Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Accidental Exposure to Radioactive Material at Hanford

The Department of Energy (DOE) sent an enforcement letter to CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company regarding an October 2013 incident in which workers at the Hanford plutonium finishing plant accidentally handled a capsule of radioactive material. The capsule, a device used to calibrate radiation detection equipment, contained strontium 90. It was found on the floor by a technician who did not recognize it and placed it on a desk, where three other workers also handled it. The DOE found multiple problems in CH2M Hill’s nuclear safety management and occupational radiation programs, including weaknesses in documents and records, quality improvement, training and qualification, workplace controls, radiation safety training, and written procedures. The DOE did not issue a fine or other penalty for the incident because CH2M Hill had completed a thorough analysis of the incident and implemented corrective actions.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Investigative Finding
Date of Enforcement Letter
Contractors Involved Penalty
CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd. $0
Further Information Released
DOE Enforcement Letter 4/25/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database