United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

2018 Materials Actions

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Idaho State University (EA-17-206)

On May 3, 2018, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $8,500 to Idaho State University (licensee) for two Severity Level III violations of (1) 10 CFR 74.13 and (2) 10 CFR 20.1801 with 20.1802. Specifically, from 2004 until 2017, the licensee failed to secure from unauthorized removal or access the material stored in a controlled or unrestricted area that resulted in the licensee reporting to the NRC that it could not locate a sealed source of licensed material. Further, from November 2004 until March 2017, the licensee failed to provide the NRC with complete and accurate information in all material respects by including the lost source on its report to the NRC as being in the licensee's possession.

Jubilant DraxImage Radiopharmacies, Inc., d/b/a Triad Isotopes, (EA-17-202)

On March 16, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Jubilant DraxImage Radiopharmacies, Inc., for a Severity Level III problem involving two related violations. The first violation involved a failure to include a containment system securely closed by a positive fastening device within a Type A package such that it cannot be opened unintentionally or by pressure during normal transport, as required by 10 CFR 71.5(a). The second violation involved a failure to limit the external radiation level of a package containing radioactive material with a WHITE-I label, as required by 10 CFR 71.5(a) and 49 CFR172.403(c). Specifically, on October 23, 2017, the licensee failed to securely close with a positive fastening device the lid of a shielded containment system that formed a separate unit of a Type A package containing a radioactive material, and the package was received with the external radiation levels that exceeded the required limits.

Prein & Newhof (EA-17-201)

On March 16, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Prein & Newhof Inc., for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved a failure to use two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure a portable gauge from unauthorized removal as required by 10 CFR 30.34(i). Specifically, on multiple occasions between November 9, 2017, and November 17, 2017, the licensee left portable gauges in two different vehicles, each with only one physical control to prevent unauthorized removal when the gauges were not under the control and constant surveillance of the licensee.

Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (EA-17-146)

On February 15, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to the Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), for a Severity Level III problem related to three violations. The violations involved the failure to: 1) control and maintain constant surveillance of licensed material that was in a controlled or unrestricted area and that was not in storage as required by 10 CFR 20.1802; 2) properly secure a package against shifting during transportation as required by 10 CFR 71.5(a); and (3) use the required shipping paper and a properly marked shipping container in accordance with 10 CFR 71.5. Specifically, on August 2, 2017, an employee of DTRA, placed a licensed source on the roof of a car and inadvertently drove away without retrieving the source, which fell from the roof and was lost. The source was neither attached to the car nor secured within the car and did not comply with the applicable DOT requirements. The source was subsequently recovered on August 3, 2017.

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