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Enforcement Actions for Safety Violations at Los Alamos National Laboratory 1996-2006; Total Fines Waived: $3.4 MILLION in 10 years

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September 12, 2006

DATE: to be determined
WAIVED PENALTY: $1.1 million
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATIONS
: “worker uptake event resulting from the TA-50-66 decontamination operation; the July 2005 Sigma Facility americium offsite contamination event, the November 2005 inspection performed by the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance (SSA), and the December 2005 TA-55 airborne contamination event.”
SOURCE: Draft Preliminary Notice of Violation

DATE: June 21, 2004
WAIVED PENALTY: $770,000
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATIONS
: for violations associated with occupational radiation over-exposures to two workers which occurred on August 5, 2003, resulting from the inadequate storage and handling of plutonium residue containers.”
SOURCE: http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/eas/EA-2004-05WS.pdf and http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/press/pr04017.html

DATE: April 10, 2003
WAIVED PENALTY: $385,000
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATIONS:
“radiological control violations,” “contamination” of “seven workers” with an unidentified substance, and other violations
SOURCE: http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/eas/EA-2003-02WS.pdf

DATE: December 17, 2002
WAIVED PENALTY: $220,000
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION:
“unauthorized staging and storage of transuranic (TRU) waste in PF-185 from March 1996 until June 2001.”
SOURCE: http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/eas/EA200205.pdf

DATE: January 19, 2001
WAIVED PENALTY: $605,000
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION:
“violations of DOE’s nuclear safety regulations associated with the March 16, 2000, [radioactive material] multiple intake event at TA-55, the 1998 [radioactive material] intake at TA-55 and authorization basis and work control violations at TA-18.During the TA-55 event, eight workers were exposed to airborne [radioactive material]; five of the eight were later determined to have suffered detectable intakes of[radioactive material]. Although final dose estimates have not been completed, it is apparent one worker significantly exceeded the Department’s regulatory annual exposure limit and two additional workers may also have exceeded the limit. The TA-18 events included the operation of nuclear facilities outside of the limits and controls established by the facility's safety documents.
SOURCE: http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/eas/ea200013R01.pdf

DATE: September 3, 1999
WAIVED PENALTY: $220,000
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION:
“deficiencies in work controls and in radiological monitoring which led to a worker's unplanned, uncontrolled radiological exposure and intake of radiological material…”
SOURCE: http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/eas/ea199908R01.pdf

DATE: September 21, 1998
WAIVED PENALTY: $112,500
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION:
  “numerous failures by your organization to implement established radiological protection requirements and quality controls to protect workers and the public.”
SOURCE: http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/eas/ea98-10R1.pdf

DATE: December 18, 1996
WAIVED PENALTY: None listed.
DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION:
“unauthorized modification of [radiation] monitors in the TSFF and a sump modification in the basement of [a building], which contains some [facility] safety features.”
SOURCE: http://www.eh.doe.gov/enforce/eas/ea9607R1.pdf
 

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