June 4, 1998
Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company, related to a Radioactive Material Release at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, (EA-98-04)
This letter refers to the Department of Energy's (DOE) investigation of the facts and circumstances concerning the release of radioactive material at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). Specifically, on September 17, 1997, radioactive [material] was uncontrollably released to Test Reactor Area [building] from [radioactive material] processing activities taking place in [a Hot Cell]. The result of this release was contamination of the entire interior of [the building] and the contamination of six workers inside [the building]. Two companies were involved in this event: Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (LMITCO) and MAC Isotopes, L.L.C. (MAC) (now International Isotopes Idaho, Inc.). LMITCO is the site prime contractor to DOE while MAC functions as a subcontractor to LMITCO but performs radioisotope production for commercial distribution in a privatized capacity. While the isotope production work was performed by MAC, LMITCO was responsible for ensuring implementation and adherence to all applicable radiological and quality assurance procedures.