Qal-Tek Associates of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is facing $22,400 in civil penalties for violations regarding the shipment of radioactive materials, federal regulators said.
The violations were identified in a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspection report prepared following an incident that occurred in April, when a package containing several radioactive sources was shipped from a temporary jobsite to the company’s headquarters.
Upon receipt, workers scanned the package and determined radiation levels exceeded regulatory limits resulting from radioactive sources that had not been properly packaged.
A commercial shipping service was used, but based on interviews of licensee and shipper employees, no one is expected to have received a radiation exposure in excess of regulatory limits.
NRC staff met with company representatives on Nov. 9, during a pre-decisional enforcement conference. Company officials did not contest the violations, but provided information about long-term corrective actions.
The company has 30 days in which to dispute the fine or request involvement of a neutral third-party mediator to resolve the issue.