In a second such incident this year, engineering drawings submitted by Envirocare of Utah may not have been certified by a licensed engineer as required, according to the Division of Radiation Control.
This time, the division is concerned about several drawings submitted by Charles Judd, president of Envirocare. Division director Bill Sinclair is concerned about whether Judd submitted the drawings to the state during a period of time when his engineering license had lapsed.Judd said that if there was any such problem, it was only because he failed once to make a payment on time to keep his license current. "But I even question that," he said.
Envirocare operates a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility at a railroad siding called Clive in the Tooele County desert.
"The DEQ (Utah Department of Environmental Quality) is in the midst of preparing enforcement actions in this regard and they'll be sent to Envirocare" if appropriate, Sinclair said earlier. An enforcement action is a formal allegation that a company has violated regulations, and sometimes it can result in a penalty such as a fine.
The state will require En-vi-ro-care to review all drawings submitted by Judd at a time when his engineering license may have lapsed. Sinclair emphasized that the license was not taken away from Judd in any kind of punitive action but that he simply may have failed to pay the fee required to renew it.
"My understanding is that he has been reinstated as an engineer," Sinclair said. In any event, "there's no question that Mr. Judd has been in the past a licensed professional engineer and has the background and education to be one."
He said Envirocare officials will have to check through all their submissions to see if there are more than the number that state regulators found.
Some of the questioned drawings may have been superseded by more recent designs, Sinclair said. The division wants Envirocare to discover whether that is the case if there was a problem with Judd's certification in the past.
Judd said he found out about the division's concern over his drawings last Thursday. "I have been working with the Division of Professional Licensing and DEQ to find out what was happening," he said.
"I'll just say that I'm not completed with my inquiry, but I can say there's a lot of false information out there."
In a separate incident in July, Envirocare resubmitted a different group of engineering drawings and documents to the DEQ because regulators alleged that Envirocare's one-time director of engineering, Alan A. Bargerstock, was not licensed with the state.
Bargerstock, who no longer works for Envirocare, had the responsibility to produce technical drawings of facilities and cells used to store radioactive waste. While the Bargerstock incident was under investigation, En-vi-ro-care's applications for permit modifications were put on hold.
At that time, Judd said he was anxious to get the license-renewal process under way again.
This time, the focus is on drawings that Judd himself submitted.
Envirocare's highest-profile problems involve its owner, Khosrow B. Semnani, who pleaded guilty on Aug. 1 to a misdemeanor tax charge and promised to cooperate in an investigation of a former state radiation waste regulator. Semnani admitted that in 1993 he paid $40,000 in cash to former division director Larry F. Anderson, knowing it would not be reported as income on Anderson's tax return.