Qal-Tek Associates of Idaho Falls, Idaho, will meet next week with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to discuss inspection findings regarding the shipment of radioactive materials.
The violations under review for escalated enforcement are in an NRC inspection report prepared following an incident that occurred in April, when a package containing several radioactive sources shipped from a temporary jobsite to the company’s headquarters.
Upon receipt, workers scanned the package and found radiation levels in excess of regulatory limits because the radioactive sources had not been properly packaged.
A commercial shipping service was used, but based on interviews of licensee and shipper employees, no member of the public expected to have received a radiation exposure in excess of regulatory limits.
No decision on the safety significance of the finding or any additional NRC actions will be made at the Nov. 9 conference. That decision will come at a later time.