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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
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, AL

04/01/1997 Deliberate failure to obtain the signature of the physician authorized user on a written directive before administering a dosage of I-131 of greater than 30 microcuries to a patient.
Fernandez, M.D., Jose, PR

06/11/1997 Failure to implement various aspects of brachytherapy program and the failure to comply with all aspects of "Order Modifying License" issued October 21, 1996.
Fernandez, M.D., Jose, PR
ORDER 10/21/1996 Over 100 misadministrations from wrongly calibrated Sr-90 device, failure to have QMP, unauthorized users.
Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc


On January 17, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc. for two Severity Level III violations for (1) detaching a sealed source from a source rod, without being specifically authorized to do so; and (2) handling of the unshielded cesium-137 source. Specifically, on July 16, 2018, the licensee's office technician detached a sealed source containing 8 millicuries of cesium-137 from the source rod of a Troxler 3400 series portable gauge that had been damaged at a temporary job site in Big Rapids, Michigan. Once the source was detached, the licensee's gauge user touched the unshielded source rod with their bare hands.

Flowserve Corporation, VA
04/30/2012 On April 30, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Flowserve Corporation for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involved a failure to obtain a specific license for export of reactor components, as required by 10 CFR 110.20. Specifically, in March 2010, Flowserve exported two reactor recirculation pump seal-repair kits, components subject to NRC licensing jurisdiction, to Mexico without obtaining an NRC specific license.
FMC & Associates, LLC
05/17/2016 On May 17, 2016, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to FMC & Associates, LLC, for a Severity Level III problem for eight related violations. The first violation involved a failure to use a minimum of two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure portable gauge from unauthorized removal in accordance with 10 CFR 30.34(i). Specifically, between November 1, 2014, and May 6, 2015, a portable gauge was stored in the trunk of a personal vehicle at a jobsite and the gauge was secured with only one tangible barrier (locked vehicle trunk) to prevent unauthorized removal when it was not under the control and constant surveillance. The seven other violations involved the failure to: (1) confine possession of byproduct material to the activity limit authorized on the NRC license; (2) perform physical inventories of radioactive sources/devices every six months; (3) perform annual radiation protection program reviews; (4) provide annual refresher training to authorized gauge users; (5) review and maintain occupational exposure records; (6) provide proper package labeling of transport gauges; and (7) include required information on shipping papers during transportation of gauges.
Foundation Engineering Science, Inc., VA

11/22/2005 On November 22, 2005, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $3,250 was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving the failure to secure from unauthorized removal, or limit access to, a nuclear gauge located in a company vehicle parked in a public parking lot. As a result, a nuclear gauge was stolen, and remained uncontrolled in the public domain. In addition, the licensee did not immediately report the theft of the licensed material as required.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA
11/30/1999 Failure of the Radiation Safety Committee to provide required training to all physicians to administer radioactive material.
Framatome ANP Richland, Inc., WA

08/28/2002 On August 28, 2002, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $15,000 was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving multiple failures related to a loss of criticality safety control event.
Framatome ANP Richland, Inc., WA
06/05/2001 On June 5, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III problem involving willfully: (1) shipping licensed material in unapproved packages, (2) exporting licensed material that did not meet required packaging requirements, (3) certifying in shipping papers that an export shipment complied with applicable shipping requirements, and (4) failing to maintain approved operating procedures.
Franklin Hospital Corporation, VA
08/01/2001 On August 1, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the licensee's failure to maintain control and constant surveillance of licensed byproduct material involving radiopharmaceuticals in an unrestricted area.
French Onion, LLC, MT 

On May 18, 2021, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to French Onion, LLC (Licensee), for a severity level III violation.  The violation involved the transfer of byproduct material to a person not authorized to receive such byproduct material under terms of a specific license issued by the NRC, or an Agreement State, in accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 30.41.  Specifically, from January 1, 2009, through February 26, 2021, the licensee transferred two portable nuclear gauges, which required a specific NRC or Agreement State license, to Gaston Engineering & Surveying, P.C., an entity not authorized to possess or use the portable gauges.

Froehling & Robertson, Inc. , VA
05/20/2019 On May 20, 2019, the NRC issued an SL III NOV to Froehling & Robertson, Inc. (F&R), for a problem associated with two related violations of 10 CFR 20.1802, "Control of material not in storage," and 10 CFR 30.34(i), and an SL III NOV related to 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(i). Specifically, on February 27, 2017, F&R failed to control and maintain constant surveillance of a portable gauge containing licensed material on the bed of a pickup truck (an unrestricted area and not in storage) while in transport to another site. The gauge did not have the required minimum two independent physical controls that form tangible barriers to secure the gauge from unauthorized removal. The gauge fell off the truck and was unattended until recovered approximately 20 minutes later. F&R also failed to report the incident as lost, stolen, or missing licensed material immediately after its occurrence.
Froehling and Robertson, Inc., VA
07/12/2005 On July 12, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to secure, control or maintain constant surveillance of a portable nuclear gauge containing NRC licensed material in an unrestricted area while it was not in storage.
Frontier Production Logging, Inc., WY
$2,750 &
11/07/1997 Failure to amend license prior to moving storage location.

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