United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Escalated Enforcement Actions Issued to Materials Licensees - V

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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
V.A., Department of, AR
EA-04-019
NOV
(SL III)
04/07/2004 On April 7, 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 150 millicuries of molybdenum-99 in a molybdenum-99/technetium-99m generator, 112 millicuries in four cesium-137 sealed sources, and 117 millicuries in two strontium-90 sealed sources) in a controlled area and the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
V.A., Department of, AR
EA-03-162
NOV
(SL III)
10/31/2003 On October 31, 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 (two curies of molybdenum-99 in a molybdenum-99/technetium-99m generator, 20 millicuries of iodine-125 in 52 brachytherapy seeds, and 60 millicuries of cesium-137 in two sources) in a controlled area, and the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
V.A., Department of, CA
EA-97-529
NOV
(SL III)
01/15/1998 Failure to make surveys to assure compliance with regulations in Part 20.
V.A., Department of, DE
EA-97-146
NOV
(SL III)
05/02/1997 Violations involving QMP.
V.A., Department of, IA
EA-99-174
NOV
(SL III)
10/14/1999 Violations involving (1) failure to assess dose consequences to members of the public following the administration of Sn-117m to two human research subjects and (2) failure to provide the released subjects with written instructions on how to maintain doses to others as low as is reasonably achievable.
V. A., Department of, IL
EA-99-284
NOV
(SL III)
12/15/1999 Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving two failures to follow the medical quality management program that resulted in a therapeutic misadministration.
V. A., Department of, MD
EA-97-116
NOV
(SL III)
05/02/1997 Security violations
V. A., Department of, PA
EA-00-086
NOVCP
(SL III)

$5,500

CPORDER
$5,500
07/20/2000 On July 20, 2000, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty of $5,500 was issued for a Severity Level III violation based on discrimination against a former employee for raising safety concerns.
V. A., Department of, PA
EA-96-182
NOVCP
(SL II)

$8,000
09/18/1996 Discrimination against RSO for contacting NRC.
V. A., Department of, TX
EA-96-534
NOV
(SL III)
03/10/1997 The action was based on a violation in which the licensee transferred and subsequently disposed of a 130 microcurie americium-241 sealed calibration source (Model MCK599) contained in a Packard Model 3385 liquid scintillation counter by a means other than transfer to a person holding a specific license pursuant to 10 CFR Parts 30 and 32 or from an Agreement State and the exemption in 10 CFR 31.59(c)(9) did not apply.
V.A. Medical Center, MO
EA-02-105
NOVCP
(SL III)

$6,000
07/30/2002 On July 31, 2002, 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 unauthorized disposal of licensed material and the failure to immediately report to the NRC the loss of licensed material when the inappropriate disposal was identified.
V.A. Medical Center, MO
EA-01-312
NOV
(SL III)
12/28/2001 On December 28, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving to secure from unauthorized removal or limit access to licensed material (iodine-131) and the failure to control and maintain constant surveillance of this licensed material.
Valley Quarries, Inc.,
Chambersburg, PA
EA-13-215
NOVCP
(SL III)

$3,500
02/06/2014 On February 6, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,500 to Valley Quarries Inc. (VQI), for a Severity Level III Problem for three related violations. The three violations involved VQI's willful failure to: (1) secure the gauge containing radioactive materials to prevent from shifting during transport as required by 10 CFR 71.5; (2) control and maintain constant surveillance of the gauge that is in an unrestricted area as required by 10 CFR 20.1802; and (3) use two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure the gauge from unauthorized removal in accordance with 30.34(i).  Specifically, on May 3, 2013, VQI, a licensee of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while working under reciprocity in a non-Agreement State, did not secure a portable gauge containing licensed materials to prevent shifting while transporting it in the back of a pickup truck over a public highway, an unrestricted area, in West Virginia.  Consequently, the gauge fell out of the truck bed on a highway and was left unsecured in an area not controlled by the licensee. The gauge was found by a member of the public who subsequently returned it to the licensee through the Agreement State regulator.
Valley Quarries, Inc., PA
EA-07-156
NOVCP
(SL III)

$3,250
08/16/2007 On August 16, 2007, a Notice of Violation (NOV) and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,250 was issued for a a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 30.34(i) involving the 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, which may have contributed to the theft of the gauge. Specifically, a portable nuclear gauge was stolen from an unattended licensee vehicle that was parked at an employee residence. While the gauge was unattended, the licensee had only a single tangible barrier in place to prevent the theft.
Victor E. Rivera Associates Geotechnical Engineers, PR
EA-99-269
NOV
(SL III)
11/23/1999 Failure to maintain control and surveillance of licensed material that was in an unrestricted area.
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
EA-00-040
NOV
(SL III)
04/24/2000 On April 24, 2000, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem based on the loss of licensed material (a brachtherapy strand containing seven seeds of iridium-192) and the failure to immediately report to the NRC the loss of licensed material.
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
EA-97-417
NOV
(SL III)
10/28/1997 Failure to secure licensed material against unauthorized removal.
Virginia Power Company, VA
EA-97-419
NOV
(SL III)
10/29/1997 Removal of a generally fixed gauge was performed contrary to the requirements of 10 CFR 31.5(c)(3).
ViroMed Laboratories, Inc. MN
EA-98-276
NOV
(SL III)
05/27/1998 Seven violations indicative of a programmatic breakdown in control over licensed activities.
Virtua Health System - West Jersey Hospital, NJ
EA-09-212
NOV
(SL III)
10/21/2009 On October 21, 2009, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Virtua Health System - West Jersey Hospital (Virtua) for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to develop, implement, and maintain written procedures to provide high confidence that each administration is in accordance with the written directive, as required by 10 CFR 35.41(a)(2). Specifically, during patient setup on January 19, 2009, Virtua staff raised questions concerning the visualization and positioning of seeds in the prostate and there were no procedures to ensure resolution of the questions. As a result, all seeds were implanted outside the prostate.
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