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Preliminary Notice of Violation, Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC - NEA-2012-01

October 4, 2012

Issued to Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC related to an elevated extremity dose at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility and the plutonium contamination at the Zero Power Physics Reactor facility.

This letter refers to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Health, Safety and Security's Office of Enforcement and Oversight investigation into the facts and circumstances associated with the August 30, 2011, elevated extremity dose at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) and the November 8, 2011, plutonium contamination at the Zero Power Physics Reactor (ZPPR) facility at the Idaho National Laboratory Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). The results of the investigation were provided to Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA) in an investigation report dated June 25, 2012. An enforcement conference was held with BEA representatives on August 3, 2012, to discuss the report's findings and BEA's corrective actions. A summary of the enforcement conference and list of attendees is enclosed.

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