Alabama Company Fined for Mishandling Nuclear Device

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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