Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Research Reactor Radiation Exposure

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission launched a special inspection of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s research nuclear reactor after MIT reported a worker at the facility may have been exposed to an excessive dose of radiation. On October 17, 2007, MIT reported that the worker had a radiation measurement of four rems for the period between July 1 and September 30, or 80 percent of the total radiation a person can be safely exposed to in a year. In December 2007, the NRC cited MIT for two violations at the facility: “One violation relates to the failure to conduct radiological surveys that are reasonable under the circumstances to evaluate the magnitude and extent of radiation levels and the potential radiological hazards. The other violation relates to the failure to provide adequate training in the health protection problems associated with exposure to radiation and/or radioactive material, in precautions or procedures to minimize exposure, and in the purposes and functions of protective devices employed.”

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Investigative Finding
Date of NRC Inspection Report
Contractors Involved Penalty
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology $0
Further Information Released
NRC Inspection Report 2/28/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database