December 18, 1997
Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Associated Universities, Inc., related to Radiological Control Deficiencies at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, (EA-97-13)
This letter refers to the Department of Energy's (DOE's) evaluation of the facts and circumstances surrounding a number of radiological control deficiencies at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) identified in 1997. Specifically, on March 5, 1997, DOE found that a large number of BNL Radiological Control Technicians (RCTs) did not meet established qualifications yet were performing the same duties as qualified RCTs. Additionally, in May and June 1997 radiological events occurred at BNL involving unplanned personnel exposures, contaminations or loss of control of radioactive material. Enclosed is an Investigation Summary Report setting forth the results of DOE's review.