ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials have placed a Georgia state program that monitors radiological hazards on probation. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the findings Thursday against a monitoring program run by Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.
Under an agreement with federal officials, EPD inspectors enforce nuclear safety rules for hospitals, medical research firms and industrial sites that use radioactive materials to treat illness or make measurements. The state program does not monitor nuclear power plants, which are under federal jurisdiction. Georgia is the only state whose program has ever been placed on probation by the NRC. EPD Director Judson Turner says the program has hired a new supervisor, brought on more staff and raised inspection fees to stabilize its budget. Turner says the unit has decreased an inspection backlog.