Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Price-Anderson Violations – Pacific Northwest National Lab

The Department of Energy issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to the Battelle Memorial Institute for nuclear safety violations at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), of which Battelle is the managing and operating contractor. The PNOV cites a series of violations related to “two radiological events and a programmatic performance deficiency at the PNNL…The radiological events included: (1) the December 2006 airborne plutonium release at the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL); and (2) the June 2007 spread of contamination from a leaking sealed source. The programmatic performance deficiency involved the implementation of the Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle) independent assessment program.” The DOE proposed a civil penalty of $288,750, but “[u]nder the Atomic Energy Act provisions applicable to contracts entered into prior to the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Battelle is statutorily exempt from the civil penalties associated with nuclear safety enforcement at PNNL for violations occurring at the time of the events.”

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of PNOV
Contractors Involved Penalty
Battelle Memorial Institute $288,750
Further Information Released
DOE Press Release 2/27/2008
PNOV 2/27/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database