillance of the licensee. Specifically, the licensee had only a single tangible barrier in place when a gauge was stolen from an unattended licensee vehicle parked at the licensee's business parking lot.
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