United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

2019 Materials Actions

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Source Production & Equipment Company (EA-18-170)

On June 3, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Source Production & Equipment Company (SPEC or licensee) for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved the licensee's failure to obtain a specific license authorizing the import of material not covered by the NRC general licenses described in Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Parts 110.21 through 110.27. Specifically, between 2012 and 2017, SPEC imported 155 non-U.S. origin disused sealed sources containing the byproduct material (iridium-192, selenium-75, and ytterbium-169) into the U.S. without a specific license as required by 10 CFR 110.20(a).

Idaho State University (EA-18-153)

On May 2, 2019, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order to Idaho State University (ISU) confirming commitments reached as part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mediation session. The ADR mediation session was associated with an apparent violation involving the failure to secure two portable gauges containing radioactive sources to prevent unauthorized access or removal pursuant to Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations Section 30.34(i).

The licensee agreed to take a number of actions, in addition to steps already taken, including but not limited to: (1) complete a 100 percent source inventory; (2) conduct an audit, using an independent third-party consultant(s), of NRC licensed activities across all four NRC licenses (broad scope, production, research and test reactor, and special nuclear material); (3) complete a causal evaluation of the audit findings by the independent third-party consultant(s); and (4) submit a corrective action plan based on the third-party consultant(s) causal evaluation and recommended corrective actions. In consideration of the commitments from ISU, the NRC is issuing this CO with no civil penalty, and will not pursue any further enforcement action based on the apparent violations identified in the NRC's January 10, 2019 letter. The CO will be considered an escalated enforcement action by the NRC for future assessment of violations occurring at ISU.

Holtec International (EA-18-151)

On April 24, 2019, the NRC issued a Severity Level III Notice of Violation to Holtec International for a violation of 10 CFR 72.146(a), "Design Control." The violation involved Holtec's inadequate modification of certain multi-purpose canisters used for the storage of spent fuel. Specifically, Holtec failed to establish adequate design control measures for installing alternative four-inch stainless steel stand-off pins that were essential to the function of the multi-purpose canister."

Providence Alaska Medical Center (EA-18-133)

On February 21, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition Civil Penalty in the amount of $14,500 to Providence Alaska Medical Center (PAMC) for a Severity Level III problem associated with two related occupational radiation monitoring and dose assessment violations. The violations involved the licensee’s failure to (1) monitor occupational exposure of workers from licensed and unlicensed sources of radiation and account for external employment for purposes of occupation dose in accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 20.1502(a)(1) and 10 CFR 20.1201(f); and (2) implement a radiation protection program commensurate with the scope and extent of licensed activities in accordance with 10 CFR 20.1101(a). Specifically, prior to August 2018, the PAMC failed to properly monitor personnel exposures, resulting in three contract occupational workers potentially exceeding the 10 CFR 20.1201(a) annual limit. PAMC also failed to implement elements of its radiation protection program to review and evaluate abnormal radiation exposure reports, investigate exposure reports with results over licensee-set administrative limits, develop recommendations to management for corrective action, and implement effective corrective actions to restore compliance.

Mistras Group, Inc. (EA-18-113)

On February 13, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mistras Group, Inc. (licensee) for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved the licensee's failure to confine the use of byproduct material to the purposes authorized in its license in accordance with 10 CFR 30.34(c). Specifically, on September 9, 2017, a Mistras employee used a radiographic exposure device at a temporary job site to radiograph his own hand, a use not authorized by its NRC license.

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