State Health Officials Cite Tuscaloosa Company for Violations
Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health
is proposing a $650 civil penalty against BFGoodrich Tire
Manufacturing of Tuscaloosa.
Health officials released a statement Tuesday saying the company
violated State Board of Health rules.
The department identified the violation when BFGoodrich reported
in May that two devices containing radioactive sources were missing
from the Tuscaloosa plant site. They were discovered missing in
April and were last accounted for in October 2008.
The devices might have left the site when the production line
they were on was dismantled and removed as scrap.
The health department says BFGoodrich failed to properly
maintain security and accountability of radioactive sources. Such
devices are used in fixed gauges that measure the thickness of
rubber during production.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)