Last week, we reported that Utah-based U.S. Radiopharmaceuticals could face a maximum $2.2 million fine for failing to clean up low-level radioactive waste it has been storing in Denton, as ordered by state officials last July. We wanted more information before we reported the company also was being cited for its lack of surveillance.
The company has two plants, one on Shady Oaks Drive and another on Jim Christal Road, that are surrounded by security fencing. Officials said the company’s failure to maintain constant surveillance (through security personnel or cameras, for example) was actionable under state law.
However, according to Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, inspectors don’t “believe there is an imminent threat to public health and safety or to the environment. If that were to change for some reason, we’d be able to issue an emergency order, impound the sources, or take another action to ensure public health.”
The company has one year from the order to decommission the site.
— Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe