Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 21-012 February 23, 2021
CONTACT: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200
NRC Proposes $75,000 Civil Penalty to California Company for Import and Distribution Violations
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $75,000 civil penalty against CampCo Inc. of Los Angeles for various violations of requirements related to importing and distributing watches containing radioactive material. An NRC Notice of Violation, issued Feb. 11, lists nine separate violations, including repeat violations.
The NRC found the company failed to comply with requirements of its license, namely importing and distributing watch models for which it was not authorized. The company also provided inaccurate information to the NRC.
These violations are similar to ones issued to CampCo in 2015. At that time, the company and the NRC negotiated a settlement, and the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order setting out certain conditions to bring the company into compliance with its license and NRC regulations. In the current action, the NRC determined that the company continued to import watch models that were not authorized under its license, continued to violate NRC reporting requirements, and failed to comply with portions of the Confirmatory Order.
CampCo Inc. holds an NRC exempt distribution license and is authorized to distribute several models of watches containing tritium, which are exempt from regulation once they are initially distributed. Retailers and consumers do not need a license to own them; however, the initial distribution must be made under an NRC license to ensure that the devices meet safety requirements.
The watches contain a small amount of tritium encapsulated in glass vials. The radioactive material ionizes a luminescent coating on the inside of the glass vial to produce light, so the markers on the watch face and hands can be seen in low light.
19 February  2021
SUBJECT:  Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Issuance of Amendment Nos. 279 and 261 Re:  Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt TSTF-582, "RPV WIC Enhancements" (EPID L-2020-LLA-0197)
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20342A237
SUBJECT:  Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 - Withdrawal of Interim Compensatory Measure B.1.A in EA-02-026, Order for Interim Safeguards and Security Compensatory Measures
ADAMS Accession No. ML21008A330
Subject: Peach Bottom, Units 2 and 3 - Regulatory Audit Summary, License Amendment Request to Revise Technical Specifications to Adopt TSTF-505, Revision 2, Provide Risk-Informed Extended Completion Times - RITSTF Initiative 4B" (EPID L-2020-LLA-0120)
ADAMS Accession No. ML21026A289
Subject: Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Summary of the January 26, 2021, Meeting with Susquehanna Nuclear Regarding a Future License Amendment Request Related to Adopting Technical Specifications Task Force Traveler TSTF-505, Revision 2
ADAMS Accession No. ML21035A184
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Cyber Security Problem Identification and Resolution Inspection Report 05000387/2020403 and 05000388/2020403 (Cover Letter Only)
ADAMS Accession No.  ML21041A220
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Integrated Inspection Report 05000387/2020004 and 05000388/2020004
ADAMS Accession No.  ML21039A284
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 21-008 February 8, 2021
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
NRC to Evaluate Radiation Release at National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a special inspection to evaluate the cause of a radiation release and limited worker contamination at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research reactor in Gaithersburg, Md.
NIST notified the NRC the morning of Feb. 3 of an emergency during startup of the reactor, where radioactive material was released inside the reactor building. Six workers were initially contaminated during the event, and four additional workers were mildly contaminated while responding later in the day. All the workers were decontaminated and cleared to return home the same day. While a small amount of radioactive material reached the environment, available information continues to show the public near the NIST facility remains safe, as the release was under regulatory limits.
Two inspectors from NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., will begin this inspection Feb. 9, supplemented with additional inspectors as needed. They will evaluate the adequacy of NIST’s response to the situation, NIST’s determination of the root cause of the event and NIST’s corrective actions. The inspectors will also review radiation monitoring data and determine if there are generic implications for similar facilities. The inspectors will follow all applicable guidelines related to the COVID-19 public health emergency during their activities.
The inspectors will prepare a written report that will be issued approximately 30 days following completion of the inspection. The report will be publicly available through the NRC’s electronic document database, ADAMS. Help in using ADAMS is available through the NRC Public Document Room by calling 1-800-397-4209.