It’s tough to tell what’s more newsworthy from a Nuclear Regulatory Commission release describing its order that Schlumberger Technology Corp. take some corrective actions: that the company lost a “gauge containing radioactive material,” or that a federal agency would promote a $3,250 fine against of unit of the world’s largest oil field services company.
From the release:
Schlumberger has agreed to the terms of the Confirmatory Order that requires it to develop an enhanced accountability and security program for radioactive materials, conducting additional management reviews of the company’s radiation safety program and paying a $3,250 civil penalty.
The terms of the Confirmatory Order were agreed to following Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which uses a neutral mediator with no decision-making authority to assist the NRC and its licensees in resolving differences regarding enforcement actions.
The actions stemmed from an Oct. 4, 2007, report by Schlumberger to the NRC that it could not locate a device containing radioactive materials. A subsequent inspection by NRC determined that a former radiation safety officer at the company’s Rock Springs, Wyo., field station failed to conduct an adequate physical inventory of licensed radioactive materials as required by NRC regulations.