December 20, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
JERSEY COMPANY AND ITS VICE PRESIDENT
FIRST SENTENCED FOR RADIATION VIOLATIONS IN MD
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Joseph Ferenc,
45, of Forked River, New Jersey, and United Evaluations, Inc., a
New Jersey corporation (formerly known as Accurate Technologies,
Inc.), have been convicted and sentenced for violations of radiation
regulations in Maryland. Ferenc is the Vice-President of United
Evaluation Services, Inc. The company performs industrial radiography.
This is the first criminal prosecution for radiation violations
in the State of Maryland.
and the corporation were charged with numerous violations stemming
from a September 2001 incident in which an employee of the company
received serious radiation burns, due in part to his failure to
follow required safety precautions while conducting industrial radiography
at the McShane facility at 905 Pittman Road in Anne Arundel County.
Subsequent investigation by the Maryland Department of the Environment's
Radiological Health Program revealed that the company was significantly
out of compliance with its Maryland license.
charges were initially filed in both Baltimore City and Anne Arundel
County, the cases were consolidated and heard by The Honorable Evelyn
O. Cannon of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
pleaded guilty to one count of failing to timely report an event
involving the loss of control of a licensed source of radiation.
Ferenc also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the specific
terms of the Maryland license, which required that a specific individual
supervise the company's radiation program. That individual had stopped
working for the company in early 2001. Ferenc received a one-year
sentence, which was suspended in favor of five years' probation.
He was ordered to pay $10,000 to the State Radiation Control Fund,
with $5,000 paid and the remaining $5,000 fine was suspended. In
addition, Ferenc may not conduct licensed activities involving radioactive
materials in the State of Maryland during the five-year probationary
corporation pleaded guilty to one count of failing to control the
occupational dose of radiation to an individual adult. According
to a statement of facts, a dosimetry report for the injured radiographer
indicated a Total Effective Dose Equivalent (TEDE) that exceeded
the annual limit in September 2001, prior to the overexposure at
the McShane facility in September 2001. Therefore, the employee
should not have been conducting radiography at the time of his injury.
addition, the corporation pleaded guilty to failing to maintain
an office in Maryland, as required by its Maryland license. The
company vacated its Maryland facility in April 2001, failed to notify
State officials, yet continued to conduct radiographic activities
at various locations in Maryland including the McShane facility.
Cannon imposed an additional fine of $10,000 on the company, to
go to the State Radiation Control Fund. In addition, the corporation
will serve five years' probation, during which time it may not conduct
licensed activities involving radioactive materials in the State
case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General's Environmental
Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Radiological Health Program
of the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland State