Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-11-05 22:29:06 –
Honolulu (KHON2) —According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a Hawaiian man has been charged with violating the Nuclear Law (AEA) for making false statements to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and blocking bank fraud and NRC procedures. it was done. ..
If Mark Kazy, 57, is convicted of charges, he could face up to 42 years in prison.
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“Individuals who use radioactive material for commercial purposes must have the appropriate qualifications and training to protect users and the general public,” said David C. Lew, administrator of NRC Region I. .. Licensees and their employees act in good faith and communicate openly. “
Kazee has worked in the materials and equipment testing industry for over 30 years and has been both an inspector and supervisor for people who use industrial radiography. Authorities said industrial radiology is “the process of using a radiation source and a dedicated camera to inspect materials under the surface and check for defects.”
Around December 2016, Kazee became the regional manager of a Hawaiian testing company. He apparently devised a plan to take over the business by taking over the equipment and personnel of his employer. Kazee is said to have set up two companies, APINDE and Hawaii Testing & Technology (HTT), as part of this acquisition plan.
Officials reported in 2018 appear to have Kazee attempting to conduct a non-destructive inspection in a state under NRC jurisdiction, along with his two businesses. To do so, he needed a radiation camera and a “material” license from the NRC. One of the requirements for obtaining this license is a trained Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). This wasn’t in Kazee either. Anyway, he seems to have falsely claimed in his license application that he has eligible RSOs and other requirements.
When the NRC asked Kazee about his application, he was alleged to have continued to provide more false information about training and qualifications. The NRC then licensed him and Kazy ordered a camera containing radioactive material. Officials also said the NRC began its investigation after recognizing concerns about the information in Kazee’s license application.
Then, in January 2019, authorities added that Kazy stole a radiation camera containing iridium-192 and depleted uranium radioactive material from his employer and used it by HTT employees. They used it for industrial radiography, but did not record the movement of radiation sources required by law.
At the same time, Kazee applied for HTT to Bank of Hawaii using false information to obtain a line of credit.
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“X-rays are a great technology, and when used in combination with appropriate safeguards, they increase safety and improve our lives,” said Todd Kim, Assistant Secretary of Justice, Department of Justice for the Environment and Natural Resources.
Kazee’s first appearance is not yet scheduled, but if convicted, he could face up to 42 years in prison.
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