Notwithstanding any other remedy available to the department, whenever an agent of the department finds or has probable cause to believe that any material, machine, appliance, apparatus or device, or any part thereof, is a radiation hazard or danger of such nature as to constitute a threat to public health or welfare, or is being operated in a manner as to result in such a threat, he may embargo such article by affixing thereto a tag or other appropriate marking, giving notice that such article is, or is suspected to be, a radiation hazard or danger and has been detained or embargoed, and warning all persons not to use, remove or dispose of such article by sale or otherwise until permission for use, removal or disposal is given by the department, or he may cause any material, machine, appliance, apparatus or device to be secured or impounded. It shall be a violation of this act for any person to remove or dispose of such detained or embargoed article by sale or otherwise without such permission.
Within 10 days after embargoing or impounding any source of radiation, the department shall give notice to the person causing the violation or hazardous condition prescribing circumstances under which the source of radiation will be returned to the custody of the person. If the person, within a reasonable time as may be fixed by the department, does not furnish satisfactory evidence to the department of present and intended future compliance with the conditions, the rights of the person, with respect to the source of radiation so secured or impounded, shall become the property of the State to be disposed of by the department on behalf of the State in any manner consistent with public health and safety.
L.1971, c. 372, s. 4, eff. Dec. 30, 1971. Amended by L.1981, c. 296, s. 5, eff. Oct. 9, 1981.