NRC Fines Firm for Not Decommissioning

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 02:04 PM gHale

A Puerto Rico company is facing fine for failing to properly secure licensed nuclear materials and for not performing decommissioning activities within the required timeframes, federal officials said.

San Juan, Puerto Rico-based Somascan Inc., previously provided diagnostic medical treatments to patients using radiopharmaceuticals and scanning devices containing sealed nuclear sources.

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Based on inspections conducted at the company’s facility, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) identified a violation with three elements:
1) Somascan’s failure to secure from unauthorized removal or access NRC-licensed nuclear materials stored in uncontrolled areas
2) The company’s failure to notify the NRC in writing within 60 days of the expiration of its license and to either begin decommissioning or submit a decommissioning plan within one year of notifying the agency
3) The firm’s failure to complete decommissioning of a facility covered by the NRC license no later than two years after the expiration of the license

As a result, the NRC is proposing a Severity Level III violation and a $7,000 fine for Somascan.

“This enforcement action is necessary to ensure that the company adheres to its obligation to decommission the affected facility and to transfer or dispose of licensed nuclear material in its possession,” said NRC Region I Administrator Dan Dorman.

The site does not currently pose a safety concern for the public because the NRC-licensed material contained in the facility is in the form of a sealed source.

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