Walter Reed won't be fined for radiation slip-up

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 1:35 PM
Walter Reed won't be fined for radiation slip-up

Federal regulators are not going to fine the Army's flagship hospital for mishandling two packages of radioactive material earlier this year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Walter Reed Army Medical Center committed a Level III safety violation. The NRC says it decided against a fine because Walter Reed staff made reasonable attempts to find the missing packages.

No one was injured when the packages sat beneath a lobby counter for nearly two days after they were delivered. They contained radioactive isotopes used for treatment and diagnosis of ailments including cancer and heart disease.

The NRC also says Walter Reed took appropriate steps to correct an earlier violation in 2008, and those actions likely wouldn't have prevented what happened in May.