MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Department of Public Health wants a Birmingham company to pay a $3,125 civil penalty for failing to secure a portable nuclear gauge.
The box-like device, used to measure soil for construction projects, fell off the back of a pickup truck on Aug. 28.
A citizen found the gauge and returned it.
Kirksey Whatley, director of the Office of Radiation Control, said in a statement Tuesday Birmingham Engineering & Construction Consultants violated rules established by the state Board of Health.
The company has until Dec. 14 to pay or contest the proposed penalty.