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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
7/6/2020

12VAC5-481-110. Inspections and Enforcement.

A. Each licensee and registrant shall afford the agency at all reasonable times opportunity to inspect sources of radiation and the premises and facilities wherein such sources of radiation are used or stored.

B. Each licensee and registrant shall make available to the agency for inspection, upon reasonable notice, records maintained pursuant to these regulations.

C. Enforcement.

1. Whenever the department finds, following inspection and examination, that a source of radiation as constructed, operated or maintained results in a violation of this article or of any rules promulgated under this article, the department shall:

a. Notify the person in control of the source of radiation as to the nature of the violation; and

b. Specify a time frame for termination or abatement of the violation, including a deadline by which the source of the violation shall be reconstructed, operated, or maintained in compliance with this article and any regulations promulgated pursuant to this article.

2. Upon failure to comply within the time frame specified by the department for termination or abatement of the violation, the department may revoke the license, and pursue penalties or enforcement in accordance with § 32.1-27 of the Code of Virginia.

3. Whenever, in the judgment of the department, any person has engaged in or is about to engage in any acts or practices that constitute or will constitute an emergency, hazard to health and safety, or a violation of any provision of this article, or any rule, regulation or order issued thereunder, and at the request of the commissioner, the Attorney General may make application to the appropriate court for an order enjoining such acts or practices, or for an order directing compliance, and upon a showing by the department that such person has engaged or is about to engage in any such acts or practices, a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or other order may be granted.

4. In addition to the provisions of § 32.1-27 of the Code of Virginia, any person who violates any provisions of this article or any order or regulation adopted pursuant thereto shall, upon such finding by a court of competent jurisdiction, be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each day of such violation. All penalties under this section shall be recovered in a civil action brought by the Attorney General in the name of the Commonwealth. Civil penalties collected pursuant to this section shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Radioactive Material Perpetual Care Trust Fund created pursuant to § 32.1-232 of the Code of Virginia.

5. In addition to the provisions of § 32.1-25 of the Code of Virginia, the department shall have the power to enter at all reasonable times, or in cases of an emergency, upon any private or public property for the purpose of determining whether or not there is compliance with or violation of the provisions of this article and rules and regulations issued thereunder, except that entry into areas under the jurisdiction of the federal government shall be effected only with the concurrence of the federal government or its duly designated representative.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008.

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